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iPhone 3G: every party wins!!

Three parties are involved in this business: Apple, the operator and the user. For Apple, iSupply considers that Apple will receive about the same amount (i.e. $500) per iPhone 3G unit as it did for the iPhone 2G. But with much larger volume, component...

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Nokia takes control of Symbian

Nokia was one of the founder of Symbian, aimed at developing and marketing a mobile OS. It had already a 48% stake in the company, and other shareholders were Sony Ericsson, Ericsson, Panasonic, Siemens and Samsung. Symbian is the market leader with a...

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Market Corner - 29/06/08

A few set of market information released this week: According to Gartner, there currently are 1bn PCs in use, and it projects that 2bn PCs would be in use by 2014. Almost 60% of the installed base is in Europe, NA and Japan, serving 15% of the world population....

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Subscriber stats - 29/06/08

India : added 8.6m mobile subs in May, of which 6.1 are GSM and 2m are CDMA. In total, India ended May with 206m GSM subscribers and 7.2m CDMA customers. Europe : UMTS penetration rate was about 11% in Europe with over 101m subscribers Bangladesh: Grameenphone...

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Vendor Corner - 29/06/08

Nokia buys another social networking firm Plazes (Germany), after Tango last year, both of them to be added to its OVI platform. Several R&D engineers in its 4G research team have been recruited by MimoOn (Germany), a developer of software-defined radio...

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Awards - 29/06/08

Fujitsu has received a significant order from China Mobile for its SPARC Enterprise servers, its ETERNUS storage equipment and its PRIMECLUSTER middleware. NSN will expand Asiacell' s 2G network in Iraq. ALU has been selected by Telenor to provide an...

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Operator Corner (1) - 29/06/08

FT plans to enter Algeria in 2008 either by acquiring a private telecom operator or by winning a 3G license. Newspapers in France relate that FT is keen to sign a deal with Teliasonera by the end of the week. Numericable (France) will launch ADSL services...

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Operator Corner (2) - 29/06/08

First International Telecom (Taiwan) plans to launch its WiMAX service in 08/2008 and targets 40k users in 10 months. People Telecom (MVNO in Australia) will become a multi network MVNO, reselling its own packages using airtime from Optus, Telstra, Vodafone...

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Financial Performance - 29/06/08

Motorola' shares sink to its lowest level since 2003 on pessimistic outlook. Sony Ericsson warns on profit. It said that it will only break even and that mobile phone shipments would be flat in 2Q08. RIM reports very good results with a profit jumping...

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Regulation Corner - 29/06/08

FCC detailed plans for a 25MHz block of spectrum to be used for a single nationwide license AWS-3 and free wireless broadband. EU plans to cut mobile termination rates by as much as 70% and promote truly cost-oriented termination rates to increase competition....

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