TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Thursday 1st December 2005

Cellular-News for Thursday 1st December 2005

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Thu, 1 Dec 2005 09:50:16 -0600

Cellular-News -

[[ 3G ]]

Ericsson Works With MTN South Africa On 3G Combinations

Telefon AB LM Ericsson said Wednesday it and MTN South Africa are
first in demonstrating how third generation networks using WCDMA
technology enable new mobile broadband services as well as a cost
efficient fixed broadband alternative, when combining...

Nokia Completes High Speed HSDPA Call In China

Finland's Nokia Oyj wednesday said it has successfully completed a
High Speed Downlink Packet Access call at its facilities in Beijing,
China. ...

Doubling the Speed of HSDPA Networks

Bytemobile says that the newest version of optimization software is
showing a two-fold speed improvement on HSDPA networks. The
software-based solution, called the Optimization Services Node (OSN),
specifically enhances each data packet and enables m...

[[ Financial ]]

Private-equity Firms Offer $12B For Danish Telecom TDC

A group of private-equity firms led by Apax Partners Worldwide and
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has agreed to buy telecoms operator TDC for
$12 billion, though the Danish company said it'd like to receive even
more. ...

Cingular Tests Calling Plan With AT&T Local Phones

Cingular Wireless is testing a plan that provides unlimited calls
between its mobile service and AT&T Inc.'s local phone service in a
move to bundle its services closer together, Cingular said on its Web
site. ...

NTC Sees TDC As Growth Platform; Could Make Buys

Nordic Telephone Co. intends to use TDC as a platform for growth and
will probably embark on acquisitions through the company to help drive
that growth, a member of the NTC group said Wednesday. ...

FOCUS: Russia's Alfa Group holds keys to Ukrainian mobile market

PREMIUM - The Ukrainian mobile market is maturing quickly and may soon
see the arrival of Russia's Alfa Group as the key player, as the
company looks to consolidate the stake it holds in four out of five
Ukrainian GSM operators. Alfa Groupâs aggressive behav...

[[ Handsets ]]

Indian Handset Sales to Soar

BIS Shrapnel has forecasted that the number of cellular handsets sold
in India to hit 38.5 million units (including replacement and grey
handsets) in 2006, recording an impressive growth of 26% over this
year's sale....

[[ Legal ]]

Research In Motion Loses Latest Patent Appeal

Research In Motion Ltd. has failed to persuade a federal judge to
enforce a tentative $450 million settlement with a company that's sued
to stop the developer of the popular Blackberry from sellings its
handheld e-mail devices. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Telefonica Moviles, RIM To Launch BlackBerry Service In Latam

Spanish mobile phone operator Telefonica Moviles SA said Wednesday it
will launch Research in Motion Ltd.'s wireless BlackBerry platform in
13 Latin American countries. ...

Missed Call Service for Tunisian Operator

Cellicium says that the Tunisia based GSM operator, Tunisiana has
launched it's `Please Call Me' interactive USSD service for pre-paid
users. This service enables pre-paid customers lacking credit to send
a free SMS message requesting to be called by...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

A Spring, A Spring, A Wonderful Thing, Everyone Knows It's Slinky!

AG Interactive has announced that images and sounds of Slinky, The
Original Walking Spring Toy, are now available for mobile phones and
online platforms. The new content includes emoticons, backgrounds and
wallpapers, winks, avatars, screensavers, ri...

Crazy Frog Displaced by Baaarmy Sheep

The Crazy Frog's Christmas single - Jingle Bells -gets its first UK
airplay today and is widely tipped to become a music chart Christmas
number one. But the "Baarmy Sheep" of the Lake District are launching
a pre-emptive strike by making their own ve...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Ericsson To Provide Solution To SunCom Wireless In US

Sweden's Telefon AB LM Ericsson Wednesday said U.S. operator SunCom
Wireless Holding Inc. has selected Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch
solution for its next generation core. ...

Russia's MegaFon says now has 1,500 base stations in MLA

The number of base stations of Russia's MegaFon subsidiary Sonic Duo
in the Moscow Licensed Area (MLA) amount to 1,500 as of now, up from
1,300 base stations in August, the company said Wednesday. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

PrePay Phone Helps Fund the Nelson Mandela AIDS Foundation

South Africa's Vodacom has launched a PrePay handset in association
with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to raise funds for fighting
HIV/AIDS. Through this joint initiative Vodacom will be selling a
46664-branded Vodacom Prepaid Starter Pack in what is...

[[ Personnel ]]

Hutchison 3G Director Resigns

Hutchison 3G UK has announced that Gareth Jones will be stepping down
from his role as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2005. Gareth
joined 3 in May 2003 and as COO has overseen the sales, customer
service and marketing departments. He was broug...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Russia's Moscow, many regional phone codes to be changed Thursday

The Moscow city telephone area code, 095, is to be replaced by 495 on
Thursday, the IT and Telecommunications Ministry said in a ruling
approved August 3. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Nokia To Cooperate With PLDT In The Philippines

Finland's Nokia Oyj said Wednesday it and telecommunications provider
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, PLDT, have set up a Next
Generation Network Laboratory to develop and test end-to-end
Fixed-Mobile Convergence services prior to their c...

Improving Camera Phone Photos in Dim Light

Agilent Technologies has shown off an innovative image pipe processor
that allows mobile phone and computing devices to take lifelike, rich
color photos in all lighting conditions. The image pipe is integrated
in Agilent's new family of system-on-chi...

Altobridge Split-BSC Solution Cuts Remote GSM Costs

ip.access says that Altobridge, a developer of mobile systems for
remote communications, is launching a low-cost satellite backhaul
solution for the provision of remote cellular coverage using ip.access
nanoBTS picocells. The new solution enables mob...

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