Broadcom still after Qualcomm

Just when it looked like Broadcom and Qualcomm were getting around to burying the hatchet, Broadcom has reportedly gone before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and called for a ban on US handset imports using Qualcomm chips. Broadcom is asking the ITC to block imports of handsets using Qualcomm EV-DO and WCDMA chipsets. Broadcom […]

3 cuts losses by 45%

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G operation, the 3 group, narrowed its losses by 45 per cent last year, according to figures released Thursday. Chairman of the Hong Kong company, Li Ka-shing, said that the group’s loss for 2006 dropped to HK$20bn (Eur1.9bn) from HK$36bn in 2005. 3’s revenue for the year grew 35 per cent to HK$50.6bn. The […]

BT heads to Spain

UK telco BT said this week that it plans to launch mobile services in Spain after signing an MVNO agreement with Vodafone Spain. The service offering will be available in the summer and will be aimed at businesses and the public sector, delivering mobile video telephony, audio/video streaming services, location based services and fixed mobile […]

Rumours abound of Nortel GSM sale

Rumours are doing the rounds that Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with Nortel, giving the mega vendor first option to buy the Canadian firm’s GSM business should it come up for sale. According to a document apparently acquired by French daily Les Echos, Alcatel-Lucent would have 30 days to make a first offer, before the […]

Demand for Nokia N95 reaches fever pitch

While Motorola wallows in the disappointing performance of its handset portfolio, leading rival Nokia must be feeling smug at the consumer demand building up for its flagship N95 device. On Thursday, the Finnish vendor announced that the N95 has started shipping in key European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets. The feature rich device has drummed […]

Handsets continue to drag Moto down

Motorola’s handset division continues to be something of an albatross around the company’s neck, as chief executive Ed Zander cut first quarter revenue projections by over $1bn on Wednesday night. Motorola downwardly revised its first quarter guidance from between $10.4bn and $10.6bn to between $9.2bn and 9.3bn, prompted by lower than anticipated sales and operating […]

Virgin, Sky fall out sparks competition probe

The ongoing spat between Virgin Media and BSkyB has prompted UK communications regulator, Ofcom, to launch a competition probe into the pay TV industry. Ofcom said Tuesday it has received requests from Virgin, BT, Setanta and Top Up TV, to investigate the pay TV market and to consider whether to make a market reference to […]

Happy handset vendors, no joy for rightsholders

Demand for music phones is surging, according to M:Metrics’ latest figures. In the US, although only 17 per cent of subscribers have a device capable of playing back music files, this has more than tripled between January, 2006 and January, 2007. But there is no good news to be had for music rights holders – […]

Virgin ready to buy Pipex – reports

Virgin Media is poised to buy British broadband provider, Pipex Communications, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday – without citing sources – that the investment bank, UBS which is advising Pipex, is seeking first-round bids for the company by Friday. The paper reported that British incumbent BT, is also interested in the firm. […]

Nacchio ‘cheated’ prosecution alleges

The jury in the trial against Joe Nacchio, former chief executive at Qwest Communications, was told by the prosecution Tuesday that the accused had cheated in his attempts to siphon money from the failing company. The prosecution alleges that Nacchio dumped $101m (£51.45m) worth of stock during the opening months of 2001 because he knew […]

Virgin ready to buy Pipex – reports

Virgin Media is poised to buy British broadband provider, Pipex Communications, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday – without citing sources – that the investment bank, UBS which is advising Pipex, is seeking first-round bids for the company by Friday. The paper reported that British incumbent BT, is also interested in the firm. […]

Nacchio ‘cheated’ prosecution alleges

The jury in the trial against Joe Nacchio, former chief executive at Qwest Communications, was told by the prosecution Tuesday that the accused had cheated in his attempts to siphon money from the failing company. The prosecution alleges that Nacchio dumped $101m (£51.45m) worth of stock during the opening months of 2001 because he knew […]

Happy handset vendors, no joy for rightsholders

Demand for music phones is surging, according to M:Metrics’ latest figures. In the US, although only 17 per cent of subscribers have a device capable of playing back music files, this has more than tripled between January, 2006 and January, 2007. But there is no good news to be had for music rights holders – […]

KPN looks to Spain

Dutch operator KPN is reportedly in talks to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Spain. The operator is understood to be in discussions with several mobile players in Spain, including Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone. KPN operates its own mobile networks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany but is looking to expand to other […]

Report exposes confusion in tariff selection

More than a third of SME managers think they are paying too much for their mobile services with around a quarter admitting they do not understand enough about mobile technology to make an informed decision on tariffs. So says a new report from T-Mobile and YOuGov, which showed that despite these concerns, almost a third […]

Four Nigerian ops win 3G licenses

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded four 3G licenses. Celtel, Globacom, MTN and long distance operator Alheri Engineering have all been awarded a 10MHz lot of spectrum in the 2GHz band. The regulator expects to receive the licence fees, which were set at a reserve of $150m, within 14 business days.

Former Qwest chief begins insider trading trial

Joe Nacchio, former chief executive at Qwest Communications, appeared in court Monday accused of insider trading.As the eagerly anticipated trial started, it emerged that the billionaire financier, Philip Anschutz, has been listed by Nacchio’s lawyers as a defence witness. Nacchio, 57, is accused of selling more than $100m (£51.4m) of Qwest stock in 2001. It […]

Rossi not doing enough says TI board

Guido Rossi, chairman of Telecom Italia (TI) has received a stinging letter from board members at the company, complaining that measures he has introduced to remedy the company’s performance, do not go far enough. In a report published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, TI’s lead independent director, Guido Ferrarini, challenges Rossi’s latest plans, arguing that […]

China Mobile opens bids for 3G network

China’s leading mobile company is preparing to spend around $3bn (£1.53bn) on building the country’s first 3G network before Beijing has issued licences for the technology. China Mobile Communications on Monday invited bids for contracts to build the TD-SCDMA network from equipment manufacturers. The network will span eight major cities and commercial trials of the […]

Femtocells drive fixed mobile substitution

Small indoor basestations, known as femtocells and picocells, will be the driving force behind fixed mobile substitution, according to research from industry experts, Analysys. The analyst group believes that femtocells will spur the migration of voice traffic from fixed to mobile networks, until 3G networks carry the majority of voice traffic. Femtocells will also undermine […]

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