Mobile data usage gets comfortable at home

More than half of all mobile data traffic is predicted to be generated at home within the next five years, with voice not far behind. According to research released Thursday by analyst house and telecoms.com parent Informa Telecoms & Media, the growth in home usage of mobile services will drive the business case for femtocells. […]

3’s a crowd

The Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3G network carrier 3 has a firm toehold in a number of markets and it is a disruptive influence throughout. Perhaps oddly for a carrier with reputation for launching innovative and disruptive new services 3’s genealogy is steeped in tradition. The parent company, Hutchison Whampoa, was formed in the nineteenth century. The […]

WiMAX dongle set to boost market

The certification of Chinese vendor Huawei’s 802.16e USB dongle by the WiMAX Forum last week is an “industry milestone” and should give the mobile WiMAX market a significant boost in the near term. So says Dean Bubley, founder of consulting firm Disruptive Analysis. “Given their track record of ramping up volumes, plus their enviable record […]

Romanian regulator dissolved

The Romanian government this week dissolved communications regulator the National Regulatory Authority for Communications and Information Technology (ANRCTI), setting up the National Authority for Communciations (ANC) in its place. The new institution is to take over the budget and personnel of the ANRCTI and will operate under the coordination of the prime minister. Liviu Nistoran […]

Head of KTF busted

The head of South Korean operator KTF stepped down this week after being arrested on bribery charges. Local press reports that Young-Chu Cho is alleged to have received payments amounting to more than $2m from equipment suppliers. A replacement chief executive is expected to be announced imminently. Mobile carrier KT Freetel is the second largest […]

Etisalat’s Indian Swan song

United Arab Emirates operator Etisalat said Tuesday it has struck an agreement to buy 45 per cent of Indian mobile operator Swan Telecom for $900m in cash. Swan is a recently licensed GSM mobile operator in India, holding Universal Access Service (UASL) licenses in 13 telecom service areas, and is in the process of acquiring […]

Commissioner’s axe hangs above EU text and data prices

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has been sharpening her axe again this week, proposing to cut the price of roaming text messages by as much as 60 per cent by next summer. On Tuesday the European Commission warned that EU citizens travelling in other EU countries should pay no more than Eur0.11 per SMS compared […]

Sony Ericsson ups its game with unlimited music

Fifth placed handset vendor Sony Ericsson looked hopeful this week, refreshing its handset portfolio and getting in on the services game with an unlimited music offering. The Japanese-Swedish joint venture has been on the back foot this year, having been overtaken by Korean rival LG, and losing market share to stronger competitor portfolios. Despite the […]

UK joins call for better broadband

UK communications regulator Ofcom published proposals on Tuesday, encouraging further investment in super fast broadband for UK homes and businesses. Ofcom said that next generation broadband networks, based on fibre rather than copper, will be required to meet demand for high definition content and take consumer access speeds up from around 8Mbps to around 100Mbps. […]

Amazon to provide music for Android G1

The curtain is about to be lifted on Google’s mobile progeny, but it looks like online retailer Amazon has spilled at least some of the beans on the device. The web store said Tuesday that the T-Mobile G1 will come preloaded with Amazon MP3, allowing users to search, download, buy and play music from a […]

Android G1 lands today

The first Google phone, based on the hotly anticipated Android platform, will be unveiled at an event in New York City later today. Deutsche Telekom’s US mobile unit, T-Mobile USA, will be the first carrier of the device, which is expected to be made available to the public in early November. There’s a holding page […]

Android takes more than a leaf out of Apple’s book

Web giant Google has shown its hand. At an event in New York City this afternoon, representatives from Google, T-Mobile and HTC showed off the first commercial device based on the Android platform – the T-Mobile G1. There wasn’t much to reveal about the hardware – an HTC unit with touchscreen and trackball as well […]

Orange brand launches in Austria

Austrian mobile operator One, which is joint owned by France Telecom and a private equity firm, changed its brand name to Orange on Monday. The Austrian operator has become the second company in as many weeks to join the Orange brand, following the recent launch of operations in Kenya. One is 65 per cent owned […]

Nokia ups its game in service management space

Monster kit vendor Nokia Siemens Networks said Monday it plans to expand its customer base in the service management space through a range of new channel partners. The initiative will see NSN target the service management software business by collaborating with KlugCom, P3 Solutions, Subex and Theta Networks. NSN said these channel partners would give […]

Consolidation rumour roundup

It’s only Monday, but there are already a number of rumours circulating on potential mergers in the telecoms industry. UK-based Vodafone is believed to be on the verge of a deal with South African partner Telkom, with an eye to taking a larger stake in the Vodacom mobile operation. At present, Big Red holds 50 […]

Japan’s SoftBank first to launch 3G femtocells

Japanese operator SoftBank is to score a world first in January, when it becomes the first service provider to launch 3G femtocells in a commercial capacity. SoftBank, Japan’s third placed carrier behind NTT DoCoMo and KDDI, said it will offer 3G femtos from January 2009 using kit from UK-based Ubiquisys and a supporting IMS core […]

Analyst predicts 4 billion mobile subs by year end

There will be 4 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, by the end of this year, according to analyst forecasts released Monday. Assuming that the world’s four billionth mobile subscription is activated during the fourth quarter, analyst house and telecoms.com parent, Informa Telecoms & Media, says that it will have taken just five full quarters for the […]

Voda to bundle Dell notebook

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone said Thursday it will be bundling Dell’s ultra mobile device with a mobile broadband subscription from mid-October. Big Red will be the first carrier to get it mitts on the Inspiron Mini 9 unit, which will be bundled in for ‘nothing’ with a 24 month contract at £25 per month. But […]

T-Mo UK offers prepay wireless web

UK mobile operator T-Mobile launched a handful of prepay wireless broadband products on Friday, allowing users to get on the web without signing up to a contract. There are three tariffs available starting at £2 for one day’s access, £10 for seven days or £20 for 30 days. The data allowance is ‘unlimited’ but of […]

Europe calls for better access to fibre networks

The European Commission has called for fixed line operators to allow rivals easier access to their next generation fibre networks, in a bid to stimulate competition and adoption of next generation services. On Thursday the EC launched a public consultation on the regulatory principles to be applied by EU member states to Next Generation Access […]

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