Cellular-News: Friday 5th May 2006

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SingTel 4Q Net Bolstered By Regional Mobiles

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Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and unveiled a S$2.3 billion return of capital as growth from Asian mobile operations offset lower profits in Australia. ...

Embarq To Close Spinoff From Sprint Nextel May 17

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Embarq Corp. expects to complete its spinoff from Sprint Nextel on May

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ANALYSIS: Strengths and weaknesses of Ola's three suitors

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After months of speculation, and a failed first phase which was extended by 30 days due to a lack of interest from potential bidders, three mobile operators have decided to take up Colombia Movil's (Ola) offer to become its strategic partner, hav...

[[ Handsets ]]

Qualcomm CEO: Winning Battle In Low-End Phones

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Qualcomm is winning the battle of low-end phones in key emerging markets, Chief Executive Paul Jacobs said Thursday. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Golden Telecom says won't compete with major Ukrainian cell operators

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USA registered telecommunications operator Golden Telecom does not plan to compete against major Ukrainian mobile operators after it receives additional GSM 1800 licenses, the company's spokespeople said during a conference call Thursday. ...

Nextel unit invests US$50mn in southern expansion

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Latin American digital trunking service provider NII Holdings plans to invest US$50mn this year to expand coverage of its Nextel Per unit, local daily Diario Correo reported. ...

Digicel sets Haiti, French West Indies milestones

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Caribbean mobile operator Digicel has received regulatory approval to acquire France's Bouygues Telecom Caraibe, a wireless operator in the French West Indies, for 155mn euros (US$196mn), the company said in a statement. ...

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Orange UK To Lose Up To 2,000 Staff

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Orange said Thursday it will cut 15% of its jobs in the UK, a move that will mean the loss of 1,800 to 2,000 jobs. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Belarusian GSM operator BeST user base at 7,500 as of May 1

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The subscriber base of state-controlled Belarus Telecommunications Network, or BeST, which started commercial operations in the capital city of Minsk on December 21, 2005, amounted to 7,500 users as of May

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Russia's MegaFon says subscriber base in Moscow up to 4 mln

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The subscriber base of Russia?s third largest mobile operator MegaFon in the Moscow License Area (MLA) rose to 4 million users as of Thursday from 3 million users as of November 2005, Sonic Duo said in a press release Thursday. ...

AMX: Mobile penetration to reach 65%-70% in matter of years

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Latin American mobile group America Movil expects mobile telephony penetration in Latin America to reach 65%-70% over the next few years, driven by better handsets at lower prices, the company's CEO Daniel Hajj told an investors conference...

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