Category: Operator


Browned off

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is finding life much tougher than its Brown Telephone Company antecedent.

Clearwire sticks to ambitious WiMAX plans

Despite the economic downturn, Clearwire shows no sign of any wavering in its commitment to WiMAX. During Thursday’s conference call on full-year 2008 results, Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff reaffirmed the company’s aim to provide WiMAX coverage to around 120 million people in the US by the end of 2010.

France Telecom profit down, but not all bad news

European carrier France Telecom demonstrated a level of stability in a difficult economic environment, recording a year on year increase of 2.9 per cent in annual revenues to reach Eur53.5bn in 2008.

Vendors focus on TD-LTE for China

With equipment spending by Chinese mobile operators estimated to hit $41bn over the next two years, vendors are falling over themselves to accommodate the country’s nascent technology initiatives.

Ofcom puts UK on fibre diet

UK communications regulator Ofcom cleared the way for investment in super fast broadband on Tuesday. The main thrust of Ofcom’s latest initiative is the support of plans to upgrade the UK’s ageing copper access network to fibre, giving incumbent telco BT something of a boost. With BT upgrading its nationwide network to fibre as part […]

WiMAX trial success in Vietnam

FPT Telecom, a Vietnamese ISP, has trialled VoIP, video streaming and internet access services on the move using mobile WiMAX kit from NEC and Mitsibushi. According to local reports, WiMAX passed these tests with flying colours. “The results opened many opportunities for us to develop and provide mobile telecommunications services,” FPT Telecom director Nguyen Dinh Hung, told local reporters. “Our goal is to integrate all services into a single broadband connection.”

BSNL draws up WiMAX supplier shortlist

BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, has reportedly drawn up a short list of three suppliers for mobile WiMAX rollout: Huawei, Telsima and Alvarion. According to the India’s Business Standard, BSNL will announce its winner, or winners, next week.

India’s state-owned players kick-start 3G

MTNL, meanwhile, has begun 3G in central New Delhi with the stated aim of attracting 200,000 to the service within two years. State-owned BSNL and MTNL have each announced 3G service launches this week. BTNL has rolled out 3G services in an additional 11 cities following on from the launch of its first 3G service […]

Deutsche Telekom records strong performance

German carrier Deutsche Telekom demonstrated its resilience to market forces on Friday, turning in financial results that beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines. Fourth quarter net loss improved from Eur750m in the last period of 2007 to Eur730m in 2008, while full year profits rocketed to Eur1.48bn, compared to Eur571m in 2007. […]

Telefonica delivers the goods in 2008

Pan-European carrier Telefonica shone a little ray of sunshine on the telecoms investment community on Thursday, turning in a respectable set of financials for 2008.   Group net income for the year was down 14.8 per cent on 2007 to Eur7.6bn, but fourth quarter profit jumped 88 per cent year on year to Eur1.99bn. Annual […]

Trujillo to step down from Telstra

Sol Trujillo, the colourful frontman of Australian carrier Telstra, is to step down on June 30 and return home to the US. Trujillo did not give a reason for his departure, but his four year tenure as chief executive of Telstra has been marked by controversy, mainly over the country’s proposed nationwide fibre network. The […]

Telekom Austria records a loss in 2008

Austrian fixed and mobile player Telekom Austria reported a net loss for 2008 in the wake of the global credit crunch and its continuing struggle to turn around its fixed line business.   Group net loss for the fourth quarter fell to Eur438m, compared to a profit of Eur41m in the same period in 2007. […]

Verizon names LTE suppliers

Verizon CTO, Dick Lynch, has named Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as the company’s LTE base station suppliers. Speaking at the MWC event in Barcelona, Lynch added that further LTE trials will take place this summer using the 700MHz frequency band with commercial deployment slated for next year in ’20 to 30 markets in the US’. Verizon […]

Consumer feelings not taken into account

In all the hub-bub surrounding new gadget launches and app. stores at the MWC event in Barcelona, most of the established mobile operators are treating their customers almost as an afterthought. So says Steve Bell, a 20-year Motorola veteran who has now set up his own consultancy, KeySo Global, to help industry players get more […]

UK carriers in sender pays data trial

Mobile transactions firm mBlox has launched the world’s first mobile cross operator ‘sender pays data’ trial in the UK this week. The trial aims to remove consumer confusion over the purchase and download of mobile content, with mobile operators suffering criticism for stinging users with ‘hidden’ data charges. The model allows content providers and service […]

WiMAX Telecom CTO keeps faith in Alcatel-Lucent

WiMAX Telecom is sticking with Alcatel-Lucent for the deployment of mobile WiMAX equipment in Croatia, which started rollout in December 2008. This is despite the fact that the Paris-headquartered supplier announced shortly afterwards it was trimming down its WiMAX mobility R&D to focus on a wireless-based ‘enhanced DSL’. WiMAX Telecom still intends to launch a mobile broadband service in Croatia.

Testing times needed for devices, says Spirent

Mobile operators are not paying enough attention to putting mobile devices through their paces in terms of analysing data throughput and call reliability. So says Nigel Wright, vice president of test and measurement specialist Spirent, and he adds: “I don’t see much sign of it improving either.” At a time when more and more devices […]

Vodafone lifts curtain on Android Magic

Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has unveiled its second Android-based handset under an operator partnership with mega carrier Vodafone. The unveiling of the HTC Magic smartphone also marks Big Red’s first Android-powered handset, and will be available in the spring in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France (via SFR). Details of the device’s capabilities are […]

ZTE claims SDR first in Hong Kong

The largest GSM operator in Hong Kong in terms of subscribers and revenue, CSL, is using SDR (software-define radio) base stations from ZTE to build out an all-IP integrated 2G/3G network that can be software-upgraded to HSPA+ and, eventually, LTE. Although the process of swapping out CSL’s existing 2G/3G base stations with ZTE SDR base […]

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