Cellular-News for Monday 24th April 2006

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[[Financial News]]

Ericsson Profit Flat As Marconi Deal, Margins Weigh
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17073.php

Ericsson, the world's largest supplier of mobile-phone network
equipment, reported flat profit Friday due to the recent purchase of
Marconi and receding margins. ...

ANALYSIS: Telefónica's investment in Telecom not all it seems
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17080.php

Spain's Telefonica recently announced plans to invest US$670mn in its
new property, Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Telecom). But upon closer
examination, the investment may not be all that it seems. In fact,
technically there may be no foreign fina...

Tricom plans to invest US$31mn this year
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17082.php

Dominican Republic telco, Tricom plans to invest 1bn pesos (US$31mn)
on expansion and quality improvement works this year, local press
reported. ...

Vodafone Eying a Return to Landline Telecoms
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17086.php

Media reports over the weekend suggest that Vodafone is preparing to
drop its cellular-only policy and move into the landline market,
offering triple play services. The UK based Telegraph newspaper,
citing an unnamed Vodafone executive said that the ...

SFR Reports Steady Revenues Growth
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17090.php

The French mobile network, SFR - a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal
reported that Q1 2006 revenues grew by 3.4% (by 2.9% on a comparable
basis) to US$2.6 billion. The favorable effects of the increase in
customer base along with the growth in "voice" ...

[[Handsets News]]

Second Hand Phones for Iraq
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17092.php

The UK's Labour Union body, the TUC launched an appeal last week for
unions and their members to pass on their used mobile phones to the
Iraqi trade union movement as an act of 'second-hand solidarity'. On
of the requests from unions representing wor...

[[Legal News]]

Watchdog says MegaFon unit should abolish discriminatory tariffs
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17075.php

A branch of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) in Russia's
constituent republic of Kabardino-Balkaria has ruled that
Mobicom-Kavkaz, a subsidiary of Russia?s third largest mobile operator
MegaFon, should abolish discriminatory tariffs, the FAS sa...

Russian police arrest suspect in illegal cell phone imports
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17078.php

An investigating committee of the Russian Interior Ministry has
arrested a suspect who was allegedly involved in illegal imports of
mobile handsets, the committee said in a press release Friday. ...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Vodafone Offers Mobile TV in Italy
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17091.php

The Italian TV Broadcaster, Mediaset and Vodafone Italia have signed
an agreement designed to accelerate and boost the technology and
commercial rollout of mobile terrestrial digital TV using DVB-H
(Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld) technology in I...

[[Network Operators News]]

Third Network Set To Launch in September
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17083.php

Azerbaijan's newest GSM network operator, Azerphone says that it
expects to start offering commercial services in September this
year. The Minister of Communication and Information Technologies Ali
Abbasov said that Azerphone is current building its ...

New HQ For Caribbean Digicel
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17085.php

In the week of celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Caribbean based
Digicel, has recorded a growth rate of 69% and laid plans to build a
new headquarters in Kingston for its Jamaican staff base of 1,000. It
was five years ago this week that Digicel...

Slovenian Network Buys Rival
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17087.php

Mobilkom Austria Slovenian subsidiary Si.Mobil has paid US$26 million
to buy struggling rival GSM operator, Vega. Si.mobil reached an
agreement with Western Wireless International, the owner of Vega,
which is going to exit Slovenian market. Si.mobil ...

Phone Services Shut-Down in Nepal Again
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17094.php

Yet again, mobile phone services in Nepal have been cut by the
Royalist government. The mobile services in the Kathmandu valley from
Nepal Telecom (NT) and Mero Mobile, along with the CDMA limited
mobility service from United Telecom Ltd (UTL) have a...

[[Personnel News]]

Sprint Nextel To Pay Its Directors $70,000/Year Retainer Fee
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17074.php

Sprint Nextel Corp. disclosed Friday that all of its directors will
receive an annual retainer fee of $70,000. ...

[[Regulatory News]]

Sprint Nextel, Walt Disney Agree On Spectrum Relocation
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17071.php

Sprint Nextel and Walt Disney's ABC Owned Television Stations Group
agreed to relocate spectrum use, allowing Sprint to offer commercial
mobile radio services over a portion of the 2-gigahertz band. ...

Chile's Smartom Wins Telefonica Moviles Spectrum Auction
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17072.php

Chilean mobile telecommunications provider Smartcom won the auction of
mobile spectrum offered by the Chilean unit of mobile telephony
company Telefonica Moviles, a Moviles Chile spokesman said
Thursday. ...

Nextel asks govt to keep close eye on Telmex
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17076.php

Trunking service provider Nextel del Peru has asked Peru's government
to closely supervise competitor Telmex as it develops its concession
for fixed wireless local loop service in Lima and Callao, newspaper El
Peruano reported. ...

Ministry to outsource mobile service quality monitoring
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17077.php

Colombia's communications ministry plans to outsource the supervision
and monitoring of the service quality provided by the country's mobile
operators, newspaper La Republica reported. ...

Analyst: Transparency, quick decision making crucial for Cofetel
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17079.php

Following a recent reshuffle at Mexico's telecoms regulator Cofetel,
it is crucial for the new officials to bring transparency and quick
decision making to the entity if the industry is to see significant
competitiveness improvements, indu! stry anal...

Govt halts WiMax auctions to review fees, bandwidth
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17081.php

Colombia's communications ministry has suspended auctions of
department-level WiMax spectrum to reevaluate licensing technical
details, newspaper La Republica reported. ...

[[Reports News]]

Cellphones Cited In Car Accident Survey
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17084.php

Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and
near-crashes, according to a landmark research report released today
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Nea...

Smartphones Pose a Security Challenge to Enterprise Network Managers
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17089.php

Smartphones and other high-end wireless devices now enabling the
enterprise mobility revolution may pose significant security risks for
enterprise telecom and IT departments that don't take adequate
measures to protect network resources, according to...

Home and Mobile Network Convergence the 'New Frontier' for the Digital
Home http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17093.php

While much new technology for the connected home in recent years was
intended to connect consumer entertainment devices to the home
network, ABI Research believes the next frontier is the merger of the
digital home network with mobile devices. Today ...

[[Technology News]]

Nokia Teams Up With MIT
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17088.php

Nokia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has
announced the opening of the Nokia Research Center Cambridge. The
joint research facility, a collaboration between Nokia Research Center
and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intellige...


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