Cellular-News: Monday 5th June 2006

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[[Financial News]]

NTT Docomo Planning Broad Expansion Into Asia

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NTT DoCoMo is planning a broad expansion into Asia in an effort to exploit a predicted boom in high-technology demand in the region, its chief executive said, the Financial Times reported on Its Web site Thursday. ...

Sonae: Vivo sale would follow PT acquisition

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Portuguese industrial conglomerate Sonae SGPS has confirmed that in the event of acquiring control of Portugal Telecom it would sell PT's

50% stake in Brazil's largest mobile operator Vivo, Brazilian newspaper Gazeta Mercantil reported. ...

Saudi Telecom May Give Egypt Co 20% Of 3rd Mobile -Report

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Saudi Telecommunications is ready to give Telecom Egypt -- or any other Egyptian company -- up to 20% of its shares in Egypt's third mobile operator, should Saudi Telecom win the bidding for the third license, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Satur...

Qualcomm Denies Korean Royalties Reports

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Qualcomm has reiterated a prior statement that the reports in two Korea Times articles (December 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006) indicating that certain Korean manufacturers' obligations to pay royalties to the company under their respective license agreem...

[[Handsets News]]

Motorola plans US$9mn investment in R&D sites

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US equipment manufacturer Motorola plans to invest US$9mn in its research and development (R&D) operations in the northeast of Brazil, Motorola said in a statement. ...

[[Legal News]]

Phone Network Hacker Fined

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A Vietnamese computer hacker has been fined US$980 after he managed to break into the Mobifone network and "stole" six high value phone numbers. Hacker Nguyen Van Nhuan, lived in Hoang Liet Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi, worked for a MobiFone agent...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Hong Kong SmarTone: Hutchison-DoCoMo i-mode Service Not A Threat

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Hong Kong mobile-phone carrier SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings said Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) partnership with NTT DoCoMo to launch an i-mode service in the territory won't be a threat to its business. ...

BT Movio Licenses Mobile TV Technology

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The Technology Partnership (TTP) says that it has agreed with BT Movio to license its DAB-IP open standards based mobile television module to manufacturers worldwide. This follows the successful pilot mobile TV service trials by BT Movio last Novembe...

[[Network Operators News]]

Russia's Equant to operate under Orange brand later this year

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Russia's Equant, or OOO Ekvant, a subsidiary of France Telecom, plans to start operating under the Orange Business Services brand starting sometime in September-November, Equant said in a press release Friday. ...

Cellphone Cos Beefing Up Systems For Hurricane Season

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP)--Mobile phone companies are working on bolstering their systems to try to prevent a repeat of the havoc Hurricane Katrina wreaked on communication services last year. ...

PeterStar to launch WiMAX network in Kaliningrad soon

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Russia's PeterStar, a St. Petersburg-based alternative fixed-line operator, plans to launch a WiMAX network in the city of Kaliningrad in late 2006 or early 2007, the company said in a press release Friday. ...

T-Mobile Says Demand For At-Home Cell Phone Offer Strong

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Deutsche Telekom's mobile phone arm T-Mobile International is experiencing growing demand for its so-called T-Mobile@home offer launched at the beginning of the year, Chief Executive Philipp Humm told Dow Jones Newswires Friday. ...

[[Personnel News]]

Gunmen Kill 4 Telecommunication Workers In Baghdad

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BAGHDAD (AP)--Gunmen killed four telecommunications workers in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad Sunday, authorities said. ...

Plot to Topple Vodafone Directors

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Several of Vodafone's institutional shareholders are reported to be planning to vote against the re-election of several Vodafone directors, chief executive Arun Sarin. ...

[[Regulatory News]]

Cofetel candidates rejected for "political" reasons

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Mexico's congress rejected this week three of the four candidates proposed by President Vicente Fox to form the new board of telecoms regulator Cofetel apparently for political reasons, local press reported. ...

Irish Unaware of Roaming Costs

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Ireland's Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published the results of its quarterly residential survey of 15-74 year olds on their adoption and use of electronic communications services. The survey results, for the period January-M...

Fourth Attempt to Offer Slovak GSM License

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The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic has announced plans to offer a 3rd GSM and UMTS license in the country. This is however, the third time the regulator has attempted to offer a GSM license to break the T-Mobile/Orange duopoly. Tend...

[[Statistics News]]

Belarus' MDC subscriber base up to 2.21 million users June 1

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The subscriber base of Belarusian mobile phone operator Mobile Digital Communications (MDC) rose 3.3% in May to 2.21 million users as of June

1, the company's press office said Thursday. ...

Ecuadorian Mobile market reaches US$1bn in 2005

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Ecuadorian mobile operators billed US$1.01bn in 2005 and saw the number of users grow 76% compared to 2004, local newspaper El Comercio reported. ...

Cellphones Drive Semiconductor Sales Rise

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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has reported that worldwide sales of semiconductors rose 8.1% in April 2006, compared to April 2005. Sales reached US$19.6 billion, driven largely by mobile phones....

Mobile RAN equipment sales down 22% in 1Q06

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The worldwide radio access network equipment market fell 22% to US$7.4 billion in 1Q06 due to a huge drop in CDMA/EV-DO/EVDV and GSM/GPRS/EDGE equipment revenue, says Infonetics Research latest Radio Access Network Equipment report. W-CDMA/UMTS RAN e...

[[Technology News]]

Ericsson integrates with Microsoft Office Live

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Ericsson says that it is providing integration between its One Phone solution and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. This will enable users to 'click to dial' from their computer desktops, using any phone connected to the corporate pho...

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