Is Dell plotting a mobile move?

Speculation is mounting that Michael Dell, the man behind one of the world’s most successful PC brands, is looking to move into the mobile space. Just days after Dell poached Motorola’s handset guru, Ron Garriques, to run its new global consumer group, rumours suggested that part of Garriques’ role would be to smooth the transition […]

BT in talks with FON

British incumbent BT, is reported to be in talks with Spanish maverick, FON which promotes users sharing access to their home wifi networks. In the past, BT has said it would not allow FON users to link with BT wifi customers because it broke the company’s terms and conditions on sharing connections. If a deal […]

US DoJ steps into Siemens investigation

The US Department of Justice has stepped into the investigation around Siemens’ involvement in a slush fund scandal that is already being investigated by German prosecutors. The corruption affair centers around the firm’s involvement in a missing Eur 200m (£132m) which, prosecutors allege, were transferred into foreign accounts and used as a slush fund for […]

Altimo interested in India?

Russian conglomerate Altimo is the latest party to register an interest in Indian mobile provider Hutchison Essar, according to Russian press on Friday. Altimo, formerly known as the Alfa Group, is understood to have held discussions over the acquisition of a minority holding in the Indian player. With each new expression of interest in Hutch […]

‘Dell-style’ phones to challenge mobile operators

Mobile operators’ control over subscribers will increasingly come under threat as handset manufacturers move towards a “Dell-style” approach, where users specify the features and software they want on their devices, according to Norwegian VoIP provider, Telio. “People know that subsidies don’t come for free,” Alan Duric, CEO of Telio told delegates at Informa Telecoms&Media’s Mobile […]

Ofcom puts price on BBC’s P2P TV plans

The BBC’s iPlayer service will cost UK broadband providers between £399 million (Eur 605m) and £839m in the next five years, according to UK media watchdog, Ofcom. The regulator said that BT and other ISPs using the British incumbent’s wholesale-broadband products are likely to be the hardest hit. Ofcom calculates that each user of the […]

3G embedded laptops to gain edge over wifi

The market for embedded 3G modems in notebook PCs and cellular PC data cards is set to post “spectacular” 60 per cent growth in 2007, according to analyst Strategy Analytics. The researcher group argues that wifi’s limitations are coming clearly into focus, and with truly cost effective mobile WiMAX still several years out, global 3G […]

Ericsson soars in 2006

Swedish mobile giant, Ericsson said Friday that it made a net profit in 2006 of Eur 2.9bn (£1.92bn), up 8.2 per cent on the previous year, thanks to acquisitions and strong sales. Turnover rose 17 per cent in the year, the company said. The company said its fourth quarter profit was up 14 per cent […]

Apple, Cisco back in iPhone talks

It looked as though Apple and Cisco were back on speaking terms on Thursday, with a joint announcement coming from the companies regarding the licensing of the “iPhone” trademark. “Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim […]

Windows Mobile hit by web bugs

Security experts this week warned of medium risk vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile that could lock users out of their own devices. US security firm Trend Micro released an advisory warning of a flaw in the Pictures and Videos application that ships with Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 in both Smartphone and PocketPC […]

Verizon upgrades to Rev. A

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it has started upgrading its 3G network to cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A. The network upgrade will launch initially in parts of Massachusetts, Virginia, Chicago, Indiana, Utah and Florida. Verizon claims that customers in those areas will receive data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company’s existing […]

Philips’ Xenium range has 40 day battery life

Dutch electronics firm, Philips, has announced a new line of mobiles it claims can run for 40 days and 40 nights of standby on a single charge. Released to the Hong Kong market, the Xenium range are a traditional chocolatebar design in three flavours, the 9@9a, 9@9d, and 9@9t. The 9@9 is the entry-level device […]

France Telecom racks up mobile

France Telecom said Thursday that it notched up 2.26 million new ADSL subscribers in Europe during 2006 to bring its total user base to 9.7 million. During the year, the number of Livebox installations more than doubled to 4.15 million in Europe at the end of 2006. VoIP users nearly tripled to 2.536 million, while […]

TeliaSonera snaps up Danish MVNO

Scandinavian giant TeliaSonera, on Thursday announced it is to buy the Danish MVNO, Debitel Denmark in a deal that could be worth up to Eur140m (£92m). In a statement, Teliasonera said it had signed a a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of debitel which has around 300,000 mobile subscriptions. The acquisition includes debitel’s […]

Maxis trials WiMAX

Malaysian carrier Maxis Communications has embarked on a six month trial of 802.16e mobile WiMAX using kit supplied by Motorola. The trial in the country’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur is among four Maxis live trial sites using Moto kit in the 2.5GHz spectrum. Due to its capacity management capabilities for high broadband traffic the […]

DNA network evolves

Swedish vendor Ericsson has completed its HSDPA upgrade on Finish operator DNA’s WCDMA network. The contract for the upgrade was signed late in December last year. Launched in 2001, DNA is Finland’s fourth placed but fastest growing mobile operator. Figures from Informa’s World Cellular Information Service put its total subscriber base at 978,400 as of […]

IPTV to be big but free

The total number of households subscribing to IPTV services is expected to grow tenfold over the next five years, according to research released Tuesday. Strategy Analytics forecasts that the number of IPTV households worldwide will grow from 6 million homes in 2006 to more than 80 million in 2011. But the analyst believes that many […]

Vodafone breaks 200m subs barrier

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said Wednesday that its total proportionate mobile customer base had crossed the 200 million mark. The operator counted 8.7 million proportionate organic net adds for the quarter to end December, with 3G devices contributing 2.5 million new additions. Vodafone’s global 3G device base is now more than 13.6 million, with 3G/HSDPA available […]

Threat to operators as content market grows

The mobile content and services market will grow dramatically over the next five years but poses a threat to mobile operators who face losing control of the billing relationship with their customers, according to analyst firm, Informa Telecoms and Media. In its latest report, released Wednesday, Informa, parent of Telecoms.com, suggests that the burgeoning sector […]

BBC VOD gets go ahead, with restrictions

The BBC Trust has given the broadcaster’s video on demand (VOD) proposal the go ahead but has bowed to pressure from communications regulator Ofcom and imposed conditions on the project. The BBC’s newly installed independent governing body said Wednesday its provisional conclusion is to give the go ahead for new on demand services, but subject […]

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