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Moviles income up 20%

Spanish mobile operator Telefonica Moviles Wednesday reported a 20.09 per cent increase in net income for the second quarter to reach Eur599m (£409m). Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased by 9.4 per cent year on year to Eur4.4bn while consolidated EBITDA grew 13.2 per cent to Eur1.4 billion. The operator added 4.3 million subscribers during [...]

BT to launch movie download store

UK incumbent BT has announced that it has teamed up with movie firm Universal Studios to offer movies and TV over the internet. Consumers may buy or rent the films which can be downloaded direct to either a PC or a portable device. A BT spokesman explained: “This is not just for BT users. Anyone [...]

EU to examine risks to kids from mobiles

The European Union said on Tuesday that it will look at the risks faced by minors when using mobiles, with a view toward recommending EU-wide legislation to protect children. The Commission will focus on protecting children from stalkers, bullies, paedophiles and unsuitable or dangerous internet material, the Commission said. The EU says that around 70 [...]

Sarin hangs on

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin has weathered the storm at the firm’s annual general meeting today, winning votes of confidence from 86 per cent of his shareholders. But 9.5 per cent voted for his dismissal, with the remaining 4.5 per cent of shareholders abstaining from the vote. Dissention among the shareholders was understood to be led [...]

Sarin boosted by Vodafone rise

Mobile giant Vodafone has reported revenue growth in line with expectations ahead of a vital shareholder meeting today where the company’s chief executive Arun Sarin faces a revolt. The company which has seen its share price drop from above 150p to lower than 120p since November last year, reported 6.4% organic growth in total mobile [...]

ntl:Telewest launches quad play service in UK

British consumers get their first ‘quad play’ offering Tuesday as newly merged ntl:Telewest today announced a new range of services combining TV, broadband, fixed line and mobile telephony. As a sweetener, the firm said it will offer free TV to any new fixed line phone customer. Since its acquisition of Virgin, talk has been of [...]

Google launches mobile traffic maps for mobiles

Former search company, Google, on Tuesday announced it has begun offering US mobile users “live” traffic data. Google Maps for Mobile, part of a slew of new products aimed at the desktop and mobile user, will allow users to chose a destination and show traffic in that area, live. Traffic data is sent to the [...]

Standard Life votes against Sarin

As predicted, Standard Life Investments has voted against the re-election of Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, at a shareholder meeting on Tuesday. The company has a stake of about 1.7 per cent in Vodafone and joins Hermes Pensions Management and Morley Fund Management who have been widely reported as voting against Sarin’s reappointment at the [...]

AT & T sees strong Q2

Strong growth in wireless and broadband pushed AT&T’s quarterly profits, the company announced on Tuesday. The firm’s earnings, including its 60 per cent stake in Cingular Wireless, were up 35 per cent from a year earlier to 53 cents a share. AT&T said in a statement that strong subscriber growth from Cingular, boosted earnings. AT&T [...]

Vodafone’s Sarin on defensive as European plan shaken

Ahead of what promises to be a rollercoaster ride of a shareholder meeting Tuesday, Vodafone chief executive Arun Sarin today defended his position with the assertion that the company’s revenues are on track. The operator reported 4.5 million proportionate organic net additions, with a further 11.7 million from the acquisition of Telsim in Turkey, taking [...]

Moto tapped for Japan WiMAX trial

Motorola today said it has been contracted by Japanese wireless operator Softbank for the deployment of a trial WiMAX 802.16e network in Tokyo. Motorola is supplying an end to end network including five access points and 25 prototype WiMAX-enabled mobile handheld devices. Expected to begin in September, the five-month trial will focus on analysing the [...]

MTS freezes i-mode plans

Leading Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has reportedly stalled development of its i-mode service, following lower than expected uptake. Local press reports that a shortage of compatible handsets has stunted growth of the NTT DoCoMo developed technology. MTS is understood to be planning to monitor the situation until September before deciding on how to proceed [...]

Skype to intro SMS serv

Internet telephony provider Skype has partnered with mobile transaction firm mBlox to deliver an SMS service over the Skype network. Skype SMS allows subscribers to send text messages from their computer to mobile phones worldwide. Jeff Clark, chief executive of mBlox, said: “With billions of text messages sent in 2005, it’s clear SMS is a [...]

O2 to deploy Voip

Mobile operator O2 today said it has extended its supply and development contract with US vendor Lucent Technologies on the Isle of Man, where it operates as Manx Telecom. Under the agreement Lucent will supply Manx Telecom with additional elements of its IMS solution to support advanced multimedia services. Lucent also will increase the capacity [...]

Verizon adds 1.8 million mobile subs

US cellular operator Verizon Wireless, which is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone, today announced second quarter net customer additions of 1.8 million. This takes the operator’s total retail base, or customers that it manages directly, to 52.6 million of its total 54.8 million customers. Verizon Wireless’ financial and operational results for the [...]

Skype wifi handsets are coming… soon

VoIP firm Skype, has announced a collaboration with four manufacturers to launch Skype-enabled wifi handsets. The phones by Belkin, Edge-Core, Netgear, and SMC (Standard Microsystems), will give consumers access to the Skype network from any hotspot and will be available on the firm’s website later this quarter. Each model will have the familiar desktop interface [...]

Ericsson profits slip

Wireless equipment maker Ericsson posted a 2 per cent drop in its second-quarter profits on Friday as costs associated with the Marconi buyout sink in. The Swedish firm said its net profit was Kr5.71bn ($781m/£421m), down from Kr5.84bn kronor in the second quarter a year ago. Things could have been worse for Ericsson but its [...]

Vodafone shareholder wants Sarin out – Reports

According to reports, a major Vodafone shareholder is planning to vote against the re-election of the firm’s beleagured chief executive Arun Sarin to the board of the mobile company. The AFX news agency reports that Morley Fund Management, which owns a 2.1 per cent stake in Vodafone, said “its patience with Sarin had run out”. [...]

US spawns half of child abuse content

Half of all child abuse content online comes from the US, according to the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) on Thursday. The IWF said it found nearly 2,500 American sites containing illegal images and that it received a total of 14,313 reports of potentially illegal content during the first six months of 2006. The figure [...]

China sets 3G meeting

A meeting, set for next month, will decide which standards China will implement in its 3G strategy, state-run media reports. The Mobile Multimedia Technology Alliance (MMTA) will meet in the southern Chinese city of Guilin on August 10 and 11 to debate standards for the next generation technology. According to the reports, the meeting could [...]

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