Cellular-News for Thursday 23rd February 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Georgia to auction 3G mobile license
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16240.php

Georgia's National Communications Commission plans to auction a third
generation (3G) mobile services license on April 21, the commission
said Wednesday. ...

Challenges Ahead for TD-SCDMA in China
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16253.php

The Chinese mobile telephony market is one of the most dynamic and
complicated in the world, and it will become considerably more complex
in the next few years. At the end of January 2006, China's government
set TD-SCDMA as the national standard for ...

[[ Financial ]]

Australia's Telstra No Comment On Taiwan Mobile Stake
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16237.php

Australia's Telstra Corp. declined to comment Wednesday on a report
the company is interested in buying a 30% stake in Taiwan Mobile from
Taiwan Fixed Network. ...

Ukraine's mobile services revenue down 16.6% on month in Jan
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16241.php

Mobile services in Ukraine brought operators a total revenue of 1.291
million hryvnas in January, or 16.6% down on the month,
Ukraine’s State Statistics Committee said Wednesday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Panasonic 3G Phone Shipping
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16251.php

Panasonic Mobile says that it has begun shipment of "FOMA P901iTV"
mobile handsets to Japan's DoCoMo. The P901iTV is NTT DoCoMo's first
mobile handset to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting signals in
addition to conventional analog signals. The...

Samsung Starts Indian GSM Handset Production
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16252.php

Samsung says that it has started production of GSM handsets at its
Manesar plant in Haryana, India. All these products will be customized
with the help of Samsung India Software Operations unit (SISO),
Samsung's R&D Centre located at Bangalore. The f...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Debifone expands regional presence
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16243.php

Regional mobile payment solutions provider Debifone has expanded its
presence in South America launching operations in Uruguay for its
mobile payment service, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Ericsson Gets HSDPA Contracts
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16239.php

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson, Wednesday said
has signed contracts with Italian operator 3 and Swiss operator
Swisscom Mobile for the use of its mobile broadband solution
HSDPA. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Ukrainian president meets with Telenor's representatives
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16248.php

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko held a meeting with
representatives of Norway's telecommunication company Telenor on
Tuesday, the president's press office reported Wednesday. ...

Vodafone Signs Bulgarian Branding Agreement
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16254.php

Vodafone has signed a Partner Agreement with Mobiltel, the Bulgarian
mobile operator of Telekom Austria. Under the terms of the agreement,
Mobiltel will be able to provide their customers with Vodafone
products and services for international voice an...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russian parliament's upper house approves caller pays bill
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16238.php

The upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council,
approved Wednesday a bill seeking to introduce the Calling Party Pays
(CPP) principle in Russia. ...

ICE, govt telecoms liberalization talks stalled
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16242.php

Negotiations between government officials and authorities of Costa
Rican state telecoms monopoly ICE to open up one of the last
non-liberalized telecommunications markets in the Central
American-Caribbean region have hit a stumbling block, local dail...

Movistar to award spectrum April 21
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16245.php

Chilean mobile operator Movistar, a unit of Spain's Telefonica
Mviles, has set April 21 as the date to award 25Mhz of excess
spectrum it has in the 800MHz band, local press reported. ...

FAS wants to delay awarding frequencies in Russia's Far East
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16247.php

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has suggested that the
State Radio Frequency Commission should decide on allocating
frequencies in Russia's Far East Federal District after the FAS has
completed considering VimpelCom's complaint, the ...

Illegal GSM Network Closed
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16249.php

Afghanistan's telecoms regulator has shut down an illegal GSM network
which had been detected operating in the capital city,
Kabul. H. E. Eng. A. Sangin Minister of Communications stated that
T.R.B. Department of the Ministry of Communications in col...

[[ Reports ]]

Pre-Paid Customers Gain Traction With Wireless Carriers
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16246.php

The pre-paid wireless customer, once scoffed at by carriers, has now
become a valuable source of business for the industry. ...

Mobile Infrastructure Market to Continue Strong Sales in Coming Years
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16250.php

Mobile expansion in emerging regions such as Latin America, Asia, and
Africa and continued growth in data services throughout the world will
allow infrastructure vendors to make great strides over the next
years, according to a new Visant Strategies ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Movistar unit surpasses 8 million clients
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16244.php

Argentine mobile operator Movistar Argentina, a unit of Spain's
Telefonica Mviles, saw its client base rise 45% last year to over 8
million users, the company said in a statement. ...


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