Cellular-News for Friday 20th January 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

WiMAX Equipment Market May Top US$3 Billion in 2010

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Our aggressive forecast for pre-WiMAX-Certified 802.16-2004 equipment -- subscriber units and base stations -- is $42 million in 2005, growing to $3.2 billion in 2010," said Norm Bogen, In-Stat analyst. "The conservative forecast is $19 million and $...

Sprint Nextel Invests in 3G Infrastructure Vendor

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Sprint Nextel has made an additional US$10 million strategic investment in IPWireless. In July of 2005, Sprint made its initial investment of $4 million in IPWireless. Sprint Nextel is currently trialing IPWireless' UMTS TD-CDMA technology in the Was...

[[ Financial ]]

Millicom Receives Unsolicited Offers

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Luxembourg-based telecommunications operator Millicom International Cellular S.A. Thursday said that, following several unsolicited approaches, it has decided to conduct a review of strategic options for the company. ...

Russia's Sibirtelecom invest up 11% on yr, excluding mobile service

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Investments of Russian regional telecommunication operator Sibirtelecom, which provides fixed line as well as mobile services, rose 11% on the year to 6.2 billion rubles in 2005, the company's press service told Prime-Tass Thursday. ...

VimpelCom Looks Outside Of Ex-USSR For Expansion

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VimpelCom, Russia's second-biggest player after Mobile TeleSystems - started expansion in the former Soviet Union in 2004 and operates in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. ...

CEO says date of VimpelCom's 2006 budget approval still unclear

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The date of Russian second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom's 2006 budget approval remains unclear, VimpelCom's CEO Alexander Izosimov told reporters Thursday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Features Less Important Than Aesthetics for New Handsets

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UK based mobile market analysis, research and consulting firm Mako Analysis has unveiled an interesting insight into the major wireless handset trends that we are likely to see emerge through 2006. The Mako Analysis report identifies forthcoming deve...

[[ Interviews ]]

Interview: UK's Caudwell Group Expects Sale Within 6 Months

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The sale of Caudwell Group, which includes the Phones4U mobile phone retail business, is expected to be completed within the next six months according to John Caudwell, chairman and chief executive of the company. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Government Minister May Be Secret Telecoms Fund Investor

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Russia's IT and Telecommunications Minister Leonid Reiman was secretly named by his own law firm as the true owner of a Bermuda-based mutual fund that has amassed control of a large share of Russia's mobile-phone industry, according to a filing in a ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Mobile 365 partners with three LatAm operators

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US mobile messaging and data services provider Mobile 365 has signed agreements with three new operators in Latin America, in Venezuela, El Salvador and Honduras, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ MVNO ]]

Spain Regulator Sees MVNOs Launch By Year-End Or 2007

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Spain's telecommunications industry regulator CMT expects the first mobile virtual network operators, or MVNO, in the country to launch services by the year-end or early 2007, a CMT spokeswoman said Thursday. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Bids Submitted For NYC Subway Station Cell Phone Network

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NEW YORK (AP)--Some of the best-known companies in the world submitted bids Wednesday to wire 277 New York City subway stations for cell phone use. ...

Expanding Indoor Cellular Coverage at Airports

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LGC Wireless says that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has installed the it's InterReach Unison system to deliver cellular and public safety wireless coverage throughout the airport's

5.8 million square foot facility. The multi-opera... [[ Network Operators ]]

Brazil's Vivo launches new promotional tariffs

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Brazil's largest mobile phone operator Vivo has launched new promotional tariffs for postpaid and prepaid clients, reported local news service AE-Setorial. ...

Belarus' BelCel plans to up capacity to 260,000 numbers this year

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Belarusian mobile telecommunications operator BelCel plans to increase this year the capacity of its network to 260,000 numbers from about

120,000 numbers as of now, an official with the company told Prime-Tass Thursday. ... [[ Personnel ]]

Nortel Appoints Carey As Executive VP Of Corporate Operations

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Nortel Networks has appointed Dennis Carey as executive vice-president, corporate operations, effective Jan. 30. ...

Cell Phone Co: 2 Kidnapped Engineers In Iraq Are Kenyans

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BAGHDAD (AP)--The two foreign engineers kidnapped in an ambush in western Baghdad on Wednesday were Kenyans, their employer said. ...

Lucent Employees Sending Mixed Signals - Survey

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Lucent Technologies employees are sending mixed signals about the company's future, New York research firm Vault has found in new employee surveys on the company. Says a senior manager: "Overall outlook for the company is poor. The telecom equipment ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Draft EU Legislation May Hurt Communications Sector

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The U.K. government minister responsible for the communications industry Thursday warned that draft European Union legislation for the sector could damage growth. ...

[[ Reports ]]

18 Percent of European Cellular Users Interested in Disconnecting Their Landline

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According to the latest research from the Strategy Analytics Wireless Network Strategies service, one in five mobile phone owners in Western Europe would consider disconnecting their landline service. The report also finds that two-thirds would use t...

Demand for Telecom Regulation Advice Increases in Eastern Europe

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Ovum Consulting says that it is intensifying its reach in the ICT sector in Central and Eastern Europe. This move is in response to the increasing demand for consulting services in the region, particularly in the areas of mobile, regulation and Fixed...

Wireless Tween Market Has Potential to Double by 2010

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Yankee Group says that the tween market is the next new growth opportunity for wireless carriers. The tween market, defined as 8- to

12-year-olds, has 5.3 million wireless users, accounting for 2.6% of all wireless subscribers. Amongst tweens, 27% ha... [[ Statistics ]]

Russia's MegaFon 2005 user base in Vologda Region up 75% on yr

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The subscriber base of Russia's third largest national GSM mobile operator MegaFon in the Vologda Region increased 75% on the year to

700,000 users, the company's press service said Thursday. ...

Peru's mobile market expected to grow 50% in 2006

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Peru's mobile telephony market is expected to grow 50% to 8.2 million users during 2006, Nokia Latin American corporate communications director Jorge Aguilar was quoted as saying by Peruvian daily Gestin. ...

Half the World will use a Mobile Phone by 2009

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A new market study from Portio Research predicts that 50% of the world?s population will be using a mobile phone by the end of 2009, and Africa now boasts the fastest growth rate in the world, forecast to add 265 million new mobile subscribers over t...

[[ Technology ]]

Agere Ships 100 Millionth GSM Chipset

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Agere Systems says that it has now shipped in excess of 100 million GSM based wireless chipsets for mobile phones operating on more than

70 networks worldwide. Agere is a provider of baseband chipset solutions addressing the high-end, mid-tier and lo...

Agreement Expanded to Include HSDPA Technology Development

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InterDigital Communications and Infineon Technologies say that they are expanding their long standing cooperative development and marketing agreement to include the joint development of HSDPA 3G protocol stack software technology for Infineon's 3G pl...

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