Italian drama as Tronchetti quits, Rossi takes over

The chairman of Telecom Italia, Marco Tronchetti Provera on Friday night quit the company as the row between the company and the Italian government reached breaking point. Following an extraordinary board meeting in Milan on Friday night the company announced that Tronchetti had quit. He took over the company in 2001 and remains the company’s […]

Cellular VoIP to take market by storm

The evolution of mobile network technology will mean that revenues from cellular VoIP services will have overtaken those on fixed lines by 2012, according to industry experts. Research house Analysys predicts that cellular VoIP services will generate revenues of $18.6bn (£10bn) in the US and $7.3bn in Western Europe by 2012, compared with fixed VoIP […]

TI buys AOL’s German broadband arm

Rupert Murdoch’s Time Warner has inked a deal to sell AOL Germany’s internet access business to Telecom Italia (TI) for Eur 675m ($856m) cash. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will make TI Germany’s second largest provider of broadband with around 3.2 million customers after Deutsche Telekom’s T-Online. It will also increase Telecom […]

ROK aims for mass market mobile TV

UK mobile content and entertainment firm ROK, which launched a paid for streaming TV service earlier this year, has introduced a free version of the service for consumers still dubious about paying for mobile TV. The FreeBe TV service, available via ROK TV, offers for channels of content: an extreme sports channel, a vintage comedy […]

Equity firms buy up Freescale

Motorola’s semiconductor spin-off, Freescale, on Friday announced its acquisition by a private equity consortium for a total of $17.6bn (£9.4bn). The consortium is led by The Blackstone Group, and includes The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group. The board of directors of Freescale has unanimously approved the merger agreement and will recommend that […]

Zune goes wi-fi to take on Apple

Software giant Microsoft has wi-fi-enabled its forthcoming Zune portable media player device in a bid to unseat the iPod from its throne. Late Thursday, the Redmond Giant gave consumers a sneaky peek of the device, with which it will go toe to toe with the 500 pound gorilla of the digital music player market – […]

Ericsson to reorganise, hires 500 engineers

The world’s leading maker of mobile phone networks, Ericsson said Friday it is reorganising itself into three units and will recruit 500 engineers to accelerate its research and development in “growth areas”. The Swedish giant said in a statement that the three new units will include networks, global services and multimedia and will be running […]

Voda expected to announce major Italian deal

According to reports, the Italian unit of Vodafone will, later today, announce a significant commercial agreement with Fastweb, the Italian broadband player. The reports – which do not name sources – suggest the deal will enable Vodafone’s mobile clients to use some of Fastweb’s broadband services, although details were not provided. One Italian report suggests […]

It’s a dirty job…and now you’re nicked

Smugglers have been caught out using a sewer pipe to illegally transport mobile phones between Hong Kong and mainland China. The group are reported to have rented an apartment in Shatoujiao, on the Chinese border and then dug a tunnel down to a sewer pipe which runs into Hong Kong. The booty was then transported […]

BT reveals first corporate Fusion user

British Telecom announced the much awaited version of its fixed mobile convergence solution – BT Fusion – revamped for the enterprise market, Thursday. When the original consumer service launched last year, it only offered a single access point, offering fixed line rates when a handset is communicating over Bluetooth and GSM calling over Vodafone’s network […]

Update: more details on TI reorganisation

General Electric, Time Warner and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have all emerged as potential players in Telecom Italia’s proposed spin off of its mobile operation. The news emerged Wednesday, when Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s office released details of a meeting between Telecom Italia head Marco Tronchetti Provera and Prodi. The Italian government is reportedly outraged […]

Ofcom wants further termination charge cuts

UK telecoms regulator OFCOM, announced Thursday that price controls on the termination charges British mobile operators apply to other networks’ calls are to be maintained beyond March, 2007, when the current regulation expires. The regulator intends to demand further cuts in the termination fees, with a target of “around 5.3 pence per minute” for Vodafone, […]

Pipex intros new private DSL network

UK ISP, Pipex this week announced the launch of its Secure Private Network product, which it claims is a more secure replacement for VPN tunnels connecting remote offices with corporate LANs. The firm says the product extends the security perimeter, making security services inherent in the network, in order to defeat ‘morphed’ threats. Essentially, the […]

Tiscali records strong ADSL growth

Italian ISP Tiscali announced the addition of 360,000 new ADSL customers during the first half of 2006 on Thursday, bringing the company’s total broadband customers to over 2 million. More than one quarter of this total is receiving unbundled local loop services. Strong growth in ADSL access services meant that revenues at the company increased […]

BT unveils 3G mobile TV handset

On Wednesday, BT announced a deal with Chinese vendor ZTE which will develop the world’s first 3G mobile handset compatible with BT Movio’s wholesale mobile entertainment service. Further, the dual-mode designs will, according to the pair, be compatible with all mobile TV technologies in the near future. ZTE, China’s fastest growing mobile solutions provider, claims […]

Lucent snaps up Mobilitec for IMS portfolio

In a bid to further enhance its 3G portfolio following the mega merger with Alcatel, US equipment vendor Lucent Technologies this week announced an agreement to acquire Mobilitec, a developer of content management software for wireless service providers. Lucent will acquire Mobilitec, a privately held company in California, for an undisclosed cash sum. The company, […]

3G to grow beyond 1 billion by 2010 – Analyst

Over the next four years, the move from 2G to 3G technologies will be more of a leap than a transition, according to a report from analyst firm, Strategy Analytics. The firm says the 3G market is entering a period of sustained growth and predicts that users of W-CDMA and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO 3G technologies are […]

NBC announces video content service

NBC Universal on Tuesday announced that it has created a new company that will distribute video content to internet sites. Dubbed the ‘National Broadband Company’ (NBBC) the new firm will take content from the media giant’s networks and distribute it to chosen partners across the Web. NBC’s move comes as several large media firms announce […]

Russia’s Euroset plans ambitious expansion

Euroset, the fastest growing mobile retailer in Russia, has revealed that is planning an MVNO strategy both inside and outside of the company’s domestic market. The firm argues that it is bigger and in better shape than Carphone Warehouse – which claims it is the UK’s largest retailer – has also revealed it intends to […]

Italian PM wants “details” on TI reorganisation

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Tuesday that he was “surprised” by the scale of Telecom Italia’s (TI) reorganisation, announced Monday, and warned that the government is seeking more details. According to reports in the Italian press, Prodi said the government wants to know “the details and motivation” of the deal. The reports suggest Prodi […]


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