TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Monday 17th April 2006

Cellular-News for Monday 17th April 2006

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[[3G News]]

78 Million 3G Customers for China by 2008 - report

China's Analysys International says that 440,000 users will be using
3G mobile terminals by the end of 2006 and by the year 2008, over 78
million users will be using 3G mobile terminals in China. According to
a report recently released by Analysys In...

Romanian 3G Coverage Expanded

Connex Vodafone has expanded its 3G services to 7 new cities - Baia
Mare, Satu Mare, Alba Iulia, Bistrita, Turda, Bacau and Buzau, for a
total of 22 cities. This brings the penetration rate of 3G services to
approximately 30% from Romania's populatio...

3G Video Interconnection for Malaysia

Malaysia's Celcom and Maxis have launched 3G interconnection, enabling
interconnect video telephony. By opening access between the two major
3G networks, the 3G user community in Malaysia immediately increased
twofold, allowing Celcom's and Maxis' us...

EDGE for Trinidad and Tobago

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has launched
EDGE services on its network. With the activation of EDGE, TSTT says
that it has become the first mobile service provider in the Region to
offer customers service on two independe...

[[Financial News]]

Qtel Updates its Egyptian GSM License Bid

Qatar's Qtel has announced its second partner in the bid for the 3rd
Mobile License in Egypt. Qtel says that it has partnered with Naeem
Holding, an Egyptian company; one of the fastest growing Investment
Banking houses in the region. Qtel has alread...

[[Handsets News]]

Samsung unit aims for 25% share of handset market

Korean hardware manufacturer Samsung expects its share in Chile's
mobile handset market to reach 25% this year compared to 17% in 2005,
Samsung Chile's commercial director Rodrigo Herrera told
BNamericas. ...

Vivo to outsource 142 stores in Sao Paulo

Brazil's largest mobile operator Vivo is outsourcing 142 stores in
Sao Paulo, reported local financial newspaper Valor Economico. ...

Sony Ericsson 1Q Net Pft Up Sharply

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson Thursday said first-quarter
net profit more than tripled, thanks largely to the continued
popularity of its Walkman-branded music phones and delivery of new
advanced phones in Japan. ...

[[Legal News]]

Russian prosecutors open criminal case on Euroset's cellphone imports

Moscow regional prosecutors' office has opened a criminal case in
connection with an illegally imported batch of mobile handsets that
belonged to Euroset, the largest Russian mobile handset retailer said
in a statement Friday. ...

Lawsuit Over Adult Mobile Content Contracts

Giant Mobile, a Santa Monica-based producer of wireless content for
mobile phones, says that it has filed multiple claims against LFP,
publisher of such adult magazines as Hustler, Barely Legal, Taboo and
Asian Fever, for breach of contract and inter...

Qualcomm Resolves Legal Complaint

Qualcomm says that it has reached an agreement with the US Department
of Justice (DOJ) resolving gun-jumping allegations arising from
Qualcomm's acquisition of Flarion Technologies earlier this year. The
acquisition was cleared by the DOJ's Antitru...

[[Network Operators News]]

BPL Mobile Rebrands as Hutch

Hutchison Essar is taking its next step in the continuing integration
process of the recently acquired Tamil Nadu circle of BPL Mobile
Cellular. Hutchison Essar has announced that BPL Mobile brand in this
circle will now be re-branded to Hutch....

PrePay Registration Required in Vietnam

Vietnam's Ministry of Posts and Telematics (MPT) is to step up
measures to tighten control of pre-paid mobile phones. Under the new
measures, new pre-paid subscribers will have to register their
handsets, in a manner similar to post-paid users. Accor...

[[Offbeat News]]

Crazy Frog and Michael Jackson Share Music Promoter

The company which brought the awful Crazy Frog ringtone to the UK
music charts has reportedly been signed up by fallen pop star, Michael
Jackson to assist his comeback. Gut Records boss Guy Holmes is
understood to have flown to the Middle East, where...

Nokia Dumps the Landline

The town of Nokia, former home to the more famous handset manufacturer
is to abandon the landline in favour of the mobile phone. Nokia's
government workers will all be given mobile phones to replace their
office landlines. The plan will affect some 1...

[[Personnel News]]

Softbank Head:Will Also Be Vodafone Japan Unit President

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son said Friday he will double as
president of Vodafone Group's Japan unit when Softbank's purchase of
the mobile phone company is completed, Kyodo News reported. ...

[[Regulatory News]]

ERSP looks to 400MHz band as rural telephony alternative

Panamanian telecoms regulator ERSP is looking for alternatives for
providing telephony to rural and remote areas as the debate on a
proposed law to promote universal telecoms access drags on and on,
local daily La Prensa reported. ...

Govt prepares to renegotiate mobile concessions

The Ecuadorian government is preparing to renegotiate the country's
mobile telephony concession contracts, local daily El Universo
reported. ...

Mexico: Cell Phone Cos Can't Charge For All Incoming Calls

MEXICO CITY (AP)--Mexico's telecommunications regulatory commission
ruled on Thursday that companies will not be able to charge cell phone
users to receive long distance national or international calls if they
are in their home zone. ...

[[Technology News]]

France Telecom Testing Grid Computing Methods

Fujitsu says that, in collaboration with France Telecom, they have
developed a system based on grid computing that enables
telecommunications carriers to optimize use of their IT resources, and
have successfully completed testing of the system. In th...

London Underground Pushing Ahead with Phones on Trains Plan

The UK's subterranean railway network, London Underground says that it
intended to push ahead with a feasibility study into plans to permit
the use of mobile phones on the networks underground stations and
possibly trains. A feasibility study, beginn...

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