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Sony to up joint procurement with handset unit

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is to increase the number of components it procures jointly with Sony Ericsson in a bid to save money at its struggling handset unit, a joint-venture with Sweden’s Ericsson.

Report: Ottawa unlikely to block Nortel deal

Canada’s Globe and Mail reports that Nortel Networks’ sale of key CDMA and LTE technology to Ericsson is being evaluated by Ottawa based on the balance sheet value of its assets, paving the way for the controversial deal to close without federal intervention.

Report: Buyers for LG-Nortel stake shortlisted

Sony Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and two private-equity firms have reportedly made the shortlist to acquire Nortel’s stake in LG-Nortel, the South Korean mobile equipment vendor.

LG, Sony Ericsson join Windows 6.5 party

LG and Sony Ericsson have unveiled devices based on Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system (OS), joining HTC in becoming some of the first vendors to back the upgraded software platform. LG’s GM750 (pictured, left) will be available from 6 October (the launch date for version 6.5).

Sony Ericsson entertains with move to Sony brand

Loss-making handset vendor Sony Ericsson yesterday announced plans to realign its brand towards a stronger entertainment profile and adopt the ‘make.believe’ brand concept currently pushed by Sony, one of the manufacturer’s parent companies.

Docomo gives IMS a needed boost

NTT Docomo has teamed up with five major network vendors to develop specifications for new value-added services delivered via IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology.

Sony Ericsson abandoning Windows Mobile?

Sony Ericsson is planning to do away with its Windows Mobile range of mobile phones, it has been predicted, with the forthcoming Xperia X2 likely to be the last of the line.

Ericsson strikes Chinese social networking deal

Ericsson today announced it is working with Kaixin001, the largest and fastest-growing social networking site in China, on a three-year partnership to develop mobile applications that will help millions of users access the site wherever and whenever they want.

MetroPCS picks Ericsson, Samsung for LTE launch

US prepaid operator MetroPCS yesterday announced it has selected Ericsson and Samsung as vendors for the launch of its LTE network in the second half of next year.

Nokia Siemens Networks claims first LTE call

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) – the industry’s second-largest infrastructure vendor – claims to have made the world’s first LTE call using commercial basestations and fully standard compliant software.