Sony inks content deal with China

Sony BMG Music Entertainment signed a deal Thursday with content aggregator, GMI, which allows the firm to use Sony’s library of content in China. GMI will be allowed to licence Sony’s music, videos and other audio content, including ring tones, according to a statement. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Europe’s biggest circle Telecom Italia

Two of Europe’s biggest telecoms firms are understood to be circling Telecom Italia (TI) in a bid to counteroffer AT&T/America Movile’s £2bn play for the Italian incumbent. France Telecom and Spanish operator, Telefonica, have contacted Italian banks and insurers in an attempt to create a consortium that is acceptable to the Italian government, according to […]

Vonage buys breathing space

Embattled internet telephony player Vonage may have given itself some breathing space by signing up a rival VoIP operator to carry its traffic. According to a form filed by VoIP, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US-based VoIP operator has signed a deal to “provide certain network services to Vonage for their domestic […]

Ministers vow to keep TI Italian

Italy’s desire to keep its largest telecoms group from slipping into foreign control saw ministers and government leaders pledging to block a Eur 4.5bn (£3.04bn) bid from two North American companies Monday. No sooner had AT&T and America Movil stepped up to buy Telecom Italia (TI) when communications minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy had to […]

Let’s have more FON says commissioner

A high profile European Commissioner has delivered a warning to the operator community, advising telcos to open up access to user driven applications, or face further stagnation of their revenues. Speaking at a conference held at the i-City living lab in Hasselt, Belgium, last week, Professor Jean-Claude Burgelman, director general of the Joint Research Centre […]

Mexico city mayor wants wireless for all

Mexico City signed an agreement Monday with Chinese manufacturer ZTE corp. to set up hotspots across the city as part of a plan to provide wireless to its 8.7 million residents. Marcelo Ebrard, elected in December as Mexico City’s latest mayor, said the push to make the city wireless was being given the “highest priority”. […]

Qualcomm hits Nokia with more lawsuits

Qualcomm said Tuesday that it had filed more lawsuits against Finish mobile manufacturer, Nokia. The move comes a week before the companies’ existing cross-licensing agreement expires. Qualcomm said the lawsuits relate to downloading applications and other content over a GPRS/EDGE wireless data network as well as speech encoders used in certain models of GSM mobiles. […]

Start up allows anyone to become an MVNO

Californian start up Sonopia jumped onto the rapidly rolling community orientated services bandwagon this week, with the promise that just about anyone can become a mobile carrier. Sonopia has struck a deal with US operator Verizon Wireless to rent and sub-let space on the operator’s network. But instead of promoting its own Mobile Virtual Network […]

EMI, Apple get rid of DRM

Record label EMI and computer giant Apple made a landmark announcement on Monday, removing copy protection software from downloadable music. EMI will make its existing digital music catalogue available via iTunes without Digital Rights Management (DRM). Users will be free to copy the songs they download onto all of their devices, including mobile phones, without […]

Pirelli in talks to sell TI stake

Pirelli said it held exclusive talks with AT&T and Mexico’s America Movil late Sunday to sell off two-thirds of its stake in Telecom Italia (TI). Pirelli controls an 18 pct stake in Telecom Italia through the holding company Olimpia SpA. In the last few months various suitors have been associated with TI, including Spanish incumbent, […]

Nokia Siemens warns of market slowdown

Monster vendor Nokia Siemens, which started operations as a merged entity on Sunday, has warned of a slowdown in growth of the infrastructure market. The Finnish-German joint venture said that “over the last couple of months there has been a narrowing of visibility and indications of a slowdown in spending in some regions”. Updating its […]

Half of UK’s adults have broadband

More than half the UK’s adult population has a broadband connection at home, according to media and communications watchdog, Ofcom. In its Digital Progress Report on the broadband market, released Monday, Ofcom said that in the seven years since its mass market introduction, broadband has become one of the fastest growing communications technologies. The report […]

Carphone interested in mobile TV?

Carphone Warehouse, Sky and Channel 4 could all be seeking to get into the UK’s mobile TV business according to a document released by Ofcom late last week. The communications watchdog said it has received two applications for the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) national radio multiplex licence, which will allow the licensees to broadcast of […]

Japan cableco trials mobile WiMAX

Japanese cable operator Reinan Cable Network said Monday that it has completed a trial of Huawei’s mobile WiMAX platform. The trials are an early step in the u-Japan Plan – a Japanese government initiative to implement seamless broadband coverage throughout Japan by 2010. Reinan Cable said it selected WiMAX for its large coverage footprint and […]

Bank trials Bluetooth adverts at branches

High street bank, HSBC, is trialling a technology that allows adverts to be sent to mobile phones as people pass its branches. The banking giant is trialling the Bluetooth technology which is reminiscent of the type seen in Tom Cruise’s movie, ‘Minority Report’. The banks employ a concealed box that scans for mobiles with Bluetooth […]

Vodafone partners Asda, warns on year ahead

Vodafone has inked a deal with Asda, one of Britain’s leading supermarket chains, to sell branded mobiles to shoppers. Asda, which is owned by American firm Wal-Mart, will rent airtime from Vodafone in a similar arrangement to that which exists between Tesco and O2 which has over 1 million customers. Announcing the deal at a […]

UK watchdog issues VoIP regulations

UK telecoms watchdog, Ofcom, this week introduced a new regulatory code for VoIP providers as it readies itself to regulate the sector starting this summer. The watchdog said the move was to ensure consumers have access to information about the capabilities of their service. Recognising the phenomenal growth of VoIP – forecasts predict three million […]

US awards huge contract, spurns

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded America’s biggest ever telecommunications contract – a ten year deal worth $48bn – to AT&T, Qwest and Verizon. Sprint Nextel was not chosen. Each of the winners will split $525m and pitch against one another with different federal agencies for varying contracts. Each of those government agencies […]

iPhone to launch on June 11 – reports

Apple will release its iPhone to the US market on June 11, according to reports. Technology website, CNet.com, is reporting that after making a call to its customer service department, a manager at Cingular revealed the launch date without any further information. Apple will not confirm the date, which coincides with the firm’s Worldwide developer […]

Essar deal delayed as regulators mull details

Telecoms regulators in India have confirmed there will be a delay on their decision to clear Vodafone’s deal to buy a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar. The announcement is the latest problem for Vodafone in its proposed bid for a 57 per cent stake in Essar for $11.1bn (£5.7bn). The regulators want to extend their […]

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