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 […]

Siberia gets 3G

Leading Russian mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) said Thursday it has extended coverage of its 3G network to Siberia and the Russian Far East. This week, the operator switched on HSPA-enabled services in Novosibirsk, Norilsk and Vladivostok. MTS launched 3G services in Russia in May, and plans to launch 3G in 14 cities during 2008 […]

Industry body pushes for greener base stations

Green issues remain high on the agenda for the mobile industry, with the GSM Association launching its Green Power for Mobile initiative on Thursday. The programme is tasked with the goal of helping the mobile industry use renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, or sustainable biofuels to power 118,000 new and existing off grid […]

Vodafone muscles further in on Qtel’s turf

Qatar’s incumbent operator, Qatar Telecom, is under threat from Vodafone, after the UK-based operator won its second licence in the country this week. In addition to the mobile licence Vodafone acquired in Qatar earlier this year, the Big V has also snapped up the right to offer fixed line services and plans to offer both […]

Nortel to offload Metro unit as gloom continues

Canadian kit vendor Nortel added another dark patch to the general economic gloom on Wednesday, and looks to be flogging off its crown jewels in order to keep the ship afloat. The troubled firm warned investors that it is “experiencing significant pressure” as its customers cut back capital expenditure more than previously expected. As a […]

Fon tops 1 million subs mark

Do-it-yourself global wifi network Fon has recently passed the 1 million member milestone, the company said this week. The open wifi champion, which was established in Spain, said it now has more than 400,000 registered Fon hotspots in over 150 countries. The concept behind Fon is based on the idea that anybody with a broadband […]

Asia Pac shows Europe how data roaming is done

Third placed Singaporean operator M1 has launched a promotional daily data roaming plan capping charges at S$25.60 ($18.75) per day for usage of 5MB or more. Below 5MB, users pay S$0.05 ($0.036) per 10KB. The plan is available to M1 subscribers roaming on the Celcom Malaysia and SmarTone-Vodafone Hong Kong networks until mid-December. Analysts at […]

Nokia applauded as green champion

The world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile handsets is also the world’s greenest electronics vendor, according to environmental campaigner Greenpeace. Scoring seven points out of ten in the latest Greenpeace ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’, published this week, Nokia was shown to have regained lead position, due largely to its improved product take back and recycling practices […]

‘Dumb pipe’ fate need not befall mobile operators

As mobile operators seek to drive revenue growth from flat rate, or nearly flat rate, data access packages, one of the main concerns is whether or not they will end up being commodity ISPs – the dreaded “dumb pipes” scenario. But analysts at Ovum this week said that the same fate need not befall the […]

3 Italia steps up mobile TV offering

Italian mobile operator 3 Italia said this week it has tapped kit vendor Thomson to deliver a mobile video headend for its mobile TV service, La3 TV. The operator has also built a new operations centre to boost its DVB-H-based media service, increasing its capabilities to broadcast up to 20 channels. 3 Italia claims to […]

HTC freshens up Touch with widescreen

Taiwanese gadget maker HTC has updated its portfolio of popular Touch devices with a new model boasting a 3.8″ WVGA screen and a 5 megapixel camera. The Touch HD is based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional platform and features HTC’s more user friendly touchscreen interface known as TouchFlo, which has come on leaps and […]

Best Buy buys Napster

Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is to acquire digital music shop Napster for an aggregate price of $121m. The proposed acquisition includes Napster’s 700,000 digital subscribers, its web-based customer service platform, and its mobile operation, which counts O2 and AT&T among its customers. “We believe Napster brings us excellent capabilities in the mobility space, as […]

Industry giants try to repackage DRM

A cross industry group of more than 20 technology giants is getting together, to develop a new form of “buy once, play anywhere” digital rights management (DRM). The newly formed and charmingly named Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), said it has been formed with the remit of defining and building a new digital media framework […]

Adverts to drive mobile social network revenues

Ad funded social networks are set to drive revenues in the mobile user generated content (UGC) space by 2013, according to research released this week. Industry analyst Juniper Research said Tuesday that the total value of the UGC market, which comprises social networking, dating and personal content delivery (PCD) services, is forecast to rise from […]

Mixed response to latest iPhone 3G update

On Friday, Apple released the latest major update for its flagship iPhone 3G device, promising to fix the numerous connectivity glitches which have dogged the device since launch. There’s not really any accurate way of gauging the effects of the 2.1 firmware update on the iPhone population, but the discussions on the official Apple support […]

Cable & Wireless taps Indian partner in BSNL

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Monday that its Indian operation has signed an asset sharing agreement with Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Under the memorandum of understanding, both companies will share their networks and other telecom infrastructure, allowing BSNL to expand its global network and giving C&W a better foothold in India. […]

Mobile rate cuts to raise prices elsewhere

The European operator community has stepped up its attack on the European Commission’s proposals to cut mobile termination charges. The results of an operator sponsored report are out and they make uncomfortable reading for low and medium users of mobile services in Europe. In June, EU telecoms minister Viviane Reding proposed to bring mobile phone […]

Orange takes FMC to 3G

UK mobile operator Orange this week claimed a first, with its 3G-based UMA platform for fixed mobile convergence (FMC) customers. Orange originally launched its Unik/Unique service in 2006, and since appears to have experienced very different fortunes to those of BT, the company which first launched FMC services in Europe under the guise of Fusion […]

RIM gets cosy with MySpace, Microsoft

Canadian gadget maker Research In Motion (RIM) continued to dominate the headlines this week, with a late announcement that it has teamed up with MySpace and Microsoft to further strengthen its presence in the consumer market. Late Thursday, the vendor announced that it has struck a deal with social network MySpace, to develop an integrated […]

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