TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Tuesday 25th October 2005

Cellular-News for Tuesday 25th October 2005

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New Call Center for Vodafone Portugal

Vodafone Portugal is to open a new Call Centre in Braga in
November. With 180 operator stations (resulting in the creation of
360-400 jobs when fully operational), the new Call Centre is a further
addition to the company's Customer Care structure out...

Sweden Rejects CDMA450 for Rural 3G

Sweden's telecoms regulator, the PTS has declined requests to allow
alternative 3G technologies to be used in the country's rural
areas. PTS has decided that the 3G operators Hi3G (3), Tele 2/Telia
and Vodafone shall continue to roll-out 3G in Sweden...

Vodacome Passes Subscriber Landmark

South Africa's Vodacom says that its customer base in South Africa had
passed the 16 million mark, putting paid to long held speculation that
the local market was nearing saturation....

BREW in Taiwan

Qualcomm has signed a definitive agreement with Asia Pacific Broadband
Wireless Communication (APBW), Taiwan's first 3G broadband wireless
service provider, to commercially launch its wireless data service
based on Qualcomm's BREW solution....

Lesotho Operator Expands Network

Mobile phone operator Econet Ezicel Lesotho has embarked on its first
major expansion program in three years to expand geographical coverage
and increase its subscriber base. Chief executive Elvis Gwanzura said
the expansion includes the installation...

SMS Improvements for Bahrain

LogicaCMG has won a contract with Bahrain's Batelco to upgrade its
existing LogicaCMG mobile messaging platform to an IP-based Next
Generation Messaging solution. In addition, Batelco has selected
LogicaCMG's Direct-delivery Message Router (DMR) to a...

Camera Phones Drive CMOS Past CCDs - report

In 2004, the inevitable finally happened: Complementary Metal Oxide
Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor shipments surpassed Charge-Coupled
Devices (CCDs), reports In-Stat. This shift was the result of the
exploding camera phone market, with shipments m...

Russia's MTS launches EDGE services in two regions

Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems, or MTS, has
launched Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) services in
the Voronezh and Lipetsk Regions, the company said in a press release
on Monday. ...

Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar launches EDGE services

Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar has launched Enhanced Data rates
for Global Evolution (EDGE) services, the company said in a press
release Monday. ...

Mexico's America Movil Seen Posting A Strong 3rd Quarter

Another tale of strong growth is expected from Mexican wireless phone
company America Movil when it reports its third-quarter earnings this
week. ...

Nextel Partners Holders Force A Takeover By Sprint

Nextel Partners Inc. shareholders approved a put option Monday that
forces Sprint Nextel Corp. to acquire the affiliate. ...

Russia's Sigma threaten to get 20% in SMARTS through court

Russian investment group Sigma plans to file a lawsuit seeking an
order that would allow it take over a 20% stake in regional mobile
operator SMARTS, if the company's shareholders do not sell the stake
for U.S. $44.114 million, Sigma's General Direct...

Russia's VimpelCom Bashkortostan user base up to 715,400 people

The subscriber base of Russia's second-largest mobile operator
VimpelCom rose to 715,400 people in the constituent republic of
Bashkortostan as of the end of September, from 600,000 people as of
the end of June, the company said in a press release ...

EU Clears France Telecom Takeover of Spain's Amena

The European Commission Tuesday cleared French telecommunications
giant France Telecom (13330.FR) to buy an 80% stake in Spanish mobile
operator Amena. ...

NTT DoCoMo Dissolves Capital Tie-Up With KPN Mobi

NTT DoCoMo said Monday that it has dissolved a capital tie-up with KPN
Mobile N.V. of the Netherlands. ...

Vodafone Germany Launches Wireline Attack With EUR100 Box

Vodafone Group's German unit Monday said it will launch its
long-awaited offensive that aims to encourage German households to
cancel their traditional fixed-line phones, by offering a similar
product that runs on Vodafone's third-generation wireless...

TeliaSonera Won't Cooperate With Rivals On 3G Build

Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera won't cooperate with
Vodafone Group and Hi3G Access to finish construction of its Swedish
third generation mobile network, Marie Ehrling, president of
TeliaSonera Sweden told Dow Jones Newswires Monday....

Ericsson CEO: To Make Fresh Investments In India

Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson (ERICY) plans to make fresh investments in
India to strengthen its presence in the rapidly growing local market,
said the telecommunications equipment provider's chief executive
Monday. ...

Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse In France JV Talks

Virgin Mobile Holdings (U.K.), The Carphone Warehouse Group, and
Virgin Management Limited Monday announce that they are in discussions
regarding the launch of a nationwide Mobile Virtual Network Operator
(MVNO) in France. ...

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