Femtos ready for deployment

During the summer, web giant Google invested some $25m in femtocell maker Ubiquisys and now those devices are ready to be deployed. The Ubiquisys femtocells, which are like mini mobile base stations deployed either in homes or on campus, are presently in mass production. The femtos have completed “intense trials” with eight tier one operators […]

US 700MHz auction delayed

US communications regulator, the FCC, has delayed the forthcoming auction of 700MHz spectrum to give interested parties more time to pull a plan together. Auction 73 will now take place on January 24, 2008, eight days later than originally planned. Bidders must apply for the auctions between November 19 and December 3. The FCC has […]

Google buys Jaiku; more mobile plans revealed

Web giant Google said Tuesday that it has snapped up Jaiku, a Helsinki-based presence sharing service, creating further inroads into the mobile space. Jaiku, founded by Finns Jyri Engestrom and Petteri Koponen in 2006, is a micro social network, much like Twitter. Users have options to update their status and location and broadcast this info […]

Microsoft calls for white space validation

Proponents of so called ‘white space’ broadband, Microsoft and Philips, are pushing US communications agency the FCC to acknowledge their tests proving that the technology does not interfere with TV broadcasts. In August, a collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft, Philips and Dell, known as the White Space Coalition, submitted […]

Mobile ad space heating up

The mobile advertising space is turning into a hotbed of activity, with Google launching its own ad service for the mobile platform on Tuesday. The web giant announced the commercial availability of AdSense for Mobile, an initiative that contextually targets ads to mobile website content.  AdSense for Mobile gives partners the ability to earn revenue […]

White space net box was broken

Microsoft has resubmitted its ‘white space’ broadband device to the FCC for testing, claiming that the original, which failed the test, was broken. Last week, a collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft and Dell, and known as the White Space Coalition, submitted a gadget that can be used to receive […]

FCC nixes white space broadband

US communications regulator the FCC has thrown a spanner into the works of a plan to deliver broadband services via the white space between TV channels. A collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft and Dell, had submitted the plan as the White Space Coalition. The coalition has developed a gadget […]

More Google phone rumours

Reports are emerging that the much rumoured Google phone is already in prototype and could be commercially available within a year. The web giant is believed to be touting the phone around vendors and operators to gauge interest and fine tune the specifications. It is believed the phone could be made available to consumers for […]

Google scores as FCC paves way for open access

It looks like Google might end up putting its money where its mouth is, as web companies on Tuesday won the right to access US spectrum coming up for auction later this year. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised its 700MHz band plan and service rules to facilitate the availability of “new and […]

Google gets into WiMAX bed with Sprint

Sprint’s mobile WiMAX network gained yet more momentum on Thursday as the US carrier announced a deal with web giant Google to develop a mobile portal for the platform. Under the pact, Google will provide search, interactive communications and social networking tools as well as location assisted services. Sprint described the agreement as a milestone […]

Google puts $4.6bn on 700MHz auction

Google said Friday that it is prepared to spend up to $4.6bn to secure itself a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum due to be sold off in the approaching US federal auction. The web giant is one of the biggest backers of open access and is calling for more competition in the broadband space. “So […]

Google gears up for more mobile moves

Google is understood to be ratcheting up its mobile initiative, testing its AdSense platform on mobile devices and gearing up to launch a mobile content search engine. The web giant is rumoured to be developing a version of its search engine that lets users search for content such as ringtones, direct from their handset and […]

Google boards at GrandCentral

Google has acquired US firm GrandCentral Communications, which offers users a single, lifetime phone number that can be linked to any phone or account – or combinations thereof – that for which the user has a subscription. The announcement, expected for some days, was made on Google’s official blog. “We think GrandCentral’s technology fits well […]

Consumers seek Google, Yahoo-branded phones

A majority of US consumers are willing and ready to purchase a Google or Yahoo!-branded mobile device if and when they become available.According to a study conducted in April by market research firm the EQUS Group, 55 per cent of respondents say they are willing to purchase a Google or Yahoo! mobile device. Conversely, only […]

LG launches ‘Google phone’ in Italy

Korean electronics manufacturer LG launched its first Symbian S60 device, the KS10, in Italy on Monday. The device is the result of a global collaboration with web giant Google to pre-install Google services on millions of LG mobile phones but it is not the much awaited ‘Google phone’. The HSDPA-enabled smartphone is LG’s first foray […]

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 […]

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, Isabel Aguilera, Google’s MD for Portugal and Spain, said the company had “dedicated” engineers who were working on the project. The […]

O2 to do Google and MTV

Telefonica’s UK mobile arm, O2, said Wednesday at the CeBit tech fair in Germany, that starting this summer, it will give customers access to Google and Viacom’s MTV music clips to promote mobile internet services. The company said that the relationship with Google will help it to generate advertising revenue. O2 plans to launch a […]

Mobile ops seek out search market – update

Reports that a handful of tier one mobile operators are planning to create a mobile search engine to challenge the likes of Google and Yahoo look increasingly vaporous. Rumours started in the Sunday papers suggest that Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and Cingular will meet at the 3GSM World Congress […]

Google to patent mobile ad technology

Google has filed for a patent for delivering adverts to mobile phones and other handheld devices. In accordance with patent office rules, the application provides images of how the adverts could look. Details are also provided on how the user might interact with them. Last year Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, told attendees at the Stanford […]


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