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

Cellular-News for Friday 10th March 2006

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Fri, 10 Mar 2006 07:59:23 -0600

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[[ 3G ]]

Ericsson Delivers HSDPA To Vodafone In Germany

Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson Thursday said Vodafone
Group will today launch its mobile broadband offering in Germany with
support of a HSDPA solution delivered by Ericsson. ...

Siemens: No 3G until 2008

Brazilian mobile operators are expected to launch true 3G services in
2008, local daily IT Web quoted Siemens Brasil VP Aluizio Bretas Byrro
as saying. ...

Vodafone Planning British HSDPA Rollout

Following successful testing in Newbury, Vodafone UK will start
customer trials on its live HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access)
network from April. With 100 business users testing Vodafone UK's
HSDPA-enabled Mobile Connect Cards across central ...

[[ Financial ]]

Vodafone Australia: No Due Diligence From Optus

Singapore Telecommunications's Australian unit, Optus, hasn't
conducted due diligence on Vodafone Group's Australian network assets,
a spokesman for Vodafone said Thursday. ...

Hong Kong Hutchison Telecom 2005 Net Loss Widens To HK$768 Million

Hutchison Telecommunications International said Thursday its net loss
widened to HK$768 million in 2005 from HK$30 million in 2004. ...

Six Companies Bid To Acquire 35% Stake In Tunisie Telecom

Six companies have placed a bid to acquire a 35% stake in Tunisia's
largest telecommunications carrier Tunisie Telecom, the Tunisian
Communication Ministry said Wednesday evening. ...

Siemens unit plans US$56mn investment in 2006

German equipment supplier Siemens plans to inject 120mn reais
(US$55.6mn) into its operations in Brazil this year, up 10% on last
year's figure, Siemens Brasil VP Aluizio Bretas Byrro told
BNamericas. ...

Digicel to acquire Bouygues Telecom Caraibe

Caribbean mobile group Digicel intends to acquire Bouygues Telecom
Caraibe, a wireless operator in the French West Indies, Digicel said
in a statement. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

FOCUS: Sales of cell phones in Russia seen slowing down in 2006

In all likelihood, 2005 was the last boom year for mobile handset
sales in Russia. The government crackdown on illegal imports of
handsets and lower demand are likely to result in slower sales
although the average price of phones is likely to increas...

Study: Children rise as new target segment for mobile business

Children of 10-13 years of age make up 95% of the almost 170,000
Argentine minors using mobile telephones today, yet children with cell
phones represent only 6% of the 10-13 bracket, according to a new
study by local consultancy Carrier y Asociados. ...

A Cellphone in the Shape of the Iconic Red Telephone Box

A USA based handset retailer has designed a GSM handset that is in the
shape of the infamous UK public telephone box. But why make a cell
phone that looks like a phone booth? Well, C&D Wireless, say that they
don't like conformity. When they started ...

Mandatory Handset Recycling For US County

The government of Westchester County in New York State, USA is passing
legislation which will make it illegal to dispose of cell phones in
the conventional rubbish supplies. When passed, the legislation will
effectively force residents to recycle the...

[[ Legal ]]

Norway's Telenor claims Alfa's control of VimpelCom would break law

Norway's telecommunication company Telenor has sent a letter to
Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) claiming that if it were
to approve an application of Russia's Alfa Group to increase its stake
in VimpelCom, it would contradict Russian anti...

[[ Messaging ]]

Nokia Hunts For The Business User

With the BlackBerry off the endangered-species list and Microsoft
homing in on the market for phones that double as e-mail devices,
Nokia is on the prowl for its own corporate-customer base. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Golden Telecom to build 5,000 WiFi nodes in Moscow in 2006

Golden Telecom, a U.S.-registered provider of telecommunications and
Internet services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS), plans to develop a WiFi network with up to 5,000 access nodes
in Moscow, the company said in a statemen...

CDMA Expansion For Brazil

Motorola has announced a CDMA 3G EV-DO network expansion for Brazil's
VIVO. This development enables VIVO to effectively manage large
increases in high speed mobile data network traffic for Brasilia and
Curitiba, two Brazilian cities where VIVO bring...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Vodafone: Overseas Involvement Likely In Greek PM Wiretap

ATHENS (AP)--A senior official from the mobile telephone operator
Vodafone said Thursday he suspected overseas involvement in the
wiretapping of Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis and top officials
during the Athens Olympics two years ago. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Vodafone Greece Chief To Face MPs On Tapping Scandal -BBC

The head of Vodafone in Greece is due Thursday to give evidence to a
parliamentary committee about a phone tapping scandal, the BBC Web
site reports. ...

Sonaecom Non-Executive Directors Borges, O'Toole Resign

Sonaecom said Thursday that non-executive directors Antonio Borges and
Richard O'Toole have resigned because of a potential conflict of
interest, given Sonaecom's bid for Portugal Telecom. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

EU Says Germany Willing To Solve Telecom Conflict-Sources

The German government appears to be willing to ease its stance in the
controversy with the European Commission about Germany's planned new
telecommunications law. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Free WiMAX Report from the OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has
published a rather good report into WiMAX and its impact on
competition and regulation. It gives a status report of the technology
and its rollout, then outlines the regulatory cha...

[[ Statistics ]]

Russia's MegaFon user base in Arkhangelsk Region up 70% in 2005

The subscriber base of Russia?s third largest mobile operator MegaFon
in the Arkhangelsk Region and the Nenets Autonomous District rose 70%
in 2005 to 500,000 people as of December 31, the company said in a
press release Thursday. ...

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