TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Friday 21st April 2006

Cellular-News for Friday 21st April 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Algeria Becomes the Arab World's WiMAX pioneer.

WiMAX is commercially available in Algeria, while several operators in
many Arab countries have started testing the service. Smart Link
Communication (SLC) has deployed WiMAX to provide broadband wireless
services in Algeria. SLC's goal is to build a...

[[ Financial ]]

China Mobile Denies Bid For Nasdaq-Listed Millicom

Neither China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd. nor its Chinese parent, China
Mobile Communications Corp., is involved in the bidding for Millicom
International Cellular, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong company said
Thursday. ...

China Mobile 1Q Net Profit CNY14.36 Billion Vs CNY11.25 Billion

China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd. said Thursday its first-quarter net
profit rose 28% as its subscriber base continued to grow rapidly. ...

EBRD's committee OKs $250 mln 8-year loan to Russia's MTS

A credit committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD) has approved a U.S. $250 million 8-year loan to be
provided to Russia?s largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS),
the bank said Thursday. ...

Sprint Nextel Buys Affiliate UbiquiTel For $1.3 Billion

Sprint Nextel scooped up another one of its affiliates after agreeing
Thursday to pay $1.3 billion in cash to acquire UbiquiTel. ...

Vodafone Lured To Silicon Valley To Energize VC Arm

Vodafone Group is focusing on a traditional high-technology hotbed
after placing the head of its venture-capital arm near Silicon
Valley. ...

FOCUS: VimpelCom may reignite investor interest in Russian mobiles

Following the uninspiring financial results posted earlier by Russia's
largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Russia's second
largest mobile operator VimpelCom impressed investors with strong
fourth quarter and full-year 2005 financials. S...

Nokia Reports Rising Profits and Sales

Nokia reported sales and profits for the first quarter of this year
which were higher than expectations. The company reported a net profit
of US$1.29 billion on sales of US$11.7 billion. Nokia's first quarter
2006 operating margin was 14.4%, which wa...

MTC Offers Econet Option on Vmobile Purchase Bid

The Pan-African operator, Econet says that it has been granted the
right of refusal over the offer made to buy a 65% controlling stake in
Nigeria's Vee Mobile made by MTC of Kuwait. Spokesman Sure Kamhunga
confirmed that documents had been delivered ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Comtech Providing Designs for Vodafone 3G Handsets

China's Comtech has announced its first major design win from Huawei
for customized 3G cell phone modules. Comtech will provide customized
module designs for use in Huawei's new Vodafone-branded 3G phone. It
is anticipated that Huawei will commence m...

Global Mobile Phone Shipments Will Reach 1 Billion Units in 2006

Global mobile phone shipments grew an impressive 31 percent
year-over-year, to reach 229 million units during Q1 2006, according
to the latest research from Strategy Analytics. Following this strong
performance, Strategy Analytics has upgraded its gl...

Mobile Handsets Generated $117 Billion in Revenue in 2005

Worldwide, mobile wireless handsets generated over US$117 billion in
revenue in 2005, says a report released by Telecom Trends
International,. The report says the 2005 revenue represented an
increase of 14.9% over the revenue generated in 2004, and i...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Mobile Streams Buys European Content Firm

The mobile content distributor, Mobile Streams says that it is buying
the German mobile content company, Cyoshi Mobile for US$3.7
million. The acquisition will strengthen Mobile Streams' footprint
across mainland Europe and provide them with direct a...

[[ Network Operators ]]

ANALYSIS: Smartcom's future lies in innovative services

Chilean mobile operator Smartcom is scheduled to launch GSM services
in May or June this year, marking a transition from the CDMA network
it has relied upon to date. ...

New GSM Network Launched in Guinea

Investcom says that it has launched commercial mobile
telecommunications services in the Republic of Guinea, under the brand
name Areeba. Services will initially be concentrated in the capital
city, Conakry, with national coverage following soon afte...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Kazakh PM urges to cut LD, mobile, Internet tariffs in 2006

Kazakh Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov called for cutting the
long-distance tariffs of fixed-line operator Kazakhtelecom, as well as
all companies' tariffs for mobile and Internet services, Aliakpar
Matishev, chairman of the competition committee at t...

Analyst: CPP regulations to bring social benefits

The upcoming expansion of Mexico's calling party pays billing system
to cover long distance calls to mobile users will benefit isolated
segments of the population in particular, telecommunications analyst
Ernesto Piedras told BNamericas. ...

TSTT questions arbiters over Digicel interconnection dispute

Trinidad & Tobago's incumbent telephone company TSTT has filed a
judicial review of an arbitration panel set up by telecoms regulator
TATT last week to determine interconnection rates between TSTT and
incoming mobile operator Digicel, The Trinidad Gu...

Mauritania To Offer New Mobile Licenses

We had this tender sent to us, and publish it for interested
parties. Following its telecommunications sector liberalization
policy, the Mauritanian Authority of Regulation has decided to launch
a call for competition related to the allocation of one...

[[ Statistics ]]

Mobile penetration expected to grow 20-50% this year

Mobile telephony penetration in Peru is almost universally expected to
increase during 2006, but at widely diverging rates depending on the
source of the figures. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Five Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bluetooth Software Vendor

As the Bluetooth market for silicon goes from strength to strength,
the Bluetooth software market is undergoing a subtle change in
direction. As more and more manufacturers embrace Bluetooth, they must
balance their needs against vendor offerings in ...

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