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GSMA and NeuStar throw Carrier ENUM a lifeline

A new report by Yankee Group concludes that if the GSMA and NeuStar are successful in recruiting service providers to adopt their new managed numbering resolution service, Pathfinder, it could be a major step on the path to a global registry.

Report: Brussels stands firm on telecoms regulation

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has warned that the European Union will not ease its stringent regulation of the sector despite slowing growth. In an interview with the Financial Times (FT), Reding said regulation was, if anything, set to be stepped up to ensure incumbent players did not “squeeze out” newcomers during the downturn.

ng Connect Program adds members

The ng Connect Program founded by Alcatel-Lucent at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in February today announced four new members: Atlantic Records, Kyocera Communications, LearningMate, and MediaTile.

Yahoo Mobile launches across 300 handsets

VNUNet claims that Yahoo has moved a step closer to its goal of owning the mobile Web space with the official launch of Yahoo Mobile.

KDDI, Sharp to launch ‘first’ solar-powered mobile

Japan’s second-largest mobile operator, KDDI, is to launch a solar-powered mobile device manufactured by fellow Japanese company Sharp in June.

Operators take hit from new EU cuts

The European Commission yesterday called for a huge cut in mobile termination rates, a move that saw Vodafone’s stock experience its sharpest fall in six months.

Acer to launch Android smartphone in 2009

Acer, the world’s third-largest PC-maker, has said that one of its forthcoming smartphones will be based on Google’s Android platform.

Downturn is driving innovation

An overwhelming majority (almost 70 percent) of global mobile network operators, investors and technology vendors believe that the current economic malaise is actually driving innovation in the telecoms industry, according to the results of a GSMA survey released today.

GSMA calls for East African mobile taxation to be harmonised at 3%

According to a newly published Deloitte report commissioned by the GSMA, mobile specific taxes negatively impact the affordability of mobile services to some of the poorer communities across East Africa.

SE aims to revive fortunes via new feature phones

Loss-making handset vendor Sony Ericsson has unveiled three new feature phones that will launch later this year in time for the key holiday sales season.