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March 29, 2011

Apple iPad 2 sells out across the globe

by Darren Allan
Yes, you've quite probably heard enough about the iPad 2 since its launch in the US a fortnight ago, and then internationally on Friday. But we're afraid you're going to hear some more, because Apple's tablet sequel appears to be selling faster than freshly baked, just-glazed hot-cross buns. Despite the fact that they cost considerably more than a ha'penny. Yesterday, ...

March 3, 2011

iPlayer international version to cost under $10 per month

by Darren Allan
The Beeb's iPlayer has been going from strength to strength recently. January’s figure of 162 million requests served by the catch-up TV service represents the fourth month in a row that the iPlayer has broken its own record (jumping from 145 million requests in December). And the iPlayer's popularity is set to rise further when it becomes available for folks abroad, which ...

October 27, 2009

BBC to take iPlayer global for a fee

by David Allen
The BBC’s iPlayer is set to take on the world through the profit making division of the corporation, BBC Worldwide. However, this could be six months away and will of course require permission from the BBC Trust. Currently there are issues with international rights for the existing iPlayer model, so this content will not be available to the international ...

September 1, 2009

BBC4 expands Walks with Skyworks

by David Allen
Some of the series and shows on BBC4 have managed to build a niche audience, and there is a demand for more series or episodes, which would seem to be the case when it comes to the 'Walks' format. This series has been presented Julia Bradbury as she travels around the country following walks around the UK. The series ...

August 27, 2009

Vopium launches in 25 new countries

by David Masters
Mobile-VoIP service, Vopium, has extended its services to 25 new countries, bringing its total coverage to 45 countries. The 25 new countries are: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Venezuela. The expansion means Vopium is now available on ...

July 1, 2009

Tata wins $1.5bn BT contract

by David Allen
India-based Tata Communications has won a $1.5 billion five-year outsourcing contract from BT. Under the terms of the deal, the two companies will share infrastructures for international telecoms traffic, with BT using Tata's global submarine cable, and Tata using BT's distribution channel for its international traffic into the UK. Tata will provide Direct Dial, International Direct Dial (IDD), and other voice termination ...

June 22, 2009

Colt appoints Randery as head of global business

by David Allen
Business communications provider Colt Telecom has appointed Tanuja Randery to take charge of Global Business and the Major Enterprise Division in the UK and Ireland. In her new position, Randery will spearhead the development of Colt's business with its largest pan-European customers. She will take charge of the Account Sales Directors and Global Professional Services teams across Europe and the USA. Previously, Randery ...

April 24, 2009

Paltalk hits #1 on Download.com

by David Allen
Paltalk's webchat software this week hit the number one spot for the most downloaded chat program on CNET's download.com. Nearly 75,000 copies of the PaltalkScene software were downloaded in the week ending 19 April, compared to 40,000 downloads of Windows Live Messenger. "Paltalk’s rise in popularity on Download.com reflects the increasing popularity of video chat ...

March 2, 2009

Vodafone goes live in Qatar

by David Allen
Vodafone launched its Qatar network yesterday for its first 1,000 customers who signed up under a special promotion. The first 100 new customers will be able to access the network from 10 March, whilst the 900 others will be granted access days afterwards, Grahame Maher, Vodafone Qatar CEO, said at the launch. Further tests need to be carried out before the network ...

February 25, 2009

Embedded content key when choosing new handset

by David Allen
Embedded content key when choosing new handset Embedded content has become a key factor in choosing a new handset, according to survey by app store GetJar. Embedded content is more important in a purchase decision than price, design or touch screen capability for 69% of users. Twelve percent of those polled said embedded content is the most important factor ...

February 18, 2009

Anam signs up new operators for Smart SMS

by David Allen
Anam signs up new operators for Smart SMS' Dublin-based SMS service provider, Anam, has signed up three new global operators for its Smart SMS Services. Unnamed mobile operators in Taiwan, Vietnam and Ireland plan to use Anam's services to increase revenues from SMS. "These deals highlight the value that our Smart Services solutions can bring to global mobile operators, with ...

WorldSIM scoops double at travel awards

by David Allen
WorldSIM scoops double at travel awards' International roaming SIM card provider WorldSIM has scooped two Business Travel Show Innovation Awards at this year's BTSIA award ceremony. WorldSIM won the accolade of Best Traveller Services provider, as well as clinching the Gold Award for Innovation, given to the company who polls the most overall votes. The Business Travel Show Innovation Awards ...

January 22, 2009

Hackers caught out in £200m bank heist

by David Masters
A gang of international hackers failed in a £200 million bank heist because they forgot to fill out one field in a money transfer form, a court heard yesterday. Belgian hackers Jan Van Osselaer, 32, and Gilles Poelvoorde, 35, planned to transfer £229 million from Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui to accounts controlled by accomplices in Spain, Dubai, Singapore, and Holland. Van Osselaer ...

January 21, 2009

Ericsson to axe 5,000 jobs

by David Allen
Sweden-based telecoms giant, Ericsson, announced plans today to axe 5,000 jobs as part of a new cost cutting strategy. The announcement came as the company reported a 31% fall in fourth quarter profits. Despite a 23% rise in sales, fourth quarter earnings fell on year by 1.7 billion kronor to 3.9 billion kronor (€0.4 billion). The job cuts will come through layoffs, reductions ...

January 20, 2009

Batelco acquires 49% stake in S Tel

by David Allen
Bahrain Telecommunications Co. (Batelco) has invested $225 million in India-based GSM start up S Tel Ltd. Batelco, which owns mobile operations in six Middle Eastern countries, announced the investment on Sunday, which gives it a 49% stake in S Tel. The investment is Batelco's first outside the Middle East. In January last year, S Tel was awarded licenses to operate GSM services in ...

January 16, 2009

Japanese handset vendors going global

by David Allen
Japan-based handset makers, including Fujitsu, Kyocera, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, and Sharp, are looking to launch their products worldwide. Starting the trend, Fujitsu recently launched its F905i in Taiwan. Kazutomo Chiba, president of Fujitsu's handset business in Asia Pacific, said the company is planning to expand handset sales across international markets. Sharp released its 5-megapixel WX-T923 handset in Taiwan on the Far Eastone Communications ...

January 2, 2009

Chinese government issues 3G licenses

by David Allen
China's biggest fixed-line provider, China Telecom, has seen its share price soar following a statement from the government that it would start issuing licenses for 3G networks. China Telecom said the issue of 3G licenses will enable it to provide more premium services, and will be beneficial to the company's long term development. The company's share price gained 6.2% following the announcement. China ...

December 15, 2008

Taiwan could source ‘grey market’ iPhones

by David Allen
Taiwan could source 'grey market' iPhones iPhones from Taiwan could be sold on the international 'grey' market after users discovered no SIM-lock on the handset. The 3G iPhone has only just made it to Taiwan, and as in all other countries, it is only available on one network - Chunghwa Telecom (CHT). CHT said the iPhones would be SIM-locked ...

December 5, 2008

Orange reveals expansion strategy in Kenya

by David Allen
Orange - brand name of France Telecom - plans to increase its customer base in Kenya to 1.5 million by the end of 2009. State-owned fixed-line provider Telkom Kenya was taken over by France Telecom last year, with the aim of launching a new mobile service in the country and transforming Telkom's reputation for high prices and poor quality service. Telkom Kenya's ...

November 10, 2008

BBC iPlayer to go international

by David Allen
There is such a thing as being too successful and that could be applied to the BBC iPlayer, which has seen huge growth since its introduction last Christmas. This just goes to show that the investment that the BBC has been making in online entertainment is fully justified, especially as there have been almost two hundred and fifty million ...

October 27, 2008

MediaTek opens US HQ

by David Allen
Fabless integrated circuit (IC) designer, MediaTek, has opened its new US wireless headquarters in Woburn, near Boston, USA. The Taiwan-based company has been expanding its international operations in recent years to boost growth and attract world class talent. Its new facility in Boston will house staff that have moved to the company from recently acquired units bought from Analog Devices Incorporated ...

October 1, 2008

UN: 4bn mobile users by 2009

by David Allen
The United Nations expects the number of mobile phone users around the world to hit four billion by the end of this year. That's almost two thirds of the 6.7 billion global population. Hamadoun Touré, head of the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said that the usage growth has been driven by uptake in rapidly developing economies such as Brazil, China, India ...

September 18, 2008

HTC forecasts best ever year

by David Allen
Taiwan-based handset maker, High Tech Computer (HTC), expects strong fourth quarter sales to make 2008 its best year yet. The company is expecting to report revenue for the first three quarters of around NT$105 billion – already hot on the heels of last year’s full year total of NT$118.6 billion. Projected fourth quarter sales of NT$48.8 billion will give a year total ...

September 15, 2008

Canadians get international in-flight Wi-Fi

by David Allen
Air Canada will be offering in-flight Wi-Fi on its plane journeys from spring 2009, making it the first international airline to offer this service. Customers on a number of ‘select flights’ will be able to surf the internet, check their email, send instant messages, and join video conferences. Inflight surfing is offered in partnership with equipment provider Aircell. Called ‘GoGo’, it will cost ...

August 27, 2008

Orange admits capping iPhone download speeds

by David Allen
Mobile network operator Orange has admitted a cap on the speed of its French 3G network. The cap, which was in place to ease the load on the company's 3G network, limits data transfer speeds to 384kbps, a fraction of what other network operators are offering. Orange is the official iPhone network in France, and ...

August 21, 2008

CHT chairman takes 'early retirement'

by David Allen
Tan Hochen, chairman of Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has resigned from his post to take an early retirement. CHT's largest shareholder, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), has appointed CHT's president Shyue-ching Lu as the company's new chairman. It is rumoured that Hochen was pushed into early retirement by the MOTC. Lu's place will be taken by Shaio-Tung Chang, a senior vice ...

Vodafone completes Ghana Telecom acquisition

by David Allen
UK-based mobile operator Vodafone has completed its acquisition of a 70% stake in Ghana Telecom. The acquisition of state-run Ghana Telecom has cost Vodafone US$900 million, and had to be approved by the Ghanaian Parliament. Approval was granted by the parliament last week, although Ghana's opposition party branded the controversial sale as a 'sell out'. The ...

July 25, 2008

Touchscreen handsets drive record LG sales

by David Allen
South Korea-based LG Electronics has reported its results for the second quarter, with record handset sales pushing net profits up 84% to US$695 million. The mobile phone and consumer electronics manufacturer shipped a record 27.7 million handsets, an increase of 45% on year. Consumer electronics also performed well, with crystal display TV sales up 86% and plasma TV sales up 31%. Total ...

July 23, 2008

Ericsson Q2 profits fall 70%

by David Allen
Ericsson, one of the biggest telecoms companies in the world, has reported its second quarter results with profits down 70% on year. Net income for the Sweden-based company - the biggest supplier of wireless networks in the world - fell to 1.9 billion crowns (£160 million) compared to 6.4 million crowns for the second quarter of 2007. The news comes less than ...

June 27, 2008

Mobile operators angered by EU price-cut proposals

by David Allen
Mobile phone networks across Europe have reacted with anger at European commission proposals to cut cross network call costs by up to 70%. EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding yesterday proposed that termination rates should be cut by 70% to reduce the price consumers pay for calls. Termination rates are the charges that telecoms companies place upon each other for making cross-network calls. The ...

June 13, 2008

T-Mobile and Starbucks settle Wi-Fi dispute

by David Allen
Last week T-Mobile USA filed a lawsuit against Starbucks for breach of contract. Starbucks recently decided to switch the wi-fi provider in its US coffee shops from T-Mobile to AT&T. To keep T-Mobile happy through the period of transition, the Seattle-based global coffee brand signed a contract with T-Mobile that gave the company the right ...

Orange to launch iPhone across Europe

by David Allen
Orange, a division of France Telecom, is to distribute the 3G iPhone on behalf of Apple in four European countries. From 11th July Orange will start selling the new iPhone in Austria, Portugal and Switzerland. The launch date in France has been set six days later, on 17th July. Orange will start distributing the ...

June 9, 2008

Samsung Omnia rivals iPhone

by David Allen
Korea-based handset maker Samsung has chosen an opportune time to launch its iPhone rival, the Omnia i900. Samsung could be accused of jumping on the bandwagon of the publicity currently surround the launch of iPhone 2.0 as it plans to unveil its iPhone clone next week in Singapore. Omnia means 'wish' in Arabic and 'everything' in Latin, and the handset really is ...

June 4, 2008

Telarix solves dial code problem

by David Allen
Telarix Inc. has today announced a number of solutions that tackle the main problems facing the telecoms industry. As a provider of business exchange and operational support systems to content providers, IP service providers and global fixed and mobile operators, Telarix is well placed to offer expert solutions. Two of the main problems facing the telecoms industry include number portability and dial ...

May 20, 2008

TNZ Group choose TynTec for SMS

by David Allen
Multinational telecommunications provider TynTec has agreed terms with New Zealand-based TNZ Group Limited for providing the group with an integrated SMS service. TNZ Group Ltd is a New Zealand-based provider of telecommunications solutions. The company offers SMS, fax, email and voice communications integrated into a single unified system. The newly announced deal means that TynTec will provide the TNZ Group with high-quality SMS ...

May 14, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond sales to top 2 million

by David Allen
Peter Chou, CEO of High Tech Computer (HTC), has said that his company is expecting to sell between 2 million and 3 million units of the HTC Touch Diamond smartphone before the end of 2008. The Touch Diamond - predicted to be strong competition for the next generation Apple ...

May 13, 2008

IKIVO appoints new CEO

by David Allen
IKIVO, a Sweden-based supplier of rich media application enabling software, has announced the appointment of Huw Hampson-Jones as its CEO. The company hopes that Hampson-Jones will be able to use his experience in the IT and Telecoms software industry to continue and build upon their current success. His key aims are furthering IKIVO's leading position within the mobile software sector, and developing ...

May 7, 2008

HTC previews flagship Touch Diamond smartphone

by David Allen
Taiwan-based handset manufacturer High Tech Computer (HTC) previewed their latest top-of-the-range smartphone in London yesterday. The HTC Touch Diamond features a 3D touch interface, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.8 inch display with VGA resolution and 4 G-bytes of storage. The Opera browser combined with HSDPA technology provides broadband-speed internet access. Specially designed mobile applications provide access to YouTube and Google Maps - keeping ...