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 […]

Yahoo! intros wireless multimedia gadget

Web giant Yahoo! threatened to shake up the devices market over the weekend with a multimedia player that allows users to download content over the internet. Yahoo! has teamed up with MP3 player vendor SanDisk, to build the Sansa Connect, wifi-enabled gadget. Using both free and subscription-based services from Yahoo!, including the portal’s own Yahoo! […]

KDDI to enter US mobile market

Japanese cellco KDDI said Monday that it will launch MVNO services in the US this year, using Sprint Nextel’s network as a carrier. KDDI is reportedly planning to use its own brand on the service and is expected to target Japanese consumers living in the US. But the company will have its work cut out […]

BT cuts broadband prices

UK telco BT confirmed plans to reduce wholesale broadband prices on Monday. The cuts will come into force on May 1, starting with BT Wholesale’s most highly used product – BT IPstream – which will benefit from a 9 per cent reduction in the monthly rental charge, from £8.40 per line per month to £7.63. […]

IPWireless bought for $100m

US wireless broadband vendor, NextWave Wireless, said Monday that it has agreed to purchase UMTS-TDD kit supplier IPWireless for $100m. An additional consideration of up to $135m will be paid based on the achievement of certain revenue milestones in the 2007 to 2009 timeframe, the companies said. IPWireless is one of the biggest proponents of […]

Xbox to get IM

Microsoft has expanded the communications options for Xbox 360 users by making Windows Live Messenger available on the games console. Consumer can now instant message each other across the Xbox 360, Windows-based PCs and Windows Mobile device platforms, opening up a community of more than 260 million active accounts, the Redmond Giant said. Beginning the […]

Nokia, Qualcomm still at loggerheads

Chip giants Nokia and Qualcomm are falling out big time over payments for patented technologies in 3G handsets. On Thursday, Nokia said that it has paid Qualcomm $20m for patent licenses covering the second quarter 2007, stemming from licensing agreements from 1992 that partially expired on April 9. However, Qualcomm feels that it has been […]

Vonage wins temporary reprieve

Internet telephony player Vonage won itself some breathing space on Friday night, just hours after a US court ordered it to stop signing up new customers. On Friday afternoon, the US District Court in Alexandria said it would enter injunction against Vonage on April 12 in connection with certain Verizon technology on which it was […]

Indian law hits Voda’s Hutch bid

Vodafone has reportedly written to Indian authorities, admitting that the country’s legal system prevents it from buying all of the 67 per cent stake it said it would buy in Hutchison Essar. The UK’s Financial Times newspaper reports Thursday that it has seen a letter to the Indian finance ministry, in which Vodafone acknowledges that […]

Nokia to do WiMAX for Pipex

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks scored another WiMAX contract Thursday, after being tapped by UK service provider Pipex Wireless to deliver kit for its nationwide network. Pipex and Nokia Siemens are now working on 802.16e-2005 equipment specification, network design and service definition in readiness for a pilot deployment during this year, the company said. Nokia […]

AT&T will partner Italian to achieve TI goal – report

AT&T has told a newspaper that it is open to Italian partners, in its proposed purchase of Telecom Italia. The American giant has, thus far, partnered Mexico’s America Movil but has stirred deeply protectionist views on the future of the Italian incumbent. Earlier this week, Italian ministers rounded on the proposal claiming it was bad […]

DT must allow NGN access

The German communications regulator has ruled that Deutsche Telekom must allow rival operators access to its next generation network infrastructure. This week, Bundesnetzagentur, said that rival companies would be able to use Telekom’s new cabling ducts to lay fibre for their own customers. Deutsche Telekom had been fighting to protect the rollout of its Eur3bn […]

Nokia gets behind Linux

Finnish vendor Nokia threw more support behind Linux on Wednesday by joining the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux. Nokia already dabbles in the Linux environment through its Linux-based Maemo platform, open source mobile web browser and developer portal. The company said it is interested in working with the […]

Sony inks content deal with China

Sony BMG Music Entertainment signed a deal Thursday with content aggregator, GMI, which allows the firm to use Sony’s library of content in China. GMI will be allowed to licence Sony’s music, videos and other audio content, including ring tones, according to a statement. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Europe’s biggest circle Telecom Italia

Two of Europe’s biggest telecoms firms are understood to be circling Telecom Italia (TI) in a bid to counteroffer AT&T/America Movile’s £2bn play for the Italian incumbent. France Telecom and Spanish operator, Telefonica, have contacted Italian banks and insurers in an attempt to create a consortium that is acceptable to the Italian government, according to […]

Vonage buys breathing space

Embattled internet telephony player Vonage may have given itself some breathing space by signing up a rival VoIP operator to carry its traffic. According to a form filed by VoIP, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US-based VoIP operator has signed a deal to “provide certain network services to Vonage for their domestic […]

Ministers vow to keep TI Italian

Italy’s desire to keep its largest telecoms group from slipping into foreign control saw ministers and government leaders pledging to block a Eur 4.5bn (£3.04bn) bid from two North American companies Monday. No sooner had AT&T and America Movil stepped up to buy Telecom Italia (TI) when communications minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy had to […]

Let’s have more FON says commissioner

A high profile European Commissioner has delivered a warning to the operator community, advising telcos to open up access to user driven applications, or face further stagnation of their revenues. Speaking at a conference held at the i-City living lab in Hasselt, Belgium, last week, Professor Jean-Claude Burgelman, director general of the Joint Research Centre […]

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