Twitter priced out of UK mobile market

Microblogging and social networking tool Twitter has pulled the plug on part of its UK mobile service, citing the high prices charges by UK operators. As of Thursday, Twitter is no longer delivering outbound text messages via its dedicated UK number. The feature was available to users who wanted to receive update straight to their […]

Fire Eagle stalks mobile users

Web giant Yahoo is catching flack more typically reserved for Google this week, as it announced the general availability of location mapping service Fire Eagle. In Yahoo’s own words, “Fire Eagle is an open platform that helps users take their location to the web while giving them the ability to easily control how and where […]

UK telecoms users getting more for less

UK residents are spending more time using communications services than ever before but paying less for them, according to research released by industry watchdog Ofcom on Thursday. The regulator’s research into the UK’s £51bn communications industry, revealed that UK users spent an average of 7 hours and 9 minutes a day hooked up to a […]

Intel backs VoIP for the masses

Internet telephony company JaJah proposed to take VoIP services to the masses on Thursday, by partnering with chip giant Intel and playing the green card. Next month Intel will begin the rolling out its Remote Wake technology on new motherboards, and the US chip shop has tapped JaJah to implement the Remote Wake feature into […]

Telstra records 13% increase in profits

Australia’s incumbent carrier, Telstra, turned in a profit of A$3.7bn for the year to end June 30, an increase of 13.5 per cent year on year. Revenue for the year also jumped 4.7 per cent year on year to reach A$24.8bn, which analyst Ovum noted as even better than it appeared. The overall sales growth […]

Nortel picks up Pingtel

Canadian kit vendor Nortel on Wednesday announced the acquisition of software-based unified communications firm Pingtel. Nortel bought the assets of Pingtel from enterprise wifi vendor Bluesocket for an undisclosed sum, and will roll the company’s unified comms portfolio in with its own. The Canadian firm said the purchase is key to Nortel’s vision to be […]

Carriers need new game plan to survive in digital age

Fixed and mobile carriers in mature markets must transform themselves into “IT and network factories” and support new services all but unrelated to telecoms in order to survive in the digital age. The warning comes from industry analyst Gartner, which said this week that by 2012, it expects around half of the 20 largest carriers […]

Nokia reveals first Growth for Bochum investor

After a month or so of searching, Nokia has caught its first investor for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, to participate in the ‘Growth for Bochum’ initiative. The get out agreement, which Nokia probably begrudgingly entered into last month after closing down its German factory, stated that the Finnish firm had to create new […]

Hacker claims Java bug affects millions of phones

A Polish hacker and self professed security expert claims to have discovered vulnerabilities in the mobile Java technology implemented by Nokia in its mid-range S40 devices, potentially putting millions of handsets at risk. Adam Gowdiak, who is in the process of setting up a security research firm, Security Explorations, claims the bugs affect around 140 […]

Femtos to save $5bn, but only if ops do their homework

The number of femtocells deployed by the end of 2013 is estimated to exceed the 40 million mark, with 22 million units added in 2013 alone, according to analyst research released Tuesday. Industry analyst and parent, Informa Telecoms & Media, said this installed base could help operators to offload up to 8 per cent […]

Oman opens up fixed line market

Oman has opened bidding on a new fixed line telecommunications licence to be made available in the country, opening up the market to overseas investors. Oman has a population of approximately 2.75 million and the local regulatory authority estimates the current fixed penetration rate at 10 per cent. Broadband is at a very low penetration […]

Telecom Italia revises forecasts

Fixed and mobile carrier Telecom Italia has revised its outlook for the current year as its Brazilian and German operations fare worse than expected. The operator recorded a 24 per cent slide in net income for the first half of the year, with profit falling to Eur1.14bn, compared to Eur1.5bn in the first half of […]

US handset shipments defy economic slowdown

More evidence that mobile phone shipments in the US are defying the economic gloom on Monday, as analysts reported strong sales in the region. According to research from Strategy Analytics, mobile phone shipments in the US grew 5 per cent annually, to reach 42 million units during the second quarter. There was some good news […]

Sprint cans $3bn bonds offer

US operator Sprint pulled a $3bn offering of convertible bonds late Thursday, just one day after rattling the market with its intention. In an announcement, Sprint said it had, “Decided to cancel the offering because the terms being offered were not economically attractive due to unfavourable market conditions.” The news proved popular with investors, which […]

App Store has teething troubles, iPhone has kill switch

Californian gadget maker Apple appears to be having a few teething troubles with its newly launched App Store for the iPhone. The App Store, which is part of iTunes, allows developers to get their applications in front of the entire iPhone user base, but only after Apple has vetted the apps for suitability and security. […]

Deutsche Telekom profit slips 35%

German-based carrier Deutsche Telekom reported a 34.8 per cent slip in net profit on Thursday as domestic pressures persisted and the strength of the Euro hit US revenues. Net profit fell to Eur394m during the second quarter, from Eur604m in the same period last year. Net revenues also slipped nearly 3 per cent to Eur15.1bn […]

Sprint continues to lose subs

WiMAX pin-up Sprint Nextel reported a loss for the quarter to end June 30, as the operator’s woes endured and customers continued to jump ship. The loss came in at $344m, compared to a profit of $19m in the same period last year, as the operator’s wireless subscriber base shrank by 2.1 million since the […]

Emerging markets to drive M&A growth

The ongoing potential for rapid mobile subscription growth means that emerging markets are set to take over as the main driver of M & A activity, according to research released Thursday. Findings from the Global Mobile M&A report, released by industry analyst and parent Informa Telecoms & Media, reveal that although M&A activity appeared […]

Voda, O2 UK tune up mobile music offerings

The world’s biggest mobile operator by revenues, Vodafone, unleashed its second mobile music platform in the UK Thursday. Vodafone Music, which was developed in partnership with RealNetworks, aims to complement Music Station, which was launched with Omnifone late in 2007. The most noticeable difference between the two is that Vodafone Music has a more fluid […]

Moto scoops $431m in Chinese deals

Welcome news for troubled US vendor Motorola this week as it announced Chinese network contracts worth $431m. Moto said it has signed multiple contracts with leading mobile carrier China Mobile, for the expansion and upgrade of its existing GSM network. Under the deal, Motorola will supply kit and services across 16 provinces and municipalities. The […]


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