ITU, GSMA tackle digital di

The ITU and the GSM Association (GSMA) joined forces on Tuesday in a bid to tackle the digital divide in some of the world’s least developed markets. During the meeting of the Global Symposium for Regulators taking place in Dubai this week, Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the ITU, and Tom Phillips, chief of government […]

FLO standardisation moves along

The FLO Forum, a trade association of proponents of Qualcomm’s FLO (Forward Link Only) technology, on Tuesday said they had submitted the FLO Transport Specification to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-47.1 subcommittee. The move marks another milestone in the open standardisation of FLO technology, the Forum said. The proposed standard specifies the framing formats […]

KPN intros home zone

Dutch operator KPN introduced a home zone service on Monday, allowing users to make mobile calls at landline prices when at home. The MobielThuis package is available for Eur7.50 per month on top of a standard monthly mobile subscription. When at home, mobile calls to a fixed number cost less than Eur0.03 per minute, calls […]

Telenor caves to roaming pressure; cuts prices

Norwegian operator Telenor is the latest carrier to come forward with significant reductions on its roaming tariffs, promising cuts of up to 50 per cent for consumers and 40 per cent for businesses. Under the new tariffs, when Telenor customers are travelling in Europe, they will be charged one price whether they make calls to […]

Virgin Media to launch this week

Richard Branson will lift the curtain on Virgin Media on Tursday, backed by a £20m (Eur30m) advertising campaign and fronted by film star Uma Thurman. The campaign will see the launch of cable company NTL Telewest as a quadruple-play UK operator offering TV, internet and fixed and mobile phone services following its £1bn merger last […]

Zune phone in the works?

One of the rumours doing the rounds over the weekend is that Microsoft is intending to go down the same path as Apple and release a mobile phone based on its own portable media player, Zune. Details are scant at present but reports suggest that the device would look and feel very similar to the […]

Mobile ops seek out search market – update

Reports that a handful of tier one mobile operators are planning to create a mobile search engine to challenge the likes of Google and Yahoo look increasingly vaporous. Rumours started in the Sunday papers suggest that Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and Cingular will meet at the 3GSM World Congress […]

LG to ship cheap 3G devices?

South Korean handset manufacturer firm LG Electronics is expected to be named as the winner of the GSM Association’s “3G for All” tender next week. As another pre-3GSM World Congress rumour hits the wires, LG is understood to have won a tender to produce an affordable, mass market 3G handset. The GSMA announced the 3G […]

WiMAX to get IMT-2000 recognition

The move for WiMAX to be recognised as an IMT-2000 technology is now on the fast track, according to a report from the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA). In late January, the ITU Working Party 8F convened in Cameroon to discuss “IMT-2000 and systems beyond IMT-2000″. WiSOA said that the general consensus from delegates at […]

Orange taps Ericsson for network management

Swedish vendor Ericsson has been tapped by Orange for a major managed services contract in the Netherlands. The agreement covers operations, rollout and field maintenance of the Orange mobile network. During the process, 190 jobs will be transferred to Ericsson. The agreement, which covers a time frame of five years, will allow Orange Netherlands to […]

Is Dell plotting a mobile move?

Speculation is mounting that Michael Dell, the man behind one of the world’s most successful PC brands, is looking to move into the mobile space. Just days after Dell poached Motorola’s handset guru, Ron Garriques, to run its new global consumer group, rumours suggested that part of Garriques’ role would be to smooth the transition […]

BT in talks with FON

British incumbent BT, is reported to be in talks with Spanish maverick, FON which promotes users sharing access to their home wifi networks. In the past, BT has said it would not allow FON users to link with BT wifi customers because it broke the company’s terms and conditions on sharing connections. If a deal […]

US DoJ steps into Siemens investigation

The US Department of Justice has stepped into the investigation around Siemens’ involvement in a slush fund scandal that is already being investigated by German prosecutors. The corruption affair centers around the firm’s involvement in a missing Eur 200m (£132m) which, prosecutors allege, were transferred into foreign accounts and used as a slush fund for […]

Altimo interested in India?

Russian conglomerate Altimo is the latest party to register an interest in Indian mobile provider Hutchison Essar, according to Russian press on Friday. Altimo, formerly known as the Alfa Group, is understood to have held discussions over the acquisition of a minority holding in the Indian player. With each new expression of interest in Hutch […]

‘Dell-style’ phones to challenge mobile operators

Mobile operators’ control over subscribers will increasingly come under threat as handset manufacturers move towards a “Dell-style” approach, where users specify the features and software they want on their devices, according to Norwegian VoIP provider, Telio. “People know that subsidies don’t come for free,” Alan Duric, CEO of Telio told delegates at Informa Telecoms&Media’s Mobile […]

Ofcom puts price on BBC’s P2P TV plans

The BBC’s iPlayer service will cost UK broadband providers between £399 million (Eur 605m) and £839m in the next five years, according to UK media watchdog, Ofcom. The regulator said that BT and other ISPs using the British incumbent’s wholesale-broadband products are likely to be the hardest hit. Ofcom calculates that each user of the […]

3G embedded laptops to gain edge over wifi

The market for embedded 3G modems in notebook PCs and cellular PC data cards is set to post “spectacular” 60 per cent growth in 2007, according to analyst Strategy Analytics. The researcher group argues that wifi’s limitations are coming clearly into focus, and with truly cost effective mobile WiMAX still several years out, global 3G […]

Ericsson soars in 2006

Swedish mobile giant, Ericsson said Friday that it made a net profit in 2006 of Eur 2.9bn (£1.92bn), up 8.2 per cent on the previous year, thanks to acquisitions and strong sales. Turnover rose 17 per cent in the year, the company said. The company said its fourth quarter profit was up 14 per cent […]

Apple, Cisco back in iPhone talks

It looked as though Apple and Cisco were back on speaking terms on Thursday, with a joint announcement coming from the companies regarding the licensing of the “iPhone” trademark. “Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim […]

Windows Mobile hit by web bugs

Security experts this week warned of medium risk vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile that could lock users out of their own devices. US security firm Trend Micro released an advisory warning of a flaw in the Pictures and Videos application that ships with Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 in both Smartphone and PocketPC […]


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