Cellular-News for Friday 20th January 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

WiMAX Equipment Market May Top US$3 Billion in 2010
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15673.php

Our aggressive forecast for pre-WiMAX-Certified 802.16-2004 equipment
 -- subscriber units and base stations -- is $42 million in 2005,
growing to $3.2 billion in 2010," said Norm Bogen, In-Stat
analyst. "The conservative forecast is $19 million and $...

Sprint Nextel Invests in 3G Infrastructure Vendor
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15681.php

Sprint Nextel has made an additional US$10 million strategic
investment in IPWireless. In July of 2005, Sprint made its initial
investment of $4 million in IPWireless. Sprint Nextel is currently
trialing IPWireless' UMTS TD-CDMA technology in the Was...

[[ Financial ]]

Millicom Receives Unsolicited Offers
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15659.php

Luxembourg-based telecommunications operator Millicom International
Cellular S.A. Thursday said that, following several unsolicited
approaches, it has decided to conduct a review of strategic options
for the company. ...

Russia's Sibirtelecom invest up 11% on yr, excluding mobile service
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15662.php

Investments of Russian regional telecommunication operator
Sibirtelecom, which provides fixed line as well as mobile services,
rose 11% on the year to 6.2 billion rubles in 2005, the
company's press service told Prime-Tass Thursday. ...

VimpelCom Looks Outside Of Ex-USSR For Expansion
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15663.php

VimpelCom, Russia's second-biggest player after Mobile TeleSystems -
started expansion in the former Soviet Union in 2004 and operates in
Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. ...

CEO says date of VimpelCom's 2006 budget approval still unclear
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15672.php

The date of Russian second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom's 2006
budget approval remains unclear, VimpelCom's CEO Alexander Izosimov
told reporters Thursday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Features Less Important Than Aesthetics for New Handsets
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15682.php

UK based mobile market analysis, research and consulting firm Mako
Analysis has unveiled an interesting insight into the major wireless
handset trends that we are likely to see emerge through 2006. The Mako
Analysis report identifies forthcoming deve...

[[ Interviews ]]

Interview: UK's Caudwell Group Expects Sale Within 6 Months
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15658.php

The sale of Caudwell Group, which includes the Phones4U mobile phone
retail business, is expected to be completed within the next six
months according to John Caudwell, chairman and chief executive of the
company. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Government Minister May Be Secret Telecoms Fund Investor
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15661.php

Russia's IT and Telecommunications Minister Leonid Reiman was secretly
named by his own law firm as the true owner of a Bermuda-based mutual
fund that has amassed control of a large share of Russia's
mobile-phone industry, according to a filing in a ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Mobile 365 partners with three LatAm operators
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15666.php

US mobile messaging and data services provider Mobile 365 has signed
agreements with three new operators in Latin America, in Venezuela, El
Salvador and Honduras, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ MVNO ]]

Spain Regulator Sees MVNOs Launch By Year-End Or 2007
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15660.php

Spain's telecommunications industry regulator CMT expects the first
mobile virtual network operators, or MVNO, in the country to launch
services by the year-end or early 2007, a CMT spokeswoman said
Thursday. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Bids Submitted For NYC Subway Station Cell Phone Network
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15657.php

NEW YORK (AP)--Some of the best-known companies in the world submitted
bids Wednesday to wire 277 New York City subway stations for cell
phone use. ...

Expanding Indoor Cellular Coverage at Airports
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15678.php

LGC Wireless says that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport has installed the it's InterReach Unison system to deliver
cellular and public safety wireless coverage throughout the airport's
5.8 million square foot facility. The multi-opera...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Brazil's Vivo launches new promotional tariffs
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15667.php

Brazil's largest mobile phone operator Vivo has launched new
promotional tariffs for postpaid and prepaid clients, reported local
news service AE-Setorial. ...

Belarus' BelCel plans to up capacity to 260,000 numbers this year
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15671.php

Belarusian mobile telecommunications operator BelCel plans to increase
this year the capacity of its network to 260,000 numbers from about
120,000 numbers as of now, an official with the company told
Prime-Tass Thursday. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Nortel Appoints Carey As Executive VP Of Corporate Operations
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15668.php

Nortel Networks has appointed Dennis Carey as executive
vice-president, corporate operations, effective Jan. 30. ...

Cell Phone Co: 2 Kidnapped Engineers In Iraq Are Kenyans
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15670.php

BAGHDAD (AP)--The two foreign engineers kidnapped in an ambush in
western Baghdad on Wednesday were Kenyans, their employer said. ...

Lucent Employees Sending Mixed Signals - Survey
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15679.php

Lucent Technologies employees are sending mixed signals about the
company's future, New York research firm Vault has found in new
employee surveys on the company. Says a senior manager: "Overall
outlook for the company is poor. The telecom equipment ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Draft EU Legislation May Hurt Communications Sector
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15669.php

The U.K. government minister responsible for the communications
industry Thursday warned that draft European Union legislation for the
sector could damage growth. ...

[[ Reports ]]

18 Percent of European Cellular Users Interested in Disconnecting
Their Landline http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15675.php

According to the latest research from the Strategy Analytics Wireless
Network Strategies service, one in five mobile phone owners in Western
Europe would consider disconnecting their landline service. The report
also finds that two-thirds would use t...

Demand for Telecom Regulation Advice Increases in Eastern Europe
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15680.php

Ovum Consulting says that it is intensifying its reach in the ICT
sector in Central and Eastern Europe. This move is in response to the
increasing demand for consulting services in the region, particularly
in the areas of mobile, regulation and Fixed...

Wireless Tween Market Has Potential to Double by 2010
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15683.php

Yankee Group says that the tween market is the next new growth
opportunity for wireless carriers. The tween market, defined as 8- to
12-year-olds, has 5.3 million wireless users, accounting for 2.6% of
all wireless subscribers. Amongst tweens, 27% ha...

[[ Statistics ]]

Russia's MegaFon 2005 user base in Vologda Region up 75% on yr
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15664.php

The subscriber base of Russia's third largest national GSM mobile
operator MegaFon in the Vologda Region increased 75% on the year to
700,000 users, the company's press service said Thursday. ...

Peru's mobile market expected to grow 50% in 2006
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15665.php

Peru's mobile telephony market is expected to grow 50% to 8.2 million
users during 2006, Nokia Latin American corporate communications
director Jorge Aguilar was quoted as saying by Peruvian daily
Gestin. ...

Half the World will use a Mobile Phone by 2009
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15674.php

A new market study from Portio Research predicts that 50% of the
world?s population will be using a mobile phone by the end of 2009,
and Africa now boasts the fastest growth rate in the world, forecast
to add 265 million new mobile subscribers over t...

[[ Technology ]]

Agere Ships 100 Millionth GSM Chipset
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15676.php

Agere Systems says that it has now shipped in excess of 100 million
GSM based wireless chipsets for mobile phones operating on more than
70 networks worldwide. Agere is a provider of baseband chipset
solutions addressing the high-end, mid-tier and lo...

Agreement Expanded to Include HSDPA Technology Development
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15677.php

InterDigital Communications and Infineon Technologies say that they
are expanding their long standing cooperative development and
marketing agreement to include the joint development of HSDPA 3G
protocol stack software technology for Infineon's 3G pl...


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