Ofcom picks six for 414MHz band

UK regulator Ofcom on Wednesday announced the six companies who will be able to bid for spectrum allocations in the 414-420MHz band. Motorola’s services business, T-Mobile UK, broadcast outsourcing specialist Arqiva, airport communications provider AirRadio, Ventura Team Spectrum and the Joint Radio Company (JRC) which provides radio communications for the energy industry, are in the […]

Intel to deliver HSDPA notebooks

Finnish vendor Nokia has climbed into bed with chip giant Intel to deliver HSDPA mobile broadband connectivity to notebook users. Although 3G and HSDPA data cards are already available for notebook users, the Nokia module will be integrated with the next-generation Intel Centrino Duo platform, offering HSDPA connectivity as an embedded option. Mooly Eden, vice […]

Vodafone unveils own brand 3G device

Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile, Vodafone on Thursday unveiled its first own-branded 3G handset. The Vodafone 710, designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, will be launched in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Portugal from early October 2006. The device packs an MP3 music player, 1.3 […]

Coms shows wifi VoIP devices

UK internet telephony provider Coms, unveiled the first in a range of wifi-enabled cordless handsets on Thursday. The provider introduced two devices, both by UTStarcom. The F1000 SIP-based device, available for £109 and the F3000 SIP device for £149. Coms allows subscribers to choose a number which they can use either on the home wifi […]

NTL goes Quadplay

UK cable player NTL on Wednesday launched its quadplay service in the UK with a promise that it could save consumers up to £400 a year. The offering ‘4 for £40′ includes digital TV with video on demand, unlimited broadband, home telephone and a mobile service for £40 per month. While NTL is attempting to […]

DT rejects Vivendi’s PTC bid

German incumbent Deutsche Telekom has rejected the offer from Vivendi to buy DT’s 49 per cent stake in Polish mobile operator Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). As reported by telecoms.com Tuesday, Vivendi put Eur2.5bn on the table to take control of PTC, but reports in the German press state that DT is not prepared to sell […]

Ex Comverse CEO nabbed in Namibia

The former CEO of telecoms firm Comverse – declared a fugitive by the FBI earlier this year – has according to reports, been caught in Namibia. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kobi Alexander is being held by Namibian officials pending extradition to the US. Alexander and another Comverse executive were charged earlier this […]

Mobile firms to be grilled on spying

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is to question executives from major US telcos later this week as part of the inquiry into the Hewlett-Packard “pretexting” scandal. Cingular, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, and Sprint-Nextel have all been summoned to face the committee on Friday, which will also interview the former HP director Patricia Dunn, CEO […]

Australian treasurer wades into Telstra debacle

The Telstra board has been instructed by Peter Costello, Australia’s Treasurer, to justify to its shareholders, including the Australian government, the Aus$2.6m bonus paid to its chief executive, Sol Trujillo. At the same time some of the firm’s biggest shareholders are clubbing together to launch a protest vote against the appointment to the board of […]

3 Ireland trials digital mobile TV

Irish 3G operator, 3 Ireland, said Monday that it has been awarded a license by regulator ComReg to trial broadcast mobile TV services for one year. 3, which already runs a 3G streaming TV service over its networks, is understood to be looking at alternative technologies to take mobile TV forward. DVB-H technology which the […]

Vivendi makes Eur2.5bn bid for PTC

French media and telecommunications group Vivendi, on Tuesday said it had made a EUR2.5bn bid for Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) 49 per cent stake in Polish mobile-phone operator Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). DT and Vivendi have battled over PTC for several years, often in court and the bid is aimed at ending uncertainty over the future […]

Neuf Cegetel targets mass market

Neuf Cegetel, the French operator which last week agreed to acquire AOL France’s internet access business for Eur288m (£192.6m), has unveiled a new strategy targeted at bringing broadband to the mass market. In France, close to 50 per cent of homes do not yet have a PC and almost 60 per cent do not have […]

Amena joins FreeMove

France Telecom’s Spanish unit Amena, announced plans to join the FreeMove Alliance on Monday. The Alliance already includes founding members Telecom Italia Mobile, T-Mobile and Orange, with Nordic operator TeliaSonera joining earlier this year. With a policy of only allowing one operator per country to join the Alliance, Amena seized an opportunity which opened up […]

BT pay phones now 40p a call

Nowadays they are iconic, a symbol of a time passed and used only in emergencies – such as when the batteries on your mobile run out. Yes the humble British phone box, the distinctive landmark that has, sadly, become a rarity in the UK, just got more expensive to use. Starting November, making a call […]

Orange brings converged service to table

The first competition in the convergence space is likely to kick off in November, with both BT and France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange introducing similar products at the same time. Mobile operator Orange gave details on its forthcoming fixed mobile convergence service Monday, which will allow its customers to use a mobile handset to make […]

Howard hailed as a ‘thug’ in Telstra debacle

Tension between Australian incumbent Telstra and the Federal government there has mounted in the past few days with PM John Howard dubbed a “political thug” by the country’s opposition. Howard, never far from controversy, has put forward a former adviser to be a director of the telco and the resulting backlash crosses both political and […]

TI’s Rossi to explain reorganisation to stock market

The new chairman at Telecom Italia, Guido Rossi, is today expected to explain to the Italian stock market regulator Consob, the reasons behind the firm’s decisions on reorganising its network operations. According to reports in the Italian press there is deep speculation about whether Rossi will cut lose its mobile unit (TIM) or if it […]

State exit prompts KPN sale speculation

The Dutch government sold its remaining 8 per cent stake in former state owned incumbent carrier KPN on Friday. KPN has entered into an agreement to repurchase the shares from the State for a total consideration of approximately Eur800m (£538m), further fuelling speculation that KPN is ripe for takeover. Rumours that KPN could become an […]

WiMAX players to form roaming alliance

At an inaugural meeting in Paris on Thursday, a handful of WiMAX licensees from around the world launched the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA). The organisation is the first of its kind, composed exclusively of companies that own spectrum and operate services in the WiMAX bands, with a target of connecting a billion users to […]

First SIP dual-mode handset on Windows 5.0 is launched

US handset manufacturer Paragon Wireless, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first SIP-based Windows Mobile 5.0 dual-mode handset”. The hipi-2200 also doubles as a quad band GSM/GPRS handset. Although the device is aimed at corporates who can make significant savings by giving employees a device that can make calls over the company WLAN, […]


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