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UK mobile going underground

The Glasgow Subway will be the first underground train service in the UK to get mobile phone coverage, if mobile operator O2 has its way. O2 said it plans to deploy a multi-user distributed antenna system on the rail network, enabling mobile phones to work underground. The deal, with partner transmission provider Arqiva and Strathclyde […]

Managed services market on strong growth curve

The strong growth in managed services that the telecoms industry has witnessed in recent years looks set to continue, with the market forecast to grow to over $34bn by 2013. According to figures released by analyst house and telecoms.com parent Informa Telecoms & Media this week, the key driver of this trend is that operators […]

Vodafone reshuffles, reorganises

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone announced a reshuffling of its top brass on Tuesday. As of October 1, Michel Combes will join Vodafone as CEO of the Europe Region unit. Combes comes over from French operation TDF, where he was chairman and CEO. He also has previous as senior management at France Telecom. Meanwhile the EMAPA […]

Orange UK wins Eastern Europe MVNO deal

UK mobile operator Orange announce a new MVNO deal on Monday, which follows the tried and tested route of targeting a niche market segment overlooked by the mass market focus of the major players. The forthcoming Mobile Virtual Network Operator, Globalcell, will offer a service for Eastern Europeans living in the UK. Globalcell will offer […]

UK gets pay as you go iPhone

UK carrier O2 has announced that Pay & Go will be available for the Apple iPhone 3G on September 16th with pricing at £349.99 for the 8GB model and £399.99 for the 16GB model. iPhone 3G Pay & Go customers will also receive inclusive unlimited data and wifi for 12 months following activation, services regularly […]

Scartel brings mobile WiMAX to Russia

Scartel, which aims to provide broadband internet services in Russia over mobile WiMAX, has announced the pilot launch of 802.16e networks in Moscow and St Petersburg. Using 150 base stations in Moscow and 80 base stations in St Petersburg – all of which are supplied by Samsung and use the 2.5-2.7GHz frequency band – Scartel is able […]

iPhone gets VoIP, operators get worried

Apple iPhone users will be able to circumvent cellular networks to make calls thanks to a voice over internet protocol app supplied by Belgian phone firm Nomado Telecom. The tech provider claims callers could make savings of up to 80 per cent connecting to the internet via the terminal’s wifi connection. Calls made via Nomado’s […]

NFC receives mobile boost

A six-month study focusing on consumer acceptance of near field communications (NFC) carried out by the UK’s largest mobile network operator, O2, has come out strongly in favour of the contactless technology. The O2 Wallet trial took place over six months between November 2007 and May 2008 and involved 500 triallists. It tested consumer demand […]

Ericsson in managed services deal with Hanoi Telecom

Swedish vendor Ericsson has signed a contract with Vietnamese incumbent Hanoi Telecom which the firms say is the largest single telecoms deal that has every been struck in the nation. Worth $450m, the deal is built around a three-year managed services contract that will see Ericsson assume complete control of the management, operation and network […]

Latin Americans to get 3G

Millicom International Cellular, the mobile carrier headquartered in Luxembourg, has launched 3G services in Guatemala, Honduras and, Bolivia. The launches in Paraguay, El Salvador and Colombia will follow today, tomorrow and before the end of this year respectively, completing the roll-out of 3G across all six of its markets in Latin America. Millicom says that […]

Vodacom snaps up Gateway

South African operator Vodacom said Friday it has agreed to acquire most of the assets of pan-African carrier services and satellite firm Gateway Telecommunications. Vodacom, which is a 50/50 joint venture between Vodafone and local carrier Telkom, is to pay approximately $675m for the firm. The broadcasting businesses held by Gateway are not part of […]

Telcel tunes into mobile TV

Mexican mobile operator Telcel, a subsidiary of America Movil, said this week it has launched a mobile TV service in Mexico. The carrier has teamed up with content distributor and mobile TV platform ROK Entertainment Group to launch Ideas TV, a streamed, live and on demand mobile TV subscription service, delivered over Telcel’s 3G network […]

Vodacom’s WiMAX pricing comes under fire

South African mobile operator Vodacom, in partnership with WiMAX licence holder Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), has announced it will launch WiMAX services in October. Vodacom, which is 50 per cent owned by Vodafone, is targeting high end consumers, SMEs and large corporates with its WiMAX portfolio and hopes to lure ADSL and leased line customers […]

NSN bags monster network sharing contract

The mobile network joint venture between UK operators T-Mobile and 3UK said Wednesday it has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks as its infrastructure supplier. When it was announced in December last year, the 50:50 joint venture company called Mobile Broadband Network, signalled the world’s largest known active 3G network sharing agreement to date. Under the agreement, […]

Hutchison shrinks 3G losses

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison-Whampoa defied the economic gloom on Thursday, shrinking losses at mobile unit 3 Group for the six months to the end of June by 72 per cent year on year to HK$3.2bn. Revenues for the same period also jumped 14 per cent from HK$28bn to HK$32bn, as the groups 3G customer base […]

Telekom Austria profits slide 26% on fixed line losses

Austrian carrier Telekom Austria reported Wednesday that second quarter profits slipped 26 per cent to Eur96.3m, compared to Eur130.6m in the same period last year. The firm said it was hit by higher interest expenses following the acquisition of Belarusian mobile operation Velcom in October of last year, as well as the effects of mobile […]

KPN launches DVB-H mobile TV service

Dutch operator KPN said this week it has launched a nationwide mobile TV service based on the European Standard, DVB-H. Users of the KPN service, MobielTV, have access to a choice of ten channels, accessible via DVB-H-capable devices delivered by Nokia. KPB said the channels Nederland 1, Nederland 3, RTL4, RTL24, SBS6, Jetix/Veronica, MTV Music, […]

P1 first out of WiMAX traps in Malaysia

Packet One (P1), a 2.3GHz mobile WiMAX licence holder in Peninsular Malaysia, has become the first operator in the country to launch commercial WiMAX services. The initial promotional offer is RM99 ($30) per month for customers signing up to a 12-month contract for a 1.2Mbps service. A 2.4Mbps service is available at RM299 ($89) per […]

Vodafone rebuffs price hike criticism

The world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, has countered claims that it is increasing call prices for already hard up Brits. On Tuesday, a number of UK newspapers reported on a tariff change that Vodafone said it warned its users about in July. The cost of a call outside of a customer’s […]

Turkcell scores iPhone 3G deal

Leading Turkish operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has become the latest carrier to strike a deal with Apple to supply the iPhone 3G later this year. The operator said it will bring the iconic device to its prepaid and postpaid customers ‘later this year’. Turkcell will be the second operator to distribute the iPhone […]

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