China recognises rival 3G technologies

It comes as no great surprise but China’s Ministry of Information Industry has finally named WCDMA and cdma2000 as the other two official 3G standards to join the homegrown TD-SCDMA platform. China ratified its own 3G standard, TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access), in January last year. Despite not yet announcing a timetable […]

Post Office broadband gets stamp of approval

The UK’s Post Office plans to launch a broadband service later this year, under a four year strategic partnership with the country’s incumbent telco, BT Wholesale, it was announced Thursday. The advent of the internet and increased competition in the courier services space have been putting downward pressure on the Post Office’s traditional business. The […]

Wifi group cheers draft 802.11n certification

The Wi-Fi Alliance said Thursday that its 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification program is on track for a late June launch. Wi-Fi Alliance certification aims to ease the purchase process by delivering 802.11n draft 2.0 products that have been tested for industry wide interoperability, the latest security protection and backward compatibility with previous generations of wifi […]

Telefonica profits up 8%

Spanish carrier Telefonica recorded a 7.7 per cent increase in net profits during the first quarter, bringing the total to Eur1.3bn. Revenues were up 15.1 per cent year on year to Eur13.7bn due to strong growth at home and in Latin America. The company’s tot subscriber base reached 206.6 million by the end of March, […]

ESPN mobile rises again

US operator Verizon Wireless relaunched the ESPN brand on the mobile on Wednesday morning for its V Cast subscribers. ESPN VPN gives subscribers access to video highlights, alerts for scoring updates, breaking news and ESPN Gamecast, which has scoreboards and play-by-play detail, as well as news on players, teams and leagues. ESPN bailed out of […]

126 mil. Symbian units now shipped

During the first quarter, Symbian licensees shipped 15.9 million devices based on the operating system, bringing the cumulative total shipments to 126 million. On Wednesday, Symbian said that 14 new smartphone models began shipping during the quarter, of which 12 models were 3G enabled and eight models were for the Japanese market. The company also […]

O2 delays own brand broadband

O2 UK has let the date slip on the launch of its own-branded fixed line broadband service, following reported teething problems. At parent Telefonica’s financial results announcement on Wednesday, it emerged that the operator has pushed back the launch of its O2 branded broadband offering back a few months to late summer. O2 got on […]

Microsoft steps up VoIP plans

AT the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) earlier this week, Microsoft and nine others unveiled a new range of VoIP devices supported by the public beta program of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. ASUSTek, GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung and ViTELiX are working on the devices that claim to […]

EU negotiators reach roaming breakthrough

After four rounds of negotiations, European Parliamentarians and the 27 EU member states have reached a tentative agreement on the proposed cuts to mobile roaming charges. According to the compromise, reached Tuesday, the maximum retail charge, excluding VAT, for regulated roaming calls will be capped at Eur0.49 per minute for outgoing calls and Eur0.24 per […]

Communicating through the medium of shivers

Students from the University of Dundee unveiled a raft of “next generation mobile ‘phones’” on Monday night. None of the designs, made by students from the College of Art, Science and Engineering, support voice, text, pictures or video. Instead, the models are geared for “intimacy and sensuality”. Designs include the ‘Aware’, a necklace which sends […]

Orange segments usage stats

Orange is set to take a bold step Tuesday with the launch of its consumer digital media usage index, an ongoing report showing exactly how UK customers use Orange services and media. The initial index is primarily focused on mobile services including messaging, games, music, TV and the mobile internet but going forward it will […]

Moto preps monster for entrance

Industry watchers and Motorola investors will be watching with bated breath on Tuesday, as the company’s chief exec, Ed Zander, lifts the curtain on the so called “media monster” device. Last week, Zander spent some time making sure loaded comments about the new phone made their way into the press. According to Zander’s teasing comments, […]

Zander sharpens up RAZR’s successor

How does Motorola follow up the success of the RAZR? That has been the question hanging in the air all Tuesday as chief executive, Ed Zander, prepared to unleash the next batch of Moto devices on an unsuspecting public. The answer, as it turns out, is with the RAZR 2. The successor to the iconic […]

Vodafone wins Ya.com

Vodafone is reported to have won the battle for Deutsche Telekom’s Spanish ISP, Ya.com, with a bid of between Eur400m and Eur500m. Big Red looks to have beaten off a number of rivals, including Spanish broadband service provider Jazztel and mobile operator Orange. Ya.com is the country’s fourth largest broadband provider with about 400,000 subscribers. […]

Nokia to shift more handsets in Q2

Nokia, the world’s biggest handset vendor, said on Monday it expects its market share for the mobile devices sector in the second quarter to increase. The Finnish giant said it expects its share to increase from its estimated 36 per cent stake at the end of the first quarter, rather than remaining flat, as the […]

Two convicted in Siemens scandal probe

German vendor Siemens said Monday it will appeal the decision of the Darmstadt regional court requiring it to pay Eur38m, following the conviction of two former managers in the first of several corruption allegations. The German court gave Andreas Kley, a former manager at Siemens’s power-generation unit, a two year suspended sentence for bribery, and […]

Deutsche Telekom strike continues

Around 15,000 workers at German carrier Deutsche Telekom were on strike on Monday, as protests over staff outsourcing and wage cuts continued into a second day. More than 10,000 employees at staged a walk out on Friday, as the German incumbent drew fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new […]

IPTV VoD model falls short

Just as BT prepares to kick off a high profile marketing campaign for its Vision IPTV service, industry analysts have come out with a warning that the IPTV video on demand (VoD) business model falls far short. Ozgur Aytar, manager of industry analyst Pyramid Research, said that VoD services over IPTV networks fail to offer […]

Unplug me, I’m full, says Nokia phone

Finnish mobile giant Nokia is playing the green card this week, with a trio of devices that remind the user to unplug the phone charger once the battery is full. The technology will first appear in the Nokia 1200, 1208 and 1650 but will also be rolled out across the whole product range. The company […]

Vonage has workaround plan

Embattled internet telephony provider Vonage may have solved two of the three patent issues presently putting the company at risk of closure. Speaking at the company’s first quarter financial results announcement on Thursday, Jeffrey Citron, Vonage chairman, said: “We believe we have workable designs for the two name translation patents and intend to begin deploying […]

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