DVB-H goes into beta in US

Radio tower company Crown Castle International switched on its beta mobile TV service based on the DVB-H platform on Monday. The service, operated by subsidiary Modeo, is a commercial quality mobile TV offering in New York City. The beta service includes live video content from network programmers Fox News, Discovery Channel and others, as well […]

France Telecom being sued by French ISP

French incumbent, France Telecom, confirmed Tuesday that it is being sued for Eur500m by Free, an ISP unit of Iliad. Free accuses France Telecom of hindering the development of its broadband services. According to reports in the French newspaper La Lettre de l’Expansion, the suit will be heard by the Paris Commercial Court. The news […]

FMC high on UK business agenda?

Over half of UK businesses are believed to be considering Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) in a positive light. Research conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of software and services vendor Martin Dawes Systems estimates that 10 per cent of UK companies are already using the technology and another 7 per cent are planning to implement […]

SFR pilots UMTS900 with Nokia

Nokia and French operator SFR said Friday they have carried out a technical pilot on UMTS 3G voice calling in the 900MHz band (UMTS900). Because of its lower frequency, UMTS900 is anticipated to provide between two and four times more coverage than the most commonly used 2GHz band as well as increased indoor coverage. The […]

Verizon unveils TV offerings

As expected, US operator Verizon Wireless announced the launch of its mobile TV service based on the Qualcomm MediaFLO platform on Monday. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Verizon’s new president and chief operating officer, Denny Strigl, unveiled the V CAST Mobile TV offering, which will launch within the next couple of months. […]

Mobiles will grow music market – Research

The global music market is set to grow again spurred on by increased consumption through multiple channels – particularly mobile phones, according to new data from Portio Research. Portio predicts that annual revenues will reach $38.8bn by 2011 and that by 2012 MP3-enabled mobile handsets will outnumber stand alone MP3 players by approximately 5 to […]

Nokia focuses on converged devices

As the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas on Monday, Finnish vendor Nokia unleashed a whole raft of products. Along with the Skype-enabled internet tablet, the handset manufacturer also announced the Near Field Communications-capable (NFC) 6131, which acts as an electronic wallet or ticketing device. The Nokia 6131 NFC phone is expected to […]

Reding nominated for ‘villain’ award

The British Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA UK) – the UK’s internet trade association – has nominated Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Vivianne Reding, for ‘internet Villain of the year’. Reding, who last year hit the headlines for her work on extortionate mobile roaming charges, was nominated by ISPA for “foisting the most arcane […]

Vonage to resell wifi access

Internet telephony player Vonage said Monday that it has signed a three year contract with US internet service provider EarthLink to offer wifi internet access in select cities throughout the US. Under terms of the agreement, Vonage will buy internet access on a wholesale basis from EarthLink in all cities where the company will build, […]

EC leans on Luxembourg on 2003 directive

Luxembourg has been given two months to transpose an EU directive on telecoms services into national law by the European Commission. The directive was passed down in 2003 by the European Court of Justice but, thus far, Luxembourg has failed to implement it. The EC has written to Luxembourg arguing that the country has failed […]

BT to launch wifi-enabled Fusion

UK telco BT unveiled the first three wifi-enabled handsets for its fixed mobile converged service, Fusion, on Monday. The Nokia 6136, Motorola A910 and Samsung P200 will be the first devices to be made available to consumers this spring, allowing users to make VoIP calls over their home wifi connection or BT Openzone hotspots. The […]

Nokia and Skype get cosy on VoIP

Nokia on Monday said it plans to launch a device that will enable users to make calls over the internet using the technology developed by VoIP firm, Skype. In a statement ahead of the CES conference in Las Vegas, Nokia said it would partner Skype to make the experience available on its new N800 tablet […]

Sprint adds Nokia to WiMAX party

Sprint Nextel on Friday announced that it has picked Nokia as a “key infrastructure and consumer electronic device provider” for its 4G WiMAX mobility network. The advanced network will, according to Sprint, be designed to allow users to experience high bandwidth mobile internet connectivity at access speeds significantly higher than today’s wireless networks. Nokia joins […]

Zander disappointed as RAZR loses edge

US manufacturer Motorola, the world’s second largest handset vendor, issued a profit warning late Thursday, following poor performance in the devices segment. Fourth quarter sales are now estimated to be in the range of $11.6bn to $11.8bn, down from previous guidance of $11.8bn to $12.1bn. The shortfall occurred in the Mobile Devices segment and is […]

Bluetooth chipped by hacker tools

The security of Bluetooth has been called into question once again following the release of new tools which could be used to hack into Bluetooth-enabled devices. The tools appeared in the wake of the Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin, which finished late last week. Security consultant Thierry Zoller released a PIN recovery tool called BTCrack, […]

Spectrum auction causes drama

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has weighed in as an unlikely commentator on the UK’s digital switchover between 2008 and 2012. Ofcom’s proposal to release the UHF band, which occupies the frequencies 470 to 862MHz, has caused concern among the theatre and media industries. At present, one block of spectrum known as Channel 69 is reserved […]

MediaFLO mobile TV to go live in US

MediaFLO, the mobile TV technology developed by Qualcomm, is expected to get its first commercial outing this weekend, when Verizon Wireless becomes the first operator to launch a service based on the system. The launch announcement is expected to come during a press briefing on Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Qualcomm […]

Bluetooth suit targets big 3 mobile makers

An American research group has sued mobile manufacturers Nokia, Samsung and Panasonic for allegedly infringing a patent for wireless Bluetooth technology. The Washington Research Foundation said Tuesday that it had filed a complaint at the United States Western District Court of Washington State in Seattle. In the complaint the research group allege the three mobile […]

Google to provide mobile search in China

Search giant Google on Wednesday said it had made an agreement with China Mobile to provide mobile search services in China. Google, which has been criticised in the past for providing its service in China, said it will provide search technology for mobile search on the Chinese operator’s Monternet WAP portal. The service was trialled […]

3 and Player X to launch GeekTV on mobile

A made-for-mobile TV channel is to be launched in the UK following a deal between Hutchison’s 3 UK and mobile media firm, Player X. GeekTV will provide a mix of content designed specifically for the mobile, as well as proper television shows, including ‘American Dad’ and ‘Miami Vice’. User generated content is also planned via […]

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