TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Friday 23rd December 2005

Cellular-News for Friday 23rd December 2005

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Fri, 23 Dec 2005 07:37:04 -0600

Cellular-News -

Seasonal Break

Cellular-news is taking a holiday break next week and will not send
out the daily newsletters. News will still be updated on the website
as it occurs, and a single update will be sent out next Friday.

We will return to full service on January 2nd.

Happy Holidays

[[ 3G ]]

Tests Achieve 3.6 Megabits per Second Call With HSDPA Datacard

Option and Nortel have completed the industry's first successful
demonstration of live HSDPA data card calls reaching a wireless
transmission rate of 3.6Mbps -- faster than the majority of current
broadband connections. The test calls were carried out...

[[ Financial ]]

RIM Co-CEO:Seeing Strong Growth In Subscribers Outside USA

Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) are up after hours Wednesday,
as the BlackBerry maker's third-quarter earnings exceeded
expectations. ...

France Telecom To Cut Fixed To Mobile Tariffs

France Telecom said late Wednesday it will cut tariffs for calls from
fixed lines to mobile phones for residential clients starting
Jan. 2. ...

EU Clears Telenor To Purchase Vodafone Sverige

The European Commission Thursday cleared Norwegian telecommunications
company Telenor ASA to purchase Swedish telecommunications company
Vodafone Sverige from Vodafone Group PLC. ...

EBRD, banks to lend $100 mln to Kazakhstan's KaR-Tel

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a
syndicate of commercial banks jointly led by the EBRD and Citigroup,
are to lend U.S. $100 million to the second largest GSM mobile phone
network operator in Kazakhstan KaR-Tel, the EB...

Medion, Aldi Mobile Discount Offer Exceeds Expectations

German telecommunications company Medion AG said Thursday it sold
300,000 starter packs during its 14-day mobile phone offer with
discount retailer Aldi, exceeding the company's expectations. ...

Lucent Accelerates Poison Pill Expiration To Dec 31

Lucent Technologies will end its "poison pill" three months before the
planned expiration date of March 31, 2006, the company disclosed
Thursday. ...

Orascom Buys Stake in Hutchison Telecom

Egypt's Orascom Telecom has purchased a 19.3% interest in Hutchison
Telecom from its parent company, Hutchison Whampoa for a total
purchase price of US$1.3 Billion. The two companies have also signed a
co-operation agreement to align their respective...

[[ Handsets ]]

Russia's VimpelCom grants Tsifrograd national dealer status

Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom and have signed an
agreement granting handset retail chain Tsifrograd national dealer
status, VimpelCom said Thursday. ...

Big Threat To Chinese Handset Vendors

Analysys International recently predicted that 30% of China's handset
makers will be washed out by the end of year 2006 due to the
segmentation and centralization of China's handset market in its
recently released report. Analysis International also ...

[[ Legal ]]

Lucent: Sees $300 Million Charge After Losing Winstar Ruling

Lucent Technologies plans to take a fiscal first-quarter charge of
$300 million after a federal bankruptcy court ruled against the
company in a suit brought in 2001 by Winstar Communications. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

KDDI, Qualcomm Plan JV To Map Out New Cellphone Service

Japan's KDDI Corp. said Thursday it is planning to launch a joint
venture later this month with U.S. wireless communications giant
Qualcomm Inc. to map out a broadcasting service for cellphone
users. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Nokia Gets Networks Order From Hutchison 3G Austria

Finland's Nokia Thursday said it received an order to supply its
mobile softswitch solution for optimizing Hutchison 3G Austria's
mobile network. ...

Upgrading Regional Operator Billing Platform

Comptel says that it is delivering its mediation and provisioning
solutions to Easterbrooke Cellular Corporation, a mobile service
provider in West Virginia, USA. According to the agreement, Comptel is
delivering its Comptel EventLink solution for ev...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Nazi Ringtone Leads to Jail Sentence

A 20 year old man in Austria has been found guilty of breaking a law
against displaying Nazi Propaganda when he used a Nazi salute as a
ring tone on his mobile phone. Police came across the ringtone purely
by accident after they called him into a pol...

Tegic Reveals the Year's Most Buzzworthy Additions to T9 Dictionary

Did you know that a Puggle is a new breed of dog crossed between a Pug
and a Beagle? Or that Vlogs (video blogs) are the latest rage?
Language is constantly evolving, with new words becoming part of our
culture every day. These and other words have b...

[[ Regulatory ]]

New Zealand Watchdog Keeps Regulation View On Mobile Phone Charges

Competition watchdog New Zealand Commerce Commission said Thursday it
still wants mobile phone termination rates to be regulated, following
a request by the country's government to reconsider its stance. ...

Bahrain Confirms Base Station Emission Within Limits

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that
the radiation from antennas used by telecommunications companies for
mobile telephony in the Kingdom of Bahrain is in compliance with
internationally accepted standards for electrom...

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