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Contracts: Alcatel-Lucent upgrades Completel; Ericsson helps Hungary with 4G; and more

Following are infrastructure contracts announced during the past week: Alcatel-Lucent France: With Completel to undertake a major upgrade of its backbone communications network. Completel will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 100 Gigabit per second (100G) optical technology on new and existing routes to boost network capacity and...

Cellphoners to dial into latest Stephen King yarn

Stephen King fans can check out the author's latest work on their phones through a deal between Marvel Entertainment, CBS Mobile and Simon & Schuster subsidiary Scribner.The companies have teamed to produce 25 original video episodes based on "N," a previously unpublished story that...

Yahoo looks to link online world: Company’s oneConnect service to unify messaging

BARCELONA, Spain - Yahoo Inc. claimed it plans to reinvent mobile communications with oneConnect service, a mobile product with an open architecture that aggregates a user's e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging, with what it calls a socially connected address book.A key feature of...

Getty Images expands mobile play

Mobile may not be the final frontier, but it sure is the latest frontier for media companies looking to expand their reach. As more and more people consume media on their mobile devices, the demand for rich mobile content is increasing. And in a...

Sizing up the semiconductor beast

Trying to form a sense of the sprawling chip market for mobile phones is akin to getting a tape measure around an elephant's waist. With dozens of players and product types, the chip industry that enables the fantastic functions of today's mobile phones is...

DoCoMo acquisition of Guam assets approved

WASHINGTON-U.S. law enforcement and homeland security officials gave their blessing to Japan-based NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s proposed $72 million purchase of Guam Cellular & Paging Inc. and Guam Wireless Telephone Co. L.L.C., after the parties agreed to certain conditions. While it pales in comparison to...

DoCoMo purchase of Guam cellular system OK’d by U.S. agencies

WASHINGTON—U.S. law enforcement and homeland security officials have given their blessing to Japan-based NTT DoCoMo Inc.’s proposed $72 million purchase of Guam Cellular & Paging Inc. and Guam Wireless Telephone Co. L.L.C., after parties agreed to certain conditions. The Department of Justice, FBI and...

Cequint looks to jazz up caller ID

In the modern age of mobile TV and wireless porn, a simple caller-ID application may not get your pulse racing. Unless you're Rick Hennessey. The chief executive officer of Seattle-based startup Cequint Inc., Hennessey thinks he has a winner in City ID. In addition...

DoCoMo pledges significant investment in Guam network if buyout OK’d

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission requested additional information on NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s proposed $72 million acquisition of two wireless firms in Guam, a relatively small transaction being challenged by a telecom carrier on competitive and national security grounds. The wireless deal also is under review...

Worst of the Week: Diaper Monitors

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCR to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

Feds scrutinize DoCoMo’s proposed purchase of Guam cellular systems

WASHINGTON-Could a small wireless deal in an age of blockbuster mobile-phone mergers be a threat to national security? The Federal Communications Commissions will make the call as it considers Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s proposed $72 million purchase of Guam Cellular & Paging Inc. and...

Free handsets are good, but style is better

BOSTON—Place your finger on the pulse of U.S. consumers desperately seeking a mobile phone this summer and you find all the attributes that makes anything a success in America: It’s got to standout from the crowd and it must be stylish and/or "free"—after subsidies...

Phone vendors manage component supplies to keep party going

Nothing kills a party like running out of food and booze. And, when guests show up in droves, beyond expectation, you check your supplies and commandeer friends for a mad dash to the store, right? Especially if each and every guest feels compelled to...

Ads get mobile, mobile gets ads

Mobile advertising has come a long way since the early days of "American Idol." The hit show is credited with catalyzing text messaging in North America, generating more than 13 million messages during the 2004 season from fans voting via their mobile phones. Mobile...

Interactive mobile marketing gains credibility

Big brands and high-powered advertising agencies are stampeding to wireless in an effort to snuggle up next to consumers. But they're finding that effective mobile marketing usually means more than just placing their company name on the display. Recent weeks have seen a flurry...

At a year old, Jamdat’s public life full of ups, downs

It appears the roller-coaster ride isn't over for Jamdat Mobile Inc. The wireless entertainment publisher celebrated its first full year on the Nasdaq last week, announcing third-quarter revenue that more than doubled from the year-ago period. Jamdat credited successful European launches of Tetris and...

Vendors continue to embrace content opportunities

Deals were announced and applications launched last week as the large wireless vendors fanned the flames of the hot and getting-hotter mobile content market. L.M. Ericsson said it will distribute ring-back tones from EMI Music's catalog of music as part of Ericsson's hosted ring-back...

Lucent boosts content portfolio with hosted apps center

SAN FRANCISCO-Lucent Technologies Inc. launched the Lucent Hosted Custom Applications Center, saying the center aims to enable service providers to rapidly introduce differentiated services, with low upfront investments and other operational and financial advantages."This is a crucial component in Lucent's overall applications strategy," said...

Samsung releases phones with Immersion’s vibration technology

SAN JOSE, Calif.-Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. released the industry's first mobile phones featuring Immersion Corp.'s VibeTonz touch feedback technology. Samsung's VibeTonz-capable SPH-G1000 and SCH-G100 handsets are available in the Korean market, and the company is gearing up to release the VibeTonz-capable SCH-n330 in the...

Fujitsu to develop chip for monitoring vital signs

NEW YORK-Nexense, an emerging sensing technology and research and development company, contracted Fujitsu Ltd. to manufacture an ASIC chip for non-invasive monitoring and tracking of vital signs via mobile phones.The new Nexense Wireless Vital Sign Monitoring device uses a proprietary Nexense biosensor application to...

Carriers court developers

Last week was a good one for developers. The wireless industry has begun to give developers the attention they deserve, as evidenced by the slew of wireless-focused announcements at JavaOne and other developer forums. In fact, some wireless carriers, which generally are the players...

Mobile java app to monitor user's pulse

HOUSTON-MedicTouch L.L.C., which develops wearable health devices, and Sun Microsystems Inc. launched the Pulse Meter mobile health solution for Java-enabled mobile phones.The product allows users to monitor their pulse, view the results on Java-enabled mobile phones and transmit the data to Java-compliant servers.The Pulse...

Pulse strives to make handset mobile extension of PC

"We're a bunch of wireless guys that absolutely love wireless data," Russell Simatic said of his three partners, himself and their one-year-old venture, Pulse.Simatic, president and chief executive officer, and vice presidents Gordon Clark, Jeff Loltveit and Jeff Volkman left Sprint PCS in 2002...

Cisco may conquer WLAN before battle even starts

Battle won, even before the first shot is fired.Early in the life of the technology, industry analysts and players already regard Cisco Systems Inc. as the big tree in the wireless local area network jungle.Leveraging its channels and products in the wired market, Cisco...

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