Little room in wireless data margins

Margins for wireless data are only ever going to get tighter, according to research published this week by Analysys. It may sound blindingly obvious but the quest for greater ARPU in the face of falling voice revenues is resulting in the widespread adoption of low cost bundled data tariffs. This, in combination with new access […]

YouTube readies for iPhone landing

YouTube will be available on Apple’s forthcoming iPhone from launch, the Californian company said on Wednesday. The Google-owned user generate content firm also revealed it has been encoding its clips into a new format in an attempt to improve quality and preserve battery life when viewed over wireless devices. YouTube is using the advanced H.264 […]

Net neutrality advocates form coalition

A union of web companies including YouTube, Skype, Google and eBay called on the US communications regulator Tuesday to take a stronger role in promoting a neutral and open internet. The Open Internet Coalition (OIC) filed comments with the FCC, urging the Commission to lead the adoption of “enforceable non-discrimination principles to provide applications developers […]

Truphone out of luck with Ofcom

It doesn’t look like embattled VoIP provider Truphone is going to get much backing from the UK communications regulator in its tussle over termination charges with T-Mobile. On Monday, the VoIP provider complained that T-Mobile had started blocking connections to Truphone’s new 07978 number range. T-Mobile argues that even though Truphone has managed to acquire […]

Nokia assumes trident formation

Finnish vendor Nokia said Wednesday it will implement a new corporate structure in the new year. Effective January 1, 2008, three new divisions will combine to form the Devices & Services arm of Nokia, which will sit alongside Nokia Siemens Networks. The three constituent units will be Devices, Services & Software and Markets. The re-organisation, […]

German strike nears end

Industrial action at Deutsche Telekom may soon be over, with reports of an agreement as the operator extended job guarantees. The German carrier is reported to have extended the job guarantees for some 50,000 staff by one year to 2012. The incumbent has drawn fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, […]

Emerging markets to drive WiMAX uptake

The early success of WiMAX in emerging markets is crucial to ensuring the long term prospects for the technology, according to a report from US research house Senza Fili Consulting. The consultant estimates that there will be 54 million WiMAX subscribers by 2012, with the gradual introduction of mobility in fixed deployments and the performance […]

Premium SMS racks up healthy revenues

Almost one third (32 per cent) of US mobile content revenue – $237m – came from off portal premium SMS revenues in the first quarter of 2007, according to a report from US digital consumer researcher Telephia. In its Premium SMS report, Telephia investigated trends in off portal content purchases where premium SMS was the […]

Apple upgrades iPhone already

Just over a week to go until the most hyped device of 2007 hits the shops and Apple has decided to sneak in a last minute upgrade to the iPhone. On Monday, the Californian company revealed that it has squeezed another three hours of talk time out of the battery, taking it up to eight […]

Orange steps up mobile ad activity

Orange UK made a brace of announcements this week in the advertising provision space, indicating that the firm is escalating its activities in this area. On Tuesday the company revealed that it has selected US vendor PhoneSpots to deliver targeted listing information for the carrier’s 118 000 directory services offering. This service connects a caller […]

Acision comes out fighting

With the demerger of LogicaCMG’s telco division closed down, Acision sailed from the mothership this week with $500m a year in revenues from the cash cow SMSC business, which CTO David King hopes has some way to grow. The interesting stuff is in the technology Acision is investing heavily in mobile advertising, platforms, and new […]

T-Mobile’s call termination opens can of worms

Hard done by internet telephony player, Truphone, is feeling the wrath of the UK’s mobile operators yet again. On Monday, the VoIP provider complained that T-Mobile had started blocking connections to Truphone’s number range, 07978, by refusing to interconnect with the service. T-Mobile’s argument hinges on the fact that because Truphone has managed to acquire […]

Mobile email gets a boost

A poll by UK market research firm ICM brings welcome, if not surprising, news for proponents of mobile email. There is precious little doubt over the usefulness and popularity of email, however, some question whether there is sufficient consumer pull for the communications tool to take off on the mobile platform. Charles Black, CEO of […]

Anam banks on SMS money transfer

SMS applications developer Anam Mobile, announced a partnership with mobile payment services firm TR2 Communications on Monday, as the duo launch a global SMS-based money transfer service. There is a ready market of consumers seeking cheaper, faster, more reliable and more accessible ways to get money to family and friends elsewhere, particularly in developing markets, […]

IMS standards get more standard

ETSI TISPAN, the European standards body for the fixed-line half of the Next Generation Network world, this week agreed terms with mobile standards body, the 3GPP, on how to prevent the fixed and mobile versions of IMS from wandering apart. IMS originated with TISPAN before being taken up by 3GPP for UMTS R99/5, but since […]

Psion boss: your country needs geeks

Sir David Potter, founder of iconic British gadget maker Psion, warned this week that the UK can’t rely on the financial services business to cover its import bills forever. Potter called for the government to formulate a strategy to boost engineering and manufacturing industry, pointing to the numbers of scientists and engineers being hired by […]

PCCW has a go with MediaFLO

Hong Kong telco PCCW said Monday it is testing Qualcomm’s MediaFLO broadcast mobile TV system. The operator’s HKT (Hong Kong Telecom) division is something of a specialist in IPTV, having launched IPTV services in September 2003 and built up a portfolio of 130 channels. The MediaFLO trials are intended to run until November and will […]

Femtocell usage rising fast

Research firm IDC believes femtocell users will surpass the 5.7 million mark in Western Europe by the year 2011. Spending in femtocell-enabled services will grow to $900m per annum over the same period. There remains uncertainty surrounding the technological evolution towards converged networks. IMS has been held up by some as the solution that will […]

Vodafone reduces web pricing

Vodafone announced today that the cost of its “flat rate” mobile data package is being cut to £8.50 a day or £25 a month. It’s still not actually flat-rate, though, as you’re still being billed by the minute, and there’s still a web proxy involved that eats SSL connections and files bigger than 230 KB […]

German strike scaled back

German workers union Ver.di is expected to pull around 5,000 Deutsche Telekom staffers off strike on Friday as it scales back industrial action. The news comes amid reports that both parties have redoubled efforts to reach an accord. The strike was launched late last month in protest over staff outsourcing and wage cuts and involved […]

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