TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Wednesday 14th December 2005

Cellular-News for Wednesday 14th December 2005

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Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:48:11 -0600


[[ 3G ]]

Malaysian 3G Coverage Expanded

Malaysia's Maxis Communications has expanded its 3G service coverage
to Penang. Since the launch of its 3G services on 1 July, Maxis has
significantly increased its 3G coverage in the Klang Valley and will
soon offer 3G services in Johor Bahru. To da...

Temporary 3G Expansion in New Zealand

Telecom New Zealand says that it is investing about $1.7 million in
additional temporary mobile coverage to meet the demand at New
Zealand's favourite holiday spots during the local summer. The extra
mobile sites and increased capacity will cover the...

CDMA Upgrade for Venezuela

Venezuela's Movistar has announced the commercial launch of it's 3G
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network to serve the country's 26 main cities. Lucent
upgraded Movistar's existing Lucent-supplied base stations and mobile
switching center (MSC) to support CDMA200...

[[ Financial ]]

Vodafone Buys Telsim In Turkey For $4.55 Billion

Vodafone Group said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire Telsim, the
number two mobile operator in Turkey, from the Turkish Savings Deposit
and Investment Fund ("SDIF") for a consideration of US$4.55bn. ...

Telefonica Moviles' Brazilian JV To Lower Capex In 06-07

Telesp Celular Participacoes, the largest company within the Brazilian
joint venture of Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom SA, plans to
cut sharply capital expenditure in 2006 and 2007, according to a
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

PRESS: VimpelCom's directors may block 2006 capex in Ukraine

Three members of Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom's
board of directors may vote against the company's investment program
in Ukraine for 2006, Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday, citing
a letter sent to VimpelCom's Chairman D...

Russia's MegaFon to bid for Uzbekistan's Buztel

Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon plans to participate in
the tender for Uzbekistan's mobile operator Buztel-GSM, MegaFon's
Press Secretary Marina Belasheva told Prime-Tass Tuesday. She did not
elaborate. ...

SonyEricsson Increases Chinese Investment

Sony Ericsson has received Chinese Ministry of Commerce approval to
take control of Beijing Suohong Electronics (BSE), a Sony China
controlled manufacturing facility, by raising its share holding to
74.5%. The BSE site, which is 60% dedicated to the ...

Celtel Buys Madagascan Network

The Pan-African GSM operator, Celtel International has reached an
agreement to acquire a majority stake in Madagascar's mobile telecom
operator, Madacom for an undisclosed amount. The agreement was reached
with the current shareholders led by the Dis...

[[ Handsets ]]

Japan October Mobile Phone Shipments Up 32% On Year

Japan's shipments of mobile phones, including personal handy-phone
system devices, soared 32.0% in October from a year earlier to 3.17
million units, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology
Industries Association said Tuesday. ...

Emblaze Mobile Buys Handset Distributor

Israel's Emblaze Mobile says that it has acquired a strategic interest
in the European handset distributor, Global Telecoms Distribution. GTD
is one of Europe's leading distributors of multimedia handsets with a
3 year trading history and 100 staff...

[[ Legal ]]

EU Delays Review Of Telefonica Takeover Of UK's O2

The European Commission Tuesday delayed by two weeks its antitrust review of Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica's planned takeover of U.K. mobile communications company O2 PLC. ...

Ericsson Employees Charged On Tax Crimes In Sweden

The Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau Tuesday charged four
current and former employees at telecommunications equipment vendor
L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. with severe evasion of tax controls. ...

Russia's Rezervspetsmet says MTS' buy of Bitel illegal

The purchase of Kyrgyzstan's largest mobile operator Bitel by Russia's
largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) was illegal, little
known Russian company Rezervspetsmet said in a statement Tuesday. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Gambling Via Vodafone Live

Austria's GSM network operator, A1 has launched a gambling service
through the Vodafone live! portal. Mobile phone bets can even be
placed while games are in progress. Every newly registered customer
will also receive a gaming credit of EUR5....

Mobile Gamers Likely To Replace Handsets Twice a Year

IGN Entertainment has released a new report which finds mobile gamers
are key growth drivers for the mobile industry. The survey documents
spending habits of mobile gamers, which shows more hardware buys per
year, higher minute usage and bigger wirel...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Vodafone To Invest $600 Million To Upgrade Telsim Radio Network

Vodafone Group PLC said Tuesday that it will invest $600 million over
three years in upgrading the radio network of Turkish mobile phone
operator Telsim Mobil Telekomunikasyon. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Vodafone in a Strop, a FlexiStrop

The Czech Republic GSM operator, Oskar Vodafone has launched a service
that enables customers to impose limits on the cost of their monthly
phone bill. Following the Smart Overview service, the operator is
introducing FlexiStrop. With this free servi...

[[ Personnel ]]

Eva Lindqvist Appointed Senior Vice President of Mobile Business

Eva Lindqvist has been appointed new Senior Vice President of Mobile
Business at Marketing, Products & Services at TeliaSonera's Head
Office as of January 1, 2006. She will have the strategic
responsibility for the mobile business within the TeliaSon...

[[ Regulatory ]]

French Regulator Cuts Mobile Phone Tariffs

France's telecommunications regulator said Tuesday it will force the
country's mobile-phone companies to slash wholesale tariffs by 24%
from 2006, a move that will cost the three network operators an
estimated EUR900 million in sales. ...

[[ Statistics ]]

UK is the Music Download Capital of Europe

Motorola have released a report into the attitudes of Britons towards
new technologies. The MotoWithMe study reveals that Britons' attitudes
have considerably matured since the millennium dawned. Five years ago
the talk was of gimmicks like intellige...

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