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Disney to scrap UK mobile plans?

Disney is reported to have frozen launch plans for its UK mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) after a weak start from its US operation and increasing concerns in the UK market. Disney, along with a number of other MVNOs such as Amp’d Mobile and Earthlink’s Helio, made much-hyped launches earlier this year in the US [...]

Texting study to identify criminals

Psychologists at the University of Leicester are investigating the language of SMS, or texting, in a bid to target and identify criminals. In the first study of its kind, linguistic forensics experts at the university’s School of Psychology will examine volunteer text messages to establish how well an individual can be identified by their texting [...]

IPWireless disappointed by Sprint decision

Sprint Nextel’s decision to run with 802.16e WiMAX for its mobile broadband offering comes as a major blow to the proponents of rival technologies. One vendor which has expressed its disappointment at the decision is IPWireless, the UMTS TDD specialist which at one point looked like it was in the running for the deal. Sprint [...]

Tiscali cosying up to HomeChoice?

Italian ISP Tiscali is rumoured to be planning to merge its UK operations with TV, broadband and telephony player HomeChoice. If the deal goes ahead HomeChoice, which is majority held by Video Networks owner and Microsoft millionaire Chris Larson, could be valued at over £100m. Rumours of a sale of HomeChoice have been floating around [...]

Experts warn of IM threat

Security experts have warned that virus writers have developed instant messaging (IM) worms capable of attacking all major IM networks. To date, IM worms have typically being consigned to a single messaging network, such as MSN or Yahoo!, but a new breed of malware is able to spread across multiple platforms and protocols. Analysts at [...]

Deutsche Telekom rattled by domestic pressures

Germany’s incumbent carrier, Deutsche Telekom, spooked the stock market Thursday as it reduced revenue guidance for 2006 by Eur600m (£405m) on the back of aggressive competition in its domestic market. The operator recorded a 3.2 per cent drop in net profit for the first half of 2006, down from Eur2.15bn in 2005 to Eur2bn. EBITDA [...]

Ex-Comverse execs busted by Feds

Three former executives of mobile messaging company Comverse were charged with fraudulently acquiring million of dollars Wednesday through a long running stock options scam. Former chief executive officer Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, former chief financial officer David Kreinberg, and former general counsel William Sorin were charged by the The US Department of Justice for allegedly orchestrating [...]

More bad news for Telstra as profits drop

The relationship between Australian carrier Telstra and the government is on increasingly shaky ground as the incumbent operator Thursday reported a 26.2 per cent drop in profits. For the year to end June 30, profit at the carrier dropped 26.2 per cent to A$3.18bn (£1.28bn) from A$4.3bn in 2005, hit by redundancy and restructuring costs [...]

US spectrum auction underway

Satellite television companies had the wireless operators on their toes Wednesday during the first rounds of bidding for advanced wireless services spectrum in the US. According to reports, a consortium of satellite operators, EchoStar Communications and DirecTV topped the bidding with a $282.5m (£148m) offer for 13 licenses. With the playing field blown wide open [...]

Royal Household at centre of phone tap scandal

The Anti-Terrorist Branch of the Metropolitan Police Service said Tuesday it had arrested two men for allegedly intercepting phone calls made to and from members of staff in Prince Charles’ household. The two men, one of whom is believed to be News of the World journalist Clive Goodman, were arrested in a dawn raid in [...]

Sprint bets $3bn on mobile WiMAX

US carrier Sprint Nextel Tuesday confirmed plans to develop and deploy a mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e network in the 2.5GHz band. Sprint has signed up Intel, Motorola and Samsung to develop a nationwide network infrastructure as well as mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets for consumer electronics. Gary Forsee, president and chief executive of Sprint Nextel said the [...]

MobiTV jumps on WiMAX bandwagon

Mobile TV platform provider MobiTV, has announced support for the WiMAX wireless broadband standard. The move follows US carrier Sprint Nextel’s decision Tuesday to roll out the technology nationwide, giving WiMAX its biggest boost yet in terms of support. “WiMAX is one of the most promising new wireless technologies to emerge over the last several [...]

Monstermob approached

UK-based mobile content provider, Monstermob, has confirmed that it has received an approach for the company. The news was welcomed by investors with shares in the firm climbing £0.11 to £0.67 on Tuesday morning, bringing some relief to stockholders, which have received three profit warnings from Monstermob this year. “The board wishes to stress that [...]

Nokia snaps up Loudeye

Nokia, the world’s leading mobile handset vendor, Tuesday announced a $60m (£31.5m) deal to acquire mobile music platform Loudeye. The Finnish company, which now refers to top end handsets as “multimedia computers”, plans to use the acquisition to put mobile music services and applications on the device as well as giving users the ability to [...]

Sony announces Mylo

The US will be the first to get a taste of Sony’s first wifi communications gadget it says will allow users to chat, send text, browse the internet and listen to music. Dubbed ‘Mylo’ for ‘My Life Online’, Sony’s device is around the size of a PSP and is designed specifically to work in wifi [...]

3 to stream ITV mobile TV content

TV broadcaster ITV and 3G mobile operator 3 UK have joined forces in an exclusive deal to stream TV content to mobile handsets in the UK. The deal will enable the 3.5 million customers on 3 to watch ITV’s flagship channel, ITV1 and ITV Play – ITV’s participation channel – live on their mobile phone. [...]

NTL hit by merger costs

UK cable behemoth NTL on Tuesday announced its first set of full quarterly financial results since its merger with Telewest and more recent closing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile. As a result, revenues for the three months to the end of June almost doubled from £482m a year ago to £884m. However, integration costs [...]

US spectrum auction starts Wednesday

US communications regulator the FCC is planning to auction off 1,122 wireless licenses Wednesday in a move that could bring in as much as $15bn (£7.8bn) for the government. The licenses to be auctioned are presently being used by the military but would be ideal for the launch of 3G services. Spectrum within the bands [...]

Sicap buys Swapcom in MDM power play

Swiss solutions provider Sicap last week bought French mobile software architect provider Swapcom. The acquisition is designed to strengthen Sicap’s position in the Mobile Device Management (MDM) market, it said in a stetement. MDM software enables operators to manage users’ devices, performing functions such as centrally applying security measures and providing automatic handset updates. 32 [...]

Telstra scraps fibre network plan

Australia’s incumbent carrier Telstra, is reported to have abandoned its A$4bn (£1.6bn) fibre network after a dispute with the competition regulator. The state run operator scrapped the project after reportedly failing to reach an agreement on how much it would charge rivals to access the high speed network. With the Australian government putting increasing pressure [...]

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