Archive for November, 2008
Singapore’s Starhub has launched the world’s first commercially-available 3G femtocell service. StarHub is making all local outgoing voice, video calls and SMS free for customers using the ‘Home Zone’ service, ensuring that users, who make frequent mobile calls and SMS from home, can enjoy significant cost-savings on their mobile phone bills.
This kind of plans will surely make anybody fall for femtocells. May be this is a bait for subscribers to switch operators and become addicted to these services before they are made to pay for the same maybe only some miniscule amount but which will add to huge sums overall for the operators. And when these plans and services become the norm, it may lead the operators to start reducing infrastructure costs as given in my earlier post here.
November 30th, 2008
Seiko Epson Corp and Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd prototyped a portable non-contact charger for mobile devices and exhibited it at Embedded Technology 2008, which took place from Nov 19 to 21, 2008, at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. With a built-in Li-ion secondary battery, the prototype can charge mobile devices even when no power outlet is available. Read more (Source: Nikkei Business Publications)
November 27th, 2008
Yesterday evening, I attended the CEO forum organized by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Whole event was very well organized and most experts from the telecom and mobile field in general were there among the attendees. Mr. Anssi Vanjoki (EVP of Nokia) was the key speaker for the event.
He presented Nokia, from where it started, what it is today and where the whole company is heading to. It was a great presentation and I am giving in the following few lines, the summary of what I got out of the whole presentation and interaction with him.
Nokia when it started had launched a big mobile phone which people used to keep as a status symbol as every single piece used to cost around Euro 9000. Whereas today, the size is much smaller with better features and comes in merely Euro 20 each. Earlier, the mobile device was used only for calling and recieving. But today Nokia’s business revolves around much more than just voice. In fact voice is just an add-on feature on top of everything else. Today Nokia’s business revolves around internet, navigation, videos, photos, applications, games, music etc.
Vision of Nokia and also their promise is – A World Where Everybody can be Connected.
Key trends in todays world are:
Social Networking – driving new communications behavior.
Context – creating next generation web (connecting place, people, time).
Context – webNG (sharing – contacts, locations, time, online or mobile status etc.).
Point&find – search the world around you – matching real and virtual info to share and transact.
Consumers drive Nokia’s thinking. Context is at the heart of Nokia and thus they have launched OVI. People expect complete solutions like synchronization in between mobile, web and desktop. Here OVI comes in. Eg. Maps from the world can be downloaded on ovi on desktop to mobile free of cost. Nokia comes with music, download all that u can consume in an year into OVI and onto your mobile, all free of cost. People will be able to browse the photos in 3D environment inside OVI. OVI is the next major innovation platform where developers and operators are invited to make applications.
Qt – environment is yest another innovative platform being developed by Nokia where any application that runs on symbian will also work in any other platform entertaining Qt – environment.
November 26th, 2008
OVI meaning Open Door, is a platform that was announced by Mr Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia last year.It lets Nokia phone owners back-up contacts and calendar entries from their phone to the site, plus add and edit entries on the site before synchronising the new data back to their handset.
Ovi also features online storage, called Anytime Files, with the emphasis on allowing users to view synced files remotely via their phone’s Web browser. Different from similar services like Apple’s MobileMe which rely on dedicated clients, Nokia’s files storage is accessible via any Web browser — this means you don’t need a specific device, or brand of phone, to access your files.
Mr Anssi Vanjoki is visiting New Delhi tomorrow for a meeting which I am attending too
November 24th, 2008
I was going through youtube and I found a funny video, which I would like to share with the readers here…on What can you do with your phone?
U can see it here
(Source: Google Channel)
November 24th, 2008
Market indications suggest that all carriers are hard pressed against their targets and competing fiercely against each other day-in and day-out. Yesterday, I was talking to somebody from the industry and he informed me that they are getting pressurised almost on daily basis by the clients (carriers) to deploy and run the projects (e.g. mobile applications and VAS services) asap. They are also being told by the operators to add more and more manpower on the project for fast completion of projects and faster testing and execution.
Above also indicates that although global turmoil is on and affecting all the industries in some of the other way, but search and hiring is still on in telecom and mobile sector, which I feel, is a good sign.
November 20th, 2008
The GSMA, the global trade group for the mobile industry, has called for full NFC functionality — including the standardised ‘Single Wire Protocol’ interface — to be built into all new mobile phones from mid-2009.
November 19th, 2008
Int’l Tech Giant ROK Taps Mixcast Network to Roll Out Bluetooth Advertising Platform during Super Bowl in USA.
November 17th, 2008
It was sometime around June this year when I was discussing with the management, the idea of a mobile application development around health-care by applying LBS (Location Based Services) technologies. Health-care application, because it’s one of the major points where Indian emergency services lack. Some statistics from McKinsey study will support this statement.
The study reveals that India witnesses 300,000 emergencies daily. These include medical crises (2.4 million health – related – deaths), traffic accidents (100,000 deaths a year), deaths due to drowning and poisoning (65 a day) and suicides (312 a day). There are emergencies arising from fire (52 deaths a day), and from crimes like theft, murder (30,000 a year) etc.. With a little over 1.5 million hospital beds – a ratio of less than 1.5 beds for 1,000 people – and less than one physician for 1,000 people, there simply are not enough resources to cater to emergencies.
The concept was similar to the 911 emergency service already being used in USA for quiet sometime now. I remember talking about it with quiet a few people around India and who ever heard it, appreciated it. However, after much deliberations too, it just remained that, an idea and was never applied.
Just today, I was going through the latest edition of India Today and I saw the same concept has been applied by Satyam Computer Services in South India, test piloted it starting from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and now it is available in most areas of Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat. It’s popularly known as “Toll Free 108, Free Ambulance Service.” It’s accessible from all networks, landlines as well as cellular and has emerged as a popular service for medical, police or fire emergenices.
Satyam Computer Services Chairman B.Ramalinga Raju founded the not – for – profit Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), the organisation behind 108 service. For full story click here.
November 15th, 2008
it’s interesting to see these days that many doctors are actually asking for all kinds of latest technologies to connect with their patients around the world.
According to the ePharma Physician v8.0 study from Manhattan Research in US indicated that the number of physicians who use the internet and other digital technologies to access pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-device information has jumped 20% since 2004 and accounts for 84% of the total US physician population.
The research also finds that 36% of physicians now communicate with patients online (up from 19% in 2003), and that physicians are more active than the average consumer when it comes to new media.
Some of the highlisghts of the study are:
- 54% of US physicians own a smartphone.
- Google is the most popular search engine among physicians, with 91% reach among physicians searching for health and pharmaceutical information online.
- 83% of physicians watch video clips online, as compared with 34% of all US adults.
- Physicians using online communities – such as Sermo and Medscape Connect – are more likely to be primary care physicians, be female, own a PDA/smartphone, go online during or between patient consults, and be slightly younger than the average physician.
We have recently been talking to quiet a few healthcare professionals in other parts of ther world too. We see a great boost in ways in which doctors and hospitals are trying to maximise contact with the patients right from the waiting lounges of their clinics etc. Some of the ways they have been using are bluetooth broadcasting on and off premises for broadcasting all kinds of health related information on products and services etc; using SMS broadcasting for latest updates on health care events etc.
November 13th, 2008