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UMTS broadband mobile technology is a reality – Confounding many expectations

Heng, Stefan (2006): UMTS broadband mobile technology is a reality – Confounding many expectations. Published in: E-conomics No. 57 (13. June 2006)

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Abstract

Contrary to the negative public perception, third-generation (3G) broadband mobile telecommunication, aka UMTS, has become reality. UMTS networks have been rolled out above all in Central Europe. The take-up of UMTS differs sharply from one country to the next, though. The large differences are due not only to market-related factors and differing marketing strategies, but also to political intervention that distorts the market. At present, content providers, handset makers and telcos are working feverishly to produce UMTS-based supplementary offerings. For the sluggish demand for mobile broadband services still harbours a big risk for the entire telecommunications sector.

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