TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Wednesday 25th January 2006

Cellular-News for Wednesday 25th January 2006

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Wed, 25 Jan 2006 07:56:35 -0600

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[[ 3G ]]

3 UK Offers Users Cash Credit To Receive Calls, Texts

3 UK, the mobile telecommunications company owned by Hutchison
Whampoa, Tuesday unveiled a promotion that pays its users to receive
calls and texts. ...

Ukraine's Ukrtelecom expects to get 29% of 3G market by 2010

Ukraine's national fixed-line monopoly Ukrtelecom expects to control
29% of the Ukrainian third generation (3G) mobile services market by
2010, Igor Sirotenko, the company's deputy chairman of the
board of directors, told an investment conference...

3G Test Calls Made at 900Mhz Band

Nortel, Qualcomm and Orange have successfully completed UMTS and HSDPA
calls in the 900 MHz band. W-CDMA in the 900 MHz band is a cost
effective way to deliver nationwide high-speed wireless coverage. It
achieves a 60 percent reduction in cell sites ...

[[ Financial ]]

Vodafone Doesn't Rule Out Verizon Wireless Sale

Vodafone Group Chief Executive Arun Sarin Tuesday declined to rule out
a sale of its 45% stake in U.S. mobile operator Verizon Wireless. ...

NEWS SNAP: Vodafone Outlook Unchanged Despite Europe Pressure

Vodafone Group PLC, the world's largest mobile telecommunications
company by revenue, Tuesday maintained its mid-term outlook despite an
increase in competition in continental European markets. ...

NEWS WRAP: Lucent Posts 1Q Loss As Sales Decline

NEW YORK (AP)--Lucent Technologies on Tuesday reported a $104 million
loss for its fiscal first quarter, reflecting a large litigation
charge and a 12% sales decline at the telecommunications equipment
maker. ...

EARNINGS PREVIEW: Nokia 4Q Profit Seen Hit By Low-End Focus

Nokia is expected to post a 1.9% drop in fourth-quarter net profit
Thursday, with sales growth crimped by falling prices, a greater focus
on lower-margin handsets and weakness in the networks division. ...

NEWS WRAP: Cingular Reports 4Q Profit On Subscriber Gains

ATLANTA (AP)--Cingular Wireless, the USA's largest cell phone
provider, swung to a profit in the fourth quarter on strong subscriber
and revenue growth. ...

Lucent CEO Calls Weaker Year View A Temporary Setback

Lucent Technologies Chief Executive Pat Russo said she considers the
company's weaker revenue expectations for the year to be a short-term
issue. ...

Cingular CFO: Average Revenue Per User Stabilizing

As Cingular Wireless' customer turnover and subscriber growth trends
improve, its average revenue per user appears to be stabilizing,
according to Chief Financial Officer Pete Ritcher. ...

Analysts: Positive outlook for Iusacell following debt deal

Financially troubled Mexican mobile operator Iuscaell reached a deal
with creditors over the weekend to restructure its more than US$800mn
in debt, the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Legal ]]

T-Mobile Sues Purported Cell Phone Record Brokers

T-Mobile USA said it filed a lawsuit against online data brokers it
believes are involved in illegally selling cell phone records of some
of its customers. ...

Ukrainian court challenges Kyivstar's board, CEO nomination clause

Ukraine's High Commercial Court ruled Tuesday that the charter clause
on the nomination of members to the board of directors and the CEO of
Ukraine's leading mobile operator Kyivstar should be
revised. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Users Disappointed with Mobile TV - report

Strategy Analytics has released a report which concludes that current
generation Mobile TV services in Germany are failing to impress users
due to poor network performance, lack of compelling content and
inadequate devices. While T-Mobile's Handy TV ...

Opera Releases Java based Web Browser for All Phones

The web browser developer, Opera Software has announced the worldwide
release of Opera Mini, the full Web browser that runs on almost every
mobile phone, including low- and mid-end handsets. The launch follows
the trials of Opera Mini in the Nordics ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

GSM Coverage Improved for Winter Olympics

In advance of the rush of tourists and spectators who will attend the
XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy next month, Andrew Corporation
has completed the first phase of a multi-operator cellular system
within the host city's underground that wil...

Huawei Wins Portugese HSDPA Contract

The Portuguese mobile operator Optimus and Huawei have came to an
understanding to deploy a HSDPA network with significant size over
Portugal mainland, Madeira and Azores. According to the timing plan,
Optimus HSDPA network will be the first full-per...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Russia's Baikalvestcom to invest $80 mln in network this year

Russian mobile operator Baikalvestcom plans to invest U.S. $80 million
to expand its network in the Irkutsk Region this year, Vladimir
Shapovalov, Baikalvestcom's general director, told reporters
Tuesday. ...

ICE's TDMA/GSM migration suffers delay

Plans by Costa Rican telecoms monopoly ICE to migrate its mobile
telephony customers from TDMA technology to GSM have been put back,
local daily Al Da reported. ...

Limited Resumption of Services in Nepal

Following last week's shut down of all mobile phones in Nepal, the
state run operator, Nepal Telecom has been given permission to restart
services for contract customers. PrePay customers however remain
disconnected from the network. The country's se...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Ban On Phones in Schools Advised

The UK local government, Knowsley Council is advising all its schools
to ban the use of mobile phones by pupils during the day. The
authority's newly-approved policy guidelines recommend a total ban on
mobiles in primary schools. And councillors have...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Ministry seeks to raise mobile quality requirements

Colombia's communications ministry plans to ratchet up the current 3%
maximum dropped call rate permissible for mobile operators to 0.5%,
reported local daily La Republica. ...

Govt plans spectrum valuation to prepare for auction

The Ecuadorian government plans to hire an investment bank to
determine the value of the concessions and frequencies currently used
by mobile operators Porta and Movistar, reported local daily La
Hora. ...

VimpelCom: Russian regulator to hear its complaint Jan 30

A commission of Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service, or FAS, is to
consider January 30 a complaint filed by Russia's second-largest
mobile operator VimpelCom against the State Radio Frequency
Commission, VimpelCom said Tuesday. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Worldwide Wi-Fi Hotspots Hits the 100,000 Mark

The number of worldwide Wi-Fi hotspots has surpassed the 100,000
milestone according to recent numbers released by JiWire.JiWire's "Top
Ten" lists count the number of verified public hotspots in cities and
countries around the world, serving as a dep...

[[ Statistics ]]

Vodafone Japan Mobile Phone Users Up Net 125,200 Oct-Dec

The Japanese unit of UK mobile phone firm Vodafone Group said Tuesday
it added a net 125,200 subscribers to its mobile phone service in the
October-December quarter. ...

Users of CDMA-800 network in Ukraine up 93.34% on yr in 2005

The number of subscribers of Ukraine's stationary mobile network
CDMA-800 increased 93.34% on the year to 116,000 users in 2005, the
Association of CDMA operators of Ukraine said Tuesday. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Single-Chip CMOS HSDPA / WEDGE RF Transceiver for 3G Handsets

Sirific Wireless has introduced the mobile industry's first
single-chip CMOS HSDPA / W-EDGE RF transceiver. The SW3200 RF
transceiver supports transmit and receive operation in five WCDMA
bands (I, II, III, IV and V), as well as all four EDGE, GPRS, ...

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