Reding considers splitting telcos

Dominant players in telecommunications could be forced to separate their networks from their services as part of an overhaul being considered by the EU, the FT reported Thursday. Using the UK as an example, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding told the financial daily that “functional separation” worked and led to increased competition and faster adoption […]

The BBC goes Orange

UK mobile operator Orange announced Thursday that the BBC will start providing content for its mobile TV service, Orange TV, beginning April. The company said its customers will be able to watch part of the BBC’s portfolio, including BBC One, BBC Three and BBC News 24 on their mobiles. The move is part of a […]

DSL surges across Europe

More than 17.5 million people took out DSL subscriptions across Europe last year, bringing the total to 66,374,600 – a growth of 36 per cent from 2005. The figures, from the DSL Forum, show Europe as the leading DSL region worldwide, accounting for more than 35 per cent of all DSL subscribers. According to the […]

Nacchio accused of hiding stock

Jurors at the insider dealing trial of Joe Nacchio heard the prosecution allege Wednesday, that he tried to hide $90m (£45.8m) of Qwest assets by transferring stock into his wife’s accounts. The trial, now in its second week, saw prosecutor Kevin Traskas ask Judge Edward Nottingham for permission to introduce evidence to support his claim. […]

Turkcell chases stake in BTC

Turkcell confirmed reports Thursday that it is has made an offer in the tender of a 65 per cent stake in Bulgaria’s BTC Iceland’s best known millionaire, Thor Bjorgolfsson, is believed to be mulling the sale of his option for 65 per cent in BTC. The mogul has appointed Lehman Brothers to shortlist interested investors. […]

Google and LG team up

Internet search giant, Google said Wednesday that it has inked a deal with Korean electronics firm, LG Electronics, to put its software on LG’s mobile phones. The move comes days after Yahoo announced its ‘oneSearch’ service – widely hailed by analysts and industry observers as a significant leap over Google’s existing mobile technology. LG, maker […]

Virgin US in deal with Yahoo

Virgin Mobile USA said Wednesday that it intends to make Yahoo’s mobile services available to all its 4.6 million subscribers. The announcement comes as arch rival Google said it had inked a deal with handset maker LG. Both Yahoo and Google are vying for position, not only as the consumer’s preferred search brand but also […]

Mobile banking takes tentative steps

In the US, AT&T is to introduce mobile banking services through its Cingular Wireless business, in association with four banks. The deal is thought to be the biggest of its kind in the US. AT&T customers will be able to use their mobiles for basic banking services such as checking balances and transfers with any […]

Orange and Bebo get social on the mobile

UK mobile operator, Orange and social networking firm Bebo, on Wednesday announced Bebo Mobile for Orange customers. The service will kick off in the UK according to a statement from the pair and be rolled out to other regions in the future. Orange will have an exclusive on the service in the UK for an […]

Google phone is real – reports

A Google executive in Spain has reportedly confirmed that the internet search company is indeed working on a Google Phone, adding credibility to recent rumours of the device. According to Spanish news site Notacias.com, Isabel Aguilera, Google’s MD for Portugal and Spain, said the company had “dedicated” engineers who were working on the project. The […]

China gets tough on mobile porn

China is to introduce tough measures that include imprisonment and fines for people who send pornography over their mobiles. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, people caught sending pornographic video, photos or messages over their handsets could results in a two week term behind bars or a fine of 3,000 yuan (£203). The move […]

Alcatel-Lucent claims record for optical transmission

Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday announced that combined research teams from the United States and France successfully transmitted 25.6 Tb/s of optical data over a single fibre strand. The company is claiming a world record for the achievement which is approximate to sending 600 DVDs over the net, every second.According to a statement, the feat was accomplished […]

Vonage faces disconnection

Internet telephony player Vonage is exercising damage control this week after a US judge threatened to cut off the company’s service late Friday. The US District Court in Alexandria issued an order enjoining Vonage from using certain VoIP technology named in its patent litigation with Verizon. The court will hear a stay argument from Vonage […]

AT&T offers free Napster access

US operator AT&T this week struck a deal with music download site Napster, giving customers free unlimited access to more than 3 million songs for one year. The offer starts Sunday, April 1, and is available across the company’s nationwide wireless network on select tariffs as well as via the operator’s triple lay bundles. Napster […]

Samsung takes stage with two faced phone

Korean handset manufacturer Samsung has come up with a novel way of solving the headache of integrating multimedia functions and phone features in a handset. Put the separate features on different sides of the device. As the CTIA Wireless conference prepares to kick off in Orlando on Tuesday, US operator Sprint Nextel said that it […]

Japan goes with FLO

Japanese mobile operator KDDI and US chip firm Qualcomm saidd Tuesday that trials of mobile TV illustrated a commercial viability for paid mobile broadcast services in Japan. Qualcomm and KDDI established a jointly owned company, MediaFLO Japan Planning Incorporated, in 2005, to examine the viability of deploying Qualcomm’s FLO mobile TV technology in Japan. Recently, a […]

Qualcomm polishes up Rev. B

US chip shop Qualcomm on Monday took the wraps off a Mobile Station Modem chipset supporting CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Revision B. Rev. B is set to deliver advanced capabilities for next generation data and multimedia services, with recent field tests boasting in average data rates of 9.3Mbps on the downlink over 5 MHz of spectrum. […]

Ofcom brings down call termination rates

UK communications regulator Ofcom was busy on Tuesday morning, levelling the prices at which mobile operators can charge each other for connecting calls. New charge controls will come into play through a series of phases taking place from next month. The move will limit the amount that mobile network operators are able to charge other […]

Cellphone usage on planes faces turbulence

US communications regulator, the FCC, has held off on plans to lift the ban on cellphone usage whilst onboard a plane. Although the FCC has been inundated with requests from consumers to maintain a ban on in flight mobile phone usage, the latest obstacle has been thrown up by the mobile industry itself. The mobile […]

Ericsson licenses tech to Taiwan

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has licensed its U310 triple band WCDMA mobile platform to Compal Communications, a Taiwanese manufacturer. The U310 platform is Ericsson’s WCDMA/EDGE/GPRS platform designed for mass market deployment. It incorporates a flexible quad band EDGE and triple band WCDMA radio, allowing for smaller 3G devices. Stephen Chen, executive vice president of Compal, […]

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