Wireless Briefs: Personal Broadband, Nokia

Wireless Briefs: Personal Broadband, Nokia

Personal Broadband gets carrier licence

Personal Broadband Australia (PBBA) has been issued its carrier licence by the Australian Communications Authority. As previously reported in ARN, Personal Broadband iBurst services are expected to be commercially available in Sydney by the end of this year and will be delivered on a wholesale basis to distributors such as ISPs, carriers, enterprises and mobile operators. The commercial trial of PBBA’s iBurst service is currently underway with 400 Ozemail and Vodafone customers taking part in Sydney. iBurst was developed in the US by ArrayComm and is driven by antennae technology which provides users with mobility at broadband data transfer speeds throughout PBBA’s network.

Nokia forecasts slight profit, flat sales in Q3

Despite strong consumer demand, third-quarter sales at Nokia are expected be flat or slightly lower compared to the same period last year due to the depreciation of the US dollar’s value. The company expects pro-forma earnings per share to be at the high end of, or slightly above, the $0.26 to $0.29 range forecast in July, it said in a statement. That compares with $0.31 for the third quarter of 2002. Nokia said it still expected global handset volume to rise 10 per cent this year from 405 million units in 2002, though those sales will mainly be of cheaper handsets. The average selling prices of phones are expected to fall both year-on-year and sequentially, according to Nokia, which claims it holds 39 percent of the market, selling more mobile handsets than competitors Motorola, Samsung and Siemens combined. Nokia would release its third quarter results on October 16.

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