European Lab will share thoughts on mobile and IT

Twenty European cities including London, Barcelona and Helsinki have got behind a new network for sharing information in mobile and IT. Dubbed “Living Labs Europe”, the project is designed to allow private companies, research institutes and investors collaborate on joint projects and share technical information on testing and development of next-generation technologies and mobile services. […]

Sony Ericsson satisfies

Sony Ericsson is the most satisfying mobile handset brand among US consumers who have owned their current mobile phone for less than two years, according to a new study. But competition was close fought, with figures from the JD Power and Associates 2006 US Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study, showing that Sony Ericsson was closely […]

Siemens offices raided in fraud bust

The German electronics giant, Siemens, has described how the offices of its managing executives were raided last week. The firm said that the offices of “board members” were among those searched in a raid on Thursday as a slush fund scandal gathers momentum in Germany. The raid is thought to have involved up to 270 […]

Pitch takes fight to MySpace on mobile

British mobile entertainment firm Pitch, on Monday launched a social networking and community service it reckons has the potential to be a MySpace killer on the mobile. The service runs alongside Pitch’s existing advertising-funded content offer, providing videos, games, ringtones, screensavers and wallpapers. Users can build their own mobile home page and get an inbox […]

GSMA backs NFC initiative

Members of the GSM Association (GSMA) said on Monday that they are coordinating an initiative to encourage a common approach to the implementation of Near Field Communications (NFC) on mobile phones. NFC is a short range wireless technology that enables a range of ‘contactless’ applications, such as payments or location based services for the mobile […]

3 gets into Groove with music service

UK mobile operator 3 UK beefed up its mobile music offering on Monday through a partnership with Groove Mobile. 3 UK’s marketing director, Graeme Oxby said that the partnership will allow 3 subscribers to download music simultaneously from their phone to their PC and vice versa as well as providing full track downloads direct to […]

Iraq to get WiMAX

Iraqi telecoms firm Iraqtel, a subsidiary of Al Emaar Holding Group, said on Saturday that it plans to roll out the country’s first WiMAX network to deliver advanced voice and broadband services. Iraqtel has tapped WiMAX equipment vendor Redline Communications to deliver the infrastructure and will begin deployment of the network in Basrah, to be […]

Reding restates call for super regulator

Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Commissioner for Information Society and Media, restated her call for a pan-European super regulator on Thursday. Speaking at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association regulatory conference in Brussels, Reding proposed a system under which national regulators would continue to act as direct contact points with operators and directly analyse the market […]

Symbian passes 100 million milestone

UK-based mobile operating system developer Symbian said Thursday that 100 million Symbian smartphones have now been shipped to over 250 network operators worldwide. Handset vendors shifted 13 million Symbian smartphone units in the third quarter, up 52 per cent from 8.5 million a year ago. Symbian-based devices are now available on over 100 different handset […]

BT flogs satellite broadcast unit

Just one day after splashing out £67m on broadband player PlusNet, BT has agreed to sell its satellite broadcast business to Arqiva for £25m in cash. On Friday, broadcast network owner Arqiva said it would acquire BT’s Satellite Broadcast Services customer contracts and operations in the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the US. The […]

Birmingham goes wireless

Birmingham city centre in the UK has signed an agreement with BT for the creation of a street-based wireless network. The network, which forms part of Digital Birmingham’s aim to make Birmingham a “European digital city” by 2010, will be funded by BT and will use the city’s lamp posts to create the infrastructure. From […]

3 embraces mobile internet model

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa unveiled a mobile broadband service on Thursday, which the company intends to use to deliver a fixed line type experience. From December 1, the company’s UK 3G operation, 3 UK, will offer services under the brand ‘X-Series’ which include unlimited IP telephony via Skype, instant messaging via Microsoft and Yahoo! […]

Hutch quashes 3 sale rumours

As if Hutchison Whampoa’s move to take on fixed broadband players was not evidence enough that the company is not planning to offload 3, group managing director Canning Fok put paid to any rumours of a sale on Thursday. In what appears to be an in house interview published on the company’s web site, Fok […]

BT buys PlusNet in cash deal

British incumbent, BT announced Thursday it is to buy PlusNet for £67m in cash to strengthen its position for broadband services. Last month, retailer Carphone Warehouse agreed to buy Time Warner’s AOL internet access business in the UK for £370m. BT said last week its share of new broadband customers had slipped to 22% during […]

Has Apple started iPhone production?

Rumours of an Apple-made mobile phone, commonly referred to as the iPhone, have been running hot and cold for months but Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times broke the strongest report yet that the appearance of such a device is imminent. In an article published Wednesday, the newspaper claimed that inside sources at Hon Hai Precision, […]

Global PDA shipments up 32%

Worldwide PDA shipments jumped 31.9 per cent year on year to total 4.5 million units shifted in the third quarter. The proliferation of cellular-enabled PDA’s made available on a subsidised basis by carriers was the key factor in driving growth, said industry analyst Gartner. Subsidies helped to push the average selling price (ASP) of PDAs […]

Sprint taps Microsoft for search services

US operator Sprint Nextel said Thursday that it has forged a partnership with Microsoft to develop new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers. The first consumer offering in this collaboration allows Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search on their mobile phones to access location-based content. The service is immediately available at no […]

Will Hutchison sell 3UK?

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa has been doing the rounds on the rumour mill in the past 24 hours, following speculation that the company is planning to offload mobile unit 3 UK. The rumour looks to have been sparked by Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, who, at the Vodafone investors conference on Tuesday, said that the […]

Orange to launch mobile HD TV

France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange France is gearing up to launch high definition mobile TV on Thursday. Details are scant, but analyst reports reveal that the service will only be available over HSDPA to start with followed later by dedicated mobile broadcast technology. Initially there will only be one handset available, from Samsung. The offering […]

Telecoms fraud more profitable than drug smuggling

Organised criminal gangs are targeting mobile operators more than ever as mobile subscription fraud becomes easier and more profitable than drug smuggling, according to information intelligence consultancy Detica. Figures released by the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) in March estimate that annual global fraud losses in the telecoms sector are now between $54bn and $60bn […]

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