Moto tapped for Japan WiMAX trial

Motorola today said it has been contracted by Japanese wireless operator Softbank for the deployment of a trial WiMAX 802.16e network in Tokyo. Motorola is supplying an end to end network including five access points and 25 prototype WiMAX-enabled mobile handheld devices. Expected to begin in September, the five-month trial will focus on analysing the […]

MTS freezes i-mode plans

Leading Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has reportedly stalled development of its i-mode service, following lower than expected uptake. Local press reports that a shortage of compatible handsets has stunted growth of the NTT DoCoMo developed technology. MTS is understood to be planning to monitor the situation until September before deciding on how to proceed […]

Skype to intro SMS serv

Internet telephony provider Skype has partnered with mobile transaction firm mBlox to deliver an SMS service over the Skype network. Skype SMS allows subscribers to send text messages from their computer to mobile phones worldwide. Jeff Clark, chief executive of mBlox, said: “With billions of text messages sent in 2005, it’s clear SMS is a […]

O2 to deploy Voip

Mobile operator O2 today said it has extended its supply and development contract with US vendor Lucent Technologies on the Isle of Man, where it operates as Manx Telecom. Under the agreement Lucent will supply Manx Telecom with additional elements of its IMS solution to support advanced multimedia services. Lucent also will increase the capacity […]

Verizon adds 1.8 million mobile subs

US cellular operator Verizon Wireless, which is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone, today announced second quarter net customer additions of 1.8 million. This takes the operator’s total retail base, or customers that it manages directly, to 52.6 million of its total 54.8 million customers. Verizon Wireless’ financial and operational results for the […]

Skype wifi handsets are coming… soon

VoIP firm Skype, has announced a collaboration with four manufacturers to launch Skype-enabled wifi handsets. The phones by Belkin, Edge-Core, Netgear, and SMC (Standard Microsystems), will give consumers access to the Skype network from any hotspot and will be available on the firm’s website later this quarter. Each model will have the familiar desktop interface […]

Ericsson profits slip

Wireless equipment maker Ericsson posted a 2 per cent drop in its second-quarter profits on Friday as costs associated with the Marconi buyout sink in. The Swedish firm said its net profit was Kr5.71bn ($781m/£421m), down from Kr5.84bn kronor in the second quarter a year ago. Things could have been worse for Ericsson but its […]

Vodafone shareholder wants Sarin out – Reports

According to reports, a major Vodafone shareholder is planning to vote against the re-election of the firm’s beleagured chief executive Arun Sarin to the board of the mobile company. The AFX news agency reports that Morley Fund Management, which owns a 2.1 per cent stake in Vodafone, said “its patience with Sarin had run out”. […]

US spawns half of child abuse content

Half of all child abuse content online comes from the US, according to the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) on Thursday. The IWF said it found nearly 2,500 American sites containing illegal images and that it received a total of 14,313 reports of potentially illegal content during the first six months of 2006. The figure […]

China sets 3G meeting

A meeting, set for next month, will decide which standards China will implement in its 3G strategy, state-run media reports. The Mobile Multimedia Technology Alliance (MMTA) will meet in the southern Chinese city of Guilin on August 10 and 11 to debate standards for the next generation technology. According to the reports, the meeting could […]

Amnesty shames big 3 on China

Operators and manufacturers considering which IP applications to put on their mobiles will be mindful of a campaign by Amnesty International which is urging UK users to email Microsoft, Google and Yahoo asking why they operate in China. The civil liberties/human rights group is upping the pressure on three of the biggest names in technology, […]

Yahoo lands Moto in second major deal

Handset maker Motorola has chosen Yahoo’s mobile services to embed into millions of its phones. In a deal that binds the two for several years, Moto will host Yahoo’s Go for Mobile applications on its mid to high-end phones. Similar to Microsoft’s range of ‘Live’ products, the Go applications include Yahoo e-mail, search and address […]

Bundles can drive ARPU – report

Bundled pricing is a powerful technique for driving mobile voice usage and kick-starting much-needed new revenue from mobile data services, according to a new report from industry analyst Analysys. The report: ‘Pricing Mobile Services for Success: towards a bundled future’, asserts that despite the advent of 3G, many operators are struggling to maintain voice ARPU […]

Moto posts Razr sharp quarter

The world’s second largest mobile handset maker, Motorola, broke all expectations Wednesday when it posted a 48 per cent leap in profits for the second quarter. The company said it shipped 51.9 million mobile phones in the quarter, a figure boosted massively by sales of the firm’s Razr model. Moto said the Razr helped the […]

Vonage accused of using spyware

VoIP firm, Vonage, has been accused by a spyware researcher that it uses spyware to target its advertising. Ben Edelman on Tuesday posted an article that provides specific and detailed information on how the firm is using spyware to boost its advertising impact. Edelman’s article – How Vonage Funds Spyware – suggests Vonage’s advertising appears […]

RIM squashes ‘AppleBerry’ dream

The ongoing rumour that Research in Motion (RIM) is working with Apple to create a mobile phone/iPod hybrid – dubbed ‘AppleBerry’ by hopeful fans – was dealt a blow on Tuesday as RIM refused to answer any questions on the subject. Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive at RIM would not be drawn on the issue when […]

GSMA attacks EC spectrum plans

Plans to make parts of the 3G spectrum available to other technologies have been criticised by the GSM Association (GSMA). The lobby group’s ire has been directed at proposals by the European Commission to free up so-called ‘extension bands’ which have, thus far, been reserved for 3G technologies. The group believes the plans will damage […]

Microsoft and Nortel pair up on ‘Shared Vision’

An alliance to create a business service that combines communications technologies in an effort to simplify how workers communicate, has been signed by Microsoft and Nortel Networks. The technology giants have pledged a four-year agreement that will allow, for the first time, cross-licensing of intellectual property for a new “unified communications” system. The companies said […]

Sky gets into broadband

Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV company Sky, on Tuesday launched the UK’s third ‘free’ broadband service which will be bundled with its satellite TV package. The broadcaster said it will invest £400m in the service. The move has been widely expected since Sky’s acquisition of internet service provider Easynet in 2005. Since then, Orange and Carphone Warehouse […]

‘Make and Model’ hits operator revenue

Mobile operators could be losing revenue because more than half (58%) of users do not know the make and the model of their handset. So says a consumer research study conducted for LogicaCMG by Ipsos MORI which suggests the issue is a serious problem for operators and manufacturers trying to drive uptake of advanced data […]

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