Hutch gets 140 million dollar loan for expansion in india

Hutchison Essar Ltd, India’s fourth largest mobile-phone company, got a $140mn to expand its phone network in India

Hutchison Essar Ltd, India’s fourth largest mobile-phone company, got a $140mn to expand its phone network in India.
The deal is the first syndicated loan for Hutchison Essar, a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.’s Hong Kong-based Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd. and the Essar Group in Mumbai.

The deal was arranged by Bank of America Securities LLC, N Bayerische Hypo-UND Vereinsbank AG, Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Rabobank NA and Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich AG.
   

Motorola to assemble GSM Phones in India

MOTOROLA TO ASSEMBLE GSM PHONES IN INDIA – intends to upgrade the unit into a manufacturing facility in phases

Motorola is setting up a unit in collaboration with a multinational company to assemble global system for mobile communication (GSM) phones in India. It proposes to upgrade the unit into a manufacturing facility in phases and hopes to finalise the project in Dec 2005. Elcoteq Network Corporation of Finland is setting up a unit in India to manufacture 6 million mobile handsets a year for Nokia and Sony Ericsson. LG and Nokia also plan to manufacture mobile handsets in India.

Source: [tmcnet.com ]

Intellisync Corporation to be Acquired by Nokia

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Intellisync (NASDAQ: SYNC) today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire Intellisync, a leader in platform-independent wireless messaging and applications for mobile devices

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Nokia to extend leadership in enterprise mobility with acquisition of Intellisync

Combined product portfolios will provide more choice for carriers and businesses
 
New York, USA  – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Intellisync (NASDAQ: SYNC) today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire Intellisync, a leader in platform-independent wireless messaging and applications for mobile devices. By acquiring Intellisync, Nokia is positioned to deliver the industry’s most complete offering for the development, deployment and management of mobility in the enterprise.
 
The transaction will also enhance Nokia’s ability to respond to customer needs in this fast growing market. The combination of Nokia’s security expertise, mobile device leadership, customer reach and partner relationships coupled with Intellisync’s proven wireless email, synchronization and device management software and skilled workforce is expected to significantly extend Nokia’s position within the enterprise mobility market.
 
"Enterprises face increasing challenges when it comes to selecting devices, enabling access to email and securing corporate data, while carriers are facing more and more complexity to support these demands.  We want to make it simple for our business customers to mobilize their workforces no matter what their starting point," said Mary McDowell, executive vice president and general manager, Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions business group. "Based on our customers’ needs, we identified the acquisition of Intellisync as the best way to provide solutions to these challenges.  The combination of our portfolios and the addition of the Intellisync team will make Nokia the core mobility provider for businesses of all sizes."
 
Intellisync delivers some of the largest deployments of wireless email over the widest array of devices and application platforms across carrier networks all over the world. The company has been at the forefront in enterprise mobility applications and device mobility with its wireless messaging software. Intellisync technology allows for synchronization of data and files with high levels of accuracy and security across complex software applications. Building on Nokia’s recent launch of Nokia Business Center, a software solution enabling push email and other collaborative business applications, this acquisition underscores the company’s commitment to be the leader in enterprise mobility. Nokia will be able to offer its customers the ability to connect practically any device to any data source, application, or network, empowering companies as they make mobility a defacto way of doing business.
 
"Our combined teams will present the most compelling mobility offering to enterprises and carriers all over the world," said Woodson ‘Woody’ Hobbs, president and chief executive officer of Intellisync.  "With a platform-independent and device-agnostic mobile software offering, Intellisync has long been committed to delivering on the mobility needs of wireless carriers and enterprises and we’ve built a leadership brand in the mobile marketplace. Intellisync’s market leadership in platform-independent push email, device and systems management, mobile application deployment, integrated messaging, data and file synchronization, and mobile security is validation of the company’s success with carriers and enterprise customers alike."
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Intellisync stockholders will receive USD 5.25 per share in cash for each Intellisync common share, implying an enterprise value of approximately USD 430 million or approximately EUR 368 million (on a fully-diluted basis). The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006. Intellisync was founded in 1993 and has approximately 450 employees.
 
About Intellisync
Intellisync Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNC), the leader in platform-independent wireless messaging and mobile software, develops and markets carrier-grade and enterprise-class wireless email and mobile platforms to large enterprises, mobile operators, software providers and device manufacturers. Intellisync has won the mobility industry’s top awards by providing seamless synchronization, secure wireless email, device control and mobility management software that connects nearly every device, data source and application available. More than 75% of the Fortune 50 companies and over 35 wireless carriers worldwide are ‘Powered by Intellisync'(TM). Some of the largest global corporations that have selected Intellisync as their mobility solution standard, include America Online, Cr?dit Agricole, Domino’s Pizza, Guidant, Microsoft, NTT DoCoMo, Oracle | PeopleSoft, Pfizer, Target, T-Mobile, Union Pacific, Verizon Wireless, Vivo, Wind and Yahoo! For more information, please visit www.Intellisync.com
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.

3 new phones from Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson is strengthening its product line-up with the introduction of three new handsets offering a combination of design quality, ease of use and value that reaches out to a broad range of consumers with basic mobile phone needs for calling and texting

November 14 2005, London – Sony Ericsson is strengthening its product line-up with the introduction of three new handsets offering a combination of design quality, ease of use and value that reaches out to a broad range of consumers with basic mobile phone needs for calling and texting.

The new models are:

  • J220 – a stick phone optimised for ease of use with simplified one click menu access
  • J230 – a stick phone offering simplified menu access along with the benefit of an FM radio
  • Z300 – an attractive clamshell with beautiful design lines

These new phones will appeal to consumers looking for handsets with great design from a trusted brand that are reliable, affordable and simple to use. Each handset has its own appeal and is firmly focused on making voice and text communications as easy as possible with the use of features such as one click navigation, single icon menus and colour screens.

“We are continuously expanding the Sony Ericsson offering to a wider range of consumers and customer needs,” said Steve Walker, Vice President Product Marketing. “With this launch, even more people that aspire to the Sony Ericsson brand can now afford to own one of our handsets and importantly, they have real choice from a range of phones, all of which are simple to use and beautifully designed.”

J220 – Simplicity and ease of usese j220i
The J220 is designed for ease of use. Consumers can choose their most familiar menu – either a single icon menu that is visually simple or the popular Sony Ericsson multi-icon menu that gives an at-a-glance overview of all the key functions. The one-click navigation key and icon markings on the navigation key make it simpler and easier to access the most commonly used functions. It has a large storage capacity for phone numbers (up to 500) and SMS (up to 200) and Style-Up™ covers are available from accessory outlets allow personalization. J220 is available in smooth black or sky blue.

J230 – Stay tuned in
se j230A built in stereo FM radio enables consumers to be always tuned into their favourite stations for music, sports or news with the click of one button from the navigation key. The phone also comes equipped with a stereo hands free to enhance the user experience. A speaker phone in the back of the phone completes the package. J230 also allows a choice between the single or multi-icon menu styles and easy access to handset features with the one-click interface. Listening to the radio, answering a call, looking up a phone number, and starting an SMS message are all done in one click. The J230 comes in cosmo white, cherry red or deep blue and can also be personalised with the Style-Up™ covers. In addition J230 offers a large phone book (up to 500 phone numbers) and large SMS storage (up to 200)

Z300 – An elegant clamshell
z300This small, elegant clamshell available in granite grey or amethyst purple has great appeal for the style-conscious individuals looking for a simple phone that fits their mood, taste and lifestyle. Open the clam to reveal a bright, sharp colour display and a surprisingly large keypad plus a navigation key that reaches all the main functions in one click. Close the clam to lock the phone and the outer display shows the clock and incoming caller information. The Z300’s focus is on voice and text, but it also offers a phone book, calendar, reminders and alarm clock. Also it offers consumers to personalize their phones with the Style-Up™ covers available from accessory outlets. Also in addition there will be Crystal D?cor included in every box, allowing customers to make their handsets more personal

Availability

J220 and J230 will be commercially available in Q1 2006. Z300 will be available in Q4 2005. These phones will be available in the following variants:

  • Z300i, J220i, J230i: Dual band GPRS 900/1800 Mhz
  • Z300a, J220a, J230a: Dual band GPRS 850/1900 Mhz – For Americas
  • Z300c, J220c, J230c: Dual band GPRS 900/1800 Mhz – For mainland China

Features at a glance:

  Z300 J220 J230
Imaging and messaging      
128 x 128 pixels STN display Yes Yes Yes
65,536 colours Yes Yes Yes
External display Yes No No
MMS, SMS, EMS Yes Yes Yes
Single icon UI and Icon desktop No Yes Yes
Wallpapers/themes Yes Yes Yes
Entertainment      
FM Radio No No Yes
Polyphonic ringtones – 32 voices Yes Yes Yes
Embedded games Yes Yes Yes
Animated GIF Yes Yes Yes
Direct links for easy download Yes Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes Yes
To-do-lists with reminder Yes Yes Yes
Style-Up™ Covers Yes Yes Yes
Crystal D?cor Yes No No
Speakerphone No Yes Yes
Connectivity      
Dual band GPRS 900/1800 & 850/1900 Yes Yes Yes
GPRS (4+1) Yes Yes Yes
WAP 1.2.1 Yes Yes Yes
Standby time 250 hours 280 hours 280 hours
Talk time 5.5 hours 6 hours 6 hours

Motorola and Bharti Teletech Announce Strategic Alliance

Motorola today announced that it has joined forces with Bharti Teletech Ltd. in a strategic agreement that extends Motorola?s reach across metros, cities and to the smallest towns in India

Motorola and Bharti Teletech Announce Strategic Alliance to Expand Distribution Reach

11/14/2005 8:16:02 AM

Alliance Continues Motorola’s Drive to ‘Connect the Unconnected’ in India; Bharti Teletech to Leverage its Distribution Network for Motorola handsets & accessories

New Delhi, Nov 14, 2005 – Motorola today announced that it has joined forces with Bharti Teletech Ltd. in a strategic agreement that extends Motorola’s reach across metros, cities and to the smallest towns in India. Today’s announcement gives Motorola unprecedented breadth of distribution through one of the widest retail networks for phones in the country.

Bharti Teletech’s access to the burgeoning rural market is a perfect match for Motorola’s efforts to ‘connect the unconnected’ by providing handsets like the new C113a suited to mass-market users. Their broad distribution to urban cities also allows Motorola to reach the growing population of professionals eager for the latest high-end handsets including the award winning RAZR V3.

Motorola’s agreement to extend the availability of its products for consumers in the market through Bharti Teletech’s national distribution presence* underscores Motorola’s continued commitment and focus in India. Combining, ‘Beetel’, one of the strongest brands of Bharti Teletech in India, with Motorola’s internationally recognised brand, opens a world of new opportunity for mobile consumers.

Motorola is committed to delivering on its vision of connecting the unconnected here in India. Together with Bharti Teletech’s outstanding distribution network we will bring even greater reach and choice of mobile communications to consumers in India wherever they are,” said Allen Burnes, Corporate Vice President, High Growth Markets, Mobile Devices Business, Motorola Inc. “Our new and exciting portfolio extends across all tiers and will bring both added value and choice for consumers in India.”

Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Teletech, said, “Our relationship with yet another telecom major, Motorola, is a further endorsement of Bharti’s superior distribution and its quality practices. Bharti has had the privilege of joining with best-in-class, blue chip companies, from around the world that have come and joined hands with Bharti, at different stages, to develop the telecom sector in India. Our understanding of the Indian market, a strong brand presence, distribution reach across India; the experience and expertise of marketing products to the Indian customer should be a perfect match for Motorola’s growth strategy in India. For Bharti, the alliance helps us further widen our product portfolio and also leverage economies of scale.”

“Our new relationship with Bharti Teletech is extremely significant and helps Motorola in its efforts to connect the unconnected,” commented Sudhir Agarwal, Director-Sales, India, Nepal & Sri Lanka, Mobile Devices, Motorola India Private Limited. “We are committed to increasing our presence and investment in the Indian market and this news is a major step towards it.”

Mr. Pawan Kapur, CEO, Bharti Teletech, said “We are happy to be a part of Motorola’s plans in India and our customers can now look forward to a wide range of technologically advanced GSM handsets from our stable. I am confident that the alliance would be mutually beneficial for both the companies and the future would see us growing and further strengthening this strategic alliance”.

Notes

* Bharti Teletech’s national distribution presence constitutes a network of over 250 distributors and more than 11,000 retailers across India

About Motorola

Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.

About Bharti Teletech

Bharti Teletech – a Bharti enterprise, is India’s leading telephone instrument manufacturing company and one of the largest in the globe. Established in 1985, the company’s manufacturing operations are spread across ISO-9000 certified plants in Mapusa (Goa) and Ludhiana (Punjab) with an installed capacity of 6 mn telephone units annually upgradable to 10 mn units. An in-house Centre for Excellence with industrial and engineering design capability and equipped with facility for product reliability and life tests ensures a quality standard that compares with the best internationally.

Bharti Teletech produces a comprehensive basket of customer premise equipments, comprising of over 40 models spanning the basic, feature-rich and cordless telephone categories, under the Beetel brand. Beetel commands a market share of over 40% in the retail market, 95% in the PSP business and 60% in the tender market. The company has been in the forefront of growing the open retail market by providing feature-rich and world-class telephone products at affordable prices. Bharti Teletech currently exports to 30 countries in five continents, including the PTT markets. Bharti plans to double its exports in 05-06 over last year.

Bharti Teletech has a tie-up with Atlinks (No.1 in home and office telephony worldwide) for marketing of GE telephones in India and neighbouring countries as well as exports. It’s list of credits also include a contract with France telecom for supplies of our products for their worldwide requirement as well as supplies to Telefonica, Peru.

The new initiatives of the company under the ‘Beetel’ brand include Broadband Products and Set Top Box – a hi-growth market in India. Both are focus areas for the company

Nokia powers Optus 3G network in Australia

Nokia today supported Optus’ 3G services launch in Australia providing the behind-the-scenes network infrastructure and turnkey services as well as assisting Optus to develop 3G consumer applications

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Nokia powers Optus’ 3G network in Australia

Sydney, Australia – Nokia today supported Optus’ 3G services launch in Australia providing the behind-the-scenes network infrastructure and turnkey services as well as assisting Optus to develop 3G consumer applications.
 
In November 2004, Optus jointly announced an innovative infrastructure sharing deal with another operator to have Nokia build a shared 3G network.
 
The shared network is the first in the world to feature Nokia’s Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MO-RAN) technology, which allows for the easy sharing of radio services.
 
Where MO-RANs are deployed they allow for two operators to share the same base station and to share the radio network controller which directs the voice and data traffic back to the operator’s own core network.  An analogy is that it works like two banks sharing an Automatic Teller Machine.
 
"The issue for many operators is no longer whether to share a network, but rather, what approach will offer the best solution. We are delighted to have worked with Optus on their 3G network and applications," said Henrik Glud, Optus Account Director for Nokia Australia.
 
In addition, Optus and Nokia have worked with Australian developer, Bullant, to bring to market a 3G content personalisation application called ‘MyZooNow’ which will run as the active handset user interface on a range of mobile phones including the Nokia N70 and Nokia 6680.
 
Optus MyZooNow features a homepage that pushes information to customers that is relevant to their interests, work and social needs, such as news and weather, music and lifestyle.
 
MyZooNow was ‘incubated’ in the Optus Nokia Future Lab. The Future Lab is a joint initiative by both companies designed to test and develop potential mobile applications.
 
According to Allen Lew, Managing Director, Optus Consumer, "We have worked with infrastructure providers, application developers and handset manufacturers like Nokia, to ensure that we use the faster speeds of 3G to deliver simple and user friendly applications like MyZooNow that add value to customers mobile experience."
 
Nokia is providing Optus with complete 3G core and radio networks and turnkey services, including supplying, deploying and testing the equipment in the field as well as network optimization, management, monitoring and maintenance services. Nokia has also provided a 3G operations startup, where Nokia operational staff works along side Optus people while operating the network and through this exersice also train Optus staff. 
 
Introducing new technology platforms and services is a highly complex business and Nokia has over 15 years experience in assisting operators deploy the latest technology.
 
With its operational expertise gained from running networks on behalf of operators around the world, Nokia is able to support operators provide the highest-quality service to their subscribers while also improving their operational efficiency.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com
 

SAMSUNG Electronics Presents New Slim Line-up

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s third largest producer of mobile phones, introduces 5 new mobile phones for the European market.

SEOUL, Korea – November 8, 2005: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s third largest producer of mobile phones, introduces 5 new mobile phones for the European market. The average of the newly unveiled phones are under 15mm and offer the latest multimedia features, such as music playback capability, megapixel camera and Bluetooth connectivity. The lineups include two 3G phones (model: SGH-Z510, SGH-Z540), two slide-up GSM/GPRS phones (model: SGH-D800, SGH-D820), and a credit-card size mobile phone (Model: SGH-P300).

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Samsung’s mobile phone leadership is based on its ability to design phones with innovative form factors, such as the clamshell phones, slide-up phones, and TV viewable landscape phones. This reputation is further cemented by its introduction of phones with ever slimmer designs. It was the first to reveal a 9.8mm slim mobile phone (SPH-N2000) in 2001.

The current trend in mobile phone design is moving towards “slim & wide” design. The “slim & wide” design concept offers better portability with its lightweight and thinness, as well as enriches multimedia features in a mobile environment with larger screens.

Kitae Lee, President of the Telecommunication Network Business at Samsung Electronics, says “Samsung’s new slim phones are equipped with the latest multimedia features and meet the highest standard of quality. Our values for quality, extraordinary design, and essential multimedia features were not compromised to bring to market our innovative slim concept.” He adds, “We will continue to add more ‘slim & wide’ designs with varying form factors and features to the award-winning Samsung product line-up.”

SGH-Z510 and Z540 are the slimmest 3G phones at a depth of 14.9mm. Equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera and 4x digital zoom, the two phones offers a full spectrum of 3G features, including video telephony, real-time video streaming and video messaging.

The SGH-Z510’s 2.2-inch QVGA screen displays crisp high-speed video streaming clips. It also includes MP3 playback functionality, allowing users to listen to 3D sound quality music content anywhere and at anytime.

The SGH-Z540 is a modernistic and exquisitely designed phone that will attract fashion-conscious consumers and working professionals who desire the many features of 3G in a superior slim design. It holds 150MB of content and supports Bluetooth and USB transfers.

The SGH-D800 is a 14.9mm slim slide-up phone that is packed with today’s latest technology – 1.3 megapixel camera, document viewer, Bluetooth, PictBridge, and TV-out. Encased in a black and silver metal, it exudes modernity and elegance.

At a depth of 15.2 mm, the SGH-D820 is slim slide-up phone with a full line-up of multimedia features. It features a wide (2.12-inch) and high resolution (QVGA) LCD screen and 1.3 megapixel camera. With Quad Band capability, the SGH-D820 is functional across all GSM frequency bands. It also supports microSD external memory. With its modern, premium exterior design, the phone is the best fit for sophisticated business users who desire top-quality features in a sleek appearance.

Samsung’s SGH-P300 is packed with the most advanced features in an elegant ultra slim package with mere 8.9mm thinness. This easy-to-carry mobile device shares the look and dimension of an ordinary credit card, yet comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera with flash, music player, and video recording capabilities. Its premium feather-light weight and stylish mini design is sure to turn heads everywhere you go. Nicknamed “The Card,” the P300 is perfect for users who desire the most advanced mobile technical features in a slim, unique appearance.

All phones will be launched in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year.

Nokia N90 and Nokia N91 Win ABest Of Whats New Award

Nokia today announced that the Nokia N90 and N91, two flagships of the company’s Nseries range optimized for imaging and music respectively, were honored with Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New” Award in the publication’s annual search for the top 100 technology innovations of the year.

Twice The Honor: Nokia N90 and Nokia N91 Win A "Best Of What’s New" Award
November 08, 2005

Two Nseries multimedia devices receive prestigious commendation from Popular Science magazine
 
New York, NY, USA – Nokia today announced that the Nokia N90 and N91, two flagships of the company’s Nseries range optimized for imaging and music respectively, were honored with Popular Science magazine’s "Best of What’s New" Award in the publication’s annual search for the top 100 technology innovations of the year.
 
Packed with advanced features to capture and print high quality photos and video, the Nokia N90 is the first mobile device to feature superior Carl Zeiss Optics plus boasts a two megapixel camera with autofocus, 20x digital zoom and high quality video capture with on-device editing capabilities. Facilitated by its dual screens, the Nokia N90 features two ergonomic modes for instant photo and video capture.  With Nokia’s XpressPrint printing solution, users can select from a range of mobile printing options, including PictBridge, connected directly to a compatible photo printer with a USB cable; wireless printing over Bluetooth wireless technology; or by extracting the MultiMediaCard from the side of the phone and inserting it into a compatible printer.
 
The Nokia N91 is optimized for connected mobile music enjoyment, including the ability to download new songs, manage music collections, as well as create and share playlists on the go. Transferring files between the Nokia N91 and a compatible PC is simple with the built-in WLAN, Bluetooth or USB connections, and downloading songs over the air is quick with support for GPRS/EDGE networks.  The Nokia N91 delivers a premier music experience with its 3.5mm stereo headset jack, integrated 4GB hard disk with room for up to 3000 songs and support for a wide range of digital music formats.   Encased in stainless steel, the Nokia N91 has dedicated music keys on its face, which slide down to reveal the phone keypad.
 
"Popular Science’s award is a tribute to Nokia Nseries innovation and we are honored to be recognized in this way," said Nigel Rundstrom, vice president of Multimedia for Nokia. "Both the N90 and the N91 merge incredible multimedia experiences with leading-edge telephony features.  This combination of mobility and high performance creates entirely new ways for people to enjoy their favorite pictures and music."
 
"Best of What’s New is the ultimate Popular Science accolade, representing a year’s worth of work evaluating thousands of products," says Mark Jannot, editor of Popular Science. "These awards honor innovations that not only influence the way we live today, but that change the way we think about the future."
 
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products to find breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners – the Best of What’s New – are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in 1987.
 
Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies across 12 categories, including Auto Tech, Aviation & Space, Cars, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, General Innovation, Home Entertainment, Home Tech, Personal Health, Photography and Recreation.
 
The Nokia N91 will begin to shipping to retailers around the globe in early 2006.  More information about the device is available at http://www.nokia.com/N91.
 
About Nokia Nseries
Nokia Nseries is a range of high performance multimedia devices that delivers unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences by combining the latest technologies with stylish design and ease of use. With Nokia Nseries products, consumers can use a single device to enjoy entertainment, access information and to capture and share pictures and videos, whenever and wherever they want.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com
 
About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.45 million and 6.5 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Time4 Media, a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc

Nokia responds to reports of Qualcomm GSM Patent Infringement Suit

Nokia recently learned from a Qualcomm press release that Qualcomm has filed a complaint for alleged patent infringement against Nokia Corporation and Nokia Inc. in San Diego apparently involving some 12 alleged essential patents.

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Nokia responds to reports of Qualcomm GSM Patent Infringement Suit

Espoo, Finland – Nokia recently learned from a Qualcomm press release that Qualcomm has filed a complaint for alleged patent infringement against Nokia Corporation and Nokia Inc. in San Diego apparently involving some 12 alleged essential patents.
 
Nokia is yet to receive a copy of the complaint, and analyze the details, and therefore cannot comment on the substantive aspects of the claims.
 
Nokia is disappointed Qualcomm has taken this step given they have yet to engage in any licensing negotiations concerning these matters. With respect to the patents alleged to be essential to the GSM/GPRS/EDGE standards, Qualcomm has a duty to license those patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. Qualcomm has not provided Nokia with any proposed terms for a license in compliance with its obligations. 
 
Companies with essential and valid patents must agree to license those patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.  It is quite unusual for a company to institute litigation before discussing such terms.  Nokia is concerned that Qualcomm continues to disregard its obligations to offer to license its alleged essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. The timing of this lawsuit and the comments of Qualcomm’s general counsel that a cooperative resolution of these issues is unlikely, when the patents have not been verified and licensing terms have not yet been offered or discussed, is completely inconsistent with the basic licensing principles to which Qualcomm is obligated.
 
Nokia will analyze Qualcomm’s claims when it obtains the complaint and will defend itself in this action to ensure that its rights are fully protected.
 
We also note the timing of this action in relation to the recent request by Nokia and five other companies for the European Commission to investigate Qualcomm’s licensing practices.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
 

QUALCOMM Files GSM Patent Infringement Suit Against Nokia

QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and its wholly owned subsidiary, SnapTrack, Inc., filed suit on November 4 against Nokia Corporation and Nokia Inc. in federal court in San Diego for infringement of eleven of QUALCOMM’s patents and one patent owned by SnapTrack

SAN DIEGO —  November 07, 2005 —  QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and its wholly owned subsidiary, SnapTrack, Inc., filed suit on November 4 against Nokia Corporation and Nokia Inc. in federal court in San Diego for infringement of eleven of QUALCOMM’s patents and one patent owned by SnapTrack. QUALCOMM’s lawsuit includes patents that are essential for the manufacture or use of equipment that complies with the GSM, GPRS and EDGE cellular standards (the GSM family of standards) and other patents that are infringed by Nokia’s products. Patents that are essential to a standard are those that must necessarily be infringed to comply with the requirements of the standard. QUALCOMM’s complaint states that Nokia is infringing QUALCOMM’s patents by making or selling products in the United States that comply with the GSM family of standards. QUALCOMM seeks an injunction against Nokia’s continuing sale of infringing products and monetary damages.

"We have been discussing a number of issues with Nokia for some time, including the fact that we have essential GSM patents for which Nokia is not licensed, and we are disappointed that this has resulted in litigation," said Louis M. Lupin, senior vice president and general counsel of QUALCOMM. "Until recently, we had been led to believe that these issues might be resolved cooperatively and amicably. However, it now appears that a cooperative resolution of these issues is quite unlikely and we must move forward with the litigation in order to protect our rights and to get these issues resolved."

Demand from cell phone users for data services and multimedia features has been growing dramatically since the advent of second-generation (2G) cellular technologies. The ability to provide better data performance is one of the primary reasons that the wireless industry has selected CDMA technology for nearly all third-generation (3G) cellular standards and systems. Faced with this demand and spurred by competition from CDMA systems, 2G standards, such as GSM, have been evolved to support improved data capabilities. These evolutions of GSM—first GPRS and later EDGE—have adopted patented innovations developed by QUALCOMM originally for use in CDMA systems to: achieve higher data rates, increase spectral efficiency, enhance capacity, improve resistance to interference, permit access to packet switched networks, and facilitate multimedia distribution. Nokia’s GSM, GPRS and EDGE standards-compliant products unavoidably infringe QUALCOMM’s patents surrounding these inventions that have become essential to the GSM family of standards. Six of the patents in QUALCOMM’s complaint against Nokia were also asserted in the complaint that QUALCOMM filed against Broadcom Corporation on July 11, 2005.

QUALCOMM’s extensive patent portfolio includes more than 4,000 United States patents and patent applications and more than 20,000 patents and applications around the globe. QUALCOMM has entered into more than 130 royalty-bearing license agreements with the world’s leading telecommunications equipment makers and consumer electronics manufacturers. QUALCOMM’s extensive licensing program has fostered the widespread adoption of leading-edge technologies and promoted vibrant competition throughout the wireless industry, encouraging innovation and technological advancement. QUALCOMM is prepared to offer licenses under its essential GSM/GPRS/EDGE patents on fair and reasonable terms free from unfair discrimination to any company that requests one.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol QCOM.

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The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet Starts Shipping

Nokia today announced that it has started deliveries of the first device in its new Internet Tablet product category, the Nokia 770. The sleek, pocket sized device is Nokia’s first Linux-based terminal product and is dedicated to convenient Internet browsing and email communications over Wi-Fi

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A new product category – The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet Starts Shipping

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has started deliveries of the first device in its new Internet Tablet product category, the Nokia 770. The sleek, pocket sized device is Nokia’s first Linux-based terminal product and is dedicated to convenient Internet browsing and email communications over Wi-Fi.
 
"We are very excited to start shipments of our first Nokia Internet Tablet device," said Janne Jormalainen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia. "Since announced back in May we have seen huge interest in this device, particularly from the Open Source community."
 
The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet features an impressive high-resolution widescreen display (4.13") with zoom and on-screen keyboard, ideal for viewing online content. Aside from Wi-Fi, the device can also connect to the Internet utilising Bluetooth wireless technology via a compatible mobile device.
 
The device runs on Linux based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software edition which is based on popular desktop Linux and Open Source technologies. The maemo web site (www.maemo.org) provides Open Source developers and innovation houses with the tools and opportunities to collaborate with Nokia on future devices and OS releases in the Internet Tablet category. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet was recently named Best Embedded Linux/Mobile Product or Initiative at the 2005 UK Linux & Open Source Awards.
 
"This is the first step to creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regular software updates. During the first half of year 2006 we will launch the next operating system upgrade to support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging", continues Janne Jormalainen.
 
The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet also boasts web browser with flash player, email client, Internet radio, news reader, file manager and media players to enable your favourite Internet services to move with you.
 
In addition to select retail outlets, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is available for purchase online through www.nokia.com at an estimated sales price of approximately 350 euros including taxes. The www.nokiausa.com sales channel is expected to open one week later.
 
A full list of features and product software support of the Nokia 770 is available at www.nokia.com/770.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

CSL launches Asia’s first commercial video sharing service with Nokia IMS

Mobile operator CSL and Nokia today jointly announced the commercial launch of Asia’s first video sharing service in Hong Kong enabled by Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and systems integration services. At a press conference, CSL and Nokia demonstrated video sharing service using the Nokia N70, the 3G Series 60 smartphone with 2 megapixel camera and a full set of Nokia Nseries features

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CSL launches Asia’s first commercial video sharing service with Nokia IMS

Hong Kong, China – Mobile operator CSL and Nokia today jointly announced the commercial launch of Asia’s first video sharing service in Hong Kong enabled by Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and systems integration services. At a press conference, CSL and Nokia demonstrated video sharing service using the Nokia N70, the 3G Series 60 smartphone with 2 megapixel camera and a full set of Nokia Nseries features.
 
The service launch affirms CSL and Nokia’s leading position in bringing innovative mobile services to the end-users. This milestone service also demonstrates Nokia’s end-to-end capability in enabling operators to differentiate and offer a variety of services on the fiercely competitive Hong Kong telecommunication market.
 
Video sharing is a multimedia service that allows users to view live or prerecorded video during a normal voice call on their mobile phones. Both the caller and the receiver can watch the same video and discuss it, and then end the video sharing without ending the voice call. Video sharing is based on standardized 3GPP IMS and IETF technologies, and its specifications are available at Forum Nokia.
 
"We are pleased to announce another notable first – being Asia’s first mobile operator to introduce the 3G video sharing service to our customers.  Video sharing is a natural expansion of voice calls and an advancement of normal video calls," said Hubert Ng, Chief Executive Officer of CSL. "The introduction of video sharing service during a voice call is a key evolutionary step for 3G video services.  We believe that the 3G video sharing service will become one of the most popular services among consumers.  It will also help corporate customers to enhance the efficiency of their business operations."
 
"We are very pleased to continue our long-term and successful cooperation with CSL and join hands to achieve another important milestone in Asia’s mobile telecommunications industry through the commercial launch of video sharing service," said Wei Yuan, Vice President of Networks, Nokia China. "Nokia is well prepared to cooperate with innovative industry players like CSL in shaping the future of mobile multimedia communications."
 
Nokia’s complete end-to-end solution for IMS-based multimedia includes the Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem solution with open IMS Service Control (ISC) interface towards application servers and Series 60 devices supporting downloadable SIP clients. Nokia has over 30 Nokia IMS references, including 10 commercial deals.
 
About CSL
CSL is a pioneer in the mobile communications market in Hong Kong. The Company launched its mobile services in 1983, and today operates a world-class GSM / WCDMA network through its mobile brands: 1O1O and One2Free. Pioneer to introduce HSCSD, GPRS, EDGE, MMS and video sharing service the Company launched 3G and Wi-Fi Service In December 2004. CSL is 100% owned by Telstra. For more information about CSL, please visit www.hkcsl.com
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
 
Nokia is committed to long-term development and preferred partnership in China. With strong local R&D, manufacturing and innovative technologies, Nokia has continuously strengthened its market position in China as a leading supplier of mobile terminals and mobile networks. Nokia is the largest exporter in the Chinese mobile telecommunications industry. Nokia has six R&D units, four manufacturing sites and widespread operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The total number of Nokia employees in China area is over 5,600. www.nokia.com.cn

Nokia introduces a new Web browser for S60 3rd Edition

okia today unveiled the new Web browser for its world leading smartphone software, S60 platform. The new browser is aimed to provide smartphone users with a true Web experience and industry leading performance when browsing full Web pages on the Internet using a smartphone

Nokia introduces a new Web browser for S60 3rd Edition
November 02, 2005

Powerful open source engine enables intuitive Web experience in S60 smartphones
 
Nokia Mobility Conference 2005, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo Finland – Nokia today unveiled the new Web browser for its world leading smartphone software, S60 platform. The new browser is aimed to provide smartphone users with a true Web experience and industry leading performance when browsing full Web pages on the Internet using a smartphone.  The new Web browser is available to S60 licensees as part of the S60 3rd Edition offering.
 
"Nokia studies of S60 smartphone users show two clear trends: browsing is generating over 60% of data traffic, and the improved network performance of WCDMA/3G more than doubles the browser usage compared to GPRS/EDGE, offering increased revenue potential for operators," said Heikki Heinaro, Vice President, S60 Applications, Nokia Technology Platforms.
 
"Nokia’s approach to browsing on smartphones in the 3G era is to offer a premium solution for content discovery and download, with equal access both to Web sites on the Internet and mobile optimized content. The new Web browser is poised to make Web browsing fast, intuitive, and more enjoyable for both consumers and enterprise users," Heinaro continued.
 
As announced earlier this year, the new Web browser for S60 is based on the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components of Apple’s Safari Web Kit, the industry’s smallest and fastest open source full Web rendering engine for mobile devices that Apple uses in its popular Safari Internet browser. Based on KHTML and KJS from KDE’s Konqueror open source project, this software has enabled Nokia to achieve major improvements in Web site usability on smartphones, through the re-use of a proven desktop rendering engine that has been developed and optimized by a large open source community over many years.
 
"Safari Web Kit’s blazing performance, efficient code base and support for open standards make it an ideal open source technology for projects like the new Web browser for S60," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "We’re delighted that Nokia can take advantage of Apple innovation and our commitment to open source development to bring a new Web experience to S60 smartphones."
 
 
 
The new browser provides a True Web experience though features such as:
 
– Preservation of the original page layout, presented just as the Web site designers intended;
– Easy navigation of Web pages through page miniatures, reducing the amount of scrolling;
– Pop-up blocking, enhanced start page, and simplified menus;
– Visual History, an easy-to-use back function, showing miniature views of previous pages;
– Text Search, which works as you type, taking you directly to the interesting part of the page;
– Web Feeds, providing easy access to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds from Web sites, blogs, and news stories;
– Dynamic HTML, supporting dynamic menus, rollovers, and scripted behavior such as AJAX applications;
– Extensive support of industry standards including W3C’s HTML, XHTML 1.0, DOM, CSS and SVG-Tiny; other Web standards such as SSL and ECMAScript; and Netscape style plug-ins including Flash Lite and audio.
 
The browser’s open source codebase and extensible architecture will enable other industry parties, such as S60 licensees and the open source community, to develop new features for the browser. S60 application developers can use open APIs to build on top of the browser, using it to render rich content within their application.  Nokia is committed to open source, and intends to actively participate in the open source community to further develop and enhance the browser, contributing Nokia’s expertise in mobility.
 
"The KDE Project is excited that Nokia will bring KDE’s award-winning open source technology to mobile devices through the S60 platform. It is a testament to the value of the open source community’s work, and will stimulate further innovation in KHTML and mobile applications. We look forward to facilitating this innovation through further collaboration with Nokia," said George Staikos, the representative for the KDE Project in North America.
 
About S60
The S60 platform, built on the Symbian OS, is the leading smartphone software in the world and it is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 platform allows for various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers. For further information about S60 news and community, please visit www.s60.com.
 
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

Nokia N80 Announced

Nokia today introduced the Nokia N80, the first ever handset to enable seamless home media networking between compatible TVs, audio systems and PCs.

Nokia Nseries enters the digital home with Nokia N80
November 02, 2005

Optimized for both work and play, the small WLAN-enabled Nokia N80 is the world’s first UPnP handset

Nokia Mobility Conference 2005, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland – Nokia today introduced the Nokia N80, the first ever handset to enable seamless home media networking between compatible TVs, audio systems and PCs. The Nokia N80 reflects and harmonizes work and personal life through leading on-the-go productivity tools, multimedia entertainment and mobile photography in a design that communicates success. Weighing only 134 grams, the compact yet feature-rich 3G multimedia device is packed with performance, providing fast internet access and convenient intuitive browsing as well as the possibility to send and receive emails at Wireless LAN (WLAN) speeds.

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“A multimedia computer that genuinely enriches people’s lives with connected, mobile multimedia experiences, the Nokia N80 is the size of a stack of business cards,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Multimedia, Nokia. “The technological leadership of Nokia Nseries comes together in the Nokia N80, offering people a new, unparalleled experience of enjoying media in the living room by just using the Nokia N80. Comprising the functionality of a highly advanced multimedia computer, the Nokia N80 empowers people to pursue professional goals and personal passions with equal fervor.”

Multimedia connectivity in the Digital Home

With simple to use yet advanced UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) technology*, the pioneering Nokia N80 can be used to tap into the digital home network, acting almost as a remote control, enabling secure and convenient access to compatible PCs, audio equipment and TVs.** Consequently, images and video stored on the Nokia N80 or a compatible PC can be viewed wirelessly on the living room TV, while listening to music stored on the device through the living room audio system. Printing is now faster too, as Nokia N80 users can print wirelessly to any compatible UPnP-enabled home printer or printing kiosk.

Advanced, high speed internet in your pocket

Nokia N80 is the first quadband handset designed to work on 3G (WCDMA 1900 or 2100), WLAN, EDGE and four GSM bands (850/900/1800/1900), enabling broadband access from virtually anywhere on the planet. Incorporating the latest productivity functions in addition to 3G and EDGE data connectivity, people can use the Nokia N80 at more than 136,000*** public WLAN hotspots around the world to access the internet and send large emails or upload high quality images to an online service. Additionally, the Nokia N80 supports the new Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map, featuring a semi-transparent zoomed-out overall view of the web page, enabling users to intuitively navigate to all corners as well as see the web site as it was originally designed. With the experience further heightened by the device’s superior high definition display (352 x 416 pixels, up to 262,144 colors), which incorporates 90% more pixels than QVGA displays commonly found on smartphones and PDAs, the Nokia N80 also incorporates MPEG4 AVC decoding support for high quality video streaming.

High quality photos and videos in just a snap

With great ergonomics for image capture, the Nokia N80 is also an excellent mobile photography device for capturing, collecting and sharing moments and memories. In addition to incorporating a 3 megapixel camera with capture key for fast and stable camera activation, full-screen landscape capture utilizing the entire available high definition display, and a dedicated close-up mode switch, the Nokia N80 also features CIF video capture with inbuilt video stabilization. Moreover, the Nokia N80 incorporates large internal memory of up to 40 MB, which can be further expanded with a hot swap miniSD card of up to 2 GB, allowing users to store up to 1000 high quality images on the device.

Your choice of music on the go

Supporting a wide range of digital music formats, the Nokia N80 boasts a digital music player as well as stereo FM radio and support for Visual Radio****, which provides listeners with a richly interactive information channel, including information on the song and artist currently playing. Furthermore, thanks to the integrated UPnP technology, transferring music between the Nokia N80 and a compatible PC is easier than ever. Alternatively, users can transfer their favorite music via USB 2.0 by simply dragging and dropping from a compatible PC onto the device. As a result of its powerful music features, the Nokia N80 qualifies as a part of the Nokia XpressMusic device range. The XpressMusic feature brand makes it easy for consumers to identify Nokia products that provide a superior mobile music experience.

The Nokia N80, which is based on S60 3rd Edition and Symbian OS, is planned to be commercially available in the first quarter of 2006 with an estimated, unsubsidized sales price of approximately 500 euros.

*UPnP technology, a standard required for an interoperable network in the digital home, enables automatic discovery and remote control of devices, including networked devices and services, such as network-attached PCs and printers, internet gateways, and consumer electronics equipment. UPnP is independent of any particular operating system, programming language, or physical medium (e.g. it can be deployed on top of any IP bearer – WLAN, Ethernet cable, etc).

**Current TVs and stereo systems can be Digital Home enabled with a media link device.

***IDC, Worldwide Hotspot 2004-2008 Forecast and Analysis document number 32697 from December 2004.

****To check the availability and cost of the service, contact your network operator or service provider.

About Nokia Nseries

Nokia Nseries is a range of high performance multimedia devices that delivers unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences by combining the latest technologies with stylish design and ease of use. With Nokia Nseries products, consumers can use a single device to enjoy entertainment, access information and to capture and share pictures and videos, whenever and wherever they want.

About Nokia

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.