China Telecom in investor talks

China Telecom, the country’s largest fixed line carrier, is understood to be in talks with five foreign telecoms operators interested in taking a stake in the company. Although overseas investors are only allowed to take minority stakes in Chinese firms, many foreign operators see a local partnership as the only way of cracking the lucrative […]

Ryanair takes to in flight calling

European budget airline Ryanair announced plans Wednesday to outfit its entire fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft with technology that will allow passengers to use their mobile phones onboard. The airline has partnered with onboard passenger communications firm OnAir and Boeing, which is manufacturing the mini-basestations to be installed on the planes. A spokesman for OnAir […]

Hackers steal credit card details from AT&T

US telecoms giant AT&T said Tuesday that hackers have stolen personal data, including credit card information, from as many as 19,000 of its customers. The security breach came to light over the weekend and affects only AT&T customers who bought purchased DSL equipment through the company’s online web store. “The unauthorised electronic access took place […]

New security standards coming

New security standards for mobile devices are due to be formally announced at the CTIA Wireless show in Los Angeles next month. Dubbed ‘Mobile Security Specification’ the new standards – backed by Nokia, France Telecom and Samsung – have been designed to shut down mobiles if they are stolen or lost. The security features will […]

Samsung to demo 4G this week

Korean kit vendor Samsung plans to demonstrate 4G mobile technology for what it claims is the first time in the world, at its 4G Forum on Jeju Island, Korea this week. The vendor said it will demonstrate data speeds of 3.5Gbps using 8X8 MIMO(Multi-Input Multi-Output) technology, as well as standard nomadic speeds of 1Gbps. There […]

Sprint shows Rev. A cards

US operator Sprint Nextel announced commercial availability of its high speed cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A data cards Tuesday. Compatible with laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router, the Merlin S720 card manufactured by Novatel Wireless, allows wireless broadband connectivity at average download and upload speeds of 450-850kbps and 300-400kbps respectively. Sprint plans […]

Vodafone to exit Swisscom next?

In the wake of Vodafone’s £1.35bn exit from the Belgian market, the rumour mill has been grinding away. Speculation suggests that the company is looking to slim down further, possibly by offloading assets in Switzerland and throws more fuel on the fire of the US question. It is known that Swisscom is keen to buy […]

T-Mobile hacker gets detention

The man arrested for hacking into T-mobile USA has been sentenced with a one year home detention order and a $10,000 fine. Nicholas Lee Jacobsen, 23, hacked into the personal records of T-Mobile’s customers in 2004 and shot to infamy after it was revealed one of those customers was a Secret Service agent. According to […]

Next gen wi-fi to be certified 2

The Wi-Fi Alliance – the industry group backing the next generation of the technology – said Tuesday that it plans to certify interoperability of products based on the 802.11n standard from the first half of next year. The move will mark the first phase in a certification program of the next generation of wi-fi products, […]

KDDI fires first shot in portability war

Second placed Japanese mobile operator KDDI has come out with all guns blazing as the country’s wireless players prepare for the introduction of number portability. KDDI unleashed no less than 12 new handsets Monday, supported by a slew of new data services and faster network speeds. The operator unveiled plans for a mobile-based community to […]

TeliaSonera launches UMA service

Pan European mobile operator TeliaSonera claimed to launch the world’s first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) service Monday. The Home Free service, which launched in Denmark, uses UMA technology, enabling a mobile phone to function as an IP phone at home through a wi-fi network, in much the same way that British Telecom’s Fusion service will […]

Vodafone to cut prices?

Mobile mammoth, Vodafone, is this week expected to cut its prices with the introduction of a new contract tariff. According to reports, the new tariff has been tried out in some of its retail outlets. Big spenders with Vodafone are expected to be in line for savings of upto 40 per cent. While Vodafone remains […]

Nokia puts the Snort on security

Finnish equipment vendor Nokia has teamed up with security vendor Sourcefire, to put the Snort open source intrusion detection system on Nokia’s high end IP kit. Snort is widely regarded as the de facto standard for intrusion prevention and Nokia will offer the technology on its IP Security Platforms for traditional and mobile environments, based […]

BT stalks Skype with Softphone campaign

The UK’s incumbent telecoms company, BT, is about to launch a major advertising campaign for its PC-based VoIP technology, BT Softphone. Softphone is free to consumers making calls over broadband and will be positioned as a direct competitor to Ebay’s Skype. BT has, reportedly, hired the advertising specialist Agency.com to market Softphone which will launch […]

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 […]

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