Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

Moto snaps up Netopia

The world’s second largest mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola, said Tuesday it had agreed to buy broadband home network equipment provider Netopia in a deal worth about $208m (£109.8m). Moto has been in shopping mode of late: last week it bought email firm Good for an undisclosed sum. In September the company agreed to buy rugged […]

Broadband satisfaction in free fall

In the past ten months over 1.5 million new customers have signed up for broadband, prices have fallen by up to 17 per cent, ‘free broadband’ has become a standard offering and convergence has established a roadmap for the future of communications market. But despite these developments customer satisfaction has fallen through the floor. According […]

BT to drop wholesale prices in summer

UK telco BT said Monday that it intends to reduce wholesale broadband pricing once 1.5 million lines have been unbundled. Last week the operator reported that over 1 million lines have already been unbundled. The new prices, which are intended to come into effect from May 2007, are intended to give service providers an alternative […]

BT to make Newcastle wireless

One of Britain’s biggest cities, Newcastle, is set to become another wireless city by the middle of next year, according to BT. The British incumbent says it will install Wireless City equipment on existing street furniture and lamp posts in the city centre, giving coverage for users with wifi hardware. BT said it will be […]

Vodafone reports another loss

The Vodafone group reported a first half loss of £5.1bn ($9.7bn) Monday after writing down the value of its German and Italian units. The loss, which will prompt further questions about the company’s leadership, contrasts with a net profit of £2.77bn in the same period last year. The loss amounted to 8.88p per share and […]

Update: Obermann named DT chief

The supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom decided to immediately appoint Rene Obermann as new chief executive officer on Monday afternoon, following the resignation of former head honcho, Kai-Uwe Ricke. Obermann joined the board of management at the German carrier in 2002 and has since headed up T-Mobile International, the carrier’s mobile arm. Ricke, resigned from […]

Free phones for all says Google chief

Google’s chief executive made a few enemies in the operator community this weekend by declaring that “your mobile phone should be free”. Speaking at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, CEO Eric Schmidt said that while Google has no intention of giving away mobile phones, he does believe calls could be paid for through […]

Finns test UMTS900

Nokia and Finnish mobile operator Elisa claimed Monday to have carried out the world’s first UMTS/WCDMA/HSDPA data call using equipment in the 900MHz band on a commercial network. Nokia said the call demonstrated the possibility of enhancing existing 3G networks with WCDMA/UMTS infrastructure in the 900MHz band. Because of its lower frequency, UMTS900 would be […]

Stelios pulls plug on easyMobile

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the entrepreneur behind the ‘easy’ brand has fallen out with Danish operator TDC – his partner in the easyMobile venture. In a statement issued late Friday, Haji-Ioannou launched a blistering attack on the state owned Danish telecoms company, which has been using the ‘easy’ brand since early 2005. But the toys were thrown […]

TIM gets BREW on the boil

Leading Italian mobile operator, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), said Monday that it has signed up to launch wireless data services based on Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform. The operator will offer the services over its 3G network and plans to make available new applications and services including premium 3D games, a dynamic idle screen with […]

BT heads for India, creates 6,000 jobs

Intent on exploiting the opportunities of one of the world’s fastest growing communications markets, BT said on Monday that it has lodged applications with the Indian Department of Telecommunications for national long distance and international long distance licences. BT has also formed a joint venture company, BT Telecom India, to offer services for the first […]

Murdoch’s News Corp. inks Chinese music deal

The media behemoth News Corp. on Sunday announced a deal with the world’s biggest mobile phone operator, China Mobile, to provide a wireless music service. The proposed service will provide China Mobile customers with a wireless download service for exchanging user-created tunes. The Asian broadcasting firms Channel [V] and Star TV – both operated by […]

Motorola gets Good

Motorola on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile email company Good Technology for an undisclosed sum. The US vendor, which already uses Good’s mobile messaging software on its BlackBerry styled Q device, said the acquisition would be used to increase the company’s enterprise client base. Good, which focuses solely on the corporate […]

Voda to launch fixed broadband in January

Mobile operator Vodafone has finally revealed details of the fixed line broadband service it will launch in the UK on January 8. Vodafone at Home will be available to mobile contract customers for £25 per month, including line rental, on an 18 month subscription. Broadband speeds will be up to 8Mbps with unlimited downloads and […]

Branson gets behind NTL/ITV proposal

The man behind the Virgin brand, Richard Branson, is backing the proposed merger between British cable operator NTL and broadcasting company ITV, according to the FT which did not cite sources. Rumours of the proposal emerged Thursday with some suggesting the deal could be worth as much as £9bn ($17.25bn). ITV is the UK’s largest […]

Canberra could up Telstra bid – update

The Australian government has confirmed it could raise its A$8bn ($6.12bn) bid for Telstra due to anticipated demand from institutions. As telecoms.com reported Thursday, the government had indicated it could raise its bid due to strong retail demand with local reports suggesting the increase could go as high as A$10bn. The Australian government owns 51.8 […]

Yahoo! launches cordless VoIP phone

Web giant Yahoo! has joined forces with Cisco-owned equipment manufacturer Linksys to launch a VoIP-enabled cordless phone. The Linksys Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice allows consumers to make internet telephony calls using Yahoo! Messenger with Voice as well as to place and receive calls using the traditional PSTN. As well as allowing […]

Enterprises don’t love Skype – report

It may be one of the biggest success stories in communications history, enjoying almost iconic popularity but for enterprise users, Skype remains an unwelcome visitor. This is the conclusion of a report by analyst firm, Current Analysis which points to the Voice over IP (VoIP) firm’s perceived weakness in security making the software an untenable […]

Analysis: ntl’s 50MB broadband adventure

On 8 November 2006, ntl announced its launch of a commercial trial of a 50Mbit/s broadband service in the UK. The timing of such news is almost as interesting as the trial itself. This service promises to break the apparent stalemate in the next generation access debate. How the industry moves forward from the unbundlers’ […]

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