Nokia wins Norwegian contract

Norwegian operator Telenor has awarded Finnish manufacturer Nokia a global frame agreement for its cellular networks. Under the agreement, Nokia will supply Telenor with Nokia Hopper microwave radios to be used for transmission from both base stations and fixed applications when new sites are deployed, or an increase in capacity is needed. The agreement covers […]

NTL may be target of 10bn GBP bid

NTL, the cable giant which recently underwent a mega-merger with Telewest and Virgin Mobile, could now be a target itself. It is understood an investment consortium comprising Providence Equity Partners, Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Cinven has tabled an offer of £10bn for the firm. The equity partners are believed to have made an approach […]

Virgin gets on “free broadband” bandwagon

Virgin Mobile has partnered with sister company and broadband provider Virgin.net as the latest partnership to get in on the “free broadband” market. The pair, both of which are owned by cableco NTL, are offering a year’s free broadband at up to 8Mbps speeds to customers that sign up Virgin Mobile’s SIM-only pay monthly tariffs […]

China Mobile records strong first half

China’s leading mobile operator, China Mobile, announced Wednesday a 25.5 per cent increase in net profit for the first half of 2006 to reach RMB30bn (£1.9bn). Operating revenue for the six month period also increased 19.6 per cent year on year from RMB114bn to RMB137bn on the back of strong subscriber growth. China Mobile’s GSM […]

Google launches free wi-fi service

Internet giant Google launched a freely accessible wi-fi network in its hometown of Mountain View Wednesday. Radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city are now broadcasting an 802.11b/g signal that it publicly accessible by any residents, businesses and visitors within the area of coverage. Google states the network “is a way for us to give […]

Hutch hits Indian obstacle

Hutchison Whampoa’s emerging markets spin off, Hutchison Telecoms International Ltd. (HTIL), turned a profit during the first half of the year, the company said Wednesday. Profit for the six month period reached HK$644m (£43.6m), up from a loss of HK$220m last year. Turnover increased 48 per cent to HK$15.6bn, compared to HK$10.6bn in the same […]

Pipex trumpets WiMAX success

UK wireless broadband licensee, Pipex Wireless, said Wednesday it is on track to roll out commercial services in 2007, following successful testing of WiMAX technology. Pipex Wireless, a joint venture between the Pipex ISP and Intel, recently completed the latest phase of its 3.6GHz WiMAX trial in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, in partnership with kit supplier Airspan […]

Revision C framework coming together

Technical standards authority, the 3GPP2, said Wednesday it has completed a Technology Evolution Framework (TEF) outlining the evolution of cdma2000 beyond 2010 with regards to end to end system capabilities. The framework is based on projected advances in wireless and networking technologies over the next decade, including the evolution of mobile devices, improvements in the […]

Sprint brand struck legal blow by iPCS

Regional US cellular operator, iPCS, Tuesday threw a legal spanner into the works of Sprint Nextel’s drive for a unified brand. iPCS, an affiliate of Sprint Nextel, said that Judge Thomas Quinn has ruled in favour of its claims that the Sprint Nextel merger violated a management agreement between the companies. The judge ruled that […]

PGP creator locks down VoIP calling

Phil Zimmermann, the founder of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), has joined forces with security firm BorderWare Technologies in a bid to make internet telephony more secure. On Tuesday, BorderWare became the first commercial licensee of Zfone, Zimmerman’s secure VoIP encryption software. The agreement means BorderWare can integrate Zfone with its own SIPassure VoIP Security Gateway […]

Tiscali seeking mobile partner?

Just one day after buying itself a triple play service, Italian ISP Tiscali is thought to be eyeing the mobile market. Rumours abound that Tiscali UK is holding meetings with mobile operators 3 UK, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone with a view to leasing capacity on their networks. Mary Turner, the chief executive of Tiscali UK, […]

Telstra loses out in pricing dispute

Just when it looked like things could not get worse for Australian carrier Telstra, they do. On Tuesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) slapped the incumbent operator with a request that it reduces access charges for its local loop network, a term commonly referred to as local loop unbundling (LLU). The ACCC is […]

Orange backs Linux on the mobile

French mobile operator Orange said Monday it has approved the Access Linux Platform (ALP) for use on its network. The operator will utilise the Linux offering, developed by Japanese firm Access, in conjunction with its own Orange Application Package to equip device manufactures with a turnkey mobile Linux platform. Orange anticipates the Linux platform can […]

Tiscali merges with HomeChoice

Italian ISP Tiscali confirmed plans to merge its UK operations with Video Networks, owner of TV, broadband and telephony player HomeChoice. Video Networks International, majority owned by Microsoft millionaire Chris Larson, is to contribute 100 per cent of UK operations in exchange for an 11.5 per cent interest in Tiscali UK. As a result, Tiscali […]

Telmex buys into Portugal

Mexican carrier Telmex became a major shareholder in Portugal Telecom Friday, acquiring a 3.4 per cent stake in the company. The move throws a spanner in the works of Portuguese conglomerate Sonae’s Eur10.7bn (£7.4bn) hostile bid for Portugal Telecom. The stake was acquired via common stock and it is under stood the Telmex involvement was […]

Ericsson scores big ticket deals in China

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson said Monday it has won over $550m (£291m) worth of GSM contracts with leading Chinese cellco, China Mobile. The contracts, which cover expansion projects in 17 regions, have been agreed throughout the first half of the year and deliveries are already underway. Under the contracts, Ericsson will provide China Mobile with […]

Disney to scrap UK mobile plans?

Disney is reported to have frozen launch plans for its UK mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) after a weak start from its US operation and increasing concerns in the UK market. Disney, along with a number of other MVNOs such as Amp’d Mobile and Earthlink’s Helio, made much-hyped launches earlier this year in the US […]

Texting study to identify criminals

Psychologists at the University of Leicester are investigating the language of SMS, or texting, in a bid to target and identify criminals. In the first study of its kind, linguistic forensics experts at the university’s School of Psychology will examine volunteer text messages to establish how well an individual can be identified by their texting […]

IPWireless disappointed by Sprint decision

Sprint Nextel’s decision to run with 802.16e WiMAX for its mobile broadband offering comes as a major blow to the proponents of rival technologies. One vendor which has expressed its disappointment at the decision is IPWireless, the UMTS TDD specialist which at one point looked like it was in the running for the deal. Sprint […]

Tiscali cosying up to HomeChoice?

Italian ISP Tiscali is rumoured to be planning to merge its UK operations with TV, broadband and telephony player HomeChoice. If the deal goes ahead HomeChoice, which is majority held by Video Networks owner and Microsoft millionaire Chris Larson, could be valued at over £100m. Rumours of a sale of HomeChoice have been floating around […]

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