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Indian cellco BPL Mobile has inked a deal with Israeli solutions provider InfoGin which will see the latter assist in the launch of a mobile internet service. InfoGin will provide its Intelligent Mobile Platform (IMP), which will allow BPL to offer internet browsing on any mobile device for pre- and post-paid subscribers. The new service will be offered through BPL’s WAP portal, which operates under the ‘@Cafe’ banner. Commenting on the agreement Sunzay Passari, vice president of VAS & Devices at BPL Mobile, said, ‘With this partnership we have reached our goal of launching the first ever mobile internet service in India. The new service is in line with our strategy to provide the most enjoyable, exciting and innovative services.’ No financial details of the deal have been revealed.
Having announced it would roll out a new fibre-optic broadband network earlier this week, Latvian wireline and broadband operator Lattelecom is set to offer mobile broadband services, according to local news sources. Lattelecom is understood to have inked a deal in December 2008 that will allow it to offer services over Triatel’s CDMA2000 1x-based network in the 450MHz band. Lattelecom will offer mobile internet at speeds of up to 3.1Mbps, and three different packages will be available offering monthly data limits of 500MB, 5GB and 10GB. The operators have been running trials of the service, which were reportedly completed on 21 January.
This report discusses significant trends and initiatives in usage and applications of mobile internet during 2008, and what development can be expected in the coming years. These are exciting times: the mobile web is coming of age, patterns and preferences in user behaviours and preferences are emerging and it is possible to start discerning market trends and with greater detail predict coming development.The number of PCs in use worldwide has surpassed 1 billion and there are one and a half billion internet users globally. At the same time there are more than 4 billion mobile subscribers, indicating the vast growth potential for mobile internet, especially considering that 58 percent of the world’s installed PCs are in markets that account for only 15 percent of the world’s population, meaning that for a majority of the potential users the handset is their main internet terminal.
The global migration to 3G is also picking up pace and the base of WCDMA 3G subscribers more than doubled during both 2006 and 2007. By June 2008 there were more than 235 million WCDMA subscribers, representing a 6.4 percent penetration looking at all mobile subscribers worldwide, and 11 percent if only considering WCDMA markets. Furthermore the number of EVDO subscribers was about 100 million in mid-2008.