Japan's Communication Research Laboratory (CRL) plus NTT Communications, KDDI, Hitachi and Fujitsu are teaming up with the China Academy of Telecommunications Research, the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and some local carriers to formulate and develop an 4G standard and to fight off the ITU's standardization bid...
The acceleration of DoCoMo's fantastically subsidized FOMA handset uptake continues apace, with the company today announcing that subscriptions have just topped 2 million, about 2 months ahead of DoCoMo's deliberately conservative estimates. (Once bitten, forever shy?) For a benchmark comparison, this places DoCoMo about 2 million handsets ahead of Vodafone K.K.'s 3G subscriber base and about 8 million behind KDDI's. Still, it's a nice christening present for the new and beautiful900i handsets that the company is going to let loose on the network next month. See the DoCoMo press release for more details.
If ever there was proof how far DoCoMo has lifted up its skirt and fled the Microsoft camp for Symbian and perhaps a Linux chaser, here's the pudding; 39 months after Keiji Tachikawa and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer stood on a platform together and promised to "agressively" promote MS' microbrowser technology and CE OS on DoCoMo Cellies, DoCoMo has finally cut the cord and axed its Mobimagic subsidiary, the company supposed to have us grappling with Windows on our handsets as well as our PCs
We have been thinking of doing this for a long while, you know, writing about next-generation battery technologies for cellies. Well, we've just found a shortcut to the topic that covers some of the basics. WWJ watchers will have noted that Fujitsu has just become the latest Japanese IDM to announce a methanol fuel cell replacement for even Hitachi Maxell's new Lithium Ion option. There is an interesting feature story of the market at NE Asia online.
Despite a decentish 3Q. It looks as if Vodafone K.K.'s first good subsciber uptake month in a while - last December - has been too little and too late to prevent Japan's number 3 carrier from posting a wider full-year loss for the year to March 31, 2004. Today, the carrier announced that its 3Q consolidated operating revenues increased from 385 billion yen for the three months to September to 1.28 trillion yen for the quarter to December 30, 2003.
For some strange reason NTT DoCoMo seems reluctant to sink more cash into loss-making AT&T Wireless - the most grumbled about carrier in the North American market - two years after seeing the value of its $8 billion investment in the "struggling" carrier come to zilch. At least DoCoMo has a footprint in the U.S. market, well one anyway, a demonstration room with a FOMA (Freedom tO Move Away from AT&T?) base station.
As component shortages build for high-end and camera-enabled mobile phones, Toshiba looks as if it is coming up trumps with a brand new CMOS/ DSP VGA module that the company claims is one of the smallest around, ready for ramping this March. Also take a look at recent news item 'Mobile Phones Enter 2-Mpixel Era' Here noting a Complementary Oxide Comeback, with chips on the side, for camera phones.
"The single biggest benefit that was discovered in Japan was that youneed to be fair in sharing the revenues with the content developer. It isnot fair to say to a Disney or a CNN, 'Give me half your money, and then Iwill put you on my network.' DoCoMo approached this with the rough idea thatthey would like to keep 10 percent and give the content developer 90percent," says Tomi Ahonen, a long-time industry watcher, prolificmobinet author, and ex-Nokia consultant. He points to Japan's stark contrastwith Europe, where operators took a 50/50 or 60/40 approach. "Underthese terms, [European operators are] very unlikely to attract a largecommunity of developers." He al
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of a new fuel-cell material technology that enables the use of 30% methanol - highly concentrated methanol - as a fuel source, as well as a prototype power unit that incorporates the technology. This technology enables much higher power capacities for passive micro fuel cells and realizes longer runtimes for mobile devices such as notebook PCs, PDAs and mobile phones.
Vodafone K.K. announced today it developed the VRM301R remote module (manufactured by JRC, Japan Radio Co., Ltd.), which incorporates mobile handset communication components and functions. Vodafone K.K. will market the remote module to industrial and business machine manufacturers after mid-February 2004. By integrating the VRM301R into their products, manufacturers will be able to add communication features like Sky Mail, Long Mail (including e-mail) and voice in addition to other wireless data communication functions. As a result, manufacturers will be able to develop a wide range of low-cost applications that meet their needs, including ones for remote control and remote monitoring.
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