Review of the main events of the past week (Week 11)

Recent weeks have been oversaturated with news about the achievements of manufacturers of equipment for IT and mobile communications. That is why I want to start our weekly column with an abstract topic about robotics, more precisely, about mobile robotics.

So, Yasuji Hirosawa, an engineer at the Japanese company Citizen Watch, boasts of his robot, which is no larger than a thumb, called "Eco-Be".

"Eco-Be" is equipped with two stepper motors to be able to move both wheels simultaneously and independently. This tiny robot, 0.7" wide and no more than 1" high, can move forward, backward and turn at a maximum speed of 1" per second. This robot and its "brothers" will play football at the RoboCup in Germany, which will be held in July of this year. This news is all the more interesting, since a little earlier, the Japanese corporation Sony announced the curtailment of the production of "home" AIBO robot dogs.The remaining copies of AIBO are now sold on Internet auctions, where they are becoming more expensive every day.

Well, let's move on from the technologies of tomorrow to the technologies of today. The past week, of course, was marked by VoIP services.

Thus, Deutsche Telekom Group announced T-One, an integrated solution for dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi services, which will be tested on Nokia E60 and N80 smartphones by Nokia and T-Com, a division of Deutsche Telekom Group. According to Nokia, T-One will provide users of these devices with an easy and convenient way to access both cellular and fixed Wi-Fi networks.

T-Com access points will be used to access fixed networks, and subscribers will be able to use the same voice and data-centric services with any connection method. According to the press release, the E60 and N80 smartphones are the first Nokia devices to support SIP-based Internet telephony.

Siemens, in turn, as planned, announced at CeBIT a new wireless phone of the Gigaset series - C450 IP. The highlight of the device is the ability to connect to the Internet for VoIP calls without using a computer.

The phone is equipped with support for LAN connections, in order to use Internet telephony, you need to connect the phone base to a DSL modem. As explained in the press release, once connected, the user will be able to select their ISP from the phone's menu, after which the correct settings will automatically load. The C450 IP also supports regular telephone networks.

Otherwise, the characteristics of the novelty completely repeat the C450 model, which was released in October last year. The device is able to work within a radius of 300 meters from the base, received a phone book for 100 numbers and supports text messages. The phone will go on sale during March, the estimated cost will be 100 euros.

Communication equipment manufacturers are not far behind - D-Link, known to Russians for its equipment for computer networks, announced last week the DPH-540 mobile phone, designed for use in wireless Wi-Fi networks, which should appeal to mobile phone lovers. clamshell phones. According to the company, this is the first Wi-Fi phone in this form factor. It looks like a regular clamshell phone, just a little bigger.

It comes pre-installed with VoIP software from TelTel, which provides international Internet telephony services based on the SIP protocol. Deliveries of the DPH-540 are expected to start this summer. It has a MSRP of $249.99.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Indoor range 20 to 50 meters
  • Outdoor range up to 250 meters
  • Color CSTN backlit display
  • 12 MB RAM and 16 MB Flash
  • 40-voice polyphony
  • SMS, e-mail (POP3/SMTP)
  • USB interface (charging)
  • 900 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions - 113x48.7x25 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

Software vendors are not far behind in the field of mobile VoIP services - Nero has expanded its VoIP software portfolio with the introduction of Nero Sipps Mobile, a mobile solution. The first version of the program provides basic telephone functions, a phone book with a direct dialing function, lists of missed and completed calls, as well as the ability to set personalized ringtones. At CeBIT, the company is demonstrating the possibility of roaming between GSM and WLAN networks using Nero Sipps Mobile.

In the near future, there should be support for a phone book stored on the server, simple chat setup and mechanisms for creating and managing friend lists. Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems are supported. A version of Nero Sipps Mobile for the Symbian operating system is also planned to be released soon.

Continuing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention High Tech Drum Sets and Kits in GhanaComputer Corp. (HTC), which announced that its total revenue for February 2006 reached NT$7.817 million, up 89.81% from February last year. At the same time, the company's total revenue since the beginning of 2006 was NT$15.005 million, up 80.37% year-over-year.

The Euroset company, as if echoing the HTC press release, announced the start of sales of handheld computers and communicators in its stores. Among the main products offered are the most popular models from Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu-Siemens, Qtek and I-Mate. According to the head of the department, Sergey Zapara, the assortment will not be limited to this, and negotiations are underway with a number of other manufacturers of such equipment.

In particular, Gigabyte, which presented two g-Smart smartphones at CeBIT, expressed interest. In addition, Euroset plans to provide its customers with a full range of equipment for satellite navigation (GPS) in the near future. These include both PDA-based solutions and dedicated PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant) devices. Among the partners are Navteq, a number of foreign manufacturers of such devices and several domestic companies specializing in solutions for satellite navigation.

Smartphones easily fit into the concept of developing services in 3G networks - after all, these devices are initially designed for convenient processing of various information and media. The expansion of 3G geography and the start of providing HSDPA services will only increase interest in smartphones.

Speaking of HSDPA, at CeBIT, Vodafone announced the commercial launch of mobile broadband services based on HSDPA technology in Germany. The service will first be available in Hannover, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich.

It will gradually be introduced throughout the WCDMA network, which today covers an area where more than 70% of the country's population lives. Vodafone will introduce HSDPA technology to its subscribers in Germany under the name "UMTS Broadband". The service is based on Ericsson's HSDPA solution.

For its part, Hutchison, a brand 3 cellular service provider, announced today that it has successfully tested HSDPA (High Speed ​​Downlink Packet Access) services on its 3G network in the UK. The tests have been running over the past four months using the network infrastructure of Nokia and NEC. At the same time, speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps were provided.

The Orange company has not lagged behind, which has begun testing services based on HSDPA high-speed data transfer technology. Tests are taking place in the second largest French city of Lyon on 150 corporate clients, while providing a speed of 1.8 Mbps.

Broadband services such as TV, high-definition video and video games, and MP3 music streaming are provided. The test uses Nortel's HSDPA solution, which is capable of delivering speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. Orange France plans to commercially launch HSDPA services across the country in the second half of this year.

High connection speeds available to subscribers of HSDPA services will allow using the terminal not only for personal Internet access. So, the Romanian company Topex presented at the last exhibition CeBIT 2006 a router with support for the HSDPA data transfer standard; according to the company, the first of its kind. This is a multifunctional device that provides terminals with Internet access and the ability to make voice calls, acts as a Wi-Fi access point, VPN router, firewall, and also has four Ethernet ports.

The router is designed for use in small and medium-sized companies to create wireless virtual private networks (VPNs). It is also applicable as public Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, cafes, airports and so on.

Before the start of CeBIT 2006, we already wrote that MSI (Micro-Star International) is going to demonstrate a solar-powered MP3 player. Now the company has presented photos and some details about its development.

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The player is equipped with a solar battery. It converts solar energy into electrical energy through a solar panel and recharges the battery. Thus, the battery life of the device is increased, and there is no need for a spare battery or power adapter.

Mobile terminals

A curious concept of fashion mobile phone was developed by designer Jaren Goh for Sony Ericsson. This is a stylish model with a black mirror surface called Black Diamond, equipped with a 4-megapixel camera. As noted on the designer's website, the order was made at the end of 2005.

More detailed information about the characteristics of the phone is not yet known, nor is it known if things will move beyond the concept, and if they will advance when such a model is released.

At CeBIT 2006, Asus showed off the forthcoming P525 smartphone with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support. Declared automatic switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, is equipped with an Intel Xscale PXA 270 processor, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory.

The display supports QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels). The keyboard is digital. In addition, there is a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus function, slot for miniSD memory cards and Bluetooth 1.2 interface. More information about the device should appear later.

The miniaturization of communication components plays an important role in expanding the range of Wi-Fi devices, which is why many companies are working on creating miniature Wi-Fi modules that are characterized by low power consumption.

Japanese Sharp managed to create a very small module called DC2J1DZ115. The dimensions of the device are 10x10x1.6 mm, power consumption is 0.9 mW / h, there is support for IEEE 802.11 b / g protocols.

Another representative of the land of the rising sun, Toshiba, has developed a thin music phone TS608. Its thickness is only 9.9 mm. The control buttons for the built-in MP3 player are located on the top of the case, like the recently introduced BenQ-Siemens E61 phone. It is also equipped with a 1.3 MP camera with video recording capability. It has little built-in memory, but there is a slot for memory cards. It is expected that sales of this phone will begin in the European market in May. Approximately at a price of 180 to 200 euros.

  • GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 1.9" 176x220 pixel display with 65K colors
  • 1.3MP camera
  • Video recording with CIF resolution (352x288 pixels) in MPEG4/H.236 formats
  • MP3 player supporting MP3, AAC and AAC+
  • 8 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot (TransFlash)
  • E-mail client
  • Bluetooth and USB 1.1 interfaces
  • Talk time up to 150 minutes
  • Standby time up to 150 hours
  • Dimensions - 111x47x9.9 mm
  • Weight - 93 grams

Carriers, networks and Internet services

Vodafone Group announced last week an agreement with SoftBank to sell its 97.68 percent stake in Vodafone Japan to SoftBank. The company's Japanese subsidiary is valued at nearly 1.8 trillion yen (£8.9 billion), of which £6.8 billion will be raised in cash at the close of the deal. Vodafone will subsequently distribute £6 billion of this amount to its shareholders.

Arun Sarin, chief executive of Vodafone, commented on the deal that he was pleased with it because it has an attractive amount of which £6bn will go to the company's shareholders. On the reasons that prompted Vodafone to abandon the Japanese branch, Aran Sarin said that the Japanese market has its own specifics and strong competition, and that in the long term, the profits of the Japanese division of the company will only decrease. Therefore, the company's board decided to sell its assets to the leading Japanese media and telecommunications company SoftBank with its lucrative offer.

Now a little about the national mobile communications market. OJSC Mobile TeleSystems, the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS countries, announced in its press release that the consolidated number of the company's subscribers as of February 28, 2006 exceeded 60.31 million people.

In February 2006, the consolidated subscriber base of MTS increased by 0.81 million subscribers, including 0.57 million subscribers connected to the MTS network in Russia.

The disappointing figures of the MTS report are echoed by the analytical company J`son & Partners, which published a regular report on the state of the Russian cellular market. At the end of February 2006, the number of subscribers in Russia amounted to 128 million users, and the average penetration rate was 87.4%.

The cumulative increase in subscribers amounted to 1.4 million or 1.1% (last month the increase was 2.2 million or 1.8%), which is almost three times lower than last year for the corresponding period and one and a half times below the 2004 value. For the whole of 2006, J&P predicts subscriber base growth of 24%, for comparison: in 2005, the annual growth rate decreased to 59%, while in 2004 it was 105%.

MTS is still the leader among Russian operators, according to the company's calculations, its share was 35.4% in this quarter, while VimpelCom's share is 34.3%, and MegaFon got 18.4%. In terms of subscriber growth in February, the MTS operator also overtook the rest.

It has recently become fashionable for phone manufacturers to team up with Internet search portals. This time, Nokia has entered into an alliance with the leading Chinese language search engine, Baidu.com. As a result of their cooperation in Chinese-speaking markets, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, high-end Nokia devices such as the N70, N90 and some other S60-based smartphones will have easier access to search on Baidu.com.

To do this, devices with the Nokia Mobile Search application will have special icons for accessing Baidu in the interface. The four most popular services will be supported - Web Search, News Search, Image Search and Baidu Post Bar; the latter, as described in the press release, is a popular online community. The pilot version of the application is available for download for free.

The Russian market is not far behind. Voxtel announced the start of sales of a new Voxtel BD50 mobile phone with Rambler preset settings. The BD50 is a multimedia model without a numeric keypad with a large touch display. The settings of Rambler information Wap-services are pre-installed on the phone: Rambler-mail, Rambler-photo (simple and convenient uploading of photos directly from a mobile phone directly to a personal archive of photos on Rambler), Rambler-8181 (new pictures, melodies, games and entertainment number 8181) and Rambler-Vision (interesting author's videos).

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 11)

Recent weeks have been oversaturated with news about the achievements of manufacturers of equipment for IT and mobile communications. That is why I want to start our weekly column with an abstract topic about robotics, more precisely, about mobile robotics.

So, Yasuji Hirosawa, an engineer at the Japanese company Citizen Watch, boasts of his robot, which is no larger than a thumb, called "Eco-Be".

"Eco-Be" is equipped with two stepper motors to be able to move both wheels simultaneously and independently. This tiny robot, 0.7" wide and no more than 1" high, can move forward, backward and turn at a maximum speed of 1" per second. This robot and its "brothers" will play football at the RoboCup in Germany, which will be held in July of this year. This news is all the more interesting, since a little earlier, the Japanese corporation Sony announced the curtailment of the production of "home" AIBO robot dogs.The remaining copies of AIBO are now sold on Internet auctions, where they are becoming more expensive every day.

Well, let's move on from the technologies of tomorrow to the technologies of today. The past week, of course, was marked by VoIP services.

Thus, Deutsche Telekom Group announced T-One, an integrated solution for dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi services, which will be tested on Nokia E60 and N80 smartphones by Nokia and T-Com, a division of Deutsche Telekom Group. According to Nokia, T-One will provide users of these devices with an easy and convenient way to access both cellular and fixed Wi-Fi networks.

T-Com access points will be used to access fixed networks, and subscribers will be able to use the same voice and data-centric services with any connection method. According to the press release, the E60 and N80 smartphones are the first Nokia devices to support SIP-based Internet telephony.

Siemens, in turn, as planned, announced at CeBIT a new wireless phone of the Gigaset series - C450 IP. The highlight of the device is the ability to connect to the Internet for VoIP calls without using a computer.

The phone is equipped with support for LAN connections, in order to use Internet telephony, you need to connect the phone base to a DSL modem. As the press release explains, once connected, the user will be able to select their ISP from the phone's menu, after which the correct settings will automatically load. The C450 IP also supports conventional telephone networks.

Otherwise, the characteristics of the novelty completely repeat the C450 model, which was released in October last year. The device is able to work within a radius of 300 meters from the base, received a phone book for 100 numbers and supports text messages. The phone will go on sale during March, the estimated cost will be 100 euros.

Communication equipment manufacturers are not far behind - D-Link, known to Russians for its equipment for computer networks, announced last week the DPH-540 mobile phone, designed for use in wireless Wi-Fi networks, which should appeal to mobile phone lovers. clamshell phones. According to the company, this is the first Wi-Fi phone in this form factor. It looks like a regular clamshell phone, just a little bigger.

It comes pre-installed with VoIP software from TelTel, which provides international Internet telephony services based on the SIP protocol. Deliveries of the DPH-540 are expected to start this summer. It has a MSRP of $249.99.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Indoor range 20 to 50 meters
  • Outdoor range up to 250 meters
  • Color CSTN backlit display
  • 12 MB RAM and 16 MB Flash
  • 40-voice polyphony
  • SMS, e-mail (POP3/SMTP)
  • USB interface (charging)
  • 900 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions - 113x48.7x25 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

Software vendors are not far behind in the field of mobile VoIP services - Nero has expanded its VoIP software portfolio with the introduction of Nero Sipps Mobile, a mobile solution. The first version of the program provides basic telephone functions, a phone book with a direct dialing function, lists of missed and completed calls, as well as the ability to set personalized ringtones. At CeBIT, the company is demonstrating the possibility of roaming between GSM and WLAN networks using Nero Sipps Mobile.

In the near future, there should be support for a phone book stored on the server, simple chat setup and mechanisms for creating and managing friend lists. Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems are supported. A version of Nero Sipps Mobile for the Symbian operating system is also planned to be released soon.

Continuing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention High Tech Drum Sets and Kits in GhanaComputer Corp. (HTC), which announced that its total revenue for February 2006 reached NT$7.817 million, up 89.81% from February last year. At the same time, the company's total revenue since the beginning of 2006 was NT$15.005 million, up 80.37% year-over-year.

The Euroset company, as if echoing the HTC press release, announced the start of sales of handheld computers and communicators in its stores. Among the main products offered are the most popular models from Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu-Siemens, Qtek and I-Mate. According to the head of the department, Sergey Zapara, the assortment will not be limited to this, and negotiations are underway with a number of other manufacturers of such equipment.

In particular, Gigabyte, which presented two g-Smart smartphones at CeBIT, expressed interest. In addition, Euroset plans to provide its customers with a full range of equipment for satellite navigation (GPS) in the near future. These include both PDA-based solutions and dedicated PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant) devices. Among the partners are Navteq, a number of foreign manufacturers of such devices and several domestic companies specializing in solutions for satellite navigation.

Smartphones easily fit into the concept of developing services in 3G networks - after all, these devices are initially designed for convenient processing of various information and media. The expansion of 3G geography and the start of providing HSDPA services will only increase interest in smartphones.

Speaking of HSDPA, at CeBIT, Vodafone announced the commercial launch of mobile broadband services based on HSDPA technology in Germany. The service will first be available in Hannover, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich.

It will gradually be introduced throughout the WCDMA network, which today covers an area where more than 70% of the country's population lives. Vodafone will introduce HSDPA technology to its subscribers in Germany under the name "UMTS Broadband". The service is based on Ericsson's HSDPA solution.

For its part, Hutchison, a brand 3 cellular service provider, announced today that it has successfully tested HSDPA (High Speed ​​Downlink Packet Access) services on its 3G network in the UK. The tests have been running over the past four months using the network infrastructure of Nokia and NEC. At the same time, speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps were provided.

The Orange company has not lagged behind, which has begun testing services based on HSDPA high-speed data transfer technology. Tests are taking place in the second largest French city of Lyon on 150 corporate clients, while providing a speed of 1.8 Mbps.

Broadband services such as TV, high-definition video and video games, and MP3 music streaming are provided. The test uses Nortel's HSDPA solution, which is capable of delivering speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. Orange France plans to commercially launch HSDPA services across the country in the second half of this year.

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The player is equipped with a solar battery. It converts solar energy into electrical energy through a solar panel and recharges the battery. Thus, the battery life of the device is increased, and there is no need for a spare battery or power adapter.

Mobile terminals

A curious concept of fashion mobile phone was developed by designer Jaren Goh for Sony Ericsson. This is a stylish model with a black mirror surface called Black Diamond, equipped with a 4-megapixel camera. As noted on the designer's website, the order was made at the end of 2005.

More detailed information about the characteristics of the phone is not yet known, nor is it known if things will move beyond the concept, and if they will advance when such a model is released.

At CeBIT 2006, Asus showed off the forthcoming P525 smartphone with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support. Declared automatic switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, is equipped with an Intel Xscale PXA 270 processor, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory.

The display supports QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels). The keyboard is digital. In addition, there is a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus, a miniSD memory card slot and a Bluetooth 1.2 interface. More information about the device should appear later.

The miniaturization of communication components plays an important role in expanding the range of Wi-Fi devices, which is why many companies are working on creating miniature Wi-Fi modules that are characterized by low power consumption.

Japanese Sharp managed to create a very small module called DC2J1DZ115. The dimensions of the device are 10x10x1.6 mm, power consumption is 0.9 mW / h, there is support for IEEE 802.11 b / g protocols.

Another representative of the land of the rising sun, Toshiba, has developed a thin music phone TS608. Its thickness is only 9.9 mm. The control buttons for the built-in MP3 player are located on the top of the case, like the recently introduced BenQ-Siemens E61 phone. It is also equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera with video recording capability. It has little built-in memory, but there is a slot for memory cards. It is expected that sales of this phone will begin in the European market in May. Approximately at a price of 180 to 200 euros.

  • GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 1.9" 176x220 pixel display with 65K colors
  • 1.3MP camera
  • Video recording with CIF resolution (352x288 pixels) in MPEG4/H.236 formats
  • MP3 player supporting MP3, AAC and AAC+
  • 8 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot (TransFlash)
  • E-mail client
  • Bluetooth and USB 1.1 interfaces
  • Talk time up to 150 minutes
  • Standby time up to 150 hours
  • Dimensions - 111x47x9.9 mm
  • Weight - 93 grams

Carriers, networks and Internet services

Vodafone Group announced last week an agreement with SoftBank to sell its 97.68 percent stake in Vodafone Japan to SoftBank. The company's Japanese subsidiary is valued at nearly 1.8 trillion yen (£8.9 billion), of which £6.8 billion will be raised in cash at the close of the deal. Vodafone will subsequently distribute £6 billion of this amount to its shareholders.

Arun Sarin, chief executive of Vodafone, commented on the deal that he was pleased with it because it has an attractive amount of which £6bn will go to the company's shareholders. On the reasons that prompted Vodafone to abandon the Japanese branch, Aran Sarin said that the Japanese market has its own specifics and strong competition, and that in the long term, the profits of the Japanese division of the company will only decrease. Therefore, the company's board decided to sell its assets to the leading Japanese media and telecommunications company SoftBank with its lucrative offer.

Now a little about the national mobile communications market. OJSC Mobile TeleSystems, the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS countries, announced in its press release that the consolidated number of the company's subscribers as of February 28, 2006 exceeded 60.31 million people.

In February 2006, the consolidated subscriber base of MTS increased by 0.81 million subscribers, including 0.57 million subscribers connected to the MTS network in Russia.

The disappointing figures of the MTS report are echoed by the analytical company J`son & Partners, which published a regular report on the state of the Russian cellular market. At the end of February 2006, the number of subscribers in Russia amounted to 128 million users, and the average penetration rate was 87.4%.

The cumulative increase in subscribers amounted to 1.4 million or 1.1% (last month the increase was 2.2 million or 1.8%), which is almost three times lower than last year for the corresponding period and one and a half times below the 2004 value. For the whole of 2006, J&P predicts subscriber base growth of 24%, for comparison: in 2005, the annual growth rate decreased to 59%, while in 2004 it was 105%.

MTS is still the leader among Russian operators, according to the company's calculations, its share was 35.4% in this quarter, while VimpelCom's share is 34.3%, and MegaFon got 18.4%. In terms of subscriber growth in February, the MTS operator also overtook the rest.

It has recently become fashionable for phone manufacturers to team up with Internet search portals. This time, Nokia has entered into an alliance with the leading Chinese language search engine, Baidu.com. As a result of their cooperation in Chinese-speaking markets, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, high-end Nokia devices such as the N70, N90 and some other S60-based smartphones will have easier access to search on Baidu.com.

To do this, devices with the Nokia Mobile Search application will have special icons for accessing Baidu in the interface. The four most popular services will be supported - Web Search, News Search, Image Search and Baidu Post Bar; the latter, as described in the press release, is a popular online community. The pilot version of the application is available for download for free.

The Russian market is not far behind. Voxtel announced the start of sales of a new Voxtel BD50 mobile phone with Rambler preset settings. The BD50 is a multimedia model without a numeric keypad with a large touch display. The settings of Rambler information Wap-services are pre-installed on the phone: Rambler-mail, Rambler-photo (simple and convenient uploading of photos directly from a mobile phone directly to a personal archive of photos on Rambler), Rambler-8181 (new pictures, melodies, games and entertainment number 8181) and Rambler-Vision (interesting author's videos).

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 11)

Recent weeks have been oversaturated with news about the achievements of manufacturers of equipment for IT and mobile communications. That is why I want to start our weekly column with an abstract topic about robotics, more precisely, about mobile robotics.

So, Yasuji Hirosawa, an engineer at the Japanese company Citizen Watch, boasts of his robot, which is no larger than a thumb, called "Eco-Be".

"Eco-Be" is equipped with two stepper motors to be able to move both wheels simultaneously and independently. This tiny robot, 0.7" wide and no more than 1" high, can move forward, backward and turn at a maximum speed of 1" per second. This robot and its "brothers" will play football at the RoboCup in Germany, which will be held in July of this year. This news is all the more interesting, since a little earlier, the Japanese corporation Sony announced the curtailment of the production of "home" AIBO robot dogs.The remaining copies of AIBO are now sold on Internet auctions, where they are becoming more expensive every day.

Well, let's move on from the technologies of tomorrow to the technologies of today. The past week, of course, was marked by VoIP services.

Thus, Deutsche Telekom Group announced T-One, an integrated solution for dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi services, which will be tested on Nokia E60 and N80 smartphones by Nokia and T-Com, a division of Deutsche Telekom Group. According to Nokia, T-One will provide users of these devices with an easy and convenient way to access both cellular and fixed Wi-Fi networks.

T-Com access points will be used to access fixed networks, and subscribers will be able to use the same voice and data-centric services with any connection method. According to the press release, the E60 and N80 smartphones are the first Nokia devices to support SIP-based Internet telephony.

Siemens, in turn, as planned, announced at CeBIT a new wireless phone of the Gigaset series - C450 IP. The highlight of the device is the ability to connect to the Internet for VoIP calls without using a computer.

The phone is equipped with support for LAN connections, in order to use Internet telephony, you need to connect the phone base to a DSL modem. As the press release explains, once connected, the user will be able to select their ISP from the phone's menu, after which the correct settings will automatically load. The C450 IP also supports conventional telephone networks.

Otherwise, the characteristics of the novelty completely repeat the C450 model, which was released in October last year. The device is able to work within a radius of 300 meters from the base, received a phone book for 100 numbers and supports text messages. The phone will go on sale during March, the estimated cost will be 100 euros.

Communication equipment manufacturers are not far behind - D-Link, known to Russians for its equipment for computer networks, announced last week the DPH-540 mobile phone, designed for use in wireless Wi-Fi networks, which should appeal to mobile phone lovers. clamshell phones. According to the company, this is the first Wi-Fi phone in this form factor. It looks like a regular clamshell phone, just a little bigger.

It comes preinstalled with VoIP software from TelTel, which provides international Internet telephony services based on the SIP protocol. Deliveries of the DPH-540 are expected to start this summer. It has a MSRP of $249.99.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Indoor range 20 to 50 meters
  • Outdoor range up to 250 meters
  • Color CSTN backlit display
  • 12 MB RAM and 16 MB Flash
  • 40-voice polyphony
  • SMS, e-mail (POP3/SMTP)
  • USB interface (charging)
  • 900 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions - 113x48.7x25 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

Software vendors are not far behind in the field of mobile VoIP services - Nero has expanded its VoIP software portfolio with the introduction of Nero Sipps Mobile, a mobile solution. The first version of the program provides basic telephone functions, a phone book with a direct dialing function, lists of missed and completed calls, as well as the ability to set personalized ringtones. At CeBIT, the company is demonstrating the possibility of roaming between GSM and WLAN networks using Nero Sipps Mobile.

In the near future, there should be support for a phone book stored on the server, simple chat setup and mechanisms for creating and managing friend lists. Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems are supported. A version of Nero Sipps Mobile for the Symbian operating system is also planned to be released soon.

Continuing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention High Tech Drum Sets and Kits in GhanaComputer Corp. (HTC), which announced that its total revenue for February 2006 reached NT$7.817 million, up 89.81% from February last year. At the same time, the company's total revenue since the beginning of 2006 was NT$15.005 million, up 80.37% year-over-year.

The Euroset company, as if echoing the HTC press release, announced the start of sales of handheld computers and communicators in its stores. Among the main products offered are the most popular models from Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu-Siemens, Qtek and I-Mate. According to the head of the department, Sergey Zapara, the assortment will not be limited to this, and negotiations are underway with a number of other manufacturers of such equipment.

In particular, Gigabyte, which presented two g-Smart smartphones at CeBIT, expressed interest. In addition, Euroset plans to provide its customers with a full range of equipment for satellite navigation (GPS) in the near future. These include both PDA-based solutions and dedicated PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant) devices. Among the partners are Navteq, a number of foreign manufacturers of such devices and several domestic companies specializing in solutions for satellite navigation.

Smartphones easily fit into the concept of developing services in 3G networks - after all, these devices are initially designed for convenient processing of various information and media. The expansion of 3G geography and the start of providing HSDPA services will only increase interest in smartphones.

Speaking of HSDPA, at CeBIT, Vodafone announced the commercial launch of mobile broadband services based on HSDPA technology in Germany. The service will first be available in Hannover, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich.

It will gradually be introduced throughout the WCDMA network, which today covers an area where more than 70% of the country's population lives. Vodafone will introduce HSDPA technology to its subscribers in Germany under the name "UMTS Broadband". The service is based on Ericsson's HSDPA solution.

For its part, Hutchison, a brand 3 cellular service provider, announced today that it has successfully tested HSDPA (High Speed ​​Downlink Packet Access) services on its 3G network in the UK. The tests have been running over the past four months using the network infrastructure of Nokia and NEC. At the same time, speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps were provided.

The Orange company has not lagged behind, which has begun testing services based on HSDPA high-speed data transfer technology. Tests are taking place in the second largest French city of Lyon on 150 corporate clients, while providing a speed of 1.8 Mbps.

Broadband services such as TV, high-definition video and video games, and MP3 music streaming are provided. The test uses Nortel's HSDPA solution, which is capable of delivering speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. Orange France plans to commercially launch HSDPA services across the country in the second half of this year.

High connection speeds available to subscribers of HSDPA services will allow using the terminal not only for personal Internet access. So, the Romanian company Topex presented at the last exhibition CeBIT 2006 a router with support for the HSDPA data transfer standard; according to the company, the first of its kind. This is a multifunctional device that provides terminals with Internet access and the ability to make voice calls, acts as a Wi-Fi access point, VPN router, firewall, and also has four Ethernet ports.

The router is designed for use in small and medium-sized companies to create wireless virtual private networks (VPNs). It is also applicable as public Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, cafes, airports and so on.

Before the start of CeBIT 2006, we already wrote that MSI (Micro-Star International) is going to demonstrate a solar-powered MP3 player. Now the company has presented photos and some details about its development.

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The player is equipped with a solar battery. It converts solar energy into electrical energy through a solar panel and recharges the battery. Thus, the battery life of the device is increased, and there is no need for a spare battery or power adapter.

Mobile terminals

A curious concept of fashion mobile phone was developed by designer Jaren Goh for Sony Ericsson. This is a stylish model with a black mirror surface called Black Diamond, equipped with a 4-megapixel camera. As noted on the designer's website, the order was made at the end of 2005.

More detailed information about the characteristics of the phone is not yet known, nor is it known if things will move beyond the concept, and if they will advance when such a model is released.

At CeBIT 2006, Asus showed off the forthcoming P525 smartphone with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support. Declared automatic switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, is equipped with an Intel Xscale PXA 270 processor, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory.

The display supports QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels). The keyboard is digital. In addition, there is a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus, a miniSD memory card slot and a Bluetooth 1.2 interface. More information about the device should appear later.

The miniaturization of communication components plays an important role in expanding the range of Wi-Fi devices, which is why many companies are working on creating miniature Wi-Fi modules that are characterized by low power consumption.

Japanese Sharp managed to create a very small module called DC2J1DZ115. The dimensions of the device are 10x10x1.6 mm, power consumption is 0.9 mW / h, there is support for IEEE 802.11 b / g protocols.

Another representative of the land of the rising sun, Toshiba, has developed a thin music phone TS608. Its thickness is only 9.9 mm. The control buttons for the built-in MP3 player are located on the top of the case, like the recently introduced BenQ-Siemens E61 phone. It is also equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera with video recording capability. It has little built-in memory, but there is a slot for memory cards. It is expected that sales of this phone will begin in the European market in May. Approximately at a price of 180 to 200 euros.

  • GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 1.9" 176x220 pixel display with 65K colors
  • 1.3MP camera
  • Video recording with CIF resolution (352x288 pixels) in MPEG4/H.236 formats
  • MP3 player supporting MP3, AAC and AAC+
  • 8 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot (TransFlash)
  • E-mail client
  • Bluetooth and USB 1.1 interfaces
  • Talk time up to 150 minutes
  • Standby time up to 150 hours
  • Dimensions - 111x47x9.9 mm
  • Weight - 93 grams

Carriers, networks and Internet services

Vodafone Group announced last week an agreement with SoftBank to sell its 97.68 percent stake in Vodafone Japan to SoftBank. The company's Japanese subsidiary is valued at nearly 1.8 trillion yen (£8.9 billion), of which £6.8 billion will be raised in cash at the close of the deal. Vodafone will subsequently distribute £6 billion of this amount to its shareholders.

Arun Sarin, chief executive of Vodafone, commented on the deal that he was pleased with it because it has an attractive amount of which £6bn will go to the company's shareholders. On the reasons that prompted Vodafone to abandon the Japanese branch, Aran Sarin said that the Japanese market has its own specifics and strong competition, as well as the fact that in the long term the profits of the Japanese division of the company will only decrease. Therefore, the company's board decided to sell its assets to the leading Japanese media and telecommunications company SoftBank with its lucrative offer.

Now a little about the national mobile communications market. OJSC Mobile TeleSystems, the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS countries, announced in its press release that the consolidated number of the company's subscribers as of February 28, 2006 exceeded 60.31 million people.

In February 2006, the consolidated subscriber base of MTS increased by 0.81 million subscribers, including 0.57 million subscribers connected to the MTS network in Russia.

The disappointing figures of the MTS report are echoed by the analytical company J`son & Partners, which published a regular report on the state of the Russian cellular market. At the end of February 2006, the number of subscribers in Russia amounted to 128 million users, and the average penetration rate was 87.4%.

The cumulative increase in subscribers amounted to 1.4 million or 1.1% (last month the increase was 2.2 million or 1.8%), which is almost three times lower than last year for the corresponding period and one and a half times below the 2004 value. For the whole of 2006, J&P predicts subscriber base growth of 24%, for comparison: in 2005, the annual growth rate decreased to 59%, while in 2004 it was 105%.

MTS is still the leader among Russian operators, according to the company's calculations, its share was 35.4% in this quarter, while VimpelCom's share is 34.3%, and MegaFon got 18.4%. In terms of subscriber growth in February, the MTS operator also overtook the rest.

It has recently become fashionable for phone manufacturers to team up with Internet search portals. This time, Nokia has entered into an alliance with the leading Chinese language search engine, Baidu.com. As a result of their cooperation in Chinese-speaking markets, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, high-end Nokia devices such as the N70, N90 and some other S60-based smartphones will have easier access to search on Baidu.com.

To do this, devices with the Nokia Mobile Search application will have special icons for accessing Baidu in the interface. The four most popular services will be supported - Web Search, News Search, Image Search and Baidu Post Bar; the latter, as described in the press release, is a popular online community. The pilot version of the application is available for download for free.

The Russian market is not far behind. Voxtel announced the start of sales of a new Voxtel BD50 mobile phone with Rambler preset settings. The BD50 is a multimedia model without a numeric keypad with a large touch display. The settings of Rambler information Wap-services are pre-installed on the phone: Rambler-mail, Rambler-photo (simple and convenient uploading of photos directly from a mobile phone directly to a personal archive of photos on Rambler), Rambler-8181 (new pictures, melodies, games and entertainment number 8181) and Rambler-Vision (interesting author's videos).

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 11)

Recent weeks have been oversaturated with news about the achievements of manufacturers of equipment for IT and mobile communications. That is why I want to start our weekly column with an abstract topic about robotics, more precisely, about mobile robotics.

So, Yasuji Hirosawa, an engineer at the Japanese company Citizen Watch, boasts of his robot, which is no larger than a thumb, called "Eco-Be".

"Eco-Be" is equipped with two stepper motors to be able to move both wheels simultaneously and independently. This tiny robot, 0.7" wide and no more than 1" high, can move forward, backward and turn at a maximum speed of 1" per second. This robot and its "brothers" will play football at the RoboCup in Germany, which will be held in July of this year. This news is all the more interesting, since a little earlier, the Japanese corporation Sony announced the curtailment of the production of "home" AIBO robot dogs.The remaining copies of AIBO are now sold on Internet auctions, where they are becoming more expensive every day.

The phone is equipped with support for LAN connections, in order to use Internet telephony, you need to connect the phone base to a DSL modem. As the press release explains, once connected, the user will be able to select their ISP from the phone's menu, after which the correct settings will automatically load. The C450 IP also supports conventional telephone networks.

Otherwise, the characteristics of the novelty completely repeat the C450 model, which was released in October last year. The device is able to work within a radius of 300 meters from the base, received a phone book for 100 numbers and supports text messages. The phone will go on sale during March, the estimated cost will be 100 euros.

Communication equipment manufacturers are not far behind - D-Link, known to Russians for its equipment for computer networks, announced last week the DPH-540 mobile phone, designed for use in wireless Wi-Fi networks, which should appeal to mobile phone lovers. clamshell phones. According to the company, this is the first Wi-Fi phone in this form factor. It looks like a regular clamshell phone, just a little bigger.

It comes pre-installed with VoIP software from TelTel, which provides international Internet telephony services based on the SIP protocol. Deliveries of the DPH-540 are expected to start this summer. It has a MSRP of $249.99.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Indoor range 20 to 50 meters
  • Outdoor range up to 250 meters
  • Color CSTN backlit display
  • 12 MB RAM and 16 MB Flash
  • 40-voice polyphony
  • SMS, e-mail (POP3/SMTP)
  • USB interface (charging)
  • 900 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions - 113x48.7x25 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

Software vendors are not far behind in the field of mobile VoIP services - Nero has expanded its VoIP software portfolio with the introduction of Nero Sipps Mobile, a mobile solution. The first version of the program provides basic telephone functions, a phone book with a direct dialing function, lists of missed and completed calls, as well as the ability to set personalized ringtones. At CeBIT, the company is demonstrating the possibility of roaming between GSM and WLAN networks using Nero Sipps Mobile.

In the near future, there should be support for a phone book stored on the server, simple chat setup and mechanisms for creating and managing friend lists. Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems are supported. A version of Nero Sipps Mobile for the Symbian operating system is also planned to be released soon.

Continuing the theme of smartphones, I would like to mention the company High Tech Drum Sets and Kits in Ghana Computer Corp. (HTC), which announced that its total revenue for February 2006 reached NT$7.817 million, up 89.81% from February last year. At the same time, the company's total revenue since the beginning of 2006 was NT$15.005 million, up 80.37% year-over-year.

Continuing the touched topic of smartphones, I would like to mention the company High Tech Drum Sets and Kits in Ghana Drum Sets and Kits in Ghana computer corp. (HTC), which announced that its total revenue for February 2006 reached NT$7.817 million, up 89.81% from February last year. At the same time, the company's total income since the beginning of 2006 was NT$15.005 million, up 80.37% year-over-year.

The Euroset company, as if echoing the HTC press release, announced the start of sales of handheld computers and communicators in its stores. Among the main products offered are the most popular models from Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu-Siemens, Qtek and I-Mate. According to the head of the department, Sergey Zapara, the assortment will not be limited to this, and negotiations are underway with a number of other manufacturers of such equipment.

In particular, Gigabyte, which presented two g-Smart smartphones at CeBIT, expressed interest. In addition, Euroset plans to provide its customers with a full range of equipment for satellite navigation (GPS) in the near future. These include both PDA-based solutions and dedicated PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant) devices. Among the partners are Navteq, a number of foreign manufacturers of such devices and several domestic companies specializing in solutions for satellite navigation.

Smartphones easily fit into the concept of developing services in 3G networks - after all, these devices are initially designed for convenient processing of various information and media. The expansion of 3G geography and the start of providing HSDPA services will only increase interest in smartphones.

Speaking of HSDPA, at CeBIT, Vodafone announced the commercial launch of mobile broadband services based on HSDPA technology in Germany. The service will first be available in Hannover, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich.

It will gradually be introduced throughout the WCDMA network, which today covers an area where more than 70% of the country's population lives. Vodafone will introduce HSDPA technology to its subscribers in Germany under the name "UMTS Broadband". The service is based on Ericsson's HSDPA solution.

For its part, Hutchison, a brand 3 cellular service provider, announced today that it has successfully tested HSDPA (High Speed ​​Downlink Packet Access) services on its 3G network in the UK. The tests have been running over the past four months using the network infrastructure of Nokia and NEC. At the same time, speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps were provided.

The Orange company has not lagged behind, which has begun testing services based on HSDPA high-speed data transfer technology. Tests are taking place in the second largest French city of Lyon on 150 corporate clients, while providing a speed of 1.8 Mbps.

Broadband services such as TV, high-definition video and video games, and MP3 music streaming are provided. The test uses Nortel's HSDPA solution, which is capable of delivering speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. Orange France plans to commercially launch HSDPA services across the country in the second half of this year.

High connection speeds available to subscribers of HSDPA services will allow using the terminal not only for personal Internet access. So, the Romanian company Topex presented at the last exhibition CeBIT 2006 a router with support for the HSDPA data transfer standard; according to the company, the first of its kind. This is a multifunctional device that provides terminals with Internet access and the ability to make voice calls, acts as a Wi-Fi access point, VPN router, firewall, and also has four Ethernet ports.

The router is designed for use in small and medium-sized companies to create wireless virtual private networks (VPNs). It is also applicable as public Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, cafes, airports and so on.

Before the start of CeBIT 2006, we already wrote that MSI (Micro-Star International) is going to demonstrate a solar-powered MP3 player. Now the company has presented photos and some details about its development.

The player is equipped with a solar battery. It converts solar energy into electrical energy through a solar panel and recharges the battery. Thus, the battery life of the device is increased, and there is no need for a spare battery or power adapter.

Mobile terminals

A curious concept of fashion mobile phone was developed by designer Jaren Goh for Sony Ericsson. This is a stylish model with a black mirror surface called Black Diamond, equipped with a 4-megapixel camera. As noted on the designer's website, the order was made at the end of 2005.

More detailed information about the characteristics of the phone is not yet known, nor is it known if things will move beyond the concept, and if they will advance when such a model is released.

At CeBIT 2006, Asus showed off the forthcoming P525 smartphone with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support. Declared automatic switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, is equipped with an Intel Xscale PXA 270 processor, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory.

The display supports QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels). The keyboard is digital. In addition, there is a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus, a miniSD memory card slot and a Bluetooth 1.2 interface. More information about the device should appear later.

The miniaturization of communication components plays an important role in expanding the range of Wi-Fi devices, which is why many companies are working on creating miniature Wi-Fi modules that are characterized by low power consumption.

Japanese Sharp managed to create a very small module called DC2J1DZ115. The dimensions of the device are 10x10x1.6 mm, power consumption is 0.9 mW / h, there is support for IEEE 802.11 b / g protocols.

Another representative of the land of the rising sun, Toshiba, has developed a thin music phone TS608. Its thickness is only 9.9 mm. The control buttons for the built-in MP3 player are located on the top of the case, like the recently introduced BenQ-Siemens E61 phone. It is also equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera with video recording capability. It has little built-in memory, but there is a slot for memory cards. It is expected that sales of this phone will begin in the European market in May. Approximately at a price of 180 to 200 euros.

  • GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 1.9" 176x220 pixel display with 65K colors
  • 1.3MP camera
  • Video recording with CIF resolution (352x288 pixels) in MPEG4/H.236 formats
  • MP3 player supporting MP3, AAC and AAC+
  • 8 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot (TransFlash)
  • E-mail client
  • Bluetooth and USB 1.1 interfaces
  • Talk time up to 150 minutes
  • Standby time up to 150 hours
  • Dimensions - 111x47x9.9 mm
  • Weight - 93 grams

Carriers, networks and Internet services

Vodafone Group announced last week an agreement with SoftBank to sell its 97.68 percent stake in Vodafone Japan to SoftBank. The company's Japanese subsidiary is valued at nearly 1.8 trillion yen (£8.9 billion), of which £6.8 billion will be raised in cash at the close of the deal. Vodafone will subsequently distribute £6 billion of this amount to its shareholders.

Arun Sarin, chief executive of Vodafone, commented on the deal that he was pleased with it because it has an attractive amount of which £6bn will go to the company's shareholders. On the reasons that prompted Vodafone to abandon the Japanese branch, Aran Sarin said that the Japanese market has its own specifics and strong competition, and that in the long term, the profits of the Japanese division of the company will only decrease. Therefore, the company's board decided to sell its assets to the leading Japanese media and telecommunications company SoftBank with its lucrative offer.

Now a little about the national mobile communications market. OJSC Mobile TeleSystems, the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS countries, announced in its press release that the consolidated number of the company's subscribers as of February 28, 2006 exceeded 60.31 million people.

In February 2006, the consolidated subscriber base of MTS increased by 0.81 million subscribers, including 0.57 million subscribers connected to the MTS network in Russia.

The disappointing figures of the MTS report are echoed by the analytical company J`son & Partners, which published a regular report on the state of the Russian cellular market. At the end of February 2006, the number of subscribers in Russia amounted to 128 million users, and the average penetration rate was 87.4%.

The cumulative increase in subscribers amounted to 1.4 million or 1.1% (last month the increase was 2.2 million or 1.8%), which is almost three times lower than last year for the corresponding period and one and a half times below the 2004 value. For the whole of 2006, J&P predicts subscriber base growth of 24%, for comparison: in 2005, the annual growth rate decreased to 59%, while in 2004 it was 105%.

MTS is still the leader among Russian operators, according to the company's calculations, its share was 35.4% in this quarter, while VimpelCom's share is 34.3%, and MegaFon got 18.4%. In terms of subscriber growth in February, the MTS operator also overtook the rest.

It has recently become fashionable for phone manufacturers to team up with Internet search portals. This time, Nokia has entered into an alliance with the leading Chinese language search engine, Baidu.com. As a result of their cooperation in Chinese-speaking markets, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, high-end Nokia devices such as the N70, N90 and some other S60-based smartphones will have easier access to search on Baidu.com.

To do this, devices with the Nokia Mobile Search application will have special icons for accessing Baidu in the interface. The four most popular services will be supported - Web Search, News Search, Image Search and Baidu Post Bar; the latter, as described in the press release, is a popular online community. The pilot version of the application is available for download for free.

The Russian market is not far behind. Voxtel announced the start of sales of a new Voxtel BD50 mobile phone with Rambler preset settings. The BD50 is a multimedia model without a numeric keypad with a large touch display. The settings of Rambler information Wap-services are pre-installed on the phone: Rambler-mail, Rambler-photo (simple and convenient uploading of photos directly from a mobile phone directly to a personal archive of photos on Rambler), Rambler-8181 (new pictures, melodies, games and entertainment number 8181) and Rambler-Vision (interesting author's videos).