TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Monday 16th January 2006

Cellular-News for Monday 16th January 2006

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[[Financial News]]

Hong Kong Peoples Telephone Holders OK China Mobile Buyout Offer

Independent shareholders of China Resources Peoples Telephone accepted
a buyout offer from China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the companies said
Friday. ...

Samsung Elec: Sees Solid Momentum Heading Into 2006

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory-chip maker, said
Friday it expects company-wide sales to rise 11% this year to KRW63.60
trillion from KRW57.46 trillion in 2005. ...

Lucent Lowers FY06 Revenue View

Shares of Lucent Technologies slumped early Friday after the company
lowered its revenue outlook for fiscal 2006, citing lower sales in the
U.S. and China that will put its first-quarter total well below Wall
Street's consensus view. ...

Virgin Mobile In Talks With NTL After Revised Approach

The independent board of Virgin Mobile Holdings PLC is in preliminary
discussions with bidder NTL Inc. after receiving a revised approach,
the mobile company said late Friday. ...

[[Handsets News]]

InfoSonics begins distributing i-mate cellular handsets

US wireless handsets and accessories distributor InfoSonics (AMEX:
IFO) has agreed to begin distributing i-mate cellular handsets in
North and Latin America, the company said in a statement. ...

Disposable Cell Phone Purchases Under FBI Scrutiny - ABC

One recent large-scale purchase of disposable cell phones in
California and an attempted purchase in Texas have caught the FBI's
attention, ABC News reported on its Web site Friday. ...

Mobile phone manufacturers expect slowdown

Despite strong results in 2005, Brazil's mobile phone manufacturers
are seeing signs of a slow down in 2006, reported local news service
AE-Setorial. ...

[[Legal News]]

Alamosa Signs Pact To Settle Suit Tied To Sprint Merger

Alamosa Holdings said Friday it signed a memorandum of understanding
to settle a purported shareholder derivative action brought in
connection with the company's planned merger with Sprint Nextel. ...

TSTT exempted from declaring assets

State-owned Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) telco TSTT has been exempted from
having to declare their assets to the country's integrity commission,
the Trinidad Guardian quoted a senior TSTT executive as saying. ...

[[Messaging News]]

MMS Prices Hold Down Volumes

The average price of a 30KB MMS was US$0.37 in December 2005, just
over 4 times as high as a standard SMS, according to the December 2005
edition of Informa Telecoms & Media's World Cellular Data Metrics,
based on data recorded for 234 operators worl...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Men Do Not Dominate Mobile Games Usage - report

The mobile games supplier, Glu Mobile has conducted a survey into
consumers. preferences for downloading and using mobile entertainment
content. The survey found that the youth market is the fastest growing
sector of the mobile entertainment industry...

Mobile Phone Media Downloads Are Difficult For Consumers

The Usable Products Company has compiled a report into which handsets
are deemed to be easiest to use - and naturally, the hardest to
use. The study highlights Cingular's Motorola RAZR, T-Mobile's Nokia
6101, and Virgin Mobile's Audiovox Flasher, in ...

[[MVNO News]]

Fastweb Mulls MVNO Opportunities

Italian broadband communications company Fastweb is considering
opportunities to become a mobile-virtual-network operator, a Fastweb
spokeswoman said Friday. ...

[[Network Operators News]]

Ola to spend US$115mn on expanding coverage

Colombian mobile operator Colombia Mvil (Ola) intends to
invest US$115mn this year, primarily to expand coverage and improve
customer service, company president Len Daro Osorio
was quoted as saying by local paper La Republica. ...

Telefonica plans to invest US$150mn-180mn in 2006

Spain's Telefonica plans on investing US$150mn-180mn in Peru during
2006, Telefonica del Per president Carlos Antonio Valente da Silva was
quoted as saying in local business daily Gestin. ...

Recycling Service Helps Orange Cut Costs

A hardware recycling service from Greenwoods Communications is helping
Orange UK reduce waste by re-using redundant transmission
equipment. With recycled equipment saving more than half the costs of
acquiring new equipment and disposing of obsolete h...

Network Problems in Antigua Repaired

Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) says that it has resolved
the problems on its network which had disrupted SMS services over last
weekend. The company said in a statement that there had been hardware
problems with the SMSC and that these hav...

O2 To Sponsor Formula 1 Racing Team

O2's German business has announced that it is to become an official
partner of the BMW Sauber F1 Team from the start of the new motor
racing season in March, this year. The O2 brand will appear on the BMW
Sauber F1 cars as well as the helmet and suit...

[[Offbeat News]]

Psst - Wanna Buy Some Conflict Coltan ?

We get a lot of emails at cellular-news. A lot of them generic spam
mails -- quite a few trying to buy large quantities of cellphones for
shipment to less than trustworthy parts of the world -- but this
weekend I think it is fair to say that a new line...

[[Personnel News]]

Qualcomm CEO Got 1.4 Million Options, $1.2 Million Salary, Bonus In FY05

Wireless communications company Qualcomm disclosed Thursday that it
paid Chief Executive Paul E. Jacobs 1.4 million options, and $1.15
million in salary and bonus in its 2005 fiscal year ended Dec. 25. ...

[[Regulatory News]]

Anatel approves Vivo restructuring

Brazil's telecoms regulator Anatel has authorized the country's
largest mobile operator Vivo to restructure its five units into a
single operation, Anatel said in a statement. ...

Rural public telephony to be expanded through Fitel fund

Nicaragua's telecoms and postal service regulator Telcor plans to
expand fixed line and mobile service coverage to an additional 500,000
people in rural communities using the country's universal access fund
Fitel, Telcor said, as reported by local pr...

Call For Roaming Solution in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland political party, the SDLP is calling for an
all-Ireland tariff system to avoid what they call "excessive" roaming
charges between Northern Ireland and Ireland. SDLP Trade and
Enterprise Spokesperson Sean Farren said: "I welcome t...

[[Statistics News]]

German Telecoms Sales Rose 2.3% To EUR68.3 Billion In 05 -Agency

Germany's telecommunications market outperformed the economy as a
whole, with sales rising by an estimated 2.3% compared with an 0.9%
rise in the country's gross domestic product, a parliamentary
committee said Friday. ...

Russia's Akos mobile subscriber base up to 102,000 as of Jan 1

The subscriber base of Akos mobile operator, a subsidiary of Russian
regional fixed-line and mobile operator Dalsvyaz, rose to about
102,000 people as of January 1 from 70,000 people as of June 15, 2005,
Dalsvyaz' press office said Friday. ...

Colombia's Mobile Phones Doubled In '05 To 21.9 Million

The number of mobile telephones lines in Colombia more than doubled to
21.9 million in 2005 as operators competed to get more users by
reducing fees, the Superintendence of Commerce and Industry said
Friday in a statement. ...

Mobile phones increase 110%

The number of mobile phones in use in Colombia grew by 11.5 million
users, or 110%, during 2005, from 10.4 million to 21.9 million, the
largest increase in the system's decade-long history in the country,
according to a report by industry and commerc...

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