Cellular-News for Thursday 6th April 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

RadioShack's Wireless Business Struggles, As Does Stock

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RadioShack Corp.'s wireless business continues to struggle and its stock continues to languish along with it as the retailer searches for a new chief executive. ...

Deutsche Telekom Says Mobile Unit May Not Meet Targets

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Deutsche Telekom's mobile unit may not be able to achieve its targets in Europe due to increasing competition, the company said in its 2005 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. ...

Ukraine's DAMPS operator DCC merges into Astelit

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Ukraine's DAMPS mobile operator Digital Cellular Communications (DCC) has been merged into GSM mobile operator Astelit, Astelit said in a press release Wednesday. ...

Vodafone Dismisses Imminent Sale Of Verizon Wireless

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Vodafone has no plans for the imminent sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless, a Vodafone spokesman said Wednesday. ...

Centennial posts US$6mn net loss in Q3 FY06

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US and Caribbean wireless and broadband provider Centennial posted a net loss of US$6.1mn in the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 compared to a profit of US$4.2mn in the same quarter of FY05, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Russia's MTS to buy 40,000 mobile handsets from Japan's NEC

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Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has signed an agreement to buy 40,000 mobile handsets from Russia's NEC Infocommunications, a subsidiary of Japan's NEC, NEC Infocommunications said in a press release Wednesday. ...

Teikon expects revs of US$47mn in 2006, opens new factory

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Brazilian handset manufacturer Teikon expects to bill 100mn reais (US$47mn) in 2006, doubling its 2005 revenues, with the help of a new factory in southern Brazil, local tech news service Baguete reported. ...

[[ Legal ]]

PRESS: Russian police retract statement on Euroset's illegal batch

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The K department of Russia's police has retracted a statement it made Tuesday, which said that a recently seized batch of mobile handsets from Russia's largest mobile handset retailer Euroset was imported illegally, Kommersant business daily reported...

Court to hear Telenor claim against VimpelCom's URS buy on May 25

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The Moscow Arbitration Court adjourned on Wednesday until May 25 the main hearings of a lawsuit filed by Norway's telecommunication company Telenor, seeking to void VimpelCom's purchase of mobile operator Ukrainian Radiosystems (URS). ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Yahoo, RIM Expand Pact To Offer Yahoo Services Worldwide

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Yahoo! and Research In Motion said Blackberry users in more than 60 countries will have access to Yahoo services such as email and messenger as the two companies expand their global alliance. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Nokia In $19 Million Deal To Expand GSM Network In Thailand

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Finland's Nokia, Wednesday said it has signed a US$19 million contract with Thai mobile operator Advanced Info Service to expand its GSM network in Northern, Central and Southern regions in Thailand. ...

Nokia Gets 3G Network Order From Sonofon In Denmark

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Finland's Nokia, Wednesday said it has been selected as supplier of WCDMA 3G network equipment for Sonofon in Denmark, owned by Norwegian operator Telenor. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

FOCUS: Kazakhtelecom may get GSM license, remain state-owned

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Kazakhtelecom, the key fixed-line operator in Kazakhstan, is increasingly looking to diversify its activities and get a GSM license this year, but the government may not be interested in the privatization of a major cash cow although a lot depends on...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Sprint Executive: US Telecom Ind Needs Supportive Regulation

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The telecommunications industry in the U.S. needs a lighter, more supportive, regulatory touch from the government, according to Sprint Nextel Chief Operating Officer Len Lauer. ...

T-Mobile Prepared To Reduce Fees For Fixed-Line To Mobile

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Deutsche Telekom's mobile arm, T-Mobile, said Wednesday it is optimistic of reaching agreements with other companies to further reduce charges for transferring phone calls from fixed lines into its networks, thereby avoiding enforced regulation. ...

Digicel granted license for Turks & Caicos

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Caribbean wireless operator Digicel has been granted a license to establish a GSM network in the newly liberalized market of Turks & Caicos, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Colombia fastest growing LatAm GSM market in 2005

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Colombia was the fastest growing Latin American market for GSM users last year, rising to third place in terms of total users from its sixth place ranking in 2004, local daily La Republica reported. ...

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