As you can see in the photos, this model is made in a slider form factor, but the most interesting thing is that the front of the phone moves from the folded state not only up when accessing the number keys, but also down when accessing the keys player controls.

Possible release of this model is the 1st quarter of next year.

You can also listen to information about the new product in podcast #5. You can download the podcast from here (2.66 Mb):/podcasts/2006/may/podcast5-1.mp3

The information about the sale of the Siemens telecom business (network equipment) to Motorola, which was released two weeks ago, continues to acquire details. For example, last week Motorola and BenQ Mobile (consisting mostly of the former division of Siemens) announced in a joint statement that Motorola is buying a R&D center and development team in Aalborg, Denmark, owned by BenQ Mobile. .

Under this agreement, Motorola will purchase the center's equipment and facilities, as well as 250 employees, most of whom are engineers, as part of the deal. The Aalborg acquisition will be integrated into Motorola's mobile business and will become the company's development hub. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition should be completed in early June.

With this sale of Motorola's R&D center, BenQ Mobile continues its restructuring strategy. In March, BenQ Mobile announced its decision to centralize development in Germany in Munich and Kamp-Lintfort (North Rhine-Westphalia), as well as to move employees from the research center in Ulm to Munich. The company also decided to shorten its highly fragmented mobile phone product line and focus on the mid-range segment.

Another piece of news from Siemens came from Siemens Communications, which, together with Time Warner Cable, demonstrated the capabilities of fixed, mobile and broadband WiFi technologies, fully integrated using the IMS platform (IP Multimedia Subsystem), designed for convergence of mobile and fixed communication networks (FMC). A recent demo at Time Warner's US office highlighted the practical value of Siemens IMS solutions for network operators and how consumers can use converged solutions for communications, multimedia and entertainment applications.

Microsoft and Qualcomm are integrating and testing Windows Mobile support on the 7XXX series MSM chipsets, which feature a dual-core architecture with an integrated ARM11 application processor and an ARM9 modem processor. Qualcomm plans to start offering Windows Mobile 5.0-enabled MSM chipsets in the second half of this year. Appearance of devices based on these chipsets is predicted for 2007.

Nokia and ATI Technologies also announced the beginning of a long-term strategic relationship. As part of this partnership, the companies plan to work together on the multimedia capabilities of Nokia mobile devices, including music playback, 3D games, mobile TV, video, and more.

Companies are also going to accelerate the development of various kinds of multimedia applications and content by promoting open standards and providing software, hardware and various development tools. In particular, ATI plans to introduce a set of special tools and a software development kit (SDK, software development kit) for developers this fall. The companies will also hold a series of joint workshops in the second half of the year.

Not even a week goes by without another optimistic forecast for the cellular market. Thus, the Taiwanese analytical company Market Intelligence Center (MIC) predicts that the global mobile subscriber base will grow from 2 billion in 2005 to 3.3 billion in 2010. Thus, the average annual growth in the number of subscribers will be 10.1%.

The growth of subscriber bases will mainly come from networks in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. The Middle East region is expected to take the lead with the highest growth rate. Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America and Western Europe will follow in descending order.

Analogue TDMA networks in North America and Western Europe will be gradually upgraded to support the GSM standard, and the EMH (Emerging Market Handset) program promoted by the GSM Association will facilitate adoption in markets with still low mobile penetration GSM-connections.

As a result, by 2010 the global share of GSM-subscribers (including users of third-generation WCDMA networks) will grow from 80%, won at the moment, to 85%. Accordingly, the share of CDMA networks will fall to 15%. At the same time, it is predicted that in 2007 the share of subscribers of third generation networks will for the first time overcome the threshold of 10% and reach 296 million.

In turn, the analytical company IDC conducted another study of the digital camera market. The company found that while shipments continued to rise in 2005, weaker players were exiting the market and new manufacturers were building up their presence. According to analysts, even more suppliers will leave the market in the next 18 months.

The company also predicts strong growth in demand in emerging markets going forward and the beginning of a decline in supplies in more established markets. In a not too long timeframe, global demand for digital cameras will continue to be strong, with shipments reaching around 111 million units in 2008, but a decline is not far off.

In defiance of MIT's $100 affordable student laptop project, Intel President Paul Otellini at the World Congress on Information Technology for the first time demonstrated a laptop called Eduwise, which is aimed at students in developing countries. According to Otellini, the Mexican government is already going to provide such laptops to 300,000 teachers by the end of this year.

More than one organization is concerned about creating cheap laptops that even less wealthy members of society can afford. Intel is also making efforts in this area.

< /p>

Special details about the laptop have not yet been disclosed, it is expected to cost about $400 and work under Windows or Linux operating systems.

Russian market

The Swedish telecommunications holding Tele2 AB reported its financial results in the first quarter of this year. In Russia, against the background of the leading mobile operators, the subdivision of the Swedish holding does not look very impressive, but the operator does not let himself be forgotten. In the first quarter of this year, the Russian Tele2 has made notable progress - revenue increased by 167% compared to the same quarter last year, from 168 to 448 million SEK. This, in turn, led to positive EBITDA (earnings before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization) for the unit, which Tele2 AB reports is the first time this has happened.

In general, the operating income of the holding increased by 16%, to 13.453 billion 32Gb Computer Accessories in Ethiopia SEK and EBITDA was SEK 1.375 billion. Revenue growth was driven primarily by broadband and mobile and led to higher marketing and capital expenditures. However, this resulted in a 3% decrease in EBITDA compared to the same period last year and a decrease in net income from 483 to 230 million SEK.

Tele2 positions itself as a leading alternative European operator. It provides services in 23 countries to over 300 million subscribers.

The all-Russian mobile operator MegaFon also reported on its success. Thus, the number of the operator's subscribers in the Moscow region exceeded 4 million people. Moscow MegaFon gained its fourth million subscribers in record time - over six months. New subscribers and users of other networks have been especially active in connecting to MegaFon since the new year, when the company was the first in the capital region to switch to ruble billing.

According to the operator, in the first quarter of 2006 more than 500,000 new subscribers connected to the MegaFon-Moscow network, which is much more than other metropolitan cellular networks combined. A real hit was the new "Mobile" tariff, which allows you to call all federal numbers of mobile operators in the Moscow region at a single price.

MegaFon continues to actively improve the quality of communication and radio coverage. Currently, the MegaFon-Moscow network has more than 1650 base stations, by the beginning of next year the number of base stations will exceed 2000 units, while 100% of the service area will be covered by EDGE technology.

VimpelCom Group (Beeline trademark) and WLAN roaming provider WeRoam announced an agreement. As a result, Beeline subscribers will be able to use WLAN roaming, which will allow them to receive high-speed wireless Internet access from more than 15,000 Wi-Fi access points around the world. The cost of Internet access is included in the subscriber's bill for communication services.

However, cellular operators are not being honest when they say they are not ready for the arrival of CPP. In the latest tariff plans "Simply speaking" from VimpelCom, "Universal" and "Guest" from MTS, this principle is already used. In any case, mobile operators will have to hurry, because according to the law, they need to warn subscribers about new tariffs ten days in advance, i.e. just on the day the cost of calls from fixed phones to mobile phones is announced.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 18)

Greetings to the readers of our industrial column. Spring confidently captures new territories of our homeland, girls with no less confidence dress according to the weather. According to light clothing, thin mobile phones are also popular. But manufacturers are already gradually moving away from the general passion for the thickness of devices - this will not surprise anyone.

Thus, thanks to some of our forum members, spy photos and specifications of the forthcoming new model of the Nokia N-series mobile phone, the N83, have appeared on our forums.

< /p>

Possible specifications for NOKIA N83:

  • Series 60 3rd Edition;
  • Large (at least 2.5-inch) 320x240 pixels 16 million color display;
  • Bluetooth 2.0;
  • MicroSD slot;
  • MP3/ACC media player;
  • FM radio with Visual Radio;
  • 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, mechanical shutter, built-in flash and VGA front camera for video calls;
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA;
  • 802.11b/g for VOIP calls;
  • 4GB hard drive;
  • USB;
  • Mini-jack 3.5 mm.

As you can see in the photos, this model is made in a slider form factor, but the most interesting thing is that the front of the phone moves from the folded state not only up when accessing the number keys, but also down when accessing the keys player controls.

Possible release of this model is the 1st quarter of next year.

You can also listen to information about the new product in podcast #5. You can download the podcast from here (2.66 Mb):/podcasts/2006/may/podcast5-1.mp3

The information about the sale of the Siemens telecom business (network equipment) to Motorola, which was released two weeks ago, continues to acquire details. For example, last week Motorola and BenQ Mobile (consisting mostly of the former division of Siemens) announced in a joint statement that Motorola is buying a R&D center and development team in Aalborg, Denmark, owned by BenQ Mobile. .

Under this agreement, Motorola will purchase the center's equipment and facilities, as well as 250 employees, most of whom are engineers, as part of the deal. The Aalborg acquisition will be integrated into Motorola's mobile business and will become the company's development hub. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition should be completed in early June.

With this sale of Motorola's R&D center, BenQ Mobile continues its restructuring strategy. In March, BenQ Mobile announced its decision to centralize development in Germany in Munich and Kamp-Lintfort (North Rhine-Westphalia), as well as to move employees from the research center in Ulm to Munich. The company also decided to shorten its highly fragmented mobile phone product line and focus on the mid-range segment.

Another piece of news from Siemens came from Siemens Communications, which, together with Time Warner Cable, demonstrated the capabilities of fixed, mobile and broadband WiFi technologies, fully integrated using the IMS platform (IP Multimedia Subsystem), designed for convergence of mobile and fixed communication networks (FMC). A recent demo at Time Warner's US office highlighted the practical value of Siemens IMS solutions for network operators and how consumers can use converged solutions for communications, multimedia and entertainment applications.

One of the demos included several online game scenarios designed to test the integration of packet and dial-up telephone networks, as well as the ability to use a range of different wireless and fixed technologies. For example, one player used a wireless terminal, and the other a device that connected to a fixed network. The companies also demonstrated the use of a dual-mode handset to provide seamless handover of voice and data for users moving from a WiFi zone, at home or work, to a cellular coverage zone.

Last week, Microsoft and Qualcomm also announced a collaboration to bring Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system support to Qualcomm's MSM (Mobile Station Modem) chipsets, which they believe will revolutionize the next generation of smartphones.

This will allow manufacturers to develop affordable and functional mobile phones based on Windows Mobile with MSM chipsets, while reducing development time. The MSM chipsets will also support the Windows Mobile platform to ensure long battery life and the ability to run a wide range of entertainment and business applications such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile. The companies believe that thanks to their efforts, mobile phones with such functionality can become smaller and lighter, with more attractive form factors.

Microsoft and Qualcomm are integrating and testing Windows Mobile support on the 7XXX series MSM chipsets, which feature a dual-core architecture with an integrated ARM11 application processor and an ARM9 modem processor. Qualcomm plans to start offering Windows Mobile 5.0-enabled MSM chipsets in the second half of this year. Appearance of devices based on these chipsets is predicted for 2007.

Nokia and ATI Technologies also announced the beginning of a long-term strategic relationship. As part of this partnership, the companies plan to work together on the multimedia capabilities of Nokia mobile devices, including music playback, 3D games, mobile TV, video, and more.

Companies are also going to accelerate the development of various kinds of multimedia applications and content by promoting open standards and providing software, hardware and various development tools. In particular, ATI plans to introduce a set of special tools and a software development kit (SDK, software development kit) for developers this fall. The companies will also hold a series of joint workshops in the second half of the year.

Not even a week goes by without another optimistic forecast for the cellular market. Thus, the Taiwanese analytical company Market Intelligence Center (MIC) predicts that the global mobile subscriber base will grow from 2 billion in 2005 to 3.3 billion in 2010. Thus, the average annual growth in the number of subscribers will be 10.1%.

The growth of subscriber bases will mainly come from networks in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. The Middle East region is expected to take the lead with the highest growth rate. Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America and Western Europe will follow in descending order.

Analogue TDMA networks in North America and Western Europe will be gradually upgraded to support the GSM standard, and the EMH (Emerging Market Handset) program promoted by the GSM Association will facilitate adoption in markets with still low mobile penetration GSM-connections.

As a result, by 2010 the global share of GSM-subscribers (including users of third-generation WCDMA networks) will grow from 80%, won at the moment, to 85%. Accordingly, the share of CDMA networks will fall to 15%. At the same time, it is predicted that in 2007 the share of subscribers of third generation networks will for the first time overcome the threshold of 10% and reach 296 million.

In turn, the analytical company IDC conducted another study of the digital camera market. The company found that while shipments continued to rise in 2005, weaker players were exiting the market and new manufacturers were building up their presence. According to analysts, even more suppliers will leave the market in the next 18 months.

The company also predicts strong growth in demand in emerging markets going forward and the beginning of a decline in supplies in more established markets. In a not too long timeframe, global demand for digital cameras will continue to be strong, with shipments reaching around 111 million units in 2008, but a decline is not far off.

In defiance of MIT's $100 affordable student laptop project, Intel President Paul Otellini at the World Congress on Information Technology for the first time demonstrated a laptop called Eduwise, which is aimed at students in developing countries. According to Otellini, the Mexican government is already going to provide such laptops to 300,000 teachers by the end of this year.

More than one organization is concerned about creating cheap laptops that even less wealthy members of society can afford. Intel is also making efforts in this area.

< /p>

Special details about the laptop have not yet been disclosed, it is expected to cost about $400 and work under Windows or Linux operating systems.

Russian market

The Swedish telecommunications holding Tele2 AB reported its financial results in the first quarter of this year. In Russia, against the background of the leading mobile operators, the division of the Swedish holding does not look very impressive, but the operator does not let himself be forgotten. In the first quarter of this year, the Russian Tele2 has made notable progress - revenue increased by 167% compared to the same quarter last year, from 168 to 448 million SEK. This, in turn, led to positive EBITDA (earnings before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization) for the unit, which Tele2 AB reports is the first time this has happened.

In general, the operating income of the holding increased by 16%, to 13.453 billion 32Gb Computer Accessories in Ethiopia SEK and EBITDA was SEK 1.375 billion. Revenue growth was driven primarily by broadband and mobile and led to higher marketing and capital expenditures. However, this resulted in a 3% decrease in EBITDA compared to the same period last year and a decrease in net income from 483 to 230 million SEK.

Tele2 positions itself as a leading alternative European operator. It provides services in 23 countries to over 300 million subscribers.

The all-Russian mobile operator MegaFon also reported on its success. Thus, the number of the operator's subscribers in the Moscow region exceeded 4 million people. Moscow MegaFon gained its fourth million subscribers in record time - over six months. New subscribers and users of other networks have been especially active in connecting to MegaFon since the new year, when the company was the first in the capital region to switch to ruble billing.

According to the operator, in the first quarter of 2006 more than 500,000 new subscribers connected to the MegaFon-Moscow network, which is much more than other metropolitan cellular networks combined. A real hit was the new "Mobile" tariff, which allows you to call all federal numbers of mobile operators in the Moscow region at a single price.

MegaFon continues to actively improve the quality of communication and radio coverage. Currently, the MegaFon-Moscow network has more than 1650 base stations, by the beginning of next year the number of base stations will exceed 2000 units, while 100% of the service area will be covered by EDGE technology.

VimpelCom Group (Beeline trademark) and WLAN roaming provider WeRoam announced an agreement. As a result, Beeline subscribers will be able to use WLAN roaming, which will allow them to receive high-speed wireless Internet access from more than 15,000 Wi-Fi access points around the world. The cost of Internet access is included in the subscriber's bill for communication services.

WLAN roaming makes using wireless Internet more convenient: the subscriber does not need to look for payment cards, read instructions in foreign languages, enter passwords, and so on. The "WLAN-roaming" service is activated free of charge. Now it is available to users of the "Mobile Office" package. In the future, it is planned to offer it to all users of Beeline mobile Internet services.

On the eve of the legislative abolition of fees for incoming calls, the Federal Tariff Service (FTS) announced that the cost of calls from fixed phones to mobile phones will be determined by June 20 - ten days before the law on free incoming calls comes into force. Fixed-line operators do not need more - they just need to warn their subscribers about the change in the rules.

As for mobile operators, they were dissatisfied with this decision - in ten days they will not have time to change tariffs or sign agreements with partners. In Russia, the tariffs of fixed-line operators, which are part of the Svyazinvest holding, are still set by the state, and without an order from the FTS, fixed-line operators cannot determine the cost of a call and, accordingly, how much of the amount to give to mobile operators. Cellular companies, in turn, cannot decide how to compensate for income not received from the "incoming" item and what tariffs to set.

However, cellular operators are not being honest when they say they are not ready for the arrival of CPP. In the latest tariff plans "Simply speaking" from VimpelCom, "Universal" and "Guest" from MTS, this principle is already used. In any case, mobile operators will have to hurry, because according to the law, they need to warn subscribers about new tariffs ten days in advance, i.e. just on the day the cost of calls from fixed phones to mobile phones is announced.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 18)

Greetings to the readers of our industrial column. Spring confidently captures new territories of our homeland, girls with no less confidence dress according to the weather. According to light clothing, thin mobile phones are also popular. But manufacturers are already gradually moving away from the general passion for the thickness of devices - this will not surprise anyone.

Thus, thanks to some of our forum members, spy photos and specifications of the forthcoming new model of the Nokia N-series mobile phone, the N83, have appeared on our forums.

< /p>

Possible specifications for NOKIA N83:

  • Series 60 3rd Edition;
  • Large (at least 2.5-inch) 320x240 pixels 16 million color display;
  • Bluetooth 2.0;
  • MicroSD slot;
  • MP3/ACC media player;
  • FM radio with Visual Radio;
  • 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, mechanical shutter, built-in flash and VGA front camera for video calls;
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA;
  • 802.11b/g for VOIP calls;
  • 4GB hard drive;
  • USB;
  • Mini-jack 3.5 mm.

As you can see in the photos, this model is made in a slider form factor, but the most interesting thing is that the front of the phone moves from the folded state not only up when accessing the number keys, but also down when accessing the keys player controls.

Possible release of this model is the 1st quarter of next year.

You can also listen to information about the new product in podcast #5. You can download the podcast from here (2.66 Mb):/podcasts/2006/may/podcast5-1.mp3

The information about the sale of the Siemens telecom business (network equipment) to Motorola, which was released two weeks ago, continues to acquire details. For example, last week Motorola and BenQ Mobile (consisting mostly of the former division of Siemens) announced in a joint statement that Motorola is buying a R&D center and development team in Aalborg, Denmark, owned by BenQ Mobile. .

Under this agreement, Motorola will purchase the center's equipment and facilities, as well as 250 employees, most of whom are engineers, as part of the deal. The Aalborg acquisition will be integrated into Motorola's mobile business and will become the company's development hub. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition should be completed in early June.

With this sale of Motorola's R&D center, BenQ Mobile continues its restructuring strategy. In March, BenQ Mobile announced its decision to centralize development in Germany in Munich and Kamp-Lintfort (North Rhine-Westphalia), as well as to move employees from the research center in Ulm to Munich. The company also decided to shorten its highly fragmented mobile phone product line and focus on the mid-range segment.

Another piece of news from Siemens came from Siemens Communications, which, together with Time Warner Cable, demonstrated the capabilities of fixed, mobile and broadband WiFi technologies, fully integrated using the IMS platform (IP Multimedia Subsystem), designed for convergence of mobile and fixed communication networks (FMC). A recent demo at Time Warner's US office highlighted the practical value of Siemens IMS solutions for network operators and how consumers can use converged solutions for communications, multimedia and entertainment applications.

One of the demos included several online game scenarios designed to test the integration of packet and dial-up telephone networks, as well as the ability to use a range of different wireless and fixed technologies. For example, one player used a wireless terminal, and the other a device that connected to a fixed network. The companies also demonstrated the use of a dual-mode handset to provide seamless handover of voice and data for users moving from a WiFi zone, at home or work, to a cellular coverage zone.

Last week, Microsoft and Qualcomm also announced a collaboration to bring Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system support to Qualcomm's MSM (Mobile Station Modem) chipsets, which they believe will revolutionize the next generation of smartphones.

This will allow manufacturers to develop affordable and functional mobile phones based on Windows Mobile with MSM chipsets, while reducing development time. The MSM chipsets will also support the Windows Mobile platform to ensure long battery life and the ability to run a wide range of entertainment and business applications such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile. The companies believe that thanks to their efforts, mobile phones with such functionality can become smaller and lighter, with more attractive form factors.

Microsoft and Qualcomm are integrating and testing Windows Mobile support on the 7XXX series MSM chipsets, which feature a dual-core architecture with an integrated ARM11 application processor and an ARM9 modem processor. Qualcomm plans to start offering Windows Mobile 5.0-enabled MSM chipsets in the second half of this year. Appearance of devices based on these chipsets is predicted for 2007.

Nokia and ATI Technologies also announced the beginning of a long-term strategic relationship. As part of this partnership, the companies plan to work together on the multimedia capabilities of Nokia mobile devices, including music playback, 3D games, mobile TV, video, and more.

Companies are also going to accelerate the development of various kinds of multimedia applications and content by promoting open standards and providing software, hardware and various development tools. In particular, ATI plans to introduce a set of special tools and a software development kit (SDK, software development kit) for developers this fall. The companies will also hold a series of joint workshops in the second half of the year.

Not even a week goes by without another optimistic forecast for the cellular market. Thus, the Taiwanese analytical company Market Intelligence Center (MIC) predicts that the global mobile subscriber base will grow from 2 billion in 2005 to 3.3 billion in 2010. Thus, the average annual growth in the number of subscribers will be 10.1%.

The growth of subscriber bases will mainly come from networks in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. The Middle East region is expected to take the lead with the highest growth rate. Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America and Western Europe will follow in descending order.

Analogue TDMA networks in North America and Western Europe will be gradually upgraded to support the GSM standard, and the EMH (Emerging Market Handset) program promoted by the GSM Association will facilitate adoption in markets with still low mobile penetration GSM-connections.

As a result, by 2010 the global share of GSM-subscribers (including users of third-generation WCDMA networks) will grow from 80%, won at the moment, to 85%. Accordingly, the share of CDMA networks will fall to 15%. At the same time, it is predicted that in 2007 the share of subscribers of third generation networks will for the first time overcome the threshold of 10% and reach 296 million.

In turn, the analytical company IDC conducted another study of the digital camera market. The company found that while shipments continued to rise in 2005, weaker players were exiting the market and new manufacturers were building up their presence. According to analysts, even more suppliers will leave the market in the next 18 months.

Special details about the laptop have not yet been disclosed, it is expected to cost about $400 and work under Windows or Linux operating systems.

Russian market

The Swedish telecommunications holding Tele2 AB reported its financial results in the first quarter of this year. In Russia, against the background of the leading mobile operators, the subdivision of the Swedish holding does not look very impressive, but the operator does not let himself be forgotten. In the first quarter of this year, the Russian Tele2 has made notable progress - revenue increased by 167% compared to the same quarter last year, from 168 to 448 million SEK. This, in turn, led to positive EBITDA (earnings before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization) for the unit, which Tele2 AB reports is the first time this has happened.

In general, the operating income of the holding increased by 16%, to 13.453 billion 32Gb Computer Accessories in Ethiopia SEK and EBITDA was SEK 1.375 billion. Revenue growth was driven primarily by broadband and mobile and led to higher marketing and capital expenditures. However, this resulted in a 3% decrease in EBITDA compared to the same period last year and a decrease in net income from 483 to 230 million SEK.

Tele2 positions itself as a leading alternative European operator. It provides services in 23 countries to over 300 million subscribers.

The all-Russian mobile operator MegaFon also reported on its success. Thus, the number of the operator's subscribers in the Moscow region exceeded 4 million people. Moscow MegaFon gained its fourth million subscribers in record time - over six months. New subscribers and users of other networks have been especially active in connecting to MegaFon since the new year, when the company was the first in the capital region to switch to ruble billing.

According to the operator, in the first quarter of 2006 more than 500,000 new subscribers connected to the MegaFon-Moscow network, which is much more than other metropolitan cellular networks combined. A real hit was the new "Mobile" tariff, which allows you to call all federal numbers of mobile operators in the Moscow region at a single price.

MegaFon continues to actively improve the quality of communication and radio coverage. Currently, the MegaFon-Moscow network has more than 1650 base stations, by the beginning of next year the number of base stations will exceed 2000 units, while 100% of the service area will be covered by EDGE technology.

VimpelCom Group (Beeline trademark) and WLAN roaming provider WeRoam announced an agreement. As a result, Beeline subscribers will be able to use WLAN roaming, which will allow them to receive high-speed wireless Internet access from more than 15,000 Wi-Fi access points around the world. The cost of Internet access is included in the subscriber's bill for communication services.

WLAN roaming makes using wireless Internet more convenient: the subscriber does not need to look for payment cards, read instructions in foreign languages, enter passwords, and so on. The "WLAN-roaming" service is activated free of charge. Now it is available to users of the "Mobile Office" package. In the future, it is planned to offer it to all users of Beeline mobile Internet services.

On the eve of the legislative abolition of fees for incoming calls, the Federal Tariff Service (FTS) announced that the cost of calls from fixed phones to mobile phones will be determined by June 20 - ten days before the law on free incoming calls comes into force. Fixed-line operators do not need more - they just need to warn their subscribers about the change in the rules.

As for mobile operators, they were dissatisfied with this decision - in ten days they will not have time to change tariffs or sign agreements with partners. In Russia, the tariffs of fixed-line operators, which are part of the Svyazinvest holding, are still set by the state, and without an order from the FTS, fixed-line operators cannot determine the cost of a call and, accordingly, how much of the amount to give to mobile operators. Cellular companies, in turn, cannot decide how to compensate for income not received from the "incoming" item and what tariffs to set.

Possible specifications for NOKIA N83:

  • Series 60 3rd Edition;
  • Large (at least 2.5-inch) 320x240 pixels 16 million color display;
  • Bluetooth 2.0;
  • MicroSD slot;
  • MP3/ACC media player;
  • FM radio with Visual Radio;
  • 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, mechanical shutter, built-in flash and VGA front camera for video calls;
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA;
  • 802.11b/g for VOIP calls;
  • 4GB hard drive;
  • USB;
  • Mini-jack 3.5 mm.

As you can see in the photos, this model is made in a slider form factor, but the most interesting thing is that the front of the phone moves from the folded state not only up when accessing the number keys, but also down when accessing the keys player controls.

Possible release of this model is the 1st quarter of next year.

You can also listen to information about the new product in podcast #5. You can download the podcast from here (2.66 Mb):/podcasts/2006/may/podcast5-1.mp3

The information about the sale of the Siemens telecom business (network equipment) to Motorola, which was released two weeks ago, continues to acquire details. For example, last week Motorola and BenQ Mobile (consisting mostly of the former division of Siemens) announced in a joint statement that Motorola is buying a R&D center and development team in Aalborg, Denmark, owned by BenQ Mobile. .

One of the demos included several online game scenarios designed to test the integration of packet and dial-up telephone networks, as well as the ability to use a range of different wireless and fixed technologies. For example, one player used a wireless terminal, and the other a device that connected to a fixed network. The companies also demonstrated the use of a dual-mode handset to provide seamless handover of voice and data for users moving from a WiFi zone, at home or work, to a cellular coverage zone.

Last week, Microsoft and Qualcomm also announced a collaboration to bring Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system support to Qualcomm's MSM (Mobile Station Modem) chipsets, which they believe will revolutionize the next generation of smartphones.

This will allow manufacturers to develop affordable and functional mobile phones based on Windows Mobile with MSM chipsets, while reducing development time. The MSM chipsets will also support the Windows Mobile platform to ensure long battery life and the ability to run a wide range of entertainment and business applications such as Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player Mobile. The companies believe that thanks to their efforts, mobile phones with such functionality can become smaller and lighter, with more attractive form factors.

Microsoft and Qualcomm are integrating and testing Windows Mobile support on the 7XXX series MSM chipsets, which feature a dual-core architecture with an integrated ARM11 application processor and an ARM9 modem processor. Qualcomm plans to start offering Windows Mobile 5.0-enabled MSM chipsets in the second half of this year. Appearance of devices based on these chipsets is predicted for 2007.

Nokia and ATI Technologies also announced the beginning of a long-term strategic relationship. As part of this partnership, the companies plan to work together on the multimedia capabilities of Nokia mobile devices, including music playback, 3D games, mobile TV, video, and more.

Companies are also going to accelerate the development of various kinds of multimedia applications and content by promoting open standards and providing software, hardware and various development tools. In particular, ATI plans to introduce a set of special tools and a software development kit (SDK, software development kit) for developers this fall. The companies will also hold a series of joint workshops in the second half of the year.

Not even a week goes by without another optimistic forecast for the cellular market. Thus, the Taiwanese analytical company Market Intelligence Center (MIC) predicts that the global mobile subscriber base will grow from 2 billion in 2005 to 3.3 billion in 2010. Thus, the average annual growth in the number of subscribers will be 10.1%.

The growth of subscriber bases will mainly come from networks in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. The Middle East region is expected to take the lead with the highest growth rate. Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America and Western Europe will follow in descending order.

Analogue TDMA networks in North America and Western Europe will be gradually upgraded to support the GSM standard, and the EMH (Emerging Market Handset) program promoted by the GSM Association will facilitate adoption in markets with still low mobile penetration GSM-connections.

As a result, by 2010 the global share of GSM-subscribers (including users of third-generation WCDMA networks) will grow from 80%, won at the moment, to 85%. Accordingly, the share of CDMA networks will fall to 15%. At the same time, it is predicted that in 2007 the share of subscribers of third generation networks will for the first time overcome the threshold of 10% and reach 296 million.

In turn, the analytical company IDC conducted another study of the digital camera market. The company found that while shipments continued to rise in 2005, weaker players were exiting the market and new manufacturers were building up their presence. According to analysts, even more suppliers will leave the market in the next 18 months.

The company also predicts strong growth in demand in emerging markets going forward and the beginning of a decline in supplies in more established markets. In a not too long timeframe, global demand for digital cameras will continue to be strong, with shipments reaching around 111 million units in 2008, but a decline is not far off.

In defiance of MIT's $100 affordable student laptop project, Intel President Paul Otellini at the World Congress on Information Technology for the first time demonstrated a laptop called Eduwise, which is aimed at students in developing countries. According to Otellini, the Mexican government is already going to provide such laptops to 300,000 teachers by the end of this year.

More than one organization is concerned about creating cheap laptops that even less wealthy members of society can afford. Intel is also making efforts in this area.

Special details about the laptop have not yet been disclosed, it is expected to cost about $400 and work under Windows or Linux operating systems.

Russian market

The Swedish telecommunications holding Tele2 AB reported its financial results in the first quarter of this year. In Russia, against the background of the leading mobile operators, the division of the Swedish holding does not look very impressive, but the operator does not let himself be forgotten. In the first quarter of this year, the Russian Tele2 has made notable progress - revenue increased by 167% compared to the same quarter last year, from 168 to 448 million SEK. This, in turn, led to positive EBITDA (earnings before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization) for the unit, which Tele2 AB reports is the first time this has happened.

The all-Russian mobile operator MegaFon also reported on its success. Thus, the number of the operator's subscribers in the Moscow region exceeded 4 million people. Moscow MegaFon gained its fourth million subscribers in record time - over six months. New subscribers and users of other networks have been especially active in connecting to MegaFon since the new year, when the company was the first in the capital region to switch to ruble billing.

According to the operator, in the first quarter of 2006 more than 500,000 new subscribers connected to the MegaFon-Moscow network, which is much more than other metropolitan cellular networks combined. A real hit was the new "Mobile" tariff, which allows you to call all federal numbers of mobile operators in the Moscow region at a single price.

MegaFon continues to actively improve the quality of communication and radio coverage. Currently, the MegaFon-Moscow network has more than 1650 base stations, by the beginning of next year the number of base stations will exceed 2000 units, while 100% of the service area will be covered by EDGE technology.

VimpelCom Group (Beeline trademark) and WLAN roaming provider WeRoam announced an agreement. As a result, Beeline subscribers will be able to use WLAN roaming, which will allow them to receive high-speed wireless Internet access from more than 15,000 Wi-Fi access points around the world. The cost of Internet access is included in the subscriber's bill for communication services.

WLAN roaming makes using wireless Internet more convenient: the subscriber does not need to look for payment cards, read instructions in foreign languages, enter passwords, and so on. The "WLAN-roaming" service is activated free of charge. Now it is available to users of the "Mobile Office" package. In the future, it is planned to offer it to all users of Beeline mobile Internet services.

On the eve of the legislative abolition of fees for incoming calls, the Federal Tariff Service (FTS) announced that the cost of calls from fixed phones to mobile phones will be determined by June 20 - ten days before the law on free incoming calls comes into force. Fixed-line operators do not need more - they just need to warn their subscribers about the change in the rules.

As for mobile operators, they were dissatisfied with this decision - in ten days they will not have time to change tariffs or sign agreements with partners. In Russia, the tariffs of fixed-line operators, which are part of the Svyazinvest holding, are still set by the state, and without an order from the FTS, fixed-line operators cannot determine the cost of a call and, accordingly, how much of the amount to give to mobile operators. Cellular companies, in turn, cannot decide how to compensate for income not received from the "incoming" item and what tariffs to set.

However, cellular operators are not being honest when they say they are not ready for the arrival of CPP. In the latest tariff plans "Simply speaking" from VimpelCom, "Universal" and "Guest" from MTS, this principle is already used. In any case, mobile operators will have to hurry, because according to the law, they need to warn subscribers about new tariffs ten days in advance, i.e. just on the day the cost of calls from fixed phones to mobile phones is announced.