Cellular-News for Monday 6th March 2006

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[[3G News]]

Thai TOT To Get Control Of Mobile JVs; Plans To Offer 3G

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Thailand's state-owned telecom firm TOT said Friday it will buy shares in two mobile-phone joint ventures from state agency CAT Telecom PCL, in a move to gain full control over 1,900 and 2,000 megahertz mobile-phone frequencies for the third generati...

[[Financial News]]

Taiwan Mobile Earns NT$124.7 Million From Chunghwa Tel Share Sale

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Taiwan Mobile, Friday reported a disposal gain of NT$124.7 million from the sale of 9.99 million Chunghwa Telecom shares. ...

OTE To Buy Cosmote Shares Currently Not Owned, But Not Yet

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Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA (OTE) confirmed Friday that it's interested in buying the shares in its mobile arm Cosmote that it doesn't currently own, but not just yet. ...

Vodafone Group Confirm Offer Talks For Japanese Unit

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Vodafone Group said that it has noted Friday's press speculation regarding its Japanese subsidiary. ...

UPDATE: Vodafone In Talks To Sell Loss-making Japanese Arm

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Mobile-phone company Vodafone Group rallied 9% on Friday after saying it's in talks to sell its loss-making Japanese arm. ...

AT&T TO Acquire BellSouth -Sources

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NEW YORK (Dow Jones) AT&T Inc. is planning to acquire BellSouth Corp, people familiar with the situation say. A deal between the two could be announced as early as Monday. ...

[[Handsets News]]

Motorola Cant Meet Demand For RAZR Handsets

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Speaking at a recent Merrill Lynch conference, Ron Garriques, President of Mobile Devices Division at Motorola, noted that the company is still having trouble meeting demand for their iconic RAZR handset. ...

Orange, Sony Ericsson In Joint Marketing Agreement

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Orange, the mobile telecommunications arm of France Telecom, has signed a joint marketing partnership with Sony Ericsson to promote the manufacturer's Walkman-branded music handsets. ...

[[Legal News]]

Research In Motion Pays NTP $612.5 Million To Settle Dispute

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Research In Motion Ltd. said late Friday that it agreed to pay NTP Inc. $612.5 million to settle a long-running patent dispute that had threatened to disrupt its widely used BlackBerry wireless-email service. ...

[[Messaging News]]

BlackBerry Problems in Trinidad

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Cable & Wireless in the Cayman Islands says that it has identified a potential problem for some of their BlackBerry customers whilst trying to roam in Trinidad on the TSTT network. While in Trinidad, customers may experience difficulty acquiring and ...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Ericsson Providing WAP Billing For ZapDance

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Ericsson will provide WAP billing in the UK for ZapDance, a Norwegian developer of mobile internet portals. Ericsson Internet Payment eXchange (IPX) is the dominant aggregator in enabling WAP billing across major networks in the UK. ZapDance is now a...

[[Network Contracts News]]

Orange Upgrades Data Services

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Orange Slovakia has made a major capacity upgrade of its NettGain Data Optimization solution, provided by Flash Networks to improve data optimization over it's mobile network, which is seeing a dramatic increase in traffic and subscribers, as a resul...

[[Network Operators News]]

The Fight For Mobile Customers At Border Areas

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Five years ago, residents in Vietnam's remote and border areas didn't even know what a mobile phone was. Now, cell phone networks cover almost all of these areas. The area around the Ban Thi Railway Station in the Van Thuy Commune in Chi Lang Distric...

Over 40 Million Subscribers Shortly for South Africa

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South Africa's Vodacom says that it has had to add an additional number range to the current number ranges, including 082, 072 and 076, to make room for its growing family of subscribers. As from 1 March

2006, Vodacom added the 079 number range to it...

Chris Gent Opposes Sarin As Vodafone CEO - report

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There have been reports that the former head of Vodafone, Sir Chris Gent had considered voting against the re-election of Arun Sarin as Chief Executive of the company. ...

[[Offbeat News]]

Motorola Private Jet Crashes

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A Motorola private jet had an accident last Friday when landing at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, USA. The plane went off the runway and stopped some 100 feet from the end of the runway. There was an unnamed Motorola executive on board, but a Motor...

[[Regulatory News]]

CRT names new executive director

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Colombian telecoms regulator CRT has named Carlos Alberto Herrera Barros as its new executive director, replacing Gabriel Adolfo Jurado Parra, the country's communications ministry announced. ...

[[Reports News]]

Australians Consider Ditching Landlines Within 2 Years

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A Newspoll survey commissioned by Vodafone has revealed that approximately 1.4 million Australians see few reasons to hold onto their landline and are seriously considering ditching it altogether to become totally mobile inside the next two years. Ba...

[[Statistics News]]

dea crosses 7 Million-Subscriber base

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India's dea Cellular has announced its achievement of crossing the 7 million strong customer mark in its eight circle operation covering only 45% of the country's cellular base. In less than 12 months the company has added nearly 2 million subscribe...

[[Technology News]]

OmniVision Eases Upgrade to 3 Megapixel Camera Phones

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OmniVision Technologies has launched a CameraChip solution which allows handset customers to upgrade their camera phones from 2 megapixels to 3 megapixels without mechanical design changes. This 'drop-in' replacement method will significantly reduce ...

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