TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Monday 28th November 2005

Cellular-News for Monday 28th November 2005

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[[3G News]]

Hutchison's 3 Italia Listing Likely Delayed

3 Italia, the Italian mobile phone business controlled by Hutchison
Whampoa Ltd, said in a statement that its initial public offering
would likely be delayed until the first quarter of 2006. ...

EDGE Coverage Expanded in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's M-Tel has started offering EDGE services in ten new cities,
expanding coverage to another 20% of the Bulgarian population. As of
November 25, 2005, besides Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas and the
bigger sea resorts and populated areas along...

Testing HSDPA in Hungary

Hungary's Pannon GSM has launched trials of a HSDPA network in
Budaors. Pannon GSM is commissioning the HSDPA service in its live
network in Buda?first. Coverage will be extended to downtown Budapest
within a few days. The service will be availabl...

South Korean 3G Roaming Expanded

South Korea's SK Telecom has announced the launch of its WCDMA
Automatic Roaming Service in Italy and France. Like the existing CDMA
Automatic Roaming service, SK Telecom subscribers traveling to these
countries can now send and receive WCDMA cellula...

[[Financial News]]

3 Telecom Cos Bid For Alltel's Local Phone Lines - Report

Three telecommunications companies have entered final negotiations to acquire a collection of local telephone access lines from Alltel Corp., the Arkansas-based wireless group, for as much as US$10 billion, the Financial Times reported Friday. ...

Swiss Government: To Block Swisscom Taking Over Foreign Cos

The Swiss government plans to block any foreign acquisitions by
telecommunications company Swisscom AG for the time being, Dieter
Leutwyler, a spokesman for the Finance Ministry said Friday. ...

Chile Entel: No Contacts With Mexico's Carlos Slim -Report

Chilean telecommunications company Empresa Nacional de
Telecomunicaciones SA hasn't been approached by Mexican entrepreneur
Carlos Slim, local business paper Diario Financiero reported Friday,
citing company sources. ...

Russia's SMARTS RAS Jan-Sep net profit soars to 188 mln rubles

The net profit of Russian regional mobile operator SMARTS rose to
188.942 million rubles in January-September from 28.3 million rubles
in the same period of 2004, as calculated under Russian Accounting
Standards, or RAS, the company said Friday. ...

[[Legal News]]

TeliaSonera: Ruling On Fees May Help In Other Disputes

TeliaSonera hopes to settle several interconnection fee disputes with
rival telecommunications operators after a court ruled in its favor in
on disagreement this week, a lawyer for the company said Friday. ...

[[Messaging News]]

Record Numbers of SMS's Sent in the UK

The UK's Mobile Data Association (MDA) has reports that a new record
has been set in the UK, with a staggering 2.9 billion SMS's being sent
during last month and an average of 93.5 million text messages sent
per day. Person-to-person texts sent acros...

[[Network Contracts News]]

Ericsson In Hosted Ringback Tones Deal With 3 Italy

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Telefon AB LM Ericsson
Friday said it has entered a five-year agreement with 3 Italy for
hosted ringback tones, based on Ericsson's Personalized Greeting
Service. ...

Expanding Mobile Coverage in Greenland

Siemens is supplying high-speed Internet technology and new mobile
communication technology to Greenland. Government-owned
telecommunication operator Tele Greenland has entrusted Siemens with
the task of supplying and building the technology. This ca...

[[Network Operators News]]

Safaricom Denies Vodafone Asset Swap Rumours

Kenya's Safaricom has refuted media claims speculating on a possible
African portfolio switch by Vodafone in favour of South African
operator Vodacom. Safaricom CEO Mr Michael Joseph has dismissed as
untrue, news wire media reports quoting his Vodaco...

Verizon Completing Florida Upgrade

Verizon Wireless says that it is nearing completion of a US$250
million enhancement to its Florida digital wireless network in
2005. The investment includes adding and updating transmission sites
and other technology to improve call quality, increase...

[[Offbeat News]]

75 Years of International Phone Calls

Telecom New Zealand celebrated the 75th anniversary of its first
international phone call over the weekend. Three quarters of a century
ago Sir Apirana Ngata made history when he spoke by phone to the then
Acting Australian Prime Minister J. E. Fento...

[[Personnel News]]

Vodafone CEO Retires

Alexander Schuit, who has been interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
of Vodafone Netherlands since April 2005 will be retiring. Guy
Laurence, currently Global Terminals & Consumer Marketing Director at
Vodafone Group, has been appointed as the new CE...

[[Regulatory News]]

Cellular Liberalization Drives Entire Telecoms Market - report

After the successful partial privatization of Omantel, and the
successful entrance of a second cellular operator, Oman's telecom
market is ripe for further liberalization in the coming two years. The
Arab Advisors Group projects Oman's total cellular...

[[Statistics News]]

Mobile Online Gaming in the APEJ Region Poised For Steady Growth

According to a new study from IDC, mobile online gaming in the APEJ
region will continue to grow at a steady pace, capturing the interest
of providers as a potential revenue-generating service. The key
factors contributing to the industry's developme...

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