TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Thursday 2nd February 2006

Cellular-News for Thursday 2nd February 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

Virgin Mobile 3Q Mixed Prior To NTL Deal

U.K. mobile telecommunications services company Virgin Mobile Holdings
PLC, Wednesday posted mixed fiscal third-quarter results and said
takeover talks with NTL Inc. are ongoing. ...

Alltel Sees 2006 Revenue Growth Of 8%-10%

Alltel unveiled its 2006 estimate, forecasting revenue of $7.85
billion to $8.02 billion, or growth of 8% to 10% from a year ago. ...

Flextronics International Retreats As Profit Falls

Flextronics International shares fell as much as 7% Wednesday after
the electronics maker reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit on
restructuring costs and lower sales after it sold off a business
unit. ...

CEO says Russia's Svyazinvest may merge two units' mobile assets

Top managers of VolgaTelecom and Sibirtelecom, both incorporated by
Russia's national telecom holding Svyazinvest, may consider merging
their mobile assets this year, Svyazinvest's CEO Valery Yashin said in
an interview with Prime-Tass released Wedne...

Millicom Buys Out Minority Partners in Africa

Millicom says that it has completed the buyout of its minority
partners in MIC Tanzania and Millicom Sierra Leone. Millicom has also
reached agreement to cancel a call option on an equity interest in
Millicom Ghana. Following these transactions, Mill...

[[ Handsets ]]

InfoSonics expects US$13.5mn share placement proceeds

US wireless handsets and accessories distributor InfoSonics expects
net proceeds of US$13.5mn from a private placement of 1.1 million
shares of its common stock, InfoSonics said in a statement. ...

[[ Interviews ]]

MTC Group Seeking $5 billion Credit; not Loan

In an interview with CNBC Arabiyia, Dr. Saad Al Barrak, Deputy
Chairman and Managing Director of Kuwait's MTC Group explained that
the US$5 billion negotiation with international banks is not for a
loan but credit facilitation in preparation for fund...

[[ Legal ]]

Russia's SMARTS says its shares frozen again

Lyudmila Andamasova, a bailiff of the Moscow Federal Bailiff Service,
has ruled that no transactions with shares of Russian regional mobile
operator SMARTS are to take place, the company said in a press release
Tuesday. ...

Russian antitrust body to hear case vs MegaFon's unit Feb 28

The Moscow branch of Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service plans to
consider on February 28 its case against GSM mobile operator Sonic
Duo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Russia's third largest mobile phone
operator MegaFon, the FAS said Wednesday. ...

Court Questions German Refusal To Refund Telecom Fees

The European Court of Justice Wednesday took a skeptical view of the
German government's refusal to refund two German telecommunications
companies the money they paid for their 30-year licenses. ...

T-Mobile Files Injunctions Against Cellphone Record Brokers

T-Mobile USA Inc. filed stipulated permanent injunctions against two
cellphone data brokers it believes illegally obtained and sold call
records. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Softbank Mulling Broadcasting Service For Cell Phones

Softbank Corp. is mulling broadcasting services for cell phone users
in a bid to further strengthen its telecommunications services, a
company spokeswoman said Wednesday. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Ericsson To Enchance Batelco GSM Network With Softswitch

Ericsson said Wednesday it has signed a contract with Bahrain
Telecommunications Company to enhance its GSM network with a mobile
softswitch. ...

Indoor Coverage for Malaysian Royal Palace

AlanDick says that it has installed a multi-carrier cellular
transmission system at the Malaysian King's Palace at Putrajaya. The
contract for the installation, which was struck by AlanDick's
Malaysian In-country team, is highly prestigious, since th...

Intec Wins Pakistani Billing Contract

Pakistan's Mobilink has announced the award of a contract worth in
excess of US$1.5 million to Intec, for the supply of core components
from its Settlement product family, Intec InterconnecT v7 and Intec
Automated Reconciliation. Together these techn...

[[ Network Operators ]]

TEM unit: Telcel not fighting fair

Mexican mobile operator Telefonica Mviles Mxico has accused the market
leader Telcel of engaging in anticompetitive practices and believes
the authorities are unwilling to do anything about it, Telefonica
Mviles Mxico incoming CEO Miguel Me...

Russian CDMA Operator sees user base doubling by year-end

Russian CDMA mobile operator Sky Link projects its subscriber base to
double to 600,000 users by the end of 2006, the company said
Wednesday. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Ex-Government Minister To Head Poland's Polkomtel

Unlisted Polish mobile telephone operator Polkomtel, Wednesday named
former Finance Minister Jaroslaw Bauc as its new chief executive
officer, the company said in a statement. ...

Motorola Employees Voice Doubts, Generally Optimistic

Motorola employees harbor doubts about their company's future,
although generally optimistic, New York research firm Vault has found
in new employee surveys on the communications equipment giant.? Says a
marketing manager, "It is changing to be a lea...

[[ Regulatory ]]

CRT cuts max fixed to mobile fee 50%

Colombia's telecoms sector regulator CRT has upheld a decree cutting
the maximum per minute fee for fixed to mobile calls by half, to 464
pesos (US$0.24) before VAT, CRT said in a statement. ...

Regulators sign accord to exchange knowledge

Bolivia's general public services regulator Sirese and Peru's
competition regulator Indecopi have signed a two-year agreement to
strengthen the protection of consumers of electricity, hydrocarbons,
telecommunications, transportation and basic sanitat...

[[ Reports ]]

Report into Bangladesh Mobile Market

BIS Shrapnel, has launched its Bangladesh Mobile Telecommunication,
2005 report. Report author Mr Priyam Shah explains that Bangladesh's
mobile phone market has achieved exceptional growth since the
beginning of 2004, registering a massive 100% growt...

African Continent Fastest Mobile Growth Market

The latest report from Portio Research predicts that the African
continent will see significant growth in mobile subscribers between
2006 and 2011, adding 265 million new subscribers over that
period. During 2004 and 2005 Africa saw overall mobile ma...

[[ Statistics ]]

MegaFon says user base in Russia's Far East up to 1 mln users

The subscriber base of Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon
in the Far East Federal District rose 11% to 1 million users as of
December 2005, the press service of Mobikom-Khabarovsk said
Wednesday. ...

Mobile Phone Shipments Surge in 2005 Q4 - report

Mobile-phone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2005 reached a record
level of 241.5 million units, driving up shipments for the entire year
to 812.5 million units according to iSuppli. These final shipment
numbers slightly exceeded iSuppli's forecas...

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