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Ireland slips down e-readiness rankings

Ireland has slipped into sixteenth place in the latest Economist e-readiness rankings, losing ground as our industrialised peers adopt VoIP and internet television. That's according to the seventh annual e-Readiness Rankings, which measures the e-business environment of 68 countries around the world, gauging the extent to which …
Ciaran Buckley, 27 Apr 2006
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Fixed-mobile market to hit $28bn by 2011

More than 92m people will have combined their mobile and fixed-line handsets by 2011, as landline operators fight the threat of mobile substitution. That's according to a new report published by Informa Telecoms and Media, entitled Fixed Mobile Convergence, which predicts that the fixed mobile convergence (FMC) market will be …
Ciaran Buckley, 27 Apr 2006
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Mobile TV gets thumbs up

Participants in pan-European trials of mobile television say they would gladly sign up for such a service and many would be prepared to pay for mobile TV. These were some of the findings from a number of mobile phone pilot schemes run by Nokia in Finland, England, France and Spain. Each of the pilots involved a mobile operator …
Ciaran Buckley, 13 Mar 2006
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Vodafone ends cross-border roaming charges

Vodafone has announced the end of roaming charges for its Republic of Ireland customers, while travelling to Northern Ireland and Britain, following O2's lead. The new arrangement kicks off in mid-March and follows an announcement by rival O2 in early February, when it unveiled its all-island tariff and said that its customers …
Ciaran Buckley, 09 Mar 2006
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Mobile roaming charges to fall

The cost of making mobile phone calls while abroad will fall, as operators create roaming-friendly tariffs and face up to regulatory pressure on overcharging. Operator groups have started to formulate roaming-friendly tariffs, to bring about price transparency and lower prices for their roaming customers, according to Informa's …
Ciaran Buckley, 09 Jun 2005
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Dual-core Pentiums boost PC demand

Demand for Intel's new dual-processor chips will help to support demand for PCs in 2005, Gartner says. Intel last week launched its Pentium D840, 830 and 820 dual-core processors for use in both home and office desktop PCs. The Pentium D is Intel's second dual-core processor, following the introduction of the Pentium Extreme …
Ciaran Buckley, 31 May 2005
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MCI upbeat despite $3.4bn loss

Only six months out of bankruptcy, MCI has reported net losses of $3.4bn for Q3, due to falling revenues and a write down of the value of its network. The company had revenues of $5.08bn to the end of September, down from $5.97bn for the same quarter of 2003. But the main cause of the loss was the charge of $2.77bn that the …
Ciaran Buckley, 05 Nov 2004
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Samsung creeps up on Motorola

Samsung's share of the global mobile phone market has jumped 34 per cent since last year, thanks to the success of its clamshell phones with digital cameras. At this time last year, Samsung had just 10.3 per cent of the global market, but it now holds a 13.8 per cent share, having shipped 22.7m phones in the third quarter to …
Ciaran Buckley, 03 Nov 2004

Vodafone inks global deal with Sun

Sun Microsystems has concluded a global deal with Vodafone to provide Java enterprise and desktop software to the mobile phone network's operations across more than 26 countries. Sun's Java Enterprise System (JES) will be used to deliver core enterprise network services at Vodafone. The Java Desktop System is also included in …
Ciaran Buckley, 29 Oct 2004