Nokia launches first UMA pilot over WLAN

The world’s largest mobile manufacturer, Nokia, has begun testing the performance of its fixed-mobile convergence technologies, using the 6136 handset and UMA over WLAN. The company has fifty families in its native Finland, testing the technology over the next two months, it said on Thursday. The company chose Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) because users are […]

BT benefits from new wave growth

Ben Verwaayen, chief executive of British Telecom, Thursday reported quarterly results in line with expectations. Group revenues for the quarter to end June 30 increased 3 per cent year on year to £4.8bn, largely spurred by strong growth in the company’s new wave services division. New wave revenue, which is mainly generated from networked IT […]

Nortel may spin off UMTS business

Industry analysts are speculating that Canadian vendor Nortel may be planning to spin off its UMTS business following rumours of organisational changes within the company. Nikos Theodosopoulos, analyst with investment bank UBS, said that he has received information which suggests that Nortel has organisationally separated the GSM and UMTS access businesses, “a move that may […]

Broadband rush continues at Carphone

UK retailer and broadband player Carphone Warehouse today reported that it had 596,000 broadband customers as July 26, including 476,000 applications for its “free” broadband service. Charles Dunstone, chief executive officer of the company said that the rate of sign-up to the “free” broadband offering has been consistent over the last seven weeks and of […]

US broadband up a third

Latest figures reveal that broadband subscriptions in the US were up by a third on last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Wednesday. The US, which has the largest number of broadband users in the world, now has 50.2 million lines, divided into consumer with 42.4 million and business with 7.8 million. The […]

British watchdog launches broadband comparison site

UK watchdog Ofcom on Thursday announced the launch of TopComm, a scheme designed to provide consumers with a comparison of quality of service levels among fixed-line telecoms providers in the UK. Independent research commissioned by Ofcom showed that quality of service is consistently identified by consumers as an important factor in deciding whether to switch […]

France Telecom sees profits drop in tough market

Europe’s second largest phone company France Telecom said its first half profit dropped a full 30 per cent due to challenges in its fixed-line business. Net income declined to 2.35bn euros (£16.08bn) from Eur3.36bn a year earlier. The company said its first-half revenue was Eur25.86bn (£17.70bn), up from Eur23.67bn twelve months earlier. Chairman and chief […]

Huawei says “hello Moto” over 3G partnership

Motorola and Chinese vendor Huawei are the latest manufacturers to form a partnership for equipment deployment. On Wednesday the pair announced a collaboration to combine their expertise and portfolios in UMTS and HSPA technologies. The move has something of an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” feel about it, as Huawei has been eating […]

Judge dismisses ACLU spy suit

The campaign seeking to force AT&T to respond to allegations that it illegally tapped customers’ phones was struck a blow late yesterday when a US judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU suit was filed in Illinois on behalf of Chicago author Studs Terkel and other local residents, […]

Moto launches Motofone at emerging markets

Mobile behemoth Motorola has announced its intention to sell its thinnest phone yet, the Motofone, in emerging markets where the promise of new revenues is attracting big name investors. The world’s second-largest mobile manufacturer will manufacture the new phones which the company says are even thinner than its Razr line at just 9mm and form […]

BT ups 21CN trials

UK incumbent British Telecom (BT) Wednesday said that trials on its 21st Century Network (21CN) have been ratcheted up, with the next generation network now handling more than 625,000 live customer calls every day. In the latest trial stage of the 21CN, the network has carried more than 23 million customer calls successfully over an […]

Moviles income up 20%

Spanish mobile operator Telefonica Moviles Wednesday reported a 20.09 per cent increase in net income for the second quarter to reach Eur599m (£409m). Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased by 9.4 per cent year on year to Eur4.4bn while consolidated EBITDA grew 13.2 per cent to Eur1.4 billion. The operator added 4.3 million subscribers during […]

BT to launch movie download store

UK incumbent BT has announced that it has teamed up with movie firm Universal Studios to offer movies and TV over the internet. Consumers may buy or rent the films which can be downloaded direct to either a PC or a portable device. A BT spokesman explained: “This is not just for BT users. Anyone […]

EU to examine risks to kids from mobiles

The European Union said on Tuesday that it will look at the risks faced by minors when using mobiles, with a view toward recommending EU-wide legislation to protect children. The Commission will focus on protecting children from stalkers, bullies, paedophiles and unsuitable or dangerous internet material, the Commission said. The EU says that around 70 […]

Sarin hangs on

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin has weathered the storm at the firm’s annual general meeting today, winning votes of confidence from 86 per cent of his shareholders. But 9.5 per cent voted for his dismissal, with the remaining 4.5 per cent of shareholders abstaining from the vote. Dissention among the shareholders was understood to be led […]

Sarin boosted by Vodafone rise

Mobile giant Vodafone has reported revenue growth in line with expectations ahead of a vital shareholder meeting today where the company’s chief executive Arun Sarin faces a revolt. The company which has seen its share price drop from above 150p to lower than 120p since November last year, reported 6.4% organic growth in total mobile […]

ntl:Telewest launches quad play service in UK

British consumers get their first ‘quad play’ offering Tuesday as newly merged ntl:Telewest today announced a new range of services combining TV, broadband, fixed line and mobile telephony. As a sweetener, the firm said it will offer free TV to any new fixed line phone customer. Since its acquisition of Virgin, talk has been of […]

Google launches mobile traffic maps for mobiles

Former search company, Google, on Tuesday announced it has begun offering US mobile users “live” traffic data. Google Maps for Mobile, part of a slew of new products aimed at the desktop and mobile user, will allow users to chose a destination and show traffic in that area, live. Traffic data is sent to the […]

Standard Life votes against Sarin

As predicted, Standard Life Investments has voted against the re-election of Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, at a shareholder meeting on Tuesday. The company has a stake of about 1.7 per cent in Vodafone and joins Hermes Pensions Management and Morley Fund Management who have been widely reported as voting against Sarin’s reappointment at the […]

AT & T sees strong Q2

Strong growth in wireless and broadband pushed AT&T’s quarterly profits, the company announced on Tuesday. The firm’s earnings, including its 60 per cent stake in Cingular Wireless, were up 35 per cent from a year earlier to 53 cents a share. AT&T said in a statement that strong subscriber growth from Cingular, boosted earnings. AT&T […]


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