WiMAX comes to Lone Star state

Finnish vendor Nokia said Wednesday that it has been tapped by Sprint Nextel to deliver mobile WiMAX kit to four Texas markets as part of the US carrier’s initial build out. Nokia will deploy WiMAX infrastructure, including its Flexi WiMAX Base Station, at sites throughout the four Texas markets in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio […]

Pocket Outlook easier than BlackBerry – Analyst

Users find it easier to configure Windows Mobile Pocket Outlook than RIM’s BlackBerry, according to an end-user report from analyst firm, Strategy Analytics. The report: Windows Mobile Outlook Easiest to Configure: Beats BlackBerry BIS, Nokia S60 and UIQ v3.0 Email Clients says that Pocket Outlook achieved a 100 per cent success rate in its benchmark […]

Provera could sell TI stake

Telecom Italia (TI) chairman, Marco Tronchetti Provera, was told by the company’s board this week to “explore all the possible options” for its 80 percent stake in Olimpia, including a sale. According to local reports, he and Capitalia SpA’s chairman, Cesare Geronzi will meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of selling Pirelli’s stake in TI […]

DT kills off FMC offering

German carrier Deutsche Telekom is reported to have quietly pulled the plug on its domestic fixed mobile convergence (FMC) service, T-One, almost a year to the day since it launched. T-One, which launched at the CeBit trade fair last year, provided users with a device that allowed them to make reduced price calls over wifi […]

Vodafone to annonuce Essar deal Thursday

Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, is expected to announce a deal Thursday that will see his firm jointly manage India’s fourth biggest mobile group, Hutchison Essar Ltd (HEL), according to reports. The Times of India on Wednesday said the two firms have also agreed to rename HEL as Vodafone Essar. It added that the newly […]

Roaming debate to come to crunch

The EU’s 27 telecom ministers will gather at the CeBit IT fair in Hannover, Germany on Thursday for an informal EU Telecom Council, expected to pave the way for an early adoption of EU roaming regulation. The European Commission seeks to reduce roaming charges by up to 70 per cent and has recommended price ceilings […]

Libyana forges ahead with sixfold growth

Libyana’s GSM subscriber count rose 518 per cent year-on-year in 2006 to an estimated 3.36 million, demonstrating the strongest rate of growth among major operators in the Middle East and Africa last year. The mobile provider was launched in 2004 as Libya’s No. 2 operator but it is now well ahead of incumbent El Madar. […]

ZTE, Datang licensed to sell 3G kit in China

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE said Monday that it has been awarded a TD-SCDMA network entry certificate by the country’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII). The certificate marks ZTE as one of the first vendors allowed to sell kit based on the homebrew 3G standard in China. Local equipment maker Datang is also reported to have […]

Vietnamese poor to get free phones – reports

Reports from Vietnam suggest a telco is planning to supply 110,000 free phones to poor people in the region. According to daily, Thanh News, EVNTelecom has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Post and Telematics in Vietnam to launch the scheme. Recipients of the free phones would be “exempt from all charges during the […]

Microsoft, Interoute plan VoIP peering system

Microsoft and pan-European carrier, Interoute, plan to launch a service by June that will enable businesses using the software giant’s Live Communications Server (LCS) to interconnect their VoIP calls within “three mouse-clicks”. LCS, soon to be renamed Office Communications Server 2007, presents a competitive challenge to conventional business-VoIP systems by knitting telephony into Microsoft’s desktop […]

Mobile web still causing pain

Web portal Yahoo! offers the mobile web experience, according to research published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Lab on Monday. In terms of mobile experience, Yahoo! beat Google, Napster, YouTube and MySpace, after participants carried out a set number of tasks specific to each provider on both a laptop PC and a wireless device. […]

Voda reaches agreement with Essar – reports

British mobile firm, Vodafone, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Essar group that will see it take management control over Hutchison Essar. The Hindustan Times reported Tuesday that Vodafone will nominate Ravi Ruia, Essar’s group vice chairman, as non-executive chairman, quoting sources. The Times said the new board would be comprised of nine directors, […]

Icahn steps up battle with Moto

The billionaire corporate raider, Carl Icahn, stepped up his campaign to get a seat on the Motorola board Monday by increasing his stake in the company and initiating a proxy fight after demanding the firm give more return on its cash to investors. Last week Motorola advised its shareholders that it would not endorse his nomination to […]

EC to chase roaming agreement this week

The roaming debate looks set to come to a crunch this week, with European regulators and the EC to hold an informal ministerial meeting on roaming charges during the CeBit conference in Hanover, on Thursday. Ministers will discuss the next stage of the process to reduce roaming fees. Although most EU member states agree that roaming […]

Ariane-5 rocket launch blasts off

An Ariane-5 rocket took off from French Guiana Sunday, putting a British military satellite and an Indian telecommunications satellite into orbit, officials said. The lift-off came 24 hours after a failed first attempt due to a “technical glitch” on the ground. The spacecraft’s mission forms part of a £3.2bn operation to provide high-speed, secure communications […]

Altimo increases VimpelCom stake

Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission this weekend show that Russian conglomerate Alfa Group has raised its holding in Russia’s second largest cellco, VimpelCom, to almost 40 per cent. Alfa performed the move via Gibraltar-based Eco Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian firm. The move is expected to give Altimo greater hold […]

Palm hires Apple designer

Gadget manufacturer Palm is reported to have hired a top ex-Apple designer in a bid to shake up its own product line. Paul Mercer is understood to have been working at Palm for three weeks on a range of new products but Palm is keeping quiet on the details. Mercer moved to Palm along with […]

Norwegian rockers make music for mobiles

Norwegian rock band Turbonegro has become the country’s first band to release a single exclusively for mobile phones. The song “Do You Do You Dig Destruction?” is taken from Turbonegro’s forthcoming album and is available from Norwegian operator Telenor’s djuice portal in partnership with Universal Music. The can be downloaded for free until the end […]

Samsung begins sampling 8Gb card

South Korean conglomerate, Samsung Electronics, has started shipping samples of an 8Gb flash memory chip that could put more songs on a phone than an Apple Nano iPod. The cards – dubbed the moviNAND chip – are capable of holding around 20,000 songs and, according to the manufacturer, could be in mass production by year-end. […]

Next Generation Mobile networks win support

Twelve more companies have joined the Next Generation Mobile Networks Initiative, the lobby group set up by major GSM carriers and Sprint-Nextel to press for an open standard beyond 3G. New additions include Alltel, AT&T, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica from the operator world, and Huawei, LG, NEC, Samsung, Starent and ZTE from the […]

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