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3rd Month, 2003 For 3's 3G Launch in UK

1st January 2003 by Kevin Thomas of 3G

The UK press has reported that Hutchison 3G will not be launching 3G in the UK until March 2003. If this is correct, 3G.co.uk feels this is another kick in the teeth for 3G in Europe, which was hanging on for Hutchison to launch 3G and cheer up the industry.

The UK public will wait till at least March 2003 to have the NEC e606 3G Mobile ( with Video calling, Video messaging, Video download, Built-in camera and
Media player ) in their pockets.

I know , the bulk of the UK public were not aware of the imminent launch of 3G and what it could do, but the majority of potential early adopters know and quite frankly would have expected the launch in 2002. Fair enough, a trial is underway in London to prove and iron-out hiccups within the network and handsets, yet Manx Telecom did this over 12 months ago on the Isle Of Man. For at least the last 12 months, Hutchison assured us that they would launch in 2002. Missing that launch, and delaying till 2003 makes me shudder and all I feel is bad WAP type vibes.

The fact that there are now some awesome GPRS phones - the Sharp GX1 and GX10 spring to mind - means that GPRS is the only decent wireless phone choice for the UK public well into 2003. I wonder what aftershocks may present themselves ?

I have been reporting on 3G for nearly 3 years and personally I feel sad to hear this. In many respects this would not have come as such a shock had Hutchison 3G provided regular progress updates. It would be nice to think that Hutchison will issue a press release and confirm the actual position, the trial objectives, progress and hiccups, and the actual launch details e.g 3G coverage areas etc.

I had always wanted a 3G phone for Xmas 2002 but I ain't got one.

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TODAY'S PRESS RELEASES
New NEC 3G Mobile
The NEC V-N701 3G Mobile is the first VGS 3G Mobile Phone to be made available by J-Phone in Japan. An explanation of the VGS service and the specification of the new 3G mobile follow.
New Sanyo 3G Mobile
The Sanyo V-SA701 will be the second VGS 3G Mobile Phone to be made available by J-Phone in Japan. An explanation of the VGS service and the specification of the new 3G mobile follow.
3G Video Compatability Achieved In Japan
3G phone users in Japan can now send videos to each other, across networks, as the result of a recent agreement between J-Phone and NTT DoCoMo who use the same W-CDMA specifications.
Ericsson Chosen As 3G Supplier toTDC Mobil of Denmark
Ericsson has been selected by Danish operator TDC Mobil as the primary supplier for a WCDMA 3G network in Denmark. TDC Mobil is the first operator in Denmark to announce their choice of vendor for 3G. Deliveries will begin in January 2003.
New 3G UMTS Radio Measurement Platform
Anite announced availability of the U-RAMS UMTS radio measurement platform, an extension of the company's RAMS solution that is tailored to meet the RF testing requirements of 3G mobile phones and wireless devices.
CDMA2000 1X Wireless Network for PT Telecom In Indonesia
Samsung officials have announced the details of a CDMA2000 1X hardware supply agreement concluded with PT Telkom, a state-run telecommunications operator in Indonesia.
New Samsung Palm Powered 3G Enabled Handset In US
Wireless industry innovators Sprint and Samsung announced nationwide availability of the PCS Phone by Samsung SPH-i330. This fully integrated Vision Capable Device combines a PCS Full Color screen,
Taiwan Cellular Takes WCDMA 3G Network
Nokia and Taiwan Cellular signed an agreement for Nokia to
be supplier of TCC's 3G network in Taiwan. The agreement represents another major milestone in Nokia's goal to expand its share of the WCDMA market to 35%.
New i-Mode wireless phone
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that the company will begin marketing a new i-shot™ compatible handset, the mova F504iS with dual cameras
New Smartphone Released in Taiwan
Compal Communications of Taiwan released their first smartphone ( MS 2002 OS ) with the TI OMAP710 processor.
3rd Month, 2003 For 3's 3G Launch in UK
The UK press has reported that Hutchison 3G will not be launching 3G in the UK until March 2003. If this is correct, 3G.co.uk feels this is another kick in the teeth for 3G in Europe
Delta Telecom Launches 3G Mobile Network In Russia
Delta Telecom, a cellular operator in the northwest region of Russia, announced the commercial launch of an advanced third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X network
3G W-CDMA In Four Major U.S. Markets
NTT DoCoMo and AT&T Wireless announced the four major U.S. markets in which AT&T Wireless commits to first deploy and launch W-CDMA.
Hutchison 3G Hit The Streets Of London With TVs
Hutchison 3G UK tbegan the first phase of its marketing campaign to build consumer awareness of its forthcoming third-generation mobile multimedia and communications services
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