Pipex brings WiMAX under Freedom4 brand

UK wireless broadband operator Pipex Wireless is rebranding its services as Freedom4 ahead of a expansion into Manchester. Building on its existing presences in Milton Keynes and Warwick, Freedom4 is now gearing up to roll out its commercial offering in Manchester. The operator provides WiMAX-based internet services with symmetrical upload and download speeds of up […]

Moto scores Taiwan WiMAX deal

US vendor Motorola said Monday that it has a major WiMAX infrastructure contract with Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET). FET, which holds around a 33 per cent share of the local mobile market, is also a key player in the Taiwanese government’s M-Taiwan project – an initiative to create a standards compliant environment supporting services, […]

McDonald’s serves up free wifi

Hungry consumers will soon have free wifi served up alongside their Big Mac and fries as McDonald’s revises its communications menu. On Monday, Maccy D’s said that a strategic reorganisation of the restaurant chain’s telecoms services meant that customers will be able to connect to the internet free of charge in almost 1,200 UK locations. […]

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 […]

WiMAX gaining serious momentum

The global telecoms industry is on the cusp of major change, with operators fast approaching decision time regarding their 4G strategies. According to a study released by ABI Research this week, the critical choice to be made is whether to go down the WiMAX or the LTE (Long Term Evolution) route. Already mobile WiMAX 802.16e […]

All may not be well between Apple and Orange

The failure of Apple and Orange to officially announce an iPhone partnership in France has been something of a curiosity for the past couple of weeks. The respective announcements from O2 UK and T-Mobile Germany came out as and when predicted, but the lack of something official from Orange France has raised a few eyebrows, […]

Alcatel: Out for a Duck

Chinese handset vendor TCL Communications staged the UK launch of the Mandarina Duck handset in London today. Operating under its European brand name Alcatel – the French telecoms giant has a five per cent stake in the firm – the firm said the new handsets will be available, exclusively in the UK at the Carphone […]

US consumers hungry for fibre

The number of US households with direct high speed fibre internet connections has surpassed the 2 million mark, according to a study released this week by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). According to the figures, 2.14 million US homes – or nearly 2 per cent of households in the country […]

O2 lights up fixed broadband service

UK mobile operator O2 confirmed the details of its forthcoming fixed line broadband package on Thursday, citing a launch date of October 15. O2 intends to target the large proportion of UK consumers that are dissatisfied with their existing broadband service. One of the main complaints UK broadband subs have is lower than advertised speeds. […]

Fon plan validated as BT signs up

Spanish open wifi network Fon received a major seal of approval from the operator community on Thursday as UK incumbent BT joined forces with the maverick firm. By partnering with Fon, BT brings a further 3 million broadband subscribers to join Fon’s existing user base of 500,000. Anyone joining BT Fon will be able to […]

Telekom Austria buys into Belarus

Telekom Austria expanded its operations into Belarus on Wednesday, when it agreed to acquire a stake in Cypriot SB Telecom, owner of Belarusian mobile operator MDC. The Austrian operator is to pay around Eur730m for a 70 per cent stake in SB Telecom, held by chairman Ead Samawi and his partners. The operator has also […]

O2 broadband launch imminent

O2 UK is gearing up to launch its own brand broadband internet offering later this month and discounted prices for O2 subscribers have already leaked out. Teething problems have dogged O2’s own branded fixed line broadband service. The operator has been forced to delay the launch of its service twice, with the offering now set […]

Telia goes green, plugs virtual working

TeliaSonera’s Swedish operation – which provides services under the Telia brand – this week become the first carrier in the country to source all of its power from renewable sources, the company claims. Telia uses a combination of green energy sources, including wind, water, solar and biomass and expects to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions […]

FMC missing the point

With the initial hype around Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) fading, analysts have warned that a narrow focus on services based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) could distract operators from achieving market breakthroughs with alternative FMC approaches. A number of operators have already launched dual mode UMA services, such as US operators T-Mobile USA and Sprint […]

Alcatel-Lucent backs Russo

The board of mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent released a statement Tuesday night, seeking to quash rumours that chief executive Patricia Russo had been given one month to turn the embattled firm around. Last week, speculation was rife that Russo had been given a 30 day deadline to conjure up an emergency restructuring plan. Troubled times have […]

SIP sales to skyrocket by 2012

Sales of mobile phones with active SIP functionality will reach 275 million units in 2012, according to research released Tuesday. Industry analyst and parent of telecoms.com, Informa Telecoms & Media, said that sales of SIP-enabled devices are set to increase from 0.4 per cent of total device sales in 2006, to 19 per cent by […]

Microsoft, LogicaCMG dish up web services

IT services specialist LogicaCMG jumped into bed with Microsoft on Tuesday, launching a web services initiative called “The Service Factory”. At least we think it’s a web services platform, the blurb in the announcement contained so many buzzwords we nearly shifted a paradigm trying to interpret it. “The Service Factory will enable telecommunications companies to […]

eBay overpaid for Skype; Zennstrom quits

Niklas Zennstrom, co founder of internet telephony champion Skype, stepped down as CEO of the company Monday night. Zennstrom’s departure comes as eBay wrote down the value of its Skype acquisition, admitting that it paid almost $1bn too much for the company in 2005, when it shelled out $2.6bn. As a result, eBay said a […]

Moto intros 5.4GHz wireless kit

US vendor Motorola shifted its fixed wireless portfolio into the 5.4GHz spectrum with the launch of its Moto wi4 canopy point to multipoint (PMP) and point to point (PTP) platform in the US and Canada on Monday. US regulator, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently opened the 5.4 GHz frequency up for commercial use, making […]

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