Cellular-News for Thursday 8th December 2005

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[[ Financial ]]

Dutch Government Trims Stake In KPN
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15143.php

The Dutch government on Wednesday said it trimmed its stake in the
country's leading telecommunications services provider, KPN, to around
8% and said it would get rid of its "golden share" in the company. ...

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15144.php

British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC isn't immediately planning to offer
mobile phones as part of its product range, a senior executive said
Tuesday. ...

Alfa Group Expects Telsim Sale Price To Be Too High-Executive
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15145.php

The head of Alfa Group's telecommunications branch, Altimo, said
Wednesday he expects the sale price of Turkey's Telsim Mobil
Telekomunikasyon to be too high. ...

Virgin Mobile Rejects NTL Takeover Bid
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15148.php

Virgin Mobile Holdings (U.K.) PLC said Wednesday that its board had
unanimously rejected the proposed takeover offer by NTL Inc. ...

Belarus' BeST to take $184 mln loan from China Eximbank
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15149.php

Belarus state-controlled GSM mobile operator Belarus  Telecommunications
Network, or BeST, has signed an agreement to take out a U.S. $184.2
million loan from Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank). The
agreement was signed during Belarusian ...

[[ Handsets ]]

PRESS: Russia's Euroset postpones Eurobond offering indefinitely
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15150.php

Russia's largest mobile handset retailer Euroset has indefinitely
postponed the offering of its debut, U.S. $150 million 30-month
Eurobond issue, the company's President Eldar Razroyev said, Vedomosti
business daily reported Wednesday. ...

Bulgarian Operator Extends Retail Presence
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15153.php

Bulgaria's M-Tel has expanded its retail outlets to include selling
its products through the independent retailers, Technopolis and Handy
shops. The two dealers will exclusively offer the services of the
biggest mobile operator in Bulgaria, including...

Nearly 1 in 5 of Recent Handset Purchases Have No Landline
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15155.php

New research released today by the USA's Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA) shows a shift away from landlines to wireless phones
for many American consumers, particularly younger age groups, those
who rent their homes and singles. A full 17% of c...

Wal-Mart and RadioShack Top US Handset Sales
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15156.php

Telephia has reported that Wal-Mart and RadioShack have posted strong
market share for retailing wireless handsets. Among recent wireless
purchasers who bought their phone within the last 6 months at a major
U.S. retailer, such as big box and consume...

UTStarcom Wins Vietnamese CDMA Handset Contract
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15159.php

UTStarcom has won a contract to supply its C1161 CDMA 1x handsets to
S-Fone, a nationwide CDMA service provider based in Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam. S-Fone is the sixth operator in 2005 to offer
UTStarcom-designed and -manufactured handsets, joining S...

[[ Legal ]]

Lawmakers Ask Swiss Government To Explain Swisscom Disclosure
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15146.php

Two parliamentary commissions Wednesday asked the Swiss government for
a response to criticisms of its handling of Swisscom AG's
privatization plan and terms attached to it. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Visto Powering Turkish Push Email Platform
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15160.php

Visto Corp. has announced that Turkey's Turkcell has deployed Visto
Mobile with ConstantSync technology to deliver mass-market push mobile
email services to a customer's wireless device of choice. Called
TurkcellE-Postaci, the new service is a perso...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Contract to Improve Phone Coverage Inside Trains
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15152.php

Avitec has won the contract to provide and install OnBoard Repeaters
for mobile coverage in all of Sweden's high speed train wagons
(X2000). The order was signed by the Swedish Railway Authorities in
collaboration with SJ, TeliaSonera, 3, Tele 2 and ...

Ericsson Involved in Slovak Military Mobile Contract
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15158.php

The UK defense contractor, BAE Systems, along with Ericsson has been
selected by the Slovak Ministry of Defence to deliver a fully US, EU
and NATO interoperable mobile military communications system (MOKYS)
to the Slovak armed forces. The contract wi...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Nokia Face Of Africa returns in 2006
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15157.php

The continent's most established model talent search, the Nokia Face
Of Africa begins its sixth season this month as the African TV channel
M-Net and leading mobile company Nokia have renewed their commitment
to popular initiative. This time round 12...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Mexican Antitrust Regulator Expects Tougher Law In 2006
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15141.php

The head of Mexico's antitrust commission said Tuesday that he is
optimistic a new law giving regulators more power will be passed in
the spring congressional session. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Ukraine's URS chief says subscriber base up to 219,000 Dec 1
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15147.php

The subscriber base of Ukraine's mobile operator Ukrainian
Radiosystems (URS) rose to 219,000 people as of December 1 from
160,204 people as of October 1, Sergei Mironov, chairman of URS'
executive board, told Prime-Tass Wednesday. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Ericsson Adds New Features To Mini-Link Product
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15142.php

Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer Telefon AB
L.M. Ericsson (ERICY) Wednesday said it has added new capabilities to
its Mini-Link TN microwave transmission family so that it now offers a
complete, end-to-end transmission solution, opti...

Samsung Licenses Smart Antenna Technology
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15151.php

ArrayComm says that it has granted Samsung Electronics the right to
use ArrayComm's smart antenna solutions for Samsung wireless
communications base station products. The agreement gives Samsung full
rights to use ArrayComm solutions for base station...

Chip Standardization Good News for Handset Manufacturers
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15154.php

Intel and STMicroelectronics have announced they will collaborate on
the development of NOR-type flash memory products, a move that will
bring much-needed standardization to the market, iSuppli
Corp. believes. The two semiconductor suppliers on Monda...


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