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After years of losses, China's three biggest Internet portals are making a sharp turnaround, posting their first profits and turning into a rare bright spot on the slumping NASDAQ stock market. Investors can thank China's love affair with the mobile phone.
This month's Dateline China is in the form of 'news in brief' snippets chosen to demonstrate how the pace of infrastructure and application development here is hotting up. These stories all stem from colorful, bustling Shanghai, whose name means 'on the sea,' the home to 8 million resi...
Here's our monthly roundup of 'news in brief' snippets chosen to demonstrate how the pace of wireless infrastructure and application development in the Middle Kingdom is hotting up, SARS or no SARS.
If you're planning a wireless initiative, but are confused by the alphabet soup of acronyms such as WML, PQA, RIM, EPOC, CDMA, GPRS, and countless others, this article will help clear things up with a discussion of five key points to understand now, as well as what to look for in the f...
The president tells us we are fighting a new kind of war. We have witnessed the first battle ­ fought on our turf. The battle of September 11 was fought in part not just with communication, but with wireless communication ­ the new manifestation of an age-old weapon. Here are the stor...
The slow death of Metricom threw their customers for a loop. Here was a company that provided a unique service, yet burned through a billion dollars, and is now seemingly missed by all. Denver-based Aerie Networks recently bought most of the key Ricochet assets for a mere $8.25 millio...
Mobile operators are in a precarious position. Airtime revenue is decreasing faster than fixed costs, and competitors are multiplying. Not only is there high overhead for customer acquisition, but retention costs are also increasing. Mobile operators need to act now to ensure that they...
The year 2001 witnessed significant progress in the development of applications for mobile data. Advertisements now tell consumers they can get driving directions, manage personal information, access enterprise applications, and even receive video clips on their mobile devices. The...
While 3G crawls forward without any sign of speeding up its deployment in Europe, companies such as NTT and British Telecom are quietly escalating their Wireless LAN plans. Although 802.11b, or Wi-Fi as it's commonly known, has been around for awhile, it has always seemed to be the poo...
Anytime, anywhere calling sounds great, but until voice quality is improved, and background noise minimized, mobile users will not want to stay 'on the line.' The promise has seemed simple: mobile phone subscribers should be able to make or take calls anytime, anywhere. That's the ...
WBT's VC editor Tim Bresien has been making the rounds to see which industry segments are getting the most traction. Here's his outlook on what to watch for in the wireless arena in the months ahead.
Java-based IM poses many advantages over SMS. Only by preparing for wireless Java's launch into mobile instant messaging can operators turn possible bad news into good news. Here's a basic strategy to follow.
Analyzing the customer experience to ensure that the end user has a perception of value creates an environment in which a carrier can maximize profitability and a return on investment.
Trying to find the right wireless e-mail service is confusing. With so many options and features, how do you make the right choice? Messaging, broadly defined, includes SMS, instant messaging, paging, e-mail, voice mail, and faxes. They are essentially communications between people on ...
The WAP protocol has laid the groundwork for a new generation of wireless-enabled enterprise applications. Basically anyone who accesses a host computer from a terminal can now use a handheld device to obtain anytime, anywhere information access and data entry. Things will only get bet...
Japanese people seem to be constantly on their mobile phones. However, they are using their handsets more for text messaging and surfing these days than for talking.
At the end of December 2001, 30-billion SMS messages a month were being sent on GSM networks around the world. Not bad for a technology that was meant for a corporate market. The explosive growth of SMS, especially in Europe, can be attributed to many factors. But let me state the obvi...
Keeping up with the whirlwind of new technologies and products can be an overwhelming proposition, to say the least. In order to keep my head spinning faster than an electron, I decided the Java Message Service was the next 'have to know' technology. Late at night, over many cups of co...
For many application developers, the fastest, easiest way to introduce a mobile solution was to 'chop down' an existing Web-based application. Users that had a device with a browser could then access the applications. However, because the resulting applications were not designed for th...
PepsiAmericas significantly changed the way it does business by moving from a direct store delivery to a pre-sell model for its sales and delivery functions. Wireless handheld computers made the transition successful. When you walk into your local convenience store, do you take it ...
In October, Japan's mobile miracle, roughly summed up as 'i-mode, W-CDMA, and Sha-mail,' took a beating in the European press. Given the tiny numbers using i-mode in Europe, W-CDMA difficulties at home, and the alleged dearth of real revenue on Sha-mail, skeptics had a field day.
UPS, one of the world's largest wireless users, continues to expand its wireless capabilities with the deployment this year of a Bluetooth-Wi-Fi scanning application in 1,700 facilities worldwide.
By applying Web-based and wireless technologies, real-estate owners can achieve astounding efficiencies that can drive revenues up and operating costs down, thereby enhancing the value of their properties.
As mobile-communications markets mature, the nature of competition between mobile operators is changing from a focus on attracting new customers at any cost, to competing for the same customers. This calls for an investment in customer education and support. Operators in many Western m...
Mobile Internet sites are not as easy to use as their computer-targeted Web-site cousins, due to smaller screens, more difficult text input, and a wide variety of user situations. Despite these factors, industry experts agree that mobile access to Web sites needs to be more usable than...
The high-tech sector has been an integral part of life in San Diego for many years now, but local schools haven't always shared in the industry's advances. The San Diego County Office of Education is working to change that with a countywide initiative to dramatically increase the use o...
Navigating the overwhelming choices in wireless/mobile hardware and software technology requires mastery of the various issues; only then can you get on with development of a wireless software application for a PDA. With the relentless coverage of military action in Afghanistan and the...
Mobile-phone handset sales in Japan fell 2.4% last year to 40.6 million units according to Gartner, the private research firm. The news coincided with NTT DoCoMo's warning that it expected a 30% decline in new subscriptions this year. The slowdown in growth stems from a lack of att...
No need to do everything at once. Start out small if you wish, and see what works best. There are two approaches to getting started. One is to do a strategic plan and rollout for the entire enterprise. The other is to begin with a limited pilot in which a single business area is mobili...
Managing a fleet of service technicians can be a challenging task. But with the help of reliable technology and recent innovations in wireless communications, I've learned that everyday processes can be refined and improved to eliminate certain inefficiencies.
Universities across the country are increasingly implementing wireless solutions.The reason is twofold: better access for students in an information-centered lifestyle, and increased ROI for the academic institution.
Fueled by the popularity of reality TV and the immense success of text messaging worldwide, the American market is embracing mass media as a catalyst for SMS usage. One innovative solution has paired AT&T Wireless and 'American Idol' in a promotion that is taking the U.S. by storm.
So you want to build a WML site? Here's everything you need to know to get your first one up and running. Web experience is based on a client/server process. A client software (Web browser) sends a request to the server (Web server) for a specific page.
Does the much-heralded 'End of Distance' necessarily mean the end of geography? Many leading wireless analysts think not. In many ways, geography is coming to mean more, not less. Stagnation in one part of the wireless world can well be matched by remarkable growth in another. Cultu...
Growing up in the once sparsely populated city of San Jose, California, I recall trips to the mall with family and friends. Granted, I wasn't as mall-crazed as many of today's teens, but it was fun to visit toy stores to check out the latest remote-controlled cars and such. What I didn...
Wireless games are expected to generate revenues of $4.4 billion by 2006, a revised prediction after Ovum had questioned Datamonitor's initial prediction of a mobile games market worth over $16 billion. Datamonitor's earlier prediction, first revealed at ECTS 2000, was one of the catal...
DoCoMo's share price has fallen 33% since a new share issue a year ago...but will cheaper shares attract new capital to the Japanese mobile giant? And just how safe is Vodafone's investment in JAPAN TELECOM? January 2002 ended with NTT DoCoMo's confirmation of their plans to list in Ne...
Will 2002 finally be the year when wireless lives up to the hype surrounding it? Many industry insiders think so. Read on for an analysis of the 10 areas that hold the most promise. 3G Data E911 Wi-Fi Machine to Machine Smart Phones ...
In Japan, not all the low-hanging fruit has been picked ­ it looks like there's still lots of room for the Big D competitors to grab increased market share, for an additional reordering of market share holdings, and for overall growth in the national subscriber base.
There's a lot of talk today about the potential of mobile and wireless technology. Somewhere between the hype and the naysaying lies the truth. While you cannot yet watch a movie on your mobile phone, many companies are harnessing the power of mobile technology to reap significant ...


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