Virgin South Africa boss steps down

The head honcho of Virgin Mobile’s South African operation, Sajeed Sacranie, has handed in his resignation, less than six months since the company launched. Local press reports suggest that Sacranie was a hard line manager, but that he has built the company up to be operationally stable and intends to move on as he is […]

Speed limits to hit mobile broadband apps?

Nokia introduced tools on Thursday to help operators throttle bandwidth hungry applications such as VoIP and peer to peer file sharing over the mobile internet. The announcement comes hot on the heels of 3 UK’s promise to embrace the open internet. From December 1, 3 UK will tear down the walls on its existing closed […]

Eircom swoops on last 3G licence

Irish incumbent Eircom, is, according to local reports, to receive the Ireland’s last remaining UMTS or 3G mobile licence. Robert Haulbrook, CEO of Eircom’s mobile arm, Meteor, told the Irish Independent Thursday that the former monopoly is in the final stages of a business plan that aims to reduce the cost of rollout by partnering […]

US mobile users can now unlock phones

The US Library of Congress made an amendment to the country’s copyright law on Wednesday, allowing mobile phone users to use their handsets with a different service provider. As of Monday, US mobile subscribers will be legally able to use various software and services to remove the network lock on their handsets. This means a […]

More bad news for BenQ staff

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer BenQ is planning to cut between 300 and 400 jobs, or half the workforce of its Shanghai mobile phone plant, according to Chinese press reports. The Shanghai factory is another asset the company acquired when it bought Siemens’ mobile handset unit last year. The latest round of job cuts are understood to […]

PCCW deal exposes family r

The sale of a controlling stake in Hong Kong operator PCCW has exposed something of a family feud, according to press reports on Thursday. Richard Li, the chairman of PCCW, is said to be unhappy following the revelation that his father and tycoon Li Ka-shing is backing the consortium set to buy the 22.7 per […]

MEF heeds European warning

Trade association the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) will launch a European chapter in Paris Thursday night. The new chapter will work in conjunction with the established MEF Asia, MEF Americas and MEF Global boards “to create local trade development opportunities for its members and focus on legislation affecting the industry.” Telecoms.com likes to think that […]

888 targeting European mobiles in gambling push

Some of Europe’s leading operators are, reportedly, close to signing deals with the online gaming company 888. Once complete, those operators will be able to offer customers online gambling via their handsets. According to Reuters the Gibraltar based online gambling operator has successfully negotiated deals with several European operators. The unnamed source told Reuters: “It’s […]

O2 favours picocells

UK mobileco O2 has been heard making encouraging noises about picocells and femtocells of late. Where many of its peers are opting to do Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) via wifi, using UMA or SIP-enable phones, O2 looks to be favouring small indoor GSM basestations to do the same job. The news should come as no […]

MySpace coming to European mobiles?

Last week’s appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s global business development manager, to head up Fox Interactive’s mobile strategy in Europe has sparked reports that MySpace is preparing to expand onto the European mobile scene. Sanchez is understood to be already discussing distribution details with European service providers, to put MySpace – owned by Fox […]

Fury in Germany over DT’s regulation vacation

The German government agreed minor amendments to the country’s telecoms bill on Tuesday evening, paving the way for a “regulatory holiday” for incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom (DT) while threatening to stifle competition in the broadband market. The amendments appear to hinge on the definition of new markets, proposing that regulation be reduced on those companies […]

Operators will move to advertising model – Analyst

Operators will start to consider moving from subscription-based services towards an advertising-based business model in the near future according to analyst group, Informa Telecoms and Media. Informa, which owns Telecoms.com, says mobile operators will have to re-examine their business models and consider one that generates revenue from advertisements rather than subscriptions. Vodafone has already embraced […]

Mobile sales grew 21.5 per cent in Q3 – Analyst

Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 251 million units in Q3 2006 according to analyst firm, Gartner which reiterated previous warnings that 2007 will see a significant slowdown. The figure represents a 21.5 per cent increase on the same period last year. Gartner said Q3 sales in Asia/Pacific, especially India and China, rose dramatically and drove […]

ITV rejects NTL merger offer

UK broadcaster ITV rejected a merger proposal from cable giant NTL on Tuesday, just days after Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB took a stake in the company. ITV said it rejected the deal, which could have been worth around £4.7bn, on the grounds that the “offer materially undervalues ITV” and there was little benefit to be gained […]

Berggi system targets low-cost email

Berggi, a low-cost alternative to the BlackBerry, will bring e-mail, and other communications services to the masses according to the firm’s chief executive Tuesday. The firm, which is backed by several high profile European entrepreneurs, will, says its boss Babur Ozden, bring a simplified new email option to the mass market. According to Ozden, the […]

DoCoMo steps up Super 3G plans

Japan’s first placed mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, said Tuesday that it has selected local vendors NEC and Fujitsu to deliver prototype and commercial equipment for the deployment of Super 3G. Super 3G is DoCoMo’s own proposal for the evolution of 3G and has been submitted to the 3GPP working group for consideration as part of […]

Vodafone targets business users

UK mobileco Vodafone steeped up its enterprise mobility strategy on Monday afternoon via the acquisition of two companies and a partnership with a third. Vodafone UK is to acquire enterprise mobility consultancy Aspective and customer services and fleet management provider Isis Telecommunications. In addition, the operator has also signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, […]

3 Denmark intros HSPA

Hutchison Whampoa’s Danish 3G operation, 3 Scandinavia, switched on its High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network on Tuesday, delivering download speeds averaging 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps and peak speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. The higher speeds will initially be supported buy data cards targeted at business users but consumers are likely to benefit from more accessible […]

Alcatel and Lucent move closer

Alcatel and Lucent moved another step towards their proposed merger Tuesday as the Committee on Foreign investment in the US (CFIUS) gave its blessing to the deal under the provisions of the Exon-Florio amendment. The companies gave notice of the merger to the CFIUS in August. The companies said the CFIUS prepared a recommendation on […]

Universal slaps MySpace with copyright suit

Universal Music has filed suite against popular social networking site MySpace over allegations of copyright infringement. The music label, which is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi alleges that News Corp.’s MySpace has allowed users to upload illegally obtained videos of thousands of artists’ works, including some content which has not even been released yet. The […]

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