Cellular-News: Wednesday 3rd May 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

MTN Group Agrees Terms For $5.53 Billion Investcom Buy
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17203.php

In one of the largest takeover deals ever entered into by a South
African group, mobile phone company MTN Group said Tuesday it has
agreed terms that may lead to a $5.53 billion offer for Investcom,
which has mobile phone operations in Africa and the...

Verizon CEO Says Still Wants Vodafone Stake
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17204.php

Verizon Communications Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said he remains
interested in buying Vodafone Group's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless,
but no actions have been taken on either side. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Research In Motion Comments On Visto Patent Complaint
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17198.php

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) said Visto Corp., which has filed a
complaint alleging patent infringement against RIM in the U.S. Eastern
District Court of Texas, has already filed patent complaints against
several companies in the industry. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Telenor To Provide Microsoft Mobile E-Mail In Sweden
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17200.php

Norwegian telecommunications operator Telenor, Tuesday said it will
start offering Microsoft's Windows Mobile E-mail service to its
subscribers in Sweden. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Gemplus USIM Cards Chosen by 3 for Mobile TV
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17211.php

Gemplus says that it has been selected as the exclusive USIM partner
of 3 Italia, for its world first Mobile TV service. Based on DVB-H
technology, the service will be launched on 3 Italia's network prior
to the FIFA World Cup in June 2006....

Consumers Bemoan Mobile Games Selection and Pricing
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17216.php

With E3 on the horizon, mobile gaming finds itself in the spotlight,
with even Paris Hilton getting into the game. But despite Hilton's
proclamation that, "mobile gaming is hot right now," the audience for
downloaded mobile games is stagnating. M:Met...

[[ MVNO ]]

Latest Niche Wireless Provider Targets Youth Market
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17199.php

Helio LLC, the latest niche wireless service provider to pop up,
launched Tuesday with a set of phones and services geared towards the
affluent youth and Korean-American markets. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

China's Huawei to supply 3G equip to VimpelCom's Tajik unit
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17208.php

Chinese telecommunications equipment producer Huawei Technologies has
signed a contract to supply third generation (3G) mobile equipment to
Tacom, a Tajik subsidiary of Russia's second largest mobile operator
VimpelCom, VimpelCom's press office said ...

African Operator Compresses Backhaul Traffic
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17213.php

NMS Communications has announced that the pan-African operator, Celtel
is broadening the use of NMS's AccessGate backhaul optimisation
solution to reduce operating expenses as its subscriber base continues
to flourish. AccessGate reduces backhaul tra...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Indonesia Telkom Expects 3M New CDMA Subscribers In 2006
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17202.php

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia expects to add three million new
subscribers to its Flexi mobile-phone service this year amid efforts
aimed at having the CDMA unit contribute a larger portion of the
company's consolidated operating revenue. ...

Source says Russian businessmen behind Kyrgyz? 2nd GSM operator
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17207.php

Two Russian businessmen are behind MegaCom, Kyrgyzstan?s second GSM
mobile network operator, a source close to the company told Prime-Tass
Tuesday. ...

All You Can Eat SMS Tariff
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17215.php

Telia Sweden is launching an "all you can eat" SMS tariff. For the
price of US$13.50 (SEK 99) per month, Telia's customers can send as
many SMS messages as they can to all mobile networks in
Sweden. Telia's Trend Survey 2006 indicated that SMS is sti...

[[ Regulatory ]]

EU Court:Regulators Should Have Studied T-Mobile-O2 Deal
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17201.php

A top European court Tuesday said European regulators were wrong to
give antitrust exemption to a roaming agreement between Deutsche
Telekom's T-Mobile International and 02 PLC. ...

EU's Kroes Mulls Ceilings On Roaming Phone Charges
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17205.php

European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes Tuesday said she may
consider imposing ceilings on the 'roaming' charges of mobile phone
operators but ruled out creating fixed roaming-service charges across
Europe. ...

Telecom Egypt,Telecom Italia To Bid For Mobile License
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17206.php

State-controlled Telecom Egypt, Tuesday said it would join forces with
Telecom Italia to bid for Egypt's third mobile telecommunications
license. ...

Petition to Repeal Double-Taxation of Cellphone Use
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17214.php

South Dakota, USA cell phone users declared a small victory as a
petition was submitted yesterday with enough signatures to place a
repeal of a double taxation of cell phone use on the November
ballot. The tax in question is the Gross Receipts Tax (G...

[[ Reports ]]

European Converged Device Market Shows Poor Opening Quarter
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17210.php

According to the latest market data from IDC, the Western European
mobile device market (including standalone handhelds and converged
devices) grew by 25% year on year in the opening quarter of 2006, as
total shipments reached 3.2 million units. Sign...

Growth Opportunities for Wireless Carriers in Marketing to Teens and Parents
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17212.php

JupiterResearch finds that wireless carriers can significantly grow
their subscriber base and revenues by targeting teenagers and parents
with separate marketing messages. According to a new report, 58% of
teens have cell phones, whereas 70% of adult...

[[ Statistics ]]

VimpelCom reports 100,000 subscribers to Beeline brand in Ukraine
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17209.php

The number of subscribers to VimpelCom's Beeline brand in Ukraine
amounts to 100,000 as of now, VimpelCom said in a press release
Tuesday. The brand was launched in Ukraine on April 11. ...


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