TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Monday 23rd January 2006

Cellular-News for Monday 23rd January 2006

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Mon, 23 Jan 2006 08:03:53 -0600

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Improvements to cellular-news

Our news partner, Prime-Tass has opened a bureau in Croatia's capital
Zagreb, which will be responsible for covering news in the Balkans.

This development will improve cellular-news coverage of the fast
growing telecoms markets in the former Yugoslavia region.


[[3G News]]

China Issues Homegrown 3G Mobile Phone Standard

China issued specifications for its third-generation mobile phone
technology, TD-SCDMA, to foster the "timely" standardization of
infrastructure based on the homegrown system, the Ministry of
Information Industry said Friday in a statement on its Web...

Austria Launching HSDPA This Month

Austria's mobilkom says that it plans to launch its HSDPA network in
some districts of Vienna by the end of January and to begin sales of
HSDPA data cards now. A free software upgrade to HSDPA for owners of
the UMTS+EDGE data card will be introduced ...

[[Financial News]]

Motorola CFO: Co Will No Longer Provide EPS View

Motorola will stop providing quarterly per-share earnings forecast
starting in the July conference call, according to the company's chief
financial officer. ...

Telecom Italia Sells Venezuela Mobile Operator

Telecom Italia said Friday it had sold its Venezuela mobile phone unit
Digitel Venezuela for $425 million, the proceeds of which the Italian
telecommunications company said would be entirely used to cut
debt. ...

Hurricane Katrina Damages Alltel 4Q Profits

Alltel Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit fell 5.7%, reflecting incremental
costs of $9.5 million for Hurricane Katrina. ...

Alltel Sees Average Revenue Per User Growth Slowing In 2006

Alltel Corp.'s rate of average revenue per user growth is likely to
slow in 2006, an executive said Friday. ...

Venezuela Digitel Buyer Plans Fusion With Cell Cos

A Venezuelan firm that has offered to purchase cellular company
Digitel also plans a merger with two cellular operators to create a
company with national reach. ...

Millicom contemplates asset sale

European mobile holding company Millicom International Cellular has
entered a process of due diligence to contemplate selling its
operations worldwide, the company said in a statement. ...

Singapore Operator Sees Shrinking Subscriber Base

Singapore's MobileOne (M1) has reported that it ended last year with
1.246 million customers made up of some 809,500 postpaid customers and
436,200 prepaid customers. This is the first time that the company has
reported a fall in its subscriber base....

[[Handsets News]]

Sensetech Rides Success Of Motorola's Razr With Funding

Slim is in -- and paying off -- at Korean start-up Sensetech. After
signing on to supply super-thin keypads for Motorola's popular Razr
cellphones and new Pebl line, Sensetech scored $5.5 million from
venture capitalists. ...

Study Finds No Cancer Link To Mobile Phone Use

Mobile phone use doesn't lead to a greater risk of brain cancer, a
study by the British Medical Journal revealed, according to a report
on the BBC News Web site Friday. ...

Russia's Euroset representative says to enter Moldova soon

Russia's largest mobile handset retailer Euroset plans to enter the
Moldavian market soon, Alexander Melnichuk, press secretary of
Euroset's Eastern Europe branch told Prime-Tass Friday. ...

Motorola LatAm market share up 2 percentage points

US equipment manufacturer Motorola maintains its position as the
leading mobile handset provider in Latin America and actually
increased its market share by two percentage points during the fourth
quarter of 2005, the company said in a statement. ...

[[Legal News]]

Australia's Telstra Rejects Legal Claim On Disclosure

Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corp. said Friday it
will reject a legal claim being pursued in the Federal Court regarding
its disclosure practices. ...

Proximus Confident Of Positive Outcome In Antitrust Probe

Belgacom's mobile arm Proximus said Friday it is "surprised and
indignant" after accusations from rival mobile firm Base that it is
abusing its market position. ...

[[Messaging News]]

ANALYSIS: Controversy over Cofetel SMS ruling

A January 12 ruling by Mexico's telecoms regulator Cofetel has renewed
controversy surrounding the ongoing saga of SMS exchange between
mobile operators and trunking operator Nextel Mexico, analysts
say. ...

Mobile 365: MMS to take off over next 18-24 months

US mobile messaging and data services provider Mobile365 expects
Central American telecommunications operators to make a big push to
promote multimedia messaging services over the next 18-24 months,
Mobile365 Americas region VP Gregory Dunn told BNam...

Hong Kong Plans to Make Spam SMS Illegal

Hong Kong's Commerce, Industry & Technology Bureau is holding a two
month consultation on a raft of anti-spam laws that would include
messages sent to mobile phones, as well as the more traditional spam
email problems. The regulations will only affec...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Ericsson Signs Music Deal With EMI

Ericsson says that it has signed a pan-European mobile music agreement
with EMI Music. The agreement allows Ericsson to enable European
mobile operators to distribute ringtunes and full-track downloads from
EMI's catalogue in Europe. Around 12,000 ri...

LG Improves Digital Rights in Handsets

LG Electronics has ordered a DRM platform from Norway's Beep Science
to deploy OMA based digital rights management services in its
handsets. LG has chosen Beep Science to assure the OMA v2 DRM
interoperability of the LG mobile devices....

SMS Alerts To Dominate Football Mobile Revenues - report

The 2006 football World Cup is seen as an opportunity to promote 3G,
yet it will be established content, such as text-based services that
will generate the most significant revenue, according to a report from
Visiongain. The study found that the one-...

[[Network Contracts News]]

National GSM Roaming Agreement in Switzerland

Switzerland'd sunrise has signed a national roaming agreement with the
new GSM mobile phone provider in&phone. The partnership - the first of
its kind in Switzerland - will enable in&phone to provide its
customers with national mobile phone services....

[[Network Operators News]]

PRESS: Russia's MegaFon to start operation in Kyrgyzstan in Feb

Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon plans to start
operations in Kyrgyzstan, Ishenbek Sadykov, a spokesperson of the
Kyrgyz government administration said, Vedomosti business daily
reported Friday. ...

GSM Network Launched in Guam

Guam's telecoms operator, GTA has launched its new GSM network, with a
new brand name for its wireless subsidiary. MPULSE wireless operation
includes MPULSE GSM as well as MPULSE TDMA network of wireless
service. MPULSE TDMA is GTA's original cellula...

Fixed CDMA Phone From Romanian Operator

The Romanian based CDMA operator, Zapp Mobile has launched a "fixed
line" service that offers a conventional landline style handset, while
relying on the company's CDMA network for connectivity. The service is
available with the Z1110 phone, the firs...

[[Offbeat News]]

Fined for SMS Divorce Demand

Malaysia's Islamic Court has fined a politician US$145 for attempting
to divorce his wife via SMS. Senator Kamaruddin Ambok had used the SMS
to divorce his wife as is technically possible under Islamic Family
Law -- but was given a stern lecture by Ju...

Nepal's Mobile Phones Shut Down - Again

Nepal's government has again shut down the country's two mobile phone
networks as it clamps down on political unrest and the Marxist
insurgency. Nepal's royalist government has also imposed a curfew
after seven political parties said they would defy ...

[[Personnel News]]

Swisscom CEO Quits After Clash With Government

The chief executive of Swisscom AG, Jens Alder, resigned Friday after
clashing with the Swiss government over his foreign-acquisitions
strategy. ...

Wife Of Kenyan Hostage In Iraq Appeals For His Release

NAIROBI (AP)--The wife of a Kenyan engineer taken hostage in Iraq
appealed for his release Friday, adding that she had no new
information about her husband's fate or that of a colleague who was
also seized. ...

[[Regulatory News]]

Mobile operators forced to assist in wiretaps, geolocation

Colombia's mobile operators will be required to assist the nation's
law enforcement agencies in the investigation of crimes, even at the
companies' expense, the country's presidential website reported. ...

Bangladesh Plans Registration For All PrePay Handsets

Bangladesh is planning to join the increasing number of countries that
will require all PrePay handsets to be registered so that the
authorities can track handset ownership. The move is being promoted in
an effort to clamp down of the use of unregist...

[[Statistics News]]

Hong Kong China Mobile Adds 3.96 Million Subscribers Dec Vs Nov 3.92 Million

China Mobile (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong-listed arm of the world's
largest mobile operator by subscribers, said Friday it added 3.96
million new customers in December, its biggest monthly increase in
2005. ...

Ukrainian CDMA Operator Subscriber Base Rises

The subscriber base of Ukrainian CDMA operator International
Telecommunications Company (ITC) increased to 25,500 users in 2005
from about 8,200 in 2004, Vsevolod Volovik, ITC's marketing
department director, said Friday. ...

Cell phone subscribers rise 40% in 2005

Nicaragua ended 2005 with 1.03 million mobile subscribers, up 40%
compared to the 738,624 users registered by year end 2004, according
to the telecoms regulator Telcor. ...

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