TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Friday 13th January 2006

Cellular-News for Friday 13th January 2006

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Fri, 13 Jan 2006 07:57:33 -0600

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[[ 3G ]]

Chinese 3G Handset Using Japanese Software

As China prepares to roll-out its third-generation digital phone
service, Japan's ACCESS Co. has announced that Hisense Communication,
a major handset manufacturer in China has selected ACCESS' NetFront
Mobile Client Suite for deployment in its Hisen...

TTPCom Announces First 3G Chipset Customer

TTPCom has signed a contract for its cellular baseband chipset design,
CBEmacro 3G. Semiconductor vendors adopting CBEmacro can expect to
sample silicon within nine months of project start. The customer
details remain confidential at this stage....

[[ Financial ]]

France Telecom Stung By Sales Growth Warning

France Telecom dropped as much as 9% on Thursday after the company
warned sales growth next year won't be as strong as hoped, leading it
to roll out new services more quickly than it originally wanted. ...

Brazil Telcos Seen As More Attractive Investments In '06

PREMIUM - Brazil's telecom industry has been risky for investors since
the state-run behemoth Telebras was dismantled in 1998, ushering in a
period of complicated cross ownership deals and a restrictive
regulatory environment. ...

Russia's Altimo says won't sell its stake in VimpelCom

Altimo, a subsidiary of Russia's Alfa Group does not plan to sell its
stake in Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom, Altimo
said in a statement Thursday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Carphone Warehouse Xmas Sales To Boost Profit

Carphone Warehouse Group, the UK mobile phone retailer and
telecommunications services company, Thursday said it anticipates
stronger-than-expected full-year profit after a bumper Christmas
trading period. ...

Blackberry To Support Google's Mapping,IM Progs

NEW YORK (AP)--BlackBerry e-mail devices will soon support the Google
Talk instant-messaging and Google Local mapping programs, the handheld
maker said Thursday, extending the Internet titan's push to put its
services on mobile devices. ...

[[ Legal ]]

Telenor top exec says work with Alfa in VimpelCom impossible

It is no longer possible for Norway's telecommunication company
Telenor and Russia's Alfa Group to work together in Russia's
second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom, Goran Olson, director of
Telenor's representative office in Russia, said in an in...

[[ Messaging ]]

Teens View Text Messaging Plans as Restrictive

According to a new survey conducted by the US based cellular operator,
MetroPCS Communications, nearly a third of today's teens and young
adults believe their current text messaging plan is restrictive, with
over 40% saying it led to a higher cell ph...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

BT Names Live Mobile TV/Radio Wholesale Service BT Movio

BT Group PLC, the UK telecommunications and IT services company,
Thursday said it has renamed its live mobile television and radio
wholesale service BT Movio after completing a large user trial of the
fledgling service. ...

[[ MVNO ]]

Spain Regulator To Release Report On MVNO Soon

Spanish telecommunications regulator CMT said Thursday it will shortly
release a report to include measures that favor the launch of mobile
virtual network operators, or MVNO. ...

Besen Group Announces its MVNO Portfolio

The Besen Group, an international management consulting practice to
the mobile data industry headquartered in the Washington DC area, with
representatives in Paris and Tokyo, announced its Mobile Virtual
Network Operator (MVNO) service portfolio. The...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Nokia To Supply Push To Talk To Fujian MCC In China

Finland's Nokia, Thursday said it will supply a platform for push to
talk over cellular, or PoC, to Fujian Mobile Communications of
China. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Colombia Mobile fees jump 5-7%

New mobile telephony rates have come into effect in Colombia,
increasing user fees by 5-7%, reported local daily La
Republica. ...

TIM launches client retention campaign

Brazil's second largest operator TIM has launched a promotional
campaign in a bid to focus on client retention in 2006, reported local
news service Agencia Estado. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

A Cellphone Powered by Urine

Physicists in Singapore have developed a battery that can be powered
by human urine. Aimed at disposable health-care kits for use in rural
areas, we naturally couldn't pass up the opportunity to comment on
such a product being used for those "emergen...

[[ Personnel ]]

Schwarzenegger Appoints Telecom Expert To California PUC

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday appointed Rachelle Chong, an
expert in the regulation of the telecommunications industry, to the
California Public Utilities Commission (PUC). ...

Sony Ericsson Hires New Staff, Cuts Consultants

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications plans to hire 150 to 200 new
engineers in Sweden to replace approximately the same number of
consultants, a spokesman said Thursday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Brazil's Anatel OKs Mobile Co Vivo Restructuring Plan

Directors of Brazil's telecommunications regulator, Anatel, on
Wednesday approved the proposed restructuring of Vivo, the country's
largest mobile telephony group. ...

Mexico Regulator Tells Cell Cos To Swap SMS With Nextel

Mexico's telecommunications regulator said Thursday it has ordered
mobile-phone operators in the country to let their customers exchange
text messages with those of trunking operator Nextel Mexico, the local
unit of NII Holdings Inc. ...

USTR calls for telecom reform before implementing Cafta

US authorities have called on the Guatemalan government to reform
several laws, including intellectual property and telecoms laws, to
meet requirements of the Cafta free trade agreement, local newspaper
Telediario reported. ...

NGOs study telecoms privatizations, abusive practices

Two Central American NGOs are carrying out a study of the effects of
privatization on the telecoms and electricity industries in the
region, investigating abusive practices allegedly carried out by some
of the companies involved, Rubiel Cajar, presid...

[[ Statistics ]]

Telecom revenue in Kazakhstan up 27.7% on yr in 2005

Kazakhstan's telecommunication companies provided services worth 216.7
billion tenge in 2005, up 27.7% on the year, the national statistics
agency said Thursday. ...

Uzbekistan's telecom revenue rises 32% on year in 2005

Revenue from telecommunications services in Uzbekistan rose 32% on the
year to 374.1 billion sum in 2005, Uzbekistan's national
telecommunications company Uzbektelecom said Thursday. ...

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