Nokia reveals first Growth for Bochum investor

After a month or so of searching, Nokia has caught its first investor for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, to participate in the ‘Growth for Bochum’ initiative. The get out agreement, which Nokia probably begrudgingly entered into last month after closing down its German factory, stated that the Finnish firm had to create new […]

Telecom Italia revises forecasts

Fixed and mobile carrier Telecom Italia has revised its outlook for the current year as its Brazilian and German operations fare worse than expected. The operator recorded a 24 per cent slide in net income for the first half of the year, with profit falling to Eur1.14bn, compared to Eur1.5bn in the first half of […]

Nokia dragged over coals in Bochum settlement

Finnish handset vendor Nokia’s little Bochum problem just won’t go away. The company announced Thursday that it has now been corralled into a partnership with the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia to stimulate growth, create new jobs and generate investment for Bochum and the neighbouring cities. If you remember, Nokia already agreed to a Eur200m […]

T-Mo cuts European data roaming charges

In a bid to avoid the regulatory eye of European telecoms commissioner, Vivian Reding, German mobile operator T-Mobile said Friday that it is cutting the cost of data roaming within Europe by as much as 80 per cent. From July 1, T-Mobile said it will reduce the price of a text message sent while roaming […]

German iPhone sales disappointing

There seem to be concerns amongst the analyst community that the Apple brand isn’t strong enough outside of North America to compete with the big names in the handset space. On Tuesday, Deutsche Telekom’s domestic mobile unit, T-Mobile, announced that it has sold 70,000 iPhones on contract, since the device launched at the start of […]

Over 15,000 protest against Nokia’s German exit

Over 15,000 people took to the streets in protest against the closure of Nokia’s German handset plant on Tuesday, according to police estimates. The march took place at the plant’s location in Bochum, in the industrial district of the Ruhr region of Germany. Nokia’s decision to close the handset manufacturing plant and make up to […]

Nokia faces backlash over German plant closure

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has sparked a political backlash over plans to close a handset manufacturing plant in Germany and make up to 2,300 workers redundant. Last week, the company said that it will discontinue the production of mobile devices and close its Bochum site by mid-year. Nokia said that Germany has become too expensive […]

O2 Germany gives away unlimited music

O2 Germany has turned to Napster in a bid to drive up its fixed line numbers and is giving away access to the Napster music service with all new subscriptions. Customers signing up for the DSL service between January and the end of March will receive one year’s access to Napster to Go, valued at […]

T-Mo beats backhaul blues with DSL

German mobile carrier T-Mobile is showing off the benefits of a converged infrastructure by offloading its 3G backhaul traffic onto sister company T-Com’s network. As a result of the extra traffic requirements of HSDPA, T-Mobile is ramping up its backhaul infrastructure by deploying gateways from kit vendor RAD Data Communications. These gateways give T-Mobile the […]

German court confirms iPhone exclusivity

German mobile operator T-Mobile is once again selling the Apple iPhone exclusively on its own network, after a Hamburg court overturned a ban recently won by rival Vodafone. Shortly after T-Mobile launched the iPhone on November 9, Vodafone Germany won a temporary injunction, forcing the company to sell a version of the device without a […]

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