Nokia: We Have Better Maps

Engadget says Nokia is using the iPhone 5 launch to remind us that Nokia Maps, running on their Lumia 920 is no slotch. Nokia compared their maps product against both Apple Maps and Google Maps — and to no one’s surprise, Nokia’s own platform comes out on top.

Nokia says:

Unlike our competitors, which are financing their location assets with advertising or licensing mapping content from third parties, we completely own, build and distribute mapping content, platform and apps.

Our superior apps are built on the most accurate, automotive-grade Navteq maps, meticulously developed by over 20 years of know-how.

I think the most impressive difference, beside the ability to use Nokia location-based apps offline as well as online, is the number of countries where voice guided turn-by-turn navigation is available.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is reportedly being released on October 21st, 2012 on AT&T. On September 13, 2012, it was revealed that the Lumia 920 will be sold through China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, using their TD-SCDMA (3G) system.

Nokia’s Lumina 820 and Lumina 920 are Qualcomm S4-enabled Windows Mobile 8 phones, and will also support the 2.6 GHz band, which will be used by both China Mobile and Clearwire for TD-LTE (4G).

Because AT&T has announced they will carry the Lumina 820 and 920, that could indicate some kind of 2.6 GHz “hot zone” offload from AT&T could potentially happen because AT&T’s 700 MHz LTE band is squeezed for capacity.

That’s just idle speculation, of course. But what else can AT&T do? It might take 3-4 years to enable their 2.3 GHz spectrum. Dish spectrum (at 2.1 GHz) would be no better.

Clearwire says they will begin building out their TDD-LTE network this quarter but construction will pick up significantly in the fourth quarter. Clearwire intends to deploy LTE at 5,000 cell sites by June 30, 2013, in areas of high network traffic and congestion.

Meanwhile, the LTE version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3 will be available in Australia via Telstra and Optus. Optus is deploying LTE at 1800 MHz using refarmed 2G spectrum and recently aquired 2.3 GHz spectrum for their TD-LTE network.

Australia has 2 Million LTE Subs — and growing fast.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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