Category: Operator


Case for network sharing gets stronger

In the face of declining voice revenues in mature markets, made worse by the global economic crisis, the argument for European mobile network operators to share their networks has never been stronger. But analysts argue that changes need to be made to the regulatory framework in order for the model to become a success. While […]

France to break up fourth 3G licence

It looks increasingly like competition in the French mobile sector will increase with the introduction of a new 3G licensee, according to French authorities Monday. At a press conference at Matignon Monday morning, French prime minister, Francois Fillon, said that the proposed fourth 3G licence will now be split into three 5MHz lots, with one […]

Verizon finds search partner in Microsoft

US operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it has selected Microsoft as its partner of choice for mobile advertising and search services. A five year agreement will go into effect in the first half of 2009 when Microsoft Live Search is expected to be available on new Verizon feature phones and smartphones. Under the deal, […]

KPN to launch MVNO in France

Netherlands-based carrier KPN said Thursday that it will launch mobile services in France on Sunday, January 11. KPN will offer mobile services as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) to French consumers by piggybacking on the network of local carrier Bouygues Telecom. The French offering will be a no frills, online only distribution model and […]

T-Mo embraces YouTube to educate Android users

Wireless carrier T-Mobile, which introduced the debut Android-based handset last year, has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to educating users about the device. Coincidentally, market research agency NPD Group said this week that 45 per cent of US mobile users only use their handsets for basic calling functions, eschewing all other multimedia features available. According […]

M1 CEO Neil Montefiore to step down

MobileOne Ltd (M1) today announced that Neil Montefiore, Chief Executive Officer of M1, has decided to step down as CEO and Director of M1, with effect from 1st February 2009. Mr Montefiore, who joined M1 in April 1996 and has served as its CEO since then, has indicated that he wishes to pursue other personal […]

Oi’s acquisition of Brasil Telecom gets green light

The proposed mega merger between Brazilian carriers Telemar Participacoes, which operates under the Oi brand, and fixed line operator, Brasil Telecom, moved a step closer to reality this week as the local regulator gave preliminary approval for the deal. The acquisition was first announced in April, when Telemar announced plans to pay out Reais5.9bn (Eur2.26bn) […]

Sprint unveils dual mode 3G/4G device

US-based mobile WiMAX pioneer Sprint Nextel this week unveiled its first 3G/4G dual mode device, to be made available December 21. The USB Modem U300, or dongle, connects to Sprint’s ‘Now’ branded mobile WiMAX network as well as the carrier’s existing 3G EV-DO network. The dongle is manufactured by Franklin Wireless and is priced at […]

Watchdog cancels deal between Orange and Apple

French mobile operator Orange admitted Wednesday that it has been struck a serious blow as the local Competition Council ordered the carrier to dissolve its exclusive iPhone contract with Apple. Although legal challenges to Apple’s exclusivity contracts with mobile operators have been raised in the past, most notably in Germany, the French watchdog’s decision is […]

Mobile broadband to rock the Middle East

The explosive growth that mobile broadband services are enjoying in the west looks set to be replicated in the Middle East and Gulf, with representatives of local carriers expressing enthusiasm for the technology’s potential. During the GSM>3G Middle East show in Dubai, at Monday’s first roundtable discussion: ‘growing telecoms businesses and extending the reach of […]

Vodafone declares on 12-year cricket innings

UK-based operator Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile carrier in terms of revenue, announced Tuesday that it is to end the high profile deal that has seen it act as sponsor of the England cricket team for the past 12 years. The current four-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expires at the […]

Global mobile revenues to top $1tn in 2013

Annual revenues from the global mobile market will top $1.03tn by 2013, when the number of subscriptions worldwide will have risen to more than 5.3 billion. From the end of 2007 to the end of 2013, the global mobile market will see huge growth, increasing in size by over half (56 per cent), according to […]

C$35bn Bell Canada takeover falls through

The proposed C$35bn (Eur21.25bn) takeover of Canadian telecoms firm BCE, which operates under the Bell Canada brand, collapsed Thursday after failing a solvency test. Potential buyers, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and a group of US private equity firms, terminated the deal when accountant KPMG warned that the Canadian firm’s huge debt load would leave […]

Vodafone plots course for location-enabled services

The world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, made a play for the navigation and location-based services (LBS) space on Tuesday, with a SEK239m (EUR) offer for Wayfinder Systems. The Swedish mapping and navigation firm offers a variety of GPS solutions, which are set to be all the rage as mobile broadband takes off […]

3 promises 21Mbps mobile broadband in Nordics

Nordic operator 3 Scandinavia is to beef up its HSPA network up to 21Mbps on the downlink. On Monday, the operator, which runs 3G networks in Sweden and Denmark, said it has tapped Swedish kit vendor Ericsson to upgrade its networks. The upgrade will give 3’s customers improved access to mobile broadband services, including internet […]

AT&T sheds 12,000 jobs

US carrier AT&T announced a headcount reduction of around 12,000 jobs, or about 4 per cent of the company’s total workforce, on Thursday. The planned reduction is part of the company’s streamlining process, brought about as a result of the economic turbulence and a business mix shifting more to wireless. The operator said the moves […]

Telco founder Ted Rogers dies

Founder and ex-CEO of Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless, Edward Samuel “Ted” Rogers, died earlier this week aged 75. Rogers, who suffered from congestive heart failure, saw his health weaken over the past few years. Last month he was admitted to hospital for treatment, forcing him to relinquish his responsibilities. Alan Horn, chairman of the board, […]

Vodafone faces $2bn Indian tax bill

The world’s biggest operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, looks to have lost its fight against the Mumbai High Court and now faces the reality of a $2bn tax bill. The bill is based on capital gains tax resulting from Voda’s $11.7bn acquisition of a 67 per cent stake in Indian GSM carrier Hutchison-Essar in […]

T-Mobile UK cuts Android G1 pricing

The UK’s exclusive provider of the first Android-based handset has expanded the tariffs on which the gadget is available free, allowing consumers to get their hands on the G1 for nothing on a £30 per month contract. T-Mobile UK was charging around £50 for the smartphone, until this week when it made the G1 available […]

European operators first to feel full force of crunch

Just as Telecom Italia announces an extensive cost cutting initiative, industry analysts are warning that European mobile operators will be the first to feel the full impact of the credit crunch. Research carried out by industry analyst Ovum indicates that while operators in other regions showed little signs of feeling the credit crunch during the […]

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