White papers

Push-to-talk over Cellular

Push-to-talk is a “walkie-talkie-type” service implemented over mobile networks. US operator NexTel first introduced the service on their iDen network almost ten years ago and the service has since its introduction shown impressive growth in popularity and created quite a buzz in the mobile industry. The first steps to introduce the service on GPRS are […]
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Published February 23, 2004.


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Content download clients – closing the gap between mobile and media industries

Content download clients represent a new way of distributing mobile content to users, going beyond the established service enablers such as SMS/MMS (push content e.g. for news and sports), WAP (news browsing over a mobile portal) or media streaming (watching video clips from mobile portal). Content download clients have programs installed and executed in a […]
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Published February 20, 2004.


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‘3’ paved the way – now it’s time for everyone

A more widespread launch of 3G in Europe over 2004 will impact industry players in a number of ways. Many 3G operators in Europe are currently focusing on ironing out network performance issues, and waiting to ensure terminal availability, mindful of the issues faced by ‘3’ post launch. In this white paper Northstream reviews the […]
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Published February 20, 2004.


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Mobile smart tags – RFID in cellular

Imagine that you approach the subway ticket gate and the gates opens without you having to do anything, Science Fiction? No, its here already. Smart tags, or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), identify users or trace goods and the technology has been around for many years, but the tags have however been large and expensive and […]
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Published February 19, 2004.


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Fixed to Mobile Substitution

Fixed to mobile substitution (FMS) offers interesting business opportunities for all types of mobile operators. The size and timing of the opportunity varies between markets and operators. Ongoing 3G network investments will impact Western European fixed to mobile substitution development, and capacity utilization will become an increasing challenge for mobile operators. Northstream discusses fixed to […]
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Published February 18, 2004.


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Operator Options for 3G Evolution

This Northstream report is an independent analysis of the global 3G network evolution situation. In year 2000, evolution paths to 3G appeared clear for GSM, CDMA and TDMA operators, with WCDMA as an unrivalled future global radio interface, with evolved CDMA2000 variants deployed in specific markets. Some analysts and other industry players now suggest that […]
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Published February 14, 2003.


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Handset ODMs

Traditional handset vendors outsource development and manufacturing, operators engage in design and ODMs (Original Design Manufacturing) start living their own life. What does it mean to the industry? This paper describes the “ODM phenomenon” and its potential impact on the handset industry, as we know it. Development, manufacturing, and branding of mobile phones have changed […]
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Published February 11, 2003.


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Mobile office opportunities

This Northstream white paper briefly looks at the different technical options to implement Mobile Office solutions over GPRS and outlines the key elements operators should consider to satisfy corporate customers’ needs. Stimulating usage of non voice service and thereby increasing ARPU is operators’ key challenge in today’s mature mobile markets. In this context, it is […]
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Published February 11, 2003.


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Mobile imaging

With the recent successful launch of camera phones and MMS offerings, mobile imaging has become an area of key importance for the wireless industry. In the context of this document, mobile imaging refers to the ability that people can take photos with their mobile phone, and use photo-related services. As an analogy, digital imaging comprises […]
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Published February 11, 2003.


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Public WLAN services

The global WLAN equipment market grew around 70 % last year with revenues reaching $2.1 billion. An increasing fraction of companies in North America, Asia and Europe are using as an integral part of their office IT infrastructure. There is however an important difference between the success of WLAN in offices and home compared to […]
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Published January 24, 2003.