Cellular-News For Wednesday 15th March 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Nigeria Gets 1xEV-DO Network

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China's Huawei Technologies has announced that Starcomms Nigeria, Nigeria's largest private telecom operator, is to deploy Nigeria's first 1xEV-DO-based mobile broadband network. It is also one of Western Africa's first CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks leve...

HSDPA Test Calls Made In UK

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Hutchison 3G UK has announced a successful trial of High Speed Downlink Packet Access ("HSDPA") on its 3G network in the UK. The trial, which has been running for the last four months, has already delivered speeds of up to 1.4 million bits per second...

Orange France Launches HSDPA Trials

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Orange France has launched a network trial based on HSDPA technology from Nortel. The trial is providing mobile broadband connectivity from

1.8 Mbps per second -- four times faster than current networks -- for 150 lead business customers in Lyon, Franc... [[ Financial ]]

ETB, EPM to look at offloading Colombia Mvil

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A coordinating committee is slated to be formed this week by Colombian municipally owned telco ETB and multi-utility EPM to define the precise mechanism for handing over control of their mobile unit Ola to a future strategic partner, a top executive ...

Cenbank: Slim's dominance hurts competitiveness

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Mexican telecoms incumbent Telmex and mobile telephony group America Mvil are hurting the country's competitiveness with their high rates, Mexico's central bank president Guillermo Ortiz was quoted as saying by Bloomberg news agency. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Motorola Razr Reappears In Some Cingular, T-Mobile Stores

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP)--Motorola's popular Razr phone was back in Cingular and T-Mobile stores this week, making a limited reappearance after the two wireless companies temporarily stopped selling the phones because of a manufacturing defect. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Property fund to sell seized phones at dumping prices

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The Russian Federal Property Fund plans to sell mobile handsets and other consumer electronics seized in 2005 at dumping prices, Vedomosti business daily reported Monday. ...

TruePosition Sues Over Patent Claims

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TruePosition, a provider of wireless location goods and services, says that it has sued Andrew Corporation for infringing a patent dealing with the location of cellular phones using the wireless network control channel, which is particularly importan...

[[ Network Operators ]]

PRESS: Russia's VimpelCom launches mobile tariff plan for hearing impaired

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Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom has introduced a tariff plan called Special (Osoby) in the Sverdlovsk Region for people with hearing impairments, the company said, Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. ...

Movistar aims for 500,000 net adds

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Mobile operator Movistar Chile, the local unit of Spain's Telefonica Mviles, expects to close 2006 with 5.8 million subscribers, meaning

500,000 net adds during the year, local newspaper El Mercurio reported. ...

Nigerian Operator Continues Fast Network Rollout

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Nigeria's Glo Mobile, which covered more than 35 major cities, towns and expressways at the beginning of 2006, has continued its fast-paced expansion last month, effectively covering over 30 new locations spread across the country in the last two wee...

[[ Personnel ]]

Regional CDMA Growth Requires Additional Resources

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The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced the appointment of Dr. Chungming An, as the CDG's Vice President for Greater China and Southeast Asia. Based in Taipei, Dr. An will represent the CDG and work closely with governments and regulators, as ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

France's Competition Watchdog Urges SMS Regulation

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France's competition watchdog is pushing for regulation that would help cut the cost of sending a text message, or SMS, and other data transmissions by mobile phone. ...

Regulator may introduce fixed-to-mobile pay calls before July 1

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Russia's Federal Tariff Service may introduce paid fixed-to-mobile calls before July 1, when the law on the Calling Party Pays (CPP) principle takes effect, the service's deputy director Vitaly Yevdokimenko told reporters Tuesday. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Russia's MegaFon says subscriber base in Moscow up to 3.5 mln

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The subscriber base of Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon in the Moscow License Area (MLA) rose to 3.5 million users as of now from 3 million people as of October 2005, Sonic Duo said in a press release Tuesday. ...

Spending on Mobile Services Tops $15 Billion in Central and Eastern Europe

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Even as markets approach saturation and prices continue to fall, spending on mobile services in Central and Eastern Europe expanded last year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. According to an IDC study of 11 markets in the region...

[[ Technology ]]

SR Telecom eyes local market for WiMax

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Canadian broadband fixed wireless solutions provider SR Telecom believes Mexico will be one of the top 10 countries in the world for WiMax sales in 2006, SR Telecom's marketing vice president Chad Pralle told BNamericas. ...

PulseWave RF Completes Demo of Power Amp Module for Base Stations

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PropheSi Technologies, a provider of semiconductor modules for high-efficiency wireless infrastructure power amplifiers, today announced it has changed its name to PulseWave RF and that it has successfully demonstrated its digital multi-carrier power...

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