Top Stories of the Week – May 12, 2012

T-Mobile’s VoIP customers reach 1 million

Before the CTIA Wireless trade show opened, T-Mobile noted that its year-old Bobsled voice-over-IP and messaging app has now reached a million users.

The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier is unique in offering a free, Internet-based calling app that does not require a T-Mobile subscription to use. About 95 percent of Bobsled users are not actually T-Mobile subscribers, the company said in a press release, and 80 percent of Bobsled calls are made from outside the U.S.

AT&T suspends U-verse TV on Xbox option To re-engineer kit

AT&T's U-verse TV customers currently cannot order a hardware kit to equip an Xbox 360 as an IPTV set-top box, as the telco stated it is revamping the product to "improve and enhance this functionality."

"We are sorry, but the AT&T U-verse TV for Xbox 360 Hardware Kit is not currently available for ordering as we work to improve and enhance this functionality," the telco said in a notice on its website.

2G: I-T begins probe against all telecom firms who got licenses

In a fresh trouble for telecom giants, India’s Income Tax department has initiated a post-2008 probe into the finances, investments and returns of all those 122 2G spectrum license benefactors whose authorizations were scrapped by the Supreme Court recently.

These 122 licenses, granted during the time of former telecom minister A. Raja, were cancelled by the apex court on the ground that they were issued in a "totally arbitrary and unconstitutional" manner.

2G spectrum auction: CDMA lobby asks Kapil Sibal to ignore pricing panel report

The industry body of CDMA operators in India has asked telecom minister Kapil Sibal to ignore suggestions made by JS Deepak, the government-appointed auction overseer, specific to telcos using dual-technology spectrum.

Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India or Auspi, that represents companies like Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Sistema Shyam, has written to Sibal that targeting dual-technology operators to pay up for spectrum at a market-determined price would be 'illegal and contrary to the policies of the level-playing field' in a communication to the minister last week, seen by ET.

IPTV shines for BT in mixed financial year

The BT Vision IPTV business line has been one of the standout performers in a mixed financial year for the UK's incumbent telco and networking firm. For the fourth quarter and year to 31 March 2012, BT announced respective revenues of £4.875 billion and £19.307 billion, both down 4 percent year on year. Yet underlying the cost-efficiency deployed by the corporation, EDITA was up 4 percent and 3 percent to £1.609 billion and £6.064 billion for the final quarter and year respectively.

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