Cellular-News for Tuesday 17th January 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Orange Has 300,000 UK 3G Users - Expects Progress In 2006

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Orange, the mobile telecommunications arm of France Telecom, Monday said it expects adoption of third generation, or 3G, services to rapidly increase in 2006 after reporting it has 300,000 users on its

3G network within the UK. ...

GSM to TD-SCDMA handover Achieved

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Analog Devices has announced that dual-mode 3G TD-SCDMA/GSM operation has been achieved on it's SoftFone-LCR chipset. Recent testing completed on networks from two operators in China demonstrated that Datang Mobile's DTivy A2000 Dual-mode Handset Sol...

DoCoMo Orders 3G/GSM SIM cards

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Axalto says that it has been selected by Japan's DoCoMo to supply USIM cards for DoCoMo's 3G services. With this card, subscribers of DoCoMo will be able to use PDC network when in Japan, as well as internationally with W-CDMA and GSM networks when o...

Amercian 3G Contract Awarded

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Israel's Baran Telecom says that it has received an approximated US$11 million worth of orders for the execution of works in the field of communication infrastructure construction and services in the USA. The works will be executed for two of BTI's m...

European Operators Aim to Connect 50 Million Laptops to 3G

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Wireless broadband services will be in focus for the mobile industry during 2006, according to a new report from the telecom analyst firm Berg Insight. 3G networks upgraded with HSDPA technology are going to enable peak data speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps ...

[[ Financial ]]

Nokia Replaces GE Atop Fidelity Magellan Fund

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Nokia Corp. ranked as Fidelity Magellan Fund's top holding as of Dec. 31, replacing General Electric Co., which fell to fifth place, according to Fidelity Investments. ...

NTL Fleshes Out New Virgin Mobile Offer Terms

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NTL, the UK cable company, Monday outlined the details of an increased offer for telecoms operator Virgin Mobile Holdings to 372 pence per share, that will value the company at around GBP900 million. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Nokia Launches New Clamshell Handset

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Nokia has expanded its porfolio of mid-range mobile phones with the Nokia 6125 fold phone. The Nokia 6125 offers a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth wireless technology and digital music player. The quadband Nokia 6125 (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) is expect...

Lamborghini Branded Mobile Phones

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The Taiwan based electronics manufacturer, ASUSTeK Computer has signed a brand license agreement with Italy's Lamborghini motor cars. The initial result is the Lamborghini Notebook Series of computers. However, in a report from the local DigiTimes, t...

[[ Legal ]]

More Legal Action to Prevent Information Theft

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Cingular Wireless says that it has succeeded in the first round of a court fight against websites that offer cell phone records for sale. Cingular has obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from the US District Court in Atlanta, against two companies...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Belarus mobile operator MDC plans to up investment 30% this year

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Belarus GSM operator Mobile Digital Communications (MDC) which provides its services under the Velcom brand plans to increase its investments 30% on the year to over U.S. $100 million this year, the company said Monday. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

GSM Operator Gets Strong Approval With TV Adverts

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Less than a month after the start of its commercial campaign, television adverts from Bulgaria's vivatel have rated as among the top two most memorable and the brand was voted 'most liked' in the results of the Alpha Research national survey from Nov...

[[ Personnel ]]

Braginsky leaves IR director position in Russia's MTS

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Andrei Braginsky, investor relations director of Russia?s largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has left the company, Kommersant business daily reported Monday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russia's MGTS denies rumors of payable fixed-to-mobile calls

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Russia's main fixed-line operator Moscow City Telephone Network, or MGTS, has denied media reports that calls from fixed-line numbers to mobile numbers with "federal numbers" should carry an extra fee, the company said in a statement Monday. ...

Mobile Termination Rates to Fall in Ireland

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Ireland's three GSM network operators, Vodafone, O2 and Meteor have recently published reductions in the prices that they charge for Mobile Termination and have committed to a further reduction a year from now. The telecoms regulator, ComReg says tha...

[[ Reports ]]

Vodafone Gets High "Corporate Responsibility" Score

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Vodafone has been ranked in the top 3 global companies with regard to putting responsible practices at the heart of their business. Oil and gas (BP, Shell and Chevron) and automotive companies (Ford, Peugeot), whose businesses are often criticised as...

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