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Global Telecom:Deutsche Telekom and Orange selling EE to BT?

British Telecommunications in preliminary talks to buy EE Deutsche Telekom and Orange may be considering selling consumer network EE to BT. EE is the largest mobile operator in the United Kingdom. Orange and Deutsche Telekom have previously considered whether they should list EE on the stock...

British Telecom, SaskTel tap Oracle to improve customer experience

Oracle announced that many telecom operators such as British Telecom and the Canadian SaskTel are using its Customer Experience (CX) solutions. According to Oracle, the momentum of CX solutions continues to grow at a rapid pace with recent adoption by numerous global organizations. SaskTel, a telecom firm...

British Telecom to expand in high-growth regions

British Telecommunications Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at doubling its business across Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.

U.S. carriers to closely monitor GSMA’s plan to give advertisers user behavior info

New app stores and smartphone platforms are dominating the news out of Mobile World Congress this week, but it's a quiet little mobile marketing initiative U.S. carriers will be monitoring closely in coming weeks.Europe's GSM Association is leading a group of carriers that plans...

Dorman elected as new Moto chairman: Former AT&T exec to replace Zander

Dave Dorman, a former AT&T chief executive and currently on Motorola Inc.'s board of directors, has gotten the nod to become the board's next chairman. Dorman has served on the board since 2006. Dorman assumes his new position May 5, when current chairman, Ed...

Mobile TV deals hint at broader MVNO plans

For years, the nation's two largest wireless carriers, Cingular Wireless L.L.C. and Verizon Wireless, have focused on their network's reach and reliability in marketing strategies and their business models. But now that both carriers are going to use Qualcomm Inc.'s MediaFLO USA Inc. network...

Britain’s OFCOM awards 12 low-power GSM licenses

LONDON, England—Britain’s Office of Communications has announced the winners of 6.6 megahertz of technology-neutral spectrum to be used for low-power GSM wireless services such as private networks. The Wireless Telegraphy licenses cover spectrum in the 1781.7-1785 MHz and 1876.7-1880 MHz paired bands. The dozen...

Subex continues market consolidation with $140M Azure acquisition

BANGALORE, India—Subex Systems Ltd., a telecom software products developer, announced it’s buying British revenue-assurance developer Azure Solutions Ltd. for $140 million. The companies said they will operate as Subex Azure Systems Ltd. and plan to offer fraud management and revenue-assurance systems led by Subash...

Mobile TV taking hold in Europe

Virgin Mobile Holdings plc is set to be one of the first European operators to launch mobile TV services using a dedicated mobile TV network. The company, which operates a number of mobile virtual operator services around the world, laid out plans to launch...

3GSM highlights continued momentum of converged services

BARCELONA, Spain-The evolution toward convergence could make for some strange bedfellows. The 3GSM World Congress was named for third-generation cellular services, but it was the alphabet soup of other technologies that garnered much of the attention at last week's show. Motorola Inc. and Nokia...

Worldwide WiMAX trials, specs on horizon

Ratification is looming for a WiMAX specification standard, and trials, products and opinions are rampant. The worldwide WiMAX market is expected to reach $3.5 billion and account for 4 percent of all broadband usage by 2010, according to a new report from idate.Growth should...

World Briefs

GERMANYBenQ Corp. completed its takeover of Siemens AG's mobile-phone business, and the combined entity began operations Oct. 1. BenQ Mobile comprises 7,000 employees, a 5.2-percent worldwide mobile-phone market share and $6.7 billion in combined revenues last year. Clemens J. Joos, a Siemens' executive who...

BT trials pre-WiMAX using Navini gear

RICHARDSON, Texas-Navini Networks Inc. said it's working with British Telecommunications plc on mobile WiMAX trials for the U.K. market and expects the trials to continue into the first quarter of 2006."This is an opportunity for BT to explore the commercial viability and customer experience...

BT launches fixed-mobile converged offering

LONDON-British Telecom plc launched its BT Fusion fixed-mobile convergence service offering, which uses Bluetooth technology to switch seamlessly between the company's wide-area wireless network and its in-home BT Broadband service. The service, which was originally knows as Bluephone, relies on its BT Hub for...

Marconi to refocus after BT contract loss

Following news that it was not selected as a preferred supplier for British Telecom's huge 21st Century Network project, U.K. equipment vendor Marconi Corp. said it will lay off workers, refocus its business and continue to examine its strategic alternatives. "BT's omission of Marconi...

Marconi to lay off workers, refocus business after contract loss

LONDON-Following news that it was not selected as a preferred supplier for British Telecom's huge 21st Century Network project, U.K. equipment vendor Marconi Corp. said it will lay off workers, refocus its business and continue to examine its strategic alternatives."BT's omission of Marconi from...

BT names 8 suppliers for $19B next-generation network

LONDON-BT, the leading U.K. fixed-line carrier, said it selected eight telecom equipment suppliers for its next-generation network that will see phones that work over both fixed and mobile networks, among other services. The network is called 21st Century Network or 21CN.BT plans to spend...

BT launches corporate MVNO service with Vodafone

LONDON-U.K. fixed-line carrier British Telecommunications plc launched a mobile virtual network operator service for the corporate market, dumping its former wireless subsidiary MmO2 for rival carrier Vodafone U.K. as the wireless service supplier.BT Mobile, which has plans for a fully converged fixed and mobile...

Business Briefs

Nortel Networks Ltd. said it has completed the scheduled transfer of certain optical design operations and related assets in Ottawa and Monkstown, Northern Ireland, to Flextronics. The transfer was part of a larger transaction announced earlier this year. The remainder of the divestiture is...

Former BT subsidiary acquires Connexn

LONDON-Revenue assurance company Azure Solutions said it has acquired Connexn Technologies. The combined companies will operate under the Azure name. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. All existing customer and partner agreements will be honored, and Azure said it will maintain Connexn's...

AWS fails to sell Rogers Wireless stake

TORONTO-AT&T Wireless Services Inc. neglected to sell its 34-percent stake in Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. by Sunday night's deadline.AWS earlier declined to accept a $1.15 billion bid from the Canadian wireless company's parent Rogers Communications Inc. for the stake. Rogers Communications retains rights of...

BT expands Wi-Fi network to 500 McDonald's locations

LONDON-British Telecommunications plc said it will expand its Wi-Fi network to 500 U.K. McDonald's restaurants during the next few months. Plans call for BT Openzone access points to be installed in McDonald's flagship and drive-through restaurants by the end of March.The deals takes the...

World Briefs

LondonFollowing its launch of an MVNO service in the United Kingdom promoted through a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, British Telecommunications Inc. launched a new service, BTringtones.com, on its public Internet kiosks. The new service offers ring tones, as well as multimedia messaging service backgrounds, logos,...

Nortel to trial WLAN system with MIT, BT

OTTAWA-In tune with its "Business Without Borders" vision, Nortel Networks Ltd. said it plans to trial its public wireless local area networks architecture with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and British Telecom plc.Nortel said it will reduce the costs of transporting high-speed data between...

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