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Virgin, Qualcomm in joint satellite connectivity venture OneWeb

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has joined forces with mobile chip vendor Qualcomm to create what they claimed will be the largest ever satellite network. The joint venture, OneWeb, will build, launch and operate the satellite constellation aimed at providing internet access and telephony to some of the world’s currently unconnected parts.

Ofcom report hails O2, RootMetrics crowns EE

Ofcom has published a report on customer satisfaction levels in mobile, broadband, pay TV and landline services. Compared to previous years, the report showed steady level of satisfaction in mobile with O2 topping the table in the mobile service provider stakes. Meanwhile RootMetrics put EE on top in London.

Liberty Global eyeing up Virgin Media

International cable operator and media company Liberty Global is in talks with Virgin Media to buy out the UK-based cable operator and mobile service provider in a deal that could shake up the UK market.

More competition in UK superfast broadband space

UK communications regulator Ofcom said this week that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure, promoting increased competition in the superfast broadband sector. Cable carrying rival Virgin Media has jumped all over this one, announcing plans to expand its own fibre network across BT’s footprint.

Virgin, Qtel slapped down by watchdog

Virgin Mobile’s newly launched operation in the emirate state of Qatar has had its wrists slapped by the regulator along with its local host and network partner, Qtel (Qatar Telecom).

Android gets access to Java-flavoured apps

Mobile operating system Android got access to a whole new library of pre-written applications this week, as mobile middleware developer Myriad launched a tool which it claims seamlessly converts Java MIDlets into Android applications.

Ofcom to investigate net neutrality

The chief of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said the authority will investigate web traffic control measures later this year as the net neutrality debate rumbles on.

Sprint Nextel loss widens in second quarter

It looks like US carrier Sprint Nextel delivered the good news first – announcing the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA earlier in the week. Because the bad news followed on Wednesday, when Sprint recorded a net loss for the second quarter which increased 12 per cent year on year to $384m from $344m in the same period last year.

Virgin brings WiMAX to Russia

A Swiss based telecom holding company, Trivon, has formed a partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to bring WiMAX services to Russia under the Virgin Connect brand. Over the weekend, Trivon, which operates the network, launched services in 32 Russian regions including Moscow, St. Petersburg and the 20 largest cities where it holds the required licences […]

Virgin eyes up Helio

The US MVNO market is still rocky and an announcement made late Wednesday suggests consolidation may lie ahead. Virgin Mobile USA confirmed today that the company is in discussions with Korean carrier SK Telecom, which owns US MVNO Helio. Virgin stressed that these discussions “are in early stages, and there are no assurances that any […]

Orange UK hires three more Virgin execs

Tom Alexander, the founder and former head of Virgin Mobile, who joined Orange in October, has hired three of his former colleagues, to help turn France Telecom’s UK business around. Alexander, who officially became chief executive of Orange at the start of this year, is to be joined by Andrew Ralston, Gerry McQuade and Steven […]

Private equity firm moves for Virgin Media

UK quad-play operator Virgin Media has been targeted by private equity firm Carlyle Group in a $10bn deal, according to press reports from the UK and US. Virgin Media was born in February this year, following the purchase of Virgin Mobile’s UK operation by cableco NTL in 2006. NTL had previously merged with Telewest. It […]

Open access coalition rattles Virgin

A coalition of industry players calling for open access to spectrum in the 700MHz band in the US has raised a few hackles at Virgin Mobile USA this week. The Wireless Founders Coalition for Innovation (WFC) purports to have been co-founded by “the founders of Virgin Mobile USA”. Except Virgin doesn’t think so. A Virgin […]

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