Cellular-News for Thursday 19th January 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Irish 3G Coverage Expands
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15653.php

Ireland's Hutchison 3G says that it now has the widest 3G coverage in
Ireland. 3 now has 72% of the population, and is well ahead of
schedule with its network roll-out and is set to comfortably beat the
regulatory requirement of having 85% population...

3G Will Become The Dominant Technology, But Not Until 2010
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15656.php

While 2004 saw the widespread emergence of commercial 3G services in
Europe, Forrester Research predicts that 3G will not become the
dominant technology for mobile phones until 2010. GSM-only phones will
fade out quickly within the next two years, an...

[[ Financial ]]

Sony Ericsson 4Q Profit Buoyed By Walkman Phones
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15632.php

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson Wednesday said fourth-quarter net
profit nearly tripled from the same period a year earlier, as the
launch of Walkman-branded music phones boosted sales. ...

Germanos To Sell Its 20% Stake In Uzbekistan's Unitel
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15633.php

Mobile telephone retailer Germanos Wednesday said it has agreed to
sell its 20% stake in Uzebekistan mobile operator Unitel to Russia's
Vimpel Communications. Germanos said VimpelCom is buying 100% of
Unitel for a total $200 million. ...

Russia's VimpelCom buys 2 mobile operators in Uzbekistan
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15636.php

Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom has purchased two
mobile operators in Uzbekistan, VimpelCom said in a press release
Wednesday. ...

Orascom Chm: Weather Investments IPO Not Before 2Q 06
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15639.php

Orascom Telecom founder and Chairman Naguib Sawiris said Wednesday
that an initial public offering of Weather Investments "won't happen
before the second quarter of 2006," according to Italian newswire
MF-Dow Jones. ...


America Movil eyes market debut
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15643.php

Mexican mobile giant America Movil is interested in entering the Costa
Rican and Panamanian telecoms markets in the light of the Central
American free trade agreement (Cafta), Spanish news service EFE
reported. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Sony Ericsson: Mobile Phone Market 780 Million Units In 2005
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15634.php

Sony Ericsson estimates the global phone market reached 780 million
units sold in 2005, Chief Executive Miles Flint said Wednesday on a
conference call. ...

Motorola's RAZR Seen Sparking Solid 4Q Earnings
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15641.php

Motorola should post solid fourth-quarter results Thursday as its
trendy RAZR phones continues to propel sales in an already hot handset
market. ...

China's ZTE wants to build mobile telephone plant in Belarus
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15642.php

Chinese telecommunications equipment company Zhongxing Telecom
Equipment Corporation (ZTE) plans to build a plant in Belarus to
produce mobile telephones, Chinese Ambassador to Belarus Wu Hongbin
told a news conference Wednesday. ...

Camera Phones Account for 87% of Mobile Phone Shipments in 2010
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15652.php

InfoTrends projects that worldwide camera phone shipments will grow
from 233 million units in 2004 to 903 million units in 2010. By 2010,
camera phones are expected to account for 87% of all mobile phone
handsets shipped. The primary drivers behind t...

SIM That Stores 1000 Phone Numbers
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15654.php

Singapore's SingTel has launched a new 3G SIM card that allows
customers to store up to 1,000 phone contacts. Most new phone models
today can store up to 500 contacts. But a typical SIM card with 64
kilobytes of memory can store up to 250 phone conta...

[[ Legal ]]

FCC Probes Sale of Personal Phone Records
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15629.php

The Federal Communications Commission has begun an investigation into
the sale of personal phone records without the consent of customers
amid reports that the records have been poached by a number of private
data brokers. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Costs of Switching Away From BlackBerry
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15648.php

A report released today by J.Gold Associates analyses the cost of
switching from one wireless email system to another, based on users'
fears that the RIM BlackBerry service may be shut down. It finds that
an organization with 1000 users would have to...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

BSkyB: Mobile TV Service Provides 5 Million Live Transmissions
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15640.php

British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC's mobile television service tie-up
with Vodafone Group PLC has supplied more than 5 million live-TV
transmissions since its November launch, BSkyB Chief Executive James
Murdoch said Wednesday. ...

Russian Mobile Content Market Slows in 2005, to Boom Again in 2006
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15647.php

The Russian value added services (VAS) market slowed down in 2005
after growing on average by 176% annually in 2001-2004. While analysts
believe that the failure of mobile content providers to meet user
demand was the main reason for the slowdown in ...

Improved Mobile Networks to Increase Music Sales in Europe
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15650.php

Advances in technology have enabled participants in the music industry
to participate in a parallel market for audio equipment and thus
create the mobile music markets. Innovations ranging from Sony's
Walkman to the 'it' gadget of the hour - Apple's ...

Qpass Claims US$1 Billion of Mobile Content Sales
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15655.php

The mobile content company, Qpass says that its digital commerce
software solution has processed more than US$1 billion worth of
premium content transactions, making Qpass the first company ever to
achieve such a record. This value represents more th...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Sprint Nextel To Switch Billing Platforms
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15630.php

Convergys reaffirmed its 2006 earnings guidance after saying Sprint
Nextel plans to end its billing relationship with the company. ...

Nokia To Deliver 3G Network To Smart Communications
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15631.php

Finnish telecommunication equipment firm Nokia, Wednesday said it will
deliver a third-generation WCDMA network, to Philippine wireless
service provider Smart Communications Inc. ...

Siemens Gets Order For Cellular Networks In Indonesia
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15635.php

German technology company Siemens AG, Wednesday said it has received
an order from mobile phone operator PT Hutchison CP
Telecommunications, or Hutchison Telecom Indonesia. ...

EDS Extends IT Services Pact With Sprint Nextel
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15638.php

Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) reached a multi-year contract
extension to continue to provide information technology services to
communications company Sprint Nextel. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Movistar goes after lower classes with new plans
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15645.php

Telefonica Moviles' unit Movistar is going after Colombia's lower
socioeconomic strata with two new plans, local daily El Tiempo
reported. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Subtel, FNE criticize Movistar program to return spectrum
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15646.php

Chile's fair trade authority FNE and telecoms regulator Subtel have
criticized the program put forward by mobile operator Movistar to
return 25MHz of spectrum, local newspaper Diario Financiero
reported. ...

[[ Reports ]]

IDC's 2006 Top 10 Telecommunications Predictions
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15649.php

According to IDC's latest research and insights on the top 10 trends
in the Asia/Pacific Telecommunications Industry, 2006 will be a year
where several game-changing technologies and services will enter the
marketplace and redefine the rules of the g...

[[ Statistics ]]

Source says Ukraine's URS subscriber base up to 260,000 Jan 1
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15637.php

The subscriber base of Ukraine's mobile operator Ukrainian
Radiosystems, or URS, rose to 260,000 people as of January 1 from
69,000 people as of January 1, 2005, a source in the company told
Prime-Tass Tuesday. ...

Report: Mobile rates high, traffic less
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15644.php

Brazilian mobile phone users are subject to higher rates than in
comparable markets and therefore generate less traffic, local
financial newspaper Gazeta Mercantil reported, citing an international
study by US investment bank Merrill Lynch. ...

Everyone in Europe now has a mobile phone - or do they?
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15651.php

At the end of last year, the western European mobile market hit a
major milestone -- it officially became 100% penetrated. That should
mean that everyone in the region, including every pensioner and
new-born baby, has signed up to a mobile phone packa...


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