Defeated in court, UK operators lose out

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the now infamous 3G mobile auctions of 2000 which cost UK and Austrian operators billions, were not liable for VAT. The decision on Thursday comes as a major defeat for 3G operators in the UK who have been trying to recoup some of the money that was […]

2.5bn mobile connections worldwide – Research

There are now more than 2.5bn active mobile connections around the world according to estimates from Wireless Intelligence, a research collaboration between the GSM Association and the analyst, Ovum. The analyst firm says 10 countries are largely responsible for the surge in numbers that has seen 500 million additions to the 2bn subscribers recorded in […]

Analysts unimpressed with Virgin’s Mobile TV

Analysts and observers have criticised the launch of Virgin’s mobile TV service, both for the quality of the offering and its lack of channels. The mobile virtual network operator announced its broadcast mobile TV offering at an event in London on Thursday but already questions are being asked about its quality and the effect that […]

Apple iFone almost ready?

The rumour mill is grinding again and the internet is abuzz with speculation that the unveiling of Apple’s long awaited iPod phone, or iFone, is imminent. What we know is that Apple has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday September 12 in London, with similar events presumably taking place around the world. The topic of […]

Mobile advertising worth $11.35bn by 2011 – Analyst

Spending on mobile advertising is about to take a sharp upturn, according to a report by Telecoms.com’s parent Informa Telecoms and Media. In its latest study ‘Mobile Advertising Services: generating revenue through subsidised content’ the analyst predicts that worldwide spend on mobile advertising will be worth $11.35bn (£6.05bn) within five years. The report suggests that […]

RIM’s ‘Pearl’ set to win consumer hearts

Making good on its promise, Research in Motion, the Canadian manufacturer behind the BlackBerry launched its first consumer version of the iconic gadget on Thursday The new BlackBerry – dubbed 8100 or ‘Pearl’ – is a response from the company to concerns that while it remains dominant in the corporate mobile email sphere, it lacks […]

Pipex in £12m Cable and Wireless deal

The UK’s Pipex Group has paid £12m to boost its broadband customer base, by buying 118,000 residential and small business customers from Cable and Wireless’ Bulldog arm. Separately, Pipex has signed up to use Cable and Wireless’ unbundled local loop (LLU) access network, which will cover 800 exchanges. Pipex uses a hybrid network – a […]

Sprint intros pay per view mobile movies

US mobile customers can now access full length, pay per view movies on their handsets, following the launch of a new service by US cellco Sprint Nextel late Tuesday. Sprint Movies, which already has the backing of Buena Vista VOD, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures, offers a list of more than 45 […]

Nortel chases growth with ‘forceful optimism’

Canadian telecoms equipment maker Nortel Networks revealed its strategy for the next few years Wednesday, and promised a new vigorous company blessed with “forceful optimism”. Chief executive officer Mike Zafirovsky told reporters at a press event in London that the past is the past and for the next five years the company will be focusing […]

Intel swings axe: cuts 10,500 jobs

Chip giant Intel is to cut 10,500 jobs, or 10 per cent of its workforce, by mid-2007, the company said late Tuesday. Intel announced plans for the restructuring following an analysis of the company’s structure and efficiency as it comes under increasing pressure from leading rival AMD. During the second quarter of this year, the […]

Mobile TV hits ad obstacle

UK broadcaster ITV is to simultaneously broadcast some of its most popular content to mobile handsets and TV sets, in partnership with 3G cellco 3 UK. The ITV1 channel will be available on the 3 network for £0.99 per day, while the ITV Play channel will be available for £0.49 per day. An all you […]

Mobiles threatened by draining attacks

A computer science professor at UC Davis, the University of California’s College of Engineering, has warned over an unstoppable attack method used against mobile devices. Hao Chen and a couple of first year graduate students, claim to have discovered serious vulnerabilities in the way internet-enabled mobile devices handle data downloads. Hao believes that hackers could […]

Stealth Trojan pains Russian mobile users

Antivirus experts in Russia are warning of a mobile phone Trojan that could have users in the region racking up unsolicited charges on their phone bills. Russian security company Kaspersky said Monday that it had encountered the malware in the wild, disguised a Java file. The .jar file is identified as ‘pomoshnik.jar’ and runs on […]

Mobile music is failing warns researcher

The mobile music download market is in danger of stalling according to a leading music research outfit which suggests that the current trend to equip mobiles with music playback is nothing more than a passing gimmick. A survey of 3,000 people by research firm Entertainment Media Research (EMR) reveals that while the iPod/MP3 player music […]

China to usurp US as biggest broadband market

In less than twelve months, China will overtake the US to become the world’s biggest broadband market, According to analyst firm Ovum. Compared with slow growth in the fixed telephony market, China’s broadband market has taken off dramatically since 2002. After experiencing considerable annual subscriber growth of 71 per cent and 114 per cent in […]

Qualcomm, O2 BREW up cool content initiative

Over a year in the planning, US chip shop Qualcomm this week realised its vision of deploying the BREW content delivery system over GSM. Telefonica’s UK mobile operation, O2, introduced its own-branded Ice 3G handset Monday – Europe’s first device to use Qualcomm’s BREW-based uiOne interface. uiOne is an operator customisable users interface, which allows […]

Vodafone lures star executive back

The former head of Vodafone’s southern European business has been brought to the company as deputy chief executive in charge of European operations One time tipped as a future Vodafone chief executive, Vittorio Colao, is due to come back to the company next month – October 9 – and will replace Sir Julian Horn-Smith as […]

BT outlines 21C network upgrade

UK incumbent British Telecom (BT) revealed further plans for the transition to its next generation 21st century network (21CN) Monday. Starting in late November, BT aims to begin the planned upgrade of voice and broadband services for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding area. All work will be carried out at BT’s telephone exchanges, with […]

Wifi handset debuts

IP solutions firm UTStarcom has launched a portable wifi handset for voice over IP (VoIP) calls, a week after Skype announced its first handset that doesn’t need a PC to work. The F3000 has a full-colour 1.8″ LCD screen, the ubiquitous polyphonic ringtones, SMS and talk-time of up to three hours. “We are seeing massive […]

Mobile ban boosts Bluetooth in Ireland

Irish retailers selling bluetooth hands-free devices say a ban by the government there has given them plenty to smile about. Since a law was introduced to the Republic banning drivers from using mobiles, manufacturers of the much ridiculed technology have seen sales rocket. As of last Friday any driver in Ireland found using a mobile […]

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