Newcomers threaten PDA leaders

Worldwide shipments of PDAs reached a record 3.7 million units during the second quarter, up 2.7 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to industry analyst Gartner. Interestingly, much of the growth in the PDA market was generated by vendors that were not among the first-tier one year ago, while market leaders […]

Worldwide shipments of PDAs reached a record 3.7 million units during the second quarter, up 2.7 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to industry analyst Gartner.

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Monday laid claim to being the first vendor to complete WCDMA/UMTS 3G calls on all nine 3GPP-defined frequency bands. Initially deployed on the 2100MHz band, vendors and operators are increasingly looking at deploying WCDMA and HSDPA on frequency bands typically used for 2G technologies such as GSM. Using its U310 and […]

FLO wins TIA approval

MediaFLO USA, a division of US chipshop Qualcomm, announced that its Forward Link Only (FLO) mobile TV technology has won approval from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The TIA has granted official approval for the FLO Air Interface Specification (AIS) in a move which is expected to accelerate the standardisation and delivery of MediaFLO-based services. […]

AOL cuts 5,000 jobs

Time Warner’s AOL unit said on Thursday that about 5,000 jobs, equal to around one-quarter of the firm’s worldwide workforce, would be cut in the next six months.AOL chief executive Jonathan Miller told employees yesterday that the company’s workforce of 19,000 would have to be cut down to 14,000. AOL did not provide details of […]

Radvision debuts circuit-switched video platform

Israeli developer Radvision has announced an advanced 3G system that, in theory, will allow users to make video calls for the same cost as an ordinary call. The firm is taking a different view on advanced 3G applications which are usually focused on the prospects for packet-switched data services and the mobile internet. It aims […]

Handheld devices market in 10th consecutive slump

Sales of handheld devices worldwide in Q2 of 2006 saw the market decline for the tenth consecutive quarter according to a leading analyst group this week. According to analyst IDC, a total of 2.9 million units were shipped during the period, compared to 3.7 million devices for the same period in 2005. In its Worldwide […]

Sprint to deploy Rev. A this year

US carrier Sprint Nextel Thursday announced expansion plans for its high speed wireless service and an agreement to carry VoIP traffic for Time Warner Cable. Sprint plans to begin its roll out of the 3G upgrade technology known as EV-DO Revision A during the fourth quarter of this year with coverage expected to reach more […]

Moto warns on Middle East conflict

Mobile giant Motorola has warned that the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon could disrupt its business, which has sizable manufacturing and engineering operations in Israel. The firm which employs around 3,500 employees in Israel, is believed to be the first to speak out against the war for economic reasons. It also warned that […]

Napster Mobile to go live next week

The now legal peer to peer file sharing network, Napster, on Thursday announced its first deployment of Napster Mobile. US regional operator SunCom Wireless, which operates a GSM network in the Southeast US, will offer over the air downloads of music to handsets and PCs from next week. “Wireless continues to be a very significant […]

Apple sour over Norwegian DRM attack

It looks like Apple, fresh from victory in France where it has fended off attempts to break open its copy protection technology, is remaining brash over a similar situation in Scandinavia. In a statement to the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman this week, the Californian company refused to remove its proprietary lock on iTunes purchases, which ensure […]

ZTE unveils dual mode TD-SCDMA/GSM handset

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has taken the wraps off what it claims to be the world’s first TD-SCDMA/GSM dual mode handset. TD-SCDMA is China’s homegrown 3G standard and is widely expected to be deployed by at least one operator when the country issues 3G licenses. The ZTE U350 not only allow users to make calls across […]

Telent shareholders taste frustration

A hedge fund that speaks for 24 per cent of Telent has blocked the planned £346m sale of the company to US private equity fund Fortress, despite the other 75 per cent of the shareholders being in favour. Telent is the remains of once-mighty British engineering empire Marconi, left over after Ericsson’s acquisition of the […]

NTT profits off 10%

Japanese ex-incumbent NTT today announced a 10 per cent cut in operating profits in the quarter to the end of June. Profits were Y359.18bn (£1.6bn) on revenues of Y2.62tn, with the lion’s share-65 per cent-contributed by the mobile division, NTT DoCoMo. By contrast, the fixed-line group lost 960,000 PSTN customers in the three months to […]

Nortel back in the black

Canadian vendor Nortel Networks swung back into profitability during the second quarter, recording net earnings of $366m (£194m) compared to a loss of $167m in the year ago period. Revenues also increased from $2.38m a year ago to $2.74m in 2005. Net earnings during the quarter included a shareholder litigation recovery of $510m, reflecting a […]

Nortel to sell out of GSM business?

Beleaguered Canadian vendor Nortel Networks is reportedly planning to hive off its GSM business for up to $1.9bn (£1bn) and Alcatel is in the picture as the buyer. Nortel is not a strong player in the GSM infrastructure market in comparison to Ericsson and Nokia, and the vendor has so far been left out of […]

Ericsson hits Samsung with lawsuit

Ericsson has upped the pressure on Samsung by filing a complaint with a US court for alleged infringement of 11 mobile phone patents. The Swedish mobile giant said the action was a continuation of the legal spat that began in February. Ericsson claims Samsung continues to use disputed Ericsson technology after the expiration of a […]

AOL launches broadband video

Internet service provider AOL has this week unveiled plans to jump on the broadband video bandwagon. Video content is available over the web at www.aolvideo.com from this week. At launch, the AOL Video service will feature paid for and ad-supported content on more than 45 video-on-demand channels, programmed by content partners including: A&E Television Networks, […]

Mobilkom Austria expansion plans hit setback

Austrian operator Mobilkom lost its bid for the country’s third 3G licence Wednesday as it was outmanoeuvred by Telefonica, or more specifically its subsidiary, O2 Slovakia. Telekom Austria (TA), Mobilkom’s parent, decided to fold and walk away from the Serbian government’s re-privatisation auction of mobile operator Mobi63 on Monday, after the asking price passed what […]

Xfera strikes network deal

Xfera, the fourth Spanish mobile licensee, which has managed to avoid rolling out 3G infrastructure since it was awarded its license in 2000, has finally put the wheels in motion to deploy a network. The company, which has been a subsidiary of TeliaSonera since June, has reached an agreement with Ericsson for the supply of […]

UK’s largest community wireless network goes live

The UK has switched on its largest free community wireless network providing free wireless broadband to the city of Norwich. The pilot system is funded by the East of England Development Agency went live Tuesday and has already surpassed its original goals. The network was intended to give a boost to local economic development but […]

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