Cellular-News for Friday 23rd December 2005

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Seasonal Break

Cellular-news is taking a holiday break next week and will not send out the daily newsletters. News will still be updated on the website as it occurs, and a single update will be sent out next Friday.

We will return to full service on January 2nd.

Happy Holidays

[[ 3G ]]

Tests Achieve 3.6 Megabits per Second Call With HSDPA Datacard

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Option and Nortel have completed the industry's first successful demonstration of live HSDPA data card calls reaching a wireless transmission rate of 3.6Mbps -- faster than the majority of current broadband connections. The test calls were carried out...

[[ Financial ]]

RIM Co-CEO:Seeing Strong Growth In Subscribers Outside USA

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Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) are up after hours Wednesday, as the BlackBerry maker's third-quarter earnings exceeded expectations. ...

France Telecom To Cut Fixed To Mobile Tariffs

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France Telecom said late Wednesday it will cut tariffs for calls from fixed lines to mobile phones for residential clients starting Jan. 2. ...

EU Clears Telenor To Purchase Vodafone Sverige

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The European Commission Thursday cleared Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor ASA to purchase Swedish telecommunications company Vodafone Sverige from Vodafone Group PLC. ...

EBRD, banks to lend $100 mln to Kazakhstan's KaR-Tel

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a syndicate of commercial banks jointly led by the EBRD and Citigroup, are to lend U.S. $100 million to the second largest GSM mobile phone network operator in Kazakhstan KaR-Tel, the EB...

Medion, Aldi Mobile Discount Offer Exceeds Expectations

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German telecommunications company Medion AG said Thursday it sold

300,000 starter packs during its 14-day mobile phone offer with discount retailer Aldi, exceeding the company's expectations. ...

Lucent Accelerates Poison Pill Expiration To Dec 31

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Lucent Technologies will end its "poison pill" three months before the planned expiration date of March 31, 2006, the company disclosed Thursday. ...

Orascom Buys Stake in Hutchison Telecom

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Egypt's Orascom Telecom has purchased a 19.3% interest in Hutchison Telecom from its parent company, Hutchison Whampoa for a total purchase price of US$1.3 Billion. The two companies have also signed a co-operation agreement to align their respective...

[[ Handsets ]]

Russia's VimpelCom grants Tsifrograd national dealer status

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Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom and have signed an agreement granting handset retail chain Tsifrograd national dealer status, VimpelCom said Thursday. ...

Big Threat To Chinese Handset Vendors

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Analysys International recently predicted that 30% of China's handset makers will be washed out by the end of year 2006 due to the segmentation and centralization of China's handset market in its recently released report. Analysis International also ...

[[ Legal ]]

Lucent: Sees $300 Million Charge After Losing Winstar Ruling

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Lucent Technologies plans to take a fiscal first-quarter charge of $300 million after a federal bankruptcy court ruled against the company in a suit brought in 2001 by Winstar Communications. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

KDDI, Qualcomm Plan JV To Map Out New Cellphone Service

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Japan's KDDI Corp. said Thursday it is planning to launch a joint venture later this month with U.S. wireless communications giant Qualcomm Inc. to map out a broadcasting service for cellphone users. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Nokia Gets Networks Order From Hutchison 3G Austria

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Finland's Nokia Thursday said it received an order to supply its mobile softswitch solution for optimizing Hutchison 3G Austria's mobile network. ...

Upgrading Regional Operator Billing Platform

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Comptel says that it is delivering its mediation and provisioning solutions to Easterbrooke Cellular Corporation, a mobile service provider in West Virginia, USA. According to the agreement, Comptel is delivering its Comptel EventLink solution for ev...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Nazi Ringtone Leads to Jail Sentence

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A 20 year old man in Austria has been found guilty of breaking a law against displaying Nazi Propaganda when he used a Nazi salute as a ring tone on his mobile phone. Police came across the ringtone purely by accident after they called him into a pol...

Tegic Reveals the Year's Most Buzzworthy Additions to T9 Dictionary

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Did you know that a Puggle is a new breed of dog crossed between a Pug and a Beagle? Or that Vlogs (video blogs) are the latest rage? Language is constantly evolving, with new words becoming part of our culture every day. These and other words have b...

[[ Regulatory ]]

New Zealand Watchdog Keeps Regulation View On Mobile Phone Charges

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Competition watchdog New Zealand Commerce Commission said Thursday it still wants mobile phone termination rates to be regulated, following a request by the country's government to reconsider its stance. ...

Bahrain Confirms Base Station Emission Within Limits

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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that the radiation from antennas used by telecommunications companies for mobile telephony in the Kingdom of Bahrain is in compliance with internationally accepted standards for electrom...

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