London underground mobile network delayed

Londoners fed up with listening to other passengers’ mobile conversations breathed a sigh of relief Thursday, as London Underground (LU) announced it would be mid-2009 before mobile coverage can be offered on the tube. LU had hoped to make mobile coverage available on the capital’s tube network from mid-2008. Despite the delay, LU said a […]

Nokia Siemens Networks ready to go

Newly merged mega-vendor, Nokia Siemens Networks, said Thursday it will start operations under its new moniker on April 1. Both companies have also agreed to increase their respective contributions to the new 50:50-owned company, with Siemens to contributing Eur2.4bn and Nokia to contribute Eur1.7bn. Since Nokia will consolidate the financial results of Nokia Siemens Networks, […]

Skypers sell advice via VoIP

VoIP champion Skype jumped on the user generated content (UGC) bandwagon Wednesday with the announcement of two new services. Skype 3.1 introduces the beta release of Skype Prime, which is essentially an expertise marketplace. Skype Prime allows users to make money and reach potential customers around the world. An in-built billing mechanism allows users to set […]

Vodafone and Essar agree to play nice

As anticipated, Vodafone and Essar announced an agreement Thursday under which they will jointly manage fourth placed Indian mobileco, Hutchison Essar. Under the terms of the partnership, Vodafone will have operational control of the company, to be renamed Vodafone Essar, and Essar will gain proportionate board representation. Ravi Ruia will be appointed chairman of Vodafone […]

Ministers agree limit on roaming charges

An informal agreement to cut roaming charges has been reached by EU ministers from all 27 member states, Thursday. The ministers held the meeting at the CeBit annual tech-fest in Hannover, Germany. As expected, the ministers have agreed to set a limit on roaming charges which could be made European law by June or July. […]

O2 to do Google and MTV

Telefonica’s UK mobile arm, O2, said Wednesday at the CeBit tech fair in Germany, that starting this summer, it will give customers access to Google and Viacom’s MTV music clips to promote mobile internet services. The company said that the relationship with Google will help it to generate advertising revenue. O2 plans to launch a […]

100 jobs to go at O2 Ireland

Telefonica’s Irish operation, O2 Ireland, announced Wednesday morning that it will cut its Irish workforce by 5.5 per cent – around 100 jobs. The firm said Wednesday morning that the staff will be laid off in a vountary redundancy programme. Incereasing competition was cited by the firm for the layoffs. O2 Ireland – the second […]

WiMAX comes to Lone Star state

Finnish vendor Nokia said Wednesday that it has been tapped by Sprint Nextel to deliver mobile WiMAX kit to four Texas markets as part of the US carrier’s initial build out. Nokia will deploy WiMAX infrastructure, including its Flexi WiMAX Base Station, at sites throughout the four Texas markets in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio […]

Pocket Outlook easier than BlackBerry – Analyst

Users find it easier to configure Windows Mobile Pocket Outlook than RIM’s BlackBerry, according to an end-user report from analyst firm, Strategy Analytics. The report: Windows Mobile Outlook Easiest to Configure: Beats BlackBerry BIS, Nokia S60 and UIQ v3.0 Email Clients says that Pocket Outlook achieved a 100 per cent success rate in its benchmark […]

Provera could sell TI stake

Telecom Italia (TI) chairman, Marco Tronchetti Provera, was told by the company’s board this week to “explore all the possible options” for its 80 percent stake in Olimpia, including a sale. According to local reports, he and Capitalia SpA’s chairman, Cesare Geronzi will meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of selling Pirelli’s stake in TI […]

DT kills off FMC offering

German carrier Deutsche Telekom is reported to have quietly pulled the plug on its domestic fixed mobile convergence (FMC) service, T-One, almost a year to the day since it launched. T-One, which launched at the CeBit trade fair last year, provided users with a device that allowed them to make reduced price calls over wifi […]

Vodafone to annonuce Essar deal Thursday

Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, is expected to announce a deal Thursday that will see his firm jointly manage India’s fourth biggest mobile group, Hutchison Essar Ltd (HEL), according to reports. The Times of India on Wednesday said the two firms have also agreed to rename HEL as Vodafone Essar. It added that the newly […]

Roaming debate to come to crunch

The EU’s 27 telecom ministers will gather at the CeBit IT fair in Hannover, Germany on Thursday for an informal EU Telecom Council, expected to pave the way for an early adoption of EU roaming regulation. The European Commission seeks to reduce roaming charges by up to 70 per cent and has recommended price ceilings […]

Libyana forges ahead with sixfold growth

Libyana’s GSM subscriber count rose 518 per cent year-on-year in 2006 to an estimated 3.36 million, demonstrating the strongest rate of growth among major operators in the Middle East and Africa last year. The mobile provider was launched in 2004 as Libya’s No. 2 operator but it is now well ahead of incumbent El Madar. […]

ZTE, Datang licensed to sell 3G kit in China

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE said Monday that it has been awarded a TD-SCDMA network entry certificate by the country’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII). The certificate marks ZTE as one of the first vendors allowed to sell kit based on the homebrew 3G standard in China. Local equipment maker Datang is also reported to have […]

Vietnamese poor to get free phones – reports

Reports from Vietnam suggest a telco is planning to supply 110,000 free phones to poor people in the region. According to daily, Thanh News, EVNTelecom has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Post and Telematics in Vietnam to launch the scheme. Recipients of the free phones would be “exempt from all charges during the […]

Microsoft, Interoute plan VoIP peering system

Microsoft and pan-European carrier, Interoute, plan to launch a service by June that will enable businesses using the software giant’s Live Communications Server (LCS) to interconnect their VoIP calls within “three mouse-clicks”. LCS, soon to be renamed Office Communications Server 2007, presents a competitive challenge to conventional business-VoIP systems by knitting telephony into Microsoft’s desktop […]

Mobile web still causing pain

Web portal Yahoo! offers the mobile web experience, according to research published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Lab on Monday. In terms of mobile experience, Yahoo! beat Google, Napster, YouTube and MySpace, after participants carried out a set number of tasks specific to each provider on both a laptop PC and a wireless device. […]

Voda reaches agreement with Essar – reports

British mobile firm, Vodafone, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Essar group that will see it take management control over Hutchison Essar. The Hindustan Times reported Tuesday that Vodafone will nominate Ravi Ruia, Essar’s group vice chairman, as non-executive chairman, quoting sources. The Times said the new board would be comprised of nine directors, […]

Icahn steps up battle with Moto

The billionaire corporate raider, Carl Icahn, stepped up his campaign to get a seat on the Motorola board Monday by increasing his stake in the company and initiating a proxy fight after demanding the firm give more return on its cash to investors. Last week Motorola advised its shareholders that it would not endorse his nomination to […]

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