Feeds

Russia's first operator-brand mobile

MTS unveils S-680

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Europe in Brief Russia's number one mobile operator MTS last week unveiled Russia's first own-brand cell phone. The sleek S-680, which sports the MTS-GSM logo, was launched at the Svyaz telecoms exhibition.

The new mobile phone, which supports GPRS and boasts polyphonic ring tones, will be made in Southeast Asia and retail at a "democratic" $100, The Moscow Times writes. Sitroniks, a subsidiary of MTS's owner Sistema, developed the menu software.


Netherlands: 400,000 mobile users in debt

Rising phone bills are lumbering 400,000 Dutch mobile phone users with an average debt of almost €680, new research by Dutch organisation Preventel shows. The total amount of debt exceeds a staggering €260m.

Mobile phones are blamed for the rising incidence of debt problems among young people. In the Netherlands most people who have difficulty paying their mobile phone bills are between 18 and 23 years old.


Poland: bids for wireless local loop

E-Internet, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), the Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK) and Innova Capital have all placed bids for the Polish tender for wireless local loop (WLL), a technology that enables remote areas to hook up with fixed-line phones.

The WLL-tender has already become more popular than the planned tender for GSM services, which would allow a fourth operator to emerge in Poland. However, analysts told the Warshaw Business Journal that "it is hard to see what demand will come from it". The percentage of households without fixed-line access in Poland is not high.


Denmark: Danish IT-billionaire in new start-up

Danish IT billionaire Erik Damgaard, 43, is leaving Microsoft in Seattle for a co-investment in the sprouting Danish IT company International Power Switch, according to business daily Børsen. The company developes a power conductor which companies can use to switch computers on and off automatically if the temperature or the humidity rises.

Damgaard was, along with his brother Preben, behind Damgaard Data that merged with its competitor Navision in 2001. Navision was sold to Microsoft for €1.5bn. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices
Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom
Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?
What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?
Oh, you've dialled the wrong number for ad fibs, rules ASA
EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder
Carrier is 'aware' of cockup, working on a fix NOW
ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip – Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US
You crashed watchdog's site, now time to crash its ears
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
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?