More than one 3G licence for China, Reding told

European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, was told Thursday during a trip to China that the country would “probably” award more than one 3G licence. After her meeting with the Chinese information industry minister, Wang Xudong, Reding said he told her that China was sticking to its policy of remaining “technology neutral” […]

Icahn writes directly to Moto investors

Motorola investors received a letter from the billionaire, Carl Icahn, Friday urging them to vote him on to the company’s board of directors. Citing the company’s “operational failures” Icahn’s attempted lure contains much about his achievements and his devotion to fixing the ailing handset maker. In the letter he said: “”My experience tells me that […]

Sun finally sets on SavaJe

Sun Microsystems late on Thursday, announced an agreement to acquire the intellectual property assets of SavaJe, the Java-based mobile operating system developer. The IT giant would say nothing further on the acquisition, other than that more details will be revealed at the annual JavaOne Conference to be held in San Francisco, May 8-11. Despite the […]

French bid in the sidelines for TI – reports

France Telecom has joined the growing ranks of potential suitors eyeing Italian incumbent, Telecom Italia (TI), according to reports Friday. As AT&T and its partner American Moviles attempt to secure a 66 per cent stake in Olimpia – which owns 18 per cent of TI – France Telecom is examining the possibility of stepping in, […]

Tamil Tigers hack satellite

Sri Lankan terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, otherwise known as the Tamil Tigers, have hacked an Intelsat satellite and are using it to broadcast TV and radio messages. In a statement, satellite comms firm Intelsat, said its technical experts met with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Bernard Goonetilleke, earlier this […]

France Telecom sizing up Middle East

French telecoms giant, France Telecom, is eyeing expansion in the Middle East following the success of its Egyptian operations. On Tuesday, the company’s chairman, Didier Lombard met Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Communications Tariq Kamel, on the first leg of a three-day trip. Lombard said his company was focused on the region […]

iPhone bites Leopard

Apple’s development of the iPhone has caused a delay in the companies’ scheduled release of the forthcoming Leopard operating system (OS), it revealed Thursday. In a statement on Apple’s website, the company said the iPhone remains “on schedule to ship in late June” but that it has had to transfer some of Leopard’s development team […]

Fists keep flying between Nokia, Qualcomm

In the increasingly tedious patent licensing dispute between mobile giants Nokia and Qualcomm, the mud keeps flying. Qualcomm on Thursday rejected Nokia’s $20m payment, which the Finn offered as an as an advance payment on Qualcomm royalties. The US chip shop maintains that both the amount of the payment and the terms that Nokia is […]

EU votes in favour of roaming cap

A committee of the European Parliament has backed proposals to cap roaming charges for mobile calls made abroad, voting in favour of a Eur40 cents (£0.27) per minute ceiling for an outgoing call and Eur15 cents (£0.10) per minute for an incoming call. The EU executive had stated previously that it wanted a ceiling of […]

Vonage CEO quits

Beleaguered VoIP firm, Vonage, on Thursday announced that its CEO Michael Snyder, has stepped down and resigned from the company’s board of directors. Vonage also announced that Jeffrey A. Citron, the company’s chairman, has been appointed as the interim CEO and is expected to serve on a short-term basis. In a statement, Vonage said it […]

Only BT left in running for Pipex

UK incumbent telco BT is understood to be the only interested party left in the running for ISP Pipex, after Carphone Warehouse reportedly dropped out of the bidding. The UK broadband provider put itself up for sale last month. Pipex has 570,000 broadband customers. Speculation on BT’s interest in the service provider has been floating […]

3 offers web for a fiver

UK 3G operator, 3 UK, expanded the reach of its X-Series service on Wednesday, offering its users unlimited internet access for £5 per month. The tariff gives new and existing customers the chance to experience the X-Series on any of the operator’s most recently launched handsets. Subscribers can use Windows Live Messenger, eBay, Yahoo Search, […]

Closing arguments heard in Nacchio trial

The defence for former Qwest CEO, Joe Nacchio, used five hours to present its closing statement Wednesday as representation from both sides drew a close to proceedings. Nacchio’s defence produced financial data and read back witness testimony in its final attempt to counter the prosecution’s allegation that he knowingly and illegally dumped $101m of the […]

Telefonica back in the race for TI stake

Spanish incumbent Telefonica SA is reportedly preparing to launch a counter-offer to buy the long fought over 66 per cent stake in Telecom Italia that it lost in a previous bid last year. According to the daily Corriere della Sera, Telefonica is readying to buy a stake in the holding company, Olimpia. Pirelli controls an […]

EU roaming vote today

Proposed price-cutting legislation that could be in effect by July will be put to the test Thursday in a key European Parliament committee vote. The proposal to cap charges for mobile roaming abroad will be put to the vote this morning and is expected to draw a line under the most controversial cost in the […]

Roaming vote due Thursday

On Thursday morning, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) will vote on the European Commission’s proposal to reduce international mobile roaming charges by as much as 70 per cent. Although not the final say in the matter, the ITRE’s stance is likely to be a good signifier of how the final text […]

Palm gets Linux in house

Top executives at handheld manufacturer Palm announced plans to introduce a Linux-based platform at the company’s analyst and investor day in New York on Tuesday. The move mirrors the route taken by Palm OS developer, PalmSource, which was acquired by Japanese software developer Access in 2005. Like its OS-developer sibling, Palm is understood to have […]

Big banks confirm TI interest

Two of Italy’s largest banks, Intesa Sanpaolo and merchant bank Mediobanca, on Tuesday confirmed reports they were in talks with other investors regarding the acquisition of a stake in Olimpia, Telecom Italia’s largest shareholder. The appearance of the banks is seen as a move to counter interest by US operator AT&T and Mexican partner, America […]

Alcatel delivers TD-SCDMA to China

Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese subsidiary, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, has teamed up with Chinese vendor Datang Mobile in a successful bid to provide homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G kit to leading operator China Mobile. Datang and Alcatel will deploy TD-SCDMA network equipment for China Mobile in Shanghai and in the southern city of Guangzhou. Alcatel will provide the Node B […]

Samsung intros DivX phone

The movie fan’s dream device has been introduced in the shape of the Samsung F510, which claims to be the world’s first phone to support the DivX codec. DivX is a favourite codec among internet users for storing films in a highly compressed format. The phone allows for the viewing of MPEG-4, H. 264, WMV […]

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