Airtel to adopt new number series in Karnataka from Nov 13

Keeping in tune with the new directive from the Department of Telecommunications, Airtel Broadband and Telephone Services, India?s largest broadband service and private telephone service from Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd, will adopt a new number series beginning with ?4? for its fixed line services, instead of ‘5’, in Karnataka from November 13.

Keeping in tune with the new directive from the Department of Telecommunications, Airtel Broadband and Telephone Services, India’s largest broadband service and private telephone service from Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd, will adopt a new number series beginning with ‘4’ for its fixed line services, instead of ‘5’, in Karnataka from November 13.

Airtel, in a release here today, announced that it would continue to connect all calls received on the old number till February 28 next. Post this till March 31 next, an automated voice recording system would inform customers about the change in numbers. To make life simpler for its customers, Airtel would also be launching a new short code for general customer care: 121. This general customer care number would be uniform across all circles of Airtel Broadband and Telephone Services.

The change would take place in phases depending on the city of operation. In Karnataka the change would happen in Bangalore on December 11, Mysore–November 13, Mangalore, Hubli, Belgaum and Manipal-November 20, the release said.

Airtel has more than one million fixed line customers in the country and provided broadband and telephone services in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Mumbai, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, UP (East) and UP (West).

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 shows 7 solutions at TeleManagement World

Nokia is showcasing seven of its Services software solutions at TeleManagement World in Dallas until November 10, all part of its ongoing drive to help operators to manage their services life cycle in a multi-vendor environment, both enhancing their offerings and reducing their costs

Nokia shows Services muscle with 7 solutions at TeleManagement World
November 08, 2005

Solutions help operators win and retain subscribers, simplify an increasingly complex technology environment
 
Dallas, TX, USA – Nokia is showcasing seven of its Services software solutions at TeleManagement World in Dallas until November 10, all part of its ongoing drive to help operators to manage their services life cycle in a multi-vendor environment, both enhancing their offerings and reducing their costs.
 
"Many operators are facing increased competition from both traditional and new rivals, and the convergence of the mobile and fixed telecom environments is bringing increased complexity to technology management. Nokia is committed to making our customers’ lives easier," said Jyrki Holmala, Vice President Operations Solutions, Networks.
 
"Our solutions portfolio, comprehensive understanding of the mobile telephone spectrum, and proven track record in helping customers achieve greater efficiency all give us a clear edge over rivals, " said Holmala.
 
To demonstrate the company’s Services capabilities, in Dallas Nokia is showing its industry-leading solutions in the following areas:
 
– Self Provisioning
– Mass Provisioning
– Device Management – Firmware update over-the-air
– Portal Performance Optimization
– VIP Service for Corporate Clients
– Service Level Management
– Customer Care
 
Nokia has set up a Solution Bar at TeleManagement World, with a team of "Solutioneers" ready to discuss the latest in managing consumer service life cycles in a multi-vendor environment. The company is showing the solutions most recently launched at the Nokia Mobility Conference in Barcelona, including Nokia’s Service Level Management and Integrated Provisioning solutions. Nokia’s Service Management solution components follow the e-TOM model defined by the TeleManagement Forum, and its Nokia Profile Manager (NPM) on display is OSS/J compliant.
 
Nokia has provided a full range of support and services to help operators differentiate and innovate their mobile offerings for close to 20 years. Seeking to better tap the growing Services trend, Nokia established its Services business unit in Networks earlier this year, and has since taken significant steps to demonstrate its commitment to this growing business.
 
Today, Services represents more than 30 percent of revenues in the Networks business group, including operations support software. In addition to Service Management, where Nokia is the market leader with over 80 clients, the company expects to see important developments particularly in the areas of Managed Services, Systems Integration and Consulting.
 
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.

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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Asphalt Urban GT2 ships on the N-Gage Platform

Nokia today announced that it has shipped Asphalt: Urban GT(TM) 2, the rip-roaring sequel to the fantasy racing game on the N-Gage platform.

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Prepare for the ride of your life as Asphalt: Urban GT (TM) 2 ships on the N-Gage Platform

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has shipped Asphalt: Urban GT(TM) 2, the rip-roaring sequel to the fantasy racing game on the N-Gage platform.
 
Ramping up the vehicle choice for this edition of the franchise, developer and publisher Gameloft has really spiced up the action. In addition to 37 fully customizable cars, ranging from Hummer to the delectable Aston Martin, Asphalt: Urban GTä 2 also gives gamers the chance to race on two wheels with a selection of 8 motorbikes to choose from. Even better game physics and collision effects create an intense improved driving experience on 15 tracks in 14 real locations from San Francisco to Tokyo further intensify Gameplay.
 
Gamers and up to three friends can enjoy Asphalt: Urban GTä 2’s visually stunning graphics via Bluetooth connectivity and can compare their skills to players worldwide via shadow racing and score upload capabilities on the N-Gage Arena. 
 
"For the second time, fans of the Asphalt series on the N-Gage platform will get the chance to experience high octane fantasy driving but this time with new tracks, new vehicles and better graphics." says Gregg Sauter, Director Games Publishing, Nokia.  "So get ready for the ride of your life!"
 
Fans of Asphalt: Urban GTä 2 can also try before they buy, with a free downloadable demo available from http://arena.n-gage.com/n-gage/web/en/downloads/gamesdemos/index.html, letting gamers choose from two licensed cars and two motorbikes to race for a limited time in San Francisco or Tokyo. In addition, the demo also offers the possibility to race against a friend via Bluetooth wireless technology.
 
Asphalt: Urban GT(TM) 2 also features loading screens images of sexy girl group The Pussycat Dolls and real music from Moby with the track ‘Lift Me Up’ from the album Hotel.
 
About Gameloft
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones. Established in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew or Symbian technology. The total number of mobile handsets with this technology is anticipated to exceed one billion units in 2007. Partnership agreements with leading licensors and sports personalities such as Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Paramount Studios, Dreamworks, Vans, Vijay Singh and Geoff Rowley allow Gameloft to form strong relationships with international brands. In addition to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates titles such as Block Breaker Deluxe, Asphalt: Urban GT and Siberian Strike. Through agreements with major telephone wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online shop, Gameloft has a distribution network in over 65 countries. Gameloft has worldwide offices in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Paris, London, Düsseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GFT.PA) For more information visit www.gameloft.com.
 
About N-Gage
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer game play over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.

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

Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands on N-Gage

okia today announced that it has shipped Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands, the next member of the critically acclaimed and popular strategy franchise

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Prepare to march into battle as Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands ships on the N-Gage platform

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has shipped Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands, the next member of the critically acclaimed and popular strategy franchise. Last year, Pathway to Glory set new standards in the world of mobile gaming and now Nokia and Red Lynx are back with a new and improved version ready to set gamer’s key pads alight.
 
Exclusive to the N-Gage platform, Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands blends the detail and gritty realism of the original with improvements inspired by extensive feedback from the gaming community.
 
"This time strategy fans are treated to an even more immersive storyline, improved AI and character evolution including interactive and spontaneous dialogue directly related to the action," says Producer Toni Virhiä. "Gamers can discover all new missions and maps, superior graphics and the opportunity to engage in voice chat between friends and foes via the N-Gage Arena."
 
On entry to the World War II Pacific theatre players need to be prepared for intense multiplayer action. Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands enables up to 6 players to battle using Hotseat, Bluetooth wireless connectivity or over N-Gage Arena.  Gamers will also be able to utilize the worldwide ranking facility on the N-Gage Arena to compare their skills with other players across the globe.
 
"Fans of the original Pathway to Glory now have the chance to hone their strategic combat skills in a whole new and improved environment," says Gregg Sauter, Director Games Publishing, Nokia. "We are proud of the results that Red Lynx was able to deliver with this franchise and we believe that gamers will enjoy the enhanced features, faster game play and movie style narrative of Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands enough to create fans of the series in all their friends."
 
For more information on the second installment in this exclusive franchise for the N-Gage platform visit http://ikusa.pathwaytoglory.com/intro.html  
 
About RedLynx
RedLynx Ltd is a leading producer and developer of interactive Cross-Media Entertainment. RedLynx is also a world leading developer of cutting edge mobile community games including among others Pathway to Glory. RedLynx games and new type of interactive TV formats are examples of world-leading entertainment concepts that have proven their success in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. RedLynx has its head office in Helsinki, Finland. For more information see http://www.redlynx.com.
 
About N-Gage
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer game play over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications.

Nokia’s Mile High Pinball Ricochets Into Retail Stores

okia today announced that Mile High Pinball, the incredibly addictive pinball game for the N-Gage platform, is now available in retail stores. With 80 stages of arcade mayhem, players can top their pinball memories of yore with customizable maps and balls, power-ups and exciting boss levels

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Nokia’s Mile High Pinball Ricochets Into Retail Stores

Pinball Wizards Now Can Go Full Tilt on the N-Gage
 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that Mile High Pinball, the incredibly addictive pinball game for the N-Gage platform, is now available in retail stores. With 80 stages of arcade mayhem, players can top their pinball memories of yore with customizable maps and balls, power-ups and exciting boss levels.
 
"At Nokia, we are intent on creating entertaining games that are easy to pick-up but hard to put down," said Gregg Sauter, Director, Games Publishing, Nokia. "With extensive multiplayer rankings and incredibly imaginative pinball levels, Mile High Pinball is a prime example of a game that grabs you and won’t let go, stretching a ten minute experience into hours."
 
Gamers can now play pinball like it’s never been played before with Mile High Pinball. Aspiring pinball wizards can collect points and power-ups as they deftly dodge enemy bosses and ascend through 80 pinball stages. Developed by Bonus.com, Mile High Pinball offers numerous multiplayer features on the N-Gage Arena, including a Beat-My-Challenge mode where players create their own pinball map to share with friends. Gamers can also upload rankings, trade customized balls and a slew of strategic power-ups.
 
More information about Mile High Pinball is available on the official website at www.MileHighPinball.com.
 
About N-Gage
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.
 

Nokia Series 60 gets fresh identity

A new chapter in the Series 60 Platform success story starts this November when a fresh S60 identity is introduced to the market by Nokia and other S60 community members.

Series 60, the world’s leading smartphone platform, redefines its name and visual identity
November 01, 2005

Espoo, Finland – A new chapter in the Series 60 Platform success story starts this November when a fresh S60 identity is introduced to the market by Nokia and other S60 community members. The new S60 name along with a clear visual identity conveys the unique value of S60 smartphones in an easy to understand manner.
 
"The core promise of S60 software is extensibility. Developer innovation, licensee and operator differentiation can be added to the S60. People can choose from a wide variety of add-on applications, enhancements, services and content, and really benefit from the extensibility of their S60 device. This is the true value of the S60 that we want our customers to recognize with the redefined identity," said Mauri Metsäranta, Director, Software Platforms Marketing, Nokia.
 
The redefined identity will be visible at www.S60.com and in various co-marketing efforts with S60 licensees, operators, developers and portals.
 
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. Please visit www.s60.com for further news and information.
 
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 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 fosters mobile innovation through open source development

To foster mobile software innovations, Nokia launched today opensource.nokia.com, a new Internet portal for its open source software projects

Nokia fosters mobile innovation through open source development
November 02, 2005

New open source portal for developers launched
 
Nokia Mobility Conference 2005, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland – To foster mobile software innovations, Nokia launched today opensource.nokia.com, a new Internet portal for its open source software projects. This is a natural continuation of Nokia’s active involvement in the open source community. The projects presented in the portal enable Nokia to share mobile software knowledge and innovations with open source developers in order to further drive the mobile industry’s development.
 
Nokia is currently working with the open source community on several projects, such as the open source browser for S60 (Series 60), Maemo, URIQA (URI Query Agent), and Python for S60. Bringing all these projects together, the new portal provides a consolidated view of Nokia’s open source activities and access to its open source projects. The portal itself is built on top of Nokia’s open source semantic web architecture based on URIQA.
 
The open source browser for S60 3rd Edition is based on the work done in one of Nokia’s open source projects. The Maemo development platform provides the tools and the opportunity to collaborate with Nokia on future devices and open source releases in the Linux-based Internet Tablet category. Python for S60 allows the developers who utilize the powerful Python programming language to execute Python commands and run Python scripts and applications on S60 devices.
 
Open source initiatives are important components of Nokia’s offerings in the mobile marketplace. "We believe that open source development contributes to the creation and rapid adaptation of mobile software technologies. The new portal demonstrates our commitment to open source activities, and it is a natural extension for our Forum Nokia online developer community. We welcome open source developers to participate in innovations to Nokia’s software platforms," says Lee Epting, Vice President, Forum Nokia.
 
"Nokia Research Center as a leading research organization is looking at further strengthening our relationship with and actively contributing to the open source community. The new portal will give an excellent opportunity to work in an environment of open innovation and create valuable results," says Dr. Bob Iannucci, Senior Vice President and Head of Nokia Research Center.
 
In addition to its own open source projects, Nokia participates in industry-wide open source projects and communities. One example is the Eclipse Foundation: an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. As a Strategic Developer in the Eclipse Foundation, Nokia leads a project to deliver mobile developer tools for Java and also contributes to several other Eclipse projects, outside the Java scope.
 
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.