Verizon, rain dampen Voda AGM

Vodafone’s holding in US cellco Verizon Wireless is expected to be hot on the agenda at the company’s AGM on Tuesday, despite chief exec Arun Sarin’s recent dismissal of calls to offload it. Last week, Vodafone hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the […]

Virgin USA in $506m IPO

Virgin Mobile USA, Richard Branson’s US MVNO, is gearing up for a $506m IPO, according to a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday. The IPO is being led by Lehman Brothers, with Merrill Lynch & Co. and Bank of America Securities acting as joint book running managers. The MVNO leases its […]

Verizon sidesteps Qualcomm ban

US cellco Verizon Wireless has ceased its attempts to overturn the recent ban on Qualcomm chips and has signed a licensing agreement with US chip shop Broadcom instead. Verizon said it made the deal so it can continue to sell 3G handsets. Last month, the International Trade Commission (ITC) banned the import of new 3G […]

Amp’d fades out

It looks increasingly like US MVNO Amp’d Mobile is going to go quiet on Tuesday. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, said it may be suspending operations on July 24. It’s probably a good thing that 84 per cent of the company’s 200,000 subscribers are on post paid contracts as […]

Ericsson earnings up 12%

Swedish kit maker Ericsson recorded a 12 per cent increase in net earnings during the second quarter of the year, taking its profit to SEK6.4bn (US$964m). Sales for the quarter increased to SEK47.6bn, up from SEK44.8bn in the same period last year. Revenues at the vendor’s networks division increased 7 per cent year on year […]

T-Mobile taps BT for backhaul

T-Mobile UK made a landmark agreement this week when it tapped BT wholesale to be its backhaul provider, initially using leased lines but later with Ethernet. Financial details of the contract were not released but analysts say that with mobile call prices falling, wireless operators need to ensure their networks are the lowest cost possible […]

BT mulls a fibre diet

UK incumbent telco BT may be considering a U turn on its decision not to roll out fibre, or at least taking it to the kerb, according to reports. BT chairman, Christopher Bland, who steps down in September, this week revealed that the carrier is considering installing fibre to the cabinets (FTTx), typically found on […]

Sprint, Clearwire champion mobile WiMAX

US carrier Sprint Nextel and wireless broadband player Clearwire joined forces on Thursday to build a nationwide WiMAX network. The idea is to foster a quicker, broader and more efficient deployment of a mobile WiMAX broadband network than either company could accomplish on its own. The companies said the WiMAX network is being designed to […]

Google puts $4.6bn on 700MHz auction

Google said Friday that it is prepared to spend up to $4.6bn to secure itself a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum due to be sold off in the approaching US federal auction. The web giant is one of the biggest backers of open access and is calling for more competition in the broadband space. “So […]

iPhone hacked already

In an unsurprising turn of events, a bunch of hackers working via IRC, released a tool earlier this week that allows iPhone owners to use their device with a AT&T prepaid account. This means iPhoners do not have to sign up for a two year contract with the carrier. Use of the iASign tool is […]

Orange gives away laptops

Keen to boost adoption of its foxed line broadband offering, Orange UK has partnered with retailer PC World to give laptops away with its broadband packages. Customers signing up for the Orange Broadband Starter Package in a PC World store get an Ei Systems laptop – Windows XP Home, 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive and […]

Ericsson wins $2bn mega deal

Swedish vendor Ericsson won itself a $2bn mega deal on Wednesday, after being tapped by Indian operator Bharti Airtel in a network expansion contract. Under the two year supply and services contract, Ericsson will design, plan, deploy, optimise and manage Bharti’s GSM network across 15 circles in India as well as for its pan-India prepaid […]

Moto reshuffles ahead of gloomy 2Q

As Motorola gears up to deliver another gloomy financial report on Thursday, the company moved to realign its operations to try and give it a fighting chance in the market. As of the second quarter of 2007 the beleaguered company has morphed into three business segments: Mobile Devices, which designs, manufactures, sells and services handsets, […]

Vodafone to hold onto Verizon stake

Vodafone on Thursday hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the asset. Arun Sarin, chief exec of Vodafone, said Thursday that the value of the Verizon stake had increased from $10bn to $15bn in 2006 and would continue to increase. He said […]

Doom and gloom for Motorola

Ed Zander’s usual smile must have been somewhat forced on Thursday, as the CEO of Motorola reported that net loss for the second quarter plummeted to $28m, down from a profit of $1.4bn in the same period last year. Revenues dropped from $10.8bn a year ago to $8.7bn, as the company’s mobile handsets unit continued […]

New BlackBerry gets wifi

Research In Motion’s (RIM) second wifi-enabled gadget got an airing and a first this week, being the first BlackBerry to support UMA (unlicensed mobile access) for Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). The BlackBerry 8820 is RIM’s thinnest smartphone design to date and features a full QWERTY keyboard, the now familiar trackball navigation system, built-in GPS and […]

Ofcom: Porting to take two hours

UK communications regulator Ofcom is seeking to reduce the time it takes to port a number from one mobile operator to another to two hours, down from the five days it takes at present. In a proposal published on Tuesday, the watchdog requested views on its proposal that, in just over two years, transferred numbers […]

EC officially backs DVB-H for mobile TV

The European Commission on Wednesday officially threw its support behind the DVB-H standard for mobile TV, making something of a U turn on its technology neutral stance. On Tuesday, the Commission urged the 27 EU member states to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of mobile TV across Europe and to encourage the use of DVB-H […]

Update: T-Mobile explains iPhone appearance

T-Mobile Germany has come up with a viable excuse for the brief appearance of what was thought to be a promotional page for the Apple iPhone on the operator’s website on Monday. The German operator inadvertently started the rumour mill grinding, when what appeared to be a test page went up on the website […]

Intel ratchets up mobile Linux project

Intel has stepped up its venture into the mobile Linux space with the launch of, which is hosting the company’s Mobile & Internet Linux Project. Moblin is an umbrella, open source project focused on the development of Linux for Intel-based devices and will host various community-based projects such as Ubuntu’s Mobile and Embedded Edition, […]


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