It’s about keeping up with consumer demand. It’s about giving consumers what they expect–fewer dropped calls, faster speeds, and access to state-of-the-art mobile broadband Internet service.”
An interesting piece in the Mobile Business Briefing points to the possibility that European carriers like Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone could be working together to build their own OS, possibly following the China Mobile model of creating their own flavor of Android far-removed from the official Google code.
One in six American mobile phone users have been shocked by surprise fees and charges in their monthly bills, according to a survey that regulators said highlights the need for more transparency by wireless companies.
Deutsche Telekom is considering acquiring Sprint Nextel and may do so in the coming weeks, according to a report in the British newspaper the Telegraph. The move could combine Sprint and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA. The speculation sent Sprint’s stock soaring – it was up almost 11 percent to $4.15 per share in trading this morning – and had analysts pondering whether the potential tie-up between the third and fourth largest carriers in the United States is more than mere rumor.
U.K. authorities want to review the merger of France Telecom SA and Deutsche Telekom AG’s British units, telling European Union authorities that the deal may significantly affect competition in the country.
The Office of Fair Trading asked the European Commission, the EU agency currently investigating the deal, to transfer the case to the U.K., the OFT said in a statement today. The EU will rule by March 1 on the request.
The government agency that supervises the communications industry should free up unused airwaves to make the high-speed Internet access market more competitive, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also should make it harder for big wireless phone companies to win spectrum auctions, the Justice Department said in comments it submitted to the commission.