Kit vendors win big in India

Fourth placed Indian mobile operator, Hutchison Essar, is reportedly moving ahead with a $2bn tender for 35-40 million GSM lines. The decision to go ahead with the contract comes as the operator’s shareholding structure is being investigated following Vodafone’s acquisition $11.1 billion deal to acquire 67 per cent of Hutchison Essar. The controversial deal appears […]

12,000 strike at Deutsche Telekom

Over 12,000 workers downed tools Monday at Deutsche Telekom (DT), protesting at the German incumbent’s reorganisation strategy to transfer 50,000 staff into separate units. The strike comes as DT settles down to a fourth round of talks with the workers’ union, Ver.di. DT which employs around 160,000 people in Germany, has said that it plans […]

Operators to hike IOTs says Informa

An analyst has warned of the emergence of a two-tier market for roaming services, following the EP’s approval of new price controls last week and predicts that non-Europeans will face rising costs when travelling in Europe. Informa Telecoms and Media – parent of Telecoms.com – reveals Monday that operators will increase the wholesale prices (IOTs) […]

France Telecom hires Morgan Stanley on TI offer

According to weekend reports, France Telecom has hired Morgan Stanley to advise it on a counteroffer for Telecom Italia (TI). The UK’s Times newspaper and Italian daily, La Repubblica, said the French giant has hired the financial services firm on the potential acquisition of Olimpia, which is owned by Pirelli.Pirelli has an 18 per cent […]

Samsung, Nokia partner on mobile TV

Samsung and Nokia said on Monday they will work to achieve interoperability among their DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld) enabled mobile devices and the Nokia network services system. The handset manufacturers will work together to support devices based on the open OMA BCAST standard available for operator partners interested in deploying multi-vendor mobile TV […]

Mobiles are killing off bees – scientists

Not satisfied with associating mobile use with low sperm count, brain tumours and the threat of instant damnation, scientists now believe the planet is at risk because mobiles are killing off bees. Bee experts from the US have been experiencing a bizarre phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD) – a condition that renders the […]

More than one 3G licence for China, Reding told

European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, was told Thursday during a trip to China that the country would “probably” award more than one 3G licence. After her meeting with the Chinese information industry minister, Wang Xudong, Reding said he told her that China was sticking to its policy of remaining “technology neutral” […]

Icahn writes directly to Moto investors

Motorola investors received a letter from the billionaire, Carl Icahn, Friday urging them to vote him on to the company’s board of directors. Citing the company’s “operational failures” Icahn’s attempted lure contains much about his achievements and his devotion to fixing the ailing handset maker. In the letter he said: “”My experience tells me that […]

Sun finally sets on SavaJe

Sun Microsystems late on Thursday, announced an agreement to acquire the intellectual property assets of SavaJe, the Java-based mobile operating system developer. The IT giant would say nothing further on the acquisition, other than that more details will be revealed at the annual JavaOne Conference to be held in San Francisco, May 8-11. Despite the […]

French bid in the sidelines for TI – reports

France Telecom has joined the growing ranks of potential suitors eyeing Italian incumbent, Telecom Italia (TI), according to reports Friday. As AT&T and its partner American Moviles attempt to secure a 66 per cent stake in Olimpia – which owns 18 per cent of TI – France Telecom is examining the possibility of stepping in, […]

Tamil Tigers hack satellite

Sri Lankan terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, otherwise known as the Tamil Tigers, have hacked an Intelsat satellite and are using it to broadcast TV and radio messages. In a statement, satellite comms firm Intelsat, said its technical experts met with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Bernard Goonetilleke, earlier this […]

France Telecom sizing up Middle East

French telecoms giant, France Telecom, is eyeing expansion in the Middle East following the success of its Egyptian operations. On Tuesday, the company’s chairman, Didier Lombard met Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Communications Tariq Kamel, on the first leg of a three-day trip. Lombard said his company was focused on the region […]

iPhone bites Leopard

Apple’s development of the iPhone has caused a delay in the companies’ scheduled release of the forthcoming Leopard operating system (OS), it revealed Thursday. In a statement on Apple’s website, the company said the iPhone remains “on schedule to ship in late June” but that it has had to transfer some of Leopard’s development team […]

Fists keep flying between Nokia, Qualcomm

In the increasingly tedious patent licensing dispute between mobile giants Nokia and Qualcomm, the mud keeps flying. Qualcomm on Thursday rejected Nokia’s $20m payment, which the Finn offered as an as an advance payment on Qualcomm royalties. The US chip shop maintains that both the amount of the payment and the terms that Nokia is […]

EU votes in favour of roaming cap

A committee of the European Parliament has backed proposals to cap roaming charges for mobile calls made abroad, voting in favour of a Eur40 cents (£0.27) per minute ceiling for an outgoing call and Eur15 cents (£0.10) per minute for an incoming call. The EU executive had stated previously that it wanted a ceiling of […]

Vonage CEO quits

Beleaguered VoIP firm, Vonage, on Thursday announced that its CEO Michael Snyder, has stepped down and resigned from the company’s board of directors. Vonage also announced that Jeffrey A. Citron, the company’s chairman, has been appointed as the interim CEO and is expected to serve on a short-term basis. In a statement, Vonage said it […]

Only BT left in running for Pipex

UK incumbent telco BT is understood to be the only interested party left in the running for ISP Pipex, after Carphone Warehouse reportedly dropped out of the bidding. The UK broadband provider put itself up for sale last month. Pipex has 570,000 broadband customers. Speculation on BT’s interest in the service provider has been floating […]

3 offers web for a fiver

UK 3G operator, 3 UK, expanded the reach of its X-Series service on Wednesday, offering its users unlimited internet access for £5 per month. The tariff gives new and existing customers the chance to experience the X-Series on any of the operator’s most recently launched handsets. Subscribers can use Windows Live Messenger, eBay, Yahoo Search, […]

Closing arguments heard in Nacchio trial

The defence for former Qwest CEO, Joe Nacchio, used five hours to present its closing statement Wednesday as representation from both sides drew a close to proceedings. Nacchio’s defence produced financial data and read back witness testimony in its final attempt to counter the prosecution’s allegation that he knowingly and illegally dumped $101m of the […]

Telefonica back in the race for TI stake

Spanish incumbent Telefonica SA is reportedly preparing to launch a counter-offer to buy the long fought over 66 per cent stake in Telecom Italia that it lost in a previous bid last year. According to the daily Corriere della Sera, Telefonica is readying to buy a stake in the holding company, Olimpia. Pirelli controls an […]

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