May 2008

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Airspan Deploys WiMAX Solutions for Local Governments in Spain

Airspan Networks, a provider of WiMAX broadband wireless access networks, will provide wireless broadband solutions to the Regional Government in the Galicia region of Spain with Colabora. This is the first contract for its MicroMAX base stations in Spain.

Under this contract, Airspan would provide MicroMAX base stations, its unique WiMax product in the unlicensed 5.4 GHZ frequency band in the geographically challenging region of Galicia where wireless is the only viable option for providing broadband connectivity. According to Fermín Rodriguez Campos, Technical Director of Colabora, Airspan’s 5.4 GHz WiMAX products are ready to deploy and are the perfect solution for rural, local government networks thanks to the quality of service characteristics and affordable market price.

Bicycle Phone Charger for Rural Areas Launched in Uganda

The locally designed charging system is helping people in villages of Kampala, Uganda, where there is no electricity to have easy access to charging services. Bugatech, a mobile phone repairing company has launched the system in Kampala.

The system called, ‘Mobile power’ comprises of a dynamo (power source for the light of a bicycle), power accumulator and circuits where car chargers of ‘any type of phone’ are plugged to charge. The system charges eight phones per hour of riding a bicycle would cost bicycle owners Shs 65,000. The mobile power stores energy in its power accumulator that can charge more phones for another 30 minutes. The company has appealed telecommunications companies and other development partners, both local and international to join to develop this work to an advanced level for the good of the country.

Singapore Readies Mobile Number Portability

In Singapore, now mobile phone subscribers will easily switch operators and retain their numbers as now the country is going to adopt fully Mobile Number Portability (MNP) capability from
June 13, 2008.

Currently, mobile phone subscribers who hold two numbers can switch their operators. With full mobile number portability, mobile subscribers who change operators will be able to retain full use of their mobile number, which will also appear on their contacts’ caller ID when they make calls or SMS and multimedia messaging service (MMS) messages. Subscribers will also continue receiving MMSes on their existing number from the previous mobile operator. Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is expecting full mobile number portability to open new business opportunities for non-traditional telecommunication service providers, like wireless broadband providers and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers.

Mobile Banking on the Rise

According to Juniper Research, there is an increase in the  number of consumers accessing banking services via mobile phones. The number is predicted to reach 816 million by 2011 according to the firm. This increase will be mostly in China and the Far East where there will be a high concentration of mobile banking services, followed by Western Europe and the Indian sub-continent.It is reckoned that this is facilitated by increase in the number of features offered by financial institutions, including financial information, funds transfer, bill payment, account management and customer service etc. It is estimated that the number of global mobile banking transactions will rise from 2.7 billion annually in 2007 to 37 billion by 2011.The study revealed that though there is heightened security to address consumer concerns, but  there are several issues which will be required to handled for ensuring the continued success of mobile banking. Financial regulation, payment transaction costs, revenue share issues and customer support difficulties are some of them

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