Middle East prepaid subs hit 100 mil.

The number of prepaid mobile subscriptions in the Middle East crossed the 100 million mark in the second quarter, reaching 101.7 million at the end of June. Prepaid services continued to dominate in both the Middle East and Africa, with a combined 321.55 million subscriptions at the end of June, accounting for 84.46 per cent […]

Arabian knights defend Saudi mobile users

The popularity of Bluetooth and mobile messaging services in the Middle East is leading to ample opportunities for security and content filtering firms to exploit in the region. This week at the GSM>3G Middle East & Gulf conference in Duabi, Saudi Arabia’s leading carrier, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), tapped mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile to defend […]

Vodafone UK moves to HSPA

From Monday September 3rd, Vodafone’s UK customers will be able to purchase USB modems offering download speeds of up to 7.2Mbit/s, as the carrier switches on its HSPA network. The network will be available first in central London, and Vodafone is rolling the technology out nationwide during the Autumn. Telecoms.com experienced some problems with its […]

Telefonica O2 goes low in Germany

Telefonica O2’s German arm has launched a SIM-only discount mobile service that claims to offer significant customer advantages over other low cost offerings. The service, Fonic, is available online, as well as through a partnership with discount supermarket chain Lidl. There is a EUR9.99 one-off charge for the SIM, but the service has no contract […]

Ericsson scores service deals in Germany and Mexico

    Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced two managed services deals, which will see it offering support to German incumbent Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica’s Mexican GSM operation.  In Germany, Deutsche Telekom’s fixed and broadband division, T-Com, will transfer its microwave assets and some 200 employees to Ericsson, with the Swedish firm taking control of the […]

MediaFlo for the Maxis

Qualcomm has announced a trial of its MediaFlo mobile TV solution in Malaysia, where the vendor will be partnering with leading Malaysian operator Maxis Communications and TV network Astro. The trial is scheduled to begin in the Autumn of this year, and will feature 25 live content channels from Astro. The service will also offer […]

Samsung gets NYC WiMAX contract

US carrier and WiMAX proponent Sprint awarded the coveted New York WiMAX contract to Samsung earlier this week. Phil Solis, principal analyst for mobile broadband at ABI Research said that it made sense for Samsung to be awarded New York, “given that this city is in the middle of a nice line up of cities […]

Sony PSP handset out by Christmas

Competition in the handset space is looking increasingly more heated towards the end of the year, with Sony hinting that its PlayStation Portable mobile phone will be ready before Christmas. Earlier this year, an application filed by Sony Ericsson, popped up on the US Patent and Trademark Office website. The accompanying diagrams show a device […]

Linux is fastest growing smartphone OS

Linux is expected to be the fastest growing smartphone operating system over the next 5 years, with a compound annual growth rate in excess of 75 per cent, according to industry analysts. By 2012, the Linux OS is forecast to account for nearly 31 per cent of all smart devices in the market, representing more […]

Nokia opens door to services; devices not enough

Finnish vendor Nokia lifted the curtain on a slew of offerings on Wednesday, highlighting the company’s shift towards a more services oriented strategy. At a presentation held in London, chief executive, Olli Pekka Kallasvuo, introduced ‘Ovi’, a gateway to Nokia services suites. Trivia fans note that ‘ovi’ means ‘door’ in Finnish. Evidently going after the […]

Yahoo gets SMS feature

Web giant Yahoo added an SMS feature to its email client on Monday, allowing users in the US, Canada, India, and the Philippines to send free text messages from the Yahoo messaging client. With the added features, users can convert their email conversations into IM chats or switch to a text message dialogue as contacts […]

Matsushita reduces pain over battery gaffe

Japanese manufacturer Matsushita possibly eased some jittery nerves with the announcement that the replacement of 46 million faulty phone batteries will cost less than expected. Nokia issued an advisory on the faulty batteries last week, after reports of overheating came flooding in. The product advisory applies to the 46 million Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by […]

Germany gets commercial WiMAX

Mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent said Monday it has won a contract to deploy what it claims to be Germany’s first commercial WiMAX network – based on the 802.16e 2005 standard. The network will be deployed in the Saar region for VSE Net, a regional service provider based in Saarbrucken, with collaboration from Inquam Broadband – a […]

iPhone hack confirmed

A US teenager has hacked Apple’s iconic iPhone so that it can be used on another network. The bad news for anyone interested in doing this is that it takes over two hours and requires a soldering iron to be taken to the device. After spending his entire summer break hacking the phone, 17 year […]

Hutch hits back at 3G critics

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa hit out at the critics on Thursday, saying that industry watchers should look at its business as a whole, rather than focusing on the loss making 3G unit. Frank Sixt, the group’s finance director, basically said that it was unfair for the media and analysts to have the same focus […]

London tube gets smart posters

Travellers on the London’s public transport network could soon be using their phones to help them get about, as Transport for London (TFL) unveils a trial of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The three-month trial, centred around Blackfriars London Underground station, will see NFC embedded in a number of smart posters. When a NFC-enabled mobile […]

Nokia escapes bad battery blame

Nokia, the world’s largest handset vendor, said Friday that Japanese partner Matsushita has agreed to cover the direct costs related warning over 46 million faulty phone batteries. The news should give some relief to the company’s shareholders as some analysts expect the replacement procedure to cost some $1.2bn. Nokia issued an advisory on 46 million […]

Nokia Siemens gets Services head

Nokia Siemens Networks has announced the appointment of Rajeev Suri as head of its Services business unit. Suri was previously head of the Asia Pacific region of the vendor. He will be based in India and will be a member of Nokia Siemens Networks’ executive board, reporting to CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie. “We see Services as […]

Nokia in bed with Microsoft

Microsoft scored a sizeable deal with Nokia on Tuesday, when the two announced a partnership that will put Microsoft’s raft of Windows Live services on a number of Nokia devices. With immediate effect, Nokia customers in 11 countries with compatible S60 devices can download a new suite of Microsoft products, including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows […]

Wifi burglar busted in UK

Earlier this week, a 39 year old man was arrested in the UK for allegedly stealing a wireless internet connection. Police officers arrested the man as he sat with his laptop on a garden wall in Chiswick, London. He had allegedly hijacked the wifi connection of the home’s owner and was using it without permission. […]


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