Ericsson licenses tech to Taiwan

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has licensed its U310 triple band WCDMA mobile platform to Compal Communications, a Taiwanese manufacturer. The U310 platform is Ericsson’s WCDMA/EDGE/GPRS platform designed for mass market deployment. It incorporates a flexible quad band EDGE and triple band WCDMA radio, allowing for smaller 3G devices. Stephen Chen, executive vice president of Compal, […]

Openwave up for sale

Mobile software developer Openwave announced that it has retained Merrill Lynch as its financial advisor to explore a range of strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. In an SEC Filing, posted Friday, Openwave said its board of directors has formed a Strategic Alternatives Committee of the Board, to assist the full board […]

Sony Ericsson in bed with Sagem

Handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson said Monday that it has signed licensing and ODM (Original Developer Manufacturer) agreements with smaller rival, Sagem, for the building of entry level mobile phones. Under the agreement, French vendor Sagem will licence certain hardware and software technologies to Sony Ericsson. Sagem will also provide Sony Ericsson with a number of […]

FCC investigates net neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission late last week launched an inquiry into so called ‘net neutrality’. The investigation will serve to allow the regulator to better understand the behaviour of participants in the broadband services market. The Commission will investigate how broadband providers are managing internet traffic on their networks today; whether providers charge different […]

Alcatel trawls up huge IMS-like beast in US waters

Monster equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has secured a giant contract to supply US telco Verizon Wireless with kit for a substantial network upgrade. In a deal that strongly bears out the trend towards more consulting, support services and hosting content in vendors’ products, Verizon will spend $6bn over three years with the Franco-American megavendor. Specifically, the […]

Broadcom scores against Qualcomm

In on of the many ongoing patent dispute sagas between mobile vendors, Broadcom appeared to get one up on Qualcomm on Thursday, when a federal district court found that Qualcomm failed to disclose patents to an industry standards body. As a result, the court ruled that the vendor waived its rights to enforce two patents […]

Roaming debate rattles on

The European roaming debate is still throwing up plenty of material for the EU and the operator community to fall out about. On Thursday, the EU got two more committees on board, when the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee as well as the Culture and Education Committee voted in favour of the […]

Reding under fire on mobile TV

European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, has come under fire from the WorldDMB Forum, a consortium promoting the DAB/DMB standard worldwide, over her support of DVB-H technology for mobile TV. Reding, which last week delivered a speech backing DVB-H as a European standard for mobile TV, has been accused of a stance […]

Mobile media, WiMAX to top CTIA agenda

The mobile industry’s frenzied efforts to reinvent itself as a media business will continue apace at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando next week, according to predictions from telecoms.com’s parent, Informa Telecoms & Media. Although a majority of revenue growth is being delivered by developing markets where basic voice and text are the most needed […]

Broadcom still after Qualcomm

Just when it looked like Broadcom and Qualcomm were getting around to burying the hatchet, Broadcom has reportedly gone before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and called for a ban on US handset imports using Qualcomm chips. Broadcom is asking the ITC to block imports of handsets using Qualcomm EV-DO and WCDMA chipsets. Broadcom […]

3 cuts losses by 45%

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G operation, the 3 group, narrowed its losses by 45 per cent last year, according to figures released Thursday. Chairman of the Hong Kong company, Li Ka-shing, said that the group’s loss for 2006 dropped to HK$20bn (Eur1.9bn) from HK$36bn in 2005. 3’s revenue for the year grew 35 per cent to HK$50.6bn. The […]

BT heads to Spain

UK telco BT said this week that it plans to launch mobile services in Spain after signing an MVNO agreement with Vodafone Spain. The service offering will be available in the summer and will be aimed at businesses and the public sector, delivering mobile video telephony, audio/video streaming services, location based services and fixed mobile […]

Rumours abound of Nortel GSM sale

Rumours are doing the rounds that Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with Nortel, giving the mega vendor first option to buy the Canadian firm’s GSM business should it come up for sale. According to a document apparently acquired by French daily Les Echos, Alcatel-Lucent would have 30 days to make a first offer, before the […]

Demand for Nokia N95 reaches fever pitch

While Motorola wallows in the disappointing performance of its handset portfolio, leading rival Nokia must be feeling smug at the consumer demand building up for its flagship N95 device. On Thursday, the Finnish vendor announced that the N95 has started shipping in key European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets. The feature rich device has drummed […]

Handsets continue to drag Moto down

Motorola’s handset division continues to be something of an albatross around the company’s neck, as chief executive Ed Zander cut first quarter revenue projections by over $1bn on Wednesday night. Motorola downwardly revised its first quarter guidance from between $10.4bn and $10.6bn to between $9.2bn and 9.3bn, prompted by lower than anticipated sales and operating […]

Virgin, Sky fall out sparks competition probe

The ongoing spat between Virgin Media and BSkyB has prompted UK communications regulator, Ofcom, to launch a competition probe into the pay TV industry. Ofcom said Tuesday it has received requests from Virgin, BT, Setanta and Top Up TV, to investigate the pay TV market and to consider whether to make a market reference to […]

Happy handset vendors, no joy for rightsholders

Demand for music phones is surging, according to M:Metrics’ latest figures. In the US, although only 17 per cent of subscribers have a device capable of playing back music files, this has more than tripled between January, 2006 and January, 2007. But there is no good news to be had for music rights holders – […]

Virgin ready to buy Pipex – reports

Virgin Media is poised to buy British broadband provider, Pipex Communications, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday – without citing sources – that the investment bank, UBS which is advising Pipex, is seeking first-round bids for the company by Friday. The paper reported that British incumbent BT, is also interested in the firm. […]

Nacchio ‘cheated’ prosecution alleges

The jury in the trial against Joe Nacchio, former chief executive at Qwest Communications, was told by the prosecution Tuesday that the accused had cheated in his attempts to siphon money from the failing company. The prosecution alleges that Nacchio dumped $101m (£51.45m) worth of stock during the opening months of 2001 because he knew […]

Virgin ready to buy Pipex – reports

Virgin Media is poised to buy British broadband provider, Pipex Communications, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday – without citing sources – that the investment bank, UBS which is advising Pipex, is seeking first-round bids for the company by Friday. The paper reported that British incumbent BT, is also interested in the firm. […]

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