Cellular-News: Wednesday 24th May 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Sri Lanka's TRC Offers 3G Licenses To Mobile Phone Cos

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Sri Lanka's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, or TRC, Tuesday invited expressions of interest from mobile phone operators for 3G network licenses. ...

Georgia's Telecom Invest Georgia gets licenses for 3G services

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Georgian company Telecom Invest Georgia has won at an auction frequencies for third generation (3G) mobile services, an official with the National Communications Commission told Prime-Tass Tuesday. ...

Anonymous 3G Video Calls

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Mobestar says that it has launched the first inter-country anonymous

3G video call service. The first anonymous mobile video call supported by Mobestar's Flexible Anonymous Communications Engine (FACE) took place yesterday between Germany and the UK.... [[ Financial ]]

Reiman says CPP launch to cut mobile operators' revenue

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The introduction of the Calling Party Pays (CPP) principle will decrease the revenue of mobile operators, Russian IT and Telecommunications Minister Leonid Reiman told a news conference Tuesday during the meeting of telecommunications officials from ...

Verizon CFO Doesn't See Vodafone Deal In Near Term

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It's unlikely that Verizon Communications will buy out Vodafone Group's stake in its U.S. wireless business, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Doreen Toben said Tuesday. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Russian Minister Laundered Money To Buy Mobile Operator

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The Arbitration Tribunal in Zurich has ruled that Russian Information Technology and Communications Minister Leonid Reiman used money laundering schemes to attempt to buy a 25% stake in mobile phone network operator Megafon, LV Finance Group said in ...

Motorola says accusations of patent right violation "groundless"

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US mobile handset producer Motorola considers accusations that the company is violating patent rights "groundless," Motorola said in a press release Monday, citing Greg Estell, corporate vice president for Motorola's Mobile Devices Europe. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Italy VIA Advisors To Manage Ecuador Mobile Co Telecsa

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Italian consulting firm VIA Advisors Corporate Finance on Wednesday will start a two-year contract to manage Ecuador's state-owned mobile telephone operator Telecsa, Julio Garcia, Telecsa's corporate development vice president, told Dow Jones Newswir...

New Billing Platform for Trinidad and Tobago

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Redknee has announced that Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has deployed it's Turnkey Converged Billing Solution. Redknee's Converged Billing provides TSTT flexible rating across voice, messaging, data and content services wh...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Anatel: Signal blocking to cost US$430k per prison

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Brazilian cell phone companies will have to fork out 1mn reais (US$430,000) to install signal blocking equipment in each of São Paulo's 144 prisons, local newspapers quoted staff at the telecoms regulator Anatel as saying. ...

Network Failure in South Africa

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A verbal battle has emerged in South Africa between the newest entrant Cell C and incumbent Vodacom which provides a national roaming service for the operator. Last Friday, Cell C customers roaming onto the Vodacom network found that all voice calls ...

Preparing Networks for the Football World Cup

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Andrew Corp has been deploying indoor coverage services and capacity improvements at Germany's football (soccer) stadiums in preparation for the upcoming World Cup tournaments. The 2006 World Cup matches in Germany, one of the world's biggest multina...

Another Digicel Launch in Netherlands Antilles

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Digicel, the pan-Caribean operator has re-launched its recent acquisition in Curacao as Digicel Curacao. Since the company entered the Curacao market through its acquisition of Curacao Telecom last year, Digicel has committed an investment of in exce...

[[ Personnel ]]

Vodafone: Appoints John Buchanan As Deputy Chairman

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Vodafone Group said Tuesday that John Buchanan will become Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Company's Senior Independent Director, in succession to Paul Hazen who has decided to retire from the Board. ...

Two executives from Altimo elected to Turkey's Turkcell board

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Two executives of Russia's Altimo, a part of Alfa Group, were elected to the board of directors of Turkey?s leading mobile operator, Turkcell, Altimo said in a press release Tuesday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Govt approves single concession law

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The Peruvian government has approved a law that allows operators to provide fixed, mobile, cable and internet services under a single concession, the transport and communications ministry (MTC) said in a statement. ...

Regulator begins publishing prepaid rates, updating monthly

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El Salvador's telecom regulator Siget has begun publishing monthly listings of mobile operators' on and off-net prepaid call rates, the watchdog said in a news release. ...

New GSM Operator for Afghanistan

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) based, Etisalat says that it has secured a GSM license in Afghanistan for a license fee of US$40 million. The agreement was signed by HE Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communication, Afghanistan, and Mohammad Hassan Omran,...

[[ Reports ]]

One Hundred Million Mobile VOIP Users in 2011

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As more consumers carry their iPods with them everywhere, they are hoping Apple will add WiFi and VOIP for the killer converged mobile entertainment device, according to a new study from ON World....

Mobility Infrastructure Sales Drop to Lowest Level in Six Quarters

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Dell'Oro Group has reported that the total mobility infrastructure equipment market contracted 15% on a sequential basis in the first quarter of 2006, due mostly to seasonal weakness plus sluggish CDMA sales. The report indicates that CDMA users have...

Market in Central and Eastern Europe to reach EUR58.4 billion in 2011

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The Central and Eastern European mobile market is forecast to grow by more than 10% per year to reach EUR58.4 billion in 2011, according to a new report published by Analysys. Rising mobile phone penetration and the increasing adoption of mobile broa...

US Customer Complaints Falling

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The USA industry trade body, TheWireless Association's President and CEO Steve Largent has trumpeted the publication of yet another report showing wireless consumers to be increasingly satisfied with their innovative service. Late last week, the Fede...

[[ Statistics ]]

Agency says WAP, mobile Internet users in Moldova at 222,500

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The number of subscribers to Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) and mobile Internet services in Moldova amounted to 222,500 people in January-March, Moldova's National Regulatory Agency in Telecommunications and Informatics (ANRTI) said Tuesday. ...

Study: Southern Cone mobile penetration reaches 58.7%

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The mobile market in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay has reached 58.7% penetration, with Telefónica Móviles leading the way with a 38.3% share, according to a new study from Signals Telecom Consulting. ...

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