BT unveils 3G mobile TV handset

On Wednesday, BT announced a deal with Chinese vendor ZTE which will develop the world’s first 3G mobile handset compatible with BT Movio’s wholesale mobile entertainment service. Further, the dual-mode designs will, according to the pair, be compatible with all mobile TV technologies in the near future. ZTE, China’s fastest growing mobile solutions provider, claims […]

Lucent snaps up Mobilitec for IMS portfolio

In a bid to further enhance its 3G portfolio following the mega merger with Alcatel, US equipment vendor Lucent Technologies this week announced an agreement to acquire Mobilitec, a developer of content management software for wireless service providers. Lucent will acquire Mobilitec, a privately held company in California, for an undisclosed cash sum. The company, […]

3G to grow beyond 1 billion by 2010 – Analyst

Over the next four years, the move from 2G to 3G technologies will be more of a leap than a transition, according to a report from analyst firm, Strategy Analytics. The firm says the 3G market is entering a period of sustained growth and predicts that users of W-CDMA and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO 3G technologies are […]

NBC announces video content service

NBC Universal on Tuesday announced that it has created a new company that will distribute video content to internet sites. Dubbed the ‘National Broadband Company’ (NBBC) the new firm will take content from the media giant’s networks and distribute it to chosen partners across the Web. NBC’s move comes as several large media firms announce […]

Russia’s Euroset plans ambitious expansion

Euroset, the fastest growing mobile retailer in Russia, has revealed that is planning an MVNO strategy both inside and outside of the company’s domestic market. The firm argues that it is bigger and in better shape than Carphone Warehouse – which claims it is the UK’s largest retailer – has also revealed it intends to […]

Italian PM wants “details” on TI reorganisation

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Tuesday that he was “surprised” by the scale of Telecom Italia’s (TI) reorganisation, announced Monday, and warned that the government is seeking more details. According to reports in the Italian press, Prodi said the government wants to know “the details and motivation” of the deal. The reports suggest Prodi […]

AT&T launches America’s first internet TV service

America’s largest telecoms company, AT&T, will today launch an internet TV service that will stream content to viewers over their wireless or fixed-line broadband connections. The service will cost $20 (£10.70) per month, on top of broadband connection charges of $12.99.. The telecommunications giant said the service is being offered in the US in partnership […]

Brits are groove champions on the mobile

When it comes to a groove, the UK is, according to analyst M:Metrics, more willing to get down on a mobile device than anywhere else in Western Europe or the US, The measurement firm found that the UK boasts the highest percentage of mobile subscribers who used their mobile device as a music player in […]

Nokia nabs Eur 2bn deal with China

The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, on Tuesday signed agreements with its customers China Mobile and PTAC in a deal worth more than Eur 2bn for the full year 2006. In what is a major coup for the Finnish market leader, the group employed pomp and ceremony to celebrate the deal Which was attended […]

Telecom Italia to sell Brazillian mobile arm – Reports

The Dow Jones newswire is reporting that Telecom Italia is planning to sell its Brazillian mobile arm as soon as possible. Speculation has been building about the future of the unit since last week when rumours of a reorganisation first surfaced. On Monday the company split its fixed-line and mobile units in Italy to focus […]

Analyst questions T-Mobile, EMI model

Following Monday’s announcement that Deutsche Telecom’s mobile arm, T-Mobile has partnered with EMI to trial an advertising supported mobile video service, at least one analyst believes the model could fall short. The trials will give selected customers access to free video content embedded with television-style advertising. However, Windsor Holden, senior analyst at Analysis, wonders whether […]

TI splits fixed and mobile, inks Murdoch deal

Telecom Italia (TI) said it has approved a major reorganisation to split its fixed-line and mobile businesses into two new companies. The reorganisation is designed, the company said Monday evening, to help it sharpen its focus on broadband and media activities both at home and across Europe. Speculation has raged around whether the firm would, […]

Vodafone enters fixed-line broadband, snubs C&W

Mobile operator Vodafone has struck a deal with BT to provide fixed-line broadband to its customers in the UK. The move is a response to O2 and Orange who already offer fixed-line and mobile products to their customers. Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to launch the new service before the end of the year. […]

Telecom Italia mulls reorganisation

Italy’s largest phone company Telecom Italia said on Monday that it will sharpen its focus on internet services including the sale of media content online as part of a reorganisation of the fixed-line and mobile units. According to reports, Telecom Italia (TI) is due to debate the plans in Milan this afternoon. The reports, which […]

Moto and Nokia team up on mobile TV

Mobile handset manufacturers Nokia and Motorola said on Monday that they have inked a deal to cooperate on mobile television interoperability. In a statement the firms said the aim of the deal is to achieve interoperability among the companies’ DVB-H enabled devices and network services. The handset manufacturers will work together to support solutions based […]

Visto’s Mobile email for idiots launched

Mobile email firm Visto, has launched Easy Setup, an ‘out-of-the-box solution’ designed to make setting up mobile email easy enough for the most tech-challenged consumers/business users. Visto says that the ease with which mobile email can be deployed and used is crucial to the realisation of the market’s growth potential. Steven Drake, program director at […]

T-Mobile and EMI trial free video service

Mobile operator T-Mobile has partnered with music behemoth EMI to trial an advertising supported mobile video service for UK customers. The trials will give selected customers access to free video content embedded with television-style advertising. The service looks very similar to SpiralFrog’s innovative approach to delivering legal music to mobile users who have to listen […]

Telstra price proposals shot down

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday rejected Telstra Corp.’s Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) Originating and Terminating Access Services and Local Carriage Service price proposals. The Australian watchdog said in a statement that Telstra’s proposals were not reasonable and would involve a substantial reduction in the headline LCS prices. It suggests the […]

Defeated in court, UK operators lose out

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the now infamous 3G mobile auctions of 2000 which cost UK and Austrian operators billions, were not liable for VAT. The decision on Thursday comes as a major defeat for 3G operators in the UK who have been trying to recoup some of the money that was […]

2.5bn mobile connections worldwide – Research

There are now more than 2.5bn active mobile connections around the world according to estimates from Wireless Intelligence, a research collaboration between the GSM Association and the analyst, Ovum. The analyst firm says 10 countries are largely responsible for the surge in numbers that has seen 500 million additions to the 2bn subscribers recorded in […]

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