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 […]

Vonage v Verizon – Jury will decide today

The jury in the patent dispute between Verizon and Vonage will reconvene this afternoon, after failing to make a decision on the case Wednesday. The jury of eight had, during their deliberations, sent District Judge Claude Hilton notes for clarification on terms used during the hi-tech case. The jury asked had asked if they could be […]

Tele2 to leave Portugal?

The Swedish telecoms firm Tele2, may leave the Portuguese market according to reports in Diario Economico. The reports, which do not name sources, suggest the move may be due to restructuring by Tele2’s parent company which could switch to markets offering faster returns. Tele2 has been part of the Portuguese market since 2004 and is […]

Nokia gets into advertising

Mobile manufacturer Nokia announced this week two mobile advertising services designed for targeted campaigns on the handset. Nokia Ad Service and Nokia Advertising Connector will, according to the Finnish firm, allow companies to personalise advertising on the mobile in a way that is much harder to do on traditional media. Nokia Ad Service consists of […]

Yahoo strikes HTC deal

Internet search firm Yahoo,  has struck a deal with Taiwanese manufacturer, High Tech Computer (HTC) to put its software on all HTC phones running Windows Mobile. HTC said the deal would put Yahoo’s software “on millions of HTC devices”. The move is an aggressive response to Google’s push on the mobile platform: both companies are […]

Use your video calls says 3

UK operator 3 is encouraging its customers to use the video calling function on their mobiles using MMS. The 3G specialist provides video calling across most of its offerings but in an effort to boost use of the service the operator decided to create three messages, urging customers to use the powerful function. 3, which has […]

UK employs SMS to tackle immigration

Text messages are the new weapon in Britain’s battle to deal with foreigners who overstay their visas, the country’s Home Office revealed Wednesday. SMS messages will be sent to people who stay in Britain illegally, advising them to prepare to leave the country. The Home Office said a three-month pilot scheme starts next month and is […]

Sonaecom gives up on Portugal Telecom

Portuguese operator Sonaecom said Wednesday that it has offloaded all its shares – a total of just over 1 per cent – in larger rival Portugal Telecom. The move comes after shareholders in Portugal Telecom yet again turned down an Eur11.8bn hostile takeover bid from smaller rival Sonaecom last week. Portugal Telecom has fended off […]

TeliaSonera, Telenor set for merger?

The ongoing disputes between Nordic operators TeliaSonera and Telenor and Russian conglomerate Altimo continue to drag on, with speculation rising that TeliaSonera and Telenor could merge to better fight their corners. Since the Swedish government put its 45.3 per cent stake in TeliaSonera up for sale in December, Telenor has been closely linked as an […]

Orange’s FMC service wins 100,000 users

France Telecom’s mobile division, Orange has sold almost 100,000 Unik FMC devices since the platform launched in September. On Tuesday, the firm revealed that it had shifted 64,000 units by year end 2006 and another 36,000 in the two months since. Orange’s fortunes so far seem very different to those of BT, the company which […]

FON wins another Eur10m investment

Fon, the open wifi maverick from Spain, said Thursday that it has raised an additional Eur10m (£6.8m) from both current and new strategic investors. On his blog, Martin Varsavsky, FON’s founder and CEO, said the money adds to the total of around $35m raised since the company launched last year. Fon received Eur18m in financing […]

FCC says telcos must support VoIP

Internet telephony providers have been recognised as “telecommunications carriers” in an FCC ruling that requires incumbent local exchange carriers to connect VoIP providers. The ruling comes one year after Time Warner Cable petitioned the US telecoms watchdog when it found itself locked out of the market by local exchange carriers. Time Warner purchased wholesale services […]

Moto snubs Icahn board bid

Days after Motorola confirmed that billionaire financier Carl Icahn was to invest in the company, it has announced that it will not endorse his nomination to the board. The company has urged its shareholders “not to sign any proxy card” they receive from Icahn or his affiliates. In a proxy sent to regulators late Friday, […]

BREW cooks up $1bn in revenues

Qualcomm said Monday that its BREW application and content delivery platform has become a billion dollar industry since the first commercial deployment of BREW services in November 2001. BREW has been commercially deployed by wireless operators in 31 countries around the world and last year broke into Europe. In September, O2 UK announced the availability […]

Broadband goes down the drain

A British borough council is using underground sewage pipes to lay new broadband cabling. The seaside town of Bournemouth opted for the novel solution in an effort to save money and reduce disruption to the town. The council has used almost 1,500m of H2Os 18mm fibre optic cable which has been put down through Bournemouth’s […]

Mobile book move from Random House

America’s biggest trade book publisher is bolstering its mobile strategy with a deal for consumers to read the opening chapter of its new book, free-of-charge on the mobile. Random House, which already provides language study programs and games for mobile viewing, has teamed up with content firm ICUE to deliver ‘Life’s a Pitch’ – a […]

Palm’s Treo headed for China

US handset manufacturer Palm said Tuesday it has struck a partnership with China Mobile on research operations and boosting the presence of its Treo devices in Asia. This follows a statement from Palm at 3GSM World Congress outlining its expansion strategy. Palm is currently the subject of fierce speculation over its future with many experts […]

Nokia resurrects N-Gage as software platform

Finnish vendor Nokia revealed more of its plans to reincarnate the N-Gage mobile gaming platform on Monday. After doing away with the doomed hardware-based N-Gage handsets, the company has turned the gaming technology into a software platform for “tens of millions” of S60 devices. On Monday, Nokia launched its next generation software development kit (SDK […]


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