Multi-play adoption highlights content pitfalls

Figures released on Thursday reveal that European consumers are abandoning fixed line services of incumbent carriers in droves and defecting to rival triple play providers. Both Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have suffered heavy losses to rival players some of which are offering multi play or bundled services. However, the fall out between Virgin Media […]

Reding threatens Germany over DT network

A war of words has broken out between the German incumbent, Deutsche Telekom (DT) and the European Commission over a new law that allows the telecoms giant to keep rivals off its new high-speed network. On Monday the EC confirmed it had threatened the German government with legal action unless it scraps the law, passed […]

European court finds for CTU in Cesky dispute

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled this week that Czechoslovakia’s regulator, the Czech Telecoms Office (CTU) was correct to order the country’s dominant operator Cesky Telecom to open its lines to its rival Czech OnLine to provide broadband connectivity. The advocate general at the ECJ, Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer, said there was no question that […]

Ovum warns on dual-mode

Everyone in the telecoms industry is still too focused on dual-mode phones, even though the people working in the trenches are beginning to voice real skepticism that dual-mode services will ever take off. So says analyst firm, Ovum, in its latest report which paints a less-than-rosy picture of dual-mode services in the US over the […]

Telefonica after stake in TI – reports

Spanish incumbent Telefonica is looking to buy a 5.5 per cent stake in Telecom Italia (TI) from a Pirelli unit for around Eur1.3bn, the UK’s Financial Times has reported. Citing people close to the deal, the FT said it remains far from sealed because TI’s management and board have yet to agree whether or not […]

Judge halts Nokia-Qualcomm patent trial

A US judge stopped legal proceedings Tuesday in the battle between Qualcomm and Nokia over wireless technology patents. Judge Robert L. Barton Jr. of the US International Trade Commission gave no explanation why he called an end to proceedings in his written order of two sentences. The delay comes just six weeks before a key […]

Eircom accepts 3G licence

Irish incumbent Eircom announced Wednesday that it will accept the 3G licence offered to it by ComReg following the regulator’s decision to revoke the licence from Smart Telecom. Announcing its Q3 results, Eircom said it is on target to reach 500,000 DSL subscribers this year. Ireland has a population of around 4million. Meteor, Eircom’s recently […]

WiMAX cheaper than 3G, but for how long?

WiMAX spectrum is significantly cheaper than 3G bandwidth and in some cases has been less than one thousandth of the cost of 3G for a given geographic area, according to figures from Pyramid Research. The analyst notes that a correlation exists between the price per MHz per person and the GDP per capita of the […]

Elisa pilots N-Gage platform

Finnish mobileco Elisa has signed up to pilot Nokia’s latest incarnation of its N-Gage mobile gaming service. Elisa will combine its existing mobile gaming platform with the N-Gage gaming platform and will carry out intensive testing and evaluation in a live network environment. Nokia’s next generation N-Gage platform is intended to make it easier for […]

Russian 3G attracts 11 bids

Eleven telecoms companies have filed bids for the tenders of three 3G licences in Russia. The deadline for submissions was Monday. The applicants include the country’s top three mobile operators, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom and MegaFon, all of which operate GSM networks. A number of small regional operators and foreign companies also submitted bids: Tele2, […]

Austria wakes up to mobile TV

Austrian viewers are, for the first time, watching TV on a mobile as Telekom Austria rolls-out a DVB-H pilot in association with its mobile arm, mobilkom Austria. The pilot, which started September 1 and runs till June 2007, will be viewed by 1000 users over the ‘mobile tv austria’ platform which covers central parts of […]

Ericsson signs GSM extension in India

Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson, said Tuesday that it had signed a three year GSM etension contract with IDEA Cellular of India. In a statement, Ericsson said it will provide microwave transmission and softswitch technology. No financial details of the deal were revealed. In the statement, Ericsson said the network would be built in Maharashtra, Gujarat, […]

Orange Netherlands targeted for sale – reports

According to reports, at least five parties are looking to buy France Telecom’s Orange mobile and broadband business in the Netherlands. The Dutch newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, said Tuesday that Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile led the pack of potential bidders which could generate more than Eur 1.5bn (£1bn). Orange in the Netherlands holds about 12 per […]

Sprint pilots unlimited tariffs

US operator Sprint Nextel is trialling all you can eat voice and data tariffs in the San Francisco area, it emerged on Tuesday. The first tariff includes unlimited voice calling, messaging and mobile web access for $120 per month. Add another $30, taking the monthly fee to $150, and you get the same options plus […]

E-Plus outsources network management

KPN’s German mobile unit, E-Plus, has outsourced almost its entire network to monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent. On Tuesday, the mobile operator tapped Alcatel-Lucent to manage the operational business divisions responsible for the operation, maintenance and deployment of its cellular network. The switchover will take place on March 1 and will allow E-Plus to concentrate on its […]

Vodafone NL opens door to MVNOs

Vodafone Netherlands on Friday opened its doors to the MVNO market, with consumer electronics retailer Dexcom as its first customer. Under a five year agreement, Dexcom Telecom will enter the Dutch market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) using the Vodafone network. Dexcom is expected to launch in the second quarter under its own […]

Voda intros B2B ad model

Vodafone has introduced a business to business mobile advertising service in the Netherlands. On Friday, the Big V said it will start with a proposition for two segments in the enterprise market – insurance resellers and pharmacists. Mobile users will be targeted with content and ads on their phone. In cooperation with Dutch company I-Wood […]

DoCoMo, McDonald’s lovin’ it

Japanese consumers will soon be able to pay for their Big Mac and fries with their mobile phone. Leading Japanese mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, struck a deal with MacDonald’s Japan on Monday that will see the establishment of a joint venture company to plan and manage e-marketing promotions to McDonald’s newly planned membership club. The […]

One third of US web users are wireless

Over one third of US internet users have logged on using a wireless connection, according to figures released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on Monday. A majority of wireless users (72 per cent) use the technology to check email on a typical day, compared to 63 per cent of home broadband users […]

China Netcom not interested in homebrew 3G

Chinese fixed line player, China Netcom, has reportedly said that it is not interested in building a network based on the country’s homegrown TD-SCDMA platform. Instead, Netcom, which has no mobile operations of its own, is understood to be interested in China Unicom’s GSM network and an upgrade path to WCDMA. The operator also criticised […]


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