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, […]

Broadcast mobile TV to take hold in 2007

Mobile broadcast services are anticipated to take hold in the US next year, with approximately 4 million subscribers receiving mobile TV and related services on their handsets via technologies such as DVB-H and MediaFLO by the end of 2007. Senior analyst Ken Hyers, with ABI Research notes that the driving force behind broadcast adoption will […]

African satellite in trouble

Global satellite operator Intelsat said late Thursday that one of its satellites, IS-802, has “experienced a sudden and unexpected anomaly”. The operator said that its control center is communicating with the satellite and the satellite is under control and accepting commands, but the company has had to go through the process of making alternative capacity […]

German mobile workers fear for jobs

Germany’s mobile phone job market is facing a shake up with cuts confirmed at mobile operator E-Plus and expected at handset manufacturer BenQ Siemens. Dutch carrier KPN, which operates the E-Plus network in Germany, said Thursday that it is to restructure to better challenge rivals in the German market. E-Plus will eliminate a complete management […]

Telefonica to launch converged messaging

Spanish incumbent Telefonica’s mobile division plans to introduce an integrated messaging service that will alert users by SMS when they receive new e-mail. The system will also permit interworking between e-mail, SMS, MMS, IM and voice service, and allow users to upload the contents of their devices to a backup server. The service is based […]

Nokia rolls out MS Live search

Finnish mobile vendor Nokia said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Microsoft to integrate the Redmond Giant’s Live search capabilities into its mobile platform. Consumers will be able to access Live Search directly from their Nokia Nseries handsets, or “multimedia computers” as Nokia calls them, as well as other compatible Nokia S60 devices. In […]

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