Cellular-News: Wednesday 17th May 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

3G Kit Being Shipped to New Zealand
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17407.php

Econet Wireless New Zealand says that network equipment worth US$36
million is expected to arrive this week as the company prepares to
accelerate construction of its network initially in Auckland. Chief
Project Director Tex Edwards said in a statemen...

[[ Financial ]]

SmartTrust looks south for LatAm growth
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17399.php

US mobile services company SmartTrust expects sales in Latin America
to grow 20% this year, mostly boosted by sales in the recently created
Spanish South America region, SmartTrust regional director for Latin
America and the Caribbean, Alexander Dann...

Telemig reports net loss of US$13.7mn, down 9.8%
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17401.php

Minas Gerais state's largest mobile phone operator Telemig Celular has
recorded a first quarter net loss of 30.2mn reais (US$13.7mn), down
9.8% compared to the 33.46mn reais in the same quarter last year,
Brazilian news service AgĂȘncia Estado r...

Russia's MTS files bid for Serbia's Mobi 63 mobile operator
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17403.php

Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has filed a
bid in the tender for a stake in Serbia and Montenegroen mobile
operator Mobi 63, a spokesperson with MTS told Prime-Tass Tuesday. ...

Russia's MegaFon RAS net profit up 32.4% on year in 2005
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17404.php

The net profit of Russia?s third largest mobile operator MegaFon rose
32.4% on the year to 4.144 billion rubles in 2005, as calculated under
Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), the company said in a report
Tuesday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Nokia Confirms Google Talk Tie-Up
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17406.php

As had been previously reported, Nokia has confirmed that its Nokia
770 Internet Tablet will now come pre-installed with Google Talk,
which is Google's free instant messaging service that enables people
to chat and make calls through the Internet. Ad...

Hurricanes Lead to Tax Rebates on Cellphone Accessories
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17410.php

To help Florida residents better prepare for the 2006 hurricane
season, mobile phone batteries and chargers will for the first time be
available tax-free during the state's hurricane preparation sales tax
holiday, May 21 to June 1....

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Consumers Excited by Mobile TV but Remain Unconvinced on Usability
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17409.php

New research shows that whilst consumers are excited by the latest
mobile TV offerings, they remain unconvinced of its usability. This is
one of the findings of a report by WaveMetrix, who specialise in
monitoring online discussion to gauge and inter...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Nokia Gets Unified Device Management Contract From Elisa
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17397.php

Nokia, Tuesday said it has received a unified device managment
contract with Finnish operator Elisa. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

T-Mobile Moves Up Customer Satisfaction Index
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17405.php

After nudging upwards last quarter, the American Customer Satisfaction
Index (ACSI) rose to 74.1 in the first quarter 2006, its largest jump
since 2003. Both consumer spending and Gross Domestic Product had
significant increases in the first quarter,...

[[ Statistics ]]

Conatel: Mobile base grows 56% in Q1
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17398.php

Venezuela's mobile telephony sector grew 55.5% in the first quarter of
2006 compared to the year-ago period, reaching a total of 13.6 million
subscribers, telecoms regulator Conatel said in a statement. ...

Indotel: Telephony penetration reaches 53.7%
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17400.php

Telephony penetration in Dominican Republic reached 53.7% in the first
quarter of 2006, with 4.8 million fixed and mobile lines in service,
according to the country's telecoms regulator Indotel. ...

Brazil Mobile Phone Ownership Reaches 90.6 Million In April
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17402.php

Brazilian mobile-phone ownership reached 90.6 million at the end of
April, up 28% on the year and 1.2 million higher than at the end of
March, according to preliminary figures released by telecommunications
regulator Anatel on Tuesday. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Corn Cobs into Mobile Phones
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17408.php

Fujitsu says that it has developed a new bio-based polymer which has
been used in developing a prototype mobile phone chassis made from
corn starch. In collaboration with Toray Industries, Fujitsu developed
the bio-based polymer that features high im...


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