Telefonica raises interest in China

Spanish carrier Telefonica said Friday that it has raised its holding in Chinese fixed line operator, China Netcom, from 5 per cent to 7.22 per cent, at a cost of Eur309m. Reports suggest that in the future, Telefonica intends to raise its stake to 10 per cent or more. A number of overseas carriers, Telefonica [...]

Reding turns attention to SMS, data roaming

It looks like EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding is turning her regulatory eye onto SMS and data roaming services, following the first benchmark report on international roaming by the European Regulators’ Group. The report confirms that implementation of the roaming regulation has generally gone smoothly and consumers are paying less for calls made and received [...]

Yahoo serves ads for T-Mobile UK

UK mobile operator T-Mobile jumped into bed with web giant Yahoo! on Thursday, announcing a partnership which will see the first graphical advertising appear on T-Mobile’s internet service. T-Mobile and Yahoo! will combine their expertise in the industry and knowledge of consumer habits, to enable advertisers to offer targeted graphical ads for users of the [...]

T-Mo beats backhaul blues with DSL

German mobile carrier T-Mobile is showing off the benefits of a converged infrastructure by offloading its 3G backhaul traffic onto sister company T-Com’s network. As a result of the extra traffic requirements of HSDPA, T-Mobile is ramping up its backhaul infrastructure by deploying gateways from kit vendor RAD Data Communications. These gateways give T-Mobile the [...]

Emerging markets: The unconnected masses

The world’s advanced mobile markets, perhaps understandably, draw a majority share of industry attention. In these countries the latest technologies are used to showcase the most sophisticated services on the handset manufacturing community’s most cutting edge products.

iPhone unlikely to reach China; MacWorld speculation

China Mobile and Apple are understood to have called off discussions over a potential launch of the iPhone in China. The pair are known to have been in discussions over a potential launch of the device since November, although no reason was given for the termination of the talks. Some believe that China Mobile, the [...]

Telefonica O2 cuts data charges for roamers

Spanish carrier Telefonica, which owns the O2 group of companies, proposed to cut the cost of mobile data services when roaming by as much as 40 per cent on Monday. Consumers in Spain, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic will benefit from a range of new data roaming tariffs aimed at those travelling within Europe [...]

Orange UK hires three more Virgin execs

Tom Alexander, the founder and former head of Virgin Mobile, who joined Orange in October, has hired three of his former colleagues, to help turn France Telecom’s UK business around. Alexander, who officially became chief executive of Orange at the start of this year, is to be joined by Andrew Ralston, Gerry McQuade and Steven [...]

Oi looking to buy Brasil Telecom

Brazilian carrier Tele Norte Leste Participacoes, which operates under the Oi brand, said Thursday it is in discussions to acquire fixed line rival Brasil Telecom. Local media have valued the deal at around $2.7bn. “Regarding possible investments in other fixed and mobile telecom companies, specifically in relation to Brasil Telecom Participacoes S.A., we inform that [...]

BT puts first 100Mbps fibre down

UK incumbent carrier BT has started its first deployment of fibre-optic cable, in the Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent. From August, around 10,000 homes on Land Securities’ 1,000 acre new build project and a number of commercial spaces in the area will have access to blistering 100Mbps broadband speeds. BT said that the service would allow [...]

Sprint to launch WiMAX end-April

US wireless operator Sprint said it is on track to launch WiMAX services to consumers and businesses at the end of April. This week, Barry West, president of Sprint’s Xohm business unit, also revealed that the company would be making its wireless broadband network available on a daily, weekly or monthly subscription basis. A soft [...]

T-Mobile UK gives away wifi access

UK mobile operator T-Mobile UK said Wednesday that it has bundled unlimited wifi access in with its Web’n’Walk Plus and Max plans. Starting at £12.50 per month, when connecting with a Flext mobile contract, the service gives users access to the internet using their laptops over 3G HSDPA and wifi. T-Mobile UK has around 1,000 [...]

BT brings Vision to Xbox

Microsoft teamed up with UK incumbent telco BT on Monday, announcing a plan to deliver IPTV and HD movie services to Xbox 360 users. The partnership will enable BT Broadband customers to use an Xbox 360 to access the BT Vision IPTV service and its library of on demand content. The service will be made [...]

SFR to increase stake in Neuf Cegetel

French conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday its mobile phone subsidiary, SFR, is in talks to buy up a further stake in fixed line carrier Neuf Cegetel. SFR would buy a further 29 per cent stake in the fixed line operator from trading group Louis Dreyfus for around Eur2.07bn. The French mobile operator already owns 40.5 per [...]

3UK and T-Mobile in 3G network share deal

UK mobile operators 3 UK and T-Mobile said Tuesday they have signed an agreement to combine their 3G access networks, leading to almost complete population coverage for 3G services across the country. The operators claim the deal is the world’s largest known active 3G network sharing agreement and will give both carriers an improvement to [...]

Sprint remains on track for 2008 WiMAX launch

Despite the recent break up of its WiMAX joint venture with Clearwire, US carrier Sprint Nextel remains on track for a commercial launch of the wireless broadband technology next year. Sprint is soft launching its WiMAX network in three markets between now and Christmas, with several hundred employees testing the network over data cards. After [...]

Finance chief to take helm at O2 UK

Following the recent appointment of Matthew Key as chairman and chief executive of Telefonica O2 Europe, the company said that Ronan Dunne, currently chief financial officer of O2 UK, will take the helm. Dunne will take over from Key as CEO of the UK business in 2008 and will also join the board of Telefonica [...]

WiMAX coming to Russia in 2008

Russian fixed line operator Comstar said Wednesday that it has tapped Intel to help it build out a mobile WiMAX network in the Moscow region. Comstar, which is majority owned by Sistema, the Russian conglomerate which also runs leading mobile carrier MTS, said it plans to launch the network before the end of 2008. The [...]

Vodafone to enter Qatar

A Vodafone led consortium was awarded the second mobile telecoms licence in Qatar on Monday, beating rival bids from Verizon and Etisalat. ictQatar, the country’s telecoms regulator said the Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium had been successful, submitting the highest bid in the second round auction. Other eligible consortiums submitting bids were the Verizon led [...]

Ofcom comes down hard on BT Openreach

UK communications watchdog Ofcom is planning to force BT to pay out more compensation to its wholesale customers for failing to meet requirements. In its annual review of BT’s regulatory compliance, Ofcom expressed concern at the performance of the incumbent carrier’s Openreach division. As a result, the regulator has proposed BT makes greater compensation payouts, [...]