Hutchison shrinks 3G losses

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison-Whampoa defied the economic gloom on Thursday, shrinking losses at mobile unit 3 Group for the six months to the end of June by 72 per cent year on year to HK$3.2bn. Revenues for the same period also jumped 14 per cent from HK$28bn to HK$32bn, as the groups 3G customer base […]

Nortel takes chainsaw to virtual worlds

Canadian kit vendor Nortel continued its spending spree this week, announcing the acquisition of a 3D voice firm to spur on its move into the realm of virtual worlds. The $7m acquisition of DiamondWare is Nortel’s second acquisition in as many weeks, following the purchase of unified communications firm Pingtel, and is yet more evidence […]

Redtone launches WiMAX in East Malaysia

Redtone, using base stations and CPE equipment from Motorola, has launched the first commercial WiMAX service in East Malaysia. The first phase of the WiMAX network covers the Kota Kinabalu business district.    Redtone’s WiMAX licence – a 25MHz slice of spectrum in the 2.3GHz frequency band – will allow the company to extend coverage across […]

Mobile advertising going strong

Mobile advertising continues to be a winner, with ad impressions going up by 10 per cent in the month of June alone. According to figures released by mobile advertising platform AdMob on Thursday, the total number of ad impressions on the AdMob network increased by 10 per cent over June to almost 4 billion ads […]

Lessons to learn from Apple’s App Store

The rest of the mobile industry could learn a valuable lesson from newcomer Apple, as the App Store takes the mobile content and apps market by storm. Analysts at the Daiwa Institute of Research this week said that the introduction of the App Store in the iPhone 2.0 platform represents a compelling reason for high […]

Telekom Austria profits slide 26% on fixed line losses

Austrian carrier Telekom Austria reported Wednesday that second quarter profits slipped 26 per cent to Eur96.3m, compared to Eur130.6m in the same period last year. The firm said it was hit by higher interest expenses following the acquisition of Belarusian mobile operation Velcom in October of last year, as well as the effects of mobile […]

KPN launches DVB-H mobile TV service

Dutch operator KPN said this week it has launched a nationwide mobile TV service based on the European Standard, DVB-H. Users of the KPN service, MobielTV, have access to a choice of ten channels, accessible via DVB-H-capable devices delivered by Nokia. KPB said the channels Nederland 1, Nederland 3, RTL4, RTL24, SBS6, Jetix/Veronica, MTV Music, […]

Ericsson, STMicro merge assets to create chip giant

US chip shop STMicroelectronics is to merge with Ericsson’s Mobile Platforms unit and spin the resulting operation off into a joint venture, the companies said Wednesday. Acknowledged by analysts as the biggest consolidation in the chipset market so far, the 50/50 joint venture claims to have the industry’s strongest product offering in semiconductors, supplying components […]

P1 first out of WiMAX traps in Malaysia

Packet One (P1), a 2.3GHz mobile WiMAX licence holder in Peninsular Malaysia, has become the first operator in the country to launch commercial WiMAX services. The initial promotional offer is RM99 ($30) per month for customers signing up to a 12-month contract for a 1.2Mbps service. A 2.4Mbps service is available at RM299 ($89) per […]

Vodafone rebuffs price hike criticism

The world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, has countered claims that it is increasing call prices for already hard up Brits. On Tuesday, a number of UK newspapers reported on a tariff change that Vodafone said it warned its users about in July. The cost of a call outside of a customer’s […]

Apple releases another iPhone update

Users connecting their Apple iPhone 3Gs up to iTunes on Tuesday will discover yet another software update waiting for them. In Apple’s now familiar vague descriptions of iPhone updates, the latest 248MB download claims to contain “bug fixes” and will take the firmware up to version 2.0.2. Many users hope these bug fixes are for […]

Android almost ready for commercial debut

The Android software platform, which is Google’s big mobile bet, inched a step closer to commercial reality on Monday, as developers unveiled a beta SDK. The Open Handset Alliance, which is tasked with developing the platform, has lifted the curtain on Android 0.9 SDK beta, which should give some indication of the commercial readiness of […]

Turkcell scores iPhone 3G deal

Leading Turkish operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has become the latest carrier to strike a deal with Apple to supply the iPhone 3G later this year. The operator said it will bring the iconic device to its prepaid and postpaid customers ‘later this year’. Turkcell will be the second operator to distribute the iPhone […]

Orange bundles laptop with mobile connection

UK mobile operator Orange has joined the ranks of high street retailers such as the Carphone Warehouse by bundling a laptop with its mobile broadband offering. Over the weekend, Orange unveiled the first machine to be offered as part of its ‘connected’ range, available from Orange shops. Consumers can now purchase a package consisting of […]

Complaints over iPhone 3G reception grow

The official iPhone discussion forums are swelling with users complaining about reception issues with the 3G version of the device. Moderators on the Apple website have been forced to move the threads discussing the issues a handful of times already, as the list of complaints became too long for many browsers to handle. The biggest […]

Norway backs DMB for mobile TV

The three biggest broadcasters in Norway, NRK, TV 2 and MTG announced Monday the joint formation of a company to launch mobile TV via DMB this winter. The new company, Norsk mobil-TV (NMTV), is currently working with terminal manufacturers and telecom operators in preparation of the launch, and said it intends to start its broadcasts […]

Smartphone market still going strong

Although growth slowed in the smartphone market across Europe, the Middle East and Asia during the second quarter, total shipments of 12.6 million devices still made it the second biggest quarter ever in volume terms. Figures released by research house Canalys estimates that smartphones represented 13 per cent of all mobile phone shipments during the […]

Android rumours abound

The rumour mill is churning out plenty of speculation about the Open Handset Alliance’s Android platform this week, with some pundits suggesting a September 17 arrival for the first device. It is thought that T-Mobile will be the first stockist of a device sporting the open Linux-based platform developed in part by Google. Taiwanese handset […]

Ghana approves Vodafone’s Telecom buy out

The Ghanaian parliament has approved a controversial deal that will see Vodafone, the world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of revenue, take a 70 per cent holding in state owned Ghana Telecom. The vote was passed late Thursday, after days of protests organised largely by the government opposition party National Democratic Congress and its allies. […]

Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G is reported to be selling like hot cakes and on Wednesday Californian vendor Apple introduced plans to make the gadget more available under a deal with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy. From September 7, the US high street retailer will start stocking the iPhone 3G at $199 for the 8GB model and […]

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