Cellular-News for Thursday 22nd December 2005

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[[ Financial ]]

Swiss Government Sets New Swisscom Ground Rules

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The Swiss government Wednesday said incumbent telecommunications operator Swisscom will be allowed to take on a maximum of CHF5 billion in debt for acquisitions and investments as long as it doesn't buy foreign companies with a universal service obli...

KDDI: Eyes Digital Service Ties With Broadcasters -Nikkei

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Japan's KDDI Corp. hopes to form a business tie-up with broadcasting stations when starting a new digital service rather than a capital alliance with them, KDDI President Tadashi Onodera said Wednesday. ...

Japan's NTT DoCoMo To Buy 2.6% Stake In Fuji TV

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NTT DoCoMo Inc. said Wednesday it will take a 2.6% stake in Fuji Television Network Inc., as part of its preparations for a new digital broadcasting service for cellphone users. ...

Russia's MTS brings its stake in Sibintertelecom to 100%

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Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems, or MTS, has increased its stake in Russia's regional mobile operator Sibintertelecom to 100% by purchasing a 6.3% stake from regional telecommunications company Sibirtelecom and a 0.17% stake f...

Yevtushenkov criticizes Russia's MTS management

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During a conference call late Tuesday AFK Sistema's CEO Vladimir Yevtushenkov criticized the management of Russia's largest mobile operator MTS for the company's flat share price performance this year, Aton Capital said in its daily report for inve...

Alcatel's Chinese unit to open representative office in Belarus

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China's Alcatel Shanghai Bell, a subsidiary of French telecom equipment producer Alcatel, plans to set up a representative office in Belarus, Alexander Popov, director of Alcatel's representative office in Belarus, told reporters Wednesday. ...

Telefonica Moviles Buys Remaining 8% Stake Of Mexico Unit

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Spanish mobile phone operator Telefonica Moviles, Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire the 8% stake in its Mexican unit that it didn't already own, for EUR177 million. ...

[[ Interviews ]]

INTERVIEW: Ericsson Sees Quick Integration Of Marconi

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Telefon AB LM Ericsson expects to integrate Marconi PLC into the company quickly and aims to complete most of the process in the first half of next year, a senior executive told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday. ...

Altimo's CEO says won't sell Russian, CIS telecom assets

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Russia's Altimo, or Alfa Telecom International Mobile, which manages the telecommunications assets of its parent company Alfa Group, does not plan to sell any of its Russian, CIS or other assets, Altimo's CEO Alexei Reznikovich said in an interview, ...

[[ Legal ]]

German Banker Awaits Word On Possible Mannesmann Retrial

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BERLIN (AP)--Germany's most prominent banker awaited a decision Wednesday on whether he and five others would face retrial over large payments to executives during the 2000 takeover of Mannesmann AG by Vodafone Group PLC. ...

German Court Overturns Verdict In Mannesmann Case

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A German federal court Wednesday overturned the verdict in the so-called Mannesmann trial, meaning the defendants likely face retrial. ...

[[ MVNO ]]

SingTel Declines Comment On Virgin Mobile Australia Talks

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Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. declined to comment Wednesday on a report that said it is close to announcing a deal to buy the 75% of Virgin Mobile Australia it does not already own. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Polish Polkomtel CEO Jaroslaw Pachowski Resigns

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Chief executive officer at Poland's third-largest mobile telephone operator Polkomtel, Jaroslaw Pachowski, resigned Wednesday, the company's supervisory board chairman Andrzej Szczepek told Dow Jones Newswires. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

M6 Beats 200,000 Subscriber Target For Mobile Services

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M6 mobile, the mobile phone service of French private television M6-Metropole Television and France Telecom's mobile operator Orange said Wednesday that it beat its own target of 200,000 subscribers. ...

Russia's MegaFon Northwest user base up 35% on year

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The subscriber base of Russia's third largest national GSM mobile operator MegaFon in the Northwest Federal District increased 35% on the year to 5.4 million users this year, the commercial director of the company's Northwest branch Nikolai Demen...

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