Cellular-News for Wednesday 21st December 2005

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[[ 3G ]]

Orange Reports 100,000 3G Subscribers in Israel

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Israel's Partner Communications, which trades under the Orange brand name says that it now has approximately 100,000 3G subscribers. Partner's CEO, Amikam Cohen, expressed his satisfaction from the rate of subscribers joining the 3G network, and stat...

[[ Financial ]]

Toshiba: No Plans To Build US$6 Billion Singapore Chip Plant

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Japan's Toshiba Corp. Tuesday denied a media report that it may build a Nand flash chip plant in Singapore, a company spokesman told Dow Jones Newswires. ...

Telekom Malaysia: Not In Talks To Partner India's Aircel

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Government-controlled Telekom Malaysia Bhd. Tuesday said it's not in talks to partner Indian cellular network operator Aircel. ...

Etisalat: Deal Reached On Pakistan Telecom Sale

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United Arab Emirates-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp. said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the government of Pakistan on completing its purchase of 26% in Pakistan Telecom. ...

EU OKs Ericsson To Buy Most Of Marconi Assets

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The European Commission Tuesday cleared Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer L.M. Ericsson to buy most of the assets of Marconi PLC, a U.K. peer. ...

Sprint Locks Up Largest Affiliate With Nextel Partners Buy

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Sprint Nextel has finally agreed to buyout terms with affiliate Nextel Partners, ending a bitter dispute and locking up the largest remaining affiliate for the wireless company. ...

[[ Interviews ]]

INTERVIEW:Egypt's MobiNil Faces Up To New Entrant Threat

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PREMIUM - The imminent arrival of a third mobile network player in Egypt may force down prices, but won't be a threat to the growth of the current market leader, The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services, its Chief Executive said Monday. ...

[[ Legal ]]

PRESS: Kyrgyzstan's Bitel stops collecting money after seizure

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Kyrgyz mobile operator Bitel has stopped collecting money from subscribers after a recent seizure of the company's head office by little-known Russian company Rezervspetsmet, Russian business daily Kommersant said Tuesday.

PRESS: Russia's SMARTS hires famous law firm to defend vs Sigma

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Russia's regional mobile operator SMARTS has hired law firm Yegorov, Puginsky, Afanasyev and Partners to defend its interests to prevent a hostile takeover bid by Sigma investment group, a source with SMARTS said, Russian business daily Kommersant sa...

Ukrainian mobile operators appeal to president for help

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ive Ukrainian mobile operators have appealed to the country's President Viktor Yushchenko for help saying their problems with the government's backing of state-owned telecommunication companies, as well as with back taxes and antitrust hurdles wa...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Football Video Chat show on Mobiles

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O2 UK is launching a sports talk show that will be broadcast to GPRS and 3G handsets. The new interactive audio-video format has been created by Buongiorno to exploit the audio and video capabilities of mobile technology. Soccer Addicts creates a for...

Big Fine for Crazy Frog

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The UK's Premium rate services regulator ICSTIS has fined the Crazy Frog service provider mBlox US$71,000 and ordered it to pay refunds to all those who complained to the regulator. The sanctions have been imposed after ICSTIS found the promotions fo...

[[ Network Operators ]]

PRESS: Russia's MegaFon hands out free subscription packages

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Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon has launched a marketing campaign whereby two pre-paid subscription packages are sold for the price of one, Russian business daily Vedomosti said Tuesday citing Anna Smolnyakova, director of the advert...

TeliaSonera assumes total responsibility for ABB's telephony

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The industrial services group, ABB has handed TeliaSonera with total responsibility for its telephone services in Sweden. The term of the agreement is three years and its value approximatelyUS$19 million. The agreement includes upgrading the technica...

[[ Statistics ]]

China Mobile Adds 3.92 Million Subscribers In November

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China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the listed arm of China's largest mobile operator, said Tuesday it added 3.92 million subscribers in November, up slightly from 3.90 million additional users in October. ...

Irish Mobile Phone Penetration Hits 100%- Regulator

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Ireland's communications industry regulator ComReg Tuesday said Irish mobile penetration hit 100% in September, while broadband subscriptions more than tripled in the 12 months to September. ...

Saudi Arabian Operator Passes Subscriber Landmark

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) says that it now has just over 11 million subscribers. STC continued its organic proportionate growth until mid November and in the past fifty days alone it has gained a record breaking 1.4 million new customers and has gr...

[[ Technology ]]

How RFID Chips Track Lost Airline Baggage

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Bag it, then tag it. That could be the European airline industry's new mantra as costs and penalties soar for lost or misplaced luggage under new European Union rules. ...

UltraWideband Interoperability Testing Sucessful

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UWB silicon providers - Alereon, Staccato Communications and Wisair have announced their initial attempts at interoperability were successful. At TDK Test Services, the three companies performed interoperability testing of their pre-production PHY si...

Virgin Mobile Data Trial Boosts ARPU

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Virgin Mobile UK has been trialing Zi Corp's. internet information portal, and they have announced that preliminary results from the trial indicate significant increased usage levels on the mobile phones involved -- from simple voice calls to SMS, MMS...

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