Cellular-News: Friday 19th May 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Alcatel Testing HSPA in France

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Alcatel has announced that Orange France launched the initial phase of their live HSDPA services in the Paris area with Alcatel's radio access solution. At first, Orange friendly users located in Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt, two majo...

[[ Financial ]]

Portugal Tel 1Q Net +16%; Domestic Operations Weak

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Portugal Telecom, Thursday reported a 16% rise in first-quarter net profit, helped mainly by a lower tax provision as its domestic operations continued to weaken. ...

EBRD provides Russia's MTS $250 million in long-term funds

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has made a new 8-year loan of U.S. $112 million to Russia?s largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and extended the maturity of $138 million of an outstanding $150 million loan dis...

KPN: No Major Effect From PrePay Dispute Seen

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Dutch telecommunications operator Royal KPN, Thursday said it doesn't expect major revenue losses to stem from a dispute it has with one of its large distributors of mobile prepaid telephony cards in The Netherlands. ...

Sprint Spins Off Embarq As It Focuses On Wireless

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Sprint Nextel late Wednesday completed the spinoff of its local telephone business, Embarq, as the company streamlines its business for growth. ...

CEO sees MTS as active player in consolidation of mobile mkt

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Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is likely to become an active player in the consolidation process of the global mobile telecommunications market, MTS' acting President Leonid Melamed said in an interview with Prime-Tass. ...

Venezuela Approves Sale Of Cellular Co Digitel

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Venezuela approved the US$425 million sale of cellular company Digitel and its merger with two other cellular operators into a company with national reach, government regulators said Thursday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

The Million Dollar Cellphone

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A new company, GoldVish has been set up in Switzerland to create seriously exclusive mobile phones that will be coated in gold and diamonds. The GoldVish cell phone is designed by Emmanuel Gueit, who manages not only the design department of GoldVish...

Four New Handsets from Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson has announced four new handsets. The evolution of Sony Ericsson's successful Walkman phone range takes another step forward today with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850....

Global Wireless Handset Market Grows 23% in 2006

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The market for wireless handsets was US$110 billion in 2005 reports In-Stat, who also predict that it will grow 23%, to exceed US$136 billion in 2006. It will continue to grow but at a slower rate, according to the high-tech market research firm, exc...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

KDDI Partners With Google For Mobile Phone Search Service

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Japanese mobile telephone network operator KDDI Corp. said Thursday it would incorporate Google's search engine into its internet mobile phone service from July. ...

China Mobile, Google Hold Talks On Mobile Search Engine

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China Mobile said Thursday it is in talks with Google to launch an Internet search engine for mobile services in China. ...

Telcel launches TV over mobile

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Mexico's largest mobile operator Telcel has launched TV over mobile services for postpaid clients with select handsets, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Russia's MegaFon seeks to provide mobile services at G8 summit

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Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon has filed an application to participate in the tender to choose a provider of mobile services for the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries, the company's Press Secretary Mar...

Alcatel Wins Angolan GSM Contract

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Alcatel has signed a US$53 million GSM expansion contract with Angola's Unitel. The project will enable Unitel to increase the capacity and coverage of its GSM network across the country, thus giving people in previously underserved areas access to m...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Vodafone Japan To Change Name To Softbank Mobile Oct 1

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Softbank said Thursday its recently acquired mobile phone unit will change its name to Softbank Mobile from Vodafone Japan K.K. as of Oct. 1. ...

Telmex to launch fixed wireless services in 4Q06

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The Peruvian unit of Mexican telephony giant Telmex plans to launch fixed wireless services in Lima and Callao in the fourth quarter of

2006. ...

Claro ends "1 real" handset promotion

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Brazilian mobile operator Claro ended its 1 real (US$0.45) promotion for handsets on May 16, Claro said in a press release. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Phone Cos Can Easily Break Out Call Data From Content

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As more people react to reports the U.S. government may be monitoring people's telephone calls, focus has increased on how long-distance calls are handled by telecom companies. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Report: LatAm mobile users up 33%, but no VAS growth

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The number of mobile users in Latin America grew 33% in 2005 compared to 2004, but users have yet to increase adoption of value added services, which represent the largest revenues for operators, according to a new study by Fitch Ratings. ...

Power Amplifier Suppliers Take Advantage of Handset Market Growth

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Four handset power amplifier (PA) suppliers below the top three gained share in 2005, according to findings in a recent Strategy Analytics report. According to this report, second-tier suppliers, Anadigics, Avago, Mitsubishi and TriQuint, grew by con...

Don't Neglect Voice Revenues - report

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Mobile operators in Japan and South Korea have consistently led the world in the development of innovative mobile handsets, services, content and pricing. They generate significant non-voice revenues beyond text messaging and they are the only market...

Ericsson Leads WCDMA/HSPA Deployments - report

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WCDMA/HSPA infrastructure revenue will grow three times faster than the market and account for over 32% of the US$68.5 billion vendor revenue to be generated in 2006, says Telecom Trends International in a report on next-generation mobile wireless ne...

WiMAX Vendors Must Think About Qualcomm Royalties

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WiMAX equipment vendors should begin now to factor royalties into their planning and pricing activities, according to ABI Research. The firm's newly-launched "Mobile Broadband Research Service" pinpoints a potential ongoing cost that is being widely ...

[[ Technology ]]

Fuel Cells for Mobile Phones

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Samsung is investing in Fuel Cells for its mobile phones, after the company signed an exclusive agreement with Fuel Cell developer, MTI Micro. Mobion, MTI Micros patented direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology, has been chosen to power a series...

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