Cellular-News for Thursday 8th December 2005

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[[ Financial ]]

Dutch Government Trims Stake In KPN

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The Dutch government on Wednesday said it trimmed its stake in the country's leading telecommunications services provider, KPN, to around

8% and said it would get rid of its "golden share" in the company. ...

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British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC isn't immediately planning to offer mobile phones as part of its product range, a senior executive said Tuesday. ...

Alfa Group Expects Telsim Sale Price To Be Too High-Executive

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The head of Alfa Group's telecommunications branch, Altimo, said Wednesday he expects the sale price of Turkey's Telsim Mobil Telekomunikasyon to be too high. ...

Virgin Mobile Rejects NTL Takeover Bid

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Virgin Mobile Holdings (U.K.) PLC said Wednesday that its board had unanimously rejected the proposed takeover offer by NTL Inc. ...

Belarus' BeST to take $184 mln loan from China Eximbank

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Belarus state-controlled GSM mobile operator Belarus Telecommunications Network, or BeST, has signed an agreement to take out a U.S. $184.2 million loan from Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank). The agreement was signed during Belarusian ...

[[ Handsets ]]

PRESS: Russia's Euroset postpones Eurobond offering indefinitely

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Russia's largest mobile handset retailer Euroset has indefinitely postponed the offering of its debut, U.S. $150 million 30-month Eurobond issue, the company's President Eldar Razroyev said, Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. ...

Bulgarian Operator Extends Retail Presence

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Bulgaria's M-Tel has expanded its retail outlets to include selling its products through the independent retailers, Technopolis and Handy shops. The two dealers will exclusively offer the services of the biggest mobile operator in Bulgaria, including...

Nearly 1 in 5 of Recent Handset Purchases Have No Landline

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New research released today by the USA's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) shows a shift away from landlines to wireless phones for many American consumers, particularly younger age groups, those who rent their homes and singles. A full 17% of c...

Wal-Mart and RadioShack Top US Handset Sales

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Telephia has reported that Wal-Mart and RadioShack have posted strong market share for retailing wireless handsets. Among recent wireless purchasers who bought their phone within the last 6 months at a major U.S. retailer, such as big box and consume...

UTStarcom Wins Vietnamese CDMA Handset Contract

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UTStarcom has won a contract to supply its C1161 CDMA 1x handsets to S-Fone, a nationwide CDMA service provider based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. S-Fone is the sixth operator in 2005 to offer UTStarcom-designed and -manufactured handsets, joining S...

[[ Legal ]]

Lawmakers Ask Swiss Government To Explain Swisscom Disclosure

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Two parliamentary commissions Wednesday asked the Swiss government for a response to criticisms of its handling of Swisscom AG's privatization plan and terms attached to it. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Visto Powering Turkish Push Email Platform

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Visto Corp. has announced that Turkey's Turkcell has deployed Visto Mobile with ConstantSync technology to deliver mass-market push mobile email services to a customer's wireless device of choice. Called TurkcellE-Postaci, the new service is a perso...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Contract to Improve Phone Coverage Inside Trains

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Avitec has won the contract to provide and install OnBoard Repeaters for mobile coverage in all of Sweden's high speed train wagons (X2000). The order was signed by the Swedish Railway Authorities in collaboration with SJ, TeliaSonera, 3, Tele 2 and ...

Ericsson Involved in Slovak Military Mobile Contract

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The UK defense contractor, BAE Systems, along with Ericsson has been selected by the Slovak Ministry of Defence to deliver a fully US, EU and NATO interoperable mobile military communications system (MOKYS) to the Slovak armed forces. The contract wi...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Nokia Face Of Africa returns in 2006

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The continent's most established model talent search, the Nokia Face Of Africa begins its sixth season this month as the African TV channel M-Net and leading mobile company Nokia have renewed their commitment to popular initiative. This time round 12...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Mexican Antitrust Regulator Expects Tougher Law In 2006

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The head of Mexico's antitrust commission said Tuesday that he is optimistic a new law giving regulators more power will be passed in the spring congressional session. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Ukraine's URS chief says subscriber base up to 219,000 Dec 1

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The subscriber base of Ukraine's mobile operator Ukrainian Radiosystems (URS) rose to 219,000 people as of December 1 from

160,204 people as of October 1, Sergei Mironov, chairman of URS' executive board, told Prime-Tass Wednesday. ... [[ Technology ]]

Ericsson Adds New Features To Mini-Link Product

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Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson (ERICY) Wednesday said it has added new capabilities to its Mini-Link TN microwave transmission family so that it now offers a complete, end-to-end transmission solution, opti...

Samsung Licenses Smart Antenna Technology

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ArrayComm says that it has granted Samsung Electronics the right to use ArrayComm's smart antenna solutions for Samsung wireless communications base station products. The agreement gives Samsung full rights to use ArrayComm solutions for base station...

Chip Standardization Good News for Handset Manufacturers

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Intel and STMicroelectronics have announced they will collaborate on the development of NOR-type flash memory products, a move that will bring much-needed standardization to the market, iSuppli Corp. believes. The two semiconductor suppliers on Monda...

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