Fury in Germany over DT’s regulation vacation

The German government agreed minor amendments to the country’s telecoms bill on Tuesday evening, paving the way for a “regulatory holiday” for incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom (DT) while threatening to stifle competition in the broadband market. The amendments appear to hinge on the definition of new markets, proposing that regulation be reduced on those companies […]

Operators will move to advertising model – Analyst

Operators will start to consider moving from subscription-based services towards an advertising-based business model in the near future according to analyst group, Informa Telecoms and Media. Informa, which owns Telecoms.com, says mobile operators will have to re-examine their business models and consider one that generates revenue from advertisements rather than subscriptions. Vodafone has already embraced […]

Mobile sales grew 21.5 per cent in Q3 – Analyst

Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 251 million units in Q3 2006 according to analyst firm, Gartner which reiterated previous warnings that 2007 will see a significant slowdown. The figure represents a 21.5 per cent increase on the same period last year. Gartner said Q3 sales in Asia/Pacific, especially India and China, rose dramatically and drove […]

ITV rejects NTL merger offer

UK broadcaster ITV rejected a merger proposal from cable giant NTL on Tuesday, just days after Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB took a stake in the company. ITV said it rejected the deal, which could have been worth around £4.7bn, on the grounds that the “offer materially undervalues ITV” and there was little benefit to be gained […]

Berggi system targets low-cost email

Berggi, a low-cost alternative to the BlackBerry, will bring e-mail, and other communications services to the masses according to the firm’s chief executive Tuesday. The firm, which is backed by several high profile European entrepreneurs, will, says its boss Babur Ozden, bring a simplified new email option to the mass market. According to Ozden, the […]

DoCoMo steps up Super 3G plans

Japan’s first placed mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, said Tuesday that it has selected local vendors NEC and Fujitsu to deliver prototype and commercial equipment for the deployment of Super 3G. Super 3G is DoCoMo’s own proposal for the evolution of 3G and has been submitted to the 3GPP working group for consideration as part of […]

Vodafone targets business users

UK mobileco Vodafone steeped up its enterprise mobility strategy on Monday afternoon via the acquisition of two companies and a partnership with a third. Vodafone UK is to acquire enterprise mobility consultancy Aspective and customer services and fleet management provider Isis Telecommunications. In addition, the operator has also signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, […]

3 Denmark intros HSPA

Hutchison Whampoa’s Danish 3G operation, 3 Scandinavia, switched on its High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network on Tuesday, delivering download speeds averaging 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps and peak speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. The higher speeds will initially be supported buy data cards targeted at business users but consumers are likely to benefit from more accessible […]

Alcatel and Lucent move closer

Alcatel and Lucent moved another step towards their proposed merger Tuesday as the Committee on Foreign investment in the US (CFIUS) gave its blessing to the deal under the provisions of the Exon-Florio amendment. The companies gave notice of the merger to the CFIUS in August. The companies said the CFIUS prepared a recommendation on […]

Universal slaps MySpace with copyright suit

Universal Music has filed suite against popular social networking site MySpace over allegations of copyright infringement. The music label, which is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi alleges that News Corp.’s MySpace has allowed users to upload illegally obtained videos of thousands of artists’ works, including some content which has not even been released yet. The […]

Wifi users “reckless”

UK wifi users are knowingly exposing themselves to the risk of data and identity theft, according to research commissioned by security shop Steganos. The study estimates that 86 per cent of UK wifi users know there is a risk that their data could be intercepted when connecting via a hotspot, yet only 22 per cent […]

European Lab will share thoughts on mobile and IT

Twenty European cities including London, Barcelona and Helsinki have got behind a new network for sharing information in mobile and IT. Dubbed “Living Labs Europe”, the project is designed to allow private companies, research institutes and investors collaborate on joint projects and share technical information on testing and development of next-generation technologies and mobile services. […]

Sony Ericsson satisfies

Sony Ericsson is the most satisfying mobile handset brand among US consumers who have owned their current mobile phone for less than two years, according to a new study. But competition was close fought, with figures from the JD Power and Associates 2006 US Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study, showing that Sony Ericsson was closely […]

Siemens offices raided in fraud bust

The German electronics giant, Siemens, has described how the offices of its managing executives were raided last week. The firm said that the offices of “board members” were among those searched in a raid on Thursday as a slush fund scandal gathers momentum in Germany. The raid is thought to have involved up to 270 […]

Pitch takes fight to MySpace on mobile

British mobile entertainment firm Pitch, on Monday launched a social networking and community service it reckons has the potential to be a MySpace killer on the mobile. The service runs alongside Pitch’s existing advertising-funded content offer, providing videos, games, ringtones, screensavers and wallpapers. Users can build their own mobile home page and get an inbox […]

GSMA backs NFC initiative

Members of the GSM Association (GSMA) said on Monday that they are coordinating an initiative to encourage a common approach to the implementation of Near Field Communications (NFC) on mobile phones. NFC is a short range wireless technology that enables a range of ‘contactless’ applications, such as payments or location based services for the mobile […]

3 gets into Groove with music service

UK mobile operator 3 UK beefed up its mobile music offering on Monday through a partnership with Groove Mobile. 3 UK’s marketing director, Graeme Oxby said that the partnership will allow 3 subscribers to download music simultaneously from their phone to their PC and vice versa as well as providing full track downloads direct to […]

Iraq to get WiMAX

Iraqi telecoms firm Iraqtel, a subsidiary of Al Emaar Holding Group, said on Saturday that it plans to roll out the country’s first WiMAX network to deliver advanced voice and broadband services. Iraqtel has tapped WiMAX equipment vendor Redline Communications to deliver the infrastructure and will begin deployment of the network in Basrah, to be […]

Reding restates call for super regulator

Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Commissioner for Information Society and Media, restated her call for a pan-European super regulator on Thursday. Speaking at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association regulatory conference in Brussels, Reding proposed a system under which national regulators would continue to act as direct contact points with operators and directly analyse the market […]

Symbian passes 100 million milestone

UK-based mobile operating system developer Symbian said Thursday that 100 million Symbian smartphones have now been shipped to over 250 network operators worldwide. Handset vendors shifted 13 million Symbian smartphone units in the third quarter, up 52 per cent from 8.5 million a year ago. Symbian-based devices are now available on over 100 different handset […]


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