Cellular-News for Tuesday 14th February 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Australian Government To Monitor Telstra's 3G Transition

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Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corp.'s transition to its planned 3G network will be monitored by the government, Communications Minister Helen Coonan said Monday. ...

Vodafone To Evaluate Infineon Tech 3G Platform

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German semiconductor company Infineon Technologies, Monday said Vodafone will evaluate Infineon's Universal Mobile Telecommunications System dual mode platform. ...

Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom Eyes 1 Million 3G Users By Year End

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The number of Chunghwa Telecom's third-generation mobile-service subscribers will likely triple to one million by the end of 2006, Chairman Ho Chen Tan said Monday. ...

Sprint Testing 3G Evolution Platform

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IPWireless has announced that the USA based CDMA operator, Sprint will be the first operator globally to test the next generation of IPWireless' mobile broadband technology. Starting in March, Sprint will test IPWireless' new platform that is progres...

Vendors Developing Low Cost 3G Handsets

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Japan's DoCoMo, Renesas Technology, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric and Sharp Corp. have jointly announced that they will jointly develop a mobile phone platform combining a single-chip LSI for dual mode handsets supporting HSDPA /W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/ED...

Nokia Supporting New Frequencies in 3G Base Stations

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Nokia has announced new frequency variants for its Flexi WCDMA Base Station product range.The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station will be available for the IMT-2000 frequencies 2100 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1700/2100 MHz in the second half of 2006. In ...

[[ Financial ]]

Polands TPSA 4Q Net Profit Down

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Telekomunikacja Polska, Poland's largest telecommunications operator, Monday said its fourth-quarter net profit fell 2.3% as fixed-line shrinkage offset fast mobile and broadband growth. ...

Russia's VimpelCom confirms offered to buy Ukraine's Kyivstar

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Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom sent last week an offer to Norway's Telenor and Russia's Altimo to acquire 100% of Ukraine's largest mobile operator Kyivstar for a total of US$5 billion in VimpelCom common shares plus the assumpti...

Moldovan mobile operators combined revenue up 52% in 2005

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The combined revenue of Moldova's two mobile operators, Voxtel and Moldcell, rose 52% on the year to 1.3 billion lei last year, Moldova's National Agency for Telecommunications and Information Regulation said Monday. ...

VimpelCom CEO: Telenor not to discuss Kyivstar deal yet

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Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator Vimpel Communications Monday said its offer to buy Ukraine's Kyivstar had received different reactions from the parties involved. VimpelCom said it made the offer to Russia's Alfa Group and Norway's Telen...

End2End Brought By Mach

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End2End, a provider of outsourced solutions for mobile data, has been acquired by MACH, one of the providers of inter-operator solutions to the telecommunications and data industry. End2End, founded in 2000, has become the leading provider of outsour...

[[ Handsets ]]

BenQ Sees Mobile Phone Business Grow From 2007

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Taiwanese handset maker BenQ Corp. Monday said it expects its mobile phone business to start growing from 2007 onwards, as the company launched three new mobile phones. ...

Microsoft To Share Windows Media Tech On Motorola Handsets

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Microsoft will integrate its Windows Media technologies on some of Motorola's music handsets. ...

Emerging Market Handset Program Exceeding Targets

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Mobile operators in developing countries have bought or ordered more than 12 million mobile phones from Motorola under the Emerging Market Handset programme run by the GSM Association (GSMA). Through the programme, leading operators in developing mar...

First Quarter-Inch, 2 Megapixel CameraChip With Embedded Autofocus

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OmniVision Technologies has unveiled the OV2645, the world's first ?-inch, 2 megapixel CameraChip with fully integrated autofocus (AF) control on a single chip. OmniVision say that it is the first company to integrate AF functions on a 2 megapixel CM...

Three New Handsets From Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson has launched two new handsets, one new 3G phone and a low-mid end market handset. The K610, a 3G phone is just 17mm thick and weighs 92 grams,. It packs into its slender frame a suite of advanced communications, business and entertainme...

Three New Handsets From Nokia

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Yesterday, Nokia unveiled three new devices; introduced its first UMA network solution and announced collaboration with Vodafone aimed at increasing usage of the S60 handset software platform. Nokia unveiled the Nokia 6131 and Nokia 6070 mid-range GS...

[[ Interviews ]]

INTERVIEW: Sony Ericsson Aims New Models At Mass Market

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PREMIUM - Sony Ericsson is banking on two new handsets unveiled Monday to tap into demand in both the lower-cost and high-tech ends of the highly competitive mobile phone market, said Steve Walker, head of product management for the company. ...

INTERVIEW:Infineon Banks On Emerging Market Phone Demand

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PREMIUM - German chipmaker Infineon Technologies is counting on emerging market demand for cheaper phones to steer its loss-making mobile platform business back to recovery, a senior manager said Monday. ...

INTERVIEW: Nokia Sees Converged Handsets Growth In 2006

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PREMIUM - Nokia Corp. Monday said it expects more handsets that utilize both mobile and fixed-line telecommunications networks to emerge over 2006. ...

Huawei European Workforce Could Double In 2006

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PREMIUM - Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies could double its workforce in Europe in 2006, a senior manager said Monday, as the company continues to gain business in the region. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Greece To Toughen Laws Against Phone Tapping - PM

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ATHENS (AP)--Greece will toughen laws against phone tapping after discovering senior government officials' cell phones were under surveillance during and after the Athens 2004 Olympics, Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis said Monday. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Vodafone Group Announces Link With Orange

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Vodafone and Orange Monday announced they are finalising an agreement to be the first multi-national mobile operators to launch Instant Messaging interoperability, with the intention to link Instant Messaging communities using the familiar "calling p...

Solicitors Switches Away From Blackberry

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Good Technology has announced that one of the UK's leading firms of solicitors, is replacing its Blackberry devices with the it's GoodLink push email platform. Darbys is a full-service solicitors firm. The firm has over 150 staff and is regularly inv...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Nokia, Sony Ericsson Cooperate On Mobile-TV Interoperability

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Finland's Nokia, Monday said it will cooperate with Sony Ericsson to work on interoperability in DVB-H enabled devices and secure multivendor mobile TV services from 2006 onwards. ...

[[ MVNO ]]

Russia's Euroset plans to start offering MVNO service in Apr-Jun

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Russia's largest mobile handset retailer Euroset plans to start offering mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services in April-June, the company said in a press release Monday. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Sprint Nextel Secures Labour Union Agreement

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Sprint Nextel and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have announced an agreement covering labor relations issues for employees of Sprint Nextel's local communications company. The separation of the local communications company, which will be...

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