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China restructuring must not kill golden goose

The long-awaited restructuring of China’s telecoms market finally seems to be on the horizon, after the ruling State Council agreed last month to split up second-ranked mobile operator China Unicom and create three new integrated telecoms firms.

Mobile fraud: Phone loving criminals

There are certain things that mobile network operators don’t like to talk about. Revenues generated from adult content, under performing business units or disappointing service uptake are the types of prickly subject that tend to get swept under the PR carpet. But the issues of fraud and security probably top the list of things most likely to be kept tightly under wraps. Vendors, on the other hand, are keener than ever to bring these subjects to the fore.

Managed services: Allow me, Sir

When you hear of a company that provides service to 185 million cellular customers, your thoughts turn to large international carriers like Vodafone and Telefonica, or maybe a major market giant operating in China or India. In fact, 185 million is the number of subscribers supported by Swedish vendor Ericsson through its portfolio of managed services contracts, according to the firm’s own figures.

Google’s creative white space

Since the close of the US 700MHz auction last week and the subsequent revelation of the winning parties, there’s been lots of talk about Google’s plans deliver wireless internet using spectrum between TV broadcast channels.

It’s known that Google, along with a collaboration of tech firms including Intel, HP, Microsoft, Philips and Dell, has been investigating the potential for this so called ‘white space’ for over a year now.

What’s behind the Microsoft Flash deal?

I was interested to see that Microsoft has decided to licence Adobe’s Flash Lite player for its Windows Mobile operating system, particularly as Microsoft’s own Silverlight is widely seen as a competitor to Flash.

Managing wireless data limits

With 3G wireless broadband subscriptions forecast to exceed global DSL connections by as early as 2010, mobile carriers are slowly coming round to the realisation that the finite resources of the wireless last mile could pose some serious problems going forward.

What happened to the superbands?

How times have changed since the ’60s, when The Beatles were gods and music on the move was a transistor radio in the pocket. John, Paul, George and Ringo formed the first of the superbands and they were epically famous for a reason.

Getting personal

Qualcomm’s acquisition of Xiam this week struck a nerve. I’d recently been involved in a roundtable attended by a handful of industry players, where the discussion focused on the need to find a way to create, manage and deliver services that can keep pace with the fleeting desires of today’s consumer.

Moto’s executive exodus

There must be hardly anyone left at Motorola’s troubled handset unit, given the two latest senior figures to quit the company.

Last week, Stu Reed, president of Motorola’s Mobile Devices business, announced his departure, just days after marketing chief Kenneth ‘Casey’ Keller. Reed and his team are credited with launching a number of key handset initiatives, which Moto said it will continue to expand upon.

The young ones

For years the ranking of global handset vendors was a fairly predictable exercise. Nokia was a number one, trailed by Motorola in second place and Samsung in third. Then Motorola’s persistent bout of ill health shook things up a bit, allowing Korean manufacturer Samsung to claim second position last year.

First bite of Apple iPhone 2.0

Apple frontman Steve Jobs opened the iPhone up to developers on Thursday evening, with details of the much anticipated Software Development Kit (SDK) at an event held at the company’s headquarters in California.

As of yesterday, developers could download the beta iPhone SDK for free and run an iPhone Simulator on their Mac. The full version of the kit will not be available until June, when Apple releases version 2.0 of its iPhone software, possibly coinciding with the Mac World Wide Developers Conference.

Apple, Adobe get into spat over Flash

Tonight Apple frontman Steve Jobs will reveal the company’s road map to allowing third party native applications to be developed for the iconic iPhone. A whole slew of applications are expected to follow, including many designed to give the device some credibility in the business arena. But one application that probably won’t be on the list is Adobe Flash.

Web giants work mobile magic

It’s only Wednesday but it’s already been an exciting week for mobile web developments and I’m not quite sure of the three big announcements we’ve seen, just which is the most significant.

Nokia’s decision to make Microsoft’s Silverlight web platform available for Symbian S60 devices as well as for Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets, is abig deal for Microsoft as it gives the platform much needed credibility in the mobile space.

Wifi: The second coming

Next generation wifi standard 802.11n is beginning to hit the mainstream, with a steady flow of early adopters announcing plans to roll out the technology over the past couple of months.

Apple SDK to be unveiled next week

It falls just outside of the February promise but Apple has promised to unveil the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the iPhone next week.

The shape of things to come

Nokia gave the industry a glimpse of the future when it unveiled a shape changing mobile devices concept based on nanotechnology.

Cellphones in spaaaaace…

It’s the week after Barcelona and actual news is thin on the ground, so naturally, the attention of us industry watchers turns to the skies. Which is where most of the action is this week.

DVD hacker ‘liberates’ content

DVD Jon, the hacker (in)famously credited with releasing the DeCSS DVD decryption tool, is now promising to liberate your content and allow consumers to share and access their media on any number of devices.

Industry guarded on WiMAX/LTE merger

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin has suggested that WiMAX and LTE technologies could be merged, to reduce the burden on the industry of developing dual standards. In a keynote speech at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sarin said that LTE could “provide room for TDD WiMAX.”

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