3G embedded laptops to gain edge over wifi

The market for embedded 3G modems in notebook PCs and cellular PC data cards is set to post “spectacular” 60 per cent growth in 2007, according to analyst Strategy Analytics. The researcher group argues that wifi’s limitations are coming clearly into focus, and with truly cost effective mobile WiMAX still several years out, global 3G […]

Ericsson soars in 2006

Swedish mobile giant, Ericsson said Friday that it made a net profit in 2006 of Eur 2.9bn (£1.92bn), up 8.2 per cent on the previous year, thanks to acquisitions and strong sales. Turnover rose 17 per cent in the year, the company said. The company said its fourth quarter profit was up 14 per cent […]

Apple, Cisco back in iPhone talks

It looked as though Apple and Cisco were back on speaking terms on Thursday, with a joint announcement coming from the companies regarding the licensing of the “iPhone” trademark. “Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim […]

Windows Mobile hit by web bugs

Security experts this week warned of medium risk vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile that could lock users out of their own devices. US security firm Trend Micro released an advisory warning of a flaw in the Pictures and Videos application that ships with Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 in both Smartphone and PocketPC […]

Verizon upgrades to Rev. A

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it has started upgrading its 3G network to cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A. The network upgrade will launch initially in parts of Massachusetts, Virginia, Chicago, Indiana, Utah and Florida. Verizon claims that customers in those areas will receive data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company’s existing […]

Philips’ Xenium range has 40 day battery life

Dutch electronics firm, Philips, has announced a new line of mobiles it claims can run for 40 days and 40 nights of standby on a single charge. Released to the Hong Kong market, the Xenium range are a traditional chocolatebar design in three flavours, the 9@9a, 9@9d, and 9@9t. The 9@9 is the entry-level device […]

France Telecom racks up mobile

France Telecom said Thursday that it notched up 2.26 million new ADSL subscribers in Europe during 2006 to bring its total user base to 9.7 million. During the year, the number of Livebox installations more than doubled to 4.15 million in Europe at the end of 2006. VoIP users nearly tripled to 2.536 million, while […]

TeliaSonera snaps up Danish MVNO

Scandinavian giant TeliaSonera, on Thursday announced it is to buy the Danish MVNO, Debitel Denmark in a deal that could be worth up to Eur140m (£92m). In a statement, Teliasonera said it had signed a a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of debitel which has around 300,000 mobile subscriptions. The acquisition includes debitel’s […]

Maxis trials WiMAX

Malaysian carrier Maxis Communications has embarked on a six month trial of 802.16e mobile WiMAX using kit supplied by Motorola. The trial in the country’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur is among four Maxis live trial sites using Moto kit in the 2.5GHz spectrum. Due to its capacity management capabilities for high broadband traffic the […]

DNA network evolves

Swedish vendor Ericsson has completed its HSDPA upgrade on Finish operator DNA’s WCDMA network. The contract for the upgrade was signed late in December last year. Launched in 2001, DNA is Finland’s fourth placed but fastest growing mobile operator. Figures from Informa’s World Cellular Information Service put its total subscriber base at 978,400 as of […]

IPTV to be big but free

The total number of households subscribing to IPTV services is expected to grow tenfold over the next five years, according to research released Tuesday. Strategy Analytics forecasts that the number of IPTV households worldwide will grow from 6 million homes in 2006 to more than 80 million in 2011. But the analyst believes that many […]

Vodafone breaks 200m subs barrier

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said Wednesday that its total proportionate mobile customer base had crossed the 200 million mark. The operator counted 8.7 million proportionate organic net adds for the quarter to end December, with 3G devices contributing 2.5 million new additions. Vodafone’s global 3G device base is now more than 13.6 million, with 3G/HSDPA available […]

Threat to operators as content market grows

The mobile content and services market will grow dramatically over the next five years but poses a threat to mobile operators who face losing control of the billing relationship with their customers, according to analyst firm, Informa Telecoms and Media. In its latest report, released Wednesday, Informa, parent of Telecoms.com, suggests that the burgeoning sector […]

BBC VOD gets go ahead, with restrictions

The BBC Trust has given the broadcaster’s video on demand (VOD) proposal the go ahead but has bowed to pressure from communications regulator Ofcom and imposed conditions on the project. The BBC’s newly installed independent governing body said Wednesday its provisional conclusion is to give the go ahead for new on demand services, but subject […]

Mobile content wave heading west

A buoyant Asian market is expected to drive the value of the global mobile entertainment market from around $17.3bn in 2006 to nearly $77bn by 2011. Research published Wednesday by industry analyst Juniper Research, forecasts significant increases in the music, games, TV, sports and infotainment, gambling and adult content markets, bolstered by mobile TV and […]

DoCoMo’s profits slide

Japan’s number one carrier, NTT DoCoMo, announced disappointing financials on Wednesday for the nine months ended December 31. The carrier’s net income was Y403.7bn (Eur), down 21.8 per cent compared to the same period last year. Bad news for the market leader was compounded by the fact that its nearest rival, KDDI, last week announced […]

Consumers get free mapping on mobiles

A free mapping, search and navigation application for mobile phones has been launched this week by LocatioNet Systems. The company is claiming a first for the free service – Amaze – which looks like a hybrid between the popular TomTom GPS system and Google Maps. According to the company, Amaze provides any regular, Java-enabled mobile […]

Belgacom moves on Voxmobile

According to reports Wednesday, Belgian firm Belgacom SA is preparing to make an offer for Luxembourg operator, Voxmobile. According to the Belgian newspaper De Tijd, Voxmobile asked investment bank Compagnie Financiere Rothschild to investigate “strategic options”. The paper cited several sources close to the story. The move is seen as a way for Belgacom to […]

China begins 3G commercialisation

Leading Chinese operator, China Mobile, is understood to be in the process of building out a commercial TD-SCDMA 3G network in five major Chinese cities as a prelude to a nationwide roll out, according to Telecoms.com’s sister publication, Global Mobile. The operator is expected to begin offering commercial GSM-TD-SCDMA services via dual mode handsets in […]

BT remains ‘best’ ADSL provider

BT has taken the crown once again as the best performing UK ADSL provider in terms of technical performance. The operator has held the top position for the last three quarters, according to the fourth quarter Internet Performance Indicator report from Epitiro, a customer experience management firm, which counts almost all the UK’s leading ISPs […]

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