Cellular-News for Tuesday 18th April 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

3G WAN Router Launched
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Digi International has announced the introduction of the ConnectPort WAN, an upgradeable 3G Wireless WAN router. Featuring an embedded four-port Ethernet switch, two RS-232 serial ports and one USB port, the ConnectPort WAN enables many different kin...

HSDPA Launched in Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic based, Eurotel has announced that HSDPA technology was launched on its network last week. The company launched its 3G network last December using HSDPA capable infrastructure and has now applied the necessary software to support HS...

[[ Financial ]]

Telecom Funds Look For Clear Signals From Volatile Sector

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mutual funds disconnected from investors in the 2000-2002 bear market, but nowadays they're ringing loud and clear. ...

TELECOM REPORT: Alcatel-Lucent: What's In A Name?

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France's Alcatel and USA-based Lucent Technologies have lots of reasons to stick with their old names after they complete their $13.5 billion merger. Several hundred million reasons, perhaps. ...

Kenyan Operator Writes Off Interconnection Debt

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Kenya's GSM network operator, Safaricom has secured a US$170 million loan facility which will be used in part to write off the debt owed to it by majority shareholder, Telkom Kenya. Due to interconnection fees, the state owned landline operator, Telk...

[[ Handsets ]]

Motorola's 1Q Results Seen Propelled By Razr Phones

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Motorola Inc. (MOT) could exceed its earnings forecast for the first quarter on the continued strength of its popular, ultra-slim Razr cellphones and building momentum in its newer Slvr model. ...

CDMA Handsets Manufactured in Vietnam

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Electricity of Vietnam subsidiary EVN Telecom has joined with Qualcomm to manufacture fixed and CDMA based mobile phones. In its first year of operation, the factory will produce around 500,000 fixed and mobile CDMA units. The output will increase to...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Ukraine Mobile Co Kyivstar Refreshes Brand, Logo

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Ukraine's largest mobile phone operator, Kyivstar, said Monday that it revised its brand and logo in a bid to look dynamic and modern as the market is becoming more competitive and showing signs of slowing growth. ...

MegaFon delays CPP principle launch in Chechnya

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Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon has postponed indefinitely the launch of the Calling Party Pays (CPP) principle in Russia's constituent republic of Chechnya, the company said in a press release Monday. ...

Terrorists explode base station in Ingushetia

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Terrorists have blown up a base station of Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon in Russia's constituent republic of Ingushetia, ITAR-TASS reported Monday. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

FOCUS: Doctor Melamed selected to cure MTS, market disappointed

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Leonid Melamed, a medical doctor by education, who until recently headed Rosno insurance company, was appointed the new president of Russia's largest mobile operator MTS on Thursday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russia's VimpelCom to sell Golden Telecom's direct cell numbers

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Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom has signed an agreement with Golden Telecom to sell the latter's "direct" local numbers with the "495" prefix to mobile subscribers in the Moscow Licensed Area (MLA), the two companies said in a joint...

Extending Coverage in Pakistan

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Pakistan's Telecoms Authority is understood to be preparing to permit mobile phones to be used in the country's Northern Areas, where phones are currently forbidden. The regulator is considering permitting the existing mobile networks to extend the r...

More Calls to Kill Cellphone Tax

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The USA's Wireless Association, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent used the impending tax-filing deadline to reiterate the wireless industry's support for repealing the antiquated Federal Excise Tax (FET). The tax, first instituted in 1898 to finan...

[[ Technology ]]

Patents That Kill Background Noise on Phone Calls

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TechnoConcepts says that it has filed two provisional patent applications with the US Patent Office for new inventions which virtually eliminate background noise in cellular and other communications devices, while vividly improving the voice clarity....

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