Exclusive Interview with Commissioner Reding

Telecoms.com meets Viviane Reding to discuss roaming, the mobile industry and the furore her proposals have caused in Europe. A year ago, few within the European mobile industry would have been familiar with EU Information Society Commissioner, Viviane Reding. But in 2006 she has become one of the most familiar – and controversial – faces […]

ISPs furious at piracy tax proposals

A plan to recoup losses made to illegal downloads has been criticised in the UK by ISPs and mobile companies. Earlier this week a proposal was put forward by a group of independent music labels under the umbrella of the Independent Music Association (AIM) for a change in copyright law and licensing that would effectively […]

Irish universities club together on telecoms research center

A national telecoms research organisation has been formed by eight universities in Ireland and won the support of the government there. The Centre for Telecoms Value Chain Research (CTVR), has received investment from commercial partners that include Lucent’s Bell Labs and FPGA semiconductor firm Xilinx. The Centre will be involved in a wide range of […]

Yahoo and Microsoft link IM

Microsoft and Yahoo have made good on a promise to make their instant messaging solutions interoperate. On Thursday the pair will release a limited beta of a new instant messaging service that will let Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to communicate with each other. Till now, the combined user base of 350 […]

Palm readies new smartphone for Europe

A new smartphone is being developed by former PDA champion Palm, in conjunction with Vodafone and Microsoft, the companies said Thursday. The Treo handset will run on Vodafone’s 3G network with Windows Mobile 5.0 and will be aimed squarely at the enterprise with its push e-mail capability. The new phone will be available to Vodafone […]

Sony Ericsson surges in

Mobile manufacturer Sony Ericsson on Thursday said its Q2 earnings almost doubled, largely due to strong sales of its Walkman music phones. Spurred on by the growth, the handset maker raised its global market forecast for 2006. The company said its net profit rose to Eur143m (£98.79m) in the three months ending June 30, up […]

GSMA to lobby Parliament on roaming

The GSM Association (GSMA), unhappy at yesterday’s formalised proposals to cut roaming charges, said Thursday that it will begin lobbying the European Parliament in the autumn, following the summer recess. The Association’s stated position is that it doesn’t want regulation, arguing that its members are able to regulate themselves. To that end, it intends to […]

EU proposes price controls on roaming

On Wednesday, the European Union made its proposals to legislate on the cost of using a mobile phone abroad while offering the industry a “final chance” to regulate the charges itself. The European Commission’s President, Jose Manuel Barroso, explained that the new legislation would give the industry six more months to cut roaming charges or […]

Latest Symbian OS supports wifi

Mobile operating system (OS) vendor Symbian, on Wednesday launched the first version of its ubiquitous OS to offer native wifi. Symbian V9.3 is launched with expansion in mind and the firm has focused on making it as compatible with operators’ convergence plans as possible. Jorgen Behrens, VP product management and strategy at Symbian said the […]

Industry to fight on as roaming proposals ‘watered down’

The mobile industry has pledged to continue its fight against plans to cut roaming charges across Europe following intense lobbying that has, at the very least, bought it some time. On Tuesday evening, details started to emerge that EU media and IT commissioner, Viviane Reding, had faced stiff opposition to her proposals from fellow ministers, […]

Nitel sold for $750m

The Nigerian-based conglomerate Transnational – Transcorp – has bought Nigerian Telecommunications – Nitel – and its mobile subsidiary Mtel, for $750m. According to Transcorp, the deal represents a “milestone in the privatisation process of the dominant fixed-line operator”. Nitel currently holds close to 80 per cent of Nigeria’s domestic market with presence in all its […]

NTL woos corporates without Virgin

Cable giant NTL is to expand it business communications division – but without using the Virgin brand, which it bought earlier this year. Starting in the first half of 2007, the freshly merged company will use the Virgin name to promote its mobile, cable TV, broadband and landline services under a licensing agreement reached at […]

Vishing threat emerges

Consumers are being warned of a new communications fraud lurking online that uses voice to con them out of money and personal details. According to US-based Secure Computing Corporation, phishing attacks have now evolved into phone scams and, have earned the monicker `Vishing’ scams. Secure Computing, which has tracked online news and discussion groups to […]

ITC investigates Nokia in US

In an escalation in the spat between Nokia and Qualcomm, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has started an investigation into whether Nokia Corp. and Nokia Inc. have been involved in unfair practices against the CDMA giant. The allegation is that the Nokias have been importing and selling handsets, wireless devices and other unspecified components […]

PCCW is sold

A Hong Kong-based investor has agreed a HK$9.2bn ($1.2bn) deal to buy Richard Li’s controlling interest in PCCW, the leading domestic telco in the region. Mr Leung announced the deal last night, ending speculation about the sale of PCCW which has been the subject of a bidding war between TPG Newbridge and Macquarie Bank. The […]

Lucent, Alcatel deal sheds 9,000 jobs

Around 9,000 jobs are to be shed when the merger between Lucent and Alcatel is completed, the companies said Monday night. In a statement, the pair said they “are on track to complete… the merger transaction by the end of calendar year 2006”. Analysts predicted there would be job losses a as result of the […]

Vonage sued for third time over patents

Embattled VoIP firm, Vonage, has been hit by another patent infringement suit, this time from patent-holding company Klausner Technologies which is looking for $180m in damages and royalties. Klausner alleges that Vonage infringes patents used in its voice mail service. The patent dates from 1994 and allows checking of analogue voice mail from a remote […]

US and Japan to Lead $11.7bn Mobile TV Market

A report from analyst firm Juniper Research predicts that Broadcast Mobile TV will reach revenues of $11.7bn worldwide by 2011. Japan is predicted to lead the market with revenues reaching $2.9bn and the US will follow closely at $1.8bn. The UK is also predicted to be a key market at $989m. Although Japan is initially […]

Taipei to replace cellular with wifi

Taipei’s City Government has launched a voice over wifi trial it believes could lead to 200,000 using the technology by year end. Dubbed ‘Taipei Easy Call’ the service is based on Taipei’s city-wide “WiFly” WLAN network and is backed by ten companies, including the Taipei Computer Association (TCA). The idea is to saturate Taipei with […]

ISPs targeted by music body

In what is being hailed as an unprecedented move this side of the Atlantic, the British music industry is demanding that two internet service providers (ISPs) cut the internet service of people it has identified as illegal file sharers. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), long a fierce critic of illegal file sharing, says it has […]


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