VoIP subs rose 83 per cent last year – Analyst

The number of subscribers to retail voice over IP (VoIP) services rose by 83 per cent during 2005 according to research from analyst firm, Point Topic. Subscriptions rose from 10.3 million at the beginning of 2005 to over 18.7 million subscribers worldwide by the end of the year Point Topic said. Point Topic’s research has […]

Vodafone sells off Proximus stake

Embattled telecoms giant, Vodafone, today announced its decision to sell its 25 per cent stake in Belgium’s dominant telecoms group, Proximus, to Belgacom. The sale, which will go towards reducing Vodafone’s recent heavy losses, is worth Eur2bn (£1.35bn). Belgacom is 50 per cent owned by the Belgian government and already owns 75 per cent of […]

BT cuts off ISP… and 5,000 customers

A row between BT and UK service provider Euro1Net, has resulted in 5,000 of the latter’s customers having their broadband service cut off. Euro1Net’s service was suspended after BT Wholesale said the company had repeatedly failed to pay its bills. The company is not available for comment and says on its website that it cannot […]

Hutch delays breakeven for 3

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa hinted at performance problems Thursday, when it delayed the break even target for its 3G operations from this year to the first half of 2007. At the company’s first half financials announcement, billionaire Li Ka-shing said he expects that expects that the 3 Group will continue to report improved financial […]

Net neutrality task force formed

With the net neutrality debate raging on the other side of the pond, the US Federal Trade Commission has formed an Internet Access Task Force to take a look at the issues at stake. Earlier this week, FTC chairman Deborah Platt Majoras told a meeting of the Progress & Freedom Foundation that she has formed […]

Big business in small cells

Femtocells – small cellular base stations designed for use in residential or corporate environments – are likely to be adopted by operators with great enthusiasm, analysts say. Aside from greater network efficiency and better in-building wireless coverage, femtocells are seen as an opportunity to reduce churn and to build new data and fixed mobile convergence […]

Broadband Britain approaching reality

Broadband connections now form 72.6 per cent of all internet connections in the UK, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics this week. As of the end of April, an estimated 13.9 million households, or 57 per cent, in Great Britain had internet access – a figure that has increased by 600,000 […]

Employers liable for ‘CrackBerry’ addiction?

It is fondly referred to as the ‘CrackBerry’ by users who find the popular mobile email device impossible to put down. But research suggests that the humorous moniker often associated with Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, may hide a more sinister and very real legal threat. The fast and relentless pace of the technology-enhanced working environment […]

DoCoMo falls out with mobile TV users

Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo is scrambling to release a new version of its popular mobile TV handset after unscrupulous users found a loophole allowing them to watch free mobile TV. DoCoMo has had 1seg mobile terrestrial digital TV services available on the Panasonic P901iTV since April and is thought to have sold over 120,000 […]

Samsung launches first UMA device

Samsung has this week launched what it claims to be the world’s first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) wi-fi handset – the SGH-P200 – in Italy. The device makes use of Kineto software and Philips’ Nexperia cellular system solution 6120 for UMA, allowing consumers to roam and switch seamlessly between fixed and mobile services. The P200 […]

Australia still undecided on Telstra sale

Despite holding a meeting early Tuesday, Australia’s cabinet has yet to decide what to do with the government’s 51.8 per cent majority holding in incumbent carrier Telstra. “The matter remains under consideration,” is the only word from the government, which had been widely expected to deliver a decision. Shares in the company slid a further […]

Huawei wins Vivo GSM deal

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei received a boon from Spanish carrier Telefonica Monday, when it bagged the contract to roll out a GSM overlay on Brazilian subsidiary Vivo’s network. Brazilian operator Vivo thumbed its nose at the CDMA fraternity last month with the announcement that it is to deploy a GSM/WCDMA network overlay. Vivo, which is […]

Milton Keynes gets WiMAX

Milton Keynes, (in)famous for its concrete cows, has been revealed as the first UK town to get a taste of WiMAX wireless broadband. UK wireless broadband licensee, Pipex, which is presently trialling the technology in the 3.6GHz spectrum band in Stratford-upon-Avon, said last week it is on track to roll out commercial services in 2007. […]

ZTE expands Sri Lanka CDMA network

Chinese manufacturer ZTE said Tuesday that it has been contracted to expand the CDMA network of Sri Lanka’s former state owned carrier, Sri Lanka Telecom. ZTE has been commissioned to deploy an all IP cdma2000 network based on what it claims is the world’s first commercial interoperability specification (IOS) 5.0-based system. The deployment of this […]

Deutsche Telekom forced to open up broadband

The European Commission fired a broadside at German incumbent Deutsche Telekom Monday, endorsing a regulatory measure that will give new market entrants access to the carrier’s new broadband network. This measure, proposed by German telecom regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) in accordance with EU regulations, is meant to remedy Deutsche Telekom’s position of dominance in the German […]

Deutsche Telekom facing shareholder revolt?

Germany’s incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom could be facing a shareholder revolt, putting the future of chief executive Kai-Uwe Ricke in doubt. One of the German telco’s largest shareholders, the Blackstone Group – a private equity firm with a 4.5 per cent stake – is reportedly calling for the company to refuse an extension to Ricke’s […]

Enterprises may waste £10bn on IP phones

Many businesses are needlessly spending on expensive IP phones with screens, industry analyst Gartner has said. In fact, as much as $20.30bn (£10.70bn) could be thrown away worldwide between 2005 and 2010, on devices that are not really needed. In Europe, Middle East and Africa that figure could amount to more than $5bn during the […]

Nokia wins Norwegian contract

Norwegian operator Telenor has awarded Finnish manufacturer Nokia a global frame agreement for its cellular networks. Under the agreement, Nokia will supply Telenor with Nokia Hopper microwave radios to be used for transmission from both base stations and fixed applications when new sites are deployed, or an increase in capacity is needed. The agreement covers […]

NTL may be target of 10bn GBP bid

NTL, the cable giant which recently underwent a mega-merger with Telewest and Virgin Mobile, could now be a target itself. It is understood an investment consortium comprising Providence Equity Partners, Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Cinven has tabled an offer of £10bn for the firm. The equity partners are believed to have made an approach […]

Virgin gets on “free broadband” bandwagon

Virgin Mobile has partnered with sister company and broadband provider Virgin.net as the latest partnership to get in on the “free broadband” market. The pair, both of which are owned by cableco NTL, are offering a year’s free broadband at up to 8Mbps speeds to customers that sign up Virgin Mobile’s SIM-only pay monthly tariffs […]

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