EU regulation under attack

The GSM Association’s European mobile operator focus group, GSM Europe, mounted an attack on the EU’s regulatory framework review on Monday, following the completion of round one last week. The aim of the EU regulatory framework has been to progressively reduce ex-ante regulation in a number of market segments as competition in the market develops. […]

Nokia scores hefty Indian contract

Indian operator Bharti Airtel on Tuesday awarded Nokia an estimated $400m (£210m) contract to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks in eight circles and deploy a WAP solution across its infrastructure. Under a three year contract, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks to cover all towns and cities in the eight telecom circles […]

Too many new phones not able to play real music or video

Despite the shift in focus to real music reported by most mobile-music-industry insiders, it’s surprising to see just how few of the handset models launched in seven key markets feature music players as opposed to polyphonic functionality. According to data gathered by MM publisher Informa Telecoms&Media, just over half of the 38 models introduced by […]

DoCoMo to allow user-installed OS

Leading Japanese mobileco, NTT DoCoMo, is preparing to publish a set of new terminal specifications on Wednesday, allowing users to customise their handset with an additional operating system or applications. The OSTI (open and secure terminal initiative) specifications, jointly developed with Intel, add an open domain, separate from the phone’s default domain containing the preinstalled […]

Softbank struggles with number portability

Japan’s smallest cellco, Softbank Mobile, has been forced to suspend Mobile Number Portability applications twice over the weekend as the operator struggles to cope with demand. To some degree, Softbank, which last week launched a price assault on the market just as portability was introduced, has become a victim of its own success. But some […]

DoCoMo phone uses facial recognition

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will this week introduce the first in a portfolio of devices that are serious about security. The P903i 3G FOMA phone, which is manufactured by Panasonic and becomes available on Wednesday, is accompanied by a small, flat black card, which acts as a proximity security token. If the handset […]

Swiss ops test DVB-H

Swiss mobile operators Swisscom Mobile, Orange and TDC’s Sunrise are set to trial the DVB-H mobile TV platform from Wednesday through a pilot with Swisscom Broadcast. The trial will run until the end of January and will involve some 200 select customers and employees spread across the three operators in the city of Berne. Participants […]

Nokia wins $43m deal in China

The world’s leading mobile manufacturer, Nokia, has won a $43m network expansion contract from China Mobile Group, ZheJiang. The Finnish manufacturer said it will supply its radio and core network to boost GSM coverage in both urban and rural areas of the Zhejiang province. It will also focus on other network software and technology, the […]

SEC to have a look at RIM’s books

Blackberry firm, Research In Motion (RIM), confirmed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made an informal inquiry into the company’s stock-option grants and practices. RIM is one of several hi-tech companies that have recently been subject to increased scrutiny over option practices. The Canadian vendor recently said its original estimate of an […]

BT to recruit hundreds of new staff

British telecoms watchdog Ofcom has given the green light to BT to recruit extra engineers to reduce the time it takes to connect ISPs’ local loop customers to the internet. Under BT’s Openreach programme, an engineer is required to connect the broadband user’s landline to the ISP’s LLU(Local Loop Unbundling) kit inside the local BT […]

Orange intros broadband only package

Orange set out to target fixed line broadband users on Friday with the launch of its Broadband Unlimited package. reckons the blurb is a little misleading as it proposes “unlimited wireless broadband” but as far as we can tell, what you get is an up to 8Mbps ADSL connection and a Livebox wireless router. […]

What gives with SavaJe?

Java-based operating system developer SavaJe has been getting ground up pretty badly by the rumour mill the past few days. Some reports suggest that the company is being wound up and UK staff have been sent home with their laptops until severance pay can be sorted out. Other reports claim that SavaJe is desperately trying […]

Profits slide at DoCoMo

Japan’s biggest mobile company, NTT DoCoMo Inc. said its first-half profit dropped 20 per cent as increasing competition from KDDI and Softbank forced the giant to spend more to get subscribers to switch to its 3G service. The company said its net income was 310bn yen ($2.6bn) in the six months ended Sept. 30, from […]

China STiMi’s mobile TV with own tech.

China is reported to launched its own technology standard for mobile TV broadcasting this week. The country’s State Administration of Radio, Film and TV (SARFT) has introduced the Satellite Terrestrial Interactive Multi-service Infrastructure (STiMi), developed by the SARFT-affiliated Academy of Broadcast Science. Local press reports that there is a possibility that all service providers will […]

3G comes to Ukraine

Ukrainian fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has announced plans to launch what it claims to be the first 3G network in the country. The operator on Friday said it has tapped Nokia for the supply of 3G core and radio networks to its Utel wireless unit. The network will be launched in the Kiev area, from […]

Moto eyes up Sagem – reports

Handset giant Motorola is reported to be interested in buying French phone and fax manufacturer, Sagem. A report in Le Figaro says an executive from Moto has confirmed its interest in the French company. Ron Garriques, head of Motorola’s mobile devices business, told the French newspaper: “We have a serious interest in Sagem. It’s an […]

Block MP3 site orders court

A Danish court has ordered the Swedish telecom operator Tele2 AG to prevent its subscribers from visiting a Russian web site of selling music illegally. The site, AllofMP3 is owned by Moscow-based Mediaservices and is accused by the Danish arm of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), of disseminating music illegally. The ruling […]

Fusion breaks 100k subs barrier, maybe

UK telco BT may well have shocked the sceptics following reports that it has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its Fusion service. The operator has caught a lot of flack in the media recently after it emerged that the service was off to a slow start, signing up just 30,000 customers by the end […]

Software giant warns of consolidation

A newly created $900m (£480m) software giant has said that the highly fragmented telecoms software space is ripe for consolidation. The news comes as Aricent, a full service telecoms software provider made its debut on Thursday. Aricent itself, which has re-entered the market under a new name, is a consolidation of software firms. Previously the […]

BT buys Counterpane security

BT said Wednesday that it has acquired security firm Counterpane, started up by well known cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier, for an undisclosed sum. The California-based firm provides managed networked security services to around 550 networks worldwide including multinational and Fortune 100 customers. Post acquisition, Schneier will continue in his role as CTO and […]


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