China Netcom not interested in homebrew 3G

Chinese fixed line player, China Netcom, has reportedly said that it is not interested in building a network based on the country’s homegrown TD-SCDMA platform. Instead, Netcom, which has no mobile operations of its own, is understood to be interested in China Unicom’s GSM network and an upgrade path to WCDMA. The operator also criticised […]

iPhone on target for US consumers

Around 1 per cent of US mobile users would be willing to shell out $500 for the forthcoming Apple iPhone, according to the results of a survey published last week. Online market research firm Compete quizzed 379 US cellphone users over the affordability of the device, which is set to be released by Cingular/AT&T this […]

Ericsson makes play for IPTV firm

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson revealed on Monday that it has made a public cash offer of SKr9.8bn (Eur1bn) for Norwegian IPTV firm Tandberg Television. Ericsson said the potential acquisition would be part of its drive into the IPTV market, and would expand the vendor’s customer base to include cable and satellite operators as well as […]

Indian prize snags new problem for Vodafone

Reports suggest that the Vodafone Group is walking into a complex legal battle involving 1 million Mumbai-based mobile phone customers as part of its £5.7bn ($11.7bn) takeover of Hutchison Essar. UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph said Friday, without naming its source, that Essar Group – set to become Vodafone’s partner in India – has moved […]

Skype invokes 60’s ruling to open up networks

VoIP champ, Skype, has petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to apply an American legal precedent, known as the Carterfone decision, to wireless networks. It is suggested that if the firm is successful, the networks would be opened up, making it much easier to use Skype-like services over them. Carterphone dates back to 1968 […]

Libya privatises mobile sector

Libya announced Thursday that the country intends to privatise its mobile phone sector starting next week, as part of its wider economic reforms. The announcement was made by the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, Seif al-Islam. At the inauguration of a national council for economic development, al-Islam said: “The two mobile phone companies, Al-Madar […]

MonsterMob rejects Linktone offer

Shareholders in ringtone specialist, Monstermob, on Friday voted in favour of a refinancing plan that will see Spain’s LaNetro Zed take a controlling 53 per cent stake in the firm. The shareholders backed the Spanish firm over a rival takeover plan from Chinese mobile content group, Linktone. More than 80 per cent of MonsterMob’s shareholders […]

Nokia staff go on strike

Staff at Nokia in Finland are staging a strike Friday in protest at the company’s recent layoffs, according to the Reuters news agency. The world’s leading mobile manufacturer, which is based in the Scandinavian territory, said last week that it intends to axe up to 700 jobs, with at least 340 from its home country. […]

Belgacom sells its Orange arm

Belgian operator Belgacom said Thursday it is selling its stake in the Belgian arm of Orange for Eur147.8m (£99.23m). The company sold the stake citing its future strategies and claiming that it was no longer a “strategic asset”. In a statement the firm said it had waited for an “opportune moment” to sell the unit.

AT&T sells spectrum to Clearwire

US operator AT&T sold $300m worth of spectrum to WiMAX player Clearwire, earlier this week. The deal involved all 2.5GHz spectrum currently licensed to, or leased by, BellSouth which has now merged with AT&T and formed part of the conditions of the merger. The sale includes EBS (Education Broadband Service) spectrum, which is reserved for […]

Telus pulls out of porn market

Canada’s second placed mobile operator, Telus Mobility, has been forced to put the lid on its adult content services after firm condemnation from the Catholic church. Archbishop Raymond Roussin of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, called for Catholics to hang up their Telus subscriptions earlier this week, in protest and “general frustration with the lack of […]

DT defends restructuring plans

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has dismissed claims that its restructuring could affect a third of its employees. German trade union, Ver.di, said Thursday that the incumbent’s “spin off plans” could hit up to 61,400 of its employees, 15,000 more than announced. DT said the figures were speculative and “pure invention”.DT restructuring will see some of the […]

UWB moves in on Europe

The European Commission on Wednesday outlined the mandatory conditions for using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, in a bid to create a single market for the next generation of mass market consumer electronics. The move paves the way for a new generation of laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras and TVs that can exchange data wirelessly at very […]

O2 dumps Phones 4U

Mobile operator O2 UK has severed ties with high street store Phones 4U as a retailer of contract subscriptions. As of April 1, Phones 4U will no longer sell contract subscriptions to the O2 network and will operate prepay sales at a lower level. Existing Phones 4U customers on the O2 network will still use […]

Rocky road ahead for Moto

Motorola has warned that the first half of this year will be “rocky” but that improvements should come in the second half. The world’s second largest mobile manufacturer has seen its profits fall recently with weak Q4 results caused by a slowdown in the company’s mobile sales. The company has been criticised for allowing its […]

Cisco, Apple bury iPhone hatchet

Late Wednesday, networking giant Cisco and computer company Apple announced that they have resolved their dispute over ownership of the “iPhone” trademark. Under the agreement, both companies will share ownership of the “iPhone” trademark and will be free to use it on their products throughout the world. As a result, both companies acknowledge the trademark […]

Essar seeks joint control with Voda in India

Reports are emerging that India’s Essar Group wants to run mobile operator Hutchison Essar in a partnership of equals with Vodafone. The Indian conglomerate issued a statement late Friday in which it said it sees Hutch Essar “as a core part of its business portfolio for the long term” and “has no intent to exit […]

LogicaCMG offloads telecoms arm

IT and business service company LogicaCMG said Tuesday it has sold its Telecoms Products division to an investment consortium led by Atlantic Bridge Ventures for £265m. The Telecoms Products division houses the company’s mobile messaging and payments operations. Martin Read, chief executive of LogicaCMG, said that the proceeds of the sale would be used to […]

TI not ready for Spanish talks

Telecom Italia (TI) is reportedly not ready to enter talks with Telefonica SA before the Italian player has presented its long-awaited three year business plan on March 8. According to the Italian daily, La Repubblica, the two have talked about the Spanish firm buying a significant stake in the Italian incumbent. Citing unnamed board members, […]

Telefonica signs up for Intertrust DRM

Spanish operator Telefonica Moviles Espana and its European subsidiary, O2, signed up for Digital Rights Management (DRM) licenses from Intertrust on Tuesday. The agreement includes a trial of both Marlin DRM and OMA technologies and will include an evaluation of interoperability between OMA v.2.0 devices and other Marlin devices. Last week at the 3GSM World […]

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