O2 delays own brand broadband

O2 UK has let the date slip on the launch of its own-branded fixed line broadband service, following reported teething problems. At parent Telefonica’s financial results announcement on Wednesday, it emerged that the operator has pushed back the launch of its O2 branded broadband offering back a few months to late summer. O2 got on [...]

Microsoft steps up VoIP plans

AT the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) earlier this week, Microsoft and nine others unveiled a new range of VoIP devices supported by the public beta program of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. ASUSTek, GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung and ViTELiX are working on the devices that claim to [...]

Vodafone wins

Vodafone is reported to have won the battle for Deutsche Telekom’s Spanish ISP,, with a bid of between Eur400m and Eur500m. Big Red looks to have beaten off a number of rivals, including Spanish broadband service provider Jazztel and mobile operator Orange. is the country’s fourth largest broadband provider with about 400,000 subscribers. [...]

Deutsche Telekom strike continues

Around 15,000 workers at German carrier Deutsche Telekom were on strike on Monday, as protests over staff outsourcing and wage cuts continued into a second day. More than 10,000 employees at staged a walk out on Friday, as the German incumbent drew fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new [...]

IPTV VoD model falls short

Just as BT prepares to kick off a high profile marketing campaign for its Vision IPTV service, industry analysts have come out with a warning that the IPTV video on demand (VoD) business model falls far short. Ozgur Aytar, manager of industry analyst Pyramid Research, said that VoD services over IPTV networks fail to offer [...]

Vonage has workaround plan

Embattled internet telephony provider Vonage may have solved two of the three patent issues presently putting the company at risk of closure. Speaking at the company’s first quarter financial results announcement on Thursday, Jeffrey Citron, Vonage chairman, said: “We believe we have workable designs for the two name translation patents and intend to begin deploying [...]

Deutsche Telekom staff walk out

More than 10,000 employees at German carrier Deutsche Telekom staged a walk out on Friday, as strikes over staff outsourcing and wage cuts began. The German incumbent has drawn fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new contracts expected to include lower wages and longer working hours. A majority of [...]

BT Vision prepares for launch

BT will give its IPTV service, Vision, a proper marketing push this weekend, finally putting the service into hard launch mode, following a soft introduction in December. Ovum analysts Annelise Berendt and Mike Cansfield have been told that the now familiar ‘BT family’ will kick off a national campaign on Saturday across TV, billboards, the [...]

Deutsche Telekom workers to strike

German carrier Deutsche Telekom faces a walk out after workers on Thursday voted in favour of a strike. The carrier has drawn fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new contracts expected to include lower wages and longer working hours. A statement from trade union Ver.di, released after the lunchtime [...]

Vonage refused retrial

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected Vonage’s request for a retrial in its patent dispute against Verizon Communications. Earlier this week, embattled VoIP provider, Vonage, filed a request for a retrial of the case in which it was found guilty of infringing Verizon owned patents. The motion followed a landmark [...]

UK boozers get wifi

Digital pub games company, Inspired Gaming Group, has struck a deal with The Cloud to roll out wifi across 11,000 entertainment terminals in pubs across the UK. Under the terms of the deal, The Cloud will pay Inspired over Eur2m between now and July 2009 and a share of the net revenue arising from the [...]

Death of patent troll sparks Vonage retrial request

Embattled VoIP provider, Vonage, filed a request with the US Court of Appeals on Tuesday, asking for a retrial of the case in which it was found guilty of infringing Verizon owned patents. In a landmark decision on Monday, the US Supreme Court passed legislation making it easier to invalidate patents that are deemed obvious [...]

Vonage throws oranges at Verizon

Embattled VoIP operator Vonage has launched a national campaign to “raise awareness of the importance of consumer choice”. But the launch of a new website,, and the full page ads in US newspapers, smack more of a desperate attempt to save its bacon. Vonage faces the very real threat of closure after being found [...]

Internet2 thrashes speed records

Universities involved in the Internet2 project, which specialises in high speed data transfer between academic institutions around the globe, set two consecutive new land speed records this week. An international team led by the University of Tokyo successfully transferred data at a rate of 7.67Gbps over standard. The next day, the team used a modified [...]

Orange loses chief exec

France Telecom said Thursday that Sanjiv Ahuja, the head of its international and domestic mobile operation, Orange, is to step down. Ahuja has been chief executive of the mobile arm since 2004 and will be replaced by Olaf Swantee, presently senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard. The former CEO will maintain links with Orange as chairman [...]

Mobily pulls fibre to 2,000 sites

At 3GSM World Congress in February, sister publication MCI reported that an unidentified but major Middle Eastern carrier was in the process of pulling fibre to 2,000 cell sites. At the IMS World Forum in Monte Carlo yesterday, the mystery glass blower was unmasked as Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second carrier, which recently launched an [...]

Vonage wins right to sign up more users

Embattled internet telephony player, Vonage, bought itself some more time on Tuesday, when an appeals court granted a permanent stay on an injunction that would have barred it from signing up new customers. Late Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. issued Vonage a permanent stay, overturning a previous [...]

Fon signs up Time Warner

Open wifi champion, Fon, said Monday that it had struck a deal with US cable broadband provider, Time Warner, to allow subscribers to access growing wifi network. The partnership specifically allows Time Warner Cable subscribers to become Fon community members and create Fon access points via their home or business broadband connection. Spanish-based Fon said [...]

BT restructures further

UK incumbent telco, BT, on Tuesday announced a restructuring operation designed to accelerate the company’s transformation into a networked IT services company. Under the restructuring, Andy Green will move from being chief executive of BT Global Services to become CEO of Group Strategy and Operations. Green will head up two new business units that will [...]

Carphone Warehouse to take on US

UK mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse said Tuesday that it will launch a business in the US following a five month trial with electronics store partner, Best Buy. The retailer said it will expand the concept of Best Buy Mobile on a commercial scale, with 150-200 stores to be opened over the next 18 [...]