Triatel, the cdma-450 operator, may be moving toward offering video services. That would represent an expansion of the brand's strategy from a rather narrow focus on the corporate and government sector.
This blogger has been told by the company that some sort of videophone broadcast will be demonstrated the week of May 2. While it is hard to imagine a corporate video conference with executives balancing their Triatel phones on the their knees, there are plenty of recreational and entertainments services that can use video in a 3G environment. Indeed, most premium services on both GSM and 3G networks around the world are entertainment related.
My middle son (18) who lives in Sweden told me of the increasing number of 3 phones at his high school. Many of them were being used for such seemingly bizarre purposes as beaming live video of lunch from the school cafeteria to a friend in the classroom. Then it occured to me that for some people this is fun.
What Triatel will probably do is try to launch some mass market services ahead of the similar 3G services of incumbents Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT) and Tele2, as well as beat Bite GSM to the punch. Having been the first to introduce de-facto 3G data services on a limited scale, it might as well be the first to launch commercial, mass-market services. The way things look now, Triatel either does this or risks being cornered in a relatively low-revenue niche (compared to say, a customer-base of 100 000 sending MMS and downloading video clips for fun) by the other two and (later three) operators.
The wacko story spiked?
Looks like the paper won't be putting out the somewhat crackpot story about a forecast that Lattelekom could loose 60 % of its SME customers once number portability (not necessary in order to take revenue away from the incumbent, carrier pre-selection will do fine..) is introduced. Somebody came to their senses, just a shame that I had to work with a number of people at Lattelekom, analysts in London and a PR company doing a corporate reputation survey to get refutations of this rather far-out-on-a-limb theory.
Maybe it is time to start blogging Latvian journalism in addition to telecoms and bizarre near-traffic accidents. But who has time...?