TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Thursday 29th March 2006

Cellular-News for Thursday 29th March 2006

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Wed, 29 Mar 2006 06:52:12 -0600

Cellular-News -

[[ 3G ]]

Orange Israel Launches HSDPA Services

Nortel says that it has deployed a high-speed mobile network for
Israel's Partner Communications - which trades under the Orange
brandname, based on HSDPA technology. Commercial services will provide
mobile connectivity at download speeds of up to 3....

[[ Financial ]]

Japan's NTT DoCoMo, Lawson In Capital Alliance

NTT DoCoMo said Tuesday it has agreed to buy a 2% stake in Lawson
Inc., as part of a tie-up to enable the use of mobile phone electronic
money services at Lawson's convenience store chain nationwide. ...

Slim views Canada as possible AMX market

Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim believes Canada is a
suitable market for his mobile unit América Móvil, Reuters
reported. ...

ICE mobile operations post US$146mn profit in 2005

The mobile telephony operations of Costa Rican state
telecommunications monopoly ICE ended 2005 with a net profit of
US$146mn, up 143% compared to 2004, local daily El Financiero quoted
anonymous ICE sources as saying. ...

Ukraine's UMC investments soar to $676 million in 2005

The investments of Ukrainian Mobile Communications (UMC), Ukraine's
second largest mobile operator, soared to U.S. $676 million in 2005
from $282 million in 2004, the company's General Director Adam
Voyatsky told reporters Tuesday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Motorola RAZR Still Dominating US Handset Sales

Merrill Lynch has carried out another of its interesting shop visits,
taking in 80 stores in 4 USA regions. Following their store visits,
they are maintaining their own estimates for handset sales, which do
tend to be about 10% above industry expecta...

Pantech Signs Vietnamese Handset Contract

The South Korean handset manufacturer, Pantech has signed an agreement
to supply GSM handsets to Glory Star, the second largest cell phone
retailer in Vietnam. Under the terms of the agreement, Pantech will
supply four of its most popular GSM models,...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Consumers Interested in Mobile Video Services

JupiterResearch has found that 41% of mobile phone users are
interested in some form of video service on their mobile
phone. According to a JupiterResearch report, the growing demand for
video will generate US$501 million in revenues by 2010, up from...

The Explosive Growth of Mobile Music Downloads

The market for full track music downloads to mobile phones was twenty
times larger at the end of 2005 than it was twelve months earlier, a
new study from ABI Research has revealed. It found that global
revenues from over-the-air (OTA) downloaded full...

Mobile Download Prices Now Absorb GPRS Costs

The SMS aggregator, mBlox has signed an agreement to offer wholesale
data service charges in the UK. This has enabled them to partner with
New-Visions to offer the first off-portal music track download
services where consumers pay 'one price' to down...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Germany's Bavaria Bans Cellphone Use In Schools

MUNICH (AP)--The German state of Bavaria Tuesday announced a ban on
the use of cell phones in schools to prevent students from viewing
images of pornography and extreme violence. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

EU: Mobile Operators Not Getting Message Over Roaming

European Union telecommunications commissioner Viviane Reding Tuesday
accused mobile phone operators of not getting her "message" that
roaming charges are too high. ...

Vodafone: Roaming Regulation Could Stifle Innovation

Vodafone Group's Director of Public Policy Richard Feasey Tuesday said
that the European Union's proposals to force down the price of using a
mobile phone abroad could stifle innovation within the European mobile
phone sector. ...

Plans to Cut Florida's Phone Usage Taxes

Florida cell phone customers would get relief from some of the taxes
on their monthly bills under legislation filed by Representative Kim
Berfield and Senator Dave Aronberg. The legislation would lower the
state communications services tax from 9.17%...

[[ Statistics ]]

Chinese Subscriber Base to Nudge 600 Million in 2009

According to the recent report by ROA Group, the number of mobile
subscribers in China reached 374.45 million as of the end of December
in 2005. Currently, the Chinese mobile market is growing in a rapid
manner and mobile operators are engaged in fie...

[[ Technology ]]

SMS-Only Roaming Service

Roamware has launched a solution that controls mobile roaming costs
for the user while enabling network operators to maintain their
revenue streams by attracting new roaming customers. Roamware's SMS
Roaming & Rating opens up international access for...

SIM Box Fraud Detector Launched

Sevis Systems has launched a solution that allows mobile operators to
defend against the massive problems introduced by SIM Box fraud. SIM
Box fraud is the unauthorized use of GSM gateways used to bypass the
international gateway switch and associate...

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