TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Monday 3rd April 2006

Cellular-News for Monday 3rd April 2006

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[[3G News]]

Polands PTC Ready to Launch HSDPA

During the Intertelekom Trade Fair, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC)
presented its technological readiness to introduce HSDPA standards in
its UMTS network. PTC says that the fast progress in broadband
communications is its priority, and both the range...

Nortel and Qualcomm Achieve Industry's Fastest HSDPA Data Call

Nortel and Qualcomm say hat they have successfully achieved the
industry's first 7.2 Mbps HSDPA mobile data calls. The companies
completed the initial series of pre-commercial category 8 HSDPA data
calls using test terminals based on Qualcomm's Mobil...

HSDPA for South Africa

Two of South Africa's networks have upgraded their networks to HSDPA
capabilities. Last week, MTN launched its service and today that will
be followed by Vodacom. Vodacom's HSDPA upgrade is using Siemens as
the preferred technology partner. MTN says ...

[[Financial News]]

Telstra CEO Sees Asian Interest In Company Privatization

Telstra Corp. Chief Executive Sol Trujillo said Friday Asian investors
remain interested in buying shares of his company as it is privatized,
despite regulatory uncertainties. ...

Pension system considers mobile investment

Honduras' state pension system for public employees (INJUPEMP) is
looking at helping state phone company Hondutel with its plans to set
up the country's third mobile operator, local daily Tiempo Digital
reported. ...

Telefonica, Telefonica Mviles approve merger

The boards of Spain's Telefonica and its mobile unit Telefoica Mviles
have approved a plan to merge the two companies, Telefonica said in a
statement. ...

Government Sets Colombia Telecom Minimum Price At $233 Million

The Colombian government on Friday set a minimum price of $233 million
for a controlling stake in the country's biggest telephone company,
Colombia Telecomunicaciones. ...

[[Handsets News]]

Heavy, Long-term Mobile Phone Use Danger To Health - Study

A new Swedish study on the use of mobile telephones show 10 years of
intense mobile phone use increases the risk for severe brain
tumor. ...

Russia's Euroset says police seize 167,500 handsets, cites violations

Russian police have seized 167,500 mobile handsets worth 530 million
rubles from Russia?s largest mobile handset retailer Euroset, Euroset
said in a statement Friday. ...

[[Legal News]]

Australia Government T3 Adviser:Close Attention To ASIC Charges

The Australian government will watch closely the Australian Securities
& Investment Commission's court case against Citigroup Global Markets
Australia, which is a member of the panel appointed to sell the
government's remaining stake in Telstra, a sp...

EU commission probes TeliaSonera's Telecominvest buy

An E.U. commission on antimonopoly policy has started probing the
purchase of a 26% stake in Russia's telecommunications holding
Telecominvest by Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera,
Vedomosti business daily reported Friday, citing Denmark's...

Class Action Against Nokia Dismissed in its Entirety

On March 31, 2006, Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the United States
District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Nokia
Corporation's Motion to Dismiss all claims made in the class action
securities litigation filed against Nokia Corporatio...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Mobile TV Needs Mobile-Specific Content - report

The results of a new study from Red Bee Media (formerly part of the
UK's BBC Broadcast) confirms the need for broadcast and entertainment
brands to work harder to tailor their content to mobile phones. The
findings suggested that full length programm...

[[MVNO News]]

TDC Launches Norwegian MVNO

TDC Mobile has launched an MVNO service in Norway through TDC Song
Norge. This has been made possible with the MVNO agreement TDC Mobile
entered into with Telenor, last autumn. The agreement covers both 2G
and 3G services. The company is planning to ...

[[Network Operators News]]

Digicel launches services in Antigua & Barbuda

Caribbean mobile provider Digicel launched services on Friday (Mar 31)
in Antigua & Barbuda with an investment of US$6mn, the company said in
a statement. ...

Venezuela's CANTV To Invest $500 Million For Operations In 2006

Venezuela's largest communications firm, Compania Anonima Nacional
Telefonos de Venezuela, or CANTV, plans to invest $500 million this
year, similar to the amount invested in 2005, the company said in a
statement Friday. ...

Vodafone Egypt: Third Mobile Operator Not A Threat

The arrival of a third mobile network company in Egypt won't eat into
Vodafone's market share, Ian Gray, chief executive of Vodafone Egypt,
said Sunday. ...

MTC Targets 2011 As Deadline To Become A Global Operator

Kuwait's MTC recently called in more than 130 key company personnel
from the 19 countries in which it operates to help plan strategy to
achieve the group's target of becoming a global force in the telecoms
business within five years. The group said t...

Nigerian Operator Doubling Network Capacity

Mtel, the Mobile subsidiary of Nigeria's state owned
telecommunications outfit, has unveiled plans to increase the capacity
of the network by an additional two and half million lines, a more
than 200% increase on the existing 1.2 million lines capaci...

[[Regulatory News]]

Kuwait To Set Up Third Telecommunications Co -Report

Kuwait is to establish a third mobile telecommunications company, the
official Kuwait news agency reported Sunday. ...

Consumers In 12 States Would Be Biggest Losers Under Federal Phone Tax Plan

Plans to modify the USA's federal "Universal Service Fund" (USF) fee
on long-distance phone bills, has been criticized by the Keep USF Fair
Coalition. Consumers in 10 states already pay more in federal USF
taxes than their states get back, and that d...

[[Reports News]]

Promotions Have Little Impact on Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty - report

A new Harris Interactive survey shows that two-thirds (66%) of US
adult mobile phone users shop around for wireless service providers,
with more than two in five (43%) beginning to do so two months before
their contract expires or less. While provide...

Brits Admit To Rarely Checking Their Phone Bill

A report from the UK arm of T-Mobile says that contract customers feel
they are losing out because tariffs can't keep pace with the fact
that their phone usage can vary significantly from one month to the
next. A nationwide poll, conducted in conjunc...

[[Statistics News]]

Indec: Feb mobile base reaches 23 million

Mobile operators in Argentina closed February with 23 million lines in
service, up 60.8% compared to February 2004, when the number reached
14 million, according to statistics bureau Indec. ...

[[Technology News]]

Multi-Network IP Based Mobile-VPN Demo in Taiwan

Taiwan Mobile (TWM) has successfully demonstrated IP-MVPN (Mobile
Virtual Private Network with VoIP support) and 3G-PC bi-directional
video call services at a local trade fair. TWM is the first mobile
operator to demonstrate these services in a WiMAX...

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