Thai court confirms halt to 3G auction

Thai court confirms halt to 3G auction
(Telecompaper) A Thai court has confirmed the suspension of the country’s 3G licence auction. State-run CAT Telecoms had appealed to the Central Administrative Court to block the auction. It says its interests would be damaged and that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has no authority to offer the licences. That court had ruled on 16 September that the new regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), must be formed first before the auction can take place, in line with the 2007 constitution. The Supreme Administrative Court agreed in its ruling on 23 September that the auction should be halted for now, Reuters reported. The case is being sent back to the lower court, which plans to ask Thailand’s Constitution Court to consider whether the NTC has authority to issue the licences. The government said it plans to speed up the process by seeking parliamentary approval for new regulations to set up the NBTC by the end of this year or early next year.[Lees verder]

Samsung App store hits 10 mln downloads in Europe
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics has announced that its Samsung Apps mobile and TV application store has passed the 10 million download milestone in Europe. The Samsung Apps store was launched in September 2009 in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Samsung Apps are currently available in 109 markets worldwide, including 34 countries across Europe. The Top 3 most popular Samsung Apps downloaded in Europe are Need for Speed Shift, Magic Torch, and My Mirror. The Samsung Apps Store currently offers games, social networks, e-books and health-related services. Samsung plans to develop the creation of more locally-customized applications. It will also integrate relevant local information, designed to reflect cultural characteristics and provide a more tailored service to users globally.[Lees verder]

Orange UK announces San Francisco Android phone
(Telecompaper) Orange UK has announced the new San Francisco touchscreen Android mobile phone, costing GBP 99 on PAYG. This is the first in a series of new affordable Android devices to be launched by Orange in the UK. The handset is based on Android 2.1 and gives users access to thousands of apps including Orange Wednesdays and Orange Maps. The phone also has an MP3 player with integrated FM radio, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G+ features. The San Francisco supports a data capacity of up to 32 GB, and comes with a 2 GB microSD card inbox and in-built memory of 150 MB. It is available from Orange shops, online and via telesales.[Lees verder]

Thai court confirms halt to 3G auction
(Telecompaper) A Thai court has confirmed the suspension of the country’s 3G licence auction. State-run CAT Telecoms had appealed to the Central Administrative Court to block the auction. It says its interests would be damaged and that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has no authority to offer the licences. That court had ruled on 16 September that the new regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), must be formed first before the auction can take place, in line with the 2007 constitution. The Supreme Administrative Court agreed in its ruling on 23 September that the auction should be halted for now, Reuters reported. The case is being sent back to the lower court, which plans to ask Thailand’s Constitution Court to consider whether the NTC has authority to issue the licences. The government said it plans to speed up the process by seeking parliamentary approval for new regulations to set up the NBTC by the end of this year or early next year.[Lees verder]

Samsung App store hits 10 mln downloads in Europe
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics has announced that its Samsung Apps mobile and TV application store has passed the 10 million download milestone in Europe. The Samsung Apps store was launched in September 2009 in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Samsung Apps are currently available in 109 markets worldwide, including 34 countries across Europe. The Top 3 most popular Samsung Apps downloaded in Europe are Need for Speed Shift, Magic Torch, and My Mirror. The Samsung Apps Store currently offers games, social networks, e-books and health-related services. Samsung plans to develop the creation of more locally-customized applications. It will also integrate relevant local information, designed to reflect cultural characteristics and provide a more tailored service to users globally.[Lees verder]

Orange UK announces San Francisco Android phone
(Telecompaper) Orange UK has announced the new San Francisco touchscreen Android mobile phone, costing GBP 99 on PAYG. This is the first in a series of new affordable Android devices to be launched by Orange in the UK. The handset is based on Android 2.1 and gives users access to thousands of apps including Orange Wednesdays and Orange Maps. The phone also has an MP3 player with integrated FM radio, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G+ features. The San Francisco supports a data capacity of up to 32 GB, and comes with a 2 GB microSD card inbox and in-built memory of 150 MB. It is available from Orange shops, online and via telesales.[Lees verder]