Brazil; race against time

Brazil has the potential to become a vibrant WiMAX market, with numerous operators backing the technology, and a possible head-start on 3G. However, awkward regulatory hurdles must be cleared first.

Zain reports record profits

Middle Eastern carrier Zain announced that in the fiscal year 2007 it recorded the highest ever net profits in Kuwait’s private sector history. The operator, formerly known as MTC, repotded consolidated revenues of $5.91bn (KD1.677bn) for 2007, an increase of 32 per cent compared to 2006. The consolidated EBITDA increased by 25 per cent compared to […]

O2 overhauls Active as i-mode fades

UK mobile operator Telefonica O2 is trying to tempt users onto a freshly redesigned O2 Active portal, as the company prepares to pull the plug on i-mode. Following 9 months of close collaboration, O2 UK is gearing up to launch “a highly sophisticated, personalised and content centric” mobile portal, designed by mobile content firm ChangingWorlds. […]

O2 shakes up postpay tariffs, iPhoners win big

O2 UK announced a shake up of its postpay consumer and small business tariffs on Tuesday, more than doubling the amount of minutes and texts included in the iPhone bundles. The three current tariffs for iPhone will be overhauled from February 1 and will affect both new and existing iPhone owners. Customers on a £35 […]

German iPhone sales disappointing

There seem to be concerns amongst the analyst community that the Apple brand isn’t strong enough outside of North America to compete with the big names in the handset space. On Tuesday, Deutsche Telekom’s domestic mobile unit, T-Mobile, announced that it has sold 70,000 iPhones on contract, since the device launched at the start of […]

Impressive returns for Etisalat

United Arab Emirates carrier Etisalat this week posted fourth quarter net profits of Dirhams1.76bn ($479.3m), up 19.7 per cent from a year earlier. It’s an impressive return for a carrier that is operating in the newly competitive, highly saturated markets of the UAE. The company posted profit attributable to shareholders of Dirhams7.297 bn in 2007 […]

Tata to move on T-Systems?

Deutsche Telekom is going to offload its IT systems integration division T-Systems, according to local reports. The report in German weekly newspaper Focus claims that Indian conglomerate Tata has had an undisclosed offer accepted by the German telecoms company. DT employs about 13,000 IT specialists. The German paper reckons half that number could lose their […]

India takes Soma to realise WiMAX dream

State-owned Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd (BSNL) said Friday it has tapped US WiMAX kit vendor Soma Networks to deploy what it claims is the largest WiMAX network in India. The 802.16e-2005 mobile WiMAX network will be rolled out across three circles, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, and Andhra Pradesh and will provide broadband data […]

New Sprint boss shakes up management

The newly installed head honcho at US carrier Sprint Nextel appears keen to put his own stamp on the company, with three executives set to leave on Friday. Dan Hesse, the former head of Sprint’s fixed line spin off, Embarq, took over the reins as president and CEO of Sprint at the start of this […]

AT&T gives free wifi to broadband subs

US carrier AT&T said Wednesday that it will be giving free wifi access to its 10 million or so broadband subscribers as well as adding a 10Mbps offering to its portfolio. AT&T broadband users will get free unlimited access to the company’s nationwide wifi network, delivering an annual saving in the region of $60. The […]

DoCoMo working on Android handset

Leading Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed that it is working with Google on Android-based handsets for the Japanese market. At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japanese giant announced a partnership agreement with the web firm to deliver search services, mobile advertising and potential i-mode applications to DoCoMo’s customers. There was […]

Sprint cuts 4,000 staff

US carrier Sprint is to cut 4,000 jobs as financial pressure and subscribers losses continued through the fourth quarter of 2007. The headcount reduction is expected to be completed in the first half of the year and will include management and non-management positions. Sprint aims to save around $700-$800m per year by the end of […]

AT&T pitches business plans for iPhone

AT&T, the first carrier to launch the Apple iPhone, has introduced a number of tariffs for business users, pitching the device at the professional market. Uses are still locked into a two year contract, but business customers see their voice and data plans divided separately. Customers choose a voice plan, then add one of three […]

O2 Germany gives away unlimited music

O2 Germany has turned to Napster in a bid to drive up its fixed line numbers and is giving away access to the Napster music service with all new subscriptions. Customers signing up for the DSL service between January and the end of March will receive one year’s access to Napster to Go, valued at […]

Telefonica raises interest in China

Spanish carrier Telefonica said Friday that it has raised its holding in Chinese fixed line operator, China Netcom, from 5 per cent to 7.22 per cent, at a cost of Eur309m. Reports suggest that in the future, Telefonica intends to raise its stake to 10 per cent or more. A number of overseas carriers, Telefonica […]

Reding turns attention to SMS, data roaming

It looks like EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding is turning her regulatory eye onto SMS and data roaming services, following the first benchmark report on international roaming by the European Regulators’ Group. The report confirms that implementation of the roaming regulation has generally gone smoothly and consumers are paying less for calls made and received […]

Yahoo serves ads for T-Mobile UK

UK mobile operator T-Mobile jumped into bed with web giant Yahoo! on Thursday, announcing a partnership which will see the first graphical advertising appear on T-Mobile’s internet service. T-Mobile and Yahoo! will combine their expertise in the industry and knowledge of consumer habits, to enable advertisers to offer targeted graphical ads for users of the […]

T-Mo beats backhaul blues with DSL

German mobile carrier T-Mobile is showing off the benefits of a converged infrastructure by offloading its 3G backhaul traffic onto sister company T-Com’s network. As a result of the extra traffic requirements of HSDPA, T-Mobile is ramping up its backhaul infrastructure by deploying gateways from kit vendor RAD Data Communications. These gateways give T-Mobile the […]

iPhone unlikely to reach China; MacWorld speculation

China Mobile and Apple are understood to have called off discussions over a potential launch of the iPhone in China. The pair are known to have been in discussions over a potential launch of the device since November, although no reason was given for the termination of the talks. Some believe that China Mobile, the […]

Telefonica O2 cuts data charges for roamers

Spanish carrier Telefonica, which owns the O2 group of companies, proposed to cut the cost of mobile data services when roaming by as much as 40 per cent on Monday. Consumers in Spain, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic will benefit from a range of new data roaming tariffs aimed at those travelling within Europe […]


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