Unicom targets 3G revenues of CNY 70 bln

China Unicom is planning to more than double the number of 3G subscribers before year-end. The company currently has over 40 million 3G customers and aims to end the year with 90 million. The company also expects 3G revenues to exceed CNY 70 billion this year, up from CNY 40 billion last year.

Source: The China Daily

Mobile Asia Expo 2012

The New Mobile Era

The rapid proliferation of mobile technology has created a turning point. Mobile has completely changed how we communicate, interact, learn and are entertained. The GSMA Mobile Asia Expo will bring together the people and ideas which will amplify the impact of this new phase in history.

About Mobile Asia Expo

The GSMA, the organisation behind the industry’s leading event Mobile World Congress, has created a new event address the many facets of the rapidly growing and globally important Asian mobile market.

Introducing the GSMA Mobile Asia Expo, which will take place 20-22 June 2012 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Mobile Asia Expo 2012 will include:

  • A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers
  • A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions and world-class networking
  • App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace
  • A unique Deal Hub platform to connect qualified buyers and world class solution providers face-to-face to do business

 

Who Will Attend?

With approximately 20,000 expected attendees, Mobile Asia Expo will feature something for everyone. Expected attendees include:

  • B2B Industry Professionals looking for outstanding networking opportunities with senior industry leaders and discussing emerging industry trends
  • Mobile Consumers interested in the latest in mobile technology and devices
  • Retail Buyers seeking new products and glimpsing the future of mobile
  • App Developers interested in learning the newest developments from the largest platforms

Azerbaijan mobile operators sign protocol on LTE

Azerbaijan mobile operators Bakcell, Nar Mobile and Azercell have signed a protocol on the introduction of LTE, reports Trend. The coordination of frequencies will be carried out by the operators themselves under the protocol. Ali Abbasov, the Minister of ICT, said that LTE licences won’t be necessary for the deployment of LTE networks. The Ministry has set a three-month deadline for the launch of LTE services.

Source: TelecomPaper

Samsung Galaxy S III Revealed

Samsung has finally revealed its flagship android device for the year, the Samsung Galaxy S III – billed as official smartphone for Olympics 2012 – a sequel of Galaxy line of smartphones.

First thing you will notice about Samsung Galaxy S III is its gigantic 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD screen (1280 x 720) on a minimal design – which by the way isn’t liked by many due to its huge size and Samsung’s conventional plastic pack.

On hardware front, Galaxy S III comes with 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor, which is said to offer twice the processing capability of the older Exynos 4 Dual used in previous Galaxy phones, while it consumes 20% lesser power.

Samsung said that it has optimized the power usage for processor by enabling each core to use exactly the amount of power it requires for processing.

Yes, Galaxy S3 will run on Android 4.0.4 or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Then there comes a 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel forward-facing camera. Camera has zero shutter lag so you can capture photos instantly. The camera is also capable of taking 20 photos at once in burst mode, and a feature called “Best Photo” will pick the best shot out of a group of eight.

“With the GALAXY S III, Samsung has maximized the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung.

Specifications:

Here is a run down of complete specifications for Galaxy S3:

Network:
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (Dependent on market)
Display: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display
OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Camera
Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag
Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
Connectivity:
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
GPS/GLONASS
NFC
Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)
Sensor: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
Memory: 16/ 32GB User memory (64GB available soon) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
Dimension: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g
Battery: 2,100 mAh

Software:

Samsung has introduced a plethora of software enhancements for Samsung Galaxy S3, including a Siri challenger: S Voice.

Here are few of features Samsung Galaxy S3 will offer:

Smart Stay: Samsung Galaxy S3 will dim its brightness when you’re asleep. So long as you are awake and will look at the phone, it will maintain a bright display.
Direct Call: Samsung claims that Galaxy S3 knows when you want to talk. If you’re messaging and want to call instead, simply lift your phone to your ear and it will dial your friend automatically.
Smart Alert: It knows when you’ve been away from your phone – vibrating nudge lets you know missed calls or messages.
Social Tag: It keeps track of your loved ones: a glance at your friends’ photos will show you their current SNS status.
S Voice: Samsung Galaxy S3 responds to your words: you can tell it to wake up, answer, even take a photo.
S Beam: Place two GALAXY S IIIs back-to-back and you can transfer pictures, music, videos, and more.
All Share Cast: Stream your photos, videos – even the game you’re playing – onto big screen, with your phone doubling as a controller.
Buddy Photo Share: It shares with everyone instantly: as the phone recognizes your friends faces, it can share photos with them instantly.
All Share Play: Galaxy S3 lets you share with everyone: access to documents and
multimedia files when you work somewhere else.
In addition Samsung Galaxy S3 will allow you to watch HD videos while you text, or while you are writing a long email. A distraction some may call it – fun for others.

Samsung also partnered with Dropbox to offer 50GB of cloud space for Samsung Galaxy S3 owners.

Samsung said that one should expect world over launch of Samsung Galaxy S3 in June this year. That’s the time when we are likely to see this smartphone surfacing in Pakistan too. No words on pricing yet, but it is anticipated it would land around Rs. 55,000 to Rs. 60,000.

PTA to Revise 3G Information Memorandum

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is going to revise the information memorandum for auction of 3G spectrum license once the process of hiring of International Consultant is finalized by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), told Dr. Muhammad Yasin while briefing National Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Information Technology yesterday.

Briefing the committee, Dr. Yasin said the Information Memorandum will be revised after completion of the consultant process. The government has already considered the option of creating a group of local experts for auction of the 3G license, but during a meeting with the prime minister it was decided to hire a consultant for this purpose, he maintained, but the committee questioned that who will determine that the group selected consists of real experts and not personal choice of the government.

Advocate Anusha Rehman Khan was the convener of the committee. She discussed several case studies for 3G license auction with participants that could be replicated in Pakistan in order to earn maximum revenue.

She said that UK model is the best one and the government of Pakistan has to follow it. In order to make the method of auction more transparent, three points – efficiency, competitiveness and revenue generation – should be kept in front. All these points were ensured in the UK while auction of 3G licence.

The PTA chairman told the committee that after introduction of latest information technology policy issued on December 19, 2011 the government is going to revise its policy. Spectrum is a precious item and it required efficient use. “We are going to establish new terms of references.”

The PTA chairman further told the committee that for the sake of efficient use of spectrum, the government is using the word neutral technology (3G/4G/LTE etc) within the available space of spectrum. This is policy directive and widely used across the globe. The optimum use of spectrum means to generate more revenue for the government along with serving the people.

Speaking on the occasion, Telecom Ministry of Information Technology member Ismail Shah said that the government is going to offer three slots of spectrum and one of defunct license of Instaphone.

Any company that will have the license of Instaphone will have to start operations immediately and for three spectrum slots if new entrants remain successful, they can lay the equipment and system but commercially they can start function after June 2013. He said four new entrants (one for Instaphone and three slots for 3G spectrum) can participate in the process of auction for 3G license.

Mobilink Introduces HTC One X for Rs. 55,499

Mobilink indigo today announced the official launch of HTC One X, the world’s first Quad Core smartphone, in Pakistan.

Released with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)plus HTC Sense 4, and encasing a 4.7” HD screen, the HTC One X is powered by 1.5GHz quad core processor and the sound enhancement of Beats audio.

An 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and the ability to capture a photo while recording an HD video will ensure that every moment is stored in the 32GB built-in phone memory.

And to make the experience extra special, all Mobilink customers who buy the HTC One X can enjoy three months of Mobile Internet for free, an HTC Car Charger and 10% discount on their next purchase of HTC accessories from any HTC store in Pakistan!

Mobilink has said that customers can get HTC One X for Rs.55,499/-;

HTC One X Specifications:

Dimensions: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 130g (w/ battery)
4.7-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen (720 x 1280), Corning Gorilla Glass
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Sense 4.0
Quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon (depending on LTE radio)
GPU: ULP GeForce
HTC ImageSense
1GB RAM
32GB built-in storage
8-megapixel (rear) camera w/ AF and LED flash
1.3-megapixel (front) camera
Non-removable 1800mAh battery
Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP
NFC capable
MicroUSB
3.5mm audio output
Beats audio

Where to Get

This handset is only available at the following Mobilink Customer Care Centers:

City
Sales and Service Center Location

Karachi

Ground Floor, Nice Trade Orbit Building (NTO), Near Nursery Shop, Shaharah-E-Fisal
D-21/22, Block 8, Chaudry Khaliquzzaman Road, Scheme 5, Kehkashaan, Clifton Karachi.
Lahore

Waves Building, 64 D -1 Gulberg, Lahore
Mobilink House , 5 P Gulberg II, Lahore
Islamabad

78 E Redco Plaza, Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area
Faisalabad

Builiding # 1298/B, People Colony Near Saleemi Chowk, Satyana Road
Multan

60 Bridge Lane, LMQ (Lahore Multan Quetta) Road, Near Kutchery
Sukkur

Plot No. 47,48 Muslim Cooperative Housing Society, Opposite: Red Carpet Hotel, Military Road
Hyderabad

Plot No. D-1 and D-4 R.E.C.H.S, Main Auto Bahn Road, Unit No.2 Latifabad

Terms & Conditions

*Limited time offer
This offer is valid for both indigo and JAZZ customers
Free GPRS offer will remain valid for all handsets sold in the first 30 days only.
GPRS usage will be restricted to 100Mb per month for a period of 3months.
Blackberry customers will not be eligible for 3 months free GPRS offer.
Only Mobilink customers are eligible for 3months free GPRS.
Any customer who wants to activate IR will be deactivated from the Free GPRS bundle.
Customers who are already active on IR will not be given 3 month Free GPRS bundle unless he/she deactivates his/her IR service.
*Terms and Conditions Apply

Azercell launches 3G network at Four Seasons

Azerbaijan mobile operator Azercell has launched a multi-band indoor network. The network at the Four Seasons hotel in Baku supports GSM and 3G services for subscribers of all mobile operators working in Azerbaijan. The new system is based on equipment from Powerwave Technologies.

Source: Trend

Nar Mobile to expand 3G to subway stations

Azerbaijan mobile operator Nar Mobile will offer 3G services at all subway stations shortly, in addition to the 2G services it already offers in those locations. Nar Mobile provides 3G service at a maximum speed of 14.4 Mbps.

Source: TelecomPaper

Qualcomm, Djuice Conduct Mobile App Development Workshop

djuice has launched a series of free mobile application (‘app’) development workshops for university students. As part of the initiative Qualcomm, a wireless technology and services provider, held their first workshop at a local hotel.

djuice is running the workshops to help students prepare for the Apportunity 2012 contest ‘APP Mein Kitna Hai Dum!’ – launched earlier this month – by providing them hands-on experience of app development.

The ultimate aim is to provide opportunities to Pakistan’s youth enabling them to showcase their skill and talent at the global level.

The workshop was attended by students from Iqra University, NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Comsats, FAST, and International Islamic University; it provided training on Augmented Reality technology and how it can be integrated into mobile apps.

Speaking on the occasion, Usman Javaid, Director Marketing Telenor Pakistan appreciated the interest of Qualcomm — one of the world’s leading providers of technology to the mobile industry and to application developers — to work with djuice on providing a platform for local talent to shine. “djuice welcomes Qualcomm as a partner to offer opportunities to Pakistan’s youth to learn and excel in their fields. We appreciate the effort Qualcomm is putting into these workshops and look forward to working with them.”

Ziad Matar, Qualcomm’s Senior Director and Head of Middle East and Central Asia Region also addressed the participants.

djuice and Qualcomm together plan to conduct more workshops in Lahore and Karachi over the next two months.

Qualcomm Profits Soar on Sale of Radio Spectrum Assets

Qualcomm says that its second-fiscal quarter revenues jumped by 28% to reach US$4.94 billion, while net income more than doubled to US$2.23 billion after the company included a one off gain of US$761 million from discontinued operations.

During the quarter, the company received $1.9 billion in proceeds from the sale of substantially all of its 700 MHz spectrum.

Operating income was up by 6 percent at $1.51 billion.

“I am pleased to report another quarter of record revenues and earnings per share, driven by strong demand for 3G- and 4G-enabled devices across both developed and emerging regions,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. “We are excited to see the continued growth of 3G and 4G smartphones, as well as new mobile computing devices. We are increasing our operating expenses to facilitate additional 28 nanometer supply and to continue to position our industry-leading chipset solutions for the opportunities ahead.”

The company ended the quarter with US$26.6 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, compared to US$22.1 billion a year ago.

The effective income tax rates have been estimated to be approximately 18 percent.

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