|To: tero kuittinen who wrote (9227)||2/15/2001 1:47:09 PM|
|From: Eric L||Respond to of 34853|
|Deja Vu. Some things never change. "God Send Mobiles..."|
<< "Floating" is a fairly good description of what Samsung is doing at the moment. >>
Hey! Samsung is gonna save GPRS and it's gonna save 1xRTT. AOD & VOD coming to Asia & Europe. That oughta get things moving.
The wireless world is always waiting for handsets.
The wireless world always will wait for handsets.
I thought I'd post this nostalgia here because it sure looks like there are 3 CDMA carriers in Seoul that are about ready to start screaming "God Send Mobiles...". Those 20,000 SK Teletech SKY IM-2300's with the MSM5000 are either all gone or not moving too well. Too bad NOK won't have a 1XRTT chip till end of year at earliest. Heck, they could save the day.
I guess we can now pronounce 1x handsets, "officially late", just as GPRS handsets are "officially late".
In the Interim, SK Telecom was initially talking about SK Telecom providing "transmission of multimedia data at a speed of 144 Kbps, two to 10 times faster than existing services."
In their press release announcing Shinsegi Telecomm's launch of 1X they are now saying, "with the maximum speed of 120 kbps, the CDMA 2000 1X is eight times faster than the current mobile service."
Now that is still quite a bit faster than GPRS, and MUCH more efficient than GPRS, EVEN if it only turns out to be 1.6X to 1.8X IS-95A (and 6 to 8X IS-95B). Hopefully you won't have to be riding a bicycle past a base station to get to 120 kbps.
Anyway, I'm rambling, here is an old chestnut from an awesome (not so) old GSMer who still makes vendors quake in their boots (just remembering his wrath) ... particularly if mobiles are late, or don't work.
Of course, eventually they work. They always do.
>> "God Send Mobiles..."
Former President of Germany’s D2 Network
Former President of PCS PrimeCo
Former CEO & President of Omnipoint
Chairman, GSM MoU Association, 1993-94
For a number of European operators like Germany’s D2 network, the inability to launch a commercial service in 1991 was especially frustrating. The networks themselves were fully operational. The problem was that there were no GSM terminals available. The hurdle was type approval.
The cornerstone of GSM is international roaming. For this to be possible all networks and handsets have to be identical. With so many manufacturers creating so many products in so many countries, it was critical that each type of terminal was subject to a rigorous approval regime. Rogue terminals could cause untold damage to the new networks.
The crisis facing GSM operators in 1991 was that the type approval process simply wasn’t available. In retrospect, it’s easy to understand the reason for the delay. Such testing required the creation of a complex piece of equipment that simulated the entire GSM system in which the terminal would have to operate. The development of the simulator software turned out to be considerably more complex than had been envisaged. But without a testing process there could be no terminals and without the terminals none of the operators would be able to sign up customers. The situation was close to critical.
The solution was the introduction of interim type approval (ITA). Essentially, this was a procedure in which only a subset of the approval parameters was tested to ensure that the terminal in question would not create any problems for the networks. In spite of considerable concern expressed by some operators, ITA terminals became widely available in the course of 1992. True handheld terminals hit the market at the end of that year and the GSM bandwagon had finally started to roll. <<
Note: George, of course, launched one of the first major all digital voice and data networks in the world. He resigned the Presidency of PrimeCo within days of their choosing CDMA, because it was LATE too market, and it DIDN'T do data, and did not lend itself to Global Roaming.
In this case we are not talking about Roaming, just some nice little fully forward and backward compatible, IS-95A, IS-9B, IS-95C handsets with AOD/VOD.
I guess the question becomes whether or not Samsung will deliver their 4+2 GPRS handsets this quarter, on schedule, or deliver their LATE IS-95C handsets this quarter.
GPRS handsets are late to market. IS-95C handsets are now late to market. The world does not change much, does it?
"God Send Mobiles"!
- Eric -