Category: Operator


PCCW soap opera finally over?

The ongoing saga involving leading Hong Kong operator PCCW, looks to be finally drawing to a close, as the company prepares to go private. It is understood that minority shareholders on Wednesday, finally voted in approval of a $2bn buy out offer from Pacific Century Regional Developments by a partnership of 20 per cent PCCW […]

Voda makes mobile Linux push but not with Android

The World’s Largest Carrier in terms of Revenue, Vodafone, has given a clear indication that Linux will remain a major part of its handset platform line up going forward. On Thursday, Big Red said that it has tapped open mobile OS company Azingo to develop applications for mobile phones based on the LiMo platform. LiMo […]

Voda struggling in Europe

Wireless behemoth Vodafone reported a continuing deterioration in revenues among its mature operations, with emerging market subsidiaries struggling to offset the decline. However, the weakness of the pound helped the company achieve a 14.3 per cent increase in quarterly revenues on a non-organic basis, andĀ also prompted Vittorio Colao, chief executive, to raise annual sales forecasts. […]

Unwired, Intel in A$56m dispute

The financial pressures at Australian ISP Unwired are growing. After Unwired declared last week that the credit crunch had increased the cost of its planned mobileWiMAX network in Australia’s main cities by between A$20m and A$30m, the NSW Federal Court has now ordered the company to pay back to Intel the US chip giant’s original A$37.5m investment in Unwired plus a further A$18.5m.

3G a let-down in the US

The four major 3G operators in the US are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. These not altogether surprising findings come from analyst firm Gartner, which says that while most 3G providers in the US typically market speeds as high as 1.8Mbps, the actual speeds are generally between 300Kbps and 700bps. That is […]

Android, iPhone boost T-Mo numbers

Exclusive availability of the first Android-based handset and the ever popular Apple iPhone helped propel T-Mobile’s wireless subscribers upward during 2008. T-Mo’s mobile customers at the end of 2008, topped out at 128.3 million, up 6.3 per cent year on year. The firm’s US mobile subsidiary was the first operator to launch the T-Mobile G1, […]

T-Mobile loses Horn

German mobile operator, T-Mobile International, is to lose its chief technology officer, Joachim Horn, at the end of March. T-Mo, which is owned by German incumbent Deutsche Telekom, said Horn is leaving to pursue a “new professional opportunity” outside Germany. During his five year tenure at T-Mobile, Horn is largely credited with the large scale […]

Prepay BlackBerry comes to UK

Mobile operator Orange UK said Thursday it is bringing the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 to prepay consumers, marking a first for the UK market. Because of its reliance on a data connection, BlackBerrys, made by Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) are typically only sold on a contract basis. But Orange is bringing the Pearl 8120 […]

Zain moves into Palestine

This week Kuwaiti headquartered carrier Zain has been negotiating the purchase of a stake in Palestinian carrier Palestine Telecommunication Company (PalTel). Paltel operates in the conflict-ridden West Bank and Gaza strip, where a fragile ceasefire is currently in place. Zain CEO Dr. Saad H. Al Barrak was in closed door meetings in the final week […]

AT&T profits up in fourth quarter

US carrier AT&T managed to generate a 7.7 per cent increase in net income for 2008, racking up $12.87bn. But the operator had as rough a fourth quarter as the rest of the industry with profits sinking 23.3 per cent year on year to $2.4bn. Revenues for both the fourth quarter and full year were […]

Vodafone moves into UAE

The world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, announced a partnership with United Arab Emirates operator du on Wednesday, expanding its brand into the Middle East. Under what Voda calls a “partner market agreement”, du will get access to the Big V’s products, services and exclusive devices, and Voda will get its brand splashed […]

BT mulling return to mobile

UK incumbent telco BT is understood to be planning a return to the mobile space. The carrier offloaded its own mobile network, Cellnet (now known as O2), back in 2001, but has made its wireless designs known in recent years. In 2005, BT introduced Fusion, an FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) service under an MVNO partnership […]

Sprint Nextel axes 8,000 jobs

Sprint Nextel, the beleaguered number three mobile operator in the US, is cutting 8,000 jobs, or around 14 per cent of the company’s workforce. Sprint aims to save $1.2bn a year by reducing its labour costs, although it will take a charge of $300m during 1Q 2009 for severance and related expenses associated with the […]

Telkom buys up rest of Nigerian carrier

South Africa’s incumbent carrier, Telkom, has announced the acquisition of a further 25 per cent of Nigerian operator Multi-Links Telecom. Telkom paid out $130m for the stake, which takes its ownership of the Nigerian firm to 100 per cent. Multi-Links is a Nigerian private operator with a Unified Access License and internet Service Provider License […]

Nokia launches premium mobile service in Japan

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has announced plans to launch mobile services in Japan, using its Vertu luxury handset brand as a platform. The world’s biggest handset vendor is understood to be piggybacking on NTT DoCoMo’s 3G network in order to provide MVNO services to Japanese consumers. The operation is being run by Nokia Siemens Networks […]

Over 190 million FMC users by 2013

Convergence has taken a battering in recent months as operators have failed to deliver the mass of subscribers they promised with the offer of multi-platform converged devices. Despite this, industry analyst and telecoms.com parent Informa Telecoms and Media forecasts that over 190 million subscribers will be FMC users by 2013. It’s well known that the […]

Disruptive business models key to survival

As the economic gloom continues to overshadow the telecommunications sector, disruptive business models combined with existing technologies are the key to staying afloat. This is according to analysts at Frost & Sullivan, which warned Thursday that the reduction in consumption is changing the adoption and acceptance of new services. Towards the end of last year […]

WiBro boost through KT/KTF merger?

After months of speculation, KT (Korea Telecom) has finally said it will merge with its mobile operator subsidiary, KTF (Korea Telecom FreeTel). By bringing the two companies together (KT already owns 54.3 percent of KTF), it opens the door for more fixed and mobile bundled packages, which many analysts see as essential for KT (the […]

mobilkom tests mobile ticketing platform

Austrian mobile operator, mobilkom, said Tuesday that it has developed a chip-based NFC (Near Field Communications) system for mobile ticketing in conjunction with OBB – the Austrian Federal Railways group. The chip-based NFC application is based on the international standard VDV-KA, allowing train passengers and ticket collectors to buy and mange tickets in a user […]

Bahrain carrier buys into India

Bahrain’s principal fixed line carrier, Batelco, said Monday that it has acquired a 49 per cent stake in Indian mobile operator S Tel, via a joint venture with a Dubai-based private equity firm. Batelco, which is majority owned by the Bahrain government, partnered with Millenium Private Equity to form the Batelco Millennium India Company, which […]

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