TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Friday 10th February 2006

Cellular-News for Friday 10th February 2006

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Fri, 10 Feb 2006 07:51:18 -0600

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[[ 3G ]]

Nokia To Supply WCDMA 3G Network To Cosmote In Greece

Finland's Nokia said Thursday it has signed a contract with Cosmote
Mobile Communications in Greece for the supply of a third generation
WCDMA radio network. ...

Nearly 60 Operators on Track for UMTS Enhanced With HSDPA

3G Americas and Informa Telecoms & Media report that UMTS, the third
generation evolution for the GSM family of technologies, having
already added 33 million customers since the end of 2004, serves close
to 50 million customers today. UMTS (WCDMA) is...

Super 3G Could Arrive Within 3 Years

Amid growing interest in alternative technologies, such as DVB-H and
WiMAX, 3G is set to fight back with 3G LTE, or 'Super 3G', which could
dramatically enhance the capabilities of 3G networks from 2009,
according to a new report from Analysys. HSPA ...

[[ Financial ]]

Australia's Telstra Net Dives 10%, Grim Outlook

Retaining its grim outlook ahead of its A$27 billion (US$20 billion)
privatization later this year, Australia's largest telephone company
Telstra, Thursday said first half net profit fell 10.3% due to its
weakening fixed-line operations. ...

Russia's VimpelCom completes purchase of Uzbekistan's Unitel

Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom has completed its
acquisition of Uzbekistan's second largest mobile operator Unitel,
VimpelCom said in a statement Thursday. ...

Amrica Mvil predicts US$3bn in capex for 2006

Latin American mobile giant Amrica Mvil is planning capital
expenditure of US$3bn in 2006 compared to some US$3.5bn in 2005, the
company's CEO Daniel Hajj told a conference call to discuss fourth
quarter 2005 results. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Hospital SuperBug Found on Mobile Phones

A study conducted at the Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust in
Northern Ireland has found that the majority of mobile phones used by
doctors and other health workers are carrying infectious pathogens,
including on some phones the deadly hospital "su...

[[ Legal ]]

RIM Develops BlackBerry Software Workaround

Research In Motion has developed and tested software workaround
designs that will allow BlackBerry service in the U.S. to continue
should it be forced to shut down its current service as a result of
its ongoing patent dispute with NTP. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Alcatel Wins Congo GPRS Upgrade

Alcatel has been selected by Vodacom Congo for the deployment of a
complete end-to-end GPRS (EDGE-ready) mobile data solution in the
Democratic Republic of Congo. The new mobile "always on" data services
will be made available by Vodacom Congo from t...

Improving Voice Quality On Orascom Networks

Orascom Telecom has ordered a Voice Quality Assurance platform from
Ditech Communications for use on its subsidary networks in Pakistan
and Algeria. Mobilink, a GSM operator in Pakistan, and Djezzy, a GSM
operator in Algeria, are the initial OT netw...

High Speed Data for Somalia

Somafone, a nationwide wireless services provider in Somalia, says
that it has completed a major network expansion, bringing high-speed
mobile data services to the region. The Somafone network expansion
features EDGE and GPRS wireless data capabiliti...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Telemig launches customer retention drive

Brazilian mobile operator Telemig Celular (NYSE: TMB) has launched a
customer retention drive based on reformulation of its online store,
the company said in a statement. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

India's Highest Base Station

India's GSM network operator, Airtel (Bharti Televentures) has
installed the country's highest elevation base station, at a height of
3,350 meters above sea level -- at Qutak Gompa in the Leh district of
Northern India. The company currently has four ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Sprint CEO Gets Restricted Stock Valued At $5.7 Million

Sprint Nextel Corp. granted restricted stock units valued at about
US$5.7 million and 637,755 stock options to President and Chief
Executive Gary D. Forsee. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Egyptians Would Switch Operators For Lower Tariffs

A new Arab Advisors Group major survey of GSM users across Egypt has
revealed that while a majority of GSM users (75.5%) are satisfied with
their existing mobile operators, a substantial percent (close to
36.1%) will consider switching to a another o...

[[ Statistics ]]

Rogers Communications 4Q Loss Widens On Items; Operating Net Up

Canada's Rogers Communications experienced growth in operating profit
during the fourth quarter but posted an increased loss due to one-time
integration expenses, the amortization of intangibles assumed on
acquisition and the fact that the prior year...

Non-voice traffic reached 25 million minutes in 2005

Chilean mobile phone users dedicated 25 million minutes of traffic to
non-voice services in 2005, local daily La Tercera reported. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Predictive Text Blends With Handwriting Recognition

Zi Corp. has announced the release of the latest version of its Decuma
handwriting recognition software. Decuma Version 4 is a new predictive
pen-input solution now available for OEMs to embed into smartphones
and PDA's. It adds predictive text capab...

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