Japan 5 years ahead of Europe on mobile internet

Japan leads Europe by five years in mobile services according to research from analyst firm, Forrester. According to the analyst, the gap could be closed by European operators if they focus on the needs of mobile users on the go and wean them off basic services such as SMS. Forrester says 52 per cent of […]

Swisscom makes offer on FastWeb

Switzerland’s biggest phone company Swisscom, has offered to buy Italian player, FastWeb for Eur 3.7bn (£2.5bn) in cash. The Swiss firm offered Eur 47 for each FastWeb share in a friendly takeover bid. FastWeb’s board will meet later Monday to discuss the bid, it said. If the sale goes through, it will be the biggest […]

Police foil UK net attack

Scotland Yard is believed to have uncovered a terrorist plot to attack one of Europe’s largest collocation facilities, which houses a significant amount of telecoms infrastructure and is a main hub for UK internet traffic. A report in UK newspaper the Sunday Times reveals that UK police discovered computer files during a series of raids […]

SEC charges former Nortel execs with fraud

The US Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has sued four former Nortel Networks executives, accusing them of manipulating earnings to meet internal targets and Wall Street expectations. The investor protection agency said in a statement that it has charged former chief executive Frank Dunn, former chief financial officer Douglas Beatty, former controller […]

Survey predicts bright future for mobile data

A recent survey commissioned by Finnish operator, Elisa, suggests that Finland can expect a healthy surge in mobile data usage in 2007. The survey of 2,400 Finnish subscribers of the country’s three operators – Elisa, TeliaSonera and Finnish 2G – showed that 82.4 per cent plan to use some form of data services in the […]

Hutch shareholders approve Vodafone sale

Shareholders of Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) on Thursday approved the $11.1bn sale of a controlling stake in the firm to British operator Vodafone. The shareholders – representing a majority of HTIL shares – approved the deal at an extraordinary general meeting in Hong Kong.

330 jobs to go at Moto in Ireland

Handset maker Motorola will announce the loss of 330 jobs at its Cork plant in Ireland, Friday. In a statement to Irish broadcaster, RTE, Thursday night, the company confirmed that after extensive consultations with staff at the plant, no basis was found to continue its operations there. The jobs will go by the end of […]

Emerging markets among the most penetrated

In 2006, Middle Eastern nation Bahrain became the world’s most penetrated country, ending the year with a 139.6 per cent penetration rate that was driven by a 22.6 per cent annual increase in the number of mobile subscribers, according to Global Mobile’s latest survey of global wireless users. Global Mobile  is a sister publication of […]

Vonage loses

Vonage Holdings on Thursday lost its patent dispute with Verizon Communications and was ordered to pay it $58m (£30m) plus monthly royalties if it continues to use the proprietary patents.. Immediately after the case, Vonage assured its 2.2 million customers that their service would not be affected by the outcome of the case. The eight-person […]

Skype downloads top 500m

Internet telephony champion Skype said Wednesday that its software has been downloaded more than 500 million times, taking its registered user base to 171 million users worldwide. Skype was first introduced in beta form at the end of August 2003 and is used in almost every country around the world. The VoIP provider generates revenue […]

Portugal Telecom considers pan-African goal

According to reports Portugal Telecom (PT) is considering setting up a pan-African mobile operator based in Angola. Portuguese weekly, Visao, published an interview with PT’s CEO, Thursday, in which he reveals the firm’s thoughts on the emerging region. “The big pan-African operators are centred in South Africa or in the Middle East but we believe […]

Free content for 3’s ‘yoof’ audience

Mobile operator, 3UK, has announced a service supported by personalised advertising to provide free content for its customers. In partnership with content firm Rythm New Media, the service, which launches in April, consolidates 3’s innovative approach to giving customers ‘sticky’ content for free, while being paid to put adverts on its customers’ screens. Ad-funded content […]

Cingular wrestles with customers

AT&T’s Cingular Wireless, is expected to announce a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment on Thursday, to sell a variety of content over mobile. Cingular customers will be able to sell ringtones – including wrestlers’ voices – graphics, videos and footage from bouts. Cingular said some of the videos would be made available as part of […]

Nat. Geographic launches world MVNO

The National Geographic Society will this month make a play for the mobile space, with the launch of an MVNO service for world travellers. The National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel Phone is a prepaid only offering, allowing users to make and receive calls in over one hundred countries, while maintaining one cellular number. It is […]

WiMAX goes to Brazil

Brazilian pay TV operator TVA said Thursday that it has tapped Nortel to build a trial mobile WiMAX network in the Latin American country. Nortel will deploy its mobile MIMO-powered WiMAX 802.16e infrastructure in the 2.5GHz spectrum, allowing TVA to deliver high speed broadband net access, mobile TV and video, VoIP, streaming media, data applications […]

Chungwa does the Mobile WiMAX tango

Taiwanese telco Chungwa Telecom has become the latest carrier to announce a deployment of 802.16e Mobile WiMAX. The central business district of Taoyuan will be the first area to receive the service, which will use Alcatel-Lucent’s Evolium line of base stations, IP routing equipment, network management, and planning tools. Chungwa and Alcatel are seeking local […]

France begins fourth 3G tender

French telecoms regulator ARCEP on Thursday launched the tender process for the country’s fourth 3G licence. Interested parties have 20 weeks to submit a bid for the licence, with the reserve price for the spectrum set at Eur619.2m. ARCEP has previously said that a number of players have expressed interest in the assignment of the […]

Ops hit wrong note on music pricing

Mobile operators are fighting a losing battle when competing with Apple over the pricing of digital music, say analysts. Pyramid Research believes that whether operators and record labels like it or not, the public perception of the cost for legal downloadable music has been defined by Apple’s ‘one size fits all’ pricing of $0.99 per […]

Hutch hit with court petition over Essar

Hutchison Telecommunications said Wednesday that a non-government body -Telecom Watchdog – had filed a petition against it with Delhi’s High Court, alleging that it is in breach of the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations. Telecom Watchdog is petitioning for the cancellation of Hutchison Essar’s licence. It also wants an investigation launched into the alleged […]

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