Motorola has published its third-quarter financial results, revealing total sales of $5.5 billion and mobile device sales of $1.7 billion, having shipped 13.6 million handsets. Those sales figures are down on the previous year, yet the company still managed to show a profit of $12 million – better than the break-even figure many analysts expected.
The European Commission says it wants member countries to speed up the switch from analogue to digital TV so that the 790MHz to 862MHz frequency band can be made available for mobile broadband and other mobile services. It says freeing the analogue TV spectrum for these new services could end up giving Europe’s economy a boost of up to €50 billion.
Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, called on EU countries to make the move to digital TV happen by 1st January 2012. Finland, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Sweden have already switched off their analogue TV services; the UK currently plans to switch by the end of 2012.
Ofcom has confirmed the first organisations that’ll be using special pan-European '116' helpline telephone numbers in the UK. These numbers will allow anyone travelling around Europe to access similar services by calling the same six-digit memorable number in any country they visit.
Earlier this year 116000 was announced as a national hotline for missing children in all EU countries, 116111 as a child helpline and 116123 as an emotional support helpline.