VoIP over wifi heads for China

Chinese consumers in Shandong will, starting in April, be able to make calls over VoIP via wifi, using a dual-mode device from Jinan Yinquan Technology. The firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of China VoIP and Digital Telecom (CVDT), will be offering its existing mobile subscribers the new handsets which holds two SIM cards. “One is […]

Sky launches triple play

UK broadcaster BSkyB launched a triple play bundle into the market on Tuesday, offering TV, phone and broadband for £26 per month, plus an extra £11 line rental. The launch of “See, Speak, Surf” will be backed by a major advertising campaign and is available to 70 per cent of UK households. The broadband is […]

MVNOs to boom but voice under pre

The number of consumer MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) subscribers worldwide is set to more than triple in the next six years, according to figures published by industry analyst Juniper Research on Wednesday. In its latest report, “Consumer MVNOs: Current Status, Future Markets and Strategies, 2006-2012″, Juniper predicts that MVNO subs will increase from around […]

Virgin preparing to enter India – reports

Virgin mobile is preparing to enter the Indian market in a joint venture with Tata Teleservices, according to reports Wednesday, in the UK’s Times newspaper. Ratan Tata, Tata’s group chairman, is believed to have had talks with Virgin chief, Richard Branson about the proposals. It is understood the pair have spoken about Virgin becoming an […]

Operators switch off Moscow’s tube services

According to local reports, Russia’s three largest mobile operators suspended services in Moscow’s tube network Wednesday. MTS, VimpelCom and Megafon told the Russian news agency Novosti that according to company representatives, the move could be connected to a terrorist threat in the capital city. The claims were “unofficial”, Novosti states. If the Russian authorities give […]

70% of SMEs want VoIP – still underserved

Seventy per cent of small businesses in the UK are keen to cut their costs using VoIP, but many dread the prospect of setting it up, according to a survey by enterprise VoIP provider ShoreTel. Even more – 80 per cent – believe that a VoIP system would make it easier to do business but […]

Sony Ericsson makes headway

Results released Wednesday morning show handset vendor Sony Ericsson making progress on its bid to shoulder Korean vendor Samsung out of the third place in the global market share rankings. In the final calendar quarter of 2006, the firm shipped 26 million units, up more than 60 per cent on the fourth quarter 2005 figure […]

Gambling still a winner

The global market for mobile gambling is set to grow from $1.35bn in 2006 to $16.6bn in 2011 despite stringent regulations in the US. The figures announced by analyst house Juniper Research are in terms of gross value of bets placed, so sadly for operators reflect a fraction of the returns they can expect. Juniper […]

Mobiboo launches flat rate for UK

UK internet telephony player Mobiboo launched a flat rate all you can eat tariff on Wednesday, allowing subscribers to make unlimited calls to UK landlines. The new tariff is £39.95 per year for home users or £89.95 per year for business users and allows subscribers to make unlimited calls for 12 months to any 01 […]

Skype founders unveil Joost P2PTV

The creators of internet telephony champion Skype have officially introduced their internet TV project, based on the same peer to peer technology that has brought them success since the days of Kazaa. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom have used some of their proceeds from the $2.6bn sale of Skype to eBay to fund the P2PTV […]

Telstra requests A$600m for ADSL rollout

Australian incumbent Telstra has requested A$600m from the government to help fund what it says will be the largest ADSL broadband rollout the country has ever seen. With a significant number of Australians living in extremely remote parts of the country, beyond the reach of much of the cutting edge infrastructure deployed in larger population […]

BT buys Nortel Ethernet kit for 21CN

BT’s £10bn 21st Century Network project has taken a slightly surprising turn, with the announcement this week that the carrier is ordering Nortel’s Provider Backbone Ethernet kit. Out of eight vendors involved in the scheme, Ericsson is the only one that is not competing with a second supplier in its domain, the so-called i-node router. […]

Touchscreens all the rage

Apple’s iPhone may be the world’s most talked about handset at present, but one of its most prominent features – the touchscreen – is far from unique. In fact, touchscreens seem to be all the rage these days. On Tuesday, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, unveiled its own touchscreen device, the D800iDS, which with its white […]

Wireless USB makes appearance

PC peripherals and equipment vendor Belkin has unveiled one of the earliest commercially available UWB (ultra wideband) products. Belkin has introduced a hub and adapter built completely on the certified Wireless USB specification. Over the past several years of its development, UWB has been involved in a tug of war between the Freescale and WiMedia […]

CSR touts cheap as chips Bluetooth/GPS

UK-based Bluetooth chip specialist CSR has acquired two location specialists for an initial $75m and is pledging to reduce the cost of its GPS chipset to under $1. CSR is paying $40m for Sweden’s NordNav, although this figure could rise to $75m if the GPS specialist meets certain performance targets. The second firm named in […]

Ericsson wins Russian trunk radio deal

Scandinavian equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, has won a contract with the Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network as part of its ongoing modernisation of its transport network. In a statement Tuesday, Ericsson said it will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom […]

3 scraps roaming charges

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G operation, 3 UK, on Monday put an end to roaming charges in markets where it owns a network. Under the 3 Like Home service, users travelling to other 3 markets, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong, Australia and Ireland, can use their bundled minutes when calling back to the UK. For calls […]

India’s mobile operators failing to please – Survey

A survey of customer satisfaction with mobile services in India has revealed a public that is becomming increasingly incensed with poor service in the world’s fastest growing mobile market. The survey by Voice and Data – a magazine covering telecommunications in India – suggests that satisfaction levels have fallen below a benchmark set by the […]

Apple in more iPhone legal wrangling

Apple is understood to have unleashed its lawyers over the weekend, targeting mobile developer sites posting details on how to hack handsets to look like the iPhone. In the wake of Apple’s unveiling of the device, a number of websites catering to the developer community have published files and instructions on how to modify the […]

Rev. A comes to Europe

Czech Republic trunking operator MobilKom said Monday it has tapped Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network. Deployed through 2007, the Rev. A network may well be the first of its kind in Europe, which traditionally uses GSM technologies. Rival player, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, is also planning to deploy […]

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