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 […]

DoCoMo to allow user-installed OS

Leading Japanese mobileco, NTT DoCoMo, is preparing to publish a set of new terminal specifications on Wednesday, allowing users to customise their handset with an additional operating system or applications. The OSTI (open and secure terminal initiative) specifications, jointly developed with Intel, add an open domain, separate from the phone’s default domain containing the preinstalled […]

Softbank struggles with number portability

Japan’s smallest cellco, Softbank Mobile, has been forced to suspend Mobile Number Portability applications twice over the weekend as the operator struggles to cope with demand. To some degree, Softbank, which last week launched a price assault on the market just as portability was introduced, has become a victim of its own success. But some […]

DoCoMo phone uses facial recognition

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will this week introduce the first in a portfolio of devices that are serious about security. The P903i 3G FOMA phone, which is manufactured by Panasonic and becomes available on Wednesday, is accompanied by a small, flat black card, which acts as a proximity security token. If the handset […]

Swiss ops test DVB-H

Swiss mobile operators Swisscom Mobile, Orange and TDC’s Sunrise are set to trial the DVB-H mobile TV platform from Wednesday through a pilot with Swisscom Broadcast. The trial will run until the end of January and will involve some 200 select customers and employees spread across the three operators in the city of Berne. Participants […]

Nokia wins $43m deal in China

The world’s leading mobile manufacturer, Nokia, has won a $43m network expansion contract from China Mobile Group, ZheJiang. The Finnish manufacturer said it will supply its radio and core network to boost GSM coverage in both urban and rural areas of the Zhejiang province. It will also focus on other network software and technology, the […]

SEC to have a look at RIM’s books

Blackberry firm, Research In Motion (RIM), confirmed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made an informal inquiry into the company’s stock-option grants and practices. RIM is one of several hi-tech companies that have recently been subject to increased scrutiny over option practices. The Canadian vendor recently said its original estimate of an […]

BT to recruit hundreds of new staff

British telecoms watchdog Ofcom has given the green light to BT to recruit extra engineers to reduce the time it takes to connect ISPs’ local loop customers to the internet. Under BT’s Openreach programme, an engineer is required to connect the broadband user’s landline to the ISP’s LLU(Local Loop Unbundling) kit inside the local BT […]

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