Bank trials Bluetooth adverts at branches

High street bank, HSBC, is trialling a technology that allows adverts to be sent to mobile phones as people pass its branches. The banking giant is trialling the Bluetooth technology which is reminiscent of the type seen in Tom Cruise’s movie, ‘Minority Report’. The banks employ a concealed box that scans for mobiles with Bluetooth […]

Vodafone partners Asda, warns on year ahead

Vodafone has inked a deal with Asda, one of Britain’s leading supermarket chains, to sell branded mobiles to shoppers. Asda, which is owned by American firm Wal-Mart, will rent airtime from Vodafone in a similar arrangement to that which exists between Tesco and O2 which has over 1 million customers. Announcing the deal at a […]

UK watchdog issues VoIP regulations

UK telecoms watchdog, Ofcom, this week introduced a new regulatory code for VoIP providers as it readies itself to regulate the sector starting this summer. The watchdog said the move was to ensure consumers have access to information about the capabilities of their service. Recognising the phenomenal growth of VoIP – forecasts predict three million […]

US awards huge contract, spurns

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded America’s biggest ever telecommunications contract – a ten year deal worth $48bn – to AT&T, Qwest and Verizon. Sprint Nextel was not chosen. Each of the winners will split $525m and pitch against one another with different federal agencies for varying contracts. Each of those government agencies […]

iPhone to launch on June 11 – reports

Apple will release its iPhone to the US market on June 11, according to reports. Technology website, CNet.com, is reporting that after making a call to its customer service department, a manager at Cingular revealed the launch date without any further information. Apple will not confirm the date, which coincides with the firm’s Worldwide developer […]

Essar deal delayed as regulators mull details

Telecoms regulators in India have confirmed there will be a delay on their decision to clear Vodafone’s deal to buy a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar. The announcement is the latest problem for Vodafone in its proposed bid for a 57 per cent stake in Essar for $11.1bn (£5.7bn). The regulators want to extend their […]

Reding considers splitting telcos

Dominant players in telecommunications could be forced to separate their networks from their services as part of an overhaul being considered by the EU, the FT reported Thursday. Using the UK as an example, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding told the financial daily that “functional separation” worked and led to increased competition and faster adoption […]

The BBC goes Orange

UK mobile operator Orange announced Thursday that the BBC will start providing content for its mobile TV service, Orange TV, beginning April. The company said its customers will be able to watch part of the BBC’s portfolio, including BBC One, BBC Three and BBC News 24 on their mobiles. The move is part of a […]

DSL surges across Europe

More than 17.5 million people took out DSL subscriptions across Europe last year, bringing the total to 66,374,600 – a growth of 36 per cent from 2005. The figures, from the DSL Forum, show Europe as the leading DSL region worldwide, accounting for more than 35 per cent of all DSL subscribers. According to the […]

Nacchio accused of hiding stock

Jurors at the insider dealing trial of Joe Nacchio heard the prosecution allege Wednesday, that he tried to hide $90m (£45.8m) of Qwest assets by transferring stock into his wife’s accounts. The trial, now in its second week, saw prosecutor Kevin Traskas ask Judge Edward Nottingham for permission to introduce evidence to support his claim. […]

Turkcell chases stake in BTC

Turkcell confirmed reports Thursday that it is has made an offer in the tender of a 65 per cent stake in Bulgaria’s BTC Iceland’s best known millionaire, Thor Bjorgolfsson, is believed to be mulling the sale of his option for 65 per cent in BTC. The mogul has appointed Lehman Brothers to shortlist interested investors. […]

Google and LG team up

Internet search giant, Google said Wednesday that it has inked a deal with Korean electronics firm, LG Electronics, to put its software on LG’s mobile phones. The move comes days after Yahoo announced its ‘oneSearch’ service – widely hailed by analysts and industry observers as a significant leap over Google’s existing mobile technology. LG, maker […]

Virgin US in deal with Yahoo

Virgin Mobile USA said Wednesday that it intends to make Yahoo’s mobile services available to all its 4.6 million subscribers. The announcement comes as arch rival Google said it had inked a deal with handset maker LG. Both Yahoo and Google are vying for position, not only as the consumer’s preferred search brand but also […]

Mobile banking takes tentative steps

In the US, AT&T is to introduce mobile banking services through its Cingular Wireless business, in association with four banks. The deal is thought to be the biggest of its kind in the US. AT&T customers will be able to use their mobiles for basic banking services such as checking balances and transfers with any […]

Orange and Bebo get social on the mobile

UK mobile operator, Orange and social networking firm Bebo, on Wednesday announced Bebo Mobile for Orange customers. The service will kick off in the UK according to a statement from the pair and be rolled out to other regions in the future. Orange will have an exclusive on the service in the UK for an […]

Google phone is real – reports

A Google executive in Spain has reportedly confirmed that the internet search company is indeed working on a Google Phone, adding credibility to recent rumours of the device. According to Spanish news site Notacias.com, Isabel Aguilera, Google’s MD for Portugal and Spain, said the company had “dedicated” engineers who were working on the project. The […]

China gets tough on mobile porn

China is to introduce tough measures that include imprisonment and fines for people who send pornography over their mobiles. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, people caught sending pornographic video, photos or messages over their handsets could results in a two week term behind bars or a fine of 3,000 yuan (£203). The move […]

Alcatel-Lucent claims record for optical transmission

Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday announced that combined research teams from the United States and France successfully transmitted 25.6 Tb/s of optical data over a single fibre strand. The company is claiming a world record for the achievement which is approximate to sending 600 DVDs over the net, every second.According to a statement, the feat was accomplished […]

Vonage faces disconnection

Internet telephony player Vonage is exercising damage control this week after a US judge threatened to cut off the company’s service late Friday. The US District Court in Alexandria issued an order enjoining Vonage from using certain VoIP technology named in its patent litigation with Verizon. The court will hear a stay argument from Vonage […]

AT&T offers free Napster access

US operator AT&T this week struck a deal with music download site Napster, giving customers free unlimited access to more than 3 million songs for one year. The offer starts Sunday, April 1, and is available across the company’s nationwide wireless network on select tariffs as well as via the operator’s triple lay bundles. Napster […]

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