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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament, government was making every effort to revive handset maker Nokia’s closed unit at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. Nokia closed down the unit on November 1 last year, citing lack of fresh orders from its new parent Microsoft Corporation, consequent to the termination of a purchase agreement, rendering some 8,000 jobless.
    But what led to the plant shutdown were also a couple of tax demands it continues to fight in Indian courts.
    The Prime Minister’s Office has for the last few weeks been coordinating with the department of industrial policy and promotion and the department of electronics and information technology to find a solution to the issue. The Modi government, which is hard selling India’s potential to be a manufacturing hub with its ‘Make in India’ campaign, reckons that bringing the Nokia unit back to life would bear testimony to its ability to boost investor confidence.
    The income tax department had, in 2013, raised a demand of Rs 21,153 crore on Nokia in 2013 over non deduction of tax at source concerning royalty payments to its then parent, the Finland based Nokia Oyj. When it received the I-T notice, it was preparing to sell its assets in India to Microsoft as part of a global transaction. The department feared sale of the assets would come in the way of its recovering the tax dues, and this subsequently led to the company keeping the Indian plant outside the global sale.
    The company challenged the I-T order in the Delhi High Court, which then directed it to remit Rs 2,250 crore in an escrow account and give a guarantee covering its tax liabilities. The apex court too later upheld this decision. Nokia separately paid about Rs 700 crore towards tax. It has another tax dispute, over alleged VAT liabilities, with the Tamil Nadu government.

  • The government was making every effort to revive handset maker Nokia’s closed unit at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament on Tuesday, hinting at an out-of-court settlement of a pending tax dispute that did the unit in. Nokia closed down the unit on November 1 last year, citing lack of fresh orders from its new parent Microsoft Corporation, consequent to the termination of a purchase agreement, rendering some 8,000 jobless.
    But what led to the plant shutdown was also a couple of tax demands it continues to fight in Indian courts.
    The Prime Minister’s Office has for the last few weeks been coordinating with the department of industrial policy and promotion and the department of electronics and information technology to find a solution to the issue. The Modi government, which is hard-selling India’s potential to be a manufacturing hub with its ‘Make in India’ campaign, reckons that bringing the Nokia unit back to life would bear testimony to its ability to boost investor confidence.The income tax department had, in 2013, raised a demand of Rs 21,153 crore on Nokia in 2013 over non-deduction of tax at source concerning royalty payments to its then parent, the Finland-based Nokia Oyj. When it received the I-T notice, it was preparing to sell its assets in India to Microsoft as part of a global transaction. The department feared sale of the assets would come in the way of its recovering the tax dues, and this subsequently led to the company keeping the Indian plant outside the the global sale.
    The company challenged the I-T order in the Delhi High Court, which then directed it to remit Rs 2,250 crore in an escrow account and give a guarantee covering its tax liabilities. The apex court too later upheld this decision. Nokia separately paid about Rs 700 crore towards tax. It has another tax dispute, over alleged VAT liabilities, with the Tamil Nadu government.
    In his hour-long reply to the motion of thanks to the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi also spoke about the issue of black money over which questions are being asked of his government about what has been done in the nine months it has been in power. “I believe that the dream of bringing black money would have been possible by now had an SIT (special investigation team) been formed in 2011 when the Supreme Court had asked for it. That time the SIT was not formed because there was an attempt to save somebody,” he said.
    He also denied any move to reduce compensation to farmers under the Land Acquisition Act or any dilution of the Food Security Act as he sought the support of the Opposition in pushing key legislations in Parliament.

  • DragonWave anchors Nokia's newly formed MicroWave Backhaul EcoSystem

    BARCELONA, SPAIN, Mar 03, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Mobile World Congress - DragonWave Inc. (DWI) DRWI, -1.86% a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced entry into Nokia's newly formed MicroWave Backhaul EcoSystem. DragonWave is continuing its longstanding partnering with Nokia, which was formed four years ago, and was strengthened in 2012 through DragonWave's purchase of the Nokia microwave business unit. The two companies have over 50 active customers.

    The DragonWave-Nokia partnership is a broad, multi-faceted partnership, which includes microwave backhaul, millimeter wave backhaul, joint development and technology collaboration, network management collaboration and sales, services, R&D, and legacy maintenance.

    "DragonWave welcomes Nokia's focus on strengthening sales of partner products and the creation of the Partner Business Unit," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "The increased focus on Nokia's growth through partnership, will be strengthened through the creation of the microwave backhaul ecosystem, and allows both companies to have a greater focus on offering the best end-to-end solution. As the long-standing global partner in this ecosystem, DragonWave looks to build on our cornerstone foundation, and continue to grow the partnership through continued joint development and delivery of complete mobile broadband solutions. This is demonstrated by our progress in 2015 already, where we jointly have 15 active and completed trials, and 5 new end customer projects."Our mobile operator customers require a wide range of wireless solutions from small-cell to high capacity macro-cell. As Nokia's global microwave backhaul partner, DragonWave continues to offer our customers high-capacity and spectrally-efficient solutions," said Vittorio Tagliabue, Head of Microwave Transport Partner Business at Nokia Networks. "Together, we introduce new powerful innovations to our microwave backhaul portfolio, like the recent base station transport plug-in card for zero footprint solutions."

  • See what end of 2015 brings.Maybe over 10.00?

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Mar 2, 2015 7:45 AM Flag

    No just put out junk like the iPhone and it will sell like there's no tomorrow.Quality in one hand junk in another hand and people will buy the junk just amazing.

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 27, 2015 3:40 PM Flag

    February 27, 2015 Two Nokia N1 bytes here. The latest Nokia N1 batch (5th) that went on sale on 26th Feb after a long waiting time has sold out yet again, details are awaited. Nokia N1’s first batch of 20,000 units sold out in 4 minutes and Nokia N1‘s second batch sold out too. Second batch had seen 666,594 buyers’ interests and had 32,000 units to grab. While first batch lasted 4 minutes, the second batch did last longer, but was gone in 7 minutes and 47 seconds.. The 3rd and 4th batches have met the same fate (sold out).

    Nokia has always been known for supporting its devices with latest software updates and Nokia N1 users are getting a taste of it. The latest OTA update for Nokia N1 has brought the very latest Android 5.0.2 that only a handful of lucky Android device owners may claim of receiving as the official update.

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 27, 2015 2:44 PM Flag

    Your welcome

  • Reply to

    Interesting 52wk Range Nokia

    by planetnokia Feb 27, 2015 12:15 PM
    blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 27, 2015 12:35 PM Flag

    Go haunt another board.

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 27, 2015 12:15 PM Flag

    Yup dead money now move on

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 27, 2015 12:06 PM Flag

    I see you are a newbie here welcome.Yes I have been HERE since 2012 and did very well and will continue to hold.Great things coming our way patience is a virtue and I bet you are from the young generation who wants it now good luck with that.

  • Nokia is by far the largest patent filer in Finland, finds a survey by the European Patent Office (EPO).

    Alongside the network equipment manufacturer, lift and escalator manufacturer Kone and engineering firms ABB and Wärtsilä are at the forefront of innovation and experimentation in Finland, according to EPO

    Last year, Nokia filed a total of 1,040 patent applications with EPO, representing an increase of 279 or 36 per cent from the previous year. Kone, in turn, filed for 98 and Wärtsilä for 58 patents.

    Kai Sahala, the head of mobile broadband marketing at Nokia, estimates that the number of patent filings reflects the investments of Nokia in research and product development.

    “Nokia has invested considerably in research and innovation. Its annual [research and innovation] budget is around two billion euros. Nokia's network unit employs some 15,000 research and product development professionals worldwide. This is naturally also reflected in patent numbers,” he says.

    Nokia is presently one of the three leading mobile network developers in the world. Its network unit is its largest business unit, and also in Finland over half of its personnel work in research and product development.

    “This is a field of high technology. We not only develop the technology of today but also the technology of the future. Most of the patents deal with the technology of the future,” Sahala says.

    The future technologies that are currently on the drawing board at Nokia concern, for example, the development of the Internet, cloud technologies and fifth-generation mobile networks (5G).“The general consensus in the field is that 5G networks will be introduced to commercial use in 2020. The research we're currently conducting will eventually turn into products five years from now. We're living in a constant change, especially in terms of innovation. As the standardisation process has yet to start, we're still only working out what 5G will be and what it will include,” explains Sahala.

    The patent portfolio of Nokia is managed by Nokia Technologies.

    “The patent portfolio was transferred from the previous Nokia and it's very significant. We've spent roughly 50 billion euros on developing it over the past 20 years. The unit develops new technologies, such as virtual reality,” says Sahala.

    Among the innovations introduced by Nokia last year is Centralized RAN, a software solution adopted at Hartwall Arena to allow a larger number of people to access the same network simultaneously. “We can increase the network capacity roughly three-fold. Such features are what distinguish us from our competition,” states Sahala.

    The survey by EPO also found that Finland is the second most innovative country in Europe in terms of patent applications per inhabitant.

    Anssi Tuulenmäki, a research manager at Aalto University, reminds that patent filings only provide a narrow picture of the state of innovation in a particular country. “Many commercial successes have featured no technological inventions. Taxi service Uber, for example, features no groundbreaking technology,” he points out.

    Tuulenmäki defines innovation as “a commercially successful idea”. “There are so many creative solutions, but unless they succeed commercially it would be better to speak about creativity.”

    Finnish innovations, he gauges, are not dependent on technology. “If you consider whether or not companies have the preconditions to grow, I believe they rather lack certain procedural and service innovations.”

    For Nokia, the abundance of opportunities may even become a problem, cautions Tuulenmäki. “You're faced with difficult choices when you have so many patents and filings. The question you should be asking is what can succeed in the market and with what business model. But Nokia is currently in a good position – it's boldly developing something new.”Overall, patent filings from Finland declined by 9.3 per cent in comparison to 2013, according to EPO.

    Tuulenmäki estimates that the decline in filings can be attributed to the recent cutbacks in research and development efforts. “I would've been surprised if the lay-offs that have been introduced in the past two years had no impact,” he says.

  • Nokia’s sharp focus on its Location business, which we know as “HERE“, is as per its strategy to use HERE as its growth engine. Because of its huge potential, HERE is now getting some attention from analysts. Last we reported about Strategy Analytic’s take on HERE’s prospects.

    Now, Counterpoint research’s analyst Neil Shah has come up with a very detailed article about HERE’s future strategy targeting various sectors. The article also deals with recent acquisitions, presents a good competitor environment analysis, discusses in detail HERE’s strategy for different sectors and what future holds for HERE. Some salient points,

    HERE is pioneering the smart location and mapping platform: The HERE platform is evolving into a broader and intelligent location platform to expand HERE opportunities across different verticals beyond automotive and devices OEMs into consumer and enterprise. The recent acquisition of Desti and Medio, adds additional capabilities such as search/discovery and smartanalytics on top of the HERE’s robust core mapping and navigation platform to offer a more robust end-to-end location platform to grow
    Not many competitors: There are a very few companies who have decent mapping assets with just couple of companies truly leading this space, namely HERE and Google. Apple with the help of struggling TomTom is trying to build its own-branded mapping solution but again Apple is not in the business of licensing and the mapping effort remains a pure vertical play not directly competing with HERE or Google.
    Great Clientele: HERE may already have a reach to 600 million monthly active users thanks to its big name customers base from Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, Mozilla, Tizen, Garmin to SamsungCounterpoint believe that: HERE has a potential to become a highly contextual and intelligent search engine for consumers in coming years
    Counterpoint research seems quite Bullish on HERE’s future prospects,

    HERE is positioned right on the inflection point to be catapult to the next level of growth with its industry leading smart location platform. We believe HERE has a highly aligned strategy, offering and a unique position from business model perspective to go for the kill and tap into tremendous opportunities out there. We believe momentum is with HERE as competition is fading away and the next biggest competitors having completely different business models proving advantageous for HERE.

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 27, 2015 6:06 AM Flag

    Nokia’s HERE is positioned for next level of growth, says Counterpoint research September 19, 2014 Nokia’s sharp focus on its Location business, which we know as “HERE“, is as per its strategy to use HERE as its growth engine. Because of its huge potential, HERE is now getting some attention from analysts. Last we reported about Strategy Analytic’s take on HERE’s prospects.

    Now, Counterpoint research’s analyst Neil Shah has come up with a very detailed article about HERE’s future strategy targeting various sectors. The article also deals with recent acquisitions, presents a good competitor environment analysis, discusses in detail HERE’s strategy for different sectors and what future holds for HERE. Some salient points,HERE is pioneering the smart location and mapping platform: The HERE platform is evolving into a broader and intelligent location platform to expand HERE opportunities across different verticals beyond automotive and devices OEMs into consumer and enterprise. The recent acquisition of Desti and Medio, adds additional capabilities such as search/discovery and smartanalytics on top of the HERE’s robust core mapping and navigation platform to offer a more robust end-to-end location platform to grow
    Not many competitors: There are a very few companies who have decent mapping assets with just couple of companies truly leading this space, namely HERE and Google. Apple with the help of struggling TomTom is trying to build its own-branded mapping solution but again Apple is not in the business of licensing and the mapping effort remains a pure vertical play not directly competing with HERE or Google.
    Great Clientele: HERE may already have a reach to 600 million monthly active users thanks to its big name customers base from Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, Mozilla, Tizen, Garmin to Samsung
    Counterpoint believe that: HERE has a potential to become a highly contextual and intelligent search engine for consumers in coming years Counterpoint research seems quite Bullish on HERE’s future prospects,

    HERE is positioned right on the inflection point to be catapult to the next level of growth with its industry leading smart location platform. We believe HERE has a highly aligned strategy, offering and a unique position from business model perspective to go for the kill and tap into tremendous opportunities out there. We believe momentum is with HERE as competition is fading away and the next biggest competitors having completely different business models proving advantageous for HERE.

  • :NOK) seems to be doing well with its leaner and reinvented business structure, especially when it comes to expanding its networks business in the Asia-Pacific region. The telecom equipment maker won 34 important deals in India in 2014, its highest tally in four years, involving the modernization of 2G and 3G networks, 4G deployment, WiFi solutions, security solutions and device management. With this, Nokia now leads the country’s 4G LTE market in terms of contract wins and is also the market leader in 2G, 3G, Managed Services and GSM-Railways. [1] ((Nokia Networks in talks with Vodafone, Idea Cellular & Uninor to roll out 4G services, Economic Times, Feb 19 2015)) ((Nokia Siemens leads Indian 4G / LTE market, Telecom Lead, March 5, 2014))

    The deals include a $200 million contract from market leader Bharti Airtel to build India’s first 4G network, a five-year contract with wireless major Vodafone for the modernization of its radio access network (RAN) equipment and a three-year network upgrade deal with India’s third largest carrier Idea Cellular. Following the recent deals, Nokia is now working with Vodafone in 19 out of the 22 telecom circles in India, and has also become the biggest equipment provider to Idea Cellular in the country. The company also partnered with other key telecom players such as state-owned operators MTNL and BSNL, Uninor, Videocon (for FDD-LTE 4G deployment in six circles), Tata Tele and the Indian railways. Although the Indian 4G market is still in its nascent stages, early contract wins could help the company understand the market better than rivals and gain a competitive edge for future contracts. [2] [3] [4] [5] ((With 12 deals in kitty, Nokia set to sail high, VoiceNdata, July31 2014)) [6] [7] [8]

    Following the sale of its handset business to Microsoft, Networks is the largest business division for Nokia, contributing about 90% of the company’s sales and about 50% of the company’s value, according to our estimates. It is worth noting that sales in Asia-Pacific declined by 2% to $3.3 billion in 2014. Going forward, we expect the company’s Networks sales to improve as the recent contract wins start bringing in revenues.

    We have a price estimate of about $8 for Nokia, which is in line with the current market price.Other Network Deals In 2014

    At the start of last year, Nokia inked a major deal with Russia’s third largest telecom operator, VimpelCom, to provide network equipment and services for expanding its 4G network in central and southern Russia, most of the Ural and Volga regions as well as Siberia. The company also renewed its contract with Taiwan’s largest telecom player Chunghwa Telecom in December 2013, to help in its capacity expansion.

    Nokia also bagged a five-year deal with Telenor in May 2014 to provide radio access network (RAN) equipment and services to expand its 2G, 3G and 4G network across Europe and Asia. [9] The company also recently signed a deal with Algeria-based Algérie Télécom, to deploy North Africa’s first commercial LTE network last year. [10]

    In China, Nokia did well in winning LTE contracts with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) and China Telecom(NYSE:CHA), and was one of the leading foreign player in the Chinese LTE buildout. Nokia also won two large LTE contracts with Everything Everywhere and Vodafone in Europe last year.

  • Nokia Networks today announced smart location experiences. The theory behind this announcement is that operators can now offer their subscribers personalized content-delivery experiences based on their interests, device type, mobile subscription and location.

    The core of this solution is enabled by Nokia Networks’ Liquid Applications portfolio, HERE in-vehicle solutions and its global services offerings. Once an operator has the insight into network traffic patterns and the location of the end user (whether inside or outside of a building), content can be optimized to provide a better real-time experience as that content is delivered. Nokia claims smart location experience optimization provides up to a 50% increase in video streaming speeds for end users.

    YouTube has conducted lab tests of throughput guidance technology resulting in improvement in network utilization and the experience associated with application content delivery. Akamai is also currently testing congestion detection as part of their predictive video over cellular optimization solution. These are two industry leading content providers that are working with the Nokia organizations to evaluate the possibilities of these solutions.

    What is most interesting to me about the smart location topic is that the Nokia groups are working together. Since the relaunch of Nokia, the outward discussions have been very silo’d into the three business segments. Personally, I believe this puts Nokia in a following position versus some of its competitors. The power of their solutions across the three business segments can position Nokia’s offerings ahead of the competition in these emerging mobility topics that go beyond the network. I’m happy to see this starting to take shape and hope to see more linking together the power of the offers across the different teams into a single strategy.

  • SIAE MICROELETTRONICA will join the Nokia Networks Microwave Partner Ecosystem as a technology partner for microwave and millimeter wave radio technologies. This agreement brings value to the operators through a one-stop shop for purchasing an end-to-end transport solution.

    “Operators are faced with ever-increasing demand for data-intensive services and content. By including SIAE MICROELETTRONICA in our microwave partner ecosystem, we can offer to our customers innovative microwave backhaul products that are suited for different implementation scenarios and unique operator needs”

    As part of the agreement, Nokia Networks will have access to the complete SIAE MICROELETTRONICA portfolio, including the ALFOplus80HD millimeter wave solution, the ALFOplus2 RF Multicore capable of reaching 2Gbps over a single link and the AGS20 aggregator family. All products run on the SM-OS operating system. Furthermore, the complete catalogue of services will be available for Nokia Networks when required.

    “We are excited about this partnership agreement with Nokia Networks,” says Gianluigi Scola, Global Sales Director in SIAE MICROELETTRONICA, adding “Mobile backhaul is our strong suite, we are confident to give Nokia Networks a strong set of cards to play with in this challenging market.”

    “Operators are faced with ever-increasing demand for data-intensive services and content. By including SIAE MICROELETTRONICA in our microwave partner ecosystem, we can offer to our customers innovative microwave backhaul products that are suited for different implementation scenarios and unique operator needs,” said Vittorio Tagliabue, Head of Microwave Transport Partner Business at Nokia Networks. “Our certification guarantees that the partner products included in our solutions have the same standards for quality and security as products we develop in-house.”

  • Nokia Networks said it has achieved throughput rates of 330 megabits per second on China Mobile’s TD-LTE network using 3-carrier aggregation. Nokia said it used a commercially available chipset from Qualcomm, and plans to demonstrate the solution next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

    Nokia and China Mobile used 60 MHz of TDD band 41 (2.6 GHz) spectrum. The devices in the test use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with X10 LTE. Nokia said use of this chipset “suggests that smartphones with TD-LTE-A 3-carrier aggregation are now on the horizon.”

    TD-LTE is China’s version of LTE, and TD-LTE devices are proliferating rapidly as Chinese carriers upgrade their networks. During the past year, the number of TD-LTE smartphones rose 763% to 544, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association.

    The typical speed for today’s TD-LTE networks is 110 Mbps, according to Nokia. The company said that with 3-carrier aggregation the same network can deliver 330 Mbps, and notes that for many users this will eliminate the need to search for Wi-Fi hot spots when downloading video or movies.

    Nokia’s 3-carrier aggregation announcement comes on the heels of news that the infrastructure giant will be focusing on technologies that enable ultra-dense networks at Mobile World Congress this year. The company said that by 2020 mobile network operators will need 10 times as many cells and 10 times as much spectrum as they needed in 2010.

    A 3G/Wi-Fi base station and dual band LTE pico cells are two of the specific offerings Nokia has named as part of its move to densify mobile networks. The company also said that new 8-pipe TD-LTE-Advanced 3.5 GHz radios and LTE-U technology will be on display at Mobile World Congress.

  • blimpsrus2001 blimpsrus2001 Feb 25, 2015 7:47 AM Flag

    In a strongly worded letter to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is learnt to have "rebuked" the two for not expediting the revival of the stalled Nokia plant in Sriperumbudur, Chennai. The stalled plant has emerged as a blot on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project, 'Make in India'.

    Though the government has been contemplating reviving the plant, which was shut on November 1 last year due to a tax dispute, DIPP and DeitY have been involved in a war of sorts regarding which will take credit for the proposed revival. While DIPP wants to embrace the project under the 'Make in India' programme, DeitY wants to bring it into the ambit of the 'Digital India' campaign. As a result, a resolution on the issue has been delayed, despite the government proposing various solutions to end the deadlock.

    In its letter, the PMO said the shutdown of the plant had adversely impacted investor confidence.

    It also added that the government's plan to transform India into a manufacturing hub might also be hit, officials told Business Standard. It stipulated the matter be resolved by the next financial year, sources said."This is a project that aptly fits into the Make in India vision that the government has envisaged. We are going to bring it to steam soon…The government has not ruled out an out-of-court settlement," said a senior DIPP official.

    DIPP and DeitY have proposed to the revenue department that the plant be sold and the proceeds be put into an escrow account. Therefore, once a court case in the matter is over, whoever wins will get to keep the proceeds.

    "We have been trying to convey to the revenue department that the facility is currently under it, but if it continues to be in this status, it will not be useful a few years later. We are working towards it; I think we have more or less succeeded," said an official of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

    The official added the ministry had been trying hard to convince the revenue department about the ill effects of holding on to the matter. "Sone ko jyada der tak band kar ke rakhenge toh mitti ho jayega…In the case of impounded cars, woh police offices mein padhe padhe kharab ho jaati hai. We don't want that to happen with Nokia (if we keep gold locked for long, it will lose its value…We do not want Nokia to suffer the same fate as that of cars impounded and kept in police stations)."

    In an interview to Business Standard, communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said Nokia's Chennai plant had became "an orphan after Nokia sought to sell its assets to a buyer". The electronics department has suggested measures to revive the plant to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and it is likely an announcement in this regard will be made in the Budget, scheduled for Saturday.
    In March 2013, Nokia was issued a notice by the Income Tax Department, demanding payment of taxes for six years starting 2006-07.

    The department had asked Nokia India to pay about Rs 2,000 crore for not paying tax on the royalties it had made to its Finland-based parent, Nokia Oyj, for downloading software on the mobile devices manufactured at the Sriperumbudur facility since 2006.

    The company was also involved in another legal dispute, in which the Supreme Court asked it to produce a Rs 3,500-crore guarantee before it could sell the Sriperumbudur plant to Microsoft, which bought Nokia's handset business in April 2014.

    The plant, which was Nokia's biggest mobile handset manufacturing unit globally, was shut as Microsoft terminated its mobile purchase agreement with it, leaving it high and dry.

  • rough its MBit Index study, which is its annual report on mobile broadband performance in India, Nokia Networks has revealed a 74% increase in mobile data traffic generated by both 2G and 3G mobile broadband services at the end of 2014, compared to the beginning of the same year. This rise was primarily driven by a strong 3G growth with 114% increase, while the 2G data traffic growth was reported to be 41%.

    According to the study, 3G data consumption was 52% of the total data consumption in December 2014 as against 42% in January 2014. September 2014 witnessed 3G data consumption surpassing 2G use across India. On an average 3G data use increased to 688 MB per month in 2014, indicating a 29% jump compared to 2013. On an average 2G data use also increased to 216 MB per month, indicating a 48% jump, and improvements in 2G network quality for mobile broadband access. Also on an average a 3G user consumed 3.2 times more data than a 2G user in 2014. The study also revealed an increase in the Smartphone use in 2014, as consumers increasingly migrated to smart devices due to their affordability.

    Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Region, Nokia Networks, said: “The 2014 study results clearly show the strong momentum of 3G in India, which has been the primary driver for the data traffic growth. A surge in 3G and 4G compatible Smartphone use underlines the greater need for operators to expand the 3G network coverage and selectively rollout 4G services for higher speeds across all the circles while modernizing the existing 2G networks.”

  • Android users without Google Play access will be happy
    Most Android devices out there have access to Google Play, but that’s definitely not the norm. Notably Amazon’s popular slew of devices which run on a forked version of Android called Fire OS don’t allow the user to tap into the full extent Android.

    Amazon has tried to fill the void and set up its own Amazon App Store, which allows users to download the needed apps for play and productivity, but the truth is that the web store pales in comparison to what Google Play can offer.

    Even so, Amazon is continuing to work towards extending its app portfolio, and this week we have a new addition in the store which might make a lot of people happy.
    Nokia HERE app expands even further, platform-wise

    Nokia has just rolled out the HERE Android app in the Amazon App Store, thus allowing Kindle owners (but not only) to install the navigation app on their device.

    Initially, Nokia’s HERE app was offered to users of Windows Phone and proved to be quite popular. Subsequently, the application was ported to Android and got downloaded more than three million times off Google Play.
    The most popular feature of the app is that it allows users to download all the maps they need on their devices which continue to be available, even if offline.

    Quite recently, the Android application exited beta with the latest version. Among the most important changes included in this update is the improved routing, which was taken up a notch compared to the beta version.

    Unlike the previous version where users had to switch to the appropriate tab when they wanted to check out public transit of pedestrian routes, the new iteration displays the routes from all three transport modes right away.

    Another improvement included with the new version of HERE app is concerned with interactivity. The app is now capable of providing users with a lot more details just by the tap of a finger.

    We should also note that 3D Venue Maps, which are basically maps of locations such as shopping malls, airports or cinemas, have been added to the Android app. The maps are fashioned in 3D, so users can spin them around and get to know the location in every detail.

    Nokia HERE for Android 1.1 is available for download in the Amazon App Store now, but you’ll need a device powered by Android 4.1 and up to get it onboard.

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