Vodafone creates Indian network sharing company

Vodafone’s newly acquired Indian mobile unit, Vodafone Essar, has teamed up with two rival GSM carriers to set up a shared network infrastructure in the country. Bharti Infratel and Idea Cellular have both agreed to set up an independent tower company with the Big V, providing passive infrastructure services in India to all operators in […]

Orascom sells out of Hutchison Telecom

Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom said Thursday it has reached an agreement to sell its remaining shares in Hutchison Whampoa’s emerging markets unit. Orascom will sell its 14.2 per cent holding in Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd (HTIL) for around HK$7.5bn ($960m). Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa will re-acquire 9.2 per cent of the stake and a […]

BT trials ad funded video

UK carrier BT this week began a three month trial of ad funded video services through its BT Vision Download Store. Users of BT’s PC-based IPTV service will be able to watch three films from FremantleMedia – Mischief Night, Played and The Punk Rock Movie – free of charge in return for viewing targeted advertisements. […]

3 UK goes radio ga ga

UK 3G operator 3 reckons it’s come up with a novel music service in the shape of its Non Stop Music offering, launched on Thursday. The service gives customers unlimited access to eight genre-based music streams, ranging from ‘dance’ to ‘classic’ at a price of £0.49 for 24 hours. But we can’t help but think […]

Orange shifts 30,000 iPhones in 5 days

French mobile operator Orange said Wednesday that it has sold 30,000 Apple iPhones in the five days since the device launched November 29. At least 15,000 of those devices sold were also accompanied by a new subscription, according to Louis-Pierre Wenes, executive director in charge of operations for Orange France. Wenes did not say how […]

German court confirms iPhone exclusivity

German mobile operator T-Mobile is once again selling the Apple iPhone exclusively on its own network, after a Hamburg court overturned a ban recently won by rival Vodafone. Shortly after T-Mobile launched the iPhone on November 9, Vodafone Germany won a temporary injunction, forcing the company to sell a version of the device without a […]

T-Mobile slashes mobile web costs

UK operator T-Mobile unveiled a price plan on Wednesday, which reduces the cost of mobile web access to £0.50 per day. The carrier’s web’n’walk 5 Day Pass gives users unlimited access to the internet for £2.50 and is designed to complement the prepaid web’n’walk option of £1 per day for mobile internet. Meanwhile, the latest […]

Ericsson scores Russian 3G contract

Swedish vendor Ericsson said Tuesday that it has been selected by leading Russian operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), to supply and deploy a 3G/HSPA network. Under the agreement, Ericsson will deliver 3G core and radio access network equipment, network management system hardware and software plus a range of professional services such as network deployment, systems integration, […]

Zain acquires Iraqna for $1.2 bn

Zain, the Kuwaiti operator formerly known as MTC (Mobile Telecommunications Company), announced on Saturday that it will buy Orascom Iraq-based subsidiary Iraqna Company for Mobile Phone Services for $1.2bn. In August 2007, Zain’s existing Iraq-based subsidiary, MTC-Atheer, made a successful bid of $1.25bn to secure one of three 15-year nationwide licences awarded by the Iraqi […]

Peter Erskine steps down

One of the most widely respected chief executives in the telecoms business has stepped aside. Peter Erskine was appointed to the O2 Board in 2001 as CEO and oversaw a dramatic overhaul that ultimately resulted in O2 becoming the dominant cellular player in the UK. Erskine sealed an $18bn deal with Spain’s Telefonica to become […]

Verizon backing LTE

US CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it is to embark upon a 4G LTE deployment plan in the US, with trials beginning in 2008. Vendors involved in the trial include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia Siemens and Nortel. Vodafone, a minority but significant stakeholder in Verizon, has publicly declared its technology neutrality going forward. […]

Voda, Telefonica invest in mobile ad firm

Mobile advertising platform Amobee Media Systems announced Wednesday that UK operator Vodafone and Spanish operator Telefonica have both made a minority investment in the company. The two carriers join Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and Globespan in funding the ad firm. Amobee launched its first live consumer trial in March 2006 and has now several commercial […]

Verizon opens ups to any device, any app.

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it will allow customers to use any wireless device, software and applications, even those not offered by the company itself, on its network by the end of 2008. Early next year, Verizon said it will publish the technical standards developers will need to design products to interface […]

UK Broadband gets green light for mobile WiMAX

The UK’s communications watchdog has given wireless broadband operator, UK Broadband, the go ahead to connect to mobile devices using WiMAX technology. UK Broadband, which operates under the ‘now’ brand as a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s PCCW, acquired a nationwide 3.5GHz licence in 2004. It subsequently launched wireless broadband services based on UMTS-TDD (TD-CDMA) in […]

UK operators face pressure over broadband speed

A number of UK telecoms operators are meeting with the country’s Minister for Competition, Stephen Timms, on Monday, to discuss investments in faster broadband networks. Timms is pressuring the operators to increase broadband speeds as the UK slips down the internet ‘league table’ in terms of availability and bandwidth. Although more than half of UK […]

Orange taps Cloud for wifi access

UK mobile operator Orange teamed up with hotspot network The Cloud this week, extending Orange users’ wifi access to more than 10,000 hotspots. Orange already has wifi agreements in place with BT OpenZone, France Telecom and WeRoam. The service can be accessed through Orange’s Business Everywhere mobile datacard offering, which includes a single datacard with […]

T-Mobile selling unlocked iPhone for Eur999

German mobile operator, T-Mobile, has had its hand forced and is now selling unlocked Apple iPhones for the princely sum of Eur999. As we reported yesterday, Vodafone Germany has won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell a version of the device without a lock to the network. […]

Africa gets borderless calling with One Network

Pan-African operator Celtel International has extended the reach of the ‘borderless’ One Network, giving almost half of Africa’s population the ability to make calls at local rates across 12 countries throughout the continent. Celtel, a subsidiary of the Zain Group, has extended the borderless mobile network to Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan. […]

MTN deploys WiMAX in Cameroon

Pan-African carrier MTN confirmed it interest in WiMAX on Wednesday, tapping kit vendor Redline Communications to build a 12 city WiMAX network in Cameroon. Christian de Faria, MTN’s vice president for the West and Central Africa Region, confessed his interest in the wireless broadband technology earlier this year, telling telcoms.com that the company was looking […]

Voda upsets German Apple cart

Californian cool peddler Apple, has had a spanner thrown into the works of its German iPhone strategy and could be forced to sell an unlocked version of the device in the country. On Tuesday it emerged that Vodafone Germany had won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell […]


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