Vodafone puts YouTube on mobile

Vodafone marked the end of a busy week on Friday with an agreement to launch YouTube on mobile phones. The service will launch in the UK initially and will be expanded to key markets across Europe, allowing users to access a version of the popular YouTube service directly via Vodafone live! As part of the […]

3GSM: Mobile TV to steal the show

The mobile industry’s frenzied efforts to reinvent itself as a mobile entertainment business continue apace, with mobile TV making a larger than life appearance at 3GSM World Congress, which kicks off in Barcelona on Monday. Despite the fact that the vast majority of revenue growth – both for the operator and vendor communities – is […]

Heads roll at Alcatel-Lucent

Newly formed monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent said Friday that it would cut 12,500 jobs over three years after delivering a loss in the fourth quarter and a significant reduction in full year profits. In the first quarter of reported results as a combined company, Alcatel-Lucent posted a loss of Eur618m compared to a profit of Eur381m […]

Weekend deadline for Hutch Essar bids

A winner in the bidding for Indian operator Hutchison Essar could emerge as early as next week, following reports that Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) has set a weekend deadline for offers. HTIL is expected to sit down and assess offers for its 67 per cent holding in Hutchison Essar on Sunday. Vodafone, rival Indian operator […]

Virgin Media launches in UK

Virgin Media, the combined service offerings of Virgin Mobile and NTL Telewest fixed line services, launched in the UK on Thursday. Entrepreneur and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson unveiled the new brand at a conference in central London Thursday morning, backed by an advertising campaign starring Uma Thurman. Customers will be able to subscribe to […]

Three EU states embrace UMTS900

Finland, France and Portugal are expected to lead the way in rolling out UMTS900, according to telecoms.com’s parent Informa Telecoms & Media. On January 1, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) cleared the path for the roll out of UMTS900 in its 47 member states. The authority has adopted a decision to […]

Vodafone, Orange to share 3G networks

UK operators Vodafone and Orange on Thursday announced an agreement to share their 3G Radio Access Networks (RANs). The project outlines plans for the two networks to be combined over a number of years and covers both existing and new buildouts of their 3G networks. Regarding 2G, the companies will continue to explore opportunities for […]

Cellphone fines for pedestrians

New York State Senator Carl Kruger has proposed controversial legislation which could see mobile phone users slapped with a $100 fine for crossing a street whilst using their device. Kruger’s bill would also apply to any other kind of personal electronic device that the user could find themselves immersed in using such as portable gaming […]

Mobile content sales boom in 2006

Mobile transaction firm mBlox on Thursday highlighted strong growth in the premium SMS and mobile content markets in 2006. The company said that it processed over 1.4 billion application-to-person transactions worldwide during 2006, worth more than $500m in street revenue. In the US, the number of premium SMS transactions mBlox processed increased 100 per cent […]

Vodafone offers eBay app.

Vodafone has struck a deal with online auction house eBay to offer a dedicated downloadable mobile application for the service. The eBay application will be free to download on Vodafone live! or embedded on key handsets. The offering will launch initially in Italy initially and will be made available across Europe later this year. The […]

CDG announces sub $35 3G handsets

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) looks keen to steal some thunder from arch-rival trade body, the GSM Association (GSMA). The CDG on Wednesday announced that two suppliers are now offering ultra low cost cdma2000 3G devices for less than $35 and another five suppliers are offering cdma2000 handsets for less than $40. In total, the […]

Weather moves in on Greece

Greek mobile operator TIM Hellas has been snapped up by Orascom head honcho Naguib Sawiris’ private-equity vehicle, Weather Investments, for a hefty Eur3.6bn. Weather bought the third place Greek operator from equity firms Texas Pacific Group and Apax Partners, which initially acquired TIM Hellas from Telecom Italia in June 2005 for Eur1.6bn. The sale price […]

Vodafone in MySpace partnership

Vodafone announced an exclusive tie up with social networking portal MySpace on Wednesday, allowing Vodafone customers to interact with the site via their mobile phones. MySpace already has deals with Cingular Wireless and MVNO Helio in the US and Softbank in Japan, but today’s announcement marks the first extension of Fox Interactive Media’s portal into […]

LG polishes up Shine

South Korean vendor LG Electronics launched the second device in its Black Label portfolio on Wednesday, the ‘Shine’. Flushed from the success of its Chocolate phone, which launched almost one year ago and has so far sold 7.5 million units worldwide, LG hopes the second in the series can follow the same path. LG will […]

Jobs upsets the DRM applecart

Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, called on the big four record labels to abolish Digital Rights Management (DRM) for portable devices on Tuesday. Speaking candidly in a statement on the Apple website, Jobs conceded that DRM, the method music retailers use to protect tunes from being illegally copied, “haven’t worked, and may never work, […]

Nortel CFO steps down

Canadian vendor Nortel said late Wednesday that Peter Currie will step down as executive vice president and chief financial officer on April 30. The company has begun searching for a new candidate and Currie will continue to provide advice and assistance during the transition. Mike Zafirovski, president and CEO of Nortel said “Peter has successfully […]

Mobile industry moves to protect kids

Fifteen leading European mobile operators and content providers will meet with senior EC figures in Brussels on Tuesday, signalling the industry’s move towards self regulation of mobile content. In a meeting presided over by Viviane Reding, the Commissioner of Information Society and Media, the operators and content providers will sign the “European Framework on Safer […]

Sony Ericsson stretches out

Japanese/Swedish handset vendor, Sony Ericsson, today unveiled a new handset range that saw it expand further into the entry level sector while adding to the mid- and top-tiers in which it has so far achieved its greatest successes. New models included two Cybershot camera phones, two Walkman music phones, two lower end ‘snapshot’ camera phones […]

Tiscali to launch IPTV in March

Tiscali said this week that it will launch its own IPTV service in the UK on March 1, following its acquisition of Homechoice last summer. Tiscali TV will be made available as part of a broadband package for £14.99 per month. At the switch on, the 40,000 or so Homechoice subscribers will become Tiscali TV […]

ITU, GSMA tackle digital di

The ITU and the GSM Association (GSMA) joined forces on Tuesday in a bid to tackle the digital divide in some of the world’s least developed markets. During the meeting of the Global Symposium for Regulators taking place in Dubai this week, Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the ITU, and Tom Phillips, chief of government […]

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