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Unveils 19 Handsets in New 906i and 706i Series
TOKYO, JAPAN, May 27, 2008 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. and its eight
regional subsidiaries announced today the new 906i and 706i
series comprising 19 handsets and 64 body colors, which will
be launched on or after June 1 (see charts below).
The 906i series' eight handsets are equipped for all-round
functions, including 3G/GSM international roaming, upgraded
GPS location information, HSDPA, "One-Segment" mobile TV, 2 in
1® (combines capabilities of two phones in one), DCMX® mobile
credit card and iD™ mobile credit payments, VGA LCD screen and
voice-to-text translation for Chinese, English and Japanese.
The 906i series enables full-spec enjoyment of diverse video
content and services, including DOCOMO's Music & Video
Channel, which provides more than 100 channels of downloadable
broadcasts spanning 14 genres, and the new video portal on the
i-mode™ top screen, which offers a wide array of free,
searchable videos and clips. The handsets come with upgraded
full browsers to play Windows Media® Video (all models except
F906i) and Flash® 8 (all models except P906i) content commonly
available on PC websites, and can upload movies and images of
up to 2MB.
The new 706i series, 11 handsets in all, boasts slim,
sophisticated designs and compatibility with "One-Segment"
mobile TV. The 706i meets diverse needs with a wide-ranging
lineup, including the Extra-Slim One-Seg Phone (slimmest One-Seg
phone available), the Waterproof One-Seg Phone, the Wellness
phone that monitors diet and health, and the enhanced
Easy-to-Use phone with improved user interface. Some models
are also compatible with advanced services such as HSDPA and
3G/GSM international roaming. Features of 906i Series Models
include enhanced video capabilities, upgraded "Deco-mail"
features, 3G/GSM international roaming, GPS and various other
FusionOne Announces Mobile
Content Transfer Solution
San Diego, CA - May
28th, 2008 FusionOne announced that it has created an
ecosystem for the wireless industry based on its
operator-branded Mobile Content Transfer Solution. Announced
at Qualcomm's BREW 2008 Conference in San Diego, FusionOne's
mobile content ecosystem will provide the wireless industry
with a platform for backing up and migrating licensed mobile
The Mobile Content Transfer Solution creates a solution that
is comprised of operators, device manufacturers, content
billing system providers and technology providers such as
Qualcomm. This solution will offer wireless subscribers the
option of restoring their licensed content when they purchase
a new mobile phone. With the Mobile Content Transfer Solution,
subscriptions and credits are seamlessly migrated to a new
mobile device and customer relationships with the subscriber
"This holistic approach to the protection and migration of
licensed mobile content is unique to the wireless industry,"
said Mohan Sadashiva, senior vice president of marketing for
FusionOne. "Wireless operators can substantially reduce
revenue leakage by making it easy for subscribers to reacquire
their applications and other content. Likewise, content
providers will benefit from increased customer loyalty and
retention, while subscribers themselves will no longer have to
delay purchasing a new mobile device due to the inconvenience
associated with restoring their applications."
The Mobile Content Transfer Solution is built on FusionOne's
MightyBackup service, which has protected more than half a
billion mobile phone contacts. MightyBackup wirelessly backs
up the mobile phone address book to FusionOne's secure data
center, keeps the information continually up-to-date, and
automatically transfers the records when the user replaces or
upgrades their mobile phone. This affordable service enables
online management of the address book, automatic recovery of
the information, and a secure protection for the valuable
contact information stored on a user's mobile phone.
Big Sky Communications, Inc.
MobiTV and UIEvolution
collaborate to deliver streaming video to automobiles
22, 2008 -MobiTV, Inc and UIEvolution (UIE) announced their
collaboration on an end-to-end solution that will enable
streaming video experiences in automobiles. The Connected Car
solution by UIEvolution will be demonstrated with video
technology provided by MobiTV at this year's Telematics
Detroit 2008 show.
Auto manufacturers are able to quickly add connectivity to
standalone audio, video and navigation systems as well as
integrate advertising. The UIE Connected Car solution with
video powered by MobiTV delivers real-time information and
personalized content to the driver, entertainment to the
rear-seat passengers and provides fully-integrated, targeted
advertising delivery. The ability to add advertising can
reduce the cost of a monthly subscription for connected
The solution uses the industry-leading technology from
UIEvolution including robust client-server technology to
facilitate and streamline the in-vehicle experience. Once the
vehicle is in the market, UIE Blender™, the managed service
for content aggregation, management & on-boarding allows
automakers to update, add and extend services and
applications, responding to changing market trends and
MobiTV is providing the encoding and delivery platform for the
invehicle streaming solution, utilizing its RTP/RTSP and
3GPP-compliant Optimized Delivery Server (ODS). ODS combines
unicast and multicast distribution methods, creating a single
delivery platform that improves video quality and decreases
backhaul. MobiTV's ODS utilizes bandwidth smoothing, seamless
network handover capabilities and bandwidth adaptation that
includes stream switching, stream thinning and rate shaping to
significantly improve the overall user experience.
"UIE and MobiTV share a common vision to create and deliver an
always-on, connected media experience to the fourth screen in
the automobiles of the near future," said Kevin Grant, vice
president of sales, MobiTV. "UIE's ability to deliver
world-class integrated services and MobiTV's proven capability
of delivering live TV over virtually every modern wireless
network will bring the viewing convenience of the living room
to the back seat of tomorrow's vehicles."
MobiTV's Optimized Delivery Server delivers the industry's
fastest channel change capability (sub-one second) and enables
new video advertising insertion solutions including in-stream
insertion for live and clip linear content and the ability to
deliver in-video personalized, targeted ads to a specific user
based on the user's available profile information.
Mobifusion Releases mEngine™
GURGAON, India, May 29, 2008 - Mobifusion (Asia), announced
the release of mEngine 2.0, a breakthrough multimedia platform
mEngine 2.0 features an icon-based graphic user interface,
support for multi-protocol/multi-platform/O.S, instant photos
and graphics, a page flip feature, audio plug-ins and improved
browsing speed that all deliver an enhanced multimedia
experience for mobile users across the world.
"By delivering the 'snacks' of mobile content mobile users
want, mEngine 2.0 will transform the way people use and see
their mobile handsets," said Pavan Mandhani, Founder & CEO of
Mobifusion. "mEngine 2.0 is an indispensable technology for
all multimedia content for mobile phones."
According to Mandhani, with mEngine 2.0, Mobifusion's operator
partners can now take advantage of the extensive handset and
OS compatibility of 2.0 - including Java, Symbian, Blackberry,
WinMobile, Palm, WAP, iDEN and other platforms while content
partners will embrace how the company has adapted its best
brands for this new dynamic mobile multimedia platform.
"Snacking on your favorite entertainment or info-based brands
on mobile is now a reality," added Mandhani.
The release of mEngine 2.0 demonstrates Mobifusion's
commitment to be at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge
technology to the mobile marketplace in Asia and abroad. "We
will continue to expand our technology offering with our
patented m-Engine providing automation for translating mobile
applications," noted Mandhani. "Mobile business is growing at
a steady pace and we intend to take advantage of the
opportunities it presents for our company."
LG and Samsung Join Forces to
Develop and Promote Mobile Digital TV Standard
Seoul, Korea, May 14, 2008 - LG Electronics (LG) and Samsung
Electronics (Samsung) announced today that they will propose
their jointly developed technology as the North American
technology standard for mobile DTV.
Samsung and LG held a signing ceremony at Seoul Plaza Hotel in
Seoul, Korea, on May 14, 2008. Executives from the two
companies attended the event, including Woo Paik, LG's
President and CTO, and JongWoo Park, President of Samsung
Digital Media Business.
At the ceremony, the two companies agreed to cooperate in
order to assure rapid adoption by the Advanced Television
Systems Committee (ATSC) of a single common in-band mobile DTV
Technology for the jointly proposed system will reflect the
findings of the IDOV (Independent Demonstration of Viability)
conducted by the Association of Maximum Service Television (MSTV)
on behalf of the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC). A report
on IDOV will be submitted by the OMVC to the ATSC.
The jointly promoted mobile DTV solution uses the existing
terrestrial digital TV broadcast bandwidth, with no impact on
existing digital TV and with minimum broadcasting equipment
"LG and Samsung are already world-class in digital TV and
mobile communications, said LG President and Chief Technology
Officer Woo Paik."
Through this collaboration, we also have an opportunity to
lead the North American mobile DTV market."Added JongWoo Park,
President of Samsung Digital Media Business: "Our
collaboration on North American mobile DTV standardization
will help accelerate the ATSC standardization of mobile TV
technology, which will benefit both consumers and
ATSC is expected to adopt the mobile/handheld DTV standard for
the North American market in early 2009 following trials of
the technology by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), a
group of leading U.S. broadcasters who are vigorously
promoting the development and early deployment of mobile DTV.
According to a study commissioned by the National Association
of Broadcasters (NAB), with the adoption of a single ATSC
mobile/handheld DTV standard, the U.S. market for mobile DTV
phones will reach 130 million units by the end of 2012, with
the market for portable media device mobile DTV receivers
growing to include an additional 25 million units. (Source:
"Study of the Impact of Multiple Systems for Mobile/Handheld
Digital Television," BIA Financial Network, January 14, 2008.)
SingTel launches mio TV on
Singapore, 20 May 2008 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited
(SingTel) today announced the launch of its mio TV on Mobile
service. SingTel is the first operator in Singapore and one of
the first in Asia Pacific to launch a mobile TV client with
true TV viewing experience on mobile phones.
This innovation adds another dimension for users to access mio
TV, which was launched in July 2007, and its quality content
even when they are on the move.
"mio TV has revolutionised the way people watch TV, and the
mio TV on Mobile service provides our customers with yet
another convenient medium to expand their viewing options,"
said Mr Wong Soon Nam, SingTel's Vice President of Consumer
"With Singapore's high mobile penetration rate and SingTel's
customer base of over 2.5 million mobile users, the largest in
Singapore, it makes sense to offer compelling content on our
mobile platform so that Singaporeans have access to their
favourite mio TV content wherever they may be."
Users who sign up for the service have a choice selection from
mio TV's wide range of content offerings - from popular local
channels like Channel 8 Prime Time and Channel NewsAsia to
premium channels like Mei Ah Movies Channel (Asia), TRACE,
ETTV Asia News, Mom-On-Demand and KBS World.
The service features a TV remote control-like user interface
that includes a number keypad and arrow keys which users can
use to select and toggle between channels, as well as navigate
up and down the menu. The EPG supports an interactive playlist
with easy access to programme listings and information.
mio TV customers who subscribe to this service can look
forward to the Remote Personal Video Recorder (PVR) that
allows them to use their mobile phones to schedule recordings
on their mio TV PVR service at home - even when they are
overseas. This service will be available by September this
Using the service is simple and convenient as there is no need
to walk in to the shops or call the hotlines. To subscribe, 3G
postpaid mobile customers simply need to dial *mioTVm
(*646886) to download and install the mobile TV client
(application) for free.
They can then subscribe to the channels via the application
and start viewing the content immediately. In future the
client will be preloaded onto compatible handsets.
mio TV on Mobile customers pay a flat monthly subscription of
$6 per month for unlimited viewing of the live channels. Pay
Per View for channels and On Demand video are charged at $0.50
per clip. There are no data charges for downloading the mio TV
on Mobile application, browsing the programme guide or
watching programmes. Prices are inclusive of GST.
Swisscom launches its new
live mobile TV infrastructure for UEFA EURO 2008™ using
Mobixell Mobile Webcast™ Solution
Cupertino, CA, - Mobixell Networks announced today that its
latest platform offering with Swisscom, has gone live. It will
Swisscom deliver the highest quality live video and audio
streaming possible with low bandwidth conditions (GPRS) to its
customers - in time for the anticipated surge in demand around
the UEFA EURO 2008™ and the Olympics. Using Mobixell's Mobile
Webcast™ solution, Swisscom can deliver real-time Mobile TV
and Video on Demand to ensure a sustained connection even when
the network reaches capacity or reception quality
Mobixell's Mobile Webcast solution performs real-time
adaptation, so that irrespective of the handset device being
used or variable wireless network conditions, the user
experience is always optimised. In addition to providing
continuous streaming, despite network or reception
limitations, it also has the ability to reduce the stall
duration when the user hands-off from a high-bit rate
connection (e.g. UMTS) to a low bit-rate (e.g. EDGE or GPRS)
connection. Mobile Webcast facilitates introducing new video
services, from Video on Demand and live channels through to
Internet video, simply and at optimal quality.
As well as enhancing the customer experience, Mobile Webcast
also opens up the opportunity for mobile advertising as ads
and branding can be added to the video streams. Recent
research from Jupiter has estimated that mobile internet
advertising revenues in Europe will grow to €1.3billion in
2012, and mobile video is seen to be the second highest
contributor to this. Swisscom's spokesperson Christian
"Major sporting events, such as the UEFA EURO 2008™, typically
require dealing with peaks of cellular traffic as high volumes
of people gather in one area, all using their phones for a
variety of different services. Swisscom recognises the
importance of providing its customers with the best service
quality possible, and by working with Mobixell, has ensured
that this will remain the case during June's European football
tournament and the Olympics.
"In addition to the benefits continuous streaming offers
Swisscom customers, it also holds an excellent business case
for Mobixell itself," Christian Neuhaus continued.
"Statistically, when a user gets cut off while using a mobile
video service more than once or twice, they will not continue
to use it. Mobixell's continuous efforts will help provide our
customers the best Mobile TV experience possible."
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