Cellular-News for Thursday 1st December 2005

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[[ 3G ]]

Ericsson Works With MTN South Africa On 3G Combinations

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Telefon AB LM Ericsson said Wednesday it and MTN South Africa are first in demonstrating how third generation networks using WCDMA technology enable new mobile broadband services as well as a cost efficient fixed broadband alternative, when combining...

Nokia Completes High Speed HSDPA Call In China

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Finland's Nokia Oyj wednesday said it has successfully completed a High Speed Downlink Packet Access call at its facilities in Beijing, China. ...

Doubling the Speed of HSDPA Networks

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Bytemobile says that the newest version of optimization software is showing a two-fold speed improvement on HSDPA networks. The software-based solution, called the Optimization Services Node (OSN), specifically enhances each data packet and enables m...

[[ Financial ]]

Private-equity Firms Offer $12B For Danish Telecom TDC

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A group of private-equity firms led by Apax Partners Worldwide and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has agreed to buy telecoms operator TDC for $12 billion, though the Danish company said it'd like to receive even more. ...

Cingular Tests Calling Plan With AT&T Local Phones

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Cingular Wireless is testing a plan that provides unlimited calls between its mobile service and AT&T Inc.'s local phone service in a move to bundle its services closer together, Cingular said on its Web site. ...

NTC Sees TDC As Growth Platform; Could Make Buys

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Nordic Telephone Co. intends to use TDC as a platform for growth and will probably embark on acquisitions through the company to help drive that growth, a member of the NTC group said Wednesday. ...

FOCUS: Russia's Alfa Group holds keys to Ukrainian mobile market

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PREMIUM - The Ukrainian mobile market is maturing quickly and may soon see the arrival of Russia's Alfa Group as the key player, as the company looks to consolidate the stake it holds in four out of five Ukrainian GSM operators. Alfa Group?s aggressive behav...

[[ Handsets ]]

Indian Handset Sales to Soar

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BIS Shrapnel has forecasted that the number of cellular handsets sold in India to hit 38.5 million units (including replacement and grey handsets) in 2006, recording an impressive growth of 26% over this year's sale....

[[ Legal ]]

Research In Motion Loses Latest Patent Appeal

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Research In Motion Ltd. has failed to persuade a federal judge to enforce a tentative $450 million settlement with a company that's sued to stop the developer of the popular Blackberry from sellings its handheld e-mail devices. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Telefonica Moviles, RIM To Launch BlackBerry Service In Latam

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Spanish mobile phone operator Telefonica Moviles SA said Wednesday it will launch Research in Motion Ltd.'s wireless BlackBerry platform in

13 Latin American countries. ...

Missed Call Service for Tunisian Operator

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Cellicium says that the Tunisia based GSM operator, Tunisiana has launched it's `Please Call Me' interactive USSD service for pre-paid users. This service enables pre-paid customers lacking credit to send a free SMS message requesting to be called by...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

A Spring, A Spring, A Wonderful Thing, Everyone Knows It's Slinky!

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AG Interactive has announced that images and sounds of Slinky, The Original Walking Spring Toy, are now available for mobile phones and online platforms. The new content includes emoticons, backgrounds and wallpapers, winks, avatars, screensavers, ri...

Crazy Frog Displaced by Baaarmy Sheep

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The Crazy Frog's Christmas single - Jingle Bells -gets its first UK airplay today and is widely tipped to become a music chart Christmas number one. But the "Baarmy Sheep" of the Lake District are launching a pre-emptive strike by making their own ve...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Ericsson To Provide Solution To SunCom Wireless In US

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Sweden's Telefon AB LM Ericsson Wednesday said U.S. operator SunCom Wireless Holding Inc. has selected Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch solution for its next generation core. ...

Russia's MegaFon says now has 1,500 base stations in MLA

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The number of base stations of Russia's MegaFon subsidiary Sonic Duo in the Moscow Licensed Area (MLA) amount to 1,500 as of now, up from

1,300 base stations in August, the company said Wednesday. ... [[ Offbeat ]]

PrePay Phone Helps Fund the Nelson Mandela AIDS Foundation

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South Africa's Vodacom has launched a PrePay handset in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to raise funds for fighting HIV/AIDS. Through this joint initiative Vodacom will be selling a

46664-branded Vodacom Prepaid Starter Pack in what is... [[ Personnel ]]

Hutchison 3G Director Resigns

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Hutchison 3G UK has announced that Gareth Jones will be stepping down from his role as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2005. Gareth joined 3 in May 2003 and as COO has overseen the sales, customer service and marketing departments. He was broug...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russia's Moscow, many regional phone codes to be changed Thursday

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The Moscow city telephone area code, 095, is to be replaced by 495 on Thursday, the IT and Telecommunications Ministry said in a ruling approved August 3. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Nokia To Cooperate With PLDT In The Philippines

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Finland's Nokia Oyj said Wednesday it and telecommunications provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, PLDT, have set up a Next Generation Network Laboratory to develop and test end-to-end Fixed-Mobile Convergence services prior to their c...

Improving Camera Phone Photos in Dim Light

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Agilent Technologies has shown off an innovative image pipe processor that allows mobile phone and computing devices to take lifelike, rich color photos in all lighting conditions. The image pipe is integrated in Agilent's new family of system-on-chi...

Altobridge Split-BSC Solution Cuts Remote GSM Costs

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ip.access says that Altobridge, a developer of mobile systems for remote communications, is launching a low-cost satellite backhaul solution for the provision of remote cellular coverage using ip.access nanoBTS picocells. The new solution enables mob...

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