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Millicom says ‘Ola’ to Columbia

Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has emerged as the winner of a controlling stake in third placed Columbian operator, Columbia Movil, which operates under the Ola brand. Millicom has acquired a 50 per cent plus 1 share controlling stake in the Columbian operator for a consideration of $125m. Including this initial equity contribution, Millicom expects [...]

AWS auction nearing an end

The Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction taking place in the US is speeding up to its final approach, according to analysts. Thursday was the first day US regulator the FCC increased the number of bidding rounds up to six per day in an auction that has already netted the US government close to $20bn (£10.5bn) [...]

Skype intros cordless phones

Internet telephony provider Skype Thursday unveiled its first standalone cordless phones that do not require a PC to operate. The forthcoming devices allow Skype users to make and receive calls over the internet and traditional telephone network without a computer, bundled with the convenience of a cordless (not wi-fi) phone. The first models to be [...]

Experts warn of cross platform worm

Experts at Finnish antivirus outfit F-Secure have this week encountered a cross platform worm that is capable – at least theoretically – of spreading from a PC to a mobile device and back. The antivirus firm said that the Mobler worm, also known as Cardtrap, is capable of moving between Symbian and Windows platforms. “Although [...]

Samsung demos 4G

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its fledgling 4G technology in Jeju, South Korea. The electronics firm demonstrated a transmitter and receiver capable of exchanging data at 100MB/second while traveling in a vehicle moving at 35mph +. According to the firm, its 4G technology could, theoretically, make it possible to download a 300MB of data in around [...]

Deutsche Telekom looking for a new chief?

Deutsche Telekom’s chief executive Kai-Uwe Ricke is expected to reveal a new strategy to the embattled German incumbent’s supervisory board tomorrow (Friday) as the clock ticks on the remainder of his contract. As Telecoms.com reported earlier this month, several major DT shareholders are unhappy with Ricke’s performance and German press reports go as far as [...]

SA opens doors to competition

Competition in the South African fixed line market was officially opened up Thursday, when the country’s second national operator, Neotel, opened its doors. Neotel has to date been trading temporarily under the name SNO Telecommunications. Following a three year bidding process, the consortium of black empowerment group Nexus Connexion, utilities Transtel and Eskom, Indian conglomerate [...]

Yahoo launches Go for Windows mobile

Search giant Yahoo has made its Yahoo! Go for Mobile service available for consumers to download onto Windows Mobile phones. The service is an integrated suite of Yahoo!’s leading services including mail, search and Yahoo! Photos which allows automatic upload of camera phone pictures to a Yahoo! Photos account. Yahoo! Address Book and Calendar is [...]

China Telecom in investor talks

China Telecom, the country’s largest fixed line carrier, is understood to be in talks with five foreign telecoms operators interested in taking a stake in the company. Although overseas investors are only allowed to take minority stakes in Chinese firms, many foreign operators see a local partnership as the only way of cracking the lucrative [...]

Ryanair takes to in flight calling

European budget airline Ryanair announced plans Wednesday to outfit its entire fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft with technology that will allow passengers to use their mobile phones onboard. The airline has partnered with onboard passenger communications firm OnAir and Boeing, which is manufacturing the mini-basestations to be installed on the planes. A spokesman for OnAir [...]

Hackers steal credit card details from AT&T

US telecoms giant AT&T said Tuesday that hackers have stolen personal data, including credit card information, from as many as 19,000 of its customers. The security breach came to light over the weekend and affects only AT&T customers who bought purchased DSL equipment through the company’s online web store. “The unauthorised electronic access took place [...]

New security standards coming

New security standards for mobile devices are due to be formally announced at the CTIA Wireless show in Los Angeles next month. Dubbed ‘Mobile Security Specification’ the new standards – backed by Nokia, France Telecom and Samsung – have been designed to shut down mobiles if they are stolen or lost. The security features will [...]

Samsung to demo 4G this week

Korean kit vendor Samsung plans to demonstrate 4G mobile technology for what it claims is the first time in the world, at its 4G Forum on Jeju Island, Korea this week. The vendor said it will demonstrate data speeds of 3.5Gbps using 8X8 MIMO(Multi-Input Multi-Output) technology, as well as standard nomadic speeds of 1Gbps. There [...]

Sprint shows Rev. A cards

US operator Sprint Nextel announced commercial availability of its high speed cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A data cards Tuesday. Compatible with laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router, the Merlin S720 card manufactured by Novatel Wireless, allows wireless broadband connectivity at average download and upload speeds of 450-850kbps and 300-400kbps respectively. Sprint plans [...]

Vodafone to exit Swisscom next?

In the wake of Vodafone’s £1.35bn exit from the Belgian market, the rumour mill has been grinding away. Speculation suggests that the company is looking to slim down further, possibly by offloading assets in Switzerland and throws more fuel on the fire of the US question. It is known that Swisscom is keen to buy [...]

T-Mobile hacker gets detention

The man arrested for hacking into T-mobile USA has been sentenced with a one year home detention order and a $10,000 fine. Nicholas Lee Jacobsen, 23, hacked into the personal records of T-Mobile’s customers in 2004 and shot to infamy after it was revealed one of those customers was a Secret Service agent. According to [...]

Next gen wi-fi to be certified 2

The Wi-Fi Alliance – the industry group backing the next generation of the technology – said Tuesday that it plans to certify interoperability of products based on the 802.11n standard from the first half of next year. The move will mark the first phase in a certification program of the next generation of wi-fi products, [...]

KDDI fires first shot in portability war

Second placed Japanese mobile operator KDDI has come out with all guns blazing as the country’s wireless players prepare for the introduction of number portability. KDDI unleashed no less than 12 new handsets Monday, supported by a slew of new data services and faster network speeds. The operator unveiled plans for a mobile-based community to [...]

TeliaSonera launches UMA service

Pan European mobile operator TeliaSonera claimed to launch the world’s first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) service Monday. The Home Free service, which launched in Denmark, uses UMA technology, enabling a mobile phone to function as an IP phone at home through a wi-fi network, in much the same way that British Telecom’s Fusion service will [...]

Vodafone to cut prices?

Mobile mammoth, Vodafone, is this week expected to cut its prices with the introduction of a new contract tariff. According to reports, the new tariff has been tried out in some of its retail outlets. Big spenders with Vodafone are expected to be in line for savings of upto 40 per cent. While Vodafone remains [...]

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