BSNL monster contract de

Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has been forced to withhold awarding the contract for its monster GSM tender until at least November 16, after a Delhi High Court hearing on the matter. European equipment vendors Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens have emerged as the final three players in the running for what is thought […]

Finland to get wireless broadband in 2007

Finnish broadcast network Digita said Thursday that the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has approved the rollout schedule for a nationwide wireless broadband network. The schedule has already been delayed for about seven months as the plan requires coordination of radio frequencies with neighbouring countries. But Digita said it has now condensed the schedule […]

3G “to fail” in China, says 4G forum

Third generation mobile technology will be largely unsuccessful and nothing more than a stop gap in China, according to the country’s administrative body for the development of fourth generation wireless. On Thursday, Willie Lu, an independent special advisor for China’s 4G administration and chairman of Fourth Generation Mobile Forum (4GMF), said that the country’s foresightedness […]

3 UK gets Sky content

Broadcast giant BSkyB has expanded its mobile footprint with the announcement on Thursday that it has agreed to make its Sky Mobile TV service available to subscribers of the 3 UK network. 3’s customers will be able to receive up to 27 Sky Mobile TV channels including live news, sport, music, entertainment and documentaries. Subscribers […]

BT slapped over “free calls” ad

BT had its wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on Wednesday for misleading consumers with a “free calls” claim. Carphone Warehouse blew the whistle on the UK incumbent over three national press ads that promised “Free UK Evening and Weekend calls over the internet” as part of BT’s new Total Broadband package with […]

Cingular gets down with radio star

Cingular Wireless has teamed up with American broadcaster, XM Satellite Radio Holdings to stream 25 XM music channels to more than 58 million Cingular handset customers in the US. Starting November 6, Cingular’s customers will be able listen to a XMs commercial-free music channels through the XM Radio Mobile service. As part of the offering […]

YouTube to go wireless next year

The online video phenomenon YouTube announced Wednesday that it hopes to launch a service for wireless devices within a year. At the OgilvyOne digital advertising summit in New York, the firm’s executive and co-founder, Chad Hurley said delivering video to wireless devices was an important step and a huge opportunity. “It’s a natural transition,” Hurley […]

Vonage hits expectations but shares in freefall

VoIP firm Vonage posted better than expected results for its third quarter but despite the news, the company’s share price fell almost eight per cent after it cut its forecast on annual subscriptions. In a statement, Vonage said it had reduced its net loss to $62m (£32.48m), or 40 cents per share, from $66m for […]

AT&T intros another IPTV service

US carrier AT&T launched its Homezone service on Wednesday, going toe to toe with the country’s cable TV providers. The Homezone bundle combines Yahoo! broadband, AT&T’s DISH satellite television and wireless home networking services in a single device. The offering is available across the company’s broadband footprint as of today. The package delivers IPTV video […]

Wireless hi-def group formed

A handful of major consumer electronics manufacturers have banded together under the banner of the WirelessHD special interest group, announced Tuesday, to develop a specification for shifting high definition content around the home wirelessly. LG Electronics, Matsushita/Panasonic, NEC, Samsung, SiBEAM, Sony and Toshiba form the group that has tasked itself with developing a specification for […]

DoCoMo, Intel pitch dual-OS handsets

Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo on Wednesday published the first revision of its OSTI (open and secure terminal initiative) specification, allowing for the dual booting of operating systems on handsets. As telecoms.com has already revealed, the OSTI platform supports two domains, an ‘operator domain’ intended for personal use and a second domain, which DoCoMo envisions […]

Motorola calls for Java unification

US manufacturer Motorola on Wednesday issued a call to reduce the heavy fragmentation of the Java platform for mobile devices. The vendor appealed to the broader Java Micro Edition (ME) ecosystem to establish a complete Java ME software stack for the mobile industry, under the Apache License Version 2.0. Motorola said it will work to […]

Cicero steps up wVoIP assult with Nokia

Irish VoIP solutions firm, Cicero Networks, on Wednesday launched a Symbian version of its dual-mode VoIP client software for Nokia’s S60 handsets. The Dublin-based outfit claims the solution – CiceroPhone – will allow “seamless roaming between… wifi and cellular networks”. The software will be available by the end of November. According to Cicero, the software […]

Sistema wants a piece of DT

Russian investment house Sistema is reportedly seeking to take a slice of German carrier, Deutsche Telekom, in exchange for the Russian company’s telecoms portfolio. According to a report in the Financial Times on Wednesday, Sistema has suggested the full integration of its telecoms division into Deutsche Telekom, in return for a ten to 20 per […]

Vodafone keeps it in the family

Vodafone UK will launch a new friends and family tariff on Wednesday, allowing groups of either four or six people to make unlimited calls to each other. The way the scheme works is that one of the subscribers to the Vodafone Family tariff pays £5 per month and is able to nominate three other Vodafone […]

Is Orange’s ‘Unique’ compelling?

Orange is set to become the first UK mobile operator to launch an FMC service when it introduces its so-called Unique product on November 1. There are doubts, however, about whether the initial offering will be compelling enough to generate significant take-up. Unique phone will enable Orange’s customers, for a monthly fee, to make unlimited […]

Nokia claims lead in music phone sales

iPods are out and mobiles with built-in music capability are the new thing, according to Nokia which reckons sales of MP3 phones far outstrip shipments of dedicated MP3 music players. The Finnish manufacturer said in an interview with Reuters that it was selling “huge amounts” of MP3 phones and predicted it will sell around 80 […]

EU regulation under attack

The GSM Association’s European mobile operator focus group, GSM Europe, mounted an attack on the EU’s regulatory framework review on Monday, following the completion of round one last week. The aim of the EU regulatory framework has been to progressively reduce ex-ante regulation in a number of market segments as competition in the market develops. […]

Nokia scores hefty Indian contract

Indian operator Bharti Airtel on Tuesday awarded Nokia an estimated $400m (£210m) contract to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks in eight circles and deploy a WAP solution across its infrastructure. Under a three year contract, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks to cover all towns and cities in the eight telecom circles […]

Too many new phones not able to play real music or video

Despite the shift in focus to real music reported by most mobile-music-industry insiders, it’s surprising to see just how few of the handset models launched in seven key markets feature music players as opposed to polyphonic functionality. According to data gathered by MM publisher Informa Telecoms&Media, just over half of the 38 models introduced by […]

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