Feeds

This is what is going on the mobile world this week

Please, no more mobiles! Look, we've put it all in one story for you

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

Okay, so you know all about the blooming things frying your brain. Well, it's only really dangerous if you're a kid, or so says an independent survey (there's another story on the site about this). This is just as well because the big mobile companies have forked out 22.5 billion between them for the UK's 3G mobile licences. However, first One2One and now BT have run crying to the courts saying it wasn't fair. "Don't be a bad loser," is hopefully what Judge No-nonsense will tell them both. We warned them all it would all end in tears. In the meantime, the German, French and Spanish(?) governments all plan to make a bleeding fortune by running the same auction system for their airwaves. The Reg's bets lie with Vodafone which looks set to make a killing across Europe - it's gonna cost though. Orange managed to nobble one of the UK licences but, of course, has to be sold soon by Vodafone this year because of its takeover of Mannesmann. Mutterings over who's going to buy it and for how much are still continuing. A story in The Times though explained that because of Mannesmann's share price leap, the company may have to sell Orange quick for cash to avoid paying a multi-billion pound capital gains tax bill. Everything is Europe-centred at the moment. Japanese mobile giant NTT Docomo has bought a 15 per cent stake in Dutch telecom KPN Mobile (merger talks with Spain's Telefonica were abandoned a few days before). And KPN plans to team up with the US' BellSouth to get hold of Orange. Which all makes a pretty kinda mobile circle. Sad thing is, while all this high-finance malarkey is going on, they're all forgetting to get down to the important things - like developing some less irritating phone rings. Is it too much to ask? ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.