3G comes to Ukraine

Ukrainian fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has announced plans to launch what it claims to be the first 3G network in the country. The operator on Friday said it has tapped Nokia for the supply of 3G core and radio networks to its Utel wireless unit. The network will be launched in the Kiev area, from […]

Moto eyes up Sagem – reports

Handset giant Motorola is reported to be interested in buying French phone and fax manufacturer, Sagem. A report in Le Figaro says an executive from Moto has confirmed its interest in the French company. Ron Garriques, head of Motorola’s mobile devices business, told the French newspaper: “We have a serious interest in Sagem. It’s an […]

Block MP3 site orders court

A Danish court has ordered the Swedish telecom operator Tele2 AG to prevent its subscribers from visiting a Russian web site of selling music illegally. The site, AllofMP3 is owned by Moscow-based Mediaservices and is accused by the Danish arm of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), of disseminating music illegally. The ruling […]

Fusion breaks 100k subs barrier, maybe

UK telco BT may well have shocked the sceptics following reports that it has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its Fusion service. The operator has caught a lot of flack in the media recently after it emerged that the service was off to a slow start, signing up just 30,000 customers by the end […]

Software giant warns of consolidation

A newly created $900m (£480m) software giant has said that the highly fragmented telecoms software space is ripe for consolidation. The news comes as Aricent, a full service telecoms software provider made its debut on Thursday. Aricent itself, which has re-entered the market under a new name, is a consolidation of software firms. Previously the […]

BT buys Counterpane security

BT said Wednesday that it has acquired security firm Counterpane, started up by well known cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier, for an undisclosed sum. The California-based firm provides managed networked security services to around 550 networks worldwide including multinational and Fortune 100 customers. Post acquisition, Schneier will continue in his role as CTO and […]

BBC, Sky dominate mobile TV screen

Broadcasting giants, BBC and Sky, dominate the smallest TV screen in the UK, according to a study released Wednesday by research house Telephia. The first wave of findings show that an estimated 33 per cent of all mobile TV and video viewers in the UK watched BBC 1, while 29 per cent watched Sky Sports. […]

France Telecom revenues struggling

France Telecom on Thursday reported that revenues for the third quarter were up just 1.2 per cent year on year on a comparable basis to Eur13bn (£8.7bn) and largely boosted by the acquisition of Spanish mobile operator Amena. Revenues at the Personal Communications [mobile] division accounted for the lion’s share of sales, rising 5 per […]

T-Mobile quietly launches UMA

T-Mobile USA quietly launched Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) services this week, becoming the first US carrier to allow calling over both wifi and cellular networks. The operator has launched a site – theonlyphoneyouneed.com – which is offering UMA handsets to users in the Western Washington/Seattle area on a trial basis. UMA technology allows dual-mode phones […]

Sprint launches Revision A in US

US operator Sprint launched its EV-DO Revision A mobile broadband network in San Diego on Tuesday with an eye to launching in 20 additional markets before year end. With the upgraded mobile broadband network, users of the Sprint Power Vision Network in San Diego will ultimately be able to utilise richer applications and services such […]

Ericsson cleans up call quality

Swedish vendor Ericsson said Tuesday it has made the first steps in improving the quality of mobile voice calls to a level above that currently achieved in fixed networks. During a field trial in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany, in partnership with T-Mobile, Ericsson tested its AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate) Wideband standardised voice codec. The codec is […]

New 3G licence for Hong Kong

The Hong Kong communications regulator is reportedly planning to auction a new 3G licence for the country. The four existing 3G operators are expected to be able to bid for the cdma2000 standard 3G license, although all four operate WCDMA networks. The existing licensees are SmarTone, Hutchison Telecommunications International Holdings, CSL New World Mobility, Telstra […]

Softbank starts price war in Japan

Japan’s smallest cellular operator, Softbank Mobile, struck the first blow on Tuesday, in what is expected to turn into a full scale price war with the introduction of Mobile Number Portability. Softbank, which became Japan’s third placed mobile operator through the acquisition of Vodafone Japan in April, appears determined to make up for the shortcomings […]

Vivendi hits T-Mobile with racketeering suit

French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) complaint in federal court in the State of Washington, alleging that T-Mobile has illegally appropriated Vivendi’s holding in a Polish operator. The move highlights how ugly the situation in Poland is becoming as both Vivendi and T-Mobile parent, […]

Private GSM network available

The first fully commercial ‘private GSM network’ offering launched in the UK on Tuesday, using low power UK spectrum auction off by Ofcom in April. Private Mobile Networks, owned by Teleware, released PMN SIM cards into the UK market today, enabling business users on a private mobile network to move, seamlessly, between the private and […]

3 buys shop space ahead of Christmas

Hutchison Whampoa’s UK 3G operation said Tuesday that it has acquired 95 retail stores in shopping centres and high street locations across the UK from retailer the Link. Under the agreement 3 UK, which currently has around 30 “3Stores” in the UK, is acquiring 73 Link stores and 22 O2 stores. UK mobileco O2 snapped […]

Russia selects 3G frequencies

Russia’s Telecommunications Ministry said late Monday that it has decided on the spectrum to be allocated for 3G services and will announce a tender within the next 45 days. The ministry will assign spectrum in the frequency bands 1935-1980MHz, 2010-2025MHz and 2125-2170MHz, with each license valid for the deployment of IMT-2000 UMTS standard mobile networks. […]

Rail tickets by mobile on track

UK railway Chiltern Railways is expected to be the first train operator in the country to begin delivering tickets to mobile phones. Mobile ticketing technology, which is currently being tested, sends a bar code to the passenger’s mobile phone via SMS, which is then scanned at the ticket gates. The technology will be available for […]

Siemens increases funding for BenQ workers

German vendor Siemens reportedly caved in to pressure from the unions on Monday, adding a further Eur24m (£16m) to the hardship fund set up for BenQ Mobile employees. But the cash, which comes on top of some Eur35m already contributed, has reportedly been dismissed by the IG Metall union as inadequate. The Taiwanese-German joint venture, […]

AT&T 3Q beats expectations

US telco AT&T reported Monday that third quarter earnings increased 73.8 per cent year on year to $2.16bn (£1.15bn), beating analyst expectations. Gains on wireless revenues along with merger integration progress also helped operating revenues jump 51.8 per cent to $15.6bn during the period. AT&T’s total wireline revenues for the quarter were $14.6bn, up 58 […]

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