BT flogs satellite broadcast unit

Just one day after splashing out £67m on broadband player PlusNet, BT has agreed to sell its satellite broadcast business to Arqiva for £25m in cash. On Friday, broadcast network owner Arqiva said it would acquire BT’s Satellite Broadcast Services customer contracts and operations in the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the US. The […]

Birmingham goes wireless

Birmingham city centre in the UK has signed an agreement with BT for the creation of a street-based wireless network. The network, which forms part of Digital Birmingham’s aim to make Birmingham a “European digital city” by 2010, will be funded by BT and will use the city’s lamp posts to create the infrastructure. From […]

3 embraces mobile internet model

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa unveiled a mobile broadband service on Thursday, which the company intends to use to deliver a fixed line type experience. From December 1, the company’s UK 3G operation, 3 UK, will offer services under the brand ‘X-Series’ which include unlimited IP telephony via Skype, instant messaging via Microsoft and Yahoo! […]

Hutch quashes 3 sale rumours

As if Hutchison Whampoa’s move to take on fixed broadband players was not evidence enough that the company is not planning to offload 3, group managing director Canning Fok put paid to any rumours of a sale on Thursday. In what appears to be an in house interview published on the company’s web site, Fok […]

BT buys PlusNet in cash deal

British incumbent, BT announced Thursday it is to buy PlusNet for £67m in cash to strengthen its position for broadband services. Last month, retailer Carphone Warehouse agreed to buy Time Warner’s AOL internet access business in the UK for £370m. BT said last week its share of new broadband customers had slipped to 22% during […]

Has Apple started iPhone production?

Rumours of an Apple-made mobile phone, commonly referred to as the iPhone, have been running hot and cold for months but Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times broke the strongest report yet that the appearance of such a device is imminent. In an article published Wednesday, the newspaper claimed that inside sources at Hon Hai Precision, […]

Global PDA shipments up 32%

Worldwide PDA shipments jumped 31.9 per cent year on year to total 4.5 million units shifted in the third quarter. The proliferation of cellular-enabled PDA’s made available on a subsidised basis by carriers was the key factor in driving growth, said industry analyst Gartner. Subsidies helped to push the average selling price (ASP) of PDAs […]

Sprint taps Microsoft for search services

US operator Sprint Nextel said Thursday that it has forged a partnership with Microsoft to develop new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers. The first consumer offering in this collaboration allows Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search on their mobile phones to access location-based content. The service is immediately available at no […]

Will Hutchison sell 3UK?

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa has been doing the rounds on the rumour mill in the past 24 hours, following speculation that the company is planning to offload mobile unit 3 UK. The rumour looks to have been sparked by Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, who, at the Vodafone investors conference on Tuesday, said that the […]

Orange to launch mobile HD TV

France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange France is gearing up to launch high definition mobile TV on Thursday. Details are scant, but analyst reports reveal that the service will only be available over HSDPA to start with followed later by dedicated mobile broadcast technology. Initially there will only be one handset available, from Samsung. The offering […]

Telecoms fraud more profitable than drug smuggling

Organised criminal gangs are targeting mobile operators more than ever as mobile subscription fraud becomes easier and more profitable than drug smuggling, according to information intelligence consultancy Detica. Figures released by the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) in March estimate that annual global fraud losses in the telecoms sector are now between $54bn and $60bn […]

O2 loses Irish roaming deal

Irish mobile operator Meteor is reported to have signed a three year roaming agreement with Vodafone Ireland, giving former partner O2 the cold shoulder. As a result, O2 Ireland is reported to be Eur10m per year out of pocket. The contract will stat from February. The agreement will allow Meteor to use Vodafone’s 2G and […]

One billion Bluetooth devices

The number of Bluetooth-enabled devices shipped has reached the 1 billion mark worldwide, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) said Monday. The trade association said that the installed base of Bluetooth devices reached 1 billion in early November. The technology is being deployed in devices at a rate of about 12 million units per week, […]

Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

Moto snaps up Netopia

The world’s second largest mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola, said Tuesday it had agreed to buy broadband home network equipment provider Netopia in a deal worth about $208m (£109.8m). Moto has been in shopping mode of late: last week it bought email firm Good for an undisclosed sum. In September the company agreed to buy rugged […]

Broadband satisfaction in free fall

In the past ten months over 1.5 million new customers have signed up for broadband, prices have fallen by up to 17 per cent, ‘free broadband’ has become a standard offering and convergence has established a roadmap for the future of communications market. But despite these developments customer satisfaction has fallen through the floor. According […]

BT to drop wholesale prices in summer

UK telco BT said Monday that it intends to reduce wholesale broadband pricing once 1.5 million lines have been unbundled. Last week the operator reported that over 1 million lines have already been unbundled. The new prices, which are intended to come into effect from May 2007, are intended to give service providers an alternative […]

BT to make Newcastle wireless

One of Britain’s biggest cities, Newcastle, is set to become another wireless city by the middle of next year, according to BT. The British incumbent says it will install Wireless City equipment on existing street furniture and lamp posts in the city centre, giving coverage for users with wifi hardware. BT said it will be […]

Vodafone reports another loss

The Vodafone group reported a first half loss of £5.1bn ($9.7bn) Monday after writing down the value of its German and Italian units. The loss, which will prompt further questions about the company’s leadership, contrasts with a net profit of £2.77bn in the same period last year. The loss amounted to 8.88p per share and […]

Update: Obermann named DT chief

The supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom decided to immediately appoint Rene Obermann as new chief executive officer on Monday afternoon, following the resignation of former head honcho, Kai-Uwe Ricke. Obermann joined the board of management at the German carrier in 2002 and has since headed up T-Mobile International, the carrier’s mobile arm. Ricke, resigned from […]


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