Finns roll out 3G in 900MHz band

Finnish mobile operator Elisa said Thursday that it has launched what it claims to be the world’s first commercial WCDMA 3G network in the 900MHz spectrum. Local kit maker Nokia Siemens Networks supplied its WCDMA Frequency Refarming platform for the project, which has been in trial for over a year. Elisa claims to be the […]

Virgin Media stems subscriber losses

UK quad play operator Virgin Media was upbeat on Wednesday after releasing a financial report that showed it had reigned in customer departures following its public spat with Sky over content rights. Virgin recorded a return to customer growth during the third quarter, reporting 13,000 net additions to its cable network as churn reduced slightly […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

O2 hiring extra staff to deal with iPhone rush

Mobile operator O2 UK is hiring an extra 1,427 people to help it cope with demand for the Apple iPhone when it launches in the UK on Friday evening [at 6.02pm]. The operator said Tuesday that 700 new jobs will be added to its customer services team, while another 727 people are being recruited in […]

Brits send 4,000 text messages every minute

Brits sent an average of 1.2 billion text messages every week during the month of September, equivalent to the same number of messages sent during the whole of 1999. Industry body the Mobile Data Association (MDA) said Monday that a total of 4.825 billion messages were sent during September 2007, highlighting a 25 per cent […]

AT&T targets roaming iPhone users with data plan

US mobile operator AT&T has launched an international data plan target at Apple iPhone users roaming worldwide. The international plan gives iPhone owners 50MB of data per month and access in more than 29 countries, including Canada, China, Mexico and in areas throughout Europe and Asia. The Data Global Plan is available to AT&T iPhone […]

Sprint downturn puts WiMAX plans in doubt

A drop in earnings has put the WiMAX plans of US carrier Sprint Nextel into further doubt, as the company continues its search for a new leader. On Thursday, the operator reported a 77 per cent drop in third quarter net income from $279m a year ago to $64m this year. Consolidated net operating revenues […]

Vodafone’s Indian trauma

The $11bn acquisition of Hutchison’s Indian mobile carrier, Essar, has not been the smoothest of deals for Vodafone. At the time of the acquisition in May of this year, the carrier took some time to secure regulatory approval. Now, it seems the Newbury-headquartered operator has received two more pieces of bad news in the space […]

Vodafone targets international workers with MVNO

Vodafone UK notched up its second MVNO contract in as many weeks on Wednesday, announcing the launch of Lebara Mobile, which is targeting the UK’s 1.5 million strong migrant worker community. The SIM-only prepay service will be provided to customers under the Lebara brand and will be made available through outlets targeted specifically at the […]

Serbs pay by phone

Mobile payments firm Upaid today announced the national launch of its Mobile Payment Service (MPS) marketing campaign in Serbia. Including all three mobile operators and 10 banks in Serbia, the launch is an expansion to a service started in October 2006 with Visa International and Serbian mobile operator Mobile Telekom Serbia (mt:s). Terry Trench, senior […]

Mobile operators to invest $50bn in Sub-Saharan Africa

A group of mobile operators announced a substantial investment drive in the continent’s sub-Saharan region on Monday. The GSM Association revealed that a group of carriers including MTN, Orange, Vodacom and Kuwaiti carrier Zain are to plough more than $50bn into the region over the next five years in a bid to extend mobile coverage […]

Verizon offers 20Mbps upload over fibre

US carrier Verizon shook up the broadband market with the launch of a 20Mbps symmetrical fibre offering this week. The FiOS 20/20 service gives subscribers an upload and download speed of up to 20Mbps over Verizon’s all fibre network. This week is has been made available in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. […]

Carphone launches postpay MVNO in UK

UK-based mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse launched another MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) this week, with the aim of delivering low cost services under the Talkmobile brand. Talkmobile is offering postpay contracts for either 9, 12 or 18 months, for £12, £15 and £18 respectively. Inclusive minutes total 50, 75, or 100 depending on […]

AT&T gets tunes from Napster

From mid November, US operator AT&T will make more than 5 million music tracks available to its subscribers via the Napster Mobile service. AT&T wireless will be able to search the music catalogue, preview samples of each song and purchase and download the music from their wireless handsets in less than a minute. Customers will […]

Half of AT&T 3Q subs bought iPhone

It wasn’t just Apple’s own spirits being lifted by the success of the iPhone this week. Exclusive US carrier AT&T probably had a lot to thank Steve Jobs and co for as its wireless subscriber base topped 65.7 million at the end of the third quarter. AT&T added 2 million net subscribers during the quarter […]

Orange UK hires ex-Virgin CEO

France Telecom-owned Orange has announced that former Virgin Mobile boss Tom Alexander has joined the company as CEO of the UK business. He succeeds Bernard Ghillebaert who will be fulfilling a new group level role as Executive Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience. Alexander will report directly to Olaf Swantee, Senior Executive Vice President Personal Communication Services […]

Boingo bounces onto wifi handsets

Wifi hotspot operator Boingo Wireless has revised its tariffs and introduced a cheaper price plan for those who just want wifi on their phones. Boingo Mobile allows user of selected Nokia devices to automatically connect to Boingo’s network worldwide for $7.95/Eur5.95/£3.95 per month. The application works with selected Nokia S60-based smartphones and its Linux-based internet […]

AT&T mobile chief steps down

US operator AT&T said Thursday that Stan Sigman, president and chief executive officer of its wireless division, will step down after 42 years with the company. Sigman is understood to have played a key role in bringing the Apple iPhone to AT&T, as well as planning the company’s 3G strategy. Sigman’s resignation is effective immediately […]

Vodafone buys European fixed line units

Vodafone acquired two European fixed line operations over the weekend, shelling out Eur775m for Tele2’s Italian and Spanish units. The acquisition will give Vodafone almost 2 million fixed telephony customers in Italy, along with 268,000 broadband resale customers and 375,000 direct access and unbundled customers. In Spain, the Big V will acquire approximately 307,000 fixed […]

Sprint seeking CEO?

Another company rumoured to be having chief executive troubles this week is WiMAX pin up Sprint Nextel. Apparently, Sprint’s board is keen to draw up a job ad for the CEO position after existing chief Gary Forsee’s failure to ramp up profitability. Since the 2005 merger of Sprint and Nextel, there has been some shareholder […]

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