NTL woos corporates without Virgin

Cable giant NTL is to expand it business communications division – but without using the Virgin brand, which it bought earlier this year. Starting in the first half of 2007, the freshly merged company will use the Virgin name to promote its mobile, cable TV, broadband and landline services under a licensing agreement reached at […]

Vishing threat emerges

Consumers are being warned of a new communications fraud lurking online that uses voice to con them out of money and personal details. According to US-based Secure Computing Corporation, phishing attacks have now evolved into phone scams and, have earned the monicker `Vishing’ scams. Secure Computing, which has tracked online news and discussion groups to […]

ITC investigates Nokia in US

In an escalation in the spat between Nokia and Qualcomm, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has started an investigation into whether Nokia Corp. and Nokia Inc. have been involved in unfair practices against the CDMA giant. The allegation is that the Nokias have been importing and selling handsets, wireless devices and other unspecified components […]

PCCW is sold

A Hong Kong-based investor has agreed a HK$9.2bn ($1.2bn) deal to buy Richard Li’s controlling interest in PCCW, the leading domestic telco in the region. Mr Leung announced the deal last night, ending speculation about the sale of PCCW which has been the subject of a bidding war between TPG Newbridge and Macquarie Bank. The […]

Lucent, Alcatel deal sheds 9,000 jobs

Around 9,000 jobs are to be shed when the merger between Lucent and Alcatel is completed, the companies said Monday night. In a statement, the pair said they “are on track to complete… the merger transaction by the end of calendar year 2006″. Analysts predicted there would be job losses a as result of the […]

Vonage sued for third time over patents

Embattled VoIP firm, Vonage, has been hit by another patent infringement suit, this time from patent-holding company Klausner Technologies which is looking for $180m in damages and royalties. Klausner alleges that Vonage infringes patents used in its voice mail service. The patent dates from 1994 and allows checking of analogue voice mail from a remote […]

US and Japan to Lead $11.7bn Mobile TV Market

A report from analyst firm Juniper Research predicts that Broadcast Mobile TV will reach revenues of $11.7bn worldwide by 2011. Japan is predicted to lead the market with revenues reaching $2.9bn and the US will follow closely at $1.8bn. The UK is also predicted to be a key market at $989m. Although Japan is initially […]

Taipei to replace cellular with wifi

Taipei’s City Government has launched a voice over wifi trial it believes could lead to 200,000 using the technology by year end. Dubbed ‘Taipei Easy Call’ the service is based on Taipei’s city-wide “WiFly” WLAN network and is backed by ten companies, including the Taipei Computer Association (TCA). The idea is to saturate Taipei with […]

ISPs targeted by music body

In what is being hailed as an unprecedented move this side of the Atlantic, the British music industry is demanding that two internet service providers (ISPs) cut the internet service of people it has identified as illegal file sharers. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), long a fierce critic of illegal file sharing, says it has […]

Strapped CDMA operators turn to GSM

According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) CDMA operators feeling the pinch, are increasingly turning to flavours of GSM (GSM/EDGE, WCDMA-HSPA) to keep their businesses growing. The organisation’s latest report suggests that operators choose a dual system strategy but found that most prefer to migrate their whole customer base to GSM. The GSA survey […]

China opens 3G door to Samsung

Korean electronics giant, Samsung said on Monday that it has passed all the requirements to sell mobile 3G handsets in China.China has been developing its own 3G technology, Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) despite widespread concern that it is inferior to other 3G standards. Today’s TD-SCDMA in China has been under development by […]

Investors circle PCCW, reports

A Hong Kong investor is looking to purchase phone operator PCCW, according to reports in The South China Morning Post. The investor is expected to announce a $1.35bn offer for the controlling stake in PCCW sometime today. According to other reports, the firm’s board met Monday on the potential sale. Details were not available. The […]

Don’t panic over VoIP says Moody’s

Moody’s Investors Service says Voice over IP (VoIP) technology poses little or no risk to European telephone companies, in its latest report on the telecoms industry. The firm predicts that while VoIP services will erode telecom revenues, the effect will be minimal and, thankfully, gradual, allowing telcos to offset the losses with gains in broadband […]

Motorola delivers WiMAX to Alltel

Motorola yesterday announced it has been contracted by U.S. operator Alltel to provide its MOTOwi4 canopy wireless broadband solution to help the operator deliver last mile access to the home. The MOTOwi4 portfolio of solutions includes canopy wireless broadband, broadband over powerline, WiFi mesh, high-speed backhaul and WiMAX products.

DoCoMo looks to boost data subs as profit plummets

Leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo today unveiled a new strategic initiative geared at driving uptake of its FOMA WCDMA services and cutting the dead weight of its loss making PHS division. The operator also announced a deal with Philippines operator PLDT, which will further the expansion of its i-mode service on a global basis. From […]

Joost goes live with internet TV

Joost, the TV over internet service from the brains behind Skype, said Tuesday that it has launched commercially. Although this does not mean it has thrown the doors open to all and sundry just yet, rather existing beta testers now have unlimited invites to hand out for those wanting to get in on the service. […]

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