Category: Digital Infrastructure & Economy


Nokia launches first UMA pilot over WLAN

The world’s largest mobile manufacturer, Nokia, has begun testing the performance of its fixed-mobile convergence technologies, using the 6136 handset and UMA over WLAN. The company has fifty families in its native Finland, testing the technology over the next two months, it said on Thursday. The company chose Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) because users are […]

Moto launches Motofone at emerging markets

Mobile behemoth Motorola has announced its intention to sell its thinnest phone yet, the Motofone, in emerging markets where the promise of new revenues is attracting big name investors. The world’s second-largest mobile manufacturer will manufacture the new phones which the company says are even thinner than its Razr line at just 9mm and form […]

Google launches mobile traffic maps for mobiles

Former search company, Google, on Tuesday announced it has begun offering US mobile users “live” traffic data. Google Maps for Mobile, part of a slew of new products aimed at the desktop and mobile user, will allow users to chose a destination and show traffic in that area, live. Traffic data is sent to the […]

MTS freezes i-mode plans

Leading Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has reportedly stalled development of its i-mode service, following lower than expected uptake. Local press reports that a shortage of compatible handsets has stunted growth of the NTT DoCoMo developed technology. MTS is understood to be planning to monitor the situation until September before deciding on how to proceed […]

Skype to intro SMS serv

Internet telephony provider Skype has partnered with mobile transaction firm mBlox to deliver an SMS service over the Skype network. Skype SMS allows subscribers to send text messages from their computer to mobile phones worldwide. Jeff Clark, chief executive of mBlox, said: “With billions of text messages sent in 2005, it’s clear SMS is a […]

Skype wifi handsets are coming… soon

VoIP firm Skype, has announced a collaboration with four manufacturers to launch Skype-enabled wifi handsets. The phones by Belkin, Edge-Core, Netgear, and SMC (Standard Microsystems), will give consumers access to the Skype network from any hotspot and will be available on the firm’s website later this quarter. Each model will have the familiar desktop interface […]

Vodafone shareholder wants Sarin out – Reports

According to reports, a major Vodafone shareholder is planning to vote against the re-election of the firm’s beleagured chief executive Arun Sarin to the board of the mobile company. The AFX news agency reports that Morley Fund Management, which owns a 2.1 per cent stake in Vodafone, said “its patience with Sarin had run out”. […]

Yahoo lands Moto in second major deal

Handset maker Motorola has chosen Yahoo’s mobile services to embed into millions of its phones. In a deal that binds the two for several years, Moto will host Yahoo’s Go for Mobile applications on its mid to high-end phones. Similar to Microsoft’s range of ‘Live’ products, the Go applications include Yahoo e-mail, search and address […]

RIM squashes ‘AppleBerry’ dream

The ongoing rumour that Research in Motion (RIM) is working with Apple to create a mobile phone/iPod hybrid – dubbed ‘AppleBerry’ by hopeful fans – was dealt a blow on Tuesday as RIM refused to answer any questions on the subject. Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive at RIM would not be drawn on the issue when […]

‘Make and Model’ hits operator revenue

Mobile operators could be losing revenue because more than half (58%) of users do not know the make and the model of their handset. So says a consumer research study conducted for LogicaCMG by Ipsos MORI which suggests the issue is a serious problem for operators and manufacturers trying to drive uptake of advanced data […]

Mobile Linux group expands

One of the three leading Linux mobile organisations, LiPS (Linux Phone Standards) has added three members to its ranks. The LiPS Forum’s new members include leading chip shop Texas Instruments which has expertise in DSP manufacture and design as well as Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE. European carrier Telecom Italia has also joined up. LiPS, […]

ISPs furious at piracy tax proposals

A plan to recoup losses made to illegal downloads has been criticised in the UK by ISPs and mobile companies. Earlier this week a proposal was put forward by a group of independent music labels under the umbrella of the Independent Music Association (AIM) for a change in copyright law and licensing that would effectively […]

Yahoo and Microsoft link IM

Microsoft and Yahoo have made good on a promise to make their instant messaging solutions interoperate. On Thursday the pair will release a limited beta of a new instant messaging service that will let Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to communicate with each other. Till now, the combined user base of 350 […]

Palm readies new smartphone for Europe

A new smartphone is being developed by former PDA champion Palm, in conjunction with Vodafone and Microsoft, the companies said Thursday. The Treo handset will run on Vodafone’s 3G network with Windows Mobile 5.0 and will be aimed squarely at the enterprise with its push e-mail capability. The new phone will be available to Vodafone […]

Sony Ericsson surges in

Mobile manufacturer Sony Ericsson on Thursday said its Q2 earnings almost doubled, largely due to strong sales of its Walkman music phones. Spurred on by the growth, the handset maker raised its global market forecast for 2006. The company said its net profit rose to Eur143m (£98.79m) in the three months ending June 30, up […]

Latest Symbian OS supports wifi

Mobile operating system (OS) vendor Symbian, on Wednesday launched the first version of its ubiquitous OS to offer native wifi. Symbian V9.3 is launched with expansion in mind and the firm has focused on making it as compatible with operators’ convergence plans as possible. Jorgen Behrens, VP product management and strategy at Symbian said the […]

US and Japan to Lead $11.7bn Mobile TV Market

A report from analyst firm Juniper Research predicts that Broadcast Mobile TV will reach revenues of $11.7bn worldwide by 2011. Japan is predicted to lead the market with revenues reaching $2.9bn and the US will follow closely at $1.8bn. The UK is also predicted to be a key market at $989m. Although Japan is initially […]

China opens 3G door to Samsung

Korean electronics giant, Samsung said on Monday that it has passed all the requirements to sell mobile 3G handsets in China.China has been developing its own 3G technology, Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) despite widespread concern that it is inferior to other 3G standards. Today’s TD-SCDMA in China has been under development by […]

Don’t panic over VoIP says Moody’s

Moody’s Investors Service says Voice over IP (VoIP) technology poses little or no risk to European telephone companies, in its latest report on the telecoms industry. The firm predicts that while VoIP services will erode telecom revenues, the effect will be minimal and, thankfully, gradual, allowing telcos to offset the losses with gains in broadband […]

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