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Ring! Ring! Monday News Analysis, 8th October

As a preview to the Telco 2.0 event next week in London, here are some relevant news items from the last week to help stimulate the furious debate among the participating cognoscenti:

Ever wanted to physically wave a game controller round your head? Now you can, thanks to Nokia researcher Paul Coulson.

Digital Cities

WiMAX is coming: to 50 UK cities as Pipex expands and rebrands.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Like Urban WiMAX in London, they are playing up the fast uplink and targeting big senders of data; this is an underserved market thanks to the Telco 1.0 belief that the Internet is like TV, and that users who send as well as receive are somehow illegitimate.

Even more WiMAX: Nokia’s next Internet Tablet to get an Intel WiMAX chip, and GPS too.

Telco 2.0 Comment: That starts to sound a lot like a WiMAX mobile device…Intel leader in Europe, Gord Graylish, will enlighten us at 4.30pm next Wed

Pressure on Forsee at Sprint: perhaps calling it XOHM wasn’t such a good idea…and Clearwire gets hit by the shrapnel.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Despite all this WiMAX activity, there’s trouble at Sprint Nextel. Perhaps all the new stuff has caused them to take their eye off the ball? It’s especially interesting that the market associates it with the WiMAX project, as shown by the fact the trouble also hit their partners, Clearwire.

Digital Home

Orange: picocells are the future.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Didn’t we say they were good at boxes in the living room? Better, we’ve got the man responsible for their STB innovation coming to the Telco 2.0 Executive Brainstorm.

BT makes FON a lot more useful, by signing up all its Wi-Fi users.

Telco 2.0 Comment: This is almost certainly the cheapest way to really boost your footprint, and the network value to your subscribers. Who would have thought, back in 2001, that BT would soon be a community WLAN insurgent?

Digital Product Innovation

GooglePhone nonsense, remixed! Apparently it might be a mobile Linux distro. Or something.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Arun Sarin has the most sensible comment on this: “Why would you do this when there are so many ways to reach Google?” Indeed. Relatedly, O2 announces Mobile MySpace - to put it another way, the devices have browsers and Internet access. Innovation does not mean press releases.

Multi-core mobiles: ARM announces new chips.

Telco 2.0 Comment: The intelligence is trying hard to move to the endpoint…

IMS: needs another IMS on top of it

Telco 2.0 Comment: According to Brough Turner and participants in a conference, IMS only deals with the transport layer and needs further standardisation at the applications layer. Still, maybe they’ll find a use for it next year…or the year after that…

Telco 2.0 Strategies

Vodafone buys more Tele2 fixed-line assets.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Assembling the total communications proposition

The cost of freedom: embarrassment.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Funny of the week. Australian records risque ringtone, phone rings in court, much amusement…for everyone else.

Safaricom to IPO.

Telco 2.0 Comment: call your broker for the float of a big, fast growing, highly innovative emerging markets operator! Mind you, there are some really worrying issues around the original privatisation; which is a pity for the creators of M-PESA.

And 30 per cent of some emerging market calls are deliberately missed; it’s a form of presence signalling for when you don’t have any money.

Digital Youth

A denial-of-service attack on reality: Bruce Schneier on fraudulent child kidnapping alerts.

Telco 2.0 Comment: Remember, if you make it easier to communicate something, more of it will be communicated, for good or ill.
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