TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Friday 3rd February 2006

Cellular-News for Friday 3rd February 2006

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Fri, 3 Feb 2006 08:43:47 -0600

Cellular-News -

[[ 3G ]]

3 Italia Seen Delaying IPO If No OK Before Feb 15-Sources

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. will have to further delay listing its Italian
third-generation mobile operator if a Milan regulator fails to approve
the deal in two weeks, a person familiar with the situation said
Thursday. ...

T-Mobile: Faster 3G Service Broadly Available In Summer 2006

T-Mobile, Thursday said that its high-speed third-generation wireless
services will become broadly available in Germany as of summer
2006. ...

Top exec sees Ukrtelecom sole co on Ukraine's 3G market till 2010

Ukraine's national fixed-line monopoly Ukrtelecom is likely to be the
only operator of third generation (3G) mobile networks until 2010,
Igor Sirotenko, the company's deputy chairman of the management board,
said Thursday presenting the company's 3G ...

Hutchison To Migrate All Customers to 3G Network

Australia's Hutchison Telecoms is considering shutting down its 2G
CDMA network as it pro-actively migrates all its customers onto its
WCDMA network. From today, and over a short period of time, Hutchison
will rebrand Orange to 3 - specifically 3 CDM...

[[ Financial ]]

ISP Sunbeach aims for mid 2006 mobile launch

Barbados internet service provider (ISP) Sunbeach could launch a new
cellular phone service by as early as mid-year depending on the rate
at which the company obtains funding, Sunbeach's CEO Ian Worrell told
BNamericas. ...

Hondutel CEO confirms US$21.2mn budget for 2006

Honduras' state telecom company Hondutel plans to invest 400mn
lempiras (US$21.2mn) in its network in 2006, the company's new CEO
Jacobo Regalado confirmed to local daily La Prensa. ...

Russia's Sibirtelecom sees 2006 mobile investment up 60% on yr

Russian regional telecommunications operator Sibirtelecom plans to
increase its investment in mobile services 60% on the year in 2006 to
U.S. $160 million, the company said in a statement Thursday, citing
Dmitry Levin, deputy general director and dir...

Investments in Ukraine's telecom sector up to $1.5 bln in 2005

Investments in Ukraine's telecommunications sector rose to almost
U.S. $1.5 billion in 2005 from about $0.75 billion in 2002, Georgy
Butenko, director of state department for communications and IT, told
a meeting Thursday. He provided no other compar...

[[ Handsets ]]

Are Parents Ready To Give Phones to Kids ?

Parents say that between the age of 10 and 12 is the most appropriate
time for a child to get his or her first mobile phone, according to a
new study from Compete. The company assessed interest in the new
category of kid-friendly phones as well as th...

[[ Interviews ]]

INTERVIEW: Russia's Svyazinvest units may merge mobile assets

Executive directors of VolgaTelecom and Sibirtelecom, controlled by
Russia's national telecom holding Svyazinvest, may consider merging
their mobile assets this year, Valery Yashin, CEO of Svyazinvest, said
in an interview with Prime-Tass this week. ...

[[ Legal ]]

U.S. Government Details Opposition To BlackBerry Ban

The U.S. Department of Justice reiterated its opposition to a possible
BlackBerry ban, saying in a court filing Wednesday that NTP should
file a specific implementation plan that details exactly how
BlackBerry service for authorized users will contin...

Research In Motion Gets Positive Ruling In UK InPro Case

A London patent court has ruled in favor of Research In Motion Ltd. in
a patent dispute with InPro, a patent-holding firm based in
Luxembourg. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Nextel launches push to mail

Mexican trunking operator Nextel Mexico has launched push to mail, a
service that sends voice mail messages to email accounts, the company
said in a statement. ...

Mobile Email on the Verge of Mass Market Adoption

A new report by Datamonitor expects the number of mobilized email
accounts to explode over the next three years. According to the report
there are roughly 650 million corporate email inboxes worldwide
today. Based on the assumption that at least 35-4...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Flash Alternative Shipped in 60 Million Handsets

Sweden's Ikivo has announced that their "Flash-Alternative" Mobile SVG
client has been shipped in more than 60 Million handsets worldwide and
estimates that more than 95 million handsets with Mobile SVG have been
shipped globally. Flash is the vector...

[[ Network Operators ]]

T-Mobile UK Launches Flext Tariff Structure

T-Mobile International, the mobile arm of Deutsche Telekom, Thursday
launched a new U.K. tariff structure called 'Flext,' designed to give
customer more flexibility with mobile phone contracts. ...

Road Believes Verizon Wireless Shutting Down CDPD Network

@Road Inc. believes Verizon Wireless is in the process of shutting
down a Cellular Digital Packet Data network, with completion scheduled
for the next several days. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Greek PM's Vodafone Handset Was Bugged

ATHENS (AP)--The mobile phones of Greek Prime Minister Costas
Caramanlis and top government and security officials were tapped by
unknown individuals during the Athens 2004 Olympics and for nearly a
year, the government said Thursday. ...

Vodafone Found Spy Software After Complaints

U.K. wireless operator Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) uncovered spy software
on its central system in Greece after complaints from customers, Greek
Public Order Minister Yiorgos Voulgarakis said Thursday. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Modest Growth in Mobile Infrastructure - report

In a newly released report, Dell'Oro Group forecasts that the mobility
infrastructure equipment market will grow 3% in 2006 to US$41.8
billion, and that the market will continue to grow in the low
single-digits through 2010. Subscriber growth should ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Indec: Mobile base grows 74.2% yoy

Mobile operators in Argentina closed December 2005 with 22.1 million
lines in service, up 74.2%, or 8.6 million lines, compared to the end
of 2004, according to statistics bureau Indec. ...

Handheld Market Experiences Year-Over-Year Decline

The worldwide market for handheld devices swelled to its largest
quarterly shipment volume all year, reaching 2.2 million units during
the fourth quarter, growing 37.6% from the previous quarter. According
to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, growth wa...

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