3 buys shop space ahead of Christmas

Hutchison Whampoa’s UK 3G operation said Tuesday that it has acquired 95 retail stores in shopping centres and high street locations across the UK from retailer the Link. Under the agreement 3 UK, which currently has around 30 “3Stores” in the UK, is acquiring 73 Link stores and 22 O2 stores. UK mobileco O2 snapped […]

Russia selects 3G frequencies

Russia’s Telecommunications Ministry said late Monday that it has decided on the spectrum to be allocated for 3G services and will announce a tender within the next 45 days. The ministry will assign spectrum in the frequency bands 1935-1980MHz, 2010-2025MHz and 2125-2170MHz, with each license valid for the deployment of IMT-2000 UMTS standard mobile networks. […]

Rail tickets by mobile on track

UK railway Chiltern Railways is expected to be the first train operator in the country to begin delivering tickets to mobile phones. Mobile ticketing technology, which is currently being tested, sends a bar code to the passenger’s mobile phone via SMS, which is then scanned at the ticket gates. The technology will be available for […]

Siemens increases funding for BenQ workers

German vendor Siemens reportedly caved in to pressure from the unions on Monday, adding a further Eur24m (£16m) to the hardship fund set up for BenQ Mobile employees. But the cash, which comes on top of some Eur35m already contributed, has reportedly been dismissed by the IG Metall union as inadequate. The Taiwanese-German joint venture, […]

AT&T 3Q beats expectations

US telco AT&T reported Monday that third quarter earnings increased 73.8 per cent year on year to $2.16bn (£1.15bn), beating analyst expectations. Gains on wireless revenues along with merger integration progress also helped operating revenues jump 51.8 per cent to $15.6bn during the period. AT&T’s total wireline revenues for the quarter were $14.6bn, up 58 […]

EU inquiry into O2 roaming complaint

The European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, said Monday that his office has opened an inquiry into a complaint made by O2 on the European Commission’s investigation into its roaming services. The complaint dates back to July 2004, when the Commission sent a statement to O2, alleging that it had been abusing a dominant market position by […]

Nokia phones to go on diet before Christmas?

Finnish handset and equipment vendor Nokia spooked the market on Thursday with the announcement that net profit had dropped 4 per cent year on year during the third quarter. Poor network sales in the Americas and declines in handset market share in EMEA and North America combined with slow growth in the WCDMA space were […]

Mobile IM usage to soar

Business use of mobile Instant Messaging (IM) will accelerate into a $2bn-plus opportunity in Western Europe and North America by 2010, driven by a number of supply and demand side catalysts. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, between secure and fully auditable enterprise IM platforms and public mobile IM services such as MSN Messenger, […]

Ericsson records third quarter profit rise

The fortunes of Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson look to be on the change, with the announcement Thursday that the company has recorded its first increase in profit this year. Bolstered by a strong performance from its handset joint venture with Sony and an increased interest in the mobile broadband sector, net income for the third […]

3GSM Asia: Two billion GSM subs today, tomorrow the world

Operators should already be thinking beyond the next 1 billion subscribers and looking towards a time when GSM coverage reaches out over 90 per cent of the world’s population. That was the message delivered to delegates by a panel of leading CEOs at the 3GSM World Congress keynote address this week in Singapore. It took […]

3GSM Asia: Indian growth to be driven by content

In terms of net adds per month, India is the world’s fastest growing mobile market, but cut throat competition in the voice telephony space has left operators seeking new ways to drive revenues. In a country with a large youth population, India’s leading operators see mobile content of all kinds as a strong channel for […]

Mobile broadband adoption finally here?

It is no secret that 3G uptake has been pretty disappointing for operators and bemoaning the slow uptake of mobile broadband and content has become a theme for 2006. But industry analyst Jupiter Research thinks that the trend might change in 2007, thanks to a renewed drive by the operator community. Ealier this week Vodafone […]

UK crying out for hellish speed

A new survey of British consumers suggests there is an unfulfilled demand for more bandwidth to the home, and it’s not just the Orange subscribers chafing at the birt. Apparently, it is the rise of user-generated content that increases the demand for video and sound over the internet. Broadband is normally 2Mbits/s downlink via either […]

Moto records 45 per cent drop in Q3 profit

The world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola, saw its share price plummet by 9 percent Wednesday after the company reported a 45 percent drop in Q3 profit and missed its sales forecast. The sharp drop is the biggest for Motorola in almost four years. The earnings met Wall Street’s estimates however sales of the company’s […]

Orange UK broadband outage is fixed

The broadband outage that hit Orange in the UK on Monday has been fixed and customers have been restored to “full service” according to the company. The firm lost connection to between 60,000 and 100,000 of its customers at 4pm (GMT) on Monday afternoon after what the company described as a “network equipment failure”. A […]

Visto first to gain Symbian approval for email

Push email firm Visto, on Tuesday announced it has successfully completed the Symbian email validation program and is the first company to be accredited the “Symbian Approved” mark for push email. The mark “guarantees mobile professionals a high-quality mobile email experience”, according to the companies. The validation program defines industry agreed quality guidelines for push […]

Orange UK suffers ‘major’ broadband outage

Broadband users with Orange in the UK have suffered what the firm described as a “major” national outage Tuesday. Blaming a “third party network failure”, Orange has confirmed the blackout is “affecting large parts of country” in a recorded message on its tech support line. The Orange press office has issued a statement but refused […]

Voda puts HSDPA phones under Christmas tree

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said on Monday that it would have 24 new HSDPA-enabled 3G devices in the shops in time for Christmas. As well as loading all the devices with Vodafone Live! services including streaming mobile TV and full track downloads, the mobile giant claims the devices are “smaller and lighter and have a longer […]

Symbian Sling deal is ‘Pure Sweetness’

Symbian has teamed up with Sling Media, a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, to bring consumers mobile TV to Symbian smartphones. Sling Media will deliver a version of its SlingPlayer Mobile software application – currently available only in the US and Canada – for Symbian OS in select European and Asian countries during Q4. […]

Symbian and Samsung launch skinny 3G slider

Symbian teamed up with Korean manufacturer Samsung Tuesday to launch the SGH-i-520 at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London. The new HSDPA smartphone is based on Symbian OS v9 and S60 3rd edition, Feature Pack 1. It’s a looker with a skinny slider and an in-built HSDPA radio and browser. Samsung reckons it will deliver […]


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