Nokia and Qualcomm join up on handsets

Nokia and Qualcomm announced today that they are to collaborate on the development of WCDMA handsets, initially for the US market.  It is a pairing that would have been unthinkable a year ago, when the two firms were locked in a legal battle that had lasted several years, and spanned several continents. That wrangle, over […]

Qualcomm backs Femtocells

US vendor Qualcomm has added 3G femtocell chipsets to its product roadmap, with European president Andrew Gilbert warning that existing network structures are reaching their spectral limits. “Capacity is critical to the success of mobile broadband,” he said. “LTE gets close to the limits of spectral efficiency; we need more base stations in the market.” […]

Handset vendors go app store crazy

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, is the latest gadget maker to jump on the app store bandwagon, announcing plans to open its own marketplace in May. Billed as an extension of its mobile services platform, the Ovi Store will allow content providers and developers to upload their own applications and sell their wares to […]

Alvarion CEO hits out at Nortel

The CEO of Israeli WiMAX vendor Alvarion, Tzvika Friedman, has voiced his anger over the firm’s exposure to the strife of its distribution partner Nortel Networks. Speaking to yesterday he accused the Canadian firm of exploiting Chapter 11 rules to avoid paying Alvarion money the firm is owed – and vowed to reclaim it […]

Nokia scales back on R&D

With global mobile device shipments in decline, the world’s biggest handset vendor is feeling the pinch. On Wednesday Nokia said it is closing one of its research and development sites in Finland and temporarily laying off workers at another. The Finnish firm plans to close the Jyvaskyla site and concentrate mobile devices R&D in Finland […]

Clock ticking for WiMAX

The WiMAX time-to-market advantage over LTE looks less important in the economic downturn. This year is going to be a tough one for the WiMAX community. Hardly surprising given that most telecom sectors will find the going much more difficult in credit crunch 2009. Alcatel-Lucent, which has an extensive portfolio of infrastructure products and services, […]

MTS expands retail presence through acquisition

MTS, the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS has bought high street retail chain Telefon.Ru outright for $60m. Telefon.Ru operates 512 stores in 160 Russian cities, selling airtime contracts, handsets and other consumer electronics. The $60m price tag includes $25m for inventory reserves, MTS said, and will be supplemented by a further $25m […]

LG tightens its belt

Korean electronics vendor LG has set its sights on a cost reduction of KRW3tn (Eur1.6bn) in 2009, despite the fact that the handsets division is doing well. During the fourth quarter LG’s Mobile Communication Company reported a 34.6 per cent jump in sales year on year to KRW4.49tn, with shipments of handsets up 8 per […]

Nortel hangs onto Metro unit

Beleaguered Canadian kit vendor Nortel, currently sheltering in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, looks keen to hang on to the Metro Ethernet Network (MEN) unit it put up for sale late last year. According to reports, Nortel has taken the MEN unit, which had been described by analysts as its “crown jewels” off the market. The […]

50 million BlackBerrys shipped

Canadian gadget shop Research In Motion (RIM), said Thursday that it shipped its 50 millionth fruit flavoured handset during January 2009. During the fourth quarter of 2008, the BlackBerry vendor notched up 2.6 million net new subscriber accounts and shipped approximately 6.7 million devices. As of the end of 2008, there were approximately 21 million […]

Alcatel-Lucent posts monster loss

Monster equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent said Wednesday that fourth quarter revenues were down 5.4 per cent year on year to Eur4.95bn, while net loss sank to Eur3.87bn compared to a profit of Eur2.56bn in the same period in 2007. Wireless access and convergence revenues took the biggest battering, down 15 per cent and 22 per cent […]

Moto’s handset future in doubt

The continued presence of embattled US vendor Motorola in the global handset market looks shakier than ever, as the company reported a fourth quarter net loss of $3.6bn. On Tuesday, Moto reported sales of $7.1bn for the final three months of 2008, down from $9.6bn in the same period last year, while loss plummeted to […]

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 […]

Nokia shifts 1 million Tubes

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has come out with a response to the Informer’s claims that Friday’s launch of the 5800 XpressMusic device in the UK was a damp squib. The Finn issued an announcement claiming that it has shipped 1 million units of the 5800, also known as the ‘Tube’, Nokia’s first mass market touchscreen […]

Nokia latest victim of credit crunch

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, has not escaped unscathed as the credit crunch takes its toll on global handset sales. The Finnish firm is the latest big vendor to report disappointing handset shipments during the fourth quarter, with number dropping 15 per cent year on year to 113.1 million, and falling from 117.8 million […]

Apple shipments fall during holiday period

Californian kit vendor Apple is the latest vendor to see handset sales hit by the credit crunch. On Wednesday the company announced that it shifted 4.3 million iPhone 3Gs in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 88 per cent year on year but down from 6.9 million in the previous quarter. Apple is the latest […]

Handset sector feels the pinch

As the credit crunch takes its toll on the mobile market, some analysts have suggested that global handset sales in the traditionally lucrative fourth quarter may actually be down sequentially on Q3 for 2008. So far, only two top vendors have reported their figures for the fourth quarter, with troubled Motorola posting a 25 per […]

Sony Ericsson hit by credit crunch

Mobile handset vendor Sony Ericsson reported a net loss of Eur73m for 2008, down from a profit of Eur1.1bn in the previous year. Handset shipments spiralled down from 103.4 million in 2007 to 96.6 million in 2008, as the credit crunch hit home and consumer demand for new devices dried up. The crucial Christmas period, […]

Apple’s Jobs to stand down for six months

Apple frontman Steve Jobs has taken a six month leave of absence over health related issues, sparking the usual concerns over the future of the company. Last week, the chief executive addressed the Apple community, revealing that a hormone imbalance was to blame for his health issues, in the wake of his battle with pancreatic […]

Moto slims handset unit by another 3,000 workers

Troubled US vendor Motorola announced another 4,000 workforce reductions on Thursday, 3,000 of which will come from its mobile devices business. The other 1,000 positions are associated with corporate functions and other business units. Job cuts are expected to begin immediately and are incremental to the 3,000 reductions already announced during the fourth quarter of […]

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