technology notes… mobile and embedded.

3G in India.

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear the news. 3G has finally arrived in India!!  The news brought some nostalgic thoughts in me. The first project  in my career was an application for a 3G telephone !

This was  circa 2002 when phones were still 3 line displays in  India. Our company was planning to launch its first 3G device with VideoTelephony.  We had just launched a   ‘camera phone’ and the obvious use case on a camera device with connectivity was Video telephony.

Our team was tasked with developing UI for the Video telephony app. The feature had pretty dense specifications catering to several use cases and error scenarios. What made the project more interesting was there were no
counterparts to refer to and there were lengthy discussions every  night on the use cases.


Our team had a major part in developing this UI above.  The coding was done and things were pretty silent for a very long time.  But then came the real deal. A build was prepared to demo the application   to the chief of a prominent 3G operator .But the phone crashed right after  the app was closed. The issue was root caused to a module we had developed!

I still remember the days that followed that.That week was my initiation into  a career that filled with nigh outs and firefighting.  Nightouts, email escalations ,hourly updates , RCA , TIGER/SWAT team. I learnt  all these  terms that week!

After about one week,we identified the root cause of the problem. A build was made and world order was restored!

My first project was not just about night outs. After several weeks, our team simulated  the first 3G call over 2 Anritsu boxes in our labs .It was the first time (ever) that a live Video call was demoed at our labs. That feeling was surreal!!

Technology  has caught up so fast … Video Telephony is a reality in India today. If you happen to use Motorola A835 or any other 3G video telephone device of Motorola (non Android) , I have a part on it 🙂


Written by sujai

May 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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  1. 🙂 Yes, those were the days! (Although I joined much later). The feeling of having your code running on all Mot handsets is quite something though!

    Love the new look of the blog btw.


    May 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

    • Raj, Glad you liked the new theme 🙂


      May 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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