Cellular-News for Tuesday 17th January 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Orange Has 300,000 UK 3G Users - Expects Progress In 2006
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15595.php

Orange, the mobile telecommunications arm of France Telecom, Monday
said it expects adoption of third generation, or 3G, services to
rapidly increase in 2006 after reporting it has 300,000 users on its
3G network within the UK. ...

GSM to TD-SCDMA handover Achieved
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15600.php

Analog Devices has announced that dual-mode 3G TD-SCDMA/GSM operation
has been achieved on it's SoftFone-LCR chipset. Recent testing
completed on networks from two operators in China demonstrated that
Datang Mobile's DTivy A2000 Dual-mode Handset Sol...

DoCoMo Orders 3G/GSM SIM cards
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15601.php

Axalto says that it has been selected by Japan's DoCoMo to supply USIM
cards for DoCoMo's 3G services. With this card, subscribers of DoCoMo
will be able to use PDC network when in Japan, as well as
internationally with W-CDMA and GSM networks when o...

Amercian 3G Contract Awarded
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15604.php

Israel's Baran Telecom says that it has received an approximated US$11
million worth of orders for the execution of works in the field of
communication infrastructure construction and services in the USA. The
works will be executed for two of BTI's m...

European Operators Aim to Connect 50 Million Laptops to 3G
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15609.php

Wireless broadband services will be in focus for the mobile industry
during 2006, according to a new report from the telecom analyst firm
Berg Insight. 3G networks upgraded with HSDPA technology are going to
enable peak data speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps ...

[[ Financial ]]

Nokia Replaces GE Atop Fidelity Magellan Fund
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15594.php

Nokia Corp. ranked as Fidelity Magellan Fund's top holding as of
Dec. 31, replacing General Electric Co., which fell to fifth place,
according to Fidelity Investments. ...

NTL Fleshes Out New Virgin Mobile Offer Terms
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15596.php

NTL, the UK cable company, Monday outlined the details of an increased
offer for telecoms operator Virgin Mobile Holdings to 372 pence per
share, that will value the company at around GBP900 million. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Nokia Launches New Clamshell Handset
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15606.php

Nokia has expanded its porfolio of mid-range mobile phones with the
Nokia 6125 fold phone. The Nokia 6125 offers a 1.3 megapixel camera,
Bluetooth wireless technology and digital music player. The quadband
Nokia 6125 (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) is expect...

Lamborghini Branded Mobile Phones
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15607.php

The Taiwan based electronics manufacturer, ASUSTeK Computer has signed
a brand license agreement with Italy's Lamborghini motor cars. The
initial result is the Lamborghini Notebook Series of
computers. However, in a report from the local DigiTimes, t...

[[ Legal ]]

More Legal Action to Prevent Information Theft
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15602.php

Cingular Wireless says that it has succeeded in the first round of a
court fight against websites that offer cell phone records for
sale. Cingular has obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from the US
District Court in Atlanta, against two companies...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Belarus mobile operator MDC plans to up investment 30% this year
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15598.php

Belarus GSM operator Mobile Digital Communications (MDC) which
provides its services under the Velcom brand plans to increase its
investments 30% on the year to over U.S. $100 million this year, the
company said Monday. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

GSM Operator Gets Strong Approval With TV Adverts
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15605.php

Less than a month after the start of its commercial campaign,
television adverts from Bulgaria's vivatel have rated as among the top
two most memorable and the brand was voted 'most liked' in the results
of the Alpha Research national survey from Nov...

[[ Personnel ]]

Braginsky leaves IR director position in Russia's MTS
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15599.php

Andrei Braginsky, investor relations director of Russia’s
largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has left the
company, Kommersant business daily reported Monday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russia's MGTS denies rumors of payable fixed-to-mobile calls
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15597.php

Russia's main fixed-line operator Moscow City Telephone Network, or
MGTS, has denied media reports that calls from fixed-line numbers to
mobile numbers with "federal numbers" should carry an extra fee, the
company said in a statement Monday. ...

Mobile Termination Rates to Fall in Ireland
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15603.php

Ireland's three GSM network operators, Vodafone, O2 and Meteor have
recently published reductions in the prices that they charge for
Mobile Termination and have committed to a further reduction a year
from now. The telecoms regulator, ComReg says tha...

[[ Reports ]]

Vodafone Gets High "Corporate Responsibility" Score
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/15608.php

Vodafone has been ranked in the top 3 global companies with regard to
putting responsible practices at the heart of their business. Oil and
gas (BP, Shell and Chevron) and automotive companies (Ford, Peugeot),
whose businesses are often criticised as...


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