Nortel on WiMAX R&D spree

According to Nortel Networks CTO, John Roese, the Canadian vendor has pushed up its research spending on WiMAX from $10m to $100m over the last 12 months. After one year in the job, Roese is clearly mad keen to show off the company, especially a big change in the main goals of its research work. […]

Windows poised to conquer enterprise space

Microsoft Windows Mobile is poised to win high end enterprise customers from Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and the Symbian platform, according to a report from consulting firm BRC.BRC believes that Microsoft’s edge in the enterprise space will be enhanced by the number of tools available for extending corporate applications to mobiles. This is likely to […]

Mobile broadband on the rise

The European mobile broadband market will hit five million connections by the end of 2007 as laptop data cards grow in popularity, according to Swedish research house Berg Insight. The firm forecasts that the value of the market will grow at 22.9 per cent over the next five years, to hit Eur3bn In 2011, the […]

Massive tax demand for Shinwatras

Thai tax officials are demanding $362m from the children of the country’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The taxes and fines incurred by son Phantongtae and daughter Pinthongta relate to last year’s sale of holdings in the family’s telco Shin Corp to Singapore’s Temasek. Shinawatra Sr was ousted in a bloodless coup last year following […]

RIM’s international call up

Internet phone specialist EQO Communications has announced that its EQO Mobile application supports the Blackberry Pearl, Curve and certain other handsets from Canada’s Research In Motion. The firm advertises free or local-rate charges for long distance or international calls over carried using its system. EQO users also get cheaper messaging, it says. “Blackberry users are […]

Vodafone moves to counter wifi roaming

Vodafone has announced a new European data roaming charge for laptop users which it hopes will persuade customers to favour cellular service over wifi when overseas. From July 2nd, the carrier’s customers will have access to data card roaming (or laptop usage where the phone acts as a modem) for a daily charge of Eur12, […]

BT closes 21CN trial

Following the successful migration of the first live customers onto its 21st Century Network (21CN) in South Wales, UK carrier BT is closing the next generation IP voice trial network it switched on in 2005. The move coincides with the announcement that Paul Reynolds, one of the key figures behind the carrier’s 21st Century Network […]

Orange gives home screen an overhaul

Orange UK has given the home screen, used on its “Signature” devices range, an overhaul with version 2.5 developed by Abaxia. The polished up version includes such things as push content on the phone’s idle screen and an incremental search function incorporated into the phone’s dialler menu. But if you find the term “push content” […]

Visa banking on mobile

US bank Wells Fargo and payments firm Visa USA are trialing a service that they say will finally ensure consumer mobile payments will become a mass market reality. Payments and banking are long time partners in one of mobile’s most enduring ‘will they, won they?’ romance stories. This is by no means the first time […]

BT loses 21CN head

UK incumbent BT said Wednesday that Paul Reynolds, one of the key figures behind the carrier’s 21st Century Network strategy, has resigned. Reynolds will be leaving BT in September to take up the position of CEO of Telecom New Zealand. Reynolds joined BT in 1983, straight out of University, and joined the board in November […]

Bharti, Vodafone set up Jersey test bed

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has launched services on the island of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency 100 miles south of the mainland UK. As part of the Vodafone partnership program, the firm, headed by Sunil Bharti Mittal, will take services to market under the Airtel-Vodafone brand. With a population of around 90,000, Jersey is hardly […]

Churn continues upward trend

Mobile operators face an increasing struggle to hold onto their customers, according to research from Strategy Analytics this week. On a global basis, the rate of subscriber churn posted its ninth consecutive quarter of annual growth, reaching 2.5 per cent per month in the first three months of the year. According to the researcher, the […]

Worldwide penetration to break 50%

Figures released by research house The Mobile World on Wednesday this week show that global mobile penetration will break the 50 per cent barrier during 2007. The firm cited global connection figures of 2.84 billion at the end of the first quarter 2007. This represents an increase of more than 135 million on the year […]

US mobile video flying

Revenues for mobile videos in the US totaled $146m in the first quarter, an increase of 198 per cent year on year according to consumer research firm Telephia. There were 8.4 million mobile video subscribers at the end of the first quarter with penetration doubling to nearly four per cent since the same period last […]

WiMAX boss blasts Qualcomm

WiMAX Forum boss Ron Resnick bombarded Qualcomm with criticism at a meeting with analysts in London on Wednesday. No surprises there, Qualcomm is a strong opponent of WiMAX and Resnick is paid to promote it, so comity was never on the cards. “It’s being used now to slow down WiMAX deployments,” was his response to […]

T-Mobile USA intros UMA

T-Mobile USA officially launched its Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) service nationwide on Wednesday, becoming the first US carrier to allow calling over both wifi and cellular networks. Today’s announcement follows a soft launch of the service in the Western Washington/Seattle area in October. The HotSpot @Home offering means that customers can place free calls over […]

Middle East faces up to competition

Last year total mobile revenue per capita in the Middle East demonstrated a trend above that of comparable European markets thanks largely to a lack of serious competition. However, increasing liberalisation across the region means local operators now face the spectre of tightening margins, warns research firm Analysys. It’s not all bad news though, as […]

Telus snubs Bell

Less than a week after Canadian operator Telus suggested it had its eye on compatriot communications company Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), it has said it will not submit an offer. Reports on Tuesday quote a spokesperson for Telus saying the “inadequacies of BCE’s bid process did not make it possible for Telus to submit an […]

Saudi Telecom buys chunk of Maxis

It has emerged that Saudi Telecom is looking to buy into Malaysian market leader Maxis Communications. The Saudi operator’s plan is to acquire 25 per cent of Maxis, specifically by taking over a 51 per cent stake in its Indonesian operation for some SAR11.4bn ($3.04bn). Maxis is apparently thirsty for capital to fund further overseas […]

EC throws weight behind DVB-H

The European Commission is believed to have prepared a document supporting DVB-H as the standard of choice for mobile TV in Europe. Furthermore, the commission is also expected to add DVB-H to the list of standards published in its official journal, which implies that EU countries are required to encourage the use of DVB-H. The […]

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