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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 [...]

Amnesty shames big 3 on China

Operators and manufacturers considering which IP applications to put on their mobiles will be mindful of a campaign by Amnesty International which is urging UK users to email Microsoft, Google and Yahoo asking why they operate in China. The civil liberties/human rights group is upping the pressure on three of the biggest names in technology, [...]

Yahoo lands Moto in second major deal

Handset maker Motorola has chosen Yahoo’s mobile services to embed into millions of its phones. In a deal that binds the two for several years, Moto will host Yahoo’s Go for Mobile applications on its mid to high-end phones. Similar to Microsoft’s range of ‘Live’ products, the Go applications include Yahoo e-mail, search and address [...]

Bundles can drive ARPU – report

Bundled pricing is a powerful technique for driving mobile voice usage and kick-starting much-needed new revenue from mobile data services, according to a new report from industry analyst Analysys. The report: ‘Pricing Mobile Services for Success: towards a bundled future’, asserts that despite the advent of 3G, many operators are struggling to maintain voice ARPU [...]

Moto posts Razr sharp quarter

The world’s second largest mobile handset maker, Motorola, broke all expectations Wednesday when it posted a 48 per cent leap in profits for the second quarter. The company said it shipped 51.9 million mobile phones in the quarter, a figure boosted massively by sales of the firm’s Razr model. Moto said the Razr helped the [...]

Vonage accused of using spyware

VoIP firm, Vonage, has been accused by a spyware researcher that it uses spyware to target its advertising. Ben Edelman on Tuesday posted an article that provides specific and detailed information on how the firm is using spyware to boost its advertising impact. Edelman’s article – How Vonage Funds Spyware – suggests Vonage’s advertising appears [...]

RIM squashes ‘AppleBerry’ dream

The ongoing rumour that Research in Motion (RIM) is working with Apple to create a mobile phone/iPod hybrid – dubbed ‘AppleBerry’ by hopeful fans – was dealt a blow on Tuesday as RIM refused to answer any questions on the subject. Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive at RIM would not be drawn on the issue when [...]

Microsoft and Nortel pair up on ‘Shared Vision’

An alliance to create a business service that combines communications technologies in an effort to simplify how workers communicate, has been signed by Microsoft and Nortel Networks. The technology giants have pledged a four-year agreement that will allow, for the first time, cross-licensing of intellectual property for a new “unified communications” system. The companies said [...]

Sky gets into broadband

Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV company Sky, on Tuesday launched the UK’s third ‘free’ broadband service which will be bundled with its satellite TV package. The broadcaster said it will invest £400m in the service. The move has been widely expected since Sky’s acquisition of internet service provider Easynet in 2005. Since then, Orange and Carphone Warehouse [...]

‘Make and Model’ hits operator revenue

Mobile operators could be losing revenue because more than half (58%) of users do not know the make and the model of their handset. So says a consumer research study conducted for LogicaCMG by Ipsos MORI which suggests the issue is a serious problem for operators and manufacturers trying to drive uptake of advanced data [...]

Third Slovakian licence expected within two weeks

The winner of the third mobile licence for Slovakia is expected to be announced by the regulator there within the next two weeks, according to reports from the region. Telefonica SA, Czech Radiokomunikace and Mobilkom Austria are all competing for the licence according to the SITA news agency. Milan Luknar, chairman of the Slovak Telecommunications [...]

HP unveils tiny wireless chip

Boffins at Hewlett-Packard (HP) have unveiled a tiny wireless data chip that could bring a wealth of new features to mobile phones and other portable devices. According to HP the new chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, can provide broadband internet access to most digital devices and can store up [...]

BT beats off rivals in broadband survey

A survey of the UK’s broadband suppliers has found that BT beat off rivals across a range of performance tests. NTL will be pleased that its latest purchase, Virgin, came second in the survey by internet testing firm Epitiro. The survey has not been released to the public before as it is normally sold back [...]

KPN and Ericsson team up on VoIP

KPN has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson for the delivery and management of a Voice over IP platform for businesses. The companies said the contract constitutes a major step towards the creation of an All IP environment, in which all communications, including voice telephony, are routed through an IP-based network. The services offered over [...]

Mobile Linux group expands

One of the three leading Linux mobile organisations, LiPS (Linux Phone Standards) has added three members to its ranks. The LiPS Forum’s new members include leading chip shop Texas Instruments which has expertise in DSP manufacture and design as well as Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE. European carrier Telecom Italia has also joined up. LiPS, [...]

Moto sheds 30 jobs in Ireland

Mobile manufacturer Motorola is to shed around 30 jobs at its research and development centre at Mahon in Cork, Ireland. The firm employs around 500 people in software development and semi-conductor design at the plant. Last April the company told staff it was seeking voluntary redundancies. Motorola would not comment publicly on numbers, but it [...]

Exclusive Interview with Commissioner Reding

Telecoms.com meets Viviane Reding to discuss roaming, the mobile industry and the furore her proposals have caused in Europe. A year ago, few within the European mobile industry would have been familiar with EU Information Society Commissioner, Viviane Reding. But in 2006 she has become one of the most familiar – and controversial – faces [...]

ISPs furious at piracy tax proposals

A plan to recoup losses made to illegal downloads has been criticised in the UK by ISPs and mobile companies. Earlier this week a proposal was put forward by a group of independent music labels under the umbrella of the Independent Music Association (AIM) for a change in copyright law and licensing that would effectively [...]

Irish universities club together on telecoms research center

A national telecoms research organisation has been formed by eight universities in Ireland and won the support of the government there. The Centre for Telecoms Value Chain Research (CTVR), has received investment from commercial partners that include Lucent’s Bell Labs and FPGA semiconductor firm Xilinx. The Centre will be involved in a wide range of [...]

Yahoo and Microsoft link IM

Microsoft and Yahoo have made good on a promise to make their instant messaging solutions interoperate. On Thursday the pair will release a limited beta of a new instant messaging service that will let Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to communicate with each other. Till now, the combined user base of 350 [...]

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