Femtocell usage rising fast

Research firm IDC believes femtocell users will surpass the 5.7 million mark in Western Europe by the year 2011. Spending in femtocell-enabled services will grow to $900m per annum over the same period. There remains uncertainty surrounding the technological evolution towards converged networks. IMS has been held up by some as the solution that will […]

Vodafone reduces web pricing

Vodafone announced today that the cost of its “flat rate” mobile data package is being cut to £8.50 a day or £25 a month. It’s still not actually flat-rate, though, as you’re still being billed by the minute, and there’s still a web proxy involved that eats SSL connections and files bigger than 230 KB […]

German strike scaled back

German workers union Ver.di is expected to pull around 5,000 Deutsche Telekom staffers off strike on Friday as it scales back industrial action. The news comes amid reports that both parties have redoubled efforts to reach an accord. The strike was launched late last month in protest over staff outsourcing and wage cuts and involved […]

Sony Ericsson brings out yet more devices

Although it launched four new devices only a month ago, Japanese Swedish joint venture Sony Ericsson refreshed its portfolio again on Friday with six new devices. The vendor introduced the Z320 and Z250 low end devices; the K530 stainless steel WCDMA phone, which comes bundled with the HGE100 wired headset that includes a GPS receiver; […]

iPhone spells churn for rival ops

Research firm M:Metrics said Friday that the 67 per cent of US consumers most inclined to purchase an Apple iPhone are subscribers on networks other than AT&T. It’s great news for AT&T and Rogers Wireless which have exclusive distribution rights for the much anticipated device in the US and Canada respectively, but potentially means increased […]

Sprint seeking WiMAX partner?

Sprint-Nextel is reported to be seeking alternative funding for its Mobile WiMAX roll-out in the US and perhaps even considering a joint venture with fellow WiMAX proponent Clearwire. Alternatively, the Wall Street Journal reported that the carrier might consider asking cable TV operators to invest in the project, presumably in return for distribution rights over […]

Touchscreens get warm welcome

Touch screen devices have historically been the domain of the business user, with the technology pioneered by stylus-controlled PDAs such as the Palm Pilot and the HP iPaq. But with the advent of the Apple iPhone and a whole raft of clone devices, vendors are taking a gamble on consumers’ readiness to accept a finger-controlled […]

UK market “anti-competitive” says 3 CEO

Kevin Russell, the new CEO of 3UK, has hit out at regulatory inadequacies that he claims are hobbling competition in the UK market place. Mobile number portability (MNP) and termination rates (MTR) in particular should be a serious concern for the industry, he told telecoms.com. In 2006, he said, 3’s net termination settlements with the […]

Orange’s latest Glasto gimmick

Orange UK has made a habit of showing up at the Glastonbury music festival with a variety of publicity-attracting gadgets. In previous years there has been the ‘Text me home’ tent, which had an SMS activated beacon on the roof to make it easy to identify as well as a tent with solar panels for […]

Wifi-cellular gadgets a go go

Crystal ball gazers at In-Stat said Wednesday that almost half of US early adopters want their phones to include WLAN capability when they next upgrade. “In the years ahead, dual-mode VoIP-capable phone systems will have increasing competition from other technologies, like femtocells for cellular coverage, but widespread wif deployment and the variety of wifi/cellular handsets […]

Handset market a lottery

Thirteen days to go until the Apple iPhone finally hits shelves in the US and still the hype machine is finding higher gears to shift into. But with so many questions still unanswered the only thing we can count on is that the arrival of the iPhone will change the face of the entire telecoms […]

Business unprepared for VoIP complexity

Although IP telephony is now firmly entrenched in the corporate sector, the vast majority of IT managers still have no idea that managing voice is far more complex than managing other IP applications such as email and the internet. On Tuesday, a survey carried out by Vanson Bourne, on behalf of voice and video quality […]

Virgin loses more top brass

The exodus of top brass from telecoms companies continues, with Virgin Mobile announcing a double whammy on Thursday. Alan Gow, managing director of Virgin Mobile and Joe Steel, Virgin Mobile’s deputy managing director and commercial director, have both announced plans to step down. Gow, who will leave Virgin later this year, has only been in […]

Broadcom finds GPS plan

US chip shop Broadcom, announced the acquisition of GPS specialists Global Locate on Tuesday, a company which produces GPS and A-GPS chipsets and software, as well as operating a network of A-GPS reference transmitters. Broadcom has been making headlines recently for its lawsuit with Qualcomm, which resulted in a Federal ban on Qualcomm 3G chips […]

Rise of the machines

The European market for machine to machine solutions – including hardware, software, and services – is forecast to grow from $4.4bn in 2006 to $19.2bn in 2011, according to research firm IDC. The rise of the machine to machine (M2M) market could be attributed to the imminent arrival of Hollywood blockbuster “Transformers”, but IDC reckons […]

Nokia Bluetooths Wibree

Nokia’s Wibree Forum will merge with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) it was announced late Tuesday. The Finnish mobile giant first revealed the ultra low power wireless technology, Wibree, back in October 2006, claiming that it would complement the Ericsson-developed Bluetooth. It would seem Nokia has had little traction with what telecoms.com described at […]

AT&T admits to spy room

Finally, months after the shock revelation that AT&T had secretly installed a ‘spy room’, which allowed it to monitor a chunk of all domestic internet traffic, and the resultant legal pushback, out came the truth. On Wednesday, AT&T ceased attempts to seal the documents that technician Mark Klein took away when he retired from the […]

OMTP says IMS falls short

The Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) community issued a document on Tuesday detailing the steps it thinks are required to make IMS, variously known as the IP Multimedia Subsytem and Immense Menacing Squid, work better. According to the OMTP, “In its current form the IMS proposition fails to sufficiently address [these] four key areas and […]

Ericsson grabs CMS maker

Ericsson has acquired Drutt, a company that provides software for carriers to manage the delivery of multiple versions of their content. The system monitors user activity on the web in a variety of ways, and adapts content to suit different devices. So far, a total of 60 customers have deployed it in 35 countries. Ericsson […]

Numbers up for Mobile WiMAX sales

Sales of 802.16e Mobile WiMAX kit have risen 35 per cent since the start of this year, according to research firm Infonetics. Infonetics analyst Richard Webb said that he expects the technology’s share of broadband connections to rise sharply as a result. However, fixed WiMAX is looking increasingly like it’s been left behind. Webb argues […]

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