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Nokia won't show 3G handset until September

Posted: 14 Mar 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Nokia Mobile Phones said three technologies deemed critical to the emergence of 3G wireless networks will converge this year, but put off its own entry into 3G service until the fourth quarter. The world's largest mobile handset maker, Nokia said it will not announce its first 3G handset until late September.

Matti Alahuhta, president of Nokia Mobile Phones, said, "2002 will mark the start of the 3G rollout." He told the press at CeBIT that Nokia and European operators will announce 3G services and handsets on Sept. 26. Though some European wireless operators have said their 3G services won't be available until 2003 or later due to lagging availability of 3G terminals, Alahuhta said that Nokia is "going for a mass-market launch" when it delivers its 3G handsets.

However, Alahuhta cautioned that the transformation from 2G to 3G services will be "evolutionary," possibly taking "several years."

Hopeful on technology

Nokia nevertheless holds high hopes for multimedia messaging services (MMS), which could become popular and widespread "in a shorter time" than did short messaging services in Europe, Alahuhta predicted. The ability to deliver images to a wireless handset will be "a main catalyst" for MMS, adding concrete value to applications, he said.

Fifty percent of the mobile handsets Nokia delivers this year will be MMS-enabled, and 100 percent of those shipped next year will be, Alahuhta said.

The current year is also "the year of Java," Alahuhta said. "Nokia is bringing Java to mass-market proliferation."

As for mobile Internet applications, Alahuhta said Nokia's first phone featuring WAP2.0/XHTML will be delivered in the third quarter, with volume availability slated for 2003.

? Junko Yoshida

EE Times

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