TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Monday 6th February 2006

Cellular-News for Monday 6th February 2006

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[[3G News]]

Bulgarian Operator Orders 3G Billing Platform

Bulgaria's GloBul has ordered a new platform from LHS to manage
billing for its 3G services. GloBul has just recently been awarded a
3G license. LHS will implement the system at GloBul replacing an old
legacy system. BSCS iX is a fully convergent end...

EDGE Coverage Expanded in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's M-Tel says that it has increased the coverage of its EDGE
network to 9 new cities. Starting from the end of December 2005,
customers living in Kardzhali, Samokov, the Borovetz resort,
Sandanski, Dimitrovgrad, Dupnitsa, Bankia, Radomir and ...

3G Based Mobile TV to Dominate - But Not For Long

Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released a report, which concludes
that mobile TV will represent an increasingly compelling content
offering to mobile subscribers and will enable new methods to deliver
video programming and advertisements to consumer...

T-Mobile Expanding German HSDPA Coverage

T-Mobile Germany says that it plans to offer HSDPA coverage at the
upcoming CeBIT 2006 consumer and trade fair in Hanover. T-Mobile will
offer transmission rates of up to 1.8 Mbit/s and uplink speeds of 384
Kbit/s in large parts of the UMTS network. ...

[[Financial News]]

Telenor Blocks VimpelCom 2006 Budget For 2nd Time

Russia's second-largest wireless operator VimpelCom said Friday its
board had failed for the second time to approve the company's 2006
budget. ...

FOCUS: Russian operators want to expand abroad, opportunities limited

Russia's largest mobile operators have divided the saturated domestic
market and are now looking for opportunities in neighboring countries
but there are not many assets available for sale and they may be
pricey. ...

CenterTelecom sells stakes in two regional mobile cos

CenterTelecom, a hub telecommunications operator in Russia's Central
Federal District, has sold its 30% stake in Belgorod Mobile
Communications and its 40% stake in Smolensk Mobile Communications,
according to information released by CenterTelecom ...

Telenor supports cooperation between VimpelCom, Kyivstar

Norway's telecommunication operator Telenor supports establishing
cooperation, such as a service provider agreement, between
Russia's second-largest mobile operator VimpelCom and
Ukrainian mobile operators, including Kyivstar, Telenor said in a

IDC: Mobile telephony to continue growing at 2 digits

The mobile market in Latin America is expected to grow above 10% this
year, although not as high as the 33% growth recorded in mobile
handsets during 2005, Romina Aducci, Telecom Services Director for
Latin America at tech consultancy IDC told BNamer...

Virgin Mobile Australia Merging with SIMplus Mobile

Australia's Optus is planning to merge its two wholly-owned
subsidiaries, Virgin Mobile Australia (VMA) and SIMplus Mobile. Mr
Matt Davey has been appointed Chief Executive of the combined
operation. Mr Davey replaces Jonathan Marchbank who has decid...

Mid-East Operator Seeks Route Into Europe

Mohammed Hassan Omran, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Telecommunications
Corporation - Etisalat, says that the company aims to be among the Top
10 telecommunications corporations in the world, having successfully
grown from a local to international oper...

[[Handsets News]]

Brightstar 2005 revenues boosted by Motorola sales, Brazil launch

Entry into the Brazilian market, a partnership with Motorola and
renewed agreements in Latin America were behind the US$2.2bn record
revenues regional wireless equipment distributor Brightstar posted for
2005, the company's global marketing and publi...

[[Legal News]]

Maxim Enters Settlement Pact With Qualcomm In Patent Suit

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. said Thursday that it entered into a
settlement agreement with Qualcomm Inc. to resolve patent
litigation. ...

Telekom Malaysia Pays $232 Million To Deutsche Telekom Unit

Government-controlled Telekom Malaysia said late Friday it has paid
$232 million to DeTeAsia Holding, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, after it
lost a dispute over a contract. ...

[[Messaging News]]

Telecom Rio de Janeiro selects First Hop to offer SMS platform

Brazilian mobile services platform provider Telecom Rio de Janeiro has
selected the Wireless Broker platform sold by Finland's First Hop to
connect its value-added services to mobile phone operators across
Brazil, the companies said in a joint stat...

Mobile operators sign up for multimedia service

El Salvador's four mobile operators have signed up to receive
multimedia services from provider LPG Mvil, local daily La
Prensa Grfica reported. ...

[[MVNO News]]

Spain Regulator To Force Mobile Operators To Allow MVNO

Spanish telecommunications industry regulator CMT Friday said it will
force the country's mobile operators to share their networks with
mobile virtual network operators, or MVNO. ...

[[Network Operators News]]

Wireless Broadband for Kenya

Japan's Kyocera has announced the commercial introduction of iBurst
wireless broadband services in the Republic of Kenya. iBurst base
stations and terminals designed and produced by Kyocera will be
provided to Africa Online, the Kenyan Internet servi...

Celtel Launches Technical Center in Kinshasa

The pan-African operator, Celtel International recently launched a
US$7 million Technical Center in the Democratic Republic of
Congo. This new infrastructure will serve as a technical hub for not
only the DRC but also other Celtel operations such as;...

[[Offbeat News]]

Greek Phone-tapping Didn't Endanger National Security

ATHENS (AP)--Greece's governing conservatives said Friday the
country's security wasn't at stake despite the discovery government
mobile phones were tapped by unknown individuals during the Athens
2004 Olympics and for nearly a year. ...

Snow Leads to Exceptional Increase in MMS Traffic

Vodafone says that it experienced a significant increase in traffic as
the result of the snowfalls that swept across Portugal on Sunday 29
January. On that day, the Vodafone network registered a traffic peak
between 3 pm and 4 pm, with the number of ...

[[Personnel News]]

KPN's Head Of Mobile Operations Resigns

Dutch Telecommunications operator Royal KPN Friday said Guy Demuynck,
the chief executive of its mobile division, will leave as of July 1 to
join another company. ...

Thailand Information And Communications Tech Min Resigns - Government

BANGKOK (AP) _ Thai Information and Communication Technology Minister
Sora-at Klinpratoom resigned Saturday, a government spokesman said,
without citing a reason. ...

[[Reports News]]

Nightmare Customer Service Slashes Profits - report

A backlash at shoddy customer service and unrelenting sales pitches is
hitting British business where it hurts most -- on the bottom line --
warns a new report from the National Consumer Council (NCC). The
report reveals a sorry picture of businesses o...

[[Statistics News]]

Belarusian GSM operator BeST user base at 2,000 as of Feb 1

The subscriber base of state-controlled Belarus Telecommunications
Network, or BeST, which started commercial operations in the capital
city of Minsk on December 21, 2005, amounted to 2,000 users as of
February 1, the company said late on Thursday. ...

Russia's MegaFon user base in Orenburg Region up to 300,000

The subscriber base of Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon
in the Orenburg Region rose to over 300,000 people as of December 31,
2005 from about 100,000 people as of January 1, 2005, MSS-Povolzhye, a
MegaFon subsidiary operating in the r...

Vodafone Gains 100,000 3G Customers in Romania

Romania's Connex Vodafone says that it added 602,832 net subscribers
in the quarter to December 31, 2005, giving it a total customer base
of 6,131,839 which is 25% higher year on year. As of December 31,
2005, postpaid subscribers accounted for 36% o...

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