IP.Access dangles femtocells afore Softbank

IP.Access is to supply Softbank with its UMTS femtocell solution, as well as another major carrier. According to CEO Stephen Mallinson, the Cambridge-based vendor’s devices are ready to ship, and telecoms.com got a look at one. The form factor is similar to essentially any other cable modem, home router, WLAN device or set-top box, but […]

Visto and Seven play nicely

At least one of the industry’s long running IPR disputes has been settled, as mobile email software rivals Visto and Seven have reached an agreement that will see Seven licence Visto’s patents. The firms have been court-bound for three years now as a series of battles have dragged on over Seven’s refusal to acknowledge the […]

US regulator wants open wireless broadband

Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for the winners of the forthcoming 700 MHz radio spectrum auction in the US to provide “truly open” access, resulting in a wireless broadband internet model that mirrors the fixed-line world. The proposals, which were aired in an interview with American newspaper USA Today, will […]

Vivo not for sale

Portugal Telecom CEO, Henrique Granadeiro, is reported to have told Portuguese daily newspaper Diario Economico that PT is not willing to sell its Brazilian mobile operation Vivo to Spain’s Telefonica. Today’s announcement follows a story that broke yesterday that suggested Telefonica had tabled a Euro3bn bid in conjunction with an August deadline for decision. A […]

Irish government backing IMS

The Irish Ministry for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has established a Euro2.45m research programme for the development of mobile data services. The programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland, brings together 23 Irish telecommunications firms with researchers from the Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group at Waterford IT. In a statement Minister Michael Martin said: “Irish consumers and […]

Secret plan to end the war in WiMAX?

SK Telecom today denied that it was scheming to buy all or part of Sprint-Nextel, after a rumour surged the price of S/N shares. It was always a slightly unlikely suggestion – Sprint is about three times as big by market capitalisation, but it was suggested they might gear up with the help of private […]

August deadline for Vivo?

Spanish super telco Telefonica has issued an August deadline to Portugal Telecom for a response to its bid of Euro3bn for full control of Brazilian mobile operator Vivo, according to reports. It’s no secret that Telefonica has been chasing full control of Vivo, which with 28 million subscribers is the largest MNO in South America. […]

Telenor acquires Talkmore

Acquisitive Nordic telco giant Telenor has purchased Norwegian mobile network operator Talkmore for NOK135m (Euro17.5m). Talkmore’s revenues in 2006 were NOK178m. Talkmore will remain a separate brand and the company will continue as an operational entity with the same market focus. All employees will receive offers of continued employment in the company. “Talkmore operates within […]

TeliaSonera expands Eurasian footprint

Nordic operator TeliaSonera is to acquire US firm MCT, which has controlling interests in three Eurasian GSM carriers and a minority stake in Afghan operator Roshan. TeliaSonera expects the deal to close during Q3 this year. As well as Roshan, TeliaSonera will gain presence in Uzbekistan, through third placed operator Coscom and Tajikistan, through Indigo-Tajikistan […]

Telekom Austria: roaming regs no problem

Telekom Austria updated its forecast for EBITDA growth out to 2010 on Monday, including the predicted impact of EU roaming price caps. The key point is that the impact is not going to be particularly significant, despite the widespread predictions of disaster. TA estimates that its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation will rise […]

City breaks with dotmobi

Mobile internet domain firm dotmobi is targeting city authorities by announcing the availability of 650 city names followed by the .mobi suffix. It seems somehow appropriate that the first city to take up the offer should be the Finnish capital Helsinki. The intention behind the dotmobi initiative is that consumers will be assured that a […]

Blyk stalls

The launch of Europe’s first ad-funded mobile service provider Blyk has been postponed. The MVNO was due to launch early this summer in the UK, however, according to reports in British newspaper the Guardian consumers will have to wait until October at the earliest before they can sign up. The news will not come as […]

Verizon gets email, now

US carrier Verizon Wireless has launched Mobile E-mail. The service is available on the operator’s Get It Now-enabled handsets. Mobile E-mail provides Verizon customers with access to email services, including – among others – Yahoo, AOL, AIM, Hotmail and Verizon.net. The service runs on solutions provided by Canadian messaging specialist OZ Communication. Verizon customers with […]

BT agrees to acquire Brightview

UK incumbent fixed line carrier BT has acquired the internet service provider Brightview for about £15.8m subject to approval from the ISP’s shareholders. Brightview has around 62,000 broadband customers and generated revenues of £11.0m and Ebitda of £3m in the year ended 30th June 2006. Brightview operates the ISP brands Madasafish, Global Internet and Waitrose […]

LBS finds Indian taker

India’s state-owned telecom giant, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has a launched location-based service (LBS). The national carrier has soft-launched four separate services based on A-GPS technology supplied by Telenity. The services include the usual LBS suspects; fleet management, friend finder, advertising and chat services. “Proper marketing is required to attract the appropriate segment of […]

Russian buy-out

Vimpelcom, the number two operator in Russia, is in talks with private equity vehicle Altimo and Norway’s Telenor on buying their holdings in fixed-line operator Golden Telecom according to local reports. Vimpelcom is owned by Telenor (29.9 per cent) and Altimo (24.5 per cent). These two companies do not get along and the public spats […]

Intelsat supports Live Earth

The Live Earth series of concerts – being staged to raise public awareness of climate change as a result of man-made carbon emissions – will be broadcast tomorrow to what will probably be the largest television audience, for a single event, that the world has seen. The event will boast 24 hours of music across […]

DoCoMo and Casio share the credit

Japan’s number one operator NTT DoCoMo has announced a joint venture with compatriot electronics giant Casio Computer. The firms are teaming up to provice digital payments systems, mainly for the mobile carrier’s iD mobile credit card platform. The JV, CXD NEXT, will be officially launched this Monday and will begin providing services on September 1st […]

Purge threatened at O2 Deutschland

O2’s German division awoke today to the sound of rolling heads, as owners Telefonica sacked the top management. CEO Rudolf Groeger, who left the company two weeks ago, was apparently forced out according to German press reports. Now the chief engineer, Alexander Roeder, is said to have been “on the death list for months, it […]

Vodafone and the Nokias team up on banking

Policy makers are being called upon by leading international mobile network operator Vodafone and the world’s number one handset manufacturer Nokia, in combination with its networks sibling Nokia Siemens Network, to change regulations in order to encourage financial transactions via mobile phones. The pressure for change outlined in a jointly produced report includes details of […]


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