3G BlackBerry comes to Japan

Canadian vendor, Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry handheld, announced two firsts on Tuesday. Leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo will make the first ever BlackBerry available in Japan on September 26 and the device, the BlackBerry 8707h, will also be RIM’s first WCDMA 3G offering. DoCoMo will make the device available to […]

Hong Kong trials DVB-H

Hong Kong operator PCCW has expanded its existing mobile TV offering to trial Motorola’s DVB-H system for six months. The trial will run from September to March 2007 within Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay district and will include Motorola DVB-H enabled mobile devices, network solutions and interactive services platform. Back in May, PCCW began broadcasting real-time […]

Home wifi heading for meltdown?

Wireless home networks are heading for meltdown, as the technology struggles to keep pace with an increasing slew of multimedia content being thrown at it. As David Callisch, communications director at Ruckus Wireless pointed out to telecoms.com, anyone who has tried streaming audio or video from one device to another over wifi will be familiar […]

Global DSL growth shows no signs of slowing

The number of DSL users worldwide topped the 164 million mark at the end of June, driven by increasing penetration of the technology in Europe and strong growth in developing markets. Worldwide, the number of business and residential users signing up to DSL for broadband access has increased by almost 46 million in the past […]

Moto buys Symbol for $3.9bn

Mobile giant Motorola said on Tuesday that it had reached a deal to buy Symbol Technologies, the point-of-sale and RFID firm for $3.9bn (£2.06bn). In a statement Moto said it will pay $15 per share for Symbol. Ed Zander, Motorola’s chairman and CEO said: “Everything is going digital, and everything digital is going mobile — […]

US reaps $14bn from spectrum auction

US communications regulator the FCC closed the country’s Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) auction Monday afternoon, reaping almost $14bn (£7.4bn) in bids. As expected, T-Mobile USA was the biggest spender, splashing out over $4bn on licenses. Although T-Mobile made no comment on its plans, the operator is widely expected to use the licences to launch 3G […]

Chinese subscriptions surge past .5bn

Chinese mobile subscriptions, including PHS (personal handyphone system) account for almost half of all those in the Asia Pacific region. So says Telecoms.com’s parent Informa Telecoms and Media in its latest report which says China exceeded half a billion subscriptions at the end of Q2 2006, effectively doubling the market since 2002. The analyst group […]

i-mode launches in Bulgaria

Bulgarian mobile operator Globul, a subsidiary of Greek carrier Cosmote, became the seventeenth company to launch i-mode services Monday. Cosmote itself launched i-mode, developed by leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, in Greece in June 2004. Upon launch, i-mode will be made available on three handsets, the Samsung S400i, Motorola L6 i-mode and Motorola L7 SLVR […]

Italian drama as Tronchetti quits, Rossi takes over

The chairman of Telecom Italia, Marco Tronchetti Provera on Friday night quit the company as the row between the company and the Italian government reached breaking point. Following an extraordinary board meeting in Milan on Friday night the company announced that Tronchetti had quit. He took over the company in 2001 and remains the company’s […]

Cellular VoIP to take market by storm

The evolution of mobile network technology will mean that revenues from cellular VoIP services will have overtaken those on fixed lines by 2012, according to industry experts. Research house Analysys predicts that cellular VoIP services will generate revenues of $18.6bn (£10bn) in the US and $7.3bn in Western Europe by 2012, compared with fixed VoIP […]

TI buys AOL’s German broadband arm

Rupert Murdoch’s Time Warner has inked a deal to sell AOL Germany’s internet access business to Telecom Italia (TI) for Eur 675m ($856m) cash. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will make TI Germany’s second largest provider of broadband with around 3.2 million customers after Deutsche Telekom’s T-Online. It will also increase Telecom […]

ROK aims for mass market mobile TV

UK mobile content and entertainment firm ROK, which launched a paid for streaming TV service earlier this year, has introduced a free version of the service for consumers still dubious about paying for mobile TV. The FreeBe TV service, available via ROK TV, offers for channels of content: an extreme sports channel, a vintage comedy […]

Equity firms buy up Freescale

Motorola’s semiconductor spin-off, Freescale, on Friday announced its acquisition by a private equity consortium for a total of $17.6bn (£9.4bn). The consortium is led by The Blackstone Group, and includes The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group. The board of directors of Freescale has unanimously approved the merger agreement and will recommend that […]

Zune goes wi-fi to take on Apple

Software giant Microsoft has wi-fi-enabled its forthcoming Zune portable media player device in a bid to unseat the iPod from its throne. Late Thursday, the Redmond Giant gave consumers a sneaky peek of the device, with which it will go toe to toe with the 500 pound gorilla of the digital music player market – […]

Ericsson to reorganise, hires 500 engineers

The world’s leading maker of mobile phone networks, Ericsson said Friday it is reorganising itself into three units and will recruit 500 engineers to accelerate its research and development in “growth areas”. The Swedish giant said in a statement that the three new units will include networks, global services and multimedia and will be running […]

Voda expected to announce major Italian deal

According to reports, the Italian unit of Vodafone will, later today, announce a significant commercial agreement with Fastweb, the Italian broadband player. The reports – which do not name sources – suggest the deal will enable Vodafone’s mobile clients to use some of Fastweb’s broadband services, although details were not provided. One Italian report suggests […]

It’s a dirty job…and now you’re nicked

Smugglers have been caught out using a sewer pipe to illegally transport mobile phones between Hong Kong and mainland China. The group are reported to have rented an apartment in Shatoujiao, on the Chinese border and then dug a tunnel down to a sewer pipe which runs into Hong Kong. The booty was then transported […]

BT reveals first corporate Fusion user

British Telecom announced the much awaited version of its fixed mobile convergence solution – BT Fusion – revamped for the enterprise market, Thursday. When the original consumer service launched last year, it only offered a single access point, offering fixed line rates when a handset is communicating over Bluetooth and GSM calling over Vodafone’s network […]

Update: more details on TI reorganisation

General Electric, Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have all emerged as potential players in Telecom Italia’s proposed spin off of its mobile operation. The news emerged Wednesday, when Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s office released details of a meeting between Telecom Italia head Marco Tronchetti Provera and Prodi. The Italian government is reportedly outraged […]

Ofcom wants further termination charge cuts

UK telecoms regulator OFCOM, announced Thursday that price controls on the termination charges British mobile operators apply to other networks’ calls are to be maintained beyond March, 2007, when the current regulation expires. The regulator intends to demand further cuts in the termination fees, with a target of “around 5.3 pence per minute” for Vodafone, […]

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