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Sales of handheld devices continue to drop

Sales of handheld devices are continuing to fall, according to new figures issued by research firm IDC. The organisation's latest worldwide Handheld Qview report reveals the total number of devices shipped during the first quarter of 2006 totaled 1.5m, a drop of 22.3 per cent year-on-year. In 2005, global shipments of handheld …
Charlie Taylor, 28 Apr 2006

Mobile phone shipments to hit 1bn in 2006

The number of mobile phones shipped worldwide rose by 31 per cent during the first quarter of 2006, according to new figures. Strategy Analytics' latest study reveals that 229m mobile phones were shipped in the first three months of 2006. This marks the first time sales have passed the 200m mark in the opening quarter of the …
Charlie Taylor, 21 Apr 2006
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Dublin firm to target African mobile users

An Irish provider of online mobile data synchronisation solutions aims to target mobile phone users in emerging markets in Africa. SIMchronise, a Dublin-based start-up, showcased its wares to investors at this week's Goodbody Stockbrokers SummIT 2006 event. The firm is hopeful that it can secure €1.8m over two years so it can …
Charlie Taylor, 07 Apr 2006
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Telecoms spending to decline

Consumer spending on fixed-line telecoms services in Western Europe is set to decline, and Ireland will see an especially dramatic fall, according to a new study. In the report, research firm Analysys indicates that growth in TV and video services delivered over broadband will not be enough to halt the fall in the value of …
Charlie Taylor, 17 Mar 2006
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Horizon sees rise in revenues, earnings

Horizon Technology reported revenues of €294m for the year ending December 2005, up 5 per cent on the €281m it posted for 2004. Earnings for the systems integration company, a major supplier of Sun Microsystems products, were up 10 per cent from €8.88 per diluted share in 2004 to €9.73 at the end of last year. Horizon's …
Charlie Taylor, 16 Mar 2006
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One mobile phone for every European by 2007

Mobile penetration in Western Europe is expected to exceed 100 per cent by 2007, according to a new forecast issued by the research firm Analysys. The company predicts that penetration of mobile phones will grow from 90 per cent in 2004 to 98 per cent by 2006, before reaching the 100 per cent mark the following year. The …
Charlie Taylor, 06 May 2005
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INM sells stake in iTouch for €100m

Independent News & Media has announced that it has agreed to sell its entire shareholding in the mobile application vendor iTouch for €100m., a Japanese-based provider of mobile phone content, is to buy all of Independent News and Media's (INM) 152,840,212 iTouch shares at €0.65 cents per share. INM's shareholding …
Charlie Taylor, 29 Apr 2005
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Ireland: auto-diallers under control

Ireland's communications regulator has lifted restrictions in place on ISPs and telecom operators, introduces to combat rogue auto-diallers. ComReg noted that while there are still instances of such fraud being reported, consumer awareness has resulted in fewer incidents. As a result, 'exceptional steps' imposed at the time …
Charlie Taylor, 03 Dec 2004