Orange loses chief exec

France Telecom said Thursday that Sanjiv Ahuja, the head of its international and domestic mobile operation, Orange, is to step down. Ahuja has been chief executive of the mobile arm since 2004 and will be replaced by Olaf Swantee, presently senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard. The former CEO will maintain links with Orange as chairman […]

Alcatel-Lucent sales drop 8%

Monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent said Tuesday that first quarter revenues fell 8 per cent year on year to Eur3.9b. The company made an operating loss of Eur260m. Alcatel-Lucent said the loss was driven by lower revenues as well as investments in WCDMA and in its converged core portfolio. “We anticipated that some of the factors which […]

Mobily pulls fibre to 2,000 sites

At 3GSM World Congress in February, telecoms.com sister publication MCI reported that an unidentified but major Middle Eastern carrier was in the process of pulling fibre to 2,000 cell sites. At the IMS World Forum in Monte Carlo yesterday, the mystery glass blower was unmasked as Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second carrier, which recently launched an […]

Wifi hotspots set for growth surge

This year, the number of wifi hotspots worldwide will grow by nearly 25 per cent to 179,500, according to forecasts from ABI Research. While almost three quarters of these sites are in North America and Europe, the Asia Pacific region is growing very rapidly, despite the fact that growth in China has been much slower […]

ROK says mobile TV still rolling

US consumers do not want specialised mobile TV content – they would prefer their mobile to offer the type of thing they watch on TV at home. This is one of the main findings of a recent survey of more than 2,000 American mobile phone users by internet information provider comScore. But the statistic of […]

100 million S60 devices shifted

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said Wednesday that 100 million Symbian S60 devices have been shipped by licensees to date. “This announcement represents a significant landmark for S60. We believe it inspires further innovation on S60. The open platform gives mobile users more choice and provides a platform upon which new applications and services can be […]

Vonage wins right to sign up more users

Embattled internet telephony player, Vonage, bought itself some more time on Tuesday, when an appeals court granted a permanent stay on an injunction that would have barred it from signing up new customers. Late Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. issued Vonage a permanent stay, overturning a previous […]

Mobile banking interest waning

Consumer interest in mobile banking remains limited in the US, despite renewed efforts on the part of financial institutions to drive awareness. Industry analyst, Jupiter Research, estimates that just 8 per cent of online consumers who own a cell phone are interested in using mobile browsing to check account balances. In its latest report, “Mobile […]

Fon signs up Time Warner

Open wifi champion, Fon, said Monday that it had struck a deal with US cable broadband provider, Time Warner, to allow subscribers to access growing wifi network. The partnership specifically allows Time Warner Cable subscribers to become Fon community members and create Fon access points via their home or business broadband connection. Spanish-based Fon said […]

DoCoMo pitches Wii-like handset controls

Japan’s biggest mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, unveiled a handful of new 3G handsets on Monday, including one with motion sensitive controls. Stealing an idea from Nintendo’s latest gaming console, the Wii, one of the 904i portfolio models will support ‘Chokkan Games’, which are played using intuitive motion, such as tracing a finger, tilting or waiving […]

Oz picks up Thumbspeed

Mobile email provider Oz said Tuesday that it has acquired Thumbspeed, a developer and publisher of messaging, photo sharing and personalisation applications for mobile phones. The news may surprise the market but possibly less so the two companies, whose CEOs, Hank Skorny of Thumbspeed and Skuli Mogensen of Oz, have been on good terms for […]

Microsoft: IMS is not for walled gardens

Speaking at the IMS World Forum 2.0 in Monte Carlo on Tuesday, Microsoft Communications Sector architect, Sam Christie, strongly criticised carriers hoping to maintain a walled-garden with IMS. “Maybe France Telecom is big enough to get all their content for cash payments and fill a walled garden,” he said, responding to Olivier Martel, France Telecom’s […]

BT restructures further

UK incumbent telco, BT, on Tuesday announced a restructuring operation designed to accelerate the company’s transformation into a networked IT services company. Under the restructuring, Andy Green will move from being chief executive of BT Global Services to become CEO of Group Strategy and Operations. Green will head up two new business units that will […]

Carphone Warehouse to take on US

UK mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse said Tuesday that it will launch a business in the US following a five month trial with electronics store partner, Best Buy. The retailer said it will expand the concept of Best Buy Mobile on a commercial scale, with 150-200 stores to be opened over the next 18 […]

Wifi worries teachers as Cloud envelopes City

British teaching unions have expressed concerns over the safety of wifi networks in schools on the day that UK wireless broadband operator The Cloud switches on what it claims is “Europe’s most advanced wifi network”, providing coverage in the City of London financial district. Philip Parkin, the general secretary of UK body the Professional Association […]

O2 offers cash instead of phone upgrades

UK carrier O2 said Monday it will offer customers up to £100 if they opt to hang onto their old handset instead of upgrading when their contract is up for renewal. The move is being billed as an environmental initiative aimed at reducing individuals’ carbon footprints. O2 estimates that the total CO2 emission from the […]

Big three win Russian 3G lic

Russia’s top three mobile operators, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom and MegaFon, won licences to operate 3G services in the country on Friday. In accordance with the licensing conditions, the winning companies are required to begin commercial 3G services within two years of receiving the licence. MTS, the country’s biggest operator, said it plans to launch […]

Handset vendors exploit Moto’s misfortunes

Although rankings did not change among the top five handset manufacturers during the first quarter of 2007, Motorola’s rivals have been ruthlessly exploiting the second placed vendor’s misfortunes. Motorola was the only vendor in the top five to lose market share during the quarter, slipping from 19.8 per cent to 17.7 per cent market share, […]

Hackers demo sat-nav exploit

An exploit targeting the increasingly common satellite navigation devices used in motor vehicles was demonstrated at the CanSecWest security conference held in Vancouver last week. Italian hackers Daniele Bianco and Andrea Barisani demonstrated an attack that allowed them to broadcast their own data in placed of that typically used by sat-nav units to avoid traffic […]

BlackBerry comes to Windows Mobile

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) said Monday it would expand its support for Windows Mobile with an application that will enable BlackBerry services on Windows Mobile 6 devices. RIM plans to offer the software application suite later this year. Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support […]

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