Friday, 2 January 2009

Lycatel Ireland faces fine for violating German court’s order – Ireland

According to IDT Corporation, a leading telecommunications company in the US, Lycatel Ireland and its Managing Director have been fined EUR 30,000 (USD 41,934.6) each by a German court for violating the court’s order in a patent infringement case filed by Prepaid Cards, IDT’s Belgian affiliate.

On May 13, 2008, the District Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, found that Lycatel Ireland, Lycatel Services and some present and former Directors of the company had infringed upon the German part of the European patent EP 0 572 991. This patent is an exclusive license of Prepaid Cards, and is related to a procedure for processing prepaid telephone calls. According to the court, defendants provided prepaid calling card services in Germany with respect to the calling cards according to the type Messenger, Matrix, GHANAtel, Nigeriatel, Turkeytel. IndiaTEL, Pakistantel, Banglatel, Europetel. Arabtel, Africatel, MAXIAfrica, Maxiworld, Globaltel and Easterntel.

Lycatel is a provider of calling cards, carrier to carrier wholesale, MVNO and residential indirect access services. The company claims to have more than 8.5 million customers.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

MVNOs and MMOs collaborating with MNOs for M2M market – Global

According to a report from ABI Research, MVNOs and M2M Mobile Operators (MMOs) are partnering with mobile operators to develop and provide services for the M2M (machine-to-machine) market. This market requires specialised services which were not addressed directly by traditional mobile operators except for some very large customers. The report states that specialised network providers such as MVNOs and MMOs can aggregate demand from various small customers in a cost-effective manner. Moreover, some of them have already started deploying their own specialised network infrastructure equipment.

According to the report, going forward, the tendency of MVNOs to become MMOs is also expected to increase. The report also states that while some network providers focus on regions such as North America and Europe (by providing multiple communication technologies), there are others which concentrate on generalised global reach (without providing multiple communication technologies).

Monday, 29 December 2008

Tele2 Netherlands clarifies its stand on warranty policy – Netherlands

Remco Meerstra, a spokesperson of Tele2 Netherlands, has clarified that the company does not plan to change its mobile telephone warranty policy. He was replying to remarks from the Dutch consumer authority that Tele2 should be responsible for repairs of damaged handsets (as the company has delivered the handset) instead of sending it to the manufacturer.

Currently, Tele2 sends the broken handsets directly to the manufacturer. According to the company, it cannot provide repair services as it does not have shops to receive damaged handsets from its clients. Meerstra added that the company has agreements with all the mobile manufacturers that enable direct delivery of handsets to them. However, service points express difficulty in sending the handsets directly to the manufacturers due to non-availability of IMEI numbers on handsets, which renders the warranty invalid. In reply to their concerns, Meerstra said that clients can directly approach Tele2 in case they were not helped by the handset manufacturer, and get a replacement.