Egyptian fixed-line incumbent Telecom Egypt has signed a deal to provide transmission services to Etisalat Misr, the country’s number-three mobile operator and a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Etisalat.
In a statement, Telecom Egypt (Cairo, Egypt) says the “long-term” agreement gives Etisalat (Cairo, Egypt) the right to use transmission services across its network immediately, citing the value of the contract as EGP200 million ($28.6 million) annually.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop recalls a meeting in August 2011 in which the company's leadership struggled to decide on the name of its new smartphone, the first using Windows Phone software.
"We almost fell into the trap that had often befallen Nokia [Helsinki, Finland], which was... let them work on it a bit longer because we couldn't quite reach agreement," Elop said. Instead, he demanded a decision that day.
"Why wait till tomorrow or next week? We could make the decision today. And we did." Lumia was the result.
Russia's top three mobile operators, Megafon, MTS and Vimpelcom, have stopped selling Apple Inc's iPhone, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.
Vimpelcom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) ended negotiations with Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) over iPhone sales this month as the U.S. company would not soften its contract terms, the paper said, citing a person close to the operator.
MTS (Moscow, Russia) ended its contract in June but is in discussions with Apple about resuming iPhone sales, the paper said, citing the company without specifying who gave the information.
AT&T Inc customers will be able to upgrade phones once a year instead of waiting two years under a new option that involves monthly device payments as AT&T defends itself against challenges from T-Mobile US.
AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) latest offering, which will not require upfront device fees, comes as the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider strives to regain the market share it has been losing to market leader Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA), and to fight back against tougher competition from smaller rivals like fourth-ranked T-Mobile US (Bellevue, WA, USA).
Japanese electronics company NEC Corp's talks with Lenovo Group Ltd over a mobile phone venture have stalled due to disagreements over majority ownership and patents, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The Nikkei business newspaper reported that NEC (Tokyo, Japan) planned to exit its loss-making smartphone business after a mobile phone deal with Lenovo (Beijing, China), already a partner in the personal computer business, failed to materialize.
Thailand’s dtac TriNet has become the latest customer of Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform as it looks to expand its role in the country’s growing M2M market.
The operator – a subsidiary of Thailand’s dtac (Bangkok), itself owned by Norway’s Telenor (Fornebu) – says the deal will give it everything needed to deploy, manage and monetize millions of M2M and consumer electronics devices.
Asiatelco Technologies and Cluster Wireless are to combine their M2M offerings in a bid to provide enhanced, lower-cost services to their business customers.
The deal will see Asiatelco (Shanghai, China) use middleware and software tools developed by Cluster (San Diego, CA, USA) in its range of wireless data access products, which include modules, data terminal units and customized M2M devices.
The tie-up is aimed at bringing “greater enterprise intelligence” to M2M devices and at lowering the cost of deploying M2M services.
Telefonica O2 preparations for the summer launch of 4G have received a boost from a deal to use Virgin Media’s high-speed fiber-optic network to support the service.
The two operators have concluded a ten-year agreement that will see Virgin Media Business connect O2’s base stations to its fiber network using a high-capacity Ethernet service.
Virgin Media (Hook, UK) claims each link will provide a 1Gbps connection between cell site and the aggregation network.
Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDNetworks, a provider of web services, that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of a new content delivery service for mobile broadband operators.
The two companies are to work on improving an existing service from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) called Liquid Applications, which allows operators to tailor content and applications depending on a customer’s service preferences and usage profile.
The UK’s Three has made further progress on growing its M2M business through a new wholesale deal with data airtime provider Mobius.
Under the partnership, Mobius (Coalville, UK) will use Three Wholesale’s network to provide connectivity and NFC services for devices used in the retail and hospitality industry.
The operator says its “ultrafast” network will power NFC and contactless payment terminals used to process customer orders and transactions and also serve as a back-up for fixed-line data connections during outages.