Viewty shines for LG

Korean handset vendor LG Electronics said this week it has been enjoying strong sales of its 5 megapixel camera phone, the Viewty, which launched last month. LG said it has shifted 310,000 units of the Viewty touchscreen device, or the LG-KU990 as it’s known, across the UK, France and Germany. More recently, sales of the […]

Microsoft Zumobi platform goes into beta

Microsoft spin off Zumobi has pushed its mobile widget platform into the beta stages, with a release of the platform that can be downloaded by consumers. The beta version of Zumobi, launched with 75 partner widgets, or ’tiles’, as the company calls them. These tiles work in much the same way as widgets do on […]

The beginning of the end (of the year)

Actual telecoms news has been thin on the ground this week, so it’s rather fitting that the Informer filed his last edition of A Week in Wireless for 2007. The biggest news, such as it is, is that Sprint Nextel reckons its still going ahead with a commercial launch of WiMAX next year – a […]

Nokia N-Gage returns next week

Leading handset vendor Nokia said Thursday that its ill fated N-Gage platform will be making a comeback next week. Owners of the Nokia N81 and N81 8GB will have exclusive access to a pre-release version of the N-Gage application and one or more N-Gage games, the vendor said. Nokia will also be opening up its […]

UK gets multi-billon pound spectrum auction underway

UK communications regulator Ofcom moved a multi billion pound auction of radio spectrum into its initial phase on Thursday, paving the way for a new range of digital services. The “digital dividend” spectrum, which is in the much sought after UHF band currently used by terrestrial television broadcasters, is being freed up through the switchover […]

China’s telecoms market opens up to foreign investment

The Chinese government has lifted geographic restrictions on foreign investment and increased the ceiling on asset ownership by overseas companies from 35 per cent to 49 per cent. The opening up of China’s domestic and international basic telecoms service this month, comes under its commitment to the World Trade Organisation, but also comes ahead of […]

Nokia gets one over on Qualcomm

Finnish handset maker Nokia claimed a victory over US chip shop Qualcomm on Wednesday, as the US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a ruling that Nokia had not infringed three Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm filed suit against Nokia in 2006, alleging Nokia’s infringement on six patents. But the US chip vendor voluntarily withdrew three of the […]

Sprint remains on track for 2008 WiMAX launch

Despite the recent break up of its WiMAX joint venture with Clearwire, US carrier Sprint Nextel remains on track for a commercial launch of the wireless broadband technology next year. Sprint is soft launching its WiMAX network in three markets between now and Christmas, with several hundred employees testing the network over data cards. After […]

Second Lifers get real world phone lines

Inhabitants of Second Life will soon be able to carry out their real world communications from the comfort of the virtual universe. Early next year, Second Life developer, Linden Labs, will integrate a platform that enables participants to associate real world telephone numbers with their avatars. Second Lifers can then receive phone calls from the […]

Finance chief to take helm at O2 UK

Following the recent appointment of Matthew Key as chairman and chief executive of Telefonica O2 Europe, the company said that Ronan Dunne, currently chief financial officer of O2 UK, will take the helm. Dunne will take over from Key as CEO of the UK business in 2008 and will also join the board of Telefonica […]

WiMAX coming to Russia in 2008

Russian fixed line operator Comstar said Wednesday that it has tapped Intel to help it build out a mobile WiMAX network in the Moscow region. Comstar, which is majority owned by Sistema, the Russian conglomerate which also runs leading mobile carrier MTS, said it plans to launch the network before the end of 2008. The […]

Vodafone to enter Qatar

A Vodafone led consortium was awarded the second mobile telecoms licence in Qatar on Monday, beating rival bids from Verizon and Etisalat. ictQatar, the country’s telecoms regulator said the Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium had been successful, submitting the highest bid in the second round auction. Other eligible consortiums submitting bids were the Verizon led […]

Ofcom comes down hard on BT Openreach

UK communications watchdog Ofcom is planning to force BT to pay out more compensation to its wholesale customers for failing to meet requirements. In its annual review of BT’s regulatory compliance, Ofcom expressed concern at the performance of the incumbent carrier’s Openreach division. As a result, the regulator has proposed BT makes greater compensation payouts, […]

Vodafone creates Indian network sharing company

Vodafone’s newly acquired Indian mobile unit, Vodafone Essar, has teamed up with two rival GSM carriers to set up a shared network infrastructure in the country. Bharti Infratel and Idea Cellular have both agreed to set up an independent tower company with the Big V, providing passive infrastructure services in India to all operators in […]

Nokia unveils ad funded video service

Not content with putting the terrors on the operator community by rolling out its own music services, Nokia is provoking its customers further with an ad supported video service released this week. On Monday, Nokia announced a video service called Medeo, which focuses on delivering red carpet news, movie star interviews, film trailers and fashion […]

Device no show burns Palm

US gadget maker Palm said Friday that its loss for the quarter to the end of November would be greater than expected, as roll out of its ‘secret weapon’ fell behind schedule. The company said revenues were expected to be in the range of $345m to $350m, compared to earlier guidance of $370m to $380m. […]

Orascom sells out of Hutchison Telecom

Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom said Thursday it has reached an agreement to sell its remaining shares in Hutchison Whampoa’s emerging markets unit. Orascom will sell its 14.2 per cent holding in Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd (HTIL) for around HK$7.5bn ($960m). Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa will re-acquire 9.2 per cent of the stake and a […]

BT trials ad funded video

UK carrier BT this week began a three month trial of ad funded video services through its BT Vision Download Store. Users of BT’s PC-based IPTV service will be able to watch three films from FremantleMedia – Mischief Night, Played and The Punk Rock Movie – free of charge in return for viewing targeted advertisements. […]

Google rejigs site for iPhone access

Internet giant Google said Wednesday that it has redesigned its mobile portal to better accommodate Apple iPhone users. Steve Kanefsky, a software engineer on the Google mobile team, revealed that the introduction of a device with a large touch screen, wifi and a full blown Safari web browser, prompted him to create an application that […]

3 UK goes radio ga ga

UK 3G operator 3 reckons it’s come up with a novel music service in the shape of its Non Stop Music offering, launched on Thursday. The service gives customers unlimited access to eight genre-based music streams, ranging from ‘dance’ to ‘classic’ at a price of £0.49 for 24 hours. But we can’t help but think […]

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