Cellular-News for Wednesday 5th April 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

Softbank To Procure About Y1.28 Trillion For Vodafone Japan Buy
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16815.php

Softbank Corp. plans to procure around Y1.28 trillion from a syndicate
of Japanese and overseas financial institutions for its planned
acquisition of the Japanese unit of Vodafone Group, people familiar
with the transaction said Tuesday. ...

NTL Agrees To Buy Virgin Mobile For $1.68B
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16817.php

U.K. cable operator NTL Inc. on Tuesday said it has agreed to buy
Virgin Mobile, the virtual mobile network operator mostly owned by
Richard Branson, for 962.4 million pounds ($1.68 billion). ...

SingTel Could Pay Up To S$4.2 Billion In Dividend For FY06 - Analysts
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16818.php

Singapore Telecommunications could pay shareholders a bumper total
dividend of up to S$4.2 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31
due to the absence of large acquisitions in the past 12 months,
analysts said. ...

OTE Looks To Dispose Of 90% Stake In Armenia's Armentel
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16819.php

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) Tuesday said that after
consultation with the government of Armenia, it's examining options to
dispose of its 90% stake in Armentel. ...

Russia's MTS buys stakes in four minor regional companies
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16824.php

Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has bought
controlling stakes in four minor regional Russian companies, MTS said
in a statement Tuesday. ...

Analyst: Ola suitors face complex challenges
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16825.php

Companies interested in becoming a technology, management and
financial partner for mobile operator Colombia Mvil (Ola) have
challenges that could go far beyond the fact that Ola's total net
revenue in the past three years is negative US$386mn. ...

America Mvil to acquire Verizon LatAm assets for US$3.7bn
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16826.php

Verizon Communications has agreed to sell its Caribbean and Latin
American telecommunications operations, including a stake in
Venezuela's Cantv, to Mexican group America Mvil (NYSE:
AMX) for US$3.7bn, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Battle for Mobile OS Domination is Over - report
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16834.php

Many people believe that the future battle on the mobile market will
be between the mobile operating systems. Especially Microsoft and
Symbian are competing to become the future operating system (OS) on
the mobile market, but also PalmSource, Linux b...

Golden Walkman from Sony Ericsson
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16840.php

Sony Ericsson is launching a golden flavoured upgrade to its W800
Walkman phone. Available in Titanium Gold the W700 is the 8th Walkman
phone from Sony Ericsson. The Walkman music player even works with the
phone turned-off - great for use on flights...

[[ Legal ]]

Judge 'Struggling' With Sprint Side Of UbiquiTel Suit
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16831.php

A Delaware judge Tuesday said he is "struggling" with a key argument
Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) is using to defend itself against accusations
it has breached affiliate agreements with UbiquiTel and iPCS. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Mobile TV Takes Center Stage At Wireless Trade Show
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16828.php

While video on the cell phone was merely a gimmick last year, it's
become a full-blown feature and will be one of the main focuses at
this year's CTIA Wireless trade show. ...

Fox TV Content For Mobile Phones
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16838.php

Proteus says that it has significantly expanded distribution into the
Latin American wireless market with a broad and exclusive partnership
with Fox Latin American Channels. As a part of the deal, Proteus and
Fox have launched "MyFox," a new cell pho...

Don't Ignore Older Mobile Content Customers - report
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16839.php

School-age teens and young adults are the leading users the mobile
applications sector in Britain and Germany, says
M:Metrics. In its February Benchmark Survey, the
measurement firm found that Generation M, 13 to 24-year-olds, are the
most predispos...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Ericsson and Mascom Partner to Introduce 1800MHz to Network
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16835.php

Mascom, the leading cellular operator in Botswana, has awarded
Ericsson a US$1.4 million contract to add 1800MHz spectrum to its
network as part of its strategy to improve the quality of its service
and provide a platform for future growth. This foll...

Thai Operator Orders Billing Platform
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16841.php

WeDo Soft has announced a partnership with AIS, a Thai cellular
service provider, who has chosen to integrate RAID, the company's
Revenue Assurance Solution. AIS wanted to implement automated,
integrated, end-to-end Revenue Assurance processes, which...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Russia's VimpelCom starts Beeline campaign in Ukraine
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16823.php

Ukrainian Radiosystems (URS), a subsidiary of Russia?s second largest
mobile operator VimpelCom, on April 1 started advertising campaign for
VimpelCom's Beeline brand in Ukraine, Kommersant business daily
reported Tuesday, citing representatives of U...

Entel PCS aims for 15% growth in 2005
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16827.php

Chilean mobile operator Entel PCS forecasts growth of 15% this year,
in line with growth expectations for Chile's mobile industry as a
whole, local newspaper El Mercurio quoted Entel PCS general manager
Hernin Mari as saying. ...

Official says Russia's MegaFon cuts tariffs in Chechnya threefold
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16829.php

Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon has cut its tariffs for
mobile services in Russia's constituent republic of Chechnya
threefold, Muslim Khuchiyev, deputy chief of staff of Chechnya's
president and government, told ITAR-TASS Tuesday. ...

MegaFon launches network in Norilsk
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16830.php

Mobicom-Novosibirsk, a subsidiary of Russia's third largest mobile
operator MegaFon, has launched its mobile network into commercial
operations in the Norilsk industrial area and the Taimyr Autonomous
District, MegaFon said in a statement Tuesday. ...

Telenor Aims To Take Reclaim No 2 Spot In Sweden
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16832.php

Telenor's newly-acquired Swedish mobile telecom unit aims to reclaim
the number two position among business users it had several years ago,
the unit's chief executive, Johan Lindgren, told reporters at a press
meeting in Stockholm Tuesday. ...

Landlines Follow Where Cellular Leads
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16833.php

Cable & Wireless in The Cayman Islands as extended its landline
network to an island that had uptill now only had cellular phone
capabilities. The Cayman Islands' stronger network Cable & Wireless
has completed a major programme of work in Little Cay...

Nigerian Operator Expands Coverage
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16837.php

Nigeria's Glo Mobile says that it has extended its GSM network
coverage to every state in the country. According to a recent report
presented to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Globacom
has covered all major Nigerian cities and towns wh...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Telenor, NTC To Make Joint Application For Egypt Licence
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16820.php

Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor, Tuesday said it will
cooperate with Egyptian company National Telecommunications Holding to
make a joint application to deliver a mobile network in Egypt. ...

EU Warns Countries Over Failing To Apply Telecom Rules
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16822.php

The European Commission Tuesday sent formal warnings to more than a
dozen countries for breaking European Union telecommunications
rules. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Number of fixed CDMA-800 users up 16.4% in Ukraine in Jan-Mar
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16821.php

The number of subscribers to fixed CDMA-800 services increased 16.4%
on the year to 135,000 users in Ukraine in January-March, the
Association of CDMA operators of Ukraine said Monday. ...

[[ Technology ]]

NTT Docomo Unveils New Mobile Credit Card Service
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16816.php

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo unveiled Tuesday a new
mobile phone-based credit card service, which it plans to roll out
later this month. ...

Four Factors Critical to Near Field Communications Market
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16836.php

Near Field Communication (NFC) is still in the early stages of
commercial development. ABI Research has identified four factors that
will be critical to the technology's successful deployment over the
next few years. According to Erik Michielsen, the...


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