Cellular-News for Monday 27th February 2006

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[[3G News]]

3G Coverage Testing In China
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Telestone Technologies has announced the successful completion of a comprehensive 3G wireless coverage test for China Mobile's Guizhou Province Division using Telestone's new 3G wireless coverage platform system. The test specifications were outlined... [[Financial News]]

Portugal Telecom Merger Defense To Focus On Price -Report

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Portugal Telecom is focusing it defense against Sonae' EUR10.7 billion ($12.7 billion) takeover approach on the price of the offer, the Jornal de Negocios newspaper reports in its Friday edition, without specifying its sources. ...

Shenandoah Telecom Extends Talks With Sprint To April 15

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Shenandoah Telecommunications said Friday that it again extended its discussions with Sprint Nextel Corp. over a wireless territory rights agreement, to April 15, in order to avoid litigation. ...

Brasil Telecom GSM posts net loss in 2005 of US$281mn

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Brasil Telecoms' mobile phone arm, Brasil Telecom GSM, posted a net loss in 2005 of 599mn reais (US$281mn), the company said in a statement. ...

Comcel to offer US$156mn in bonds

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Colombian mobile operator Comcel is set to offer 350bn pesos (US$156mn) in ordinary bonds on Friday, the Colombian stock exchange reported in a statement. ...

Telesp Celular reports US$424mn net loss for 2005

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Brazilian telephone carrier Telesp Celular made a net loss of 909mn reais (US$424mn) in 2005 compared to a net loss of 490mn in 2004, the company reported in a statement. ...

US MCT Corp sells 100% in Vostok Mobile Volga telecom

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The U.S. MCT Corp. has sold its 100% stake in Russian telecommunication company Vostok Mobile Volga, MCT Corp. said in a press release Sunday. ...

Sweden's Tele2 says ups stakes in 5 Russian mobile operators

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Swedish telecommunications company Tele2 has increased its stakes in five Russian regional mobile operators, Tele2 said in a statement Sunday. ...

Russia's MTS approves merger of subsidiaries at EGM

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The extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (EGM) of Russia?s largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has approved the merger of nine of its subsidiaries into the parent company, MTS said in a statement Sunday. ...

[[Handsets News]]

Kyocera seeks to double market share to 40%

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US CDMA mobile handset manufacturer Kyocera Wireless (KWC) plans to double its market share in Mexico to 40% with handsets that integrate global positioning systems and internet access, KWC's new Mexico manager Renata de la Vega Serratos was quoted a...

New Law Proposed Ban On Toxins In Cellphones

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California is considering a bill which will ban the use of hazardous materials in the construction of cellphones, and other electronic devices sold in the US state by 2008. Assembly Member Lori Salda said that, while current state law requires the

No Ban On Handset Subsidies Planned

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South Africa's telecoms regulator, ICASA has concluded their study into handset subsidies in the country, and decided not to ban subsidies on the sales of handsets with contracts. The enquiry was motivated by consumer interest mainly in respect to th...

[[Legal News]]

ANALYSIS: TEF, govt agreement seen as a political move

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On February 15, Spain's Telefonica officially suspended its suit against the Argentine government, filed with the World Bank's international arbitration tribunal ICSID. ...

Courts ask ombudsman to sue operators

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The Argentine justice system has recommended the nation's ombudsman Eduardo Mondino sue telecoms operators to the tune of nearly 1bn pesos (approximately US$325mn) for non-payment to the universal service fund, local newspaper Clar reported. ...

Court to hear Norway's Telenor claim against VimpelCom on Apr 3

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The Moscow Arbitration Court scheduled on Sunday for April 3 the hearings of a lawsuit filed by Norway's telecommunication company Telenor, seeking to find VimpelCom's extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (EGM) held on September 14, 2005, vo...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Mobile Content Firm Fined And Banned From Service

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The UK arm of the mobile content provider, LaNetro Zed has been fined US$44,000 by the UK's premium rate telephony regulator, ICSTIS and also had access to its premium rate SMS services barred for three months. The company is appealing the fine and b...

[[Network Operators News]]

NII cautious about investment in high speed data services

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Latin American digital trunking holding company NII Holdings does not expect to make significant investments in introducing high speed data services in the medium term as the region in general is not ready to pay for them, NII's CFO Byron Siliezar to...

Kyivstar doubles number of its base stations in 2005

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Ukraine's largest mobile operator Kyivstar increased the number of its base stations by 96.7% in 2005 to 5,855, the company's press office said Sunday. ...

Mtel Increases its Network Capacity

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Mtel, the Mobile subsidiary of Nigeria's state owned telecommunications outfit, has unveiled plans to increase the capacity of the network by an additional two and half million lines, a more than two hundred percent increase on the existing 1.2 milli...

[[Regulatory News]]

Taiwan Government May Up Foreign Invest Cap In Chunghwa Telecom

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The Taiwan government may raise the limit on direct foreign investment in Chunghwa Telecom to 49% from the current limit of 40%, a government official said Friday. ...

[[Reports News]]

In-Car Cell Phone Use Impacting Radio Listening

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Bridge Ratings says that it recently completed its first six month analysis of in-car cell phone use and its potential impact on other in-car listening including that of radio. The study was commissioned by a wireless company in 2005 as part of a mul...

Latin American Location Services Set To Take Off - report

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Despite years of build-up and hype, location based services were still in an early stage of slow growth at the beginning of 2005. From about the year 2000, only a handful of operators worldwide had launched location based services for their enterpris...

[[Statistics News]]

Mobile telephony expands 48.4% in 2005

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Venezuela's mobile telephony sector grew 48.4% in 2005, reaching a total of 12,495,721 subscribers, local daily El Universal said, citing a report by telecoms regulator Conatel. ...

USA Wireless Market Revenue Rises 10.7% - report

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Revenue in the USA wireless market totaled US$174.7 billion in 2005, up 10.7% from 2004, with an acceleration in handset revenue and a ramp-up in new wireless subscribers as key drivers of growth, according to the newly released report from the indus...

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