Mobile web is rubbish, say students

Shock news from mobile web developer InfoGin on Thursday, which carried out a study and found two in three UK students thought that surfing the web on their mobile was such a rubbish experience they gave up trying. It’s not that students are just idle layabouts either – 69 per cent of respondents said that […]

Moto breeds “media monster”

Motorola head honcho Ed Zander appears to be slyly fuelling speculation that the world’s second biggest handset vendor has finally come up with a design to boost its flagging handset portfolio. Speaking in a keynote at the Software 2007 conference in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Zander reportedly teased attendees with the promise of a “media […]

Deutsche Telekom workers to strike

German carrier Deutsche Telekom faces a walk out after workers on Thursday voted in favour of a strike. The carrier has drawn fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new contracts expected to include lower wages and longer working hours. A statement from trade union Ver.di, released after the lunchtime […]

O2 Germany may cut 1,000 jobs

UK-based mobile operator O2 may cut up to 1,000 jobs, or 20 per cent of its staff base, at its German business, according to reports on Tuesday. According to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland, O2, which was bought up by Spanish carrier Telefonica last year, will make the cuts to reduce personnel costs. […]

Obscurity may benefit WiMAX

WiMAX looks like it may sidestep the same standardisation problems that occasionally trip up GSM evolution, according to Rob Westwick, principal consultant of wireless technology at PA Consulting. But he adds that this only holds true because WiMAX is not popular enough yet. “With 3G you could see from the outset that it was the […]

Emerging interest for Asian 3G

Although the rural markets are likely to remain the priority of operators in Asia’s developing markets for some while yet, the potential for 3G is not to be underestimated. Nick Jotischky, emerging markets telecoms analyst with Business Monitor International, said that in one of the biggest markets – Indonesia – leading operator Telkomsel has done […]

BT on the way to WiMAX

Incumbent telco BT issued an RFI (Request for Information) to potential WiMAX suppliers on Tuesday, threatening to shake up the UK telecoms industry dramatically. The British regulator Ofcom is planning to re-open the UMTS Extension 2.5-2.69GHz band some time around the end of 2007 and BT is almost a dead cert to bid for some […]

Sony Ericsson flexes muscle with P1

Sony Ericsson launched a flock of new shinies on Wednesday, including a variety of Java-based low cost handsets as well as a new flagship smartphone. The S500 is a small slider based on EDGE, while the T650 is a candybar UMTS device that includes a photo blogging application. There was also an extra slim basic […]

Ubuntu Linux targets mobile devices

Ubuntu, one of the more popular Linux distributions, has announced plans to tackle the portable devices space following the announcement of a new low-power processor and chipset architecture by Intel. The Linux distribution was recently given a boost when Dell selected it as an optional operating system for its desktop machines. At the Ubuntu Developer […]

Sun warms up Java for mobile platform

Following its acquisition of mobile platform SavaJe in April, computer giant Sun Microsystems has pledged to take another crack at the “write once, run anywhere” promise of Java on the mobile. Speaking at the 2007 JavaOne conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Rich Green, executive vice president of Sun Software, unveiled the first in a […]

Sweden faces spying law

Swedish-Finnish operator TeliaSonera said Monday it is moving some of its mail servers to sidestep a proposed law allowing the Swedish government to spy on all electronic communications. The Swedish government has proposed a law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border. As a result, […]

No i-mode for India

No real surprises here, but with Vodafone’s $11bn acquisition of Hutchison Essar in the bag, NTT DoCoMo has pulled the plug on its i-mode plans for India. Japanese operator DoCoMo and Hutch had signed a contract in December with an eye to launching i-mode in India this year. But “due to the changes in business […]

TeliaSonera taps Nokia for IMS

TeliaSonera has picked Nokia Siemens Networks’ implementation of the IMS core network after what a vendor spokesman called “extensive technical evaluations,” including interworking trials with the GSM Association. In a statement on Tuesday, Nokia and TeliaSonera made reference to the IMS as an “open, standardised system for combining mobile and broadband services, making it possible […]

BlackBerry gets VoIP

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the fruits of last year’s acquisition of Ascendent Systems on Tuesday. The company launched the weightily titled BlackBerry Mobile Voice System for Seamless Enterprise Voice Integration, which basically allows a BlackBerry to connect to the corporate PBX. Using the platform, BlackBerry smartphone users can remain logged into their […]

Icahn fails to win seat on Moto board

Billionaire corporate raider, Carl Icahn, failed to win a seat on the board of Motorola, the world’s second largest handset manufacturer said Monday, after a preliminary count of shareholder votes at its annual meeting. Motorola said that stockholders re-elected the existing board of directors. The company will publicly announce the final results within a few […]

Axe begins to fall at Nokia Siemens

Mega vendor Nokia Siemens Networks put a damper on things on Friday, when it revealed that it has started sharing its proposed headcount reduction plans with employees in both Finland and Germany. Last year, the company said that it expected to adjust headcount by 10-15 per cent over a four year period from an initial […]

EC steps up proceedings against Germany

The European Commission on Thursday stepped up its infringement proceedings against Germany over provisions to grant a “regulatory holiday” to incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom. The infringement procedure was launched at the end of February after amendments to Germany’s telecoms law provided for an exemption of Deutsche Telekom’s VDSL fast internet access network from competition. Germany […]

Moto adds manpower to handset unit

Motorola has beefed up the management at its ailing handsets division with the appointment of Alain Mutricy as senior vice president for platform technology within the Mobile Devices business. Mutricy’s move to Moto concludes an 18 year stint at Texas Instruments, where he mosts recently held the position of vice president. He will be responsible […]

BlackBerry throws a Curve ball

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) this week rolled out the BlackBerry Curve, its smallest and lightest full QWERTY smartphone to date. The Curve, also known as the 8300, follows on from the successful design of the Pearl and the features of the Pearl’s bigger, more business like brother, the 8800, by packing a full […]

Vonage refused retrial

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected Vonage’s request for a retrial in its patent dispute against Verizon Communications. Earlier this week, embattled VoIP provider, Vonage, filed a request for a retrial of the case in which it was found guilty of infringing Verizon owned patents. The motion followed a landmark […]

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