Today, Portable Reportable looks at the future of cell phone broadcasting and consider what will happen when cell phones will be able to received digital TV broadcasts. NTT DoCoMo and KDDI have quite different plans on how consumers will use digital TV. KDDI appears to be planning to allow the handset to receive digiTV and then use the phone's 3G data connection as the viewer feedback, marketing, and sales channel — similar to how the FM Keitai works now with analog radio and the preinstalled BREW application. Full program run-time: 5:01Portable Reportable audio updates are short, 3- to 5-minute news items in MP3 format. You can listen via PC or download and copy to your portable player for tomorrow morning's commute. — Eds.
Sony's design flaws, and ultimate failure, also came from a misunderstanding of its target audience, as well as poor design. But size wasn't the problem, rather it was usability by the American consumer. (An interesting and almost-compelling analysis of differences between US and Japanese consumers that goes beyond the odious "American thumbs are too big" argument; well worth a read as this issue directly applies to 3G cell phones. — Ed.)
Originally published as a guest column in Fierce Wireless, 9 June - Ed. If 2001-2003 has been Phase 1 of Japan's 3G era (all three major carriers launched W-CDMA or CDMA 2000 networks in this period), then 2004 is definitely shaping up to be Phase 2 — and the difference is that now Japan 3G is moving overseas. The assault is being led in part by Japan's keitai makers who, under NTT DoCoMo's lash, have invested heavily in sophisticated new terminals and are now looking to markets further afield in order to generate additional ROI.
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Analog TV handsets led the way in Japan last year. Now cell phones with sophisticated digital services pursue parallel paths into the future. These complex systems may migrate out of the country, but audience usage preferences are still an unknown. The following is a map to this new world of Japanese mobile technology -- how digital FM cell phones have come of age and hand-held digital TV, delivered by satellite, may not be far behind. The second of a two-part series by Daniel Scuka.
From Tokyo's ultra-buttoned-down cellco headquarters to the funky, cell-phone-using youth masses, Wireless Watch Japan brings you first-hand video reporting on this country's mobile revolution — and now we've done it 100 times! To celebrate, the WWJ team decided to show you more of what makes Japan's wireless Internet the world's test-bed for high-speed W-CDMA and CDMA 2000 networks and ubersophisticated mobile applications. Today's program serves, we think, as a showcase f
April is emerging to be a milestone month in Japan's 3G rollout. According to the most recent Telecom Carriers Association figures. Milestone One: Japan added a million new 3G subscribers in April. Milestone Two: April's surge also simultaneously brought the total number of 3G users here to over 17.7 million. So what you say? Well, this also meant that for the first time Japan's 3G user base passed 20% of Japan's 82 million mobile subscriber base, or 21.6% to be precise, as of April 30! Milestone Three: DoCoMo added an incredible 530,500 FOMA subscribers. Not only was this up 483% on the same month a year ago, it was the FIRST TIME ever that DoCoMo beat KDDI au in net 3G adds!!
An Info-Tech survey released to selected CEOs this week shows that wireless customers want free calls, free phones, the ability to switch between carriers for free, with international roaming and handsets that don't need recharging every day. Carriers expressed shock and awe at the results and promised to sell off their swank marble skyscrapers, many situated in the heart of Tokyo's financial district, to facilitate the move. "We are asking shareholders to help us deal with these issues," said an obviously unsettled CEO at a hastily convened press conference. "While we have managed to get 5G deployment ready for the end of this year, that doesn't seem to be what our customers really want," the flustered president told WWJ in an exclusive interview today.
NEC Corp. has just done something for wireless communications speeds, but possibly not in the way you were expecting. Local media has reported that NEC has just developed a WLAN/ 3G/ PHS technology capable of automatically roaming to find connections for passengers on board Japan's shinkansen bullet trains.
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