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2001 Nov 23
Usage Poised for 'Hypergrowth'
By Nora Macaluso, E-Commerce Times June 8, 2000
Macaluso writes "All new
mobile phones sold in the UK will be Internet-enabled by mid-2001, according
to a report from Forrester Research.
|"Wireless B2B E-Commerce
Developing in China"
By Jim Romeo, E-Commerce Times, January 21, 2000
Romeo's story is based on
a report by the Yankee Group.
Who is "getting in on this
action"?, the Yankee Group notes that " MeetChina.com, China's official
cross-border Internet trade portal, recently signed an agreement with Motorola,
Inc. and China Wireless Information Network to broadcast B2B purchase inquiries
to a potential audience of over two million people using Motorola wireless
communication devices in China."
"Will China Look West
Who is building it
"almost all of the country's subscribers use the global system for mobile communications (GSM) format promoted by European countries. "
China Unicom however has expressed interest in Qualcomm's current code division multiple access (CDMA) technology
"Qualcomm ... found that it wasn't exactly a welcome guest in China. After launching a trial of its code division multiple access (CDMA) cell-phone technology in cities like Shanghai and Beijing, last June Qualcomm found itself out on its ear when China's number-two state telecom carrier, China Unicom, decided to scrap deployment plans. Then, in October , the China Unicom reversed itself and announced that it will build networks using Qualcomm's CDMA"
Size of the market
"China's 1.3 billion population
has long been irresistible to Western companies. While analysts
"Those markets have 80 to 90 percent prepaid subscribers, which shows the effect prepaid services can have in an economy in which people don't have a lot of disposable income. This is important since China is a cash economy. It allows operators to tap into a huge market of people they weren't getting before."
"Billing systems are very weak in China,... You can only get an itemized bill for something after you pay for it" says Harr Brickson
"Of course, with an expanding market, China will have to move ahead with next generation technology. Third generation, or 3G, technology accommodates more users than the current GSM standard. It also offers users greater access to the kind of bandwidth-intensive applications Chinese new adopters are looking for, like wireless access protocol (WAP). Indeed, even as China remains undecided about which technology format to adopt, the country is already rolling out WAP. Even taking into account the often-stated problems with WAP, such as limited screen size and slow download speeds, AsiaInfo's Chief Strategy Officer Michael Zhao notes that, "The idea of using WAP is very popular right now. In big cities, you see billboards advertising WAP-based cell phones everywhere."
"basically two players, China Mobile Communications Corp., with the largest geographic coverage and more than 90 percent of subscribers, and China Unicom. To spur competition, China's Ministry of Information Industry has allowed Unicom some pricing flexibility."
Qualcomm - building networks
for China Unicom
A long, but very thorough article on mobile developments in Japan. This article covers all the latest [Nov 2000] developments being considered.
points from the article by Daniel Scuka