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 […]

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 – […]

KPN looks to Spain

Dutch operator KPN is reportedly in talks to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Spain. The operator is understood to be in discussions with several mobile players in Spain, including Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone. KPN operates its own mobile networks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany but is looking to expand to other […]

Report exposes confusion in tariff selection

More than a third of SME managers think they are paying too much for their mobile services with around a quarter admitting they do not understand enough about mobile technology to make an informed decision on tariffs. So says a new report from T-Mobile and YOuGov, which showed that despite these concerns, almost a third […]

Four Nigerian ops win 3G licenses

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded four 3G licenses. Celtel, Globacom, MTN and long distance operator Alheri Engineering have all been awarded a 10MHz lot of spectrum in the 2GHz band. The regulator expects to receive the licence fees, which were set at a reserve of $150m, within 14 business days.

Former Qwest chief begins insider trading trial

Joe Nacchio, former chief executive at Qwest Communications, appeared in court Monday accused of insider trading.As the eagerly anticipated trial started, it emerged that the billionaire financier, Philip Anschutz, has been listed by Nacchio’s lawyers as a defence witness. Nacchio, 57, is accused of selling more than $100m (£51.4m) of Qwest stock in 2001. It […]

Rossi not doing enough says TI board

Guido Rossi, chairman of Telecom Italia (TI) has received a stinging letter from board members at the company, complaining that measures he has introduced to remedy the company’s performance, do not go far enough. In a report published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, TI’s lead independent director, Guido Ferrarini, challenges Rossi’s latest plans, arguing that […]

China Mobile opens bids for 3G network

China’s leading mobile company is preparing to spend around $3bn (£1.53bn) on building the country’s first 3G network before Beijing has issued licences for the technology. China Mobile Communications on Monday invited bids for contracts to build the TD-SCDMA network from equipment manufacturers. The network will span eight major cities and commercial trials of the […]

Femtocells drive fixed mobile substitution

Small indoor basestations, known as femtocells and picocells, will be the driving force behind fixed mobile substitution, according to research from industry experts, Analysys. The analyst group believes that femtocells will spur the migration of voice traffic from fixed to mobile networks, until 3G networks carry the majority of voice traffic. Femtocells will also undermine […]

Airwide, Colibria integrate messaging

SMS specialist Airwide Solutions has developed an integrated messaging solution with mobile-IM software firm Colibria. The system, based on Airwide’s Fusion messaging architecture, will handle SMS, MMS, and mobile instant messaging (IM), with full integration between the IM application and SMS. A significant barrier to the uptake of mobile messaging and mobile email, is the […]

AOL intros wifi-based location tracker

AOL has introduced a new location based plugin for its Instant Messenger service, AIM. Like GPS (Global Positioning System), the system allows a user to see where he or she is but instead of GPS, the system uses wifi access points to establish location. The “Near me” technology has been developed by Skyhook Wireless and […]

Sweden to auction off 3.6GHz spectrum

Sweden’s telecommunications regulator, PTS, has said that it will hold an auction for wireless broadband licences for in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band in either October or November. The spectrum on offer is sufficient for four licences per municipality – two FDD licences of 2x20MHz each and two TDD licences of 40MHz each. The licences will be […]

Open IPTV Forum formed

A consortium of telecoms vendors and operators announced the founding of the Open IPTV Forum on Monday, an industry body that will work to define an interoperable end to end specification for the delivery of IPTV services. AT&T, Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Siemens, Sony, and Telecom Italia comprise the founding members of the […]

Nokia still disputing Qualcomm patents

US chip shop Qualcomm is still being bounced from pillar to post over various patent disputes. No sooner had the company buried the hatchet with Broadcom, when Nokia filed complaints against the US vendor requesting “declarations that Qualcomm’s European patents are exhausted in respect of products placed on the European Union market with a Qualcomm […]

Virgin tackles ex-Telewest bundling bug

Ex-Telewest subscribers may be paying more for bundled services than they bargained for as the integration of the UK cable company into Virgin Media continues. Over the weekend, discovered first hand that Telewest subscribers who had signed up for a bundle over 12 months ago were now being charged for single services. On a […]

Qualcomm, Broadcom call off spat

US chip shops Qualcomm and Broadcom have agreed to settle their patent spat out of court, it emerged on Wednesday. The agreement comes a week before the two companies were due to appear in court. Neither firm has released details of a settlement. Qualcomm and Broadcom have been at loggerheads for some 18 months now, […]

Unicom insists a split is not on the cards

China Unicom has denied recent speculation that it could be split up and sold to fixed-line giants China Telecom and China Netcom. The conjecture is being fueled by Unicom’s moves to separate its GSM and CDMA arms into two divisions. “The company appears to have two engineering teams for its GSM and CDMA networks and […]

WiMAX players sign roaming agreement

The newly formed WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA) this week signed the world’s first WiMAX roaming agreement, providing seamless “GSM-like” roaming amongst WiMAX networks, as well as roaming partnerships with global wifi and 3G networks. WiSOA was founded in September by a handful of early adopters of the technology including, Unwired Australia, Network Plus Mauritius, […]

Italy bans mobiles in the classroom

Italy has become the first country in Europe to ban mobile phones in the classroom. The ban comes after several so-called ‘happy slapping’ incidents where disabled students were bullied and the films posted on the internet. One video shows Italian pupils sexually harassing a female teacher. Children who persist in using their phones after the […]

Microsoft wants voice operated phones

Microsoft’s acquisition of voice recognition software developer Tellme Networks this week appears to be a bid to replace the humble dial tone. Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed but Tellme’s 320 employees will continue to operate from the firm’s Mountain View, California headquarters as part of the Microsoft Business Division. Microsoft said the […]


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