China Mobile opens bids for 3G network

China’s leading mobile company is preparing to spend around $3bn (£1.53bn) on building the country’s first 3G network before Beijing has issued licences for the technology. China Mobile Communications on Monday invited bids for contracts to build the TD-SCDMA network from equipment manufacturers. The network will span eight major cities and commercial trials of the […]

Femtocells drive fixed mobile substitution

Small indoor basestations, known as femtocells and picocells, will be the driving force behind fixed mobile substitution, according to research from industry experts, Analysys. The analyst group believes that femtocells will spur the migration of voice traffic from fixed to mobile networks, until 3G networks carry the majority of voice traffic. Femtocells will also undermine […]

Airwide, Colibria integrate messaging

SMS specialist Airwide Solutions has developed an integrated messaging solution with mobile-IM software firm Colibria. The system, based on Airwide’s Fusion messaging architecture, will handle SMS, MMS, and mobile instant messaging (IM), with full integration between the IM application and SMS. A significant barrier to the uptake of mobile messaging and mobile email, is the […]

AOL intros wifi-based location tracker

AOL has introduced a new location based plugin for its Instant Messenger service, AIM. Like GPS (Global Positioning System), the system allows a user to see where he or she is but instead of GPS, the system uses wifi access points to establish location. The “Near me” technology has been developed by Skyhook Wireless and […]

Sweden to auction off 3.6GHz spectrum

Sweden’s telecommunications regulator, PTS, has said that it will hold an auction for wireless broadband licences for in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band in either October or November. The spectrum on offer is sufficient for four licences per municipality – two FDD licences of 2x20MHz each and two TDD licences of 40MHz each. The licences will be […]

Open IPTV Forum formed

A consortium of telecoms vendors and operators announced the founding of the Open IPTV Forum on Monday, an industry body that will work to define an interoperable end to end specification for the delivery of IPTV services. AT&T, Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Siemens, Sony, and Telecom Italia comprise the founding members of the […]

Nokia still disputing Qualcomm patents

US chip shop Qualcomm is still being bounced from pillar to post over various patent disputes. No sooner had the company buried the hatchet with Broadcom, when Nokia filed complaints against the US vendor requesting “declarations that Qualcomm’s European patents are exhausted in respect of products placed on the European Union market with a Qualcomm […]

Virgin tackles ex-Telewest bundling bug

Ex-Telewest subscribers may be paying more for bundled services than they bargained for as the integration of the UK cable company into Virgin Media continues. Over the weekend, telecoms.com discovered first hand that Telewest subscribers who had signed up for a bundle over 12 months ago were now being charged for single services. On a […]

Qualcomm, Broadcom call off spat

US chip shops Qualcomm and Broadcom have agreed to settle their patent spat out of court, it emerged on Wednesday. The agreement comes a week before the two companies were due to appear in court. Neither firm has released details of a settlement. Qualcomm and Broadcom have been at loggerheads for some 18 months now, […]

Unicom insists a split is not on the cards

China Unicom has denied recent speculation that it could be split up and sold to fixed-line giants China Telecom and China Netcom. The conjecture is being fueled by Unicom’s moves to separate its GSM and CDMA arms into two divisions. “The company appears to have two engineering teams for its GSM and CDMA networks and […]

WiMAX players sign roaming agreement

The newly formed WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA) this week signed the world’s first WiMAX roaming agreement, providing seamless “GSM-like” roaming amongst WiMAX networks, as well as roaming partnerships with global wifi and 3G networks. WiSOA was founded in September by a handful of early adopters of the technology including, Unwired Australia, Network Plus Mauritius, […]

Italy bans mobiles in the classroom

Italy has become the first country in Europe to ban mobile phones in the classroom. The ban comes after several so-called ‘happy slapping’ incidents where disabled students were bullied and the films posted on the internet. One video shows Italian pupils sexually harassing a female teacher. Children who persist in using their phones after the […]

Microsoft wants voice operated phones

Microsoft’s acquisition of voice recognition software developer Tellme Networks this week appears to be a bid to replace the humble dial tone. Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed but Tellme’s 320 employees will continue to operate from the firm’s Mountain View, California headquarters as part of the Microsoft Business Division. Microsoft said the […]

No VoIP for Vodafone customers yet

Despite revealing its Stafish application at the CeBit technology show this week, UK operator Vodafone has no intention of putting any VoIP functionality on its phones. Speaking to Telecoms.com Friday, a spokeswoman said that Starfish – a launch application embedded into a mobile’s operating system to make software like Skype and Messenger easier to use […]

Voda ‘out of touch with reality’ says Ovum

Industry analyst Ovum, said Friday that Vodafone’s flat-rate data announcement Wednesday is neither flat-rate nor unlimited, as the operator claims. Jeremy Green, principal analyst at Ovum said the company’s marketing around the offer, which includes the phrase ‘practically unlimited data usage’ is “out of touch with reality”. Vodafone’s latest data tariff gives users what it […]

EC wants single standard on mobile TV

The EC said Friday that a common approach to mobile TV must be adopted by the member states including the adoption of a single European standard. Speaking at the CeBit technology fair in Hannover, Germany, the EU’s Telecom Commissioner, Viviane Reding, said a common approach was necessary if mobile TV is to thrive in European […]

Latest RIM affidavit targets Balsillie

According to local reports, an affidavit was filed in a Canadian court Thursday, that suggests the pattern of option grants at Research in Motion, is unlikely to be the result of accidental misunderstanding of accounting rules, as claimed by co-CEO Jim Balsillie. University of Iowa professor Erik Lie – a stock options expert – filed […]

Vodafone attempts to jump Essar hurdles

British mobile group, Vodafone, is looking to vault over hurdles to block its purchase of the Indian telecoms firm, Hutchison Essar, by snapping up a stake in the company’s parent. Hutchison Essar is majority owned by Hutchison Whampoa via emerging markets spin off Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) and, according to a report in Tuesday’s edition […]

Voda pitches flat rate data roaming

Vodafone on Wednesday announced a flat rate data roaming rate of Eur12 for a full day or 50Mb worth of use. The tariff will be available to Vodafone customers from July 1 and follows on from the introduction of flat rate data tariffs in individual countries over the past year. Vodafone has also seen some […]

Ericsson bolsters multimedia strategy with Mobeon

Swedish equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, said Thursday it had bought IP messaging firm Mobeon for an undisclosed sum, in order to strengthen its multimedia strategy. Ericsson already owned 21 per cent of the company, said Mobeon is the world leader in IP-messaging components for mobile and fixed networks. Mobeon produces components for Ericsson’s Messaging over IP […]

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