Free phones for all says Google chief

Google’s chief executive made a few enemies in the operator community this weekend by declaring that “your mobile phone should be free”. Speaking at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, CEO Eric Schmidt said that while Google has no intention of giving away mobile phones, he does believe calls could be paid for through […]

Finns test UMTS900

Nokia and Finnish mobile operator Elisa claimed Monday to have carried out the world’s first UMTS/WCDMA/HSDPA data call using equipment in the 900MHz band on a commercial network. Nokia said the call demonstrated the possibility of enhancing existing 3G networks with WCDMA/UMTS infrastructure in the 900MHz band. Because of its lower frequency, UMTS900 would be […]

Stelios pulls plug on easyMobile

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the entrepreneur behind the ‘easy’ brand has fallen out with Danish operator TDC – his partner in the easyMobile venture. In a statement issued late Friday, Haji-Ioannou launched a blistering attack on the state owned Danish telecoms company, which has been using the ‘easy’ brand since early 2005. But the toys were thrown […]

TIM gets BREW on the boil

Leading Italian mobile operator, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), said Monday that it has signed up to launch wireless data services based on Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform. The operator will offer the services over its 3G network and plans to make available new applications and services including premium 3D games, a dynamic idle screen with […]

BT heads for India, creates 6,000 jobs

Intent on exploiting the opportunities of one of the world’s fastest growing communications markets, BT said on Monday that it has lodged applications with the Indian Department of Telecommunications for national long distance and international long distance licences. BT has also formed a joint venture company, BT Telecom India, to offer services for the first […]

Murdoch’s News Corp. inks Chinese music deal

The media behemoth News Corp. on Sunday announced a deal with the world’s biggest mobile phone operator, China Mobile, to provide a wireless music service. The proposed service will provide China Mobile customers with a wireless download service for exchanging user-created tunes. The Asian broadcasting firms Channel [V] and Star TV – both operated by […]

Motorola gets Good

Motorola on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile email company Good Technology for an undisclosed sum. The US vendor, which already uses Good’s mobile messaging software on its BlackBerry styled Q device, said the acquisition would be used to increase the company’s enterprise client base. Good, which focuses solely on the corporate […]

Voda to launch fixed broadband in January

Mobile operator Vodafone has finally revealed details of the fixed line broadband service it will launch in the UK on January 8. Vodafone at Home will be available to mobile contract customers for £25 per month, including line rental, on an 18 month subscription. Broadband speeds will be up to 8Mbps with unlimited downloads and […]

Branson gets behind NTL/ITV proposal

The man behind the Virgin brand, Richard Branson, is backing the proposed merger between British cable operator NTL and broadcasting company ITV, according to the FT which did not cite sources. Rumours of the proposal emerged Thursday with some suggesting the deal could be worth as much as £9bn ($17.25bn). ITV is the UK’s largest […]

Canberra could up Telstra bid – update

The Australian government has confirmed it could raise its A$8bn ($6.12bn) bid for Telstra due to anticipated demand from institutions. As telecoms.com reported Thursday, the government had indicated it could raise its bid due to strong retail demand with local reports suggesting the increase could go as high as A$10bn. The Australian government owns 51.8 […]

Yahoo! launches cordless VoIP phone

Web giant Yahoo! has joined forces with Cisco-owned equipment manufacturer Linksys to launch a VoIP-enabled cordless phone. The Linksys Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice allows consumers to make internet telephony calls using Yahoo! Messenger with Voice as well as to place and receive calls using the traditional PSTN. As well as allowing […]

Enterprises don’t love Skype – report

It may be one of the biggest success stories in communications history, enjoying almost iconic popularity but for enterprise users, Skype remains an unwelcome visitor. This is the conclusion of a report by analyst firm, Current Analysis which points to the Voice over IP (VoIP) firm’s perceived weakness in security making the software an untenable […]

Analysis: ntl’s 50MB broadband adventure

On 8 November 2006, ntl announced its launch of a commercial trial of a 50Mbit/s broadband service in the UK. The timing of such news is almost as interesting as the trial itself. This service promises to break the apparent stalemate in the next generation access debate. How the industry moves forward from the unbundlers’ […]

Deutsche Telekom nixes WiMAX

German telecoms powerhouse Deutsche Telekom (DT) has again declined to bid for any of the 3.5GHz spectrum being auctioned by the German Federal Networks Agency (BNetzA). This despite the BNetzA’s enthusiasm for the technology and considerable commercial interest – more than 100 competitors have already applied. DT would argue that the decision should not come […]

Microsoft will integrate VoIP into Vista

As Microsoft’s forthcoming flagship operating system, Windows Vista, was released to manufacturing on Wednesday, the company’s outspoken CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that VoIP would be an integral part of the platform. Although Microsoft has offered various software packages with VoIP functionality in the past, the company will include internet telephony at the operating system level […]

Stalk your friends with Helio

Helio, the US MVNO jointly owned by Earthlink and Korea’s SK Telecom, launched a GPS tracking service on Wednesday that allows subscribers to keep tabs on their friends. When Helio members switch on their ‘Buddy Beacon’ the GPS satellite technology broadcasts their location to the friends they have added to their Buddy List, showing their […]

Govt. to increase size of Telstra offer

Strong retail demand is likely to prompt the Australian government to increase the size of its share offer in incumbent carrier Telstra to around A$10bn (£4bn), according to local press reports Thursday. The Australian government, which owns 51.8 per cent of Telstra, in understood to have received a surge of applications for the A$8bn retail […]

BT’s profits up but slips in broadband

British incumbent BT has reported a 26 per cent rise in half-year pre-tax profits to £1.24bn but has lost marketshare in its broadband business. Reporting its results for the six months to September 30, BT said its overall revenues increased 3 per cent to £9.8bn. The firm reported that revenues in its broadband and IT […]

Samsung makes really big SIM

South Korean kit maker, Samsung Electronics, has beefed up the size of a SIM (subscriber identity module) card to a whopping 1GB. The S-SIM [Super-SIM?] is designed to better handle the increasing amounts of multimedia features being built into handsets and incorporates system-in-package (SiP) technology to carry high gigabit-density NAND flash memory without growing the […]

Deutsche Telekom continues to lose narrowband subs

Deutsche Telekom reported that net profit for the third quarter fell 20.4 per cent year on year as the operator haemorrhaged yet more traditional fixed line customers. Profits dropped to Eur1.9bn (£1.3bn) from Eur2.4bn a year ago, while revenues increased just 2.8 per cent to Eur15.4bn. The number of narrowband lines at the company fell […]

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