Vonage faces disconnection

Internet telephony player Vonage is exercising damage control this week after a US judge threatened to cut off the company’s service late Friday. The US District Court in Alexandria issued an order enjoining Vonage from using certain VoIP technology named in its patent litigation with Verizon. The court will hear a stay argument from Vonage [...]

Virgin, Sky fall out sparks competition probe

The ongoing spat between Virgin Media and BSkyB has prompted UK communications regulator, Ofcom, to launch a competition probe into the pay TV industry. Ofcom said Tuesday it has received requests from Virgin, BT, Setanta and Top Up TV, to investigate the pay TV market and to consider whether to make a market reference to [...]

AOL intros wifi-based location tracker

AOL has introduced a new location based plugin for its Instant Messenger service, AIM. Like GPS (Global Positioning System), the system allows a user to see where he or she is but instead of GPS, the system uses wifi access points to establish location. The “Near me” technology has been developed by Skyhook Wireless and [...]

Open IPTV Forum formed

A consortium of telecoms vendors and operators announced the founding of the Open IPTV Forum on Monday, an industry body that will work to define an interoperable end to end specification for the delivery of IPTV services. AT&T, Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Siemens, Sony, and Telecom Italia comprise the founding members of the [...]

Virgin tackles ex-Telewest bundling bug

Ex-Telewest subscribers may be paying more for bundled services than they bargained for as the integration of the UK cable company into Virgin Media continues. Over the weekend, discovered first hand that Telewest subscribers who had signed up for a bundle over 12 months ago were now being charged for single services. On a [...]

Ariane-5 rocket launch blasts off

An Ariane-5 rocket took off from French Guiana Sunday, putting a British military satellite and an Indian telecommunications satellite into orbit, officials said. The lift-off came 24 hours after a failed first attempt due to a “technical glitch” on the ground. The spacecraft’s mission forms part of a £3.2bn operation to provide high-speed, secure communications [...]

Pipex considers sale, appoints advisor

UK telecoms and internet hosting company, Pipex Communications, said Monday that it was looking at various options including a sale of the company. The company said the investment bank UBS, had been appointed as its advisor. Following a story in the British paper, The Sunday Express, Pipex said Monday: “This process is at a very [...]

Japan 5 years ahead of Europe on mobile internet

Japan leads Europe by five years in mobile services according to research from analyst firm, Forrester. According to the analyst, the gap could be closed by European operators if they focus on the needs of mobile users on the go and wean them off basic services such as SMS. Forrester says 52 per cent of [...]

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 [...]