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Orange to launch mobile HD TV

France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange France is gearing up to launch high definition mobile TV on Thursday. Details are scant, but analyst reports reveal that the service will only be available over HSDPA to start with followed later by dedicated mobile broadcast technology. Initially there will only be one handset available, from Samsung. The offering […]

O2 offloads more s

Mobile operator O2 is flogging yet more retail stores in the UK, following its £30m acquisition of the Link chain earlier this year. On Tuesday, O2 sold 46 stores to Orange for an undisclosed sum. The move follows last month’s sale of 95 locations to 3 UK. O2 is understood to be keeping around 100 […]

Is Orange’s ‘Unique’ compelling?

Orange is set to become the first UK mobile operator to launch an FMC service when it introduces its so-called Unique product on November 1. There are doubts, however, about whether the initial offering will be compelling enough to generate significant take-up. Unique phone will enable Orange’s customers, for a monthly fee, to make unlimited […]

Swiss ops test DVB-H

Swiss mobile operators Swisscom Mobile, Orange and TDC’s Sunrise are set to trial the DVB-H mobile TV platform from Wednesday through a pilot with Swisscom Broadcast. The trial will run until the end of January and will involve some 200 select customers and employees spread across the three operators in the city of Berne. Participants […]

Orange intros broadband only package

Orange set out to target fixed line broadband users on Friday with the launch of its Broadband Unlimited package. Telecoms.com reckons the blurb is a little misleading as it proposes “unlimited wireless broadband” but as far as we can tell, what you get is an up to 8Mbps ADSL connection and a Livebox wireless router. […]

France Telecom revenues struggling

France Telecom on Thursday reported that revenues for the third quarter were up just 1.2 per cent year on year on a comparable basis to Eur13bn (£8.7bn) and largely boosted by the acquisition of Spanish mobile operator Amena. Revenues at the Personal Communications [mobile] division accounted for the lion’s share of sales, rising 5 per […]

Orange UK broadband outage is fixed

The broadband outage that hit Orange in the UK on Monday has been fixed and customers have been restored to “full service” according to the company. The firm lost connection to between 60,000 and 100,000 of its customers at 4pm (GMT) on Monday afternoon after what the company described as a “network equipment failure”. A […]

Orange UK suffers ‘major’ broadband outage

Broadband users with Orange in the UK have suffered what the firm described as a “major” national outage Tuesday. Blaming a “third party network failure”, Orange has confirmed the blackout is “affecting large parts of country” in a recorded message on its tech support line. The Orange press office has issued a statement but refused […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

3GSM Asia: GSMA launches low cost 3G challenge

The GSM Association (GSMA) is inviting handset manufacturers to “submit proposals” to develop a low-cost 3G handset. The handset should, says the Association, be capable of sophisticated applications “that can support advanced services, such as high-speed Internet browsing, mobile TV and instant messaging, while costing significantly less than a low-end 3G handset today”. The 3G […]

Will Orange dump Carphone Warehouse?

A day after the UK’s Carphone Warehouse was effectively dumped by Vodafone, Orange has signaled that it may well halt its contract sales with the reseller. In a statement, Orange said: “Since our indirect distribution costs have gone up significantly over the last few years we are in the process of reviewing our independent strategy […]

Orange, Nokia in Signature deal

French operator Orange stepped up its Signature phone strategy Wednesday, announcing a partnership with Nokia that will allow increased customisation of Symbian S60 devices. Under the agreement, Nokia is to create an Orange specific software package to complement the Symbian S60 OS. This aim is to help S60 device manufacturers benefit from greater cost efficiency […]

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 […]

Orange brings converged service to table

The first competition in the convergence space is likely to kick off in November, with both BT and France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange introducing similar products at the same time. Mobile operator Orange gave details on its forthcoming fixed mobile convergence service Monday, which will allow its customers to use a mobile handset to make […]

Ofcom wants further termination charge cuts

UK telecoms regulator OFCOM, announced Thursday that price controls on the termination charges British mobile operators apply to other networks’ calls are to be maintained beyond March, 2007, when the current regulation expires. The regulator intends to demand further cuts in the termination fees, with a target of “around 5.3 pence per minute” for Vodafone, […]

Vodafone enters fixed-line broadband, snubs C&W

Mobile operator Vodafone has struck a deal with BT to provide fixed-line broadband to its customers in the UK. The move is a response to O2 and Orange who already offer fixed-line and mobile products to their customers. Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to launch the new service before the end of the year. […]

Orange backs Linux on the mobile

French mobile operator Orange said Monday it has approved the Access Linux Platform (ALP) for use on its network. The operator will utilise the Linux offering, developed by Japanese firm Access, in conjunction with its own Orange Application Package to equip device manufactures with a turnkey mobile Linux platform. Orange anticipates the Linux platform can […]

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