Telefonica to launch converged messaging

Spanish incumbent Telefonica’s mobile division plans to introduce an integrated messaging service that will alert users by SMS when they receive new e-mail. The system will also permit interworking between e-mail, SMS, MMS, IM and voice service, and allow users to upload the contents of their devices to a backup server. The service is based […]

Nokia rolls out MS Live search

Finnish mobile vendor Nokia said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Microsoft to integrate the Redmond Giant’s Live search capabilities into its mobile platform. Consumers will be able to access Live Search directly from their Nokia Nseries handsets, or “multimedia computers” as Nokia calls them, as well as other compatible Nokia S60 devices. In […]

ITV appoints mobile TV chief

UK broadcaster ITV said Wednesday that it has appointed Melissa Goodwin to head up the company’s mobile operations. As chief of the mobile division, Goodwin will lead ITV’s mobile strategy with a focus on mobile TV, user generated content and mobile advertising. Last month, ITV and 3G mobile operator 3 UK joined forces in an […]

Moto employs vending machines with gentle hands

Robotic stores will, according to Motorola, revolutionise the way we buy mobile phones and to prove its point, the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobiles, unveiled its Instantmoto stores on Wednesday. However, as with all marketing speak, the description may be misleading as the ‘stores’ are actually vending machines, just like the often-kicked machines that […]

20 arrests at Telecom Italia

At least 20 people were arrested by Italian police on Wednesday evening following an investigation at Telecom Italia (TI) into suspected illegal wiretapping. Police arrested and detained a former TI manager as well as public officials and police and Carabinieri officers in several cities. The former manager is Giuliano Tavaroli, who was responsible for security. […]

Bankers “ready” to invest in TI

The chairman of the banking foundations’ association in Italy, Giuseppe Guzzetti, said on Wednesday that Italian banking foundations are ready to invest in Telecom Italia. The seemingly altruistic declaration has come at a time when the future of the Italian telecoms behemoth looks increasingly unclear. Guzzetti said to the Italian daily, Il Sole 24 Ore: […]

Vodafone stamps Passport to 50% roaming cuts

Vodafone on Tuesday trumpeted the success of its Passport roaming service, which enables customers to take their domestic price plan abroad. Vodafone said that data for June and July 2006 shows that Passport customers are paying around 50 per cent less per minute for their voice roaming calls compared to the average cost of roaming […]

Sony’s M-Buzz too expensive and niche – analysts

Analysts have serious reservations about Sony Ericsson’s new mobile promotional space for breaking or emerging artists, dubbed ‘M-Buzz’. The new service is being marketed as a compliment to the firm’s existing ‘PlayNow’ download service and its range of Walkman phones. M-Buzz will, according to Sony, enable consumers to download featured full tracks, videos, biographies, gig […]

3G BlackBerry comes to Japan

Canadian vendor, Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry handheld, announced two firsts on Tuesday. Leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo will make the first ever BlackBerry available in Japan on September 26 and the device, the BlackBerry 8707h, will also be RIM’s first WCDMA 3G offering. DoCoMo will make the device available to […]

Hong Kong trials DVB-H

Hong Kong operator PCCW has expanded its existing mobile TV offering to trial Motorola’s DVB-H system for six months. The trial will run from September to March 2007 within Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay district and will include Motorola DVB-H enabled mobile devices, network solutions and interactive services platform. Back in May, PCCW began broadcasting real-time […]

Home wifi heading for meltdown?

Wireless home networks are heading for meltdown, as the technology struggles to keep pace with an increasing slew of multimedia content being thrown at it. As David Callisch, communications director at Ruckus Wireless pointed out to, anyone who has tried streaming audio or video from one device to another over wifi will be familiar […]

Global DSL growth shows no signs of slowing

The number of DSL users worldwide topped the 164 million mark at the end of June, driven by increasing penetration of the technology in Europe and strong growth in developing markets. Worldwide, the number of business and residential users signing up to DSL for broadband access has increased by almost 46 million in the past […]

Moto buys Symbol for $3.9bn

Mobile giant Motorola said on Tuesday that it had reached a deal to buy Symbol Technologies, the point-of-sale and RFID firm for $3.9bn (£2.06bn). In a statement Moto said it will pay $15 per share for Symbol. Ed Zander, Motorola’s chairman and CEO said: “Everything is going digital, and everything digital is going mobile — […]

US reaps $14bn from spectrum auction

US communications regulator the FCC closed the country’s Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) auction Monday afternoon, reaping almost $14bn (£7.4bn) in bids. As expected, T-Mobile USA was the biggest spender, splashing out over $4bn on licenses. Although T-Mobile made no comment on its plans, the operator is widely expected to use the licences to launch 3G […]

Chinese subscriptions surge past .5bn

Chinese mobile subscriptions, including PHS (personal handyphone system) account for almost half of all those in the Asia Pacific region. So says’s parent Informa Telecoms and Media in its latest report which says China exceeded half a billion subscriptions at the end of Q2 2006, effectively doubling the market since 2002. The analyst group […]

i-mode launches in Bulgaria

Bulgarian mobile operator Globul, a subsidiary of Greek carrier Cosmote, became the seventeenth company to launch i-mode services Monday. Cosmote itself launched i-mode, developed by leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, in Greece in June 2004. Upon launch, i-mode will be made available on three handsets, the Samsung S400i, Motorola L6 i-mode and Motorola L7 SLVR […]

Italian drama as Tronchetti quits, Rossi takes over

The chairman of Telecom Italia, Marco Tronchetti Provera on Friday night quit the company as the row between the company and the Italian government reached breaking point. Following an extraordinary board meeting in Milan on Friday night the company announced that Tronchetti had quit. He took over the company in 2001 and remains the company’s […]

Cellular VoIP to take market by storm

The evolution of mobile network technology will mean that revenues from cellular VoIP services will have overtaken those on fixed lines by 2012, according to industry experts. Research house Analysys predicts that cellular VoIP services will generate revenues of $18.6bn (£10bn) in the US and $7.3bn in Western Europe by 2012, compared with fixed VoIP […]

TI buys AOL’s German broadband arm

Rupert Murdoch’s Time Warner has inked a deal to sell AOL Germany’s internet access business to Telecom Italia (TI) for Eur 675m ($856m) cash. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will make TI Germany’s second largest provider of broadband with around 3.2 million customers after Deutsche Telekom’s T-Online. It will also increase Telecom […]

ROK aims for mass market mobile TV

UK mobile content and entertainment firm ROK, which launched a paid for streaming TV service earlier this year, has introduced a free version of the service for consumers still dubious about paying for mobile TV. The FreeBe TV service, available via ROK TV, offers for channels of content: an extreme sports channel, a vintage comedy […]


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