Stealth Trojan pains Russian mobile users

Antivirus experts in Russia are warning of a mobile phone Trojan that could have users in the region racking up unsolicited charges on their phone bills. Russian security company Kaspersky said Monday that it had encountered the malware in the wild, disguised a Java file. The .jar file is identified as ‘pomoshnik.jar’ and runs on […]

Mobile music is failing warns researcher

The mobile music download market is in danger of stalling according to a leading music research outfit which suggests that the current trend to equip mobiles with music playback is nothing more than a passing gimmick. A survey of 3,000 people by research firm Entertainment Media Research (EMR) reveals that while the iPod/MP3 player music […]

China to usurp US as biggest broadband market

In less than twelve months, China will overtake the US to become the world’s biggest broadband market, According to analyst firm Ovum. Compared with slow growth in the fixed telephony market, China’s broadband market has taken off dramatically since 2002. After experiencing considerable annual subscriber growth of 71 per cent and 114 per cent in […]

Qualcomm, O2 BREW up cool content initiative

Over a year in the planning, US chip shop Qualcomm this week realised its vision of deploying the BREW content delivery system over GSM. Telefonica’s UK mobile operation, O2, introduced its own-branded Ice 3G handset Monday – Europe’s first device to use Qualcomm’s BREW-based uiOne interface. uiOne is an operator customisable users interface, which allows […]

Vodafone lures star executive back

The former head of Vodafone’s southern European business has been brought to the company as deputy chief executive in charge of European operations One time tipped as a future Vodafone chief executive, Vittorio Colao, is due to come back to the company next month – October 9 – and will replace Sir Julian Horn-Smith as […]

BT outlines 21C network upgrade

UK incumbent British Telecom (BT) revealed further plans for the transition to its next generation 21st century network (21CN) Monday. Starting in late November, BT aims to begin the planned upgrade of voice and broadband services for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding area. All work will be carried out at BT’s telephone exchanges, with […]

Wifi handset debuts

IP solutions firm UTStarcom has launched a portable wifi handset for voice over IP (VoIP) calls, a week after Skype announced its first handset that doesn’t need a PC to work. The F3000 has a full-colour 1.8″ LCD screen, the ubiquitous polyphonic ringtones, SMS and talk-time of up to three hours. “We are seeing massive […]

Mobile ban boosts Bluetooth in Ireland

Irish retailers selling bluetooth hands-free devices say a ban by the government there has given them plenty to smile about. Since a law was introduced to the Republic banning drivers from using mobiles, manufacturers of the much ridiculed technology have seen sales rocket. As of last Friday any driver in Ireland found using a mobile […]

Cosmote applies for Romanian 3G licence

A formal offer for a 3G licence has been submitted to the Romanian General Inspectorate for Communications and Information Technology, Cosmote’s Romanian unit said on Monday. Bids for the licences – worth around $35m – will be announced by the government later this month According to Cosmote the company has already accounted for both the […]

Broadcom takes hit in patent spat

US chip shop Broadcom suffered a setback in its patent spat with CDMA pioneer Qualcomm Friday, when the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed Broadcom’s antitrust complaint. The two chip vendors have been scrapping over alleged antitrust violations by Qualcomm for over a year now. But late last week the […]

Alcatel and Nortel ink $320m UMTS deal

Alcatel announced Friday that it had signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Nortel to acquire its UMTS network radio access business and related assets for $320m (£168m). Under the transaction, Alcatel said it “intends to acquire Nortel’s UMTS radio access technology and product portfolio, associated patents and tangible assets as well as customer contracts”. […]

DT announces new bundles

As expected, Deutsche Telekom launched a series of new bundled offerings at the IFA consumer electronics exhibition, in Berlin on Thursday. DT, whose chief executive Kai-Uwe Ricke is under pressure to leave, announced a package with flat rates for fixed-phone and Web access, Call&Surf Comfort, for Eur49.95 (£33.63). The German incumbent which is struggling in […]

Millicom says ‘Ola’ to Columbia

Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has emerged as the winner of a controlling stake in third placed Columbian operator, Columbia Movil, which operates under the Ola brand. Millicom has acquired a 50 per cent plus 1 share controlling stake in the Columbian operator for a consideration of $125m. Including this initial equity contribution, Millicom expects […]

AWS auction nearing an end

The Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction taking place in the US is speeding up to its final approach, according to analysts. Thursday was the first day US regulator the FCC increased the number of bidding rounds up to six per day in an auction that has already netted the US government close to $20bn (£10.5bn) […]

Skype intros cordless phones

Internet telephony provider Skype Thursday unveiled its first standalone cordless phones that do not require a PC to operate. The forthcoming devices allow Skype users to make and receive calls over the internet and traditional telephone network without a computer, bundled with the convenience of a cordless (not wi-fi) phone. The first models to be […]

Experts warn of cross platform worm

Experts at Finnish antivirus outfit F-Secure have this week encountered a cross platform worm that is capable – at least theoretically – of spreading from a PC to a mobile device and back. The antivirus firm said that the Mobler worm, also known as Cardtrap, is capable of moving between Symbian and Windows platforms. “Although […]

Samsung demos 4G

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its fledgling 4G technology in Jeju, South Korea. The electronics firm demonstrated a transmitter and receiver capable of exchanging data at 100MB/second while traveling in a vehicle moving at 35mph +. According to the firm, its 4G technology could, theoretically, make it possible to download a 300MB of data in around […]

Deutsche Telekom looking for a new chief?

Deutsche Telekom’s chief executive Kai-Uwe Ricke is expected to reveal a new strategy to the embattled German incumbent’s supervisory board tomorrow (Friday) as the clock ticks on the remainder of his contract. As Telecoms.com reported earlier this month, several major DT shareholders are unhappy with Ricke’s performance and German press reports go as far as […]

SA opens doors to competition

Competition in the South African fixed line market was officially opened up Thursday, when the country’s second national operator, Neotel, opened its doors. Neotel has to date been trading temporarily under the name SNO Telecommunications. Following a three year bidding process, the consortium of black empowerment group Nexus Connexion, utilities Transtel and Eskom, Indian conglomerate […]

Yahoo launches Go for Windows mobile

Search giant Yahoo has made its Yahoo! Go for Mobile service available for consumers to download onto Windows Mobile phones. The service is an integrated suite of Yahoo!’s leading services including mail, search and Yahoo! Photos which allows automatic upload of camera phone pictures to a Yahoo! Photos account. Yahoo! Address Book and Calendar is […]

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