News In Brief: NTT DoCoMo, HTC, Microsoft, Ziggo, IP Wireless, Synchronica, NEC, Spotify
NTT DoCoMo grew net income 4.9% to 494.8 billion Yen (€4 billion) in the year to end-March, the firm’s fiscal 2010. However, revenues fell 3.7% to 4,284.4 billion, due mostly to an 11.1% decline in voice revenues to 1,910.5 billion Yen.
HTC will pay royalties to Microsoft for every Android-based smartphone it produces. The Taiwanese ODM allied itself closely to Microsoft in its early years, and still relies heavily on the software giant’s patented technologies in its devices.
The auction of 2.6GHz spectrum in the Netherlands raised €2.6m, and saw two new entrants – Ziggo and Tele2 – secure 40Mhz of the available spectrum each. KPN and Vodafone gained 20MHz apiece, and T-Mobile 10Mhz.
IP Wireless has teamed up with Sony to develop wireless technology that goes beyond LTE. Work has already started, with an initial focus on improving LTE, and the pair will present the outcome to the 3GPP.
Messaging services provider Synchronica has completed a take-over of instant messaging firm Colibria.
NEC has concluded LTE lab trials with Telefonica's Argentinean subsidiary. The vendor said it had conducted the trial between February and March, and that it will be involved in future Telefonica LTE trials.
Music streaming company Spotify has promised to significantly revamp its services to allow users to share music directly with their social networking contacts.