Sunday, December 28, 2008


Scartel (brand Yota), a Russian provider of Mobile WiMAX, and HTC have launched the world’s first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset.

“Yota was established to provide a unique set of mobile communication services to millions of people in Russia and today we have launched the first device and services to realise its full potential,” said Denis Sverdlov, General Director of Yota’s parent company, Scartel LLC (brand Yota). “We really believe that these innovative services, high-speed Internet and stylish HTC MAX 4G will completely change the communications industry, just as the introduction of cellular communications did many years ago.”

The Yota Mobile WiMAX network offers high-speed wireless Internet access, and the Mobile WiMAX network with traffic prioritisation algorithms, allows online films, video and TV programmes to be viewed on the large WVGA screen.

Mobile WiMAX modems

All Mobile WiMAX devices
  • Provide Internet access at speeds up to 10 Mbps within the Yota network coverage area.
  • Have the pre-installed Yota Access program that helps establish Internet connection in a couple of minutes.
USB Modems
A USB modem can be used with either a notebook or a stationary computer.

Mobile WiMAX USB Modem Samsung SWC-U200

Mobile WiMAX USB Modem Samsung SWC-U200


Host InterfaceUSB2.0
ModulationQPSK, 16/64QAM, OFDMA
StandardIEEE 802.16e Wave 2
Frequency Support2.5~2.7GHz
Output Power0,2 W
Power Supply2,5 W
Size70x27x14 mm

Mobile WiMAX USB Modem ASUS WUSB25E2

Mobile WiMAX USB Modem ASUS WUSB25E2


Host Interface USB2.0
Modulation QPSK, 16/64QAM, OFDMA
Standard IEEE 802.16e Wave 2
Frequency Support 2.5~2.7GHz
Output Power 0,2 W
Power Supply 2,5 W
Size 105x36x10.6 mm
Weight 70g

ExpressCard Modems

The device is compatible with notebooks fitted by Express and PCMCIA slots.

Express Card 4G Mobile WiMAX 2,5-2,7 GHz SWC-E100

Express Card 4G Mobile WiMAX 2,5-2,7 GHz SWC-E100


Host InterfaceExpress port
ModulationQPSK, 16/64QAM, OFDMA
StandardIEEE 802.16e Wave 2
Frequency Support2.5~2.7GHz
Output Power0,2 W
Power Supply2,5 W
Size118x39,4x14 mm

Broadcasting 14 free channels at launch and 23 channels by the end of 2008, Yota TV introduces a powerful mobile television experience. The vibrant, 3.8 inch 800x480 screen of the HTC MAX 4G can display up to nine TV channels simultaneously, allowing quick and easy channel surfing and programme selection. Thanks to the device’s TV-out capability, users can also watch content on the big screen, putting the HTC MAX 4G at the very heart of the mobile entertainment experience.

”The introduction of the HTC MAX 4G represents the culmination of a close partnership between HTC and Yota to develop the world’s first integrated mobile GSM/WIMAX handset,” said Peter Chou, CEO and President, HTC Corporation. “Russia is a key strategic market for HTC and Yota’s Mobile WiMAX network sets a new global benchmark for next-generation mobile services.”

The HTC MAX 4G supports GSM calls using a SIM card from any Russian network operator and when both callers are Yota subscribers, the call will automatically be routed as a VoIP call over the Yota Mobile WiMAX network.

HTC MAX 4G Specifications
Processor:Qualcomm® ESM7206A™ 528 MHz
Platform:Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory:ROM: 288 MB, RAM: 288 MB, Flash: 8 GB, can be augmented with microSD cards
Dimensions:113.5 mm × 63.1 mm × 13.9 mm
Weight:151 gram (accumulator included)
Display:3.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 480x800 WVGA resolution
Network:Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 900/1800/1900 MHz Yota Mobile WiMAX 2.5~2.7 GHz
GPS:Built-in GPS receiver
Connections:IEEE 802.16e (Mobile WiMAX) IEEE 802.11b/g (WiFi) Bluetooth 2.0 EDR HTC extUSB
Main camera:High-resolution with autofocus
Additional:FM-radio Motion G-sensor, position sensitive interface display automatically assesses the surrounding light and changes its own brightness
Memory cards: microSD (compatible with SD 2.0)
Audio: Supported: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, 40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format
Battery: Li-Pol, 1500 mA⋅h
Talk time: GSM: up to 420 minutes
VoIP: up to 230 minutes
Standby time: GSM: up to 350 hours
VoIP: up to 50 hours
AC Adapter: Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz


With WiFi, laptop-toting road warriors were no longer tethered to cords for internet access. Cutting the cord, however, put the user at the mercy of finding a nearby Starbucks or other hotspot location, only partially providing the sense of freedom that users wanted. Eventually, cell phone companies realized providing high-speed data over cellular networks could be a major business boom, especially if the access could be relatively speedy. Now, we've got a few competing standards that can get you on the internet wirelessly, but there are a few gotchas with each standard. Read on as we break down the basics of wireless net access.


National providers
Sprint and Verizon Maximum throughput speed:

Rev 0: 2.4 Mbps download, 153 Kbps upload
Rev A: 3.1 Mbps download, 1.8 Mbps upload

Provider bandwidth caps 5GB download per month on both Sprint and Verizon.
Pricing: $59.99 / month for Sprint & Verizon

EV-DO was one of the first acceptable-speed mobile internet acecss methods, and its tried and true approach to 3G data works effectively. Rather than being offered as a sort of wired broadband replacement, the pricey services from Sprint and Verizon are seen as more of an office broadband augmented luxury rather than a way to replace the home DSL service to which users have grown accustomed. EV-DO gets the job done in the mobile broadband department, and currently its what I use when I'm on the road (although through a tethered phone). However, take note of the 5GB download cap per month. If you're planning to use this as your primary connection and are any sort of power user, 5GB gets eaten up pretty quickly.


Providers: AT&T and T-Mobile
Maximum throughput speed:
HSDPA: 3.6 Mbps dowload, 1.2 Mbps upload
UMTS: 700 Kbps download, 500 Kbps upload
EDGE: 384 Kbps download, 236 Kbps upload
Provider bandwidth caps: AT&T: 5GB
T-Mobile: nonePricing:
$60 for HSDPA / UMTS on AT&T

$49.99 for EDGE / HSDPA (coming soon) on T-Mobile

Though it's coming late to the game, 3G connection through AT&T and T-Mobile could end up being more appealing than EV-DO. The primary reason? Speed. EV-DO isn't seeing nearly as much speed increase as HSDPA and UMTS. However, the biggest problem with current implementations by AT&T and T-Mobile is that the network coverage is rather spotty. EV-DO access stretches nearly nationwide, and Sprint and Verizon have roaming agreements on each others' networks, meaning there are few EV-DO deadspots. HSDPA and UMTS, however, started rolling out slowly after EV-DO, and haven't yet caught up. In fact, T-Mobile literally just started rolling out its 3G network in August 2008, and its technology isn't cross compatible with AT&T's technology, due to some differences in implementation -- meaning T-Mobile and AT&T high-speed users can't roam on each other's networks for increased coverage.

HSDPA and UMTS are in their infancy still, so if you're in an area (or travelling frequently to an area) with good mobile broadband coverage with UMTS / HSDPA and are looking for higher speeds than EV-DO, it might be worth a look. However, do some coverage area research before plunking down the cash. Be aware that the 5GB download cap still applies, too.


Sprint XOHM
Maximum throughput speed:
5 Mbps download, 2.6 Mbps upload
Provider bandwidth caps:
No caps on bandwidth
$35 / month for "home"
$45 / month for "on the go"
$65 / month for combo
$10 / single day access

The least widespread but most exciting high-speed data technology is WiMAX. While currently it's only deployed using Sprint's XOHM network in Baltimore, this up and coming technology shows the most forward looking promise of any of the cellular data options. Currently, the throughput speeds are around 5 Mbps, but WiMAX has a forward looking approach that'll have higher speeds as the netowrk continues to be deployed. Remember those 5GB bandwidth caps of UMTS/ HSDPA and EV-DO? WiMAX doesn't have them. Sprint says the real story behind WiMAX is the capacity story, rather than the high-speed story, in that the architecture behind WiMAX allows providers to more efficiently manage the network, thereby allowing people to use it as their primary internet access method. Sprint's bargain basement pricing for the Baltimore-exclusive WiMAX rollout looks very inviting, however those of us outside of 'Monument City' will be stuck waiting for WiMAX rollouts nationwide over the next few years.

Other notes

Getting online with cellular data means you'll have to meet a couple of requirements. For starters, you'll have to have a semi-modern laptop that has at minimum a USB port, but most of the providers also offer solutions using ExpressCard. For PC users, that means you'll need to have a system that has either an available USB port or ExpressCard 34 slot (the skinny kind, pictured left). For Mac users, MacBooks only have USB ports, while the MacBook Pro has an ExpressCard 34 slot as well as a USB port.

Some laptops, like many in Sony's Vaio series, include built-in mobile broadband without having to plug in an external device. These notebooks will work with a specific network type, and you'll have to contact your provider to figure out how to sync up the laptop with the network.

Also, while we're mainly focusing on adding broadband to laptops, many of the service providers listed also offer some form of "tethering" to cell phones, meaning your phone turns into the modem. Often times these plans are less expensive than the plans we've outlined above, but you'll again have to check with your provider to see if your phone is compatible.


Intel senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher, speaking Monday at IDF, said that Intel will collaborate with Ericsson for High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) data modules for the Moorestown platform. WiMax is also supported, but it faces stiff competition from entrenched wireless technologies and may not be compelling enough to rise above the fray.

In addition to WiMax and HSPA, other wireless technologies including WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and mobile TV will be supported on Moorestown, Intel said.

Moorestown is a system-on-a-chip (SOC) comprised of "Lincroft," which integrates a 45-nanometer processor, graphics, memory controller, and video encode/decode onto a single chip. It also includes an "I/O hub" code-named Langwell that supports connection to wireless, storage, and display components.

Intel was also showing a number of slides that detail its upcoming Nehalem i7 processor and the accompanying X58 chipset. Intel said last week that Nehalem is shipping now and is due to be officially rolled out in November.

The i7 will initially appear as a quad-core processor and feature QuickPath Interconnect--a high-speed chip-to-chip communications technology--and "Turbo Boost," which had been referred to previously as "Turbo Mode." This is essentially a switch that turns off unused processor cores and then uses the remaining active cores more efficiently.

In Taipei, Intel also delineated the differences between Atom-based "Nettop" desktops and more mainstream desktop PCs. Intel is trying to promote Nettops for Web browsing, word processing, e-mail, and "legacy" games. Anything more taxing than these basic applications is not recommended for Nettops.

Intel Core i7 and x58 chipset features

Intel Core i7 and x58 chipset features.

(Credit: Intel)

Intel Atom-based Nettop desktop

Intel Atom-based Nettop desktop.

(Credit: Intel)