Cellular-News for Monday 20th February 2006

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[[3G News]]

Andrew eyes 3G opportunities in LatAm

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US communications equipment manufacturer and supplier Andrew Corp sees growth opportunities in the medium term in Latin America in 3G mobile technology, Andrew's Americas sales vice president James McIlvain told BNamericas. ...

South African Operator Preparing for HSDPA

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South Africa's MTN says that it is on track to deliver commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) or 3G Evolved services to customers this year, says Ashraff Paruk, General Manager of Business Strategy, MTN South Africa. MTN achieved its fi...

[[Financial News]]

Cingular Wireless CEO Says Consolidation Good For Industry

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Consolidation in the wireless industry is a positive, allowing companies to combine synergies and therefore put investments back into the marketplace, Cingular Wireless President and Chief Executive Stanley T. Sigman said. ...

Sweden's Tele2 revenue in Russia soars to $133.6 mln in 2005

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The operating revenue of Swedish telecommunications company Tele2 AB in Russia soared 96.6% on the year to U.S. $133.6 million in 2005, the company said in a statement Friday. ...

ETB: Ola is not for sale

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Colombian mobile operator Colombia Mvil (Ola) is not for sale, Rafael Orduz, president of Ola co-owner Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogot (ETB), was quoted as saying by local newspaper La Republica. ...

Iusacell rules out merger with Unefon for the moment

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Mexican mobile operator Iusacell does not rule out the possibility of an eventual merger with its sister company Unefon, both owned by media magnate Ricardo Salinas, but for the moment it is not part of the company's plans, Iusacell's CEO Gustavo Guz...

ETB to give Ola capital injection in 2Q06

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Colombian municipal telco Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) plans to provide mobile operator Colombia Mvil (Ola) with a fresh injection of capital, ETB president Rafael Orduz was quoted as saying by news agency Colprensa. ...

[[Handsets News]]

New Music Phone From BenQ-Siemens

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BenQ-Siemens has launched a new music player handset. When closed, the mobile looks just like a music player. Clearly arranged play, pause, and fast forward and backward keys enable quick, convenient operation. Hidden behind a flap below the 1.6 inch...

[[Legal News]]

Government raids bypass installations

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Ecuadorian telecoms regulator Suptel, along with the national police, the district attorney's office and an unnamed mobile operator, raided a bypass facility in Guayaquil, Suptel reported in a statement. ...

Nokia Sued Over Patent Infringement

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The German company, Teles says that it is sueing Nokia for patent infringements over its latest VoIP mobile phone. The company says that the Nokia 6136 infringes, by means of its "GSM fallback" functionality, Teles' German und European VoIP patents....

[[Mobile Content News]]

DoCoMo Signs MOU With RealNetworks On Software Devt

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NTT DoCoMo and RealNetworks announced Friday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding as a first step toward jointly deploying RealNetworks' Mobile Streaming Server software. ...

UK Mobile Phones Need TV Licenses

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Owners of mobile phones which can show TV shows in the UK will still be required to buy a TV License, or could face a US$1,700 fine. In the UK, all people who own a television, or watch internet broadcasts of television shows are required to purchase...

[[Network Operators News]]

Oi: 100 million mobile users expected in 2006

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Brazil's mobile phone market is likely to reach 100 million users in

2006, local mobile operator Oi president Luiz Eduardo Falco was reported as saying by Agncia Estado. ...

Nepal Telecom Expanding Into Rural Areas

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Nepal Telecom says that it plans to expand its GSM network to 24 remote regions of the mountainous country, using satellite links for the cellular backhaul. The company expects to spend some US$3 million on the network expansion and is in the process...

Easier PrePay Top-Ups When Roaming

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The European operators alliance, Starmap has announced a new service whereby customers of one operator can use the PrePay top-up vouchers from another other alliance operator to top-up their account. Using this service, customers are able to buy vouc...

Vietnam Operator Outlines Expansion Plans

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Vietnam's MobiFone says that it plans network upgrades over this year to enable it to support a further 1.4 million subscribers. Thanks to upgrades in early 2006, MobiFone's network now covers 100% of territory in the provinces of Lang Son and Nghe A...

[[Offbeat News]]

Telenor Attacked In Islamic Cartoon Controversy

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Norway's Telenor has become unexpectedly involved in the ongoing controversy over the "Islamic Cartoons" after their Pakistan subsidiary was attacked in protest over the publication of the cartoons. The company has been forced to close down its offic...

[[Reports News]]

Composition of US Mobile Workforce To Remain Static - With One Exception

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The composition of the U.S. mobile workforce is expected to remain basically unchanged during the next three years, according to a new study issued by InfoTech's InfoTrack for Enterprise Mobility (IEM) in its Mobile Communications in the U.S. Workpla...

[[Statistics News]]

Vivo remains market leader; TIM, Oi catching up

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Brazil's largest mobile phone operator Vivo remains the market leader, but TIM and Oi are steadily catching up, according to data from telecoms regulator Anatel. ...

Hong Kong China Mobile Adds 1.31 Million Subscribers in Jan

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Mobile-phone services operator China Unicom Ltd. said Sunday it added

1.31 million subscribers in January, the largest monthly increase since May 2005 - bringing its total mobile service customers to 129.10 million. ...

Two Million Customers in Delhi

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India's Airtel says that it has crossed the 2-million customer mark in Delhi. With this, Airtel becomes the first mobile operator to complete this milestone in the Capital. The journey to the 2 million landmark has been stupendous having achieved the...

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