www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Softwareload, Deutsche Telekom’s mobile applications portal offering more than 15,000 mobile applications for download has been launched in the UK. Currently, there are more than 1.5 million registered users of Softwareload’s sister site.
According to Dirk Lebzien, Head of Softwareload, consumers and business people alike are using mobile devices far more often for work or entertainment on the move resulting in the demand for wider access to exciting new apps to make the most of their mobiles and with the launch of our UK mobile store on Softwareload.co.uk, shoppers can choose from more than 15,000 software titles that they can quickly and securely install onto their mobile device.
Softwareload’s 12-month download guarantee will also be profitable for the customers enabling them to store their purchase securely online should they need to install it on a new mobile device during that period.
A visitor can shop for apps which may range from navigation, games, software, business, communication and organizational tools. They can securely install them directly onto their mobile device or via their PC.
According to Dirk Lebzien, Head of Softwareload, consumers and business people alike are using mobile devices far more often for work or entertainment on the move. As a result they’re demanding wider access to exciting new apps to make the most of their mobiles.
In his opinion, with the launch of their UK mobile store on Softwareload.co.uk, shoppers can choose from more than 15,000 software titles that they can quickly and securely install onto their mobile device.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Google has been called up by the heads of the leading European telecommunications groups, including Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom to pay them for carrying content such as YouTube videos on their networks.
The operators are interested in finding common cause with media companies to strengthen their voice. These media companies get little or no money from Google when it aggregates their content on Google News. According to Telefonica chairman Cesar Alierta, Google should share some of its online advertising revenue with carriers to compensate them for the billions of euros they are investing in fixed-line and mobile infrastructure to increase download speeds and network capacity.
Regulators involvement is also seeked by the telcos to supervise a settlement if no revenue sharing deal was possible between search engines led by Google and network operators. Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann feels that there is not a single Google service that is not reliant on network service and the company cannot offer its networks for free.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Deutsche Telekom management has been criticized by the union representing workers at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile Germany, the Communications Workers of America and UNI Global Union, for using double standard in the way it treats workers in different countries.
According to CWA’s President Larry Cohen, contrary to T-Mobile USA’s anti-union efforts, AT&T has set a standard based on neutrality and recognition based on majority sign up, and the company’s 42,000 Mobility employees have a contract and bargaining rights.
T- Mobile on the other hand makes the best use of the use the loop holes in current U.S. labor law that support and permit anti-union campaigning by management. They ally with the worst of U.S. managers who fight collective bargaining for employees in every imaginable way.
Reflecting the position of the workers of telecom companies, Marcus Courtney, head of UNI Telecom cited that France Telecom and Telefonica have signed global agreements with UNI respecting workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively while Deutsche Telekom is failing to meet standards set by its competitors.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: With Germany preparing itself for the largest mobile spectrum auction scheduled for April 12, 2010, Dutch telecoms group KPN has announced that it would be â€˜disciplined’ in its participation in the auction. Working under the name of E-Plus brand, t has also announced to improve its network.
E- Plus also divulged its interest in new spectrum as on option for decreasing the cost of its plans to increase capacity and coverage in Germany and aims to take a disciplined value-driven approach in the auction so that spectrum is only acquired at the right price.
It was announced by Germany’s telecoms regulator Federal Network Agency (FNA) last week that a total of four applicants had been admitted to the auction which involves licenses for spectrum freed up in the switchover from analogue to digital television. The name of the telcos include- incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom’s (DT’s) mobile unit T-Mobile; UK-based Vodafone; Spain’s Telefonica O2 Germany; and E-Plus.
360MHz spectrum package is up for sale along with spectrum in the 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz ranges, as well as 60MHz in the digital dividend range of 800MHz.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: According to CEO Rene Obermann of Deutsche Telekom, the company is committed to keeping and growing T-Mobile USA. With this, speculation that the operator may sell or merge the fourth-largest US mobile operator has been knocked off.
US market is considered to be highly attractive in the years to come and the US operators has been described as highly potential to connect mobile and wireless devices like computers, tablets, consumer electronics and even cars.
Obermann also added that growth does not come from new human customers, but devices and claimed that mobile penetration rates of between 500 and 1000 percent could be possible.
The Serbian government is all set to discuss the sale of a 40% stake in Telecom Srbija later this week. Greek operator OTE owns 20% of Telekom Srbija while the remaining stake is controlled by the government.
According to Jasna Matic, the telecoms minister, the state has been poorly managing the company and that a sale would be good for the economy. The minister was also of the opinion that several companies are interested in the stake, including OTE shareholder Deutsche Telekom, Orascom and Turk Telecom.
It is expected that this sale will be a part of the international tender and the government will form a special budget for the funds collected from.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A number of new financial targets and focus areas for accelerating growth have been introduced by Deutsche Telekom on its investor day. The focus has been put on driving growth from broadband, TV and IT services to offset the steady decline in fixed and mobile voice revenues. Five growth areas have been outlined by the German operator in particular.
The first focus area of the company is mobile data services where an increase in the revenues from just under EUR 4 billion in 2009 to around EUR 6 billion in 2012 and approximately EUR 10 billion in 2015 has been targeted. The roll-out of HSPA+ in Germany will support the move. LTE will also help if the operator wins frequencies in the upcoming auction. HSPA+ should be available to around 180 million people by the end of this year at T- Mobile USA while the number of 3G smartphones is expected to double to 8 million.
60 percent reduction in the gap in data ARPU with the rivals by 2012 will also be expected by the US operator. Besides, it is also expected that over half the handsets on its network should be smartphones by the same date.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: In a bid to gear up the business, Magyar Telekom (MTel) of Hungary has decided to diversify its business into the utilities services sector. The decision is also aimed at retaining existing customers amid the country’s steepest economic dip for more than a decade.
Natural gas and electricity of the Deutsche Telekom-backed telco will be resold to its residential and business users under the scheme and hopefully by next month. According to MTel, it is anticipated that participation in the retail electricity and gas market will enable Magyar Telekom to retain existing, and win new telecommunication customers with attractive energy offers.
On the other hand, 19% year-on-year loss in fourth-quarter net income was reported by the telco on a drop in revenue and rising staff costs. MTel’s net profit for 4Q09 contracted to HUF10.2 billion (USD51.7 million) in the period under review, down from HUF12.6 billion a year ago following the worst recession in the country in nearly 20 years.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: All four established network providers of Germany are allowed to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction but no newcomers will be bidding. The announcement has been made by German federal network regulator Bundesnetzagentur.
An auction would be organized by the regulator for several spectrums in four bands which are not used any more by broadcasters or the military, including the most important spectrum, 800 megahertz band best suited to for fourth-generation networks.
According to Bundesnetzagentur, one interested party had expressed initial interest but has since withdrawn from the process, while another didn’t fulfill the conditions to participate in the auction. Details have not been divulged by the regulator.