Orange to discuss joint mobile OS with Vodafone, others

Orange to discuss joint mobile OS with Vodafone, others
(Telecompaper) France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard has invited the heads of Vodafone, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) to Paris on 8 October to discuss the possible development of a common operating system for mobile devices. He told Le Figaro that mobile operating systems were the Trojan horse used by Google and Apple to establish their own relationships with mobile service customers. Richard said his company was pushing for this world to be as open as possible. The four operators have nearly 1 billion customers combined, representing a real “force de frappe” (literally “strike force”, or economy of scale) and capacity to influce industry. The initiative could take several forms, Richard added, including a joint venture or a common apps development unit, adding that the operators aim to retake the reigns of innovation, rather than be followers.[Lees verder]

Avaya launches Android desktop video device
(Telecompaper) Avaya is expanding in video communications with the launch of the Avaya Flare Experience, an Android-based user interface for new voice and video collaboration products. Avaya said the platform aims to overcome traditional obstacles to videoconferencing, such as the high cost of equipment and the lack of integration with other applications. The Avaya Flare Experience user interface offers quick access to desktop voice and video, social media, presence and instant messaging, audio/video/web conferencing, a consolidated view of multiple directories and a context history. The Flare Experience features a central “spotlight” that highlights active or in-progress communications; initiating a communication session requires moving one or more contacts from the directory into the spotlight. The Avaya Flare Experience leverages the Avaya Aura 6.0 products announced in July, including Avaya Aura Conferencing and Avaya Aura Messaging. The Avaya Flare Experience is initially sold with the Avaya Desktop Video Device but will soon be made available for other environments, including PCs, laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones. The Desktop Video Device is a video-enabled desktop collaboration endpoint for executive desktops or power communicators that can also perform as a customer kiosk. It features an 11.6-inch HD touch screen with video and audio capabilities supported by a HD 720-pixel camera and HD-quality voice with built-in dual microphones. The device will enable campus-wide mobility via SIP and Wi-Fi. The device also offers USB connectivity for an optional keyboard or handset, 3G/4G access or a thumb drive. Upcoming versions will support remote access over VPN connections and 4G access. The company is also integrating the Avaya Flare Experience on Avaya 9600 Series Deskphones.[Lees verder]

China Mobile to release search service in 2011
(Telecompaper) China Mobile plans to start an internet search engine in 2011, challenging Baidu. The company is facing a slowdown in the mobile market and is seeking data services growth, China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou told Bloomberg in an interview. Bloomberg estimates that China Mobile’s revenues will go up 7 percent this year to CNY 484 billion, which would be the slowest increase since the company’s 1997 Hong Kong listing. Analysts forecast growth to keep slowing down through 2012 for the company. China Mobile will use its dominant position on the mobile market to help it expand into the internet search market, Wang said. In August, the company agreed to partner with state news agency Xinhua on internet search. The search service will be available on PCs and mobile phones. Despite launching its own service, China Mobile will not exclude market leader Baidu from mobile phones on its network. The company is also looking at doubling sales of Sim cards by promoting machine-to-machine use and mobile payments with the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, in which it is buying a 20 percent stake.[Lees verder]

HTC launches 2 new Desire handsets
(Telecompaper) HTC unveiled two news versions of its Desire smartphone, which will launch from mid-October in Europe and Asia. In addition to the latest Android 2.2 operating system, the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z will feature an updated version of the company’s user interface, HTC Sense, with enhanced multimedia and location-based services. Some of the new features include the ability to edit photos taken with the phone’s camera, on-demand access to maps stored on a SD card with HTC Locations, and the Kobo e-reader for reading books and accessing dictionaries and translations. HTC is also moving into cloud services with the launch of HTCsense.com, where users can manage phone settings and access content on the phone from a PC. This includes downloading ringtones and wallpapers to the device, making the phone ring to find it, localising the phone on a map, blocking the phone and wiping its data if the device is stolen. The new HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch LCD screen, Dolby Mobile and surround sound, and a faster 1GHz Qualcomm 9255 Snapdragon processor. The phone comes with an 8 megapixel camera and can record 720p HD video. The HTC Fast Boot feature also reduces the start-up time of the phone. The HTC Desire Z targets multi-taskers and features a qwerty keypad that slides out from under the touch screen. The keypad comes with hot keys for quick acess to popular services. The Desire Z has 4GB internal memory, a 720p HD videocamera, 5-megapixel camera, the new 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, and HTC Fast Boot. The Desire HD will sell for EUR 579, and the Desire Z costs EUR 499 including VAT. HTC said the Desire Z will also launch in North America later this year.[Lees verder]

Nokia expands Ovi services for Series 40 devices
(Telecompaper) Nokia has unveiled a new Touch and Type phone, the C3, as well as outlined plans to bring more of its Ovi series to its Series 40 feature phones. The C3 Touch and Type features a classic keypad as well as a touch screen. The phone comes with a stainless steel chassis, 3G, WLAN, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a music player and FM radio and it supports up to a 32GB memory card. The phone offers quick access to messaging and e-mail plus applications and games from the Ovi Store. Priced at EUR 145, excluding taxes and subsidies, it is expected to be available in Q4. The company also outlined at its Nokia World event London how it plans to bring software and services typically offered on smartphones to its mid-tier devices. These include the Ovi browser, developed from its acquisition of Novarra, which is now in beta release for Series 40 phones, as well as expanded access to the Ovi Store on S40 phones. Nokia said its Ovi Mail service has reached more than 14 million activated accounts, the large majority of which are new users coming from emerging markets. In the last six months, 60 percent of new Ovi Mail accounts are from Southeast Asia Pacific and Africa. The company also cliams to be the largest source of digital music revenue in markets including Brazil, Mexico and India. Ovi music services are now live across 38 markets. In addition, Ovi Life Tools, available in India, Indonesia and China, now have more than 4.7 million users. The Nokia Money service has also moved to full commercial service after the pilot in Pune, India called Mobile Money Services by Yes Bank, and will start its countrywide roll-out in Chandigarh.[Lees verder]

Deutsche Telekom confirms corruption investigation
(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that its CEO Rene Obermann is among eight people under investigation by the German state prosecutor in Bonn following allegations of bribery at Deutsche Telekom’s subsidiaries in Hungary, Macedonia and Montenegro. Deutsche Telekom and Obermann rejected any allegations of involvement in criminal activity and said the company does not tolerate corruption in any area of its business. Wirtschaftwoche reported earlier that at the end of August, German investigators searched the office and house of Obermann as well as seven other people, including non-Deutsche Telekom employees. The state prosecutor is acting on a legal assistance request from the US securities commission SEC. The SEC had reportedly offered the operator a fine to avoid prosecution, but this was rejected by the operator. The SEC then asked the German prosecutor for help. The alleged bribery took place in 2005, when the auditor of Magyar Telekom refused to sign off on the financial figures of the company after finding millions of euros in consulting fees without a clear background. A subsequent internal investigation uncovered further cases with a total value of EUR 24 million. Magyar Telekom claims that the money was used by international law firm White & Case to obtain concessions from the Macedonian government. The accusation against Obermann, who was the CEO of T-Mobile International in that period, claims that he made an illegal deal with the chairman of Telekom Makedonski (MakTel) with regards to dividend payments to ensure that the planned opening of the Macedonian telecom market for other operators would be delayed. Deutsche Telekom and Obermann said they have fully cooperated at all times in the US authorities’ investigation, which has been under way for four years now, with the CEO himself assisting as a witness in 2009. No allegations have been made against the CEO personally at any stage of the US investigation.[Lees verder]

Telenor, Telefonica strike multinationals support deal
(Telecompaper) Telenor and Telefonica have signed a partnership agreement designed to help both companies support the requirements of their multinational customers (MNC), with a focus on mobile services. Under the terms of the contract, Telenor and Telefonica will support each other’s MNC requirements in 22 countries. The agreement reinforces both companies’ managed mobility services for multinational customers. Telefonica currently serves over 800 MNC customers through Telefonica Multinational Solutions, many of which require services in the Nordic countries. In its turn, Telenor serves a number of MNC and corporate accounts that have requirements in the countries where Telefonica operates. Telenor will support Telefonica in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, while Telefonica will support Telenor in the 19 European and Latin American countries where it currently has mobile operations (UK, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama). The agreement defines how Telenor and Telefonica will cooperate and support each other in the multinational market, covering rules of engagement, bid management, products and services, SLAs, and operational processes and systems.[Lees verder]

Orange to discuss joint mobile OS with Vodafone, others
(Telecompaper) France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard has invited the heads of Vodafone, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) to Paris on 8 October to discuss the possible development of a common operating system for mobile devices. He told Le Figaro that mobile operating systems were the Trojan horse used by Google and Apple to establish their own relationships with mobile service customers. Richard said his company was pushing for this world to be as open as possible. The four operators have nearly 1 billion customers combined, representing a real “force de frappe” (literally “strike force”, or economy of scale) and capacity to influce industry. The initiative could take several forms, Richard added, including a joint venture or a common apps development unit, adding that the operators aim to retake the reigns of innovation, rather than be followers.[Lees verder]

Avaya launches Android desktop video device
(Telecompaper) Avaya is expanding in video communications with the launch of the Avaya Flare Experience, an Android-based user interface for new voice and video collaboration products. Avaya said the platform aims to overcome traditional obstacles to videoconferencing, such as the high cost of equipment and the lack of integration with other applications. The Avaya Flare Experience user interface offers quick access to desktop voice and video, social media, presence and instant messaging, audio/video/web conferencing, a consolidated view of multiple directories and a context history. The Flare Experience features a central “spotlight” that highlights active or in-progress communications; initiating a communication session requires moving one or more contacts from the directory into the spotlight. The Avaya Flare Experience leverages the Avaya Aura 6.0 products announced in July, including Avaya Aura Conferencing and Avaya Aura Messaging. The Avaya Flare Experience is initially sold with the Avaya Desktop Video Device but will soon be made available for other environments, including PCs, laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones. The Desktop Video Device is a video-enabled desktop collaboration endpoint for executive desktops or power communicators that can also perform as a customer kiosk. It features an 11.6-inch HD touch screen with video and audio capabilities supported by a HD 720-pixel camera and HD-quality voice with built-in dual microphones. The device will enable campus-wide mobility via SIP and Wi-Fi. The device also offers USB connectivity for an optional keyboard or handset, 3G/4G access or a thumb drive. Upcoming versions will support remote access over VPN connections and 4G access. The company is also integrating the Avaya Flare Experience on Avaya 9600 Series Deskphones.[Lees verder]

China Mobile to release search service in 2011
(Telecompaper) China Mobile plans to start an internet search engine in 2011, challenging Baidu. The company is facing a slowdown in the mobile market and is seeking data services growth, China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou told Bloomberg in an interview. Bloomberg estimates that China Mobile’s revenues will go up 7 percent this year to CNY 484 billion, which would be the slowest increase since the company’s 1997 Hong Kong listing. Analysts forecast growth to keep slowing down through 2012 for the company. China Mobile will use its dominant position on the mobile market to help it expand into the internet search market, Wang said. In August, the company agreed to partner with state news agency Xinhua on internet search. The search service will be available on PCs and mobile phones. Despite launching its own service, China Mobile will not exclude market leader Baidu from mobile phones on its network. The company is also looking at doubling sales of Sim cards by promoting machine-to-machine use and mobile payments with the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, in which it is buying a 20 percent stake.[Lees verder]

HTC launches 2 new Desire handsets
(Telecompaper) HTC unveiled two news versions of its Desire smartphone, which will launch from mid-October in Europe and Asia. In addition to the latest Android 2.2 operating system, the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z will feature an updated version of the company’s user interface, HTC Sense, with enhanced multimedia and location-based services. Some of the new features include the ability to edit photos taken with the phone’s camera, on-demand access to maps stored on a SD card with HTC Locations, and the Kobo e-reader for reading books and accessing dictionaries and translations. HTC is also moving into cloud services with the launch of HTCsense.com, where users can manage phone settings and access content on the phone from a PC. This includes downloading ringtones and wallpapers to the device, making the phone ring to find it, localising the phone on a map, blocking the phone and wiping its data if the device is stolen. The new HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch LCD screen, Dolby Mobile and surround sound, and a faster 1GHz Qualcomm 9255 Snapdragon processor. The phone comes with an 8 megapixel camera and can record 720p HD video. The HTC Fast Boot feature also reduces the start-up time of the phone. The HTC Desire Z targets multi-taskers and features a qwerty keypad that slides out from under the touch screen. The keypad comes with hot keys for quick acess to popular services. The Desire Z has 4GB internal memory, a 720p HD videocamera, 5-megapixel camera, the new 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, and HTC Fast Boot. The Desire HD will sell for EUR 579, and the Desire Z costs EUR 499 including VAT. HTC said the Desire Z will also launch in North America later this year.[Lees verder]

Nokia expands Ovi services for Series 40 devices
(Telecompaper) Nokia has unveiled a new Touch and Type phone, the C3, as well as outlined plans to bring more of its Ovi series to its Series 40 feature phones. The C3 Touch and Type features a classic keypad as well as a touch screen. The phone comes with a stainless steel chassis, 3G, WLAN, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a music player and FM radio and it supports up to a 32GB memory card. The phone offers quick access to messaging and e-mail plus applications and games from the Ovi Store. Priced at EUR 145, excluding taxes and subsidies, it is expected to be available in Q4. The company also outlined at its Nokia World event London how it plans to bring software and services typically offered on smartphones to its mid-tier devices. These include the Ovi browser, developed from its acquisition of Novarra, which is now in beta release for Series 40 phones, as well as expanded access to the Ovi Store on S40 phones. Nokia said its Ovi Mail service has reached more than 14 million activated accounts, the large majority of which are new users coming from emerging markets. In the last six months, 60 percent of new Ovi Mail accounts are from Southeast Asia Pacific and Africa. The company also cliams to be the largest source of digital music revenue in markets including Brazil, Mexico and India. Ovi music services are now live across 38 markets. In addition, Ovi Life Tools, available in India, Indonesia and China, now have more than 4.7 million users. The Nokia Money service has also moved to full commercial service after the pilot in Pune, India called Mobile Money Services by Yes Bank, and will start its countrywide roll-out in Chandigarh.[Lees verder]

Deutsche Telekom confirms corruption investigation
(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that its CEO Rene Obermann is among eight people under investigation by the German state prosecutor in Bonn following allegations of bribery at Deutsche Telekom’s subsidiaries in Hungary, Macedonia and Montenegro. Deutsche Telekom and Obermann rejected any allegations of involvement in criminal activity and said the company does not tolerate corruption in any area of its business. Wirtschaftwoche reported earlier that at the end of August, German investigators searched the office and house of Obermann as well as seven other people, including non-Deutsche Telekom employees. The state prosecutor is acting on a legal assistance request from the US securities commission SEC. The SEC had reportedly offered the operator a fine to avoid prosecution, but this was rejected by the operator. The SEC then asked the German prosecutor for help. The alleged bribery took place in 2005, when the auditor of Magyar Telekom refused to sign off on the financial figures of the company after finding millions of euros in consulting fees without a clear background. A subsequent internal investigation uncovered further cases with a total value of EUR 24 million. Magyar Telekom claims that the money was used by international law firm White & Case to obtain concessions from the Macedonian government. The accusation against Obermann, who was the CEO of T-Mobile International in that period, claims that he made an illegal deal with the chairman of Telekom Makedonski (MakTel) with regards to dividend payments to ensure that the planned opening of the Macedonian telecom market for other operators would be delayed. Deutsche Telekom and Obermann said they have fully cooperated at all times in the US authorities’ investigation, which has been under way for four years now, with the CEO himself assisting as a witness in 2009. No allegations have been made against the CEO personally at any stage of the US investigation.[Lees verder]

Telenor, Telefonica strike multinationals support deal
(Telecompaper) Telenor and Telefonica have signed a partnership agreement designed to help both companies support the requirements of their multinational customers (MNC), with a focus on mobile services. Under the terms of the contract, Telenor and Telefonica will support each other’s MNC requirements in 22 countries. The agreement reinforces both companies’ managed mobility services for multinational customers. Telefonica currently serves over 800 MNC customers through Telefonica Multinational Solutions, many of which require services in the Nordic countries. In its turn, Telenor serves a number of MNC and corporate accounts that have requirements in the countries where Telefonica operates. Telenor will support Telefonica in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, while Telefonica will support Telenor in the 19 European and Latin American countries where it currently has mobile operations (UK, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama). The agreement defines how Telenor and Telefonica will cooperate and support each other in the multinational market, covering rules of engagement, bid management, products and services, SLAs, and operational processes and systems.[Lees verder]

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