Nortel to sell out of GSM business?

Beleaguered Canadian vendor Nortel Networks is reportedly planning to hive off its GSM business for up to $1.9bn (£1bn) and Alcatel is in the picture as the buyer. Nortel is not a strong player in the GSM infrastructure market in comparison to Ericsson and Nokia, and the vendor has so far been left out of […]

Ericsson hits Samsung with lawsuit

Ericsson has upped the pressure on Samsung by filing a complaint with a US court for alleged infringement of 11 mobile phone patents. The Swedish mobile giant said the action was a continuation of the legal spat that began in February. Ericsson claims Samsung continues to use disputed Ericsson technology after the expiration of a […]

AOL launches broadband video

Internet service provider AOL has this week unveiled plans to jump on the broadband video bandwagon. Video content is available over the web at www.aolvideo.com from this week. At launch, the AOL Video service will feature paid for and ad-supported content on more than 45 video-on-demand channels, programmed by content partners including: A&E Television Networks, […]

Mobilkom Austria expansion plans hit setback

Austrian operator Mobilkom lost its bid for the country’s third 3G licence Wednesday as it was outmanoeuvred by Telefonica, or more specifically its subsidiary, O2 Slovakia. Telekom Austria (TA), Mobilkom’s parent, decided to fold and walk away from the Serbian government’s re-privatisation auction of mobile operator Mobi63 on Monday, after the asking price passed what […]

Xfera strikes network deal

Xfera, the fourth Spanish mobile licensee, which has managed to avoid rolling out 3G infrastructure since it was awarded its license in 2000, has finally put the wheels in motion to deploy a network. The company, which has been a subsidiary of TeliaSonera since June, has reached an agreement with Ericsson for the supply of […]

UK’s largest community wireless network goes live

The UK has switched on its largest free community wireless network providing free wireless broadband to the city of Norwich. The pilot system is funded by the East of England Development Agency went live Tuesday and has already surpassed its original goals. The network was intended to give a boost to local economic development but […]

Apple, Google join mobile standards group

The Khronos Group, an industry consortium focused on the creation of open standards, has announced that Apple, Dell and Google are amongst the latest companies to join the group. Khronos aims to define open standards for the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a range of platforms including embedded systems and mobile phones. Jon […]

BT introduces price cuts

Millions of BT customers will see changes in their phone bills, starting Tuesday, after official caps on what the incumbent charges were abolished by the UK watchdog, Ofcom. The regulator removed the price controls after 22 years ruling that competition in the UK fixed-line telephony market is sufficient to allow BT to compete fairly with […]

Vonage loss grows

Second quarter losses at internet telephony provider Vonage widened from $63.6m (£34m) in 2005 to $74.1m this year, the company said Tuesday. Revenues however increased 141 per cent year on year to reach $143m during the quarter. Vonage has been under fire from investors and customers alike since the company launched its disastrous IPO in […]

Cingular to charge very early adopters

US operator Cingular Wireless is to start charging its 4.7 million users still using very early mobile phone models an extra $5 per month. The additional charge will begin in September and is seen as a move to drive mobile phone subscribers still using analogue and TDMA technologies to migrate to its GSM network. Around […]

Verizon hit by merger costs

Merger and integration costs with MCI hit US carrier Verizon Communications during the second quarter, with earnings dropping to $1.6bn (£800m), down from $2.1bn a year ago. Consolidated operating revenues for the quarter hit $22.7bn, a 25.6 per cent increase compared with the second quarter 2005. The wireline business added 440,000 net broadband connections, including […]

UK watchdog wants to beef up wifi

Britain’s telecom regulator, Ofcom, is looking at ways to increase the legal range of high-powered wifi equipment to 6.2 miles. If successful, the boost in range could have profound effects for both the consumer and the industry. Ofcom intends to up the power limits for 2.4Ghz band equipment which could be used to good effect […]

China Mobile expands Huawei contract

The rapidly expanding Huawei has won a contract with China Mobile to expand its GSM contract to provide mobile softswitch with a 30 million subscriber-capacity and more than 30 thousand TRXs in the second half of this year. In a statement, China Mobile said it selected Huawei over numerous competitors because of “its strength in […]

Telenor buys Mobi63 for $1.93bn

Norwegian telco Telenor acquired Serbia’s Mobi63 for $1.93bn in a public auction in Belgrade on Monday.Telenor won the auction by beating off bids from Austria’s Mobilkom and Egypt’s Orascom. Mobi63 was owned by the Serbian government and a consortium of Austrian investors. No ownership percentages were available. Telenor initially bid $1.658bn, around $600m more than […]

Verizon drops music charge lauches chocolate

After a clobbering in the press, Verizon Wireless has decided to do away with its monthly $15 fee for its music download service. Instead the firm is launching a new mobile with a 2Gb storage card, capable of storing 1,000 tunes. Earlier this year, Verizon became a target of much abuse when it launched the […]

Tiscali boosted by UK ADSL growth

Italian internet service provider Tiscali Monday reported that revenues for the first half of 2006 increased 17 per cent year on year to Eur412.9m (£282m), driven by strong growth in the UK ADSL space. Approximately 360,000 users registered to Tiscali’s ADSL services in the first six months of 2006, bringing the company’s total broadband customer […]

The Cloud and Tesco team up on consumer wifi

As predicted by Telecoms.com in May, the UK’s leading supermarket chain, Tesco, is to offer wireless internet access airtime for an unlimited use flat rate of £11.99 a month, in partnership with The Cloud. Tesco serves 5 million visitors a month in the UK and will be pushing the offer through its Tesco Telecoms arm […]

Mobile firms pledge to tackle handset theft

The UK’s mobile network operators, a number of high street retailers and a handful of handset manufacturers, on Friday agreed to a charter holding themselves accountable for tackling mobile phone theft in the country. Under the banner of the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum (MICAF), the industry players are working in partnership with the government […]

French copyright bill faces further dilution

The controversial French copyright bill, locally known as the DADVSI (droit d’auteur et droits voisins dans la societe de l’information), faces further dilution after the country’s constitutional council took issue with some points of the legislation Thursday. The French parliament voted in an already watered down version of the copyright bill on June 30, potentially […]

Vendors look to future of IMS

A handful of equipment vendors and US CDMA operator Verizon Wireless have banded together to take IP Multi-media Subsystem (IMS) technology to the next level. Verizon, together with Cisco, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel and Qualcomm, is working to develop enhancements to the emerging IMS architecture. The next generation architecture has been termed A-IMS (Advances to […]

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