Comcast launches free phone calls over WiFi

On Tuesday, Comcast, a U.S. cable operator, announced a free Xfinity Voice feature that brings mobile voice technologies to the home phone. The new feature, called Voice 2go, allows customers to make phone calls and send text messages for free, when made within a WiFi network, such as in a customer's home or on a public WiFi hotspot.  This new service could potentially cut into wireless mobile operators’ revenue.

Ceragon to supply Navajo Tribe with microwave backhaul for $4 million

Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, on Tuesday announced that it has received orders of approximately $4 million to supply microwave backhaul solutions and turnkey services including installation, project management and commissioning to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). The NTUA selected Ceragon's FibeAir IP-10G to power the Navajo Nation's wireless backhaul network. The systems are part of an over 530 mile network which is made up of microwave towers and fiber optics.

M-Commerce: The gateway to mobile payments

When is a mobile payment a “mobile payment”?


When it’s m-commerce. That’s one of the top-level findings of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index (MPRI). The Index rank orders 34 global economies in terms of their readiness to execute on mobile payments across all three configurations—mobile at point of sale (POS), person-to-person payments (P2P), and e-commerce conducted from a mobile device (m-commerce).

Vodafone makes $6.3 billion writedown on European weakness

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Mobile operator Vodafone made a writedown of $6.3 billion and cut its medium-term sales target as the debt crisis squeezed customers in southern Europe, forcing them to save money on phone calls.

China Telecom launches MVNO service in Europe

China Telecom Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom in the EMEA region, has announced that it will launch the first Chinese MVNO service outside of China, which will run on the Everything Everywhere network. CTExcelbiz MVNO is due to launch on Tuesday. 

Major U.S. cable companies join forces on WiFi

On Monday, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable announced that they will allow each other's high-speed Internet customers to access their metro WiFi networks, totaling over 50,000 hotspots.                            

Ku-band satellite delivers broadband to sub-Saharan Africa

Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite provider, on Monday announced its new 'IP Easy' broadband platform built to extend high-speed Internet access to residential and home office users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa.

High quality video: the key to Unified Communications

The Unified Communications (UC) market is on the cusp of a significant transformation, largely fueled by the advent of new technologies and capabilities such as video, making previously complex features and services within the realm of possibility today. In fact, most industry analysts expect the UC market to grow at an aggressive rate over the next several years. One industry estimate has the UC market at $22 billion by 2016, up from approximately $8 to $10 billion today.

Huawei signs managed services agreement with Telefonica UK

Huawei, a provider of telecommunications equipment, on Monday announced it has signed a five year managed services agreement with Telefónica UK.  Under the agreement Huawei will manage planning and implementation of the Telefónica UK mobile core network. 


The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Vodafone, O2 team with Virgin Atlantic for in-flight cell service

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Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights can now call home from the air. The airline announced on Tuesday it is providing travelers with a new cellphone service to make and receive phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air.

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