cellular-news for Thursday 12th January 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

SingTel Says Optus Buys Virgin Mobile Australia

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Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. Wednesday said its Australian unit Optus has acquired a 74.15% stake in Virgin Mobile Australia Ltd., raising its shareholding to 100%. ...

State fund to auction 4.64% in Russia?s Uralsvyazinform

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The Russian Federal Property Fund plans to auction its 4.64% stake in Russian fixed-line and mobile operator Uralsvyazinform on April 28, the fund said Wednesday. ...

Evolving Systems sees LatAm representing 5% of revs

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US telecoms software solutions provider Evolving Systems (Nasdaq: EVOL) expects to see 5% of its global revenue coming from Latin America within the next year, Evolving Systems' CEO Stephen Gartside told BNamericas. ...

Corporate Wireless Voice to Exceed Landline Expenditure

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For the first time, in 2006 U.S. businesses of all sizes will spend more on wireless voice services than on wireline, reports In-Stat. And wireless data services will make significant gains as well over the next several years, the high-tech market re...

[[ Handsets ]]

Mobile-Phone Revenue Set to Decline in 2006

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Due to slowing growth and falling prices, worldwide mobile-phone market revenue is expected to decline in 2006, and will not recover to the peak level of 2005 until 2009, iSuppli Corp. predicts. Worldwide factory revenue from production of mobile pho...

[[ Legal ]]

German Prosecutor Wants To Continue Mannesmann Trial

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German prosecutors Wednesday said they will continue to pursue the so-called Mannesmann trial. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Universal Order Mobile Content Platform

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Adamind has announced a three-year contract with Universal Music Mobile US (UMM-US) to manage content conversion of media files to formats compatible with mobile phones. Adamind's Spire Production Suite will be deployed within Universal Music Mobile ...

Traffic Cameras On A Cellphone

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The UK's Highways Agency is launching a service to broadcast CCTV images to mobile phones Video footage from Highways Agency CCTV cameras will be brought direct to mobile phones, in a trial agreed by the Highways Agency. For the first time, images pr...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Maxis Trialing New Wireless Backhaul Platform

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Malaysian cellular operator Maxis is trialling Cambridge Broadband's VectaStar fixed wireless transmission platform in its 2G and 3G cellular networks. The VectaStar equipment is being used to backhaul traffic from Maxis cellular base stations to its...

WiMAX provider moves into GSM Backhaul Market

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The WiMAX kit provider, Aperto Networks has announced the availability and deployment of a Time Domain Multiplexed (TDM) wireless backhaul for cellular networks, offering enterprise access at distances up to

15 miles.... [[ Network Operators ]]

Belarus BeST attracts more users, targets low-end users

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State-controlled Belarus Telecommunications Network, or BeST, which started commercial operations in the capital city of Minsk on December

21, 2005, attracted its first 1,000 subscribers through its program that envisages preferential tariffs for som...

Digicel prepares for WiMax deployments in 2006

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Caribbean mobile operator Digicel plans to roll out WiMax in many of the markets where it has operations, as part of its 2006 development plan, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Cingular Wireless CTO Re-Elected as 3G Americas' Chairperson

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Kristin Rinne, Chief Technology Officer for Cingular Wireless, is returning for a second term as 3G Americas' chairperson in 2006 after re-election by the organization's Board of Governors. Alan Pritchard, Nortel Vice President of GSM/UMTS Global Pro...

Communications Union Continue Inroads at Cingular

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) trade union has notched up more sucesses in its campaign to get representation at former AT&T Wireless facilities which have been purchased by Cingular Wireless. A further 1,302 employees in New Mexico and ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Comcel free to issue US$220mn in bonds

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Colombia's financial regulator has authorized mobile operator Comcel to issue 500bn pesos (US$220mn) in bonds, reported local daily Portafolio Tuesday. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Poll: 46% Of Singapore Mobile Users Won't Switch Operator

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Nearly half of Singapore mobile phone users won't switch service providers even if they aren't tied to a contract with the mobile operator, according to a survey by ACNielsen published on Wednesday. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Russian Megafon's user base in Samara region up 10% Sep-Dec 2005

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The subscriber base of Russia?s third-largest national GSM cellular operator MegaFon in the Samara Region increased 10% to 1.1 million people in September-December 2005, MSS-Povolzhye said in a press release Wednesday. ...

Russia's Motiv subscriber base up to 835,000 users in 2005

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The subscriber base of Russia?s regional mobile operator Yekaterinburg-2000, which operates under the Motiv brand name, more than doubled to 835,000 users in 2005, the company?s press service said Wednesday. ...

Continuing Decline in Base Station TAM and ASP

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Wireless base station equipment prices continue to decline, according to the latest information from ABI Research. Lance Wilson, the company's director of wireless research, says that the downward pressure on base station TAM and ASP is the result of...

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