Nokia, BlackBerry, Apple sew up market with services play

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, and two outsiders, RIM (BlackBerry) and Apple, stand to gain most by pioneering fresh revenue streams for the mobile handset industry with their emerging push into value added services such as navigation, email and music. Industry analyst Strategy Analytics said Wednesday that Nokia, BlackBerry and Apple are the first […]

Alvarion scores 3.3GHz WiMAX deal in UK

WiMAX kit vendor Alvarion said this week that it has won a contract to deploy infrastructure in the 3.3GHz spectrum for UK network provider Metranet. Metranet is operating in this frequency through a Non-Operational Temporary license from regulator Ofcom. Alvarion’s BreezeMAX base stations and CPEs will enable Metranet to provide backhaul for it network of […]

Qualcomm buys into femto shop

US chip vendor Qualcomm said Wednesday that it has made a strategic investment in femto and picocell manufacturer, ip.access. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. The Big Q joins existing investors Cisco, Intel Capital, ADC, Motorola Ventures, Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion and Amadeus Capital Partners, with funding for ip.access’ latest bit of kit, […]

Moto gets lucky, dodges $4bn Iridium payout

Embattled kit maker Motorola had a bit of good news on Wednesday, after a judge ruled that the outcome of the nine year old Iridium bankruptcy fight will not cost the company a penny. Satellite operator Iridium went bust in 1999 and a creditors committee has been chasing Moto since 2001, accusing the company of […]

Ericsson, Dell to offer HSPA laptops

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson said Tuesday that it has struck a deal with PC manufacturer Dell, to supply mobile broadband modules for next generation laptops. Dell said it will offer built in HSPA as part of its laptop portfolio from the second quarter. The module Ericsson is supplying also has a GPS receiver, which could […]

RIM makes Bold move with new gadget

Canadian handset vendor Research In Motion (RIM) stepped up its game on Monday with the unveiling of its latest BlackBerry baby, the Bold. This latest BlackBerry is the first to support tri band HSDPA as well as wifi and GPS. In terms of looks it’s been called RIM’s answer to the iPhone, with its smooth […]

Alcatel-Lucent forms managed services shop

Hoping to cash in on the boom in managed services, struggling infrastructure vendor Alcatel Lucent announced a partnership with Indian carrier Reliance Communications on Monday that will see the firms create a global joint venture. The joint venture company intends to make a play for the fast growing $16bn managed network services industry, catering to […]

Nokia boosts web services plan with Trolltech buy

Finnish handset giant Nokia moved to acquire Scandinavian mobile Linux developer Trolltech on Monday, further boosting its internet services business. At the heart of the deal is Trolltech’s Qt cross platform application framework, which will allow the Finnish firm to further develop its online services strategy. With Trolltech on board, Nokia and third party developers […]

Nokia profits soar 67% in 2007

Finnish vendor Nokia posted happy financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2007 on Thursday, racking up a 67 per cent increase in profit for the year. Net income reached Eur7.2bn in 2007, compared to Eur4.3bn in 2006, while revenues for the year jumped 24 per cent to Eur51bn even as the company […]

Over 15,000 protest against Nokia’s German exit

Over 15,000 people took to the streets in protest against the closure of Nokia’s German handset plant on Tuesday, according to police estimates. The march took place at the plant’s location in Bochum, in the industrial district of the Ruhr region of Germany. Nokia’s decision to close the handset manufacturing plant and make up to […]

Nokia thinking of befriending Facebook

The big rumour doing the rounds this week is that Finnish handset giant Nokia is looking to buy a stake in social networking website Facebook. Although Nokia is cultivating its own social networking site, Mosh, as part of its Ovi mobile services initiative, it appears that a deal is underway that will see Facebook plastered […]

Nokia faces backlash over German plant closure

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has sparked a political backlash over plans to close a handset manufacturing plant in Germany and make up to 2,300 workers redundant. Last week, the company said that it will discontinue the production of mobile devices and close its Bochum site by mid-year. Nokia said that Germany has become too expensive […]

Sony Ericsson still has eyes on top three spot

Fourth placed handset vendor Sony Ericsson posted a strong set of results on Wednesday, shifting over 100 million units for the first time in 2007. For the full year, net income climbed slightly from Eur997m to Eur1.1bn, with sales increasing from Eur11bn to Eur13bn. Units shipped in the fourth quarter reached 30.8 million, an 18 […]

Nokia slashes 2,300 jobs, closes German factory

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said Tuesday that it will discontinue the production of mobile devices in Germany and close its Bochum site by mid-year. The closure of the facility will see jobs cuts by approximately 2,300, as the company moves manufacturing operations to cheaper European sites. Nokia will also cease other non-production activities at 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 […]

iRiver preparing to intro media phone

Following Apple’s successful jump from the portable media player market to the mobile phone space, gadget manufacturer, iRiver, is set to attempt a similar feat with the launch of a device later this year. At the CES show in Las Vegas earlier this week, photos emerged of a prototype GSM handset/media player, which is expected […]

Sony wheels out own wireless transfer tech.

Japanese electronics giant Sony has lifted the curtain on its TransferJet close proximity wireless connectivity technology, going up against existing standards such as Bluetooth and even Wireless USB. The proprietary technology will allow for the high speed transfer of large data files, such as photos or HD video, between devices such as mobile phones, digital […]

BT brings Vision to Xbox

Microsoft teamed up with UK incumbent telco BT on Monday, announcing a plan to deliver IPTV and HD movie services to Xbox 360 users. The partnership will enable BT Broadband customers to use an Xbox 360 to access the BT Vision IPTV service and its library of on demand content. The service will be made […]

Moto buys Soundbuzz music shop

Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola this week acquired mobile music company Soundbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Soundbuzz is a privately held, pan-Asian music platform, and will help Moto expand its Asia mobile music offerings beyond China and into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The US vendor said that it aimed to capitalise […]

Intel looks to ultra mobile future

Chip giant Intel is betting that that ultra mobile internet devices will be the “next big thing in computing,” with the company making a significant push into the mobile space in 2008. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in Las Vegas this week, Intel president and CEO, Paul Otellini, said that the world […]

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