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Nokia launches groundbreaking N-Gage and Nokia Maps services on Rogers Wireless’ High-Speed Network

September 11, 2008

It’s been a long while since I’ve been back & I’m sorry for that.

The GOOD thing though is that neither Rogers Wireless nor Nokia Canada have been slacking or had their hands busy with other things to forget us Canadians.

Today during work I went over to my favorite Forums & S60 Freak/Fan site and found this WONDERFUL piece of news!

Nokia launches groundbreaking N-Gage and Nokia Maps services on Rogers Wireless’ High-Speed Network

Rogers (source: http://your.rogers.com/investorrelations/news_wireless.asp )

TORONTO and SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ – Rogers Wireless and Nokia
today announced the Canadian availability of exciting new wireless services
that allow Rogers consumers to experience the latest in mobile gaming and
navigation on Nokia devices. This services agreement between Nokia and Rogers
is the first such agreement with a wireless carrier in North America, further
establishing Rogers Wireless’ leadership in delivering Canadian consumers
leading-edge wireless data experiences.

“The Canadian telecom market is going through tremendous change and
consumers are increasingly demanding advanced multimedia devices and
services,” said Richard White, general manager and head of country operations
for Nokia Canada. “Through this agreement with Rogers we are excited to
deliver on that need, offering consumers compelling experiences on Nokia’s
devices delivered over Rogers’ wireless high-speed network.”
“This agreement with Nokia gives Rogers customers a rich mobile gaming
experience that is unique in the marketplace and an unparalleled mobile
mapping application,” said John Boynton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer,
Rogers Wireless. “It makes tremendous business sense for Rogers because these
are two of the most in-demand applications for mobile devices.”

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and
growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a
wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to
experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business
mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer Internet
services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of
focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for communications
networks through Nokia Siemens Networks. http://www.nokia.ca

About Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 7.5 million customers under both the Rogers
Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada’s most reliable wireless
voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada’s largest
wireless provider and the only national carrier operating on the global
standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to
providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries with its GSM based
services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across
Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a
subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified
Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please
visit: http://www.rogers.com

Now that you have the excerpts from both the press releases above there are some KEY POINTS that providers in North America are slow to realize how THIS will help them (namely AT&T and T-Mobile – needs cost sharing though via chipsets)

* Rogers Wireless is the largest Canadian wireless communications service provider, serving 7.3 million retail voice and data subscribers at December 31, 2007, representing approximately 37% of Canadian wireless subscribers.

* Rogers Wireless is Canada’s only national carrier operating on the world standard GSM technology platform. The GSM network provides coverage to approximately 94% of Canada’s population. Rogers Wireless has also deployed a next generation wireless data technology called UMTS/HSPA (“Universal Mobile Telephone System/High-Speed Packet Access”) across most of the major markets in Canada and have UMTS/HSPA roaming in 50 countries as well as access to these services across the U.S. through roaming agreements with various wireless operators.
– NAMELY AT&T as North American largest roaming partner for Rogers.

* Country size land: 9,976,140 sq. km./3,850,790 sq. mi.
Population: 32 million
Cellular penetration: 45% (13.5 million subscribers)
Technologies available: CDMA800, CDMA1900, GSM1900, GSM 850, TDMA800, TDMA1900, AMPS, IDEN, GPRS, 1XRTT.

Spectrum Watch 1

Spectrum Watch 2

NOW this is the KEY point! 15+ other providers (new outside entrants that recently acquired spectrum from the CRTC; FCC Canadian equivalent)have participated and received licensing for new spectrum. Telus, Rogers & Bell are the LARGEST spending entrants and ALL have AWS licenses; but Telus & Rogers have the LARGEST amount of the prime-rib 20Mhz of that spectrum!

Looks like it’s going to be a NICE time for Canadians. More details tomorrow everyone; and also Nokia should take the initiative to improve the E71-2 and E66-2 for retail sale & contract sale for Rogers Wireless & Fido users NOW since they HAVE a WORKING SOLUTION (N-Gage for N95/96, Maps for E71 & possibly push IntelliSync for Rogers Wireless Mail solution & added security never before on Rogers) to compete against Rogers’ RIM stronghold; which incidently Rogers has been trying to break!

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