Cellular-News for Monday 28th November 2005

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[[3G News]]

Hutchison's 3 Italia Listing Likely Delayed

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3 Italia, the Italian mobile phone business controlled by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, said in a statement that its initial public offering would likely be delayed until the first quarter of 2006. ...

EDGE Coverage Expanded in Bulgaria

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Bulgaria's M-Tel has started offering EDGE services in ten new cities, expanding coverage to another 20% of the Bulgarian population. As of November 25, 2005, besides Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas and the bigger sea resorts and populated areas along...

Testing HSDPA in Hungary

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Hungary's Pannon GSM has launched trials of a HSDPA network in Budaors. Pannon GSM is commissioning the HSDPA service in its live network in Buda?first. Coverage will be extended to downtown Budapest within a few days. The service will be availabl...

South Korean 3G Roaming Expanded

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South Korea's SK Telecom has announced the launch of its WCDMA Automatic Roaming Service in Italy and France. Like the existing CDMA Automatic Roaming service, SK Telecom subscribers traveling to these countries can now send and receive WCDMA cellula...

[[Financial News]]

3 Telecom Cos Bid For Alltel's Local Phone Lines - Report

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Three telecommunications companies have entered final negotiations to acquire a collection of local telephone access lines from Alltel Corp., the Arkansas-based wireless group, for as much as US$10 billion, the Financial Times reported Friday. ...

Swiss Government: To Block Swisscom Taking Over Foreign Cos

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The Swiss government plans to block any foreign acquisitions by telecommunications company Swisscom AG for the time being, Dieter Leutwyler, a spokesman for the Finance Ministry said Friday. ...

Chile Entel: No Contacts With Mexico's Carlos Slim -Report

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Chilean telecommunications company Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones SA hasn't been approached by Mexican entrepreneur Carlos Slim, local business paper Diario Financiero reported Friday, citing company sources. ...

Russia's SMARTS RAS Jan-Sep net profit soars to 188 mln rubles

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The net profit of Russian regional mobile operator SMARTS rose to

188.942 million rubles in January-September from 28.3 million rubles in the same period of 2004, as calculated under Russian Accounting Standards, or RAS, the company said Friday. ... [[Legal News]]

TeliaSonera: Ruling On Fees May Help In Other Disputes

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TeliaSonera hopes to settle several interconnection fee disputes with rival telecommunications operators after a court ruled in its favor in on disagreement this week, a lawyer for the company said Friday. ...

[[Messaging News]]

Record Numbers of SMS's Sent in the UK

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The UK's Mobile Data Association (MDA) has reports that a new record has been set in the UK, with a staggering 2.9 billion SMS's being sent during last month and an average of 93.5 million text messages sent per day. Person-to-person texts sent acros...

[[Network Contracts News]]

Ericsson In Hosted Ringback Tones Deal With 3 Italy

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Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Telefon AB LM Ericsson Friday said it has entered a five-year agreement with 3 Italy for hosted ringback tones, based on Ericsson's Personalized Greeting Service. ...

Expanding Mobile Coverage in Greenland

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Siemens is supplying high-speed Internet technology and new mobile communication technology to Greenland. Government-owned telecommunication operator Tele Greenland has entrusted Siemens with the task of supplying and building the technology. This ca...

[[Network Operators News]]

Safaricom Denies Vodafone Asset Swap Rumours

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Kenya's Safaricom has refuted media claims speculating on a possible African portfolio switch by Vodafone in favour of South African operator Vodacom. Safaricom CEO Mr Michael Joseph has dismissed as untrue, news wire media reports quoting his Vodaco...

Verizon Completing Florida Upgrade

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Verizon Wireless says that it is nearing completion of a US$250 million enhancement to its Florida digital wireless network in

2005. The investment includes adding and updating transmission sites and other technology to improve call quality, increase... [[Offbeat News]]

75 Years of International Phone Calls

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Telecom New Zealand celebrated the 75th anniversary of its first international phone call over the weekend. Three quarters of a century ago Sir Apirana Ngata made history when he spoke by phone to the then Acting Australian Prime Minister J. E. Fento...

[[Personnel News]]

Vodafone CEO Retires

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Alexander Schuit, who has been interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Netherlands since April 2005 will be retiring. Guy Laurence, currently Global Terminals & Consumer Marketing Director at Vodafone Group, has been appointed as the new CE...

[[Regulatory News]]

Cellular Liberalization Drives Entire Telecoms Market - report

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After the successful partial privatization of Omantel, and the successful entrance of a second cellular operator, Oman's telecom market is ripe for further liberalization in the coming two years. The Arab Advisors Group projects Oman's total cellular...

[[Statistics News]]

Mobile Online Gaming in the APEJ Region Poised For Steady Growth

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According to a new study from IDC, mobile online gaming in the APEJ region will continue to grow at a steady pace, capturing the interest of providers as a potential revenue-generating service. The key factors contributing to the industry's developme...

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