Italian province gets unwired with meshnet

Over half the Italian province of Brescia has no broadband internet service, something the provincial government suspects is a serious drag on economic growth. So, the government is building out a wireless mesh network using Cisco’s Outdoor Wireless products. For an initial investment of Eur2m, the province estimates it will contribute some Eur139m to the […]

Smartphones targeted for content

A select but growing band of Windows Mobile users in the UK can now browse and buy a range of content by accessing XOmobo – a .mobi portal specifically targeting the burgeoning smartphone market. According to the number crunchers at M:metrics 6.6 per cent of UK mobile users – about 5 million users – now […]

Eastern Europeans roam with MACH

Mobilkom Austria has renewed its contract with clearing and settlement firm MACH. The deal includes Mobilkom Austria and its subsidiaries: Mobiltel in Bulgaria, Vipnet in Croatia, Si.mobil in Slovenia, Mobilkom Liechtenstein and mobile communication providers currently being established in Serbia and Macedonia. With travel and tourism on the rise across the region, Mobilkom said the […]

Voda, Orange shipping crippled N95s

UK mobile operators Vodafone and Orange appear to be selling the shiny new Nokia N95 minus the functionality to make VoIP calls. Internet telephony firm Truphone has been making some noise about the fact its users cannot use their VoIP application on the device, while a number of new N95 owners have been complaining loudly […]

BlackBerry crushed by outag

The BlackBerry network is understood to be in the middle of a critical infrastructure outage, potentially affecting millions of users around the globe. Calls to Research In Motion (RIM) have so far gone unanswered but the widespread service outage is reported to be affecting subscribers in the western hemisphere. It is understood to be affecting […]

Vonage considering sale?

Despite a very real fear of disconnection and bankruptcy, shares were actually up at beleaguered VoIP firm Vonage on Tuesday night. The reasons for the increase are less than clear cut but one of the more outlandish rumours is that Vonage is in discussions with a buyer and that buyer may be Sprint Nextel. Shares […]

Wifi phones no threat to cellular

Wifi only phones and other communication devices have met with a lukewarm response to the concept from consumers, according to research carried out by In-Stat. The industry researcher said that although wifi-only gadgets could theoretically replace cellular phones for some users, nearly 25 per cent of respondents to a web survey expressed absolutely no interest […]

BT intros mobile office

UK telco BT this week launched a mobile office offering for small to medium enterprises. The Office Anywhere service, which is based around HTC’s S620 smartphone, embraces VoIP by offering free hour long internet calls to UK landlines and capped calls to UK mobiles and international landlines from BT Openzone wifi hotspots and from home […]

Prodi gets wish as AT&T pulls out of TI deal

AT&T announced Monday that it was pulling out of its proposed purchase of Telecom Italia (TI) which has faced strong opposition from the country’s centre-left government. The American telecoms giant was hoping to buy a stake in Olimpia which controls TI but Pirelli, which owns Olimpia, said AT&T had withdrawn from the purchase citing possible […]

Dell mobile in development already?

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Quanta Computer is building a Windows-based PDA for Dell, according to a rumour gathering steam on the internet this week. Taiwanese news website,, claims to have found a source that revealed that the Dell mobile handset project is codenamed “Fly” and is a handheld using the Windows Mobile 6 Professional platform […]

Radical improvements needed in VoIP – analyst

A report from the analyst group, Forrester, says existing VoIP players need to “radically improve” customer experience of the technology if it is to succeed with mainstream users. Forrester suggests that consumers choose VoIP over traditional solutions because it offers a low-cost alternative which Telcos cannot beat. It adds that while web-based VoIP solutions have […]

Intel to unveil mobile device

As the Intel Develop Conference kicks off in Beijing, China, this week, expectations are high that the chip firm will unveil an ultra mobile PC platform based on Linux. The Intel Mobile Internet Device platform is believed to be an extension of the Centrino platform and will focus on tablet-style devices with around a 5″ […]

New battery development is sugar sweet

New research in the US suggests sugar could be used as a fuel source for mobile phones and other electronics equipment within the next five years. St Louis University has developed a fuel cell that is able to run on any source of sugar, including fizzy drinks. The researchers behind the development reckon the development […]

Low take-up of cellco-branded MIM deters Microsoft

A PC-to-mobile instant-messaging service that enables instant messaging between MSN Messenger at the desktop and the Vodafone Messenger mobile-instant-messaging service, has not been a success, says Matt Hudson, senior product manager for MSN and Windows Live for Mobile. The problem seems to be that there are too few Vodafone Messenger users, or at least not […]

Taliban blamed for deadly mobile virus

The Taliban has been blamed by the Afghan government for spreading a rumour that a deadly virus is being transmitted via mobile phones. The rumour, which began Sunday, says that anyone answering calls from unknown numbers or codes would contract a fatal disease. Due to the panic caused by the rumour, Afghan officials were forced […]

Nacchio trial – No decision… yet

Deliberations in the insider-trading case against former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio will stretch into their fourth day Tuesday, as jurors remain undecided. The jury put several questions to Judge Edward Nottingham on the first day of deliberations, but none have been sent to him since. Nottingham ordered that the jury reconvene this morning. Nacchio, […]

Skype worm on the loose

Virus experts at Finnish firm F-Secure issued a warning on Monday over a worm that spreads via the instant messaging function in VoIP software Skype. The W32/Pykse.A worm spreads by sending a message with a malware link to all online friends in Skype’s contact list by exploiting the Skype API. Sneakily, the worm will also […]

UK flagging in broadband race

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the government’s advisory body on broadband and digital convergence, said Monday that the UK faces being left behind in terms of next generation broadband. The warning comes as the group releases a report which concludes that uncertainties surrounding investment in next generation broadband must be resolved within two years, or […]

Vonage future in doubt

The VoIP firm Vonage, this weekend confirmed that it has no workaround to deal with the recent Verizon patent spat. The company said in a file, submitted to the courts Friday, that the Verizon patents cover such a breadth of technology, it is not sure a workaround is feasible. Last month Vonage lost its patent […]

Kit vendors win big in India

Fourth placed Indian mobile operator, Hutchison Essar, is reportedly moving ahead with a $2bn tender for 35-40 million GSM lines. The decision to go ahead with the contract comes as the operator’s shareholding structure is being investigated following Vodafone’s acquisition $11.1 billion deal to acquire 67 per cent of Hutchison Essar. The controversial deal appears […]


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