Ericsson wins Russian trunk radio deal

Scandinavian equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, has won a contract with the Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network as part of its ongoing modernisation of its transport network. In a statement Tuesday, Ericsson said it will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom […]

3 scraps roaming charges

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G operation, 3 UK, on Monday put an end to roaming charges in markets where it owns a network. Under the 3 Like Home service, users travelling to other 3 markets, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong, Australia and Ireland, can use their bundled minutes when calling back to the UK. For calls […]

India’s mobile operators failing to please – Survey

A survey of customer satisfaction with mobile services in India has revealed a public that is becomming increasingly incensed with poor service in the world’s fastest growing mobile market. The survey by Voice and Data – a magazine covering telecommunications in India – suggests that satisfaction levels have fallen below a benchmark set by the […]

Apple in more iPhone legal wrangling

Apple is understood to have unleashed its lawyers over the weekend, targeting mobile developer sites posting details on how to hack handsets to look like the iPhone. In the wake of Apple’s unveiling of the device, a number of websites catering to the developer community have published files and instructions on how to modify the […]

Rev. A comes to Europe

Czech Republic trunking operator MobilKom said Monday it has tapped Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network. Deployed through 2007, the Rev. A network may well be the first of its kind in Europe, which traditionally uses GSM technologies. Rival player, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, is also planning to deploy […]

DoCoMo under domestic pressure

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is feeling the heat from mobile number portability and increased competition after signing up the smallest number of subscribers over the month of December. In terms of net additions, DoCoMo was beaten flat out by second placed KDDI, which signed up 297,500 customers in December. Even the country’s smallest […]

Virgin Mobile targets India

According to local reports, Virgin is looking to launch its mobile brand in India. The Times of India said Monday that Virgin was in talks with Tata Teleservices there. The paper cited a source “familiar” with the deal but did not name sources. According to the report, if Virgin is successful, it could launch products […]

Sony Ericsson targets low-cost Indian market

After its phenomenal rise in the mid-range mobile market, Sony Ericsson (SE) is turning its attention to the low cost sector in India where it has signed an agreement to make entry-level music phones. The handsets will use low-cost colour screens and will be manufactured in partnership with its outsourcing partners Flextronics and Foxconn in […]

Gartner warns operators to stay focused

Industry analyst Gartner has warned that operators are in increasing danger of drifting away from their core business. Instead, the analyst believes carriers should bite the bullet and face a future where they have to survive on much lower margins than today. With the onset of mobile broadband and IP as core carrier strategies, there […]

Ad funded trial goes live in France

Ad-funding company Amobee, has this week launched a commercial advertising trial with Orange in France. Orange customers interested in playing games will be offered them for free, or at a reduced rate, if they first agree to watch an advert. The games are being offered by Filao in the two month trial, which is a […]

Hinduja brothers looking at TI – Reports

The Indian conglomerate Hinduja, is, according to reports, looking to buy a stake in Telecom Italia (TI). The UK’s Financial Times newspaper says the group – controlled by two of the world’s best known businessmen, Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja – is not involved in direct discussions with TI’s largest stakeholder, Pirelli, but that it has […]

Apple shuts door on Cisco

It has emerged that Apple’s closed door policy is at the root of the company’s fall out with “iPhone” trademark holder Cisco. Mark Chandler, Cisco’s SVP and general counsel, claims that Apple terminated discussions over the licensing of the trademark when Cisco asked for interoperability between the two companies devices. Apple has traditionally operated in […]

Cingular to disappear from Monday

As of Monday, the largest mobile operator in the US, Cingular Wireless, will be no more. Instead, the AT&T brand will be making a comeback under the merger agreement between the two companies. While the AT&T logo will be prominent in all advertising and communications, the ads will initially include a transitional graphic with both […]

Cisco sues Apple over iPhone trademark

On Wednesday morning we reported that Cisco, the owner of the “iPhone” trademark, was waiting for Apple to return a contract covering its usage of the brand. By late Wednesday night the deal appeared to have gone sour and Cisco has now set its legal team on the iPod maker. In a statement released late […]

Reding rejects amendments as too complex

European commissioner for information society and media, Viviane Reding, on Thursday rejected amendments to her roaming proposals from parliamentarians, describing them as too complicated. Several amendments were put to the commissioner who is quoted by the Dow Jones newswire as saying that unless the proposals are kept simple they would “make room for lawyers to […]

Nokia dubs iPhone ‘interesting’

A senior figure at Finnish mobile giant, Nokia, has dubbed Apple’s iPhone “interesting” but with limited sales potential. In an interview with Finnish business daily Taloussanomat, Nokia’s head of multimedia, Anssi Vanjoki is quoted as saying: “It is quite an interesting product but it is lacking a few essential features, such as 3G, which would […]

BT hits 1 mil. VoIP subs

UK telco BT said on Wednesday that its retail unit had notched up more than 1 million subscribers to its VoIP services. BT Broadband Talk and BT Softphone, now represent more than a third of BT’s consumer broadband base. BT said it has reached this milestone more than six months earlier than projected, having set […]

Zander charms as Moto steps up

Motorola on Monday unveiled its plans to turn around recent “disappointment”, with its ebullient CEO, Ed Zander pedaling onto the CES stage in Las Vegas, on a yellow bicycle – apparently an example of “expense controls”. The world’s No. 2 handset maker vowed to improve media services on its phones and announced partnerships with internet […]

5,000 jobs to go at Sprint

US operator Sprint Nextel said this week it would cut 5,000 jobs, with many to be slashed within the next few months. The operator has show signs of struggling since its merger with iDEN operator Nextel. The operator anticipates consolidated operating revenues of $41bn for full year 2006, which means revenue outlook for 2007 is […]

At last, the iPhone cometh

Apple shocked probably a good portion of the mobile industry on Tuesday evening when it ended months of speculation and rumour with the unveiling of the iPhone. Naysayers were forced to eat their words [this reporter included] as head honcho, Steve Jobs, took the wraps off the gadget at the packed-to-the-rafters, MacWorld Expo in San […]

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