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"With subscriber numbers having passed the 1.5 billion mark in the first week of June 2004, EMC forecasts that global net additions of more than 240 million in both 2004 and 2005 will set up the mobile industry to break through the 2 billion subscriber mark as soon as July 2006," comments Kester Mann, senior research analyst at EMC, sourcing EMC's latest Insight: Understanding Subscriber Growth in Key Global Markets. Driven by strong growth in emerging markets, EMC forecasts that the 2 billion milestone will be surpassed ahead of recent industry predictions. EMC expects 2.45 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2009. Click here to view the chart World Subscriber Numbers 1998 - 2009. Despite long since reaching saturation point in Western Europe, the mobile industry is still poised for sustained growth thanks to the enormous potential of emerging markets such ... (more)

3G DoCoMo Phone Has Opera Browser

Opera's Web browser will come standard on the new M1000 3G handset from NTT DoCoMo. The M1000 is an advanced 3G phone for the business market, with full Internet and e-mail connectivity through both 3G and GSM networks, WLAN and Bluetooth. The M1000 is the first 3G phone to take advantage of the dynamic functionality of Opera's Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) by enabling Web page content to fit the width of the screen in both vertical and landscape modes. The speed of 3G and WLAN networks combined with the larger screen size mean the user can browse the Internet with a lo... (more)

Mobile J2ME Apps from Students and Companies Win New Awards

(March 26, 2002) - Why shouldn't the world's leading supplier of mobile phones, with its listings on six of the world's major exchanges, also get close to its grassroots users? Accordingly, Finnish-based Nokia had the idea last November of launching a "Nokia Mobile Challenge" and trying to identify the best mobile apps in various categories including communications and enhanced productivity. Four months and 500 entries later, the judges of the Nokia contest selected the applications that in their view showed the best combination of mobility, quality, and usability. In the Java ... (more)

DoCoMo Takes Its Balance-Sheet Medicine

(April 9, 2002) - What do you get if you cross a Japanese telecom colossus with a massive overseas investment program that yields nothing by way of immediate return? Answer: a $15.87 billion item labeled "special losses" on your annual accounts for 2001-2. That is the largest ever charge taken by a Japanese company, save for those in the financial sector. But it is exactly what NTT, the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., unveiled this week. Fully 70% of the special losses are attributed specifically to its NTT DoCoMo mobile unit, reflecting the going south of its massive over... (more)

Avoiding RF Radiation, Singapore Style

(May 20, 2002) - Ever since our earliest issue, Wireless Business & Technology magazine has taken an interest in the possible side-effects of RF (radio frequency) radiation. Now, so has a niche player in the Far East, Group Sense Technology - a Singapore-based company with a whole range of next-generation wireless products. Their "GreenPhone" is a portable telephony solution based on Bluetooth wireless technology that aims to keep the source of RF radiation away from the heads of users by simply splitting phones into two units - the "eFONE" handset (a Bluetooth-enabled handset w... (more)