Thursday, June 30, 2005

Rajesh Jain on the Future: (Convergence Conference), on Convergence:
"Two words that were heard a lot at the conference were 'convergence' and 'ecosystem.' Convergence is finally becoming a reality as the next-generation networks with all-IP cores are making it possible to have triple play services (voice, data and video) flow over the same network. Convergence is also happening in terms of the fixed line and wireless worlds - in both the networks and handsets. Convergence technology drivers include SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and IMS (IP Multimedia System). There will be a time soon when our handsets will support WiFi and GSM/CDMA, such that in hotspots they would use WiFi to make and receive calls, while at other locations they would use the cellular networks.

Ecosystem is about the realization that there is no single company which has all the answers, and there is a web of relationships to deliver valuable services to consumers and enterprises. Operators control the networks (and the customer relationships), but they need a combination of cheaper access devices and compelling services to drive traffic and revenues. An ecosystem approach is about creating win-win scenarios for the entire value chain.

The three panel discussions identified the hot issues: content, 3G and VoIP. The biggest success stories in mobile value added services have been unexpected - SMS, ringtones and increasingly, ringback tones. But there are still plenty of opportunities in the content space to deliver useful services to consumers on their always-on, always-available, always-connected, personal devices, and over broadband networks. Operators have begun 3G rollouts across the region - but there is no clear business plan on how money will be made! WiMax looms as a possible threat - or opportunity. VoIP is hot and happening - it is clear that voice will just be another application on the IP network.

The vision for the future is simple, seamless and personal communications from wireline and wireless networks. Tomorrow's world will be one where users will be able to communicate anytime, anywhere from the device of their choice. Users will be able to define their own experiences, and the network will become more intelligent to bring highly personalised services to users. All of this will bring about a significant lifestyle change for consumers and also enable the real-time enterprise.

The dream of this world of seamless mobility has been there for many years. But the work that has been happening in the background is now making it all possible. Parallel trends in digitisation are making a huge array of content available to us on any of the screens - TV, PC or the mobile. The focal point is now shifting from the network to the user. What people really want is to be connected, informed, entertained and do so in their own way. Whether one is at home or work, commuting or in public places, the networks will connect us to friends, family, colleagues at work, and our business information."

Stitch Says: I pulled this extended quote below from Rajesh Jain's exceptional blog, Emergic. There are few posts on my blog upon which I DO NOT feel a comment is merited. This is one.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

iPod Sales Affected by Music Phones - Softpedia News (Convergence Casualty?)

iPod Sales Affected by Music Phones - Softpedia News: "iPod Sales Affected by Music Phones
Category: SOFTPEDIA NEWS :: Trends

Barron’s says

If cell phones are transformed by the wireless into music players, iPod sales might record a significant decrease, Barron’s says.

According to the same
magazine, by 2006, most of the handsets will implement the necessary hardware and software to allow them to download music in the same way an iPod does, but also by using cellular telephony.
Some analysts estimate that next year, Apple will sell approximately 45 million players. This figure is huge, but it pales compared to the 750 million handsets which will be sold in 2006.

Nokia already has a competitor, the N91, which will work as a cell phone, but also as a MP3 player, thanks to the incorporated 4GB hard disk which can be used by users to store MP3, AAC or WMA files.

However, we are a little bit circumspect regarding the producers’ ability to cram so many functions into a device designed for cellular telephony: digital camera, audio player, radio player audio, radio etc."

Stitch Says; Bill Gates, I believe, said it first, and Barron's follow on seems to be sensible considering the amazing leaps in technology we've seen at the handset in just the past year. Clearly, people love having their music (and I mean ALL their music) with them any time the fancy strikes. But it's almost equally obvious that given the choice, people will tote fewer things with them. All things being equal the idea that people won't embrace the convergence of IPod and Mobile Phone is almost silly. That said, I don't believe that mere convenience is going to drive an abrupt migration from one technology to the other. Take LCD displays as an example; clearly they are better, lower power consumption, more esthetic, much smaller foot print, lower weight (and shipping cost), but what we saw in the real world was a gradual change as people upgraded or replaced failing CRT monitors. The whole world is not going to toss out millions of good cellular phones and iPods just to be the first on the block to have the iPod/Mobile combo, but when one or the other breaks down, or it's time for a new cellular plan, then the novel technology will influence decisions and purchases.

Monday, June 27, 2005

we make money not art: gadgets Archives: (Now THAT'S Convergence!)

we make money not art: gadgets Archives: "I'm hoooome
07:44 AM gadgets telephony

�zgur TASAR, from Umea Institute of Design in Sweden, has developed Nokia One, a home communication interface that unites home entertainment and communication, incorporating Instant contact into the home entertainment system (TV/Music).

The Nokia ONE Digital Home Convergence System/>

The system consists of a main unit with projector and a commander for interaction.

The main unit has an induction charging surface, a central harddisk, light system based on OLED flexible screen system, wireless system for data transfer and microphone for “talking in the air.” The Controller does all the interaction.

When you come home, you throw your mobile phone into NOKIA one. This action makes you digitally at home too. Mobile phone syncronizes with NOKIA One. Contact, message, photos and other media updates are exchanged. If you get an SMS, it will pop up on TV. When you get a call you’ll see it on TV, and talk in the air without phone. You will also appear 'at home' in your friends list in instant contacting application.

Induction Charging NOKIA One charges the battery of the mobile phone by induction charging.

Stitch Says: This one sort of came at us out of thin air. I'm truly curious about the specifications of the device, it's limitations, security attributes (or lack thereof) and what else is required to make it interact with the rest of your wired home...
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