US Army wants a UMTS network to play with

The US Army’s Communications Electronics Command has ordered an HSDPA-enabled UMTS network from Nokia North America, with a view to “exploring the possibilities of 3G wireless broadband for defence purposes”. The system will be installed at one of the Army’s Research & Development Centres. This seems to be part of a broader test program, as […]

China Mobile snaps up Paktel

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) said on Sunday that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its 88.6 per cent holding in Pakistani mobileco, Paktel, to China Mobile for a cash consideration of $284m. The transaction implies a total enterprise valuation for of $460m for Paktel. Heavy investments in Pakistan have been a drain […]

MS and Nortel get together over comms

Microsoft and Nortel’s deepening co-operation has gone a step further, as the two companies announced a “road-map” for the development of new VoIP and messaging products and presented two major customers, Royal Dutch-Shell plc and International SOS of Singapore. Microsoft’s big interest in this field is to get into the market for enterprise level comms […]

Ruckus wins over operators

Champions of the home wireless network, Ruckus Wireless, said on Monday that it has now shipped over 100,000 MediaFlex units to around 125 broadband operators around the world. Ruckus is in the business of “smart wifi”, using a proprietary smart antenna technology called BeamFlex to steer wifi signals around interference, so picking the best path […]

TDC offloads Bite

Danish operator TDC has decided to sell its 100 per cent-owned Baltic mobile operator Bite to the Central and Eastern European private equity fund, Mid Europa Partners, for a cash consideration of Eur450m. Bite operates a mobile network in Lithuania and in 2005 expanded into Latvia. “In accordance with TDC’s strategic focus, Bite is considered […]

BT goes green

UK telco BT is the latest tech company to jump on the carbon busting bandwagon, with an extension to its Green Energy contract. As part of its campaign to reduce carbon emissions, the contract – in place until 2010 – will see BT saving the equivalent amount of carbon as that resulting from over 300,000 […]

LG launches iPhone-like Prada phone

Hot on the heels of Apple’s iPhone, South Korean vendor LG Electronics officially unveiled the distinctly similar looking KE850 on Thursday. LG has teamed up with fashion house Prada on the branding of the device, which looks to be an evolution of its highly successful Chocolate phone. Images of the KE850 had been leaked prior […]

Pirelli says interest in TIM holding

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli said on Friday that it has had various contacts with interested parties over the possible entry of third parties into Olimpia, the Italian holding firm Olimpia, which controls Telecom Italia. Pirelli increased its stake in Olimpia to 80 per cent in October, with the remaining 20 per cent held by Benetton. […]

Moto profits under pressure

Investors and analysts will be looking to Motorola head honcho Ed Zander later on Friday after the company’s disappointing performance in the fourth quarter. Zander issued a profit warning earlier this month after the company experienced poor performance in the devices segment during the last quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter sales were up 17 per […]

Skype to charge connection fee

In a prime example of marketing doublespeak, VoIP provider Skype has announced a new service and pricing structure that will see users charged a connection fee. According to Thursday’s announcement, the firm will now charge for something that was once free, with a Eur0.039 fee for each SkypeOut connection. However, if customers take out a […]

IPTV to flourish in China

Boosted by a flourishing broadband environment and major events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008, IPTV take-up in mainland China is forecast to pass the 23 million subscriber mark by 2012. New findings from ABI Research suggest that technological innovations are rapidly redrawing the Chinese telco landscape and operators are compelled to diversify in […]

AT&T offers free ca

US telco AT&T late Thursday announced unlimited free calls between its wireless and wireline subscribers. The AT&T Unity plan, which is available from Sunday, allows customers to make or receive calls for free from any AT&T wireless and wireline phone numbers nationwide without incurring additional wireline usage fees or using their wireless Anytime minutes. The […]

Apple to rake in 50% margin on iPhone

Apple is expected to generate around a 50 per cent gross margin on the iPhone, generating a healthy profit for both the Californian gadget maker and operator partner Cingular Wireless. Figures published on Thursday by market research firm iSuppli estimate that the 4GB version of the Apple iPhone will carry a $229.85 hardware bill of […]

Sony Ericsson tops the gaming charts

The Sony Ericsson W810i handset topped a list of handsets favoured by mobile gamers in the UK in 2006. Published by wap and web-based mobile gaming portal MobileRated, the top ten handsets for the year feature four Sony Ericsson terminals and four from Nokia. Motorola managed to just sneak one device in the top ten. […]

Pipex steps up UK WiMAX trials

UK ISP Pipex Wireless is gearing up for its second commercial trial of WiMAX services, over three sites in the Leamington Spa and Warwick areas of the UK. In partnership with National Grid Wireless, Warwick District Council and Intel, the service provider will be trialling leased line replacement, VoIP and dedicated broadband. Pipex Wireless intends […]

Indian op prepares for 3G

Motorola said Thursday that it has been contracted by one of the smaller Indian operators, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), for the supply of a UMTS 3G network for Delhi and the National Capital Region. The move looks to be the first rollout of UMTS in India and comes ahead of the country’s licensing of […]

Cellcos struggle to get subs above one M

Although the number of MMSes sent per subscriber per month remains below a single message in many countries, total MMS traffic came close to doubling between 2Q05 and 2Q06 among the 63 mobile network operators tracked by Telecoms.com’s parent, Informa Telecoms & Media (see figs. 1&3). On average, total MMS traffic increased 80.5 per cent, […]

5.8GHz WiMAX chip ships

Fujitsu has shipped its first WiMAX baseband system-on-a-chip for the 5.8GHz unlicensed band, the company announced on Wednesday. The first customers are Orza Networks and Sun Create Electronics, both of which intend to use it with a Texas Instruments RF stack in fixed (IEEE802.16d) WiMAX customer premise equipment. High hopes for WiMAX in unlicensed spectrum […]

Carphone pulls Big Brother sponsorship

British mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, on Thursday pulled its sponsorship of the UK’s controversial Celebrity Big Brother reality TV show, following heavy criticism over alleged racism. Rumours that the company would end its relationship with Channel 4 have been circulating online since Tuesday but even this morning Carphone was denying plans to sever ties […]

Wifi meshing catches on

Wifi meshing is becoming increasingly common in several markets and shipments of wifi mesh access points (AP) are expected to double over the next four years. Industry analyst In-Stat forecasts that more than 50,000 wifi mesh AP unit shipments are expected in 2006, with almost 100,000 unit shipments expected in 2010. Wifi meshing allows wireless […]

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