GSMA attacks EC spectrum plans

Plans to make parts of the 3G spectrum available to other technologies have been criticised by the GSM Association (GSMA). The lobby group’s ire has been directed at proposals by the European Commission to free up so-called ‘extension bands’ which have, thus far, been reserved for 3G technologies. The group believes the plans will damage […]

Microsoft and Nortel pair up on ‘Shared Vision’

An alliance to create a business service that combines communications technologies in an effort to simplify how workers communicate, has been signed by Microsoft and Nortel Networks. The technology giants have pledged a four-year agreement that will allow, for the first time, cross-licensing of intellectual property for a new “unified communications” system. The companies said […]

Sky gets into broadband

Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV company Sky, on Tuesday launched the UK’s third ‘free’ broadband service which will be bundled with its satellite TV package. The broadcaster said it will invest £400m in the service. The move has been widely expected since Sky’s acquisition of internet service provider Easynet in 2005. Since then, Orange and Carphone Warehouse […]

‘Make and Model’ hits operator revenue

Mobile operators could be losing revenue because more than half (58%) of users do not know the make and the model of their handset. So says a consumer research study conducted for LogicaCMG by Ipsos MORI which suggests the issue is a serious problem for operators and manufacturers trying to drive uptake of advanced data […]

Third Slovakian licence expected within two weeks

The winner of the third mobile licence for Slovakia is expected to be announced by the regulator there within the next two weeks, according to reports from the region. Telefonica SA, Czech Radiokomunikace and Mobilkom Austria are all competing for the licence according to the SITA news agency. Milan Luknar, chairman of the Slovak Telecommunications […]

HP unveils tiny wireless chip

Boffins at Hewlett-Packard (HP) have unveiled a tiny wireless data chip that could bring a wealth of new features to mobile phones and other portable devices. According to HP the new chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, can provide broadband internet access to most digital devices and can store up […]

BT beats off rivals in broadband survey

A survey of the UK’s broadband suppliers has found that BT beat off rivals across a range of performance tests. NTL will be pleased that its latest purchase, Virgin, came second in the survey by internet testing firm Epitiro. The survey has not been released to the public before as it is normally sold back […]

KPN and Ericsson team up on VoIP

KPN has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson for the delivery and management of a Voice over IP platform for businesses. The companies said the contract constitutes a major step towards the creation of an All IP environment, in which all communications, including voice telephony, are routed through an IP-based network. The services offered over […]

Mobile Linux group expands

One of the three leading Linux mobile organisations, LiPS (Linux Phone Standards) has added three members to its ranks. The LiPS Forum’s new members include leading chip shop Texas Instruments which has expertise in DSP manufacture and design as well as Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE. European carrier Telecom Italia has also joined up. LiPS, […]

Moto sheds 30 jobs in Ireland

Mobile manufacturer Motorola is to shed around 30 jobs at its research and development centre at Mahon in Cork, Ireland. The firm employs around 500 people in software development and semi-conductor design at the plant. Last April the company told staff it was seeking voluntary redundancies. Motorola would not comment publicly on numbers, but it […]

Exclusive Interview with Commissioner Reding

Telecoms.com meets Viviane Reding to discuss roaming, the mobile industry and the furore her proposals have caused in Europe. A year ago, few within the European mobile industry would have been familiar with EU Information Society Commissioner, Viviane Reding. But in 2006 she has become one of the most familiar – and controversial – faces […]

ISPs furious at piracy tax proposals

A plan to recoup losses made to illegal downloads has been criticised in the UK by ISPs and mobile companies. Earlier this week a proposal was put forward by a group of independent music labels under the umbrella of the Independent Music Association (AIM) for a change in copyright law and licensing that would effectively […]

Irish universities club together on telecoms research center

A national telecoms research organisation has been formed by eight universities in Ireland and won the support of the government there. The Centre for Telecoms Value Chain Research (CTVR), has received investment from commercial partners that include Lucent’s Bell Labs and FPGA semiconductor firm Xilinx. The Centre will be involved in a wide range of […]

Yahoo and Microsoft link IM

Microsoft and Yahoo have made good on a promise to make their instant messaging solutions interoperate. On Thursday the pair will release a limited beta of a new instant messaging service that will let Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to communicate with each other. Till now, the combined user base of 350 […]

Palm readies new smartphone for Europe

A new smartphone is being developed by former PDA champion Palm, in conjunction with Vodafone and Microsoft, the companies said Thursday. The Treo handset will run on Vodafone’s 3G network with Windows Mobile 5.0 and will be aimed squarely at the enterprise with its push e-mail capability. The new phone will be available to Vodafone […]

Sony Ericsson surges in

Mobile manufacturer Sony Ericsson on Thursday said its Q2 earnings almost doubled, largely due to strong sales of its Walkman music phones. Spurred on by the growth, the handset maker raised its global market forecast for 2006. The company said its net profit rose to Eur143m (£98.79m) in the three months ending June 30, up […]

GSMA to lobby Parliament on roaming

The GSM Association (GSMA), unhappy at yesterday’s formalised proposals to cut roaming charges, said Thursday that it will begin lobbying the European Parliament in the autumn, following the summer recess. The Association’s stated position is that it doesn’t want regulation, arguing that its members are able to regulate themselves. To that end, it intends to […]

EU proposes price controls on roaming

On Wednesday, the European Union made its proposals to legislate on the cost of using a mobile phone abroad while offering the industry a “final chance” to regulate the charges itself. The European Commission’s President, Jose Manuel Barroso, explained that the new legislation would give the industry six more months to cut roaming charges or […]

Latest Symbian OS supports wifi

Mobile operating system (OS) vendor Symbian, on Wednesday launched the first version of its ubiquitous OS to offer native wifi. Symbian V9.3 is launched with expansion in mind and the firm has focused on making it as compatible with operators’ convergence plans as possible. Jorgen Behrens, VP product management and strategy at Symbian said the […]

Industry to fight on as roaming proposals ‘watered down’

The mobile industry has pledged to continue its fight against plans to cut roaming charges across Europe following intense lobbying that has, at the very least, bought it some time. On Tuesday evening, details started to emerge that EU media and IT commissioner, Viviane Reding, had faced stiff opposition to her proposals from fellow ministers, […]

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