SEC charges former Nortel execs with fraud

The US Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has sued four former Nortel Networks executives, accusing them of manipulating earnings to meet internal targets and Wall Street expectations. The investor protection agency said in a statement that it has charged former chief executive Frank Dunn, former chief financial officer Douglas Beatty, former controller [...]

Telia and Ericsson win nuclear network deal

TeliaSonera and Ericsson have won a contract to build the largest internal enterprise network in Sweden by nuclear generating compan

Skype downloads top 500m

Internet telephony champion Skype said Wednesday that its software has been downloaded more than 500 million times, taking its registered user base to 171 million users worldwide. Skype was first introduced in beta form at the end of August 2003 and is used in almost every country around the world. The VoIP provider generates revenue [...]

Free content for 3′s ‘yoof’ audience

Mobile operator, 3UK, has announced a service supported by personalised advertising to provide free content for its customers. In partnership with content firm Rythm New Media, the service, which launches in April, consolidates 3′s innovative approach to giving customers ‘sticky’ content for free, while being paid to put adverts on its customers’ screens. Ad-funded content [...]

Vonage v Verizon – Jury will decide today

The jury in the patent dispute between Verizon and Vonage will reconvene this afternoon, after failing to make a decision on the case Wednesday. The jury of eight had, during their deliberations, sent District Judge Claude Hilton notes for clarification on terms used during the hi-tech case. The jury asked had asked if they could be [...]

Broadband goes down the drain

A British borough council is using underground sewage pipes to lay new broadband cabling. The seaside town of Bournemouth opted for the novel solution in an effort to save money and reduce disruption to the town. The council has used almost 1,500m of H2Os 18mm fibre optic cable which has been put down through Bournemouth’s [...]

Alcatel-Lucent will resume growth – Russo

Patricia Russo, chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent has said in an interview with the UK financial daily, the Financial Times, that she believes the company can “resume growth” as it moves through 2007. In January, Alcatel-Lucent announced a profit warning ahead of its 2006 results as well as forecasting that revenue for the first quarter of [...]

MPs accuse BT of “blackmail”

UK incumbent British Telecom has been accused of “financial blackmail” by Members of Parliament (MPs) for charges on customers who do not pay their telephony bills by direct debit. 35 MPs have signed a Commons motion regarding the levy which David Hamilton, Labour MP for Midlothian, is leading. The motion urges BT – which made [...]

Chinese ops call truce

As perhaps another precursor to China’s licensing of 3G, the country’s two fixed line operators have reportedly signed a ‘no competition’ agreement. The agreement, signed by China Telecom and China Netcom, will reduce the duplication of infrastructure and overlapping state resources. China Telecom, the larger of the two companies, operates a fixed line network in [...]

Multi-play adoption highlights content pitfalls

Figures released on Thursday reveal that European consumers are abandoning fixed line services of incumbent carriers in droves and defecting to rival triple play providers. Both Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have suffered heavy losses to rival players some of which are offering multi play or bundled services. However, the fall out between Virgin Media [...]

Reding threatens Germany over DT network

A war of words has broken out between the German incumbent, Deutsche Telekom (DT) and the European Commission over a new law that allows the telecoms giant to keep rivals off its new high-speed network. On Monday the EC confirmed it had threatened the German government with legal action unless it scraps the law, passed [...]

Eircom accepts 3G licence

Irish incumbent Eircom announced Wednesday that it will accept the 3G licence offered to it by ComReg following the regulator’s decision to revoke the licence from Smart Telecom. Announcing its Q3 results, Eircom said it is on target to reach 500,000 DSL subscribers this year. Ireland has a population of around 4million. Meteor, Eircom’s recently [...]

Orange Netherlands targeted for sale – reports

According to reports, at least five parties are looking to buy France Telecom’s Orange mobile and broadband business in the Netherlands. The Dutch newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, said Tuesday that Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile led the pack of potential bidders which could generate more than Eur 1.5bn (£1bn). Orange in the Netherlands holds about 12 per [...]

Sprint pilots unlimited tariffs

US operator Sprint Nextel is trialling all you can eat voice and data tariffs in the San Francisco area, it emerged on Tuesday. The first tariff includes unlimited voice calling, messaging and mobile web access for $120 per month. Add another $30, taking the monthly fee to $150, and you get the same options plus [...]

BT to run fixed-line services in India

BT announced Wednesday that its Telecom India arm has been granted International Long Distance and National Distance licences, allowing the British incumbent to run fixed telephone lines in India. The company plans to roll-out services in the coming six weeks with a focus on foreign multinationals “software and BPO houses, banks and financial services sector, [...]

Vonage and Verizon off to court (update)

Verizon and Vonage will later today, present opening statements in a patent-infringement case that focuses on the technology the VoIP firm uses to connect calls from its IP service to phones on the traditional network. Vonage, one of the best-known brands in the VoIP business with 2 million customers, denies any wrongdoing. It claims its [...]

Reding voted ‘internet villain’

Viviane Reding, commissioner for Information Society and Media, and the European Commission beat off stiff competition at the end of last week to steal the award for ‘internet villain of the year’. The commissioner and her employer were awarded the title by the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) at the ninth annual UK Internet Industry [...]

Rake to be next BT chairman

UK incumbent BT on Monday announced the appointment of Sir Michael Rake, the current chairman of KPMG International, as successor to BT chairman, Sir Christopher Bland, in September 2007. BT chief executive, Ben Verwaayen, said in a statement: “We have accomplished a great deal, but there is still much more work to be done building [...]

Danish call for big-bang approach to fibre

The chairman of a Danish provider of direct-fibre-based triple-play services has called on Europe’s telecoms players to eschew standard fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and VDSL solutions and commit to rolling out 10Gbps networks. In the keynote speech at the FTTH Council Europe conference in Barcelona, ComX Networks’ Finn Helmer said that the 100Mbps and 50Mbps networks that [...]

Virgin Media launches in UK

Virgin Media, the combined service offerings of Virgin Mobile and NTL Telewest fixed line services, launched in the UK on Thursday. Entrepreneur and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson unveiled the new brand at a conference in central London Thursday morning, backed by an advertising campaign starring Uma Thurman. Customers will be able to subscribe to [...]