Cellular-News for Wednesday 29th February 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Ericsson Gets HSDPA Order From KPN

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Sweden's Ericsson Tuesday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with KPN Mobile for the rollout of a high speed mobile broadband network based on HSDPA for both KPN and Telfor in the Netherlands. ...

China Vice-Minister: Conditions Exist For 3G Development

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Conditions already exist in China for the development of third-generation mobile phone services, Lou Qinjian, industry vice minister at the Ministry of Information said Tuesday. ...

[[ Financial ]]

UbiquiTel Swings To 4Q Profit On Operating Leverage

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UbiquiTel Inc. (UPCS) swung to a fourth-quarter profit, boosted by operating leverage and improvement to its cost structure. ...

Vodafone Japan: Impairment Charge Won't Hurt Japan Operations

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The president of Vodafone Group PLC's (VOD) Japanese unit said Tuesday that an expected impairment charge won't affect its business strategy in Japan. ...

MobilCom 2005 Sales EUR2.05 Billion Vs EUR1.90 Billion

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Telecommunications company MobilCom AG (MOB.XE) Tuesday said its 2005 sales were up 8.1% to EUR2.05 billion from EUR1.90 billion in 2004, mainly driven by strong customer growth. ...

Alltel Negotiating To Extend Sale Pact For Austrian Unit

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Alltel Corp. said its Western Wireless International Austria Corp. unit is negotiationg to extend the agreement covering its planned EUR1.3 billion, or $1.54 billion, sale of tele.ring to T-Mobile International. ...

Kenyan President: Government To Sell 9% Of Mobile Phone Co Safaricom

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NAIROBI (AP)--Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said Tuesday the government will sell 9% of the country's largest mobile phone service provider to fund the restructuring of the ailing state-owned telephone company. ...

Lucent COO Maintains View Of Stronger Second Half

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Lucent Technologies Chief Operating Officer Frank D'Amelio reiterated Tuesday that the company expects higher revenue in the second half of the fiscal year than in the first half. ...

Comcel launches US$200mn bond issue

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Colombian mobile operator Comcel issued 450bn pesos (US$200mn) in ordinary bonds on Friday (Feb 24), Mexican parent company America Mvil said in a statement. ...

Iusacell reports first net profit since 2001

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Mexican mobile company Iusacell reported net profit of 143mn pesos (US$13.6mn) in the fourth quarter of 2005, its first quarterly profit since 2Q01, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

New Walkman Handset From SonyEricsson

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Sony Ericsson has expanded its growing line-up of Walkman phones with the W300, a quad band EDGE clamshell which aims to bring the mobile phone Walkman experience to an even greater market. With the announcement of the W300 Sony Ericsson has now laun...

A CameraPhone That Looks Like A Camera

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Sony Ericsson is launching the K800 and K790 phones, the first handsets to carry the Cyber-shot brand, a true mark of imaging quality. Both are highly capable mobile phones with integrated 3.2 Megapixel digital cameras with Autofocus, Xenon flash and...

Three "snap shot" Camera Phones From Sony Ericsson

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Three new camera phones from Sony Ericsson combines good quality digital photography with simple operation to create albums, search for pictures by timeline and send them on by MMS, infrared or email. The phones are the K510 with 1.3 Megapixel camera...

New Vodafone 3G Handset

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Vodafone Japan has announced the Vodafone 904SH by Sharp, the first mobile handset to feature a VGA liquid crystal display (LCD). The

904SH is scheduled to go on sale in late April 2006 as a new 3G handset. The 904SH's VGA LCD has four times the reso... [[ Legal ]]

PRESS: Ukrainian court rejects Telenor's appeal in Kyivstar deal

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The Ukrainian Supreme Court has rejected Norwegian telecommunication company Telenor's appeal of an earlier court ruling in favor of amending the charter of Ukraine's largest mobile operator Kyivstar, Vedomosti business daily said Tuesday, citing a c...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Comptel: Region ripe for revenue saving software

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Comptel, a Helsinki-based software producer for convergent telecommunications networks, sees 2006 as a decisive year for its business in Latin America as operators opt for solutions that plug revenue leakages, Comptel's Americas region director Kipp G...

[[ Network Operators ]]

IN BRIEF: Supermarket chain registers brand for telephony, cable

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Chilean supermarket Lider, owned by local holding company D&S, has published in the official gazette its own brand for broadband, cable TV and IP, long distance and mobile telephony services. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Childs Mobile Phone Recalled

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of a childs plastic toy in the shape of a mobile phone. The CPSC says that consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The iPlay M...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russian antitrust chief: VimpelCom should get license for Russia's Far East

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Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom should receive a license for radio frequencies in Russia's Far East Federal District, Igor Artemyev, director of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), told reporters Tuesday. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Smartphone Forecast: Shipments to More Than Double in 2006

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Smartphones' premium prices and "supersized" form factors have historically combined with a limited demand for advanced data services to restrict them to "niche market" status. But 2006 will bring a growth spurt in the smartphone market that will see...

[[ Statistics ]]

Official sees Kazakh mobile user base doubling by 2009

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The mobile service subscriber base in Kazakhstan is expected to increase to 7.5 million users in 2008 from 3.8 million users as of now, Rizat Nurshabekov, deputy director of Kazakhstan?s IT and communications agency, told Prime-Tass Tuesday. ...

Russia's Yeniseitelecom mobile user base up to 1 mln

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The subscriber base of Russia's regional mobile operator Yeniseitelecom has increased to 1 million users as of now from 970,000 users as of February 1, the company said in a press release Tuesday. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Wi-Fi Chipset Market Continues Impressive Growth

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The Wireless LAN (WLAN) chipset market is on a phenomenal growth pace that is projected to continue over the next few years. The market will soar from just over 140 million annual chipset unit shipments in 2005 to 430 million in 2009, reports In-Stat...

Facial Recognition Software for 3G Phones

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Vodafone Japan is launching a Face Recognition function that authenticates customers by sensing their facial features to increase mobile phone security. The new function will be included in the Vodafone 904SH, a new 3G handset by Sharp scheduled to g...

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