First Coffee for November 28, 2005

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First Coffee for November 28, 2005

By David Sims
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The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is Slobberbone’s Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today:

IDEA Cellular, a mobile operator in India, and Nokia have launched Nokia’s Intelligent Content Delivery System product on all IDEA’s mobile networks across India.

The Nokia ICD product is described as “enhancing” IDEA’s mobile packet core network capabilities, according to IDEA officials, and enabling it to connect both prepaid and post-paid subscribers to data services and charge them according to the value of traffic and content.

IDEA officials claim this makes IDEA “India’s first and only operator to charge differentially for data services, thereby increasing its revenue streams.”

In other news, Nokia and 3 Scandinavia are trialing Nokia Push to talk over Cellular service in the Swedish market. That’s where people can use their mobile phones like walkie-talkies, communicating with a selected group or with individuals at the push of a button. The trial is initially targeted to business users.

Nokia ICD allows IDEA to provide data services, such as downloadable ringtones, music, games, browsing, streaming, MMS and content based SMS, to both prepaid and post-paid customers and charge for them differentially.

IDEA has “taken another significant step… by charging online for data services for our prepaid customers. Data services usage is on the rise and it was important to not only extend data services to prepaid customers but also charge customers differentially depending on the importance of the service for them,” said Vikram Mehmi, CEO, IDEA Cellular.

Systems integration of the Nokia product to IDEA’s existing network environment (Multivendor Integration) and specific customization are key part of the agreement. In addition, Nokia provides IDEA with a comprehensive set of services, including delivery services, Help Desk, software maintenance and emergency support.

The Nokia ICD is a network-based centralized service and content control system, which enables operators to analyze, charge and manage services “in a flexible manner.”

IDEA Cellular has a customer base of over 6 million, with operations in New Delhi, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, UP- West and Kerala. IDEA Cellular’s footprint currently covers approximately 45% of India’s population and over 50% of the potential telecom-market.

IP software firm Axiom Systems Ltd. has announced what company officials call a “landmark global framework agreement” with the UK’s second largest network infrastructure provider, Cable & Wireless.

The deal is part of what Cable & Wireless officials describe as a shift to Next Generation Networks and a single, integrated and versatile IP based platform.

The multimillion dollar deal will see the Axiom Systems Axioss used to design and deliver services such as IPVPN, Metro Ethernet and VoIP. Their current IPVPN OSS systems will be replaced by AXIOSS and new systems and processes will be created to launch next generation IP services.

This implementation will offer a number of benefits in the eyes of Cable and Wireless officials, who cite an enhanced ability to “offer market leading IP services” and “reduce Cable & Wireless’ operating and maintenance costs as a result of the simplification of physical and software architecture.”

BIOS magazine has a piece this morning on Sony’s leap into VoIP, the work with GlowPoint to offer “a new consumer version of Sony’s IVE service, dubbed Instant Video Everywhere, featuring free, unlimited video and voice service for consumers worldwide.”

Unlike other Internet-based communications applications currently available, BIOS says, “the IVE service ‘seamlessly’ combines the best elements of standard VoIP services with live video, resulting in VoIP Plus,” what Sony claims is “the next generation of IP-based communications.”

Of course Yahoo, AOL and others also offer video-calling services similar to IVE, but as BIOS says “Video-phone services have long been touted by technology enthusiasts but have struggled to attract a mainstream audience.”

The IVE service offers customers the ability to make free, unlimited video and voice calls worldwide, “as well as place video and audio calls to mobile phones, telephones, and any other traditional video or audio conferencing system.”

One nice thing is that it’s not all-proprietary. The IVE service’s patent-pending standards-based technology “allows all IVE users to directly contact all other standards-based video users and even those who do not have video access or Web cameras.”

The Sony IVE service, powered by GlowPoint, offers flat-rate monthly services that range from $10 per month to $19.95. The IVE application can be downloaded for free from www.sonyive.com.

Hantel Co., Ltd., a CDMA-based fixed wireless local loop, hybrid terminals vendor, has announced an exclusive agreement signed with VoEx International LLC, a telecommunications tech firm to supply Fixed Wireless Equipment to VoEx’s operations and carrier partners.

The various phone and terminal type products will operate at 450, 800 and 1900 frequencies, using CDMA2000 1x advanced fixed wireless. Specific financial terms were not disclosed.

The telephones & terminals specified in the supply agreement will be marketed by VoEx and their partners to their residential and business customers. The initial product deployment will be in cities in North Iraq, with plans to expand throughout Iraq and the Middle East and North Africa.

The expense and logistical difficulties inherent in extending a conventional copper-wire “land-line” telecommunications grid throughout the Middle East can cause delays of many months for qualified customers to gain access to a conventional phone system. So Hantel’s offering fixed wireless technology as an alternative to build-out of the regional wire telecommunications network.

British women in their mid-40s are most likely to follow their dream of becoming their own boss, according to research commissioned by Everywoman and Orange.

The survey finds that of the 17% of women who have set up businesses in the UK, the highest proportion are over 40. Over half of independent business women in their mid-40s established their companies when aged 40 or over. Only eight per cent of today’s “one woman bands” aged 55-plus began their business when they were in their 20s.

Age and family are not seen as obstacles to women’s ambitions in business, with less than five per cent of women who have not set up their own business citing children as a barrier. Finance is the number one red light for the majority of women, with 56 per cent citing lack of available money and risk factors associated with funding as their main reason for not setting up in business.

Mozilla is getting serious. Christopher Beard, the vice-president of products at Mozilla, told CNET that there is a “strong likelihood” that Firefox 1.5, the next major version of the open source browser, will be released tomorrow, and said they’re planning a “big marketing push” to celebrate the occasion, including encouraging Firefox fans to publish home-made videos on a Mozilla Web site.

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