Orange’s latest Glasto gimmick

Orange UK has made a habit of showing up at the Glastonbury music festival with a variety of publicity-attracting gadgets. In previous years there has been the ‘Text me home’ tent, which had an SMS activated beacon on the roof to make it easy to identify as well as a tent with solar panels for […]

Wifi-cellular gadgets a go go

Crystal ball gazers at In-Stat said Wednesday that almost half of US early adopters want their phones to include WLAN capability when they next upgrade. “In the years ahead, dual-mode VoIP-capable phone systems will have increasing competition from other technologies, like femtocells for cellular coverage, but widespread wif deployment and the variety of wifi/cellular handsets […]

Handset market a lottery

Thirteen days to go until the Apple iPhone finally hits shelves in the US and still the hype machine is finding higher gears to shift into. But with so many questions still unanswered the only thing we can count on is that the arrival of the iPhone will change the face of the entire telecoms […]

Business unprepared for VoIP complexity

Although IP telephony is now firmly entrenched in the corporate sector, the vast majority of IT managers still have no idea that managing voice is far more complex than managing other IP applications such as email and the internet. On Tuesday, a survey carried out by Vanson Bourne, on behalf of voice and video quality […]

Virgin loses more top brass

The exodus of top brass from telecoms companies continues, with Virgin Mobile announcing a double whammy on Thursday. Alan Gow, managing director of Virgin Mobile and Joe Steel, Virgin Mobile’s deputy managing director and commercial director, have both announced plans to step down. Gow, who will leave Virgin later this year, has only been in […]

Broadcom finds GPS plan

US chip shop Broadcom, announced the acquisition of GPS specialists Global Locate on Tuesday, a company which produces GPS and A-GPS chipsets and software, as well as operating a network of A-GPS reference transmitters. Broadcom has been making headlines recently for its lawsuit with Qualcomm, which resulted in a Federal ban on Qualcomm 3G chips […]

Rise of the machines

The European market for machine to machine solutions – including hardware, software, and services – is forecast to grow from $4.4bn in 2006 to $19.2bn in 2011, according to research firm IDC. The rise of the machine to machine (M2M) market could be attributed to the imminent arrival of Hollywood blockbuster “Transformers”, but IDC reckons […]

Nokia Bluetooths Wibree

Nokia’s Wibree Forum will merge with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) it was announced late Tuesday. The Finnish mobile giant first revealed the ultra low power wireless technology, Wibree, back in October 2006, claiming that it would complement the Ericsson-developed Bluetooth. It would seem Nokia has had little traction with what telecoms.com described at […]

AT&T admits to spy room

Finally, months after the shock revelation that AT&T had secretly installed a ‘spy room’, which allowed it to monitor a chunk of all domestic internet traffic, and the resultant legal pushback, out came the truth. On Wednesday, AT&T ceased attempts to seal the documents that technician Mark Klein took away when he retired from the […]

OMTP says IMS falls short

The Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) community issued a document on Tuesday detailing the steps it thinks are required to make IMS, variously known as the IP Multimedia Subsytem and Immense Menacing Squid, work better. According to the OMTP, “In its current form the IMS proposition fails to sufficiently address [these] four key areas and […]

Ericsson grabs CMS maker

Ericsson has acquired Drutt, a company that provides software for carriers to manage the delivery of multiple versions of their content. The system monitors user activity on the web in a variety of ways, and adapts content to suit different devices. So far, a total of 60 customers have deployed it in 35 countries. Ericsson […]

Numbers up for Mobile WiMAX sales

Sales of 802.16e Mobile WiMAX kit have risen 35 per cent since the start of this year, according to research firm Infonetics. Infonetics analyst Richard Webb said that he expects the technology’s share of broadband connections to rise sharply as a result. However, fixed WiMAX is looking increasingly like it’s been left behind. Webb argues […]

TeliaSonera looks for new chief

International fixed and mobile operator TeliaSonera, which has a portfolio based predominantly around the Nordic and Baltic states, announced that it is to replace CEO Anders Igel. Igel took control of the firm when it was created in 2002 from the merger of the Swedish and Finnish incumbents, Telia and Sonera. The search for his […]

TIM to roll out HSUPA

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) is reportedly planning to launch a HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) service in July, at the same time as it upgrades its HSDPA network from 3.6Mbps maximum speeds to 7.2Mbps (Class 8). Population coverage is also expected to double from 35 per cent in January to 70 per cent by […]

UK ISPs vexed by filtering proposal

British ISPs are increasingly concerned by the government’s little-reported effort to get them all to deploy a content-filtering system developed by BT before mid-July. Back in 2003, at the behest of then-Home Secretary David Blunkett, BT deployed its Cleanfeed system in its customer DSL network to filter child abuse images (CAI). Now, the government would […]

Open access coalition rattles Virgin

A coalition of industry players calling for open access to spectrum in the 700MHz band in the US has raised a few hackles at Virgin Mobile USA this week. The Wireless Founders Coalition for Innovation (WFC) purports to have been co-founded by “the founders of Virgin Mobile USA”. Except Virgin doesn’t think so. A Virgin […]

iPhone to run third party web apps

Apple CEO Steve Jobs almost made a U turn on his decision to lock developers out of the iPhone on Monday, announcing that third parties would be able to make web-based apps for the device. According to an announcement made by Jobs, developers will be able to create Web 2.0 applications “which look and behave […]

Nokia ships N77 DVB-H device

Leading handset vendor Nokia has started shipping its N77 DVB-H enabled device in its homeland of Finland, the company said Monday. The terminal was announced in Barcelona at the 3GSM World Congress as part of a raft of new handset offerings. Later this month the device will start shipping in Vietnam and India, two countries, […]

Com Hem embraces fixed line IMS

Swedish cable operator Com Hem bought itself a shiny new IMS from Nokia Siemens Networks on Monday. The carrier intends to use it to deliver VoIP services, running on a Siemens SURPASS HiQ server, and the system will deploy ENUM to map traditional telephone numbers to IP addresses. “We are excited to be one of […]

US fallout from Qualcomm chip ban

South Korean handset manufacturers LG Electronics and Samsung are understood to be lobbying for a suspension on the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) ban of 3G phones using Qualcomm chips. The ban came into force on Friday after the ITC found Qualcomm guilty of infringing patents held by rival Broadcom. Both LG and Samsung are expected […]

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