Cellular-News: Wednesday 7th June 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Hong Kong SmarTone Launches 3G Upgrade

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SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings said Tuesday it became the first of Hong Kong's mobile operators to launch a third-generation wireless technology upgrade, High Speed Downlink Packet Access. ...

ZTE banks on 3G, NGN products in 2006

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Chinese telecoms equipment producer ZTE believes sales of 3G and NGN products will drive revenue growth in Brazil this year, Angelo Aere, ZTE's regional director for Sao Paulo told BNamericas. ...

3 UK Tests HSDPA Upgrade
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NEC with its 3G partner, Siemens Communications have successfully run the first live implementation of HSDPA on Hutchison 3G UK's network in the UK. NEC supplied, installed and tested the HSDPA UTRAN infrastructure (including RNC and Node B), but unl... [[ Financial ]]

SK Telecom Denies Report Plans To Buy China Unicom Stake

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South Korea's SK Telecom said Tuesday it isn't planning to buy a stake in China's second-largest mobile operator, China Unicom, as reported in the Financial Times. ...

Carphone Warehouse Fiscal Year Underlying Earnings +36%

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Carphone Warehouse Group, Tuesday reported a 36% jump in annual underlying earnings with initial consumer demand for its recently launched free broadband plan significantly ahead of expectations. ...

AT&T-BellSouth Faces Opposition From Sprint, Telcos, ACLU

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AT&T's bid to acquire BellSouth ran into opposition from several different parties late Monday - the American Civil Liberties Union, a group of small telecommunications companies and Sprint Nextel. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Sanyo: Y1 Billion Expense Due To Cellphone Software Defect

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Japan's Sanyo Electric said Tuesday it will start repairing defective software in mobile phone handsets it now supplies for KDDI's "au" phone service, resulting in an expense of Y1 billion (US$8.9 million) this fiscal year. ...

PRESS: Police seize 40,000 Nokia handsets in St Petersburg

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Police in Russia's St. Petersburg on May 6 seized 40,000 mobile handsets produced by Finland's Nokia that were illegally imported to Russia, the police said, Kommersant business daily reported Tuesday. ...

New Music Phone from BenQ Mobile

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BenQ Mobile says that it is about to launch the BenQ-Siemens Q-fi EF51, a music device with an integrated mobile phone. It is the very first mobile phone within BenQ-Siemens Q-fi range of music-focused devices. Q-fi products feature easy-to-use musi...

Nokia Handset Gets CDMA Certification

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The CDMA Development Group (CDG) and Nokia have jointly announced that the CDMA Certification Forum (CCF) has certified the Nokia 2355 CDMA2000 1X phone for commercial availability. Nokia is the first tier-one handset manufacturer to utilize the CCF ...

[[ Legal ]]

Motorola files lawsuit against Russia's RussGPS

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U.S. telecommunications equipment producer Motorola has filed a defamation lawsuit with the Moscow Arbitration Court seeking U.S. $18 Comptel Corp. says that it has signed a contract with the Sudan based Sudatel for the delivery of EventLink mediation solution and InstantLink provisioning solution for Sudatel's new CDMA network. Sudatel is currently deploying a new CDMA technology ...

Nokia Wins Hong Kong Switch Contract

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Hong Kong operator CSL has chosen the Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch to expand its network capacity. Nokia will provide installation, commissioning and technical support to CSL. Deliveries will start in June 2006, and the system will be operation...

CDMA Upgrade for Uzbekistan

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Huawei Technologies has announced that Perfectum Mobile, the largest CDMA mobile operator in Uzbekistan, has officially launched the CDMA2000 1X network deployed by Huawei in Uzbekistan. The network has been running well and has witnessed a dramatic ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

FTE launches corporate services consolidation through Orange BS

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Orange Business Services, the new brand under which France Telecom gathers its corporate communications services, plans to consolidate the presence the company previously had in the corporate sector when operating as Equant, Orange BS Andean region m...

Movistar plans US$2.5mn investment to expand mobile services

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Chilean operator Movistar Chile plans to invest US$2.5mn to expand mobile services to isolated areas under its social program Puentes de Comunicacin 2006-2010, general manager Oliver Flgel confirmed to BNamericas. ...

Personal to invest US$12mn this year

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Paraguayan mobile carrier Personal, a unit of Telecom Argentina, plans to invest US$12mn this year, local newspaper ABC Color reported. ...

Russia's Sibirtelecom to launch pilot WiMAX in 3 cities this year

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Russian regional telecommunications operator Sibirtelecom plans to launch pilot WiMAX projects in the cities of Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk later this year, the company said in a statement Tuesday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Over 75% of USA Covered By Phase II Wireless Enhanced 911

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Over three-quarters of the USA's population now reside in areas where wireless 911 service includes delivery of the caller's call back number and location to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), a capability known as enhanced 911 (E9...

[[ Reports ]]

Multifunctional Mobiles Make the World Go Round

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Almost one in two people around the world now use their mobile device as their main camera, over two thirds predict a music-enabled mobile will replace their MP3 player and nearly half want to connect up their mobile device with their home electronic...

Communications Equipment Industry Awaits Consolidation

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Credit ratings will continue to improve for communications equipment providers, characterized by stronger financial profiles and further efforts at portfolio diversification, according to Fitch Ratings. Operating profiles and capital structures have ...

AWS Auctions Set Off Backhaul Reshuffle

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The planned August 2006 advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum auctions in the USA will be accompanied by specific backhaul challenges, according to industry experts at wireless solutions group, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS). While the 'new' 1700 ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Kyivstar subscriber base up to 15.48 mln users Jun 1

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The subscriber base of Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar rose 11.1% since the beginning of the year to 15.479 million users as of June 1, the company said in a press release Tuesday. ...

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