Facebook Inc's (Menlo Park, CA, USA) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea), Qualcomm Inc (San Diego, CA, USA) and four other companies for a project aimed at bringing Internet access to people around the world who can't afford it, mirroring efforts by Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) and others.
The project is called Internet.org and will be launched Wednesday. It focuses on enabling the next 5 billion people without access to come online, Zuckerberg said.
The stars may be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple Inc and China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market.
Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) is expected to unveil its redesigned iPhone next month and may also release a cheaper, emerging market smartphone.
AT&T has reported a 2.1% drop in net income for the three months ending June 2013, to $3.82 billion, as rising costs ate into its revenues.
The telecoms giant flagged a 1.6% increase in consolidated revenues, to $32.1 billion, thanks to strong sales of wireless products including smartphones and mobile data plans.
The company boasted net contract additions in its postpaid wireless business of 551,000, up from just 296,000 in the three months ending March and 320,000 a year earlier, and said the performance was its best in a second quarter in four years.
After five years of blistering growth sales of high-end smartphones have hit a plateau and the $2 trillion industry - telecom carriers, handset makers and content providers - is buckling up for a bumpier ride as growth shifts to emerging markets, primarily in Asia.
While carrier subsidies have helped drive sales of high-end devices in mature markets, the next growth chapter will be in emerging markets where cost-conscious users demand cheaper gadgets and cheaper access to cheaper services.
Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDNetworks, a provider of web services, that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of a new content delivery service for mobile broadband operators.
The two companies are to work on improving an existing service from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) called Liquid Applications, which allows operators to tailor content and applications depending on a customer’s service preferences and usage profile.
France has put an end to the most controversial element of a copyright piracy law that allowed the government to cut off the Internet subscriptions of repeat offenders.
The Socialist government of Francois Hollande published an official decree on Tuesday to erase the provision in the law that allowed courts to deprive copyright violaters of their internet connectivity if they transgressed on three occasions. However, other sanctions, such as fines, will remain in place.
NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan's largest mobile provider and a pioneer of the mobile Internet, is one of just a few holdouts among the world's big mobile carriers not offering Apple Inc's iPhone to its 60 million customers.
It is paying heavily for that obstinacy - with a net 3.2 million users jumping ship to its two domestic rivals over the last 4-1/2 years - but is determined to protect the walled garden of services it has built around its own smartphones.
BlackBerry's total market value plunged by more than one-fourth on Friday after the smartphone maker reported dismal quarterly results, prompting ever-deeper skepticism about a long-promised turnaround.
The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic.
The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit Verizon Communications Inc against the Federal Communications Commission as the biggest U.S. wireless provider challenges the FCC's order that guides how Internet service providers manage their networks.
France Telecom-Orange has added its name to the small but growing list of operators to have launched services based on joyn, the brand name for the Rich Communications Services-enhanced (RCS-e) standard backed by industry body the GSM Association (GSMA).
The operator has launched joyn in its home territory of France, becoming the first French operator to do so, and says customers using the service will be able to chat and make file transfers during calls.