Celtel ends East African roaming charges

Emerging-markets GSM operator Celtel has said it will no longer levy roaming charges on its subscribers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the member states of the East African Community. EAC subscribers will now be able to use their phones anywhere within the three states at their usual rates. Celtel is a leading user of SMS […]

Tele2 sells French fixed ops.

Sweden-based alternative telecoms operator Tele2 has sold off its fixed and broadband businesses in France to local operator SFR for SEK3.3bn (£239m). Tele2 said on Tuesday that the sale of the French fixed line and broadband business will result in a capital loss of SEK1bn. The Swedish operator will however retain its French mobile virtual […]

Indian 3G spectrum policy welcomed

The CDMA Development Group on Monday welcomed the proposals on 3G spectrum allocation as outlined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) last week. The CDG is no doubt relieved that the proposals indicate that the Indian government will not favour one 3G technology over another, removing fears […]

Siemens execs cough up to help BenQ staff

German vendor Siemens expressed its disappointment over BenQ’s decision to kill off handset manufacturer BenQ Mobile on Monday. The Taiwanese-German joint venture was established just over a year ago when the German firm effectively paid BenQ Eur50m to take the ailing division off its hands. But in a show of solidarity to its former employees, […]

Home networks going back to wires?

As wireless home networks struggle against an ever growing tide of multimedia content, consumers may end up going back to wires to shift their digital media from room to room. But rather than undertaking an unsightly cabling rollout, consumers already have an untapped high speed home network available in the form of powerlines. At the […]

IPTV sees strong growth but bloody battle ahead

The number of IPTV subscribers worldwide is expected to have almost doubled in 2006 to almost 5 million subscribers. According to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media, IPTV – A Global Analysis (2nd Edition), released Tuesday, rapid growth in the user base will result in 36 million IPTV homes by 2011. Adam Thomas, […]

Sony Ericsson sets sights on top three

Sony Ericsson, the Swedish-Japanese handset maker, reached its fifth anniversary Monday and set itself the target of becoming one of the top three players within five years. Over the past five years the 50:50 joint venture has leapt from a loss making sixth place to a profitable fourth position in terms of global handset market […]

BlackBerry to lose its crown – analyst

The Blackberry’s position as the dominant mobile email solution is coming to an end according to industry analyst IDC . The analyst group says Microsoft’s involvement with Motorola, Palm, and others, as well as Nokia’s commitment to an end-to-end strategy, threaten the Blackberry’s stronghold in the enterprise market. Viewing the mobile email arena as “a […]

Warrantless wiretapping wins House approval

Warrantless wiretapping in the US got a green light late Thursday, when the House voted through the controversial surveillance measure 232 to 191. House majority leader John Boehner of Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District applauded the passage of the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act (H.R. 5825), which intends to legalise President Bush’s terrorist surveillance program. “A large […]

ESPN bails out of MVNO space

Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) ESPN Mobile has called it a day, after failing to get a strong enough foothold in the US market. The service provider, which some analysts said was one of the most promising MVNO launches of the last year, targeted a specific market with unique sporting content. But the operator appears […]

Another VoIP provider scoots to market

Another company has joined the raft of internet telephony players presently wading out into the market. US-based iSkoot on Friday introduced a Java-based thin client designed for putting VoIP on dual mode and cellular phones. The user installable platform claims it allows the handset to connect with VoIP services such as Skype, GoogleTalk, AIM, Microsoft […]

Chunghwa raises $985m in ADR sale

Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom raised $985m (£527m) through a sale of American Depository Receipts (ADRs), the company said Thursday. The company sold 56.43 million ADRs, mostly on behalf of Taiwan’s Ministry of transportation and Communications (MoTC) and Taiwan Mobile. The move will reduce the MoTC’s stake in Chunghwa Telecom to 36.12 per cent from 42.21 […]

BenQ fails to turn Siemens handsets around

Taiwanese electronics firm BenQ will bail out of its German mobile phone subsidiary, as it is unable to stem unsustainable losses at the unit. The firm said Thursday that it has resolved to discontinue capital injection into BenQ Mobile and is considering filing for insolvency protection over the next few days. BenQ acquired the beleaguered […]

Prodi to address parliament on Telecom Italia

The Italian Premier Romano Prodi will speak to parliament later today to discuss Telecom Italia and the row that has erupted since its reorganisation was announced. According to reports, Prodi was initially reluctant to discuss the issues that have seen its chief resign and its senior executives publicly taunt Prodi over what many sees as […]

Ofcom picks six for 414MHz band

UK regulator Ofcom on Wednesday announced the six companies who will be able to bid for spectrum allocations in the 414-420MHz band. Motorola’s services business, T-Mobile UK, broadcast outsourcing specialist Arqiva, airport communications provider AirRadio, Ventura Team Spectrum and the Joint Radio Company (JRC) which provides radio communications for the energy industry, are in the […]

Intel to deliver HSDPA notebooks

Finnish vendor Nokia has climbed into bed with chip giant Intel to deliver HSDPA mobile broadband connectivity to notebook users. Although 3G and HSDPA data cards are already available for notebook users, the Nokia module will be integrated with the next-generation Intel Centrino Duo platform, offering HSDPA connectivity as an embedded option. Mooly Eden, vice […]

Vodafone unveils own brand 3G device

Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile, Vodafone on Thursday unveiled its first own-branded 3G handset. The Vodafone 710, designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, will be launched in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Portugal from early October 2006. The device packs an MP3 music player, 1.3 […]

Coms shows wifi VoIP devices

UK internet telephony provider Coms, unveiled the first in a range of wifi-enabled cordless handsets on Thursday. The provider introduced two devices, both by UTStarcom. The F1000 SIP-based device, available for £109 and the F3000 SIP device for £149. Coms allows subscribers to choose a number which they can use either on the home wifi […]

NTL goes Quadplay

UK cable player NTL on Wednesday launched its quadplay service in the UK with a promise that it could save consumers up to £400 a year. The offering ‘4 for £40’ includes digital TV with video on demand, unlimited broadband, home telephone and a mobile service for £40 per month. While NTL is attempting to […]

DT rejects Vivendi’s PTC bid

German incumbent Deutsche Telekom has rejected the offer from Vivendi to buy DT’s 49 per cent stake in Polish mobile operator Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). As reported by telecoms.com Tuesday, Vivendi put Eur2.5bn on the table to take control of PTC, but reports in the German press state that DT is not prepared to sell […]