Oracle sues Google for Android patent infringement

Oracle sues Google for Android patent infringement
(Telecompaper) Oracle has sued Google for patent and copyright infringement with its Android operating system. The lawsuit, filed in US federal court in San Francisco, accuses Google of breaching seven patents that Oracle assumed when it acquired Sun Microsystems earlier this year, the Financial Times reports. The patents relate to the Java software, which Sun developed so that developers could write applications that can run on many different operating systems. Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO and a former CTO at Sun, once headed the Java development team. In a statement, Oracle said that Google had “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.” Parts of the Java technology were included in the stack of software that makes up Android, according to Oracle. The lawsuit marks Oracle’s first attempt to exert its rights over Java since it acquired Sun in January.[Lees verder]

Worldwide mobile phone sales grow 13.8% in Q2
(Telecompaper) Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totalled 325.6 million units in Q2, up 13.8 percent from the same period in 2009, according to a study by Gartner. Smartphone sales to end users accounted for 19 percent of worldwide mobile device sales, an increase of 50.5 percent from the second quarter of 2009. Although the mobile phone market showed double-digit growth this quarter, average selling prices were lower than expected and margins fell. Gartner attributes the decline in ASPs to a stronger dollar, a depreciating euro and intense competition that drove price adjustments and changes to the product mix. Manufacturers such as LG and Samsung pursued market share in a low-margin market but this approach proved risky, as shown by LG’s decline of 27.8 percent in ASP in Q2. While new product introductions from Apple, HTC and Motorola, along with the drop in ASPs, drove strong sales of smartphones, shortages of components such as Amoled displays impaired sales volumes of some of the more popular new smartphones. HTC made its debut in the top ten worldwide ranking, in eighth position with 139.1 percent growth year-on-year. This reflects the popularity of its Android portfolio and also a more aggressive branding strategy compared to a year ago. In the second quarter, Nokia’s mobile device sales to end users reached 111.5 million units and a share of 34.2 percent. Nokia’s economies of sales and excellent distribution enabled it to hold on to the top spot in the mobile device market, but the company lost 2.6 percentage points year-on-year. Samsung sold 65.3 million devices in Q2, which translated into a 20.1 percent market share. Although Samsung’s sales were strong in developing markets, its shift in product mix caused an overall decline in ASP. Research In Motion’s mobile device sales reached 11.2 million units in Q2, confirming RIM’s position as the fourth largest brand with a share of 3.4 percent in Q2. Apple’s mobile device sales reached 8.7 million units or a 2.7 percent share of the overall mobile device market, but 14.2 percent of the smartphone market. Apple maintained its seventh position in the worldwide mobile device market and held the third position in the worldwide smartphone market. In the smartphone OS market, Android expanded rapidly in Q2, overtaking Apple’s iPhone OS to become the third-most popular OS in the world. In the US, it also overtook RIM’s OS to become the top smartphone OS in the region.[Lees verder]

Indian govt gives 31 August deadline for BlackBerry solution
(Telecompaper) Research In Motion’s encrypted BlackBerry e-mail and instant messaging services will be shut down in India if the company does not address national security concerns by 31 August. The ultimatum was issued after senior officials from government, intelligence and state-run telecom operators met to discuss how to gain access to the content. The Indian government said in a statement that if its demands were not met phone operators would be required by law to close the encrypted BlackBerry Enterprise e-mail and Messenger services running through their networks, Reuters reported. A shutdown would affect around 1 million BlackBerry users in India. “RIM has assured us they will come with some solution. It remains to be seen whether they address our security concerns,” a senior internal security official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. India wants access in a readable format to encrypted BlackBerry communication, on grounds it could be used by militants. Indian officials say RIM had proposed tracking emails without sharing encryption details, but that was not enough. RIM officials met India’s interior minister separately on 12 August, a government source said. There were no more details.[Lees verder]

Orascom Telecom posts net loss, H1 revenue up 1%
(Telecompaper) Orascom Telecom’s revenues for the first half reached USD 2.05 billion, increasing by 1 percent over H1 2009 as a result of strong growth in most of its GSM operations. With the inclusion of Eygptian operator Mobinil, which is not consolidated due to the change in its shareholders agreement with France Telecom, revenues would have reached USD 2.49 billion. The Q2 revenues increased by 7 percent compared to Q1. Total subscribers exceeded 99 million (including Mobinil), an increase of 18 percent over the same period last year. EBITDA reached USD 878 million, stable over H1 2009 mainly as a result of a weak performance in Algeria countered by strong performances in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tunisia and North Korea. With the inclusion of Mobinil, EBITDA would have reached USD 1.06 billion. The Q2 EBITDA increased by 1 percent over Q1. Group EBITDA margin was stable year-on-year at 42.9 percent. Net profit before minority interests for the first half stood at USD 17 million, while net income attributable to equity holders was a net loss of USD 17 million, versus a profit of USD 183 million a year ago. This loss was due to unrealized foreign exchange losses of USD 120 million from the USD 3.5 billion debt at the company, as well as higher financing costs, impairment charges and a gain in the year-earlier period for the sale of M-Link. Group CEO Khaled Bichara said the first half demonstrated stable growth for most of the operations, supported by a trend of high additions to various customer bases. In comparison to Q1, he said the second quarter boosted subscriber levels and showed a slight alleviation of competitive pressures. He said the fourth quarter disruptions in Algeria have began to subside at Djezzy, which displayed 6 percent sequential revenue growth in Q2, while the situation in Egypt witnessed significant improvement after the agreements concluded with France Telecom.[Lees verder]

Vimpelcom may swap stake for Wind, Orascom Telecom – report
(Telecompaper) Russian operator Vimpelcom could acquire Italian operator Wind and 51 percent of Orascom Telecom, both controlled by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, in a deal worth USD 6.5 billion in cash and shares, Russian paper Kommersant reported. This would give Sawiris and his associates 20-23 percent of Vimpelcom, according to an unnamed source close to the deal. Vimpelcom declined to comment. Vimpelcom’s main shareholders, Telenor and Alfa Group, would see their stakes drop to 27 and 35 percent, from respectively 36.03 and 44.65 percent currently.[Lees verder]

SingTel group posts stable profits on 12% higher revenues
(Telecompaper) SingTel group posted a stable net profit in the first quarter ended 30 June as strong performances from Singapore and Australia mitigated lower contributions from the regional mobile associates. Group revenue rose 12 percent to SGD 4.29 billion from SGD 3.85 billion and EBITDA went up 11 percent to SGD 1.26 billion from SGD 1.13 billion a year earlier. SingTel posted a profit of SGD 943 million, slightly down from SGD 945 million in the year-ago quarter. Pre-tax ordinary earnings from the regional mobile associates declined 16 percent to SGD 525 million because of lower operating profit from Bharti, Globe and Telkomsel and fair value losses on the associates’ foreign currency liabilities, compared to fair value gains a year ago. Revenue from Singapore grew 10 percent to SGD 1.5 billion driven by strong growth in the IT & engineering and mobile businesses. Optus’ revenue rose 3 percent to AUD 2.3 billion as its mobile business registered another consecutive quarter of strong performance. The group’s mobile customer base grew 34 percent or 88.5 million from a year ago to reach 351 million at 30 June. This included 36.4 million customers from Bharti’s operations in Africa.[Lees verder]

US broadband subscriber additions fall to 9-year low in Q2
(Telecompaper) The nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US, representing about 93 percent of the market, acquired 336,000 net additional high-speed internet subscribers in Q2, according to a study by Leichtman Research Group. Net broadband additions in the quarter were the fewest of any quarter in the nine years LRG has been tracking the industry. The top phone companies had a net loss of about 7,500 subscribers compared to a gain of 385,000 subscribers in Q2 2009. AT&T ended the quarter with 16 million subscribers, with a net loss of 92,000 subscribers in the quarter, this being the first time that any of the top ten broadband providers reported a net quarterly subscriber loss. AT&T and Verizon added 451,000 fibre subscribers in the quarter via U-verse and FiOS, while having a net loss of 515,000 DSL subscribers. Verizon ended Q2 with 9.4 million subscribers. The top cable companies added over 340,000 broadband subscribers, about 140 percent of the additions of a year ago. Overall, broadband additions in Q2 amounted to 53 percent of those a year ago. The top broadband providers now account for about 73.5 million subscribers, with cable companies having 40.5 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having over 32.9 million subscribers. The top cable broadband providers now have a 55 percent share of the overall market, a slight increase from 54 percent at the end of Q2 2009. Comcast had the highest number of subscribers with 16.5 million, followed by Time Warner with 9.6 million subscribers. While the second quarter is traditionally slower for broadband growth, the weakness in Q2 was compounded by the market continuing to mature, as well as AT&T and Verizon focusing on selling multi-service fibre offerings, often at the expense of their traditional DSL services, said Leichtman Research.[Lees verder]

Govt bans Cablevision’s broadband service provision
(Telecompaper) Argentina’s Communication Secretariat (SeCom) has barred cable operator Cablevision from providing internet services on the local market. According to Secom, Cablevision can only operate as a cable TV provider as it does not own a license to operate other telecoms services, including internet. Cablevision had been offering broadband services using a license previously awarded to internet service provider Fibertel, which merged with Cablevision in 2002. However, the government now believes that Fibertel’s status as a legal entity, along with its concession rights, expired when it consolidated with Cablevision. Cablevision told local newspaper La Nacion that Secom’s decision is clearly abusive and in line with the government’s plot against Cablevision. The resolution violates the rights that Cablevision inherited from Fibertel, the company also said. Cablevision also underlines that the merger conditions were approved by the General Department of Justice (IGJ).[Lees verder]

Oracle sues Google for Android patent infringement
(Telecompaper) Oracle has sued Google for patent and copyright infringement with its Android operating system. The lawsuit, filed in US federal court in San Francisco, accuses Google of breaching seven patents that Oracle assumed when it acquired Sun Microsystems earlier this year, the Financial Times reports. The patents relate to the Java software, which Sun developed so that developers could write applications that can run on many different operating systems. Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO and a former CTO at Sun, once headed the Java development team. In a statement, Oracle said that Google had “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.” Parts of the Java technology were included in the stack of software that makes up Android, according to Oracle. The lawsuit marks Oracle’s first attempt to exert its rights over Java since it acquired Sun in January.[Lees verder]

Worldwide mobile phone sales grow 13.8% in Q2
(Telecompaper) Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totalled 325.6 million units in Q2, up 13.8 percent from the same period in 2009, according to a study by Gartner. Smartphone sales to end users accounted for 19 percent of worldwide mobile device sales, an increase of 50.5 percent from the second quarter of 2009. Although the mobile phone market showed double-digit growth this quarter, average selling prices were lower than expected and margins fell. Gartner attributes the decline in ASPs to a stronger dollar, a depreciating euro and intense competition that drove price adjustments and changes to the product mix. Manufacturers such as LG and Samsung pursued market share in a low-margin market but this approach proved risky, as shown by LG’s decline of 27.8 percent in ASP in Q2. While new product introductions from Apple, HTC and Motorola, along with the drop in ASPs, drove strong sales of smartphones, shortages of components such as Amoled displays impaired sales volumes of some of the more popular new smartphones. HTC made its debut in the top ten worldwide ranking, in eighth position with 139.1 percent growth year-on-year. This reflects the popularity of its Android portfolio and also a more aggressive branding strategy compared to a year ago. In the second quarter, Nokia’s mobile device sales to end users reached 111.5 million units and a share of 34.2 percent. Nokia’s economies of sales and excellent distribution enabled it to hold on to the top spot in the mobile device market, but the company lost 2.6 percentage points year-on-year. Samsung sold 65.3 million devices in Q2, which translated into a 20.1 percent market share. Although Samsung’s sales were strong in developing markets, its shift in product mix caused an overall decline in ASP. Research In Motion’s mobile device sales reached 11.2 million units in Q2, confirming RIM’s position as the fourth largest brand with a share of 3.4 percent in Q2. Apple’s mobile device sales reached 8.7 million units or a 2.7 percent share of the overall mobile device market, but 14.2 percent of the smartphone market. Apple maintained its seventh position in the worldwide mobile device market and held the third position in the worldwide smartphone market. In the smartphone OS market, Android expanded rapidly in Q2, overtaking Apple’s iPhone OS to become the third-most popular OS in the world. In the US, it also overtook RIM’s OS to become the top smartphone OS in the region.[Lees verder]

Indian govt gives 31 August deadline for BlackBerry solution
(Telecompaper) Research In Motion’s encrypted BlackBerry e-mail and instant messaging services will be shut down in India if the company does not address national security concerns by 31 August. The ultimatum was issued after senior officials from government, intelligence and state-run telecom operators met to discuss how to gain access to the content. The Indian government said in a statement that if its demands were not met phone operators would be required by law to close the encrypted BlackBerry Enterprise e-mail and Messenger services running through their networks, Reuters reported. A shutdown would affect around 1 million BlackBerry users in India. “RIM has assured us they will come with some solution. It remains to be seen whether they address our security concerns,” a senior internal security official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. India wants access in a readable format to encrypted BlackBerry communication, on grounds it could be used by militants. Indian officials say RIM had proposed tracking emails without sharing encryption details, but that was not enough. RIM officials met India’s interior minister separately on 12 August, a government source said. There were no more details.[Lees verder]

Orascom Telecom posts net loss, H1 revenue up 1%
(Telecompaper) Orascom Telecom’s revenues for the first half reached USD 2.05 billion, increasing by 1 percent over H1 2009 as a result of strong growth in most of its GSM operations. With the inclusion of Eygptian operator Mobinil, which is not consolidated due to the change in its shareholders agreement with France Telecom, revenues would have reached USD 2.49 billion. The Q2 revenues increased by 7 percent compared to Q1. Total subscribers exceeded 99 million (including Mobinil), an increase of 18 percent over the same period last year. EBITDA reached USD 878 million, stable over H1 2009 mainly as a result of a weak performance in Algeria countered by strong performances in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tunisia and North Korea. With the inclusion of Mobinil, EBITDA would have reached USD 1.06 billion. The Q2 EBITDA increased by 1 percent over Q1. Group EBITDA margin was stable year-on-year at 42.9 percent. Net profit before minority interests for the first half stood at USD 17 million, while net income attributable to equity holders was a net loss of USD 17 million, versus a profit of USD 183 million a year ago. This loss was due to unrealized foreign exchange losses of USD 120 million from the USD 3.5 billion debt at the company, as well as higher financing costs, impairment charges and a gain in the year-earlier period for the sale of M-Link. Group CEO Khaled Bichara said the first half demonstrated stable growth for most of the operations, supported by a trend of high additions to various customer bases. In comparison to Q1, he said the second quarter boosted subscriber levels and showed a slight alleviation of competitive pressures. He said the fourth quarter disruptions in Algeria have began to subside at Djezzy, which displayed 6 percent sequential revenue growth in Q2, while the situation in Egypt witnessed significant improvement after the agreements concluded with France Telecom.[Lees verder]

Vimpelcom may swap stake for Wind, Orascom Telecom – report
(Telecompaper) Russian operator Vimpelcom could acquire Italian operator Wind and 51 percent of Orascom Telecom, both controlled by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, in a deal worth USD 6.5 billion in cash and shares, Russian paper Kommersant reported. This would give Sawiris and his associates 20-23 percent of Vimpelcom, according to an unnamed source close to the deal. Vimpelcom declined to comment. Vimpelcom’s main shareholders, Telenor and Alfa Group, would see their stakes drop to 27 and 35 percent, from respectively 36.03 and 44.65 percent currently.[Lees verder]

SingTel group posts stable profits on 12% higher revenues
(Telecompaper) SingTel group posted a stable net profit in the first quarter ended 30 June as strong performances from Singapore and Australia mitigated lower contributions from the regional mobile associates. Group revenue rose 12 percent to SGD 4.29 billion from SGD 3.85 billion and EBITDA went up 11 percent to SGD 1.26 billion from SGD 1.13 billion a year earlier. SingTel posted a profit of SGD 943 million, slightly down from SGD 945 million in the year-ago quarter. Pre-tax ordinary earnings from the regional mobile associates declined 16 percent to SGD 525 million because of lower operating profit from Bharti, Globe and Telkomsel and fair value losses on the associates’ foreign currency liabilities, compared to fair value gains a year ago. Revenue from Singapore grew 10 percent to SGD 1.5 billion driven by strong growth in the IT & engineering and mobile businesses. Optus’ revenue rose 3 percent to AUD 2.3 billion as its mobile business registered another consecutive quarter of strong performance. The group’s mobile customer base grew 34 percent or 88.5 million from a year ago to reach 351 million at 30 June. This included 36.4 million customers from Bharti’s operations in Africa.[Lees verder]

US broadband subscriber additions fall to 9-year low in Q2
(Telecompaper) The nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US, representing about 93 percent of the market, acquired 336,000 net additional high-speed internet subscribers in Q2, according to a study by Leichtman Research Group. Net broadband additions in the quarter were the fewest of any quarter in the nine years LRG has been tracking the industry. The top phone companies had a net loss of about 7,500 subscribers compared to a gain of 385,000 subscribers in Q2 2009. AT&T ended the quarter with 16 million subscribers, with a net loss of 92,000 subscribers in the quarter, this being the first time that any of the top ten broadband providers reported a net quarterly subscriber loss. AT&T and Verizon added 451,000 fibre subscribers in the quarter via U-verse and FiOS, while having a net loss of 515,000 DSL subscribers. Verizon ended Q2 with 9.4 million subscribers. The top cable companies added over 340,000 broadband subscribers, about 140 percent of the additions of a year ago. Overall, broadband additions in Q2 amounted to 53 percent of those a year ago. The top broadband providers now account for about 73.5 million subscribers, with cable companies having 40.5 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having over 32.9 million subscribers. The top cable broadband providers now have a 55 percent share of the overall market, a slight increase from 54 percent at the end of Q2 2009. Comcast had the highest number of subscribers with 16.5 million, followed by Time Warner with 9.6 million subscribers. While the second quarter is traditionally slower for broadband growth, the weakness in Q2 was compounded by the market continuing to mature, as well as AT&T and Verizon focusing on selling multi-service fibre offerings, often at the expense of their traditional DSL services, said Leichtman Research.[Lees verder]

Govt bans Cablevision’s broadband service provision
(Telecompaper) Argentina’s Communication Secretariat (SeCom) has barred cable operator Cablevision from providing internet services on the local market. According to Secom, Cablevision can only operate as a cable TV provider as it does not own a license to operate other telecoms services, including internet. Cablevision had been offering broadband services using a license previously awarded to internet service provider Fibertel, which merged with Cablevision in 2002. However, the government now believes that Fibertel’s status as a legal entity, along with its concession rights, expired when it consolidated with Cablevision. Cablevision told local newspaper La Nacion that Secom’s decision is clearly abusive and in line with the government’s plot against Cablevision. The resolution violates the rights that Cablevision inherited from Fibertel, the company also said. Cablevision also underlines that the merger conditions were approved by the General Department of Justice (IGJ).[Lees verder]