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Mobile World Congress Barcelona: a first view

All eyes of the mobile industry are directed to Barcelona this week, where the annual Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM) is taking place. 
Here are already some interesting news bits:

– Microsoft Corp. unveiled the latest version of its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, adding video-games and music features in a bid to stop market share losses to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Read more

Check here for an overview of some of the newest and most popular handsets on the market from a dozen leading vendors.  Many large players, including Sony Ericsson, Samsung and HTC, have presented at the start of the Congress yesterday new devices.  Surprisingly, Nokia didn’t bring any new toys…

– With Apple and Google stealing most of the limelight the past few months, other mobile manufacturers are gearing up to face the competition. Many are announcing new models of smartphones and marketplaces to compete with the iPhone and the App Store and their likes.
Ericsson announced its eStore mobile application store. 
Meanwhile, an alliance of 24 operators (including China Mobile, Britain’s Vodafone, the U.S.’s AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Spain’s Telefónica, France’s Orange), dubbed the Wholesale Applications Community, are collaborating on an “open platform” that delivers applications to all mobile phone users. 

Keep updated on the Mobile World Congress via their official website, and ofcourse via the MobileWeb blog.

The limitations of the Apple iPad

In the week since Steve Jobs’ announcement of the Apple iPad, much has been written about this new multimedia device.  But contrary to the iPhone, which was the hype of 2007, the comments are not very positive this time.

6Minutes has made a good summary of the limitations of the iPad, most importantly:
– It has no camera
– No USB entrance, nor a slot for memory card
– No Flash
– 3G not by default
– No multitasking

On top of that, the iPad uses micro SIM-cards, that are not used by any of the Belgian mobile operators (or any of the European operators, for that matter).  So as long as the operators don’t adapt, 3G on the iPad in Belgium won’t be possible.  Probably Mobistar, as Apple’s preferred partner, will be the first to make the change.

SMS action for Haiti extended: Already more than 420.000 Euro raised

The action “SMS 4666”, organised by MobileWeb and the mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus, has currently raised more than 420.000 Euro. Between the 17th  and the 29th of January, the clients of the mobile operators sent more than 420.000 SMS messages to the number 4666 to participate to the fund raising for the benefit of the victims of the destructive earthquake in Haiti. Because of this prove of national generosity, the  mobile operators and their technical partner MobileWeb have decided to extend the SMS action until the 15th of February at midnight.

Until february 15th, clients can still send an SMS with the code YES to the number 4666 to contribute to the aid to the victims in Haïti.  To support the Belgian consortium, an SMS with “1212” to 4666 will do.  A donation to the Red Cross is possible with the message “SOS” to 4666. Doctors Without Frontiers raise funds with the keyword “AZG” to 4666.   The mobile operators and their technical partner MobileWeb will donate all SMS donations in their entirety to the participating humanitarian organisations. On the website www.sms4666.be, MobileWeb gives more information about these organisations.

96,1 million SMS on New Year’s Eve

In the last days of 2009, the Belgian mobile operators were anticipating some 100 million SMS messages to be send on New Year’s Eve.  The end result is a bit less but still a record: 96,1 million messages.  One year earlier, that amount was at 78,3 million.

Proximus treated 40,8 million SMS between 20.00 (31 dec.) and 8.00 (1 jan.), which was 13% more than last year.  Mobistar counted 33,04 million messages (+40%) and Base 22,27 million (+19%).

The many formulas that include free SMS could be one cause for the large increase.  There were no major incidents with the mobile network.

Our Dutch neighbours only sent about 70,4 million messages over the networks of KPN (27,7 million), Vodafone (25,2 million) and T-Mobile (17,5 million).

Mobile Virtual Network operators at a turning point

Next Monday, December 14th, Mobile Monday Brussels will organise their next event.

The aim of this Mobile Monday Brussels session is to provide an understanding of the what is rapidly changing in the Belgian MVNO scene in terms of technology, branding and business models.

Timing:

18h00. Registration, quick bite and Welcome by Henri Fischgrund, founder Axisparc

18h30. Presentation

  • “How SIP and VoIP is transforming the model”
    by Bernard No’l de Burlin ,CEO Mondial Telecom
  • “Mobile data MVNO and microMVNO’s”
    by Koen Delvaux, co-Founder & CMO Mobile Vikings
  • Speaker 3 under confirmation

19h40. Mobile Monday Barcelona Premier Awards selection and
Mobile Monday Brussels 2010 forecast

19h55. Presentation of HEODE and “One Way” concept by Florent Grandjean
and Loïc Bar, followed by a reception.
Location: (Sponsored by HEODE)

HEODE Louvain-La-Neuve
Axis Parc – @xeICT
Rue Emile Francqui, 5
1435 Mont-St-Guibert

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Telenet starts with combined sales offer

Although combined sales are allowed for a few months now, there aren’t that many offers on the market yet.  Telenet is one of the first large telecom players starting a combined offer.  When ordering a “Walk & Talk 20” subscription at 20 Euro a month, you can choose a mobile phone at 1 Euro.  Among the mobile phones available with the offer, are the Samsung Star, LG Viewty, Sony Ericsson Naite and Nokia 3720.

If other providers are following, we could finally be on our way to a necessary renewal of the Belgian mobile phone park, which has been lagging behind in Europe.

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Mobile Internet use in Belgium will triple

According to a new Forrester study, the use of the Mobile Internet in Belgium will triple over the next 5 years.    While now only a mere 9% of Belgian mobile users surf the mobile web, this will be 28% in 2014.  Still, this means Belgium still seriously lags behind in Europe, where an average of 39% is expected.  Our Dutch neighbours would even go up to 47%, almost half of the mobile population.

Forrester gives a few explanations for this bad score:
– First of all, the amount of 3G networks is limited, with Base still not offering anything. 
– Secondly, there is (or rather, was) the ban on combined sales, which meant that smartphones are still expensive and are less prominent than in other countries.
– Thirdly and most important, is the lack of flat rate subscriptions. 

So it’s mostly up to the mobile operators, whether or not they want to give a boost to the mobile internet market.  With profit for voice and text decreasing, one would think they are eager to stimulate this mobile platform…

Test-Aankoop: SMS at maximum 6 eurocent

Last week, we reported how Belgium is one of the most expensive countries if you’re a heavy mobile user.  Consumer organisation Test-Aankoop has come to the same conclusion in a comparative study in Europe.  They want to see a maximum rate for SMS messages of 6 eurocent.

Earlier this summer, the European Commission has already put a limit on roaming tariffs.  A text message sent from a European country to home country Belgium, shouldn’t cost more than 13 eurocent.    A SMS from and to Belgium can cost between 10 and 15 eurocent with the standard rates.
If an international SMS can cost maximum 13 eurocent, then a national SMS shouldn’t cost 15 eurocent, reasons Test-Aankoop.    Taking into account the same margins as for international sms traffic, a national sms should cost maximum 6 eurocent.

Heavy mobile use is expensive in Belgium

Heavy mobile user?  Lots of calls and text messages?  Then you pay a lot in Belgium.  The limited user is better off.  That’s one of the conclusions of a study by OESO.

If you use your mobile phone intensely, then the price you pay in belgium is just as intense.  Only 6 countries are more expensive (Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, Greece and the US).  You’re better off in Holland, Denmark or Sweden.

If you’re a limited mobile user, then the Belgian tariff is fairly average.  Again, Scandinavia scores best as users from Denmark, Sweden and Finland pay the cheapest bill.  Spain, Czech Republic and the US are the most expensive.

Source: Datanews

India adds record 15.6 million mobile users in March

And today’s trivia question: which is the fastest growing mobile market in the world?
Yes, the title gave it away: India!

This Asian nation, currently counting some 1,17 billion inhabitants, adds millions of mobile subscriptions every month.  While January and February added respectively 15.4 and 13.4 million new subscribers, March broke a new record with 15.6 new users.   That brings the total amount of mobile subscribers to 391.8 million, which is some 50% more than 12 months earlier.

The enormous expansion is helped by the expansion of networks to smaller towns and rural areas, according to the Indian operators.

India is the second largest mobile market, behind China that counts more than 600 million subscribers.

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