TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Tuesday 25th April 2006

Cellular-News for Tuesday 25th April 2006

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Tue, 25 Apr 2006 07:34:49 -0500

Cellular-News -

[[ Financial ]]

Russia's MTS gets $1.33 billion syndicated loan

Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has
concluded an agreement with a number of banks to take out a syndicated
loan of up to U.S. $1.33 billion, MTS said Monday. ...

Tiscali Denies It Is In Talks For UK Unit Sale

A spokeswoman for Italian Internet service provider Tiscali denied
"categorically" Monday the company "is in talks with Vodafone Group or
any other company for the sale of its U.K. unit." ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Return of the Payphone: Ultra Low Cost Handsets Getting Down to Business

The GSM Association recently announced that its Emerging Markets
Handset program is exceeding expectations: mobile operators in
Bangladesh, China, India, and Russia have already purchased 12 million
of its Ultra Low Cost Handsets (ULCH). But will the...

BenQ Mobile Forging Ahead with Realignment of Model Range

To accompany the publication of its figures for the first quarter of
2006, the Taiwanese BenQ Group is announcing a strategic handset
initiative. Following the launch of 12 new mobile phones under the
BenQ-Siemens brand since January, the company say...

[[ Legal ]]

IPOC Fund: Court Stops Alfa From Selling MegaFon Stake

Bermuda-based IPOC International Growth Fund said Monday it has
obtained an injunction from a St Petersburg court preventing Russian
Alfa Group from selling its 25.1% stake in MegaFon. ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Mobile Video: Who's Watching? Who's Going to Watch? And Why?

Watching video on mobile devices has a long way to go before it
becomes a ubiquitous practice among mobile phone users, according to a
new report published by The NPD Group. According to the report, while
28% of all mobile phones in use in February 2...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Huawei Wins Turnkey GSM Contract

Oasis, the Congolese operation of Millicom International, has awarded
Huawei a turnkey contract to provide a brand new GSM network. Under
the first phase of the contract, Huawei will supply and install its
Huawei EnerG GSM technical platform and depl...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Improved Roaming for Asia-Pacific

Seven Asia-Pacific operators are forming an alliance to offer joint
roaming and marketing services to customers. FET (Taiwan), Hutchison
Essar (India), Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong and Macau), KT
Freetel (South Korea), DoCoMo (Japan), Indo...

Vodafone Japan moves HQ

Vodafone K.K. says that it will move its headquarters from Atago in
Minato Ward, Tokyo to Higashi-shimbashi, also in Minato Ward, to start
operations at the new location progressively from 1 May 2006....

[[ Regulatory ]]

Chechnya's deputy PM wants competition on mobile mkt

The government of Russia's constituent republic of Chechnya wants to
see competition between mobile operators in the republic, Ziyad
Sabsabi, deputy prime minister of the republic, told a round table
meeting on Monday. ...

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