Mobiboo launches flat rate for UK

UK internet telephony player Mobiboo launched a flat rate all you can eat tariff on Wednesday, allowing subscribers to make unlimited calls to UK landlines. The new tariff is £39.95 per year for home users or £89.95 per year for business users and allows subscribers to make unlimited calls for 12 months to any 01 […]

Skype founders unveil Joost P2PTV

The creators of internet telephony champion Skype have officially introduced their internet TV project, based on the same peer to peer technology that has brought them success since the days of Kazaa. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom have used some of their proceeds from the $2.6bn sale of Skype to eBay to fund the P2PTV […]

Telstra requests A$600m for ADSL rollout

Australian incumbent Telstra has requested A$600m from the government to help fund what it says will be the largest ADSL broadband rollout the country has ever seen. With a significant number of Australians living in extremely remote parts of the country, beyond the reach of much of the cutting edge infrastructure deployed in larger population […]

BT buys Nortel Ethernet kit for 21CN

BT’s £10bn 21st Century Network project has taken a slightly surprising turn, with the announcement this week that the carrier is ordering Nortel’s Provider Backbone Ethernet kit. Out of eight vendors involved in the scheme, Ericsson is the only one that is not competing with a second supplier in its domain, the so-called i-node router. […]

Touchscreens all the rage

Apple’s iPhone may be the world’s most talked about handset at present, but one of its most prominent features – the touchscreen – is far from unique. In fact, touchscreens seem to be all the rage these days. On Tuesday, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, unveiled its own touchscreen device, the D800iDS, which with its white […]

Wireless USB makes appearance

PC peripherals and equipment vendor Belkin has unveiled one of the earliest commercially available UWB (ultra wideband) products. Belkin has introduced a hub and adapter built completely on the certified Wireless USB specification. Over the past several years of its development, UWB has been involved in a tug of war between the Freescale and WiMedia […]

CSR touts cheap as chips Bluetooth/GPS

UK-based Bluetooth chip specialist CSR has acquired two location specialists for an initial $75m and is pledging to reduce the cost of its GPS chipset to under $1. CSR is paying $40m for Sweden’s NordNav, although this figure could rise to $75m if the GPS specialist meets certain performance targets. The second firm named in […]

Ericsson wins Russian trunk radio deal

Scandinavian equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, has won a contract with the Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network as part of its ongoing modernisation of its transport network. In a statement Tuesday, Ericsson said it will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom […]

3 scraps roaming charges

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G operation, 3 UK, on Monday put an end to roaming charges in markets where it owns a network. Under the 3 Like Home service, users travelling to other 3 markets, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong, Australia and Ireland, can use their bundled minutes when calling back to the UK. For calls […]

India’s mobile operators failing to please – Survey

A survey of customer satisfaction with mobile services in India has revealed a public that is becomming increasingly incensed with poor service in the world’s fastest growing mobile market. The survey by Voice and Data – a magazine covering telecommunications in India – suggests that satisfaction levels have fallen below a benchmark set by the […]

Apple in more iPhone legal wrangling

Apple is understood to have unleashed its lawyers over the weekend, targeting mobile developer sites posting details on how to hack handsets to look like the iPhone. In the wake of Apple’s unveiling of the device, a number of websites catering to the developer community have published files and instructions on how to modify the […]

Rev. A comes to Europe

Czech Republic trunking operator MobilKom said Monday it has tapped Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network. Deployed through 2007, the Rev. A network may well be the first of its kind in Europe, which traditionally uses GSM technologies. Rival player, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, is also planning to deploy […]

DoCoMo under domestic pressure

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is feeling the heat from mobile number portability and increased competition after signing up the smallest number of subscribers over the month of December. In terms of net additions, DoCoMo was beaten flat out by second placed KDDI, which signed up 297,500 customers in December. Even the country’s smallest […]

Virgin Mobile targets India

According to local reports, Virgin is looking to launch its mobile brand in India. The Times of India said Monday that Virgin was in talks with Tata Teleservices there. The paper cited a source “familiar” with the deal but did not name sources. According to the report, if Virgin is successful, it could launch products […]

Sony Ericsson targets low-cost Indian market

After its phenomenal rise in the mid-range mobile market, Sony Ericsson (SE) is turning its attention to the low cost sector in India where it has signed an agreement to make entry-level music phones. The handsets will use low-cost colour screens and will be manufactured in partnership with its outsourcing partners Flextronics and Foxconn in […]

Gartner warns operators to stay focused

Industry analyst Gartner has warned that operators are in increasing danger of drifting away from their core business. Instead, the analyst believes carriers should bite the bullet and face a future where they have to survive on much lower margins than today. With the onset of mobile broadband and IP as core carrier strategies, there […]

Ad funded trial goes live in France

Ad-funding company Amobee, has this week launched a commercial advertising trial with Orange in France. Orange customers interested in playing games will be offered them for free, or at a reduced rate, if they first agree to watch an advert. The games are being offered by Filao in the two month trial, which is a […]

Hinduja brothers looking at TI – Reports

The Indian conglomerate Hinduja, is, according to reports, looking to buy a stake in Telecom Italia (TI). The UK’s Financial Times newspaper says the group – controlled by two of the world’s best known businessmen, Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja – is not involved in direct discussions with TI’s largest stakeholder, Pirelli, but that it has […]

Apple shuts door on Cisco

It has emerged that Apple’s closed door policy is at the root of the company’s fall out with “iPhone” trademark holder Cisco. Mark Chandler, Cisco’s SVP and general counsel, claims that Apple terminated discussions over the licensing of the trademark when Cisco asked for interoperability between the two companies devices. Apple has traditionally operated in […]

Cingular to disappear from Monday

As of Monday, the largest mobile operator in the US, Cingular Wireless, will be no more. Instead, the AT&T brand will be making a comeback under the merger agreement between the two companies. While the AT&T logo will be prominent in all advertising and communications, the ads will initially include a transitional graphic with both […]

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