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GSMA announces stellar lineup of speakers for MWC 2011

3 Nov

mwc_logo_11 The GSM Association (GSMA), which organises the Mobile World Congress (MWC) telecom show every year has announced a list of speakers who will be making their keynote address at the show. The list includes the who’s who of the industry and next year’s show seems to be one of the most stellar ones in the past four years that I have attended. What’s more, Google will, for the first time, exhibit at the show and like last year, its CEO Eric Schmidt will make a keynote address. I recall listening to him in a packed auditorium where he announced that at Google, “it’s mobile first.” MWC 2011 will take place in Barcelona from February 14-17. Here’s a list of some of the speakers at the show:


· Paul Otellini, President and CEO, Intel

· Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

· Stephen Elop, President and CEO, Nokia

· Ryuji Yamada, President and CEO, NTT DoCoMo

· Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion

· Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank

· Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!

· Daniel Hajj, CEO, América Móvil and Telcel

· Randall Stephenson, Chairman, CEO and President, AT&T

· Li Yue, President and CEO, China Mobile

· Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google

· Peter Chou, CEO, HTC

· Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm

· Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square

· Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter

· Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone

· Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP


It will be a tough MWC to cover next year as we will have to make a tough choice of whether to cover all the new product launches or listen to some of the biggest names in the industry.

Indian nominees at MWC Global Mobile Awards: VNL

26 Jan

Another Indian company that stands chance to win a Global Mobile Award is Vihaan Networks Ltd (VNL), which has been nominated for two awards – â€˜Green Mobile Award for Best Green Programme’ and ‘Best Network Technology Advance’ for VNL’s WorldGSM base-station. 


WorldGSM is the world’s first solar powered GSM system specifically designed for remote rural areas. The system is cost effective, doesn’t pose environmental threats, works completely on solar energy, is easily installable in just six hours by two or three unskilled people and the equipment is light and sturdy enough to be transported in bullock carts.


VNL found the need to develop this system because the traditional (handle-with-care) GSM equipment could not be transported to village areas and deployment was equally difficult with poor roads, no electricity and lack of trained engineers. According to VNL, mobile networks in India require two billion litres of diesel every year to power back-up diesel generators.


This solar powered GSM system saves operating costs and has also proven to be quite profitable for mobile operators because of its unique advantages. WorldGSM is working efficiently in India, South America and is also commercially available throughout the world.

We’ll be back with more information on other Indian companies being nominated for their unique contribution. 

Indian nominees at MWC Global Mobile Awards: Ossian Agro Automation

25 Jan

Carrying on from where we left, another Indian company which is nominated for the ‘Best Use of Mobile for Social & Economic Development’ category at the MWC Global Mobile Awards is Ossian Agro Automation for its remote-control based irrigation system, Nano Ganesh.


Ossian Agro Automation is a Pune-based company that has been working in the field of rural automation for 14 years. The Nano Ganesh project is a GSM-mobile based remote-control system exclusively for use with water pump-sets in agriculture areas.

This application allows farmers to operate their irrigation motor-pumps directly from any remote area. In this project, a phone is attached to the motor pump and whenever a farmer makes call on that number, the attached phone vibrates and the motor starts. The same procedure is followed when the motor-pump has to be switched off.


With the help of Nano Ganesh Mobile Modem:


  • A farmer can control the pumps from any distance.
  • He can check an availability of power supply at the pump end.
  • He can acknowledge the on / off status of the water pump.
  • In some models, a farmer gets an alert call if there is a theft attempt of the cable or pump.

Indian nominees at MWC Global Mobile Awards: Aircel

25 Jan

The GSM Association has announced its list of nominees for the prestigious Global Mobile Awards that will be declared at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. In a series of posts, we take a look at some of the Indian companies and their products that have been nominated. The first post in this series covers Aircel and its value added services.

Aircel is keeping its fingers crossed. The service provider is hoping to win accolades at the GSMA Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. It has been nominated in two categories – for the ‘Best Mobile Internet Service’ and the ‘Best Mobile Music’.


Aircel’s ‘Pocket Internet’ is a game changer service that enables its subscribers to access the Internet on their phones at affordable prices. Aircel provides top-up coupons worth Rs 15 and Rs 98 that enable users to browse unlimited Internet on the cellphones for three and thirty days, respectively. Prior to this service, users had to pay a fixed monthly rental and usage charges, which turned out to be a very expensive proposition. After Aircel’s offer, other carriers like Tata DoCoMo and Airtel followed suit with similar offers.

Similarly, Unlimited DiallerTunes pack by Aircel, which is nominated for the ‘Best Mobile Music Service’, allows users get change unlimited their caller tune at their will at no extra cost. Users can choose to pay Rs 7, Rs 31 or Rs 240 for weekly, monthly and yearly subscription, respectively.

Update 3: What to expect at MWC '09

4 Feb

Hola! With just about two weeks to go before we pack our bags and camp out in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2009 (MWC 2009), rumourmills are abuzz with what’s likely to happen at the biggest telecom show on the planet. We have got everything from speculation to outright leaks and even spyshots. Yeah, it does kill the excitement of being there at the official press conference but what the heck, who’s complainin’?

Over here, we’ll keep you posted about all product leaks that are headed to be ‘officially’ announced in Barcelona next month. And yeah, remember, these are all rumours so don’t haul us up if something that’s featured here doesn’t get showcased at the event. We’ll keep updating this post till February 15, the eve of MWC 2009.


Update 3: toshiba is expected to launch a 9.9 mm phone with a 4.1 inch WVGA touchscreen that runs on Qualcomm’s 1 GHz SnapDragon platform. For details, click here


Update 3: News just trickling in about a Garmin-Asus strategic alliance. The two companies are working on a portfolio of nuvifone products that will be Garmin-Asus branded. The original nuvifone has been rebranded as G60 and will be displayed at the show. Details can be found over here.


The big daddy of all hardware WiMo and Android has a huge portfolio of WiMo and Android devices to flaunt.The line-up includes an all touchscreen successor of the G1. Check out the 2009 line-up here and the G2 here.


No hidden secrets over here, the Big M from Redmond is expected to announce an update to its Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. The new one, which is likely to be called version 6.5 isn’t expected to bring anything significantly new to the table apart from some touches to the UI.


While everyone is expecting Sammy boy to announce its first Android device at the show, we have been tipped about at least two new WiMo devices with codenames Pivot and Louve. You can read more about them over here.
Update 2: Sammy’s 12 MP super shooter cam phone is revealed, should rear its head at MWC. An upgraded Innov8 and Omnia 16 GB is also on the horizon.
Update 3: Samsung is also expected to announce an application store for its Symbian S60 and WiMo devices. Nine Samsung devices headed for MWC leaked here.


The world’s largest cellphone vendor (and also the most badly hit by a certain smartphone) is not immune to leaks either. In the past week or so, we have seen two devices, both with sliding QWERTY keyboards getting leaked. You can read about the 5730 XpressMusic here and the E75 over here.
Update 1: Rumours about an 8.0 MP camphone to be part of the announcement at MWC.


It is still not clear what LG has hidden up its sleeve but we have stumbled upon the details of a few seemingly interesting devices like the KM900, KT770, GT500, GT810H, GW520 and GW600.
Update 3: LG’s flagship product of the show, Arena KM900, pops up in a phone retail store from Netherland. For details, click here.

Sony Ericsson

The Swedish vendor is infamous for having its announcements leaked days in advance. Till now, we are hearing about the W395, a mid-range Walkman phone and two Cyber-shot devices C901 and C903, both of which will have a 5 MP camera, AF, smile and face detector and the other usual Cyber-shot features.
Update 1: Sony Ericsson is expected to announce seven devices at its MWC press conference. The announcement could include a new device in the XPERIA range and an 8.0 MP Walkman phone.


After acquiring E-Ten last year, Acer will be participating this time around and is likely to introduce a couple of WiMo based devices.


The Chinese vendor has almost confirmed that it’ll bring an Android device to the show.


After rocking CES with the Pre, Palm is expectd to announce a GSM variant of the Pre with a European carrier.


The folks who snubbed Microsoft in the EU and beat it on its own WiMo platform with Opera 9.5 are expected to announce a new browser this time around. We ain’t quite sure what it’s going to be but we do smell a version of the browser for Android and even Symbian S60.


The guys behind Documents To Go Office Suite for mobile devices are expected to announce a version for the iPhone.

Well, that’s about it for the time being but do keep checking this post for more updates as and when they happen.