AT&T converts mobile into TV remote

Starting Tuesday, customers of AT&T in the US will be able to control their televisions using their mobile phones. Homezone, a $9.99 (£5.20) a-month service the company hopes will win back much needed cable customers, allows customers to program or delete recordings from their set-top boxes using dual-mode handsets. The service also allows users to […]

ntl:Telewest takes on BT with next gen network

UK business communications provider, ntl:Telewest Business, moved to beat BT to the punch on Tuesday with the unveiling of its own next generation, integrated network. With the consumer part of its business tied up with the merger of NTL, Telewest and Virgin, ntl:Telewest Business, also part of the Virgin Media Group, is positioning itself as […]

Vonage v Verizon – Jury today?

Vonage and Verizon’s patent dispute could be heard by a jury today according to UBS analyst, John Hodulik. Opening statements were heard in the case on February 21 . Verizon sued Vonage in June, claiming broad patent violation. In January it alleged that Vonage had “appropriated the results of years of research conducted by Verizon and […]

Nokia gets a tiny bit of help

Handset king, Nokia and the University of Cambridge, on Tuesday announced an “extensive and long term programme of joint research projects” that will focus on nanotechnology. In a statement the handset firm said its Nokia Research Center (NRC) will establish a research facility at the University’s West Cambridgesite and will collaborate  with the Nanoscience Centre […]

Ofcom study slams wireless as last mile tech

A study commissioned by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has blasted wireless technology as insufficient to cope with future broadband requirements over the whole of the last mile. Cambridge-based communications design facility Plextek recently completed a six month research study on behalf Ofcom, to investigate the use of wireless technology as an alternative for the provision […]

Telecoms industry “worst for consumer privacy”

The telecoms industry has been accused of collecting excessive amounts of personal data from its customers, with telecom firms faring worse for privacy than companies in other industries. The accusations come in the “First Quarter 2007 Online Customer Respect Study of the Telecommunications Industry”, from international research house, the Customer Respect Group. The study evaluated […]

Verizon launches mobile TV in US

US operator Verizon Wireless on Thursday launched a broadcast TV service for mobiles for $15 (£7.70) a month, the company’s first mobile TV venture. Verizon, which developed the service with Qualcomm, said the initial launch will cover about 20 states. Customers have an option to buy the service bundled with Verizon’s mobile Web access and […]

Portugal Telecom bid rejected…again

Shareholders in Portugal Telecom yet again turned down an Eur11.8bn hostile takeover bid from smaller rival Sonaecom on Friday. Portugal Telecom has fended off increasingly larger bids from Sonaecom for around a year now, always saying that the offers were too low. The Portuguese incumbent said it would distribute some Eur6.2bn to shareholders over the […]

RIM to restate financials

Blackberry maker, Research in Motion on Monday announced that a review of its stock options grants will cause the company to restate its financial statements for fiscal 2004, 2005 and 2006 and Q106. The Canadian firm said it anticipates taking a $250m (£130.13m) charge after having mispriced the bulk of the stock-option grants awarded in […]

Taiwan trials MediaFLO

US chip shop Qualcomm said on Sunday that it has been tapped by China Network Systems (CNS) and Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) to conduct a technical trial of the MediaFLO platform in Taipei, Taiwan. The trial will begin this month and will feature four live channels of CNS content and up to three live channels […]

China Mobile calls for unofficial 3G bids

China’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile, is reported to have asked equipment vendors to submit informal bids for TD-SCDMA kit. China Mobile, which runs a GSM network, is currently running a large scale trial of the homegrown 3G platform and is likely to get a TD-SCDMA licence when the country allocates spectrum. Apparently, the Chinese […]

Qtel buys into NMT

Qatar Telecom on Friday agreed to buy a controlling stake in Kuwait’s National Mobile Telecommunications (NMT) in one of the biggest telecoms deals from the region. Quatar Telecom (Qtel) took a 51 per cent stake in NMT, costing $3.7bn – viewed by many as high – to strengthen its position across the Middle East and […]

Alcatel-Lucent will resume growth – Russo

Patricia Russo, chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent has said in an interview with the UK financial daily, the Financial Times, that she believes the company can “resume growth” as it moves through 2007. In January, Alcatel-Lucent announced a profit warning ahead of its 2006 results as well as forecasting that revenue for the first quarter of […]

Nortel to restate results…again

Canadian equipment vendor Nortel Networks said Thursday it will restate financial results for 2004, 2005 and the first nine months of 2006, and will make adjustments to periods prior to 2004. The announcement does not bode well for the company, which is still getting back on track after being rocked by long running financial scandal. […]

Virgin Mobile gives away music

In a bid to stir up some interest in mobile music, Virgin Mobile on Friday started giving away tracks for free. New and existing Virgin Mobile customers with 3G handsets on both contract and prepay can download up to 25 free full tracks between now and May 28. The tunes are available via the full […]

HTIL seeks legal insurance in India

Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) is understood to have obtained a ‘caveat’ from the Bombay High Court, allowing it to better fight any attempt by the Essar Group to derail the sale of a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar to Vodafone. The caveat essentially ensures HTIL is made party to any attempt by the Essar Group […]

MPs accuse BT of “blackmail”

UK incumbent British Telecom has been accused of “financial blackmail” by Members of Parliament (MPs) for charges on customers who do not pay their telephony bills by direct debit. 35 MPs have signed a Commons motion regarding the levy which David Hamilton, Labour MP for Midlothian, is leading. The motion urges BT – which made […]

Icahn to invest $2bn in Moto

The billionaire investor, Carl Icahn, will buy $2bn (£1.02bn) of Motorola stock, the world’s second largest mobile manufacturer said Thursday. Icahn has been associated with Motorola since his comments in January about the company’s stock being undervalued. He also suggested Motorola reward investors with bigger paybacks, seen by some as a slight to Ed Zander, […]

Belgacom to shed 10 per cent of workforce

Belgacom said Thursday that it will cut up to 1,500 jobs, equivalent to 10 per cent of its total workforce, over the the next five years. In a report by the Belgian daily De Tijd, the company explained that the cuts are due to restructuring at the organisation. The Belgian incumbent bought ICT group Telindus […]

Suitors gather around Airwave – reports

O2 Europe, the UK-based arm of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, said Thursday that there is strong interest from buyers in its Airwave business. According to the Reuters news agency, O2 hinted that it is increasingly inclined to sell the unit which builds secure networks for the emergency services in Britain. Telefonica first mooted the sale […]


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