TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Friday 28th April 2006

Cellular-News: Friday 28th April 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

Vodafone Completes Vodafone Japan Sale, To Return GBP6 Billion

Vodafone Group said Thursday that, further to its announcement on
March 17, it has completed the sale of its 97.68% interest in Vodafone
Japan to a wholly-owned subsidiary of SoftBank Corporation. ...

Alcatel Profit Dips 16% On Tax Charges

Alcatel, the French telecommunications-equipment provider that has
agreed to buy Lucent Technologies, on Thursday said its quarterly
profit fell 16% on higher tax charges. ...

Millicom's Q1 driven by 77% CentAm rev growth

European mobile holding company Millicom International Cellular
registered 77% revenue growth in Central America in the first quarter,
the company said in a statement. ...

SK Telecom Sees 2006 Wireless Data Service Revenue +20%

SK Telecom said Thursday it expects its wireless Internet data service
business to post 20% revenue growth in 2006. ...

Cesky Telecom CEO:Merger With Eurotel To Complete July

Cesky Telecom will complete the merger with its mobile unit Eurotel In
July, Cesky Chief Executive Jaime Smith said Thursday. ...

Telenor says to continue talks with Altimo on VimpelCom

Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor and Altimo, the
telecommunications arm of Russia's Alfa Group, have agreed to continue
talks on the possible acquisition of Kyivstar by VimpelCom, Telenor
said in a press release Thursday. ...

Sweden's Ericsson says 2005 sales in Russia at 4.554 bln kronor

The Russian sales of Sweden-based telecommunications equipment
producer and supplier Ericsson amounted to 4.554 billion Swedish
kronor in 2005, the company said in a press release Thursday. ...

Investcom Increases Yemeni & Sudan Investments

Investcom has announced that it has finalised the terms of its
increased ownership in its Yemen and Sudan subsidiaries. In September
2005, Investcom entered into a deed of exchange with Al Bashair
Telecom, agreeing to acquire an additional 40% stake ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Another Cellphone Health Issue Report

The effect of electromagnetic fields from digital mobile phones (DMP)
on brain functioning is an area receiving increased attention. A study
conducted by researchers at Swinburne's Brain Sciences Institute (BSI)
in Australia compared the performance ...

[[ MVNO ]]

Walt Disney Internet Group To Launch UK Family Mobile Service

The Walt Disney Internet Group said Thursday that it is to create a
mobile phone service in the UK specifically designed for families. ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Vivo: Over-subsidized handsets damage market

Brazil's largest mobile operator Vivo has criticized rival firms that
are offering handsets at promotional rates of 1 real (US$0.47),
newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo reported. ...

Viva GSM to invest US$15mn in coverage, advertising

Bolivian mobile, public telephony and long-distance operator NuevaTel
(Viva GSM) plans to invest US$15mn in coverage expansion and
advertising this year, local daily El Deber reported. ...

FOCUS: New market trends force Russian mobile operators to evolve

While the development of Russia?s mobile telecommunications market in
recent years was characterized by soaring subscriber bases and falling
average revenue per user (ARPU), that trend now seems to be broken
with subscriber base growth decelerating a...

No more Animals from Orange

Orange UK is preparing to ditch its much derided "animals" campaign in
favour of a generic branding campaign. The Animals campaign, costing
around US$18 million was due to run to the end of this year, and was
based around classifying customers as a t...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Conatel to launch mobile license auction by year-end

Honduran telecoms regulator Conatel expects to launch a mobile license
auction by year-end, local press reported. ...

Phone Operator Study Criticizes EU Roaming Proposals

Mobile phone operators published a study Thursday attacking the
European Union's proposals to force them to cut the fees customers pay
while traveling abroad, so-called roaming fees. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Chinese Telecoms CAPEX Falling Slightly

Analysys International has reported that total capital expenditure (CAPEX) of China telecommunication carriers will reach US$25.6 billion (excluding 3G CAPEX) in 2006, representing a decrease of 1% year over year. According to the report, Chinese tel...

[[ Statistics ]]

Asia Phone Penetration to Reach 50% By 2010 - report

Asia mobile subscribers totalled 820 million in 2005, a 20.5% increase
on 2004, according to Business Monitor International's report on 14
key Asia markets. Of this figure, an estimated 59 million were 3G
mobile subscribers in 2005, representing a 57...

PDA Market Shrinks as Mobiles Take Customers

Following a holiday quarter in which worldwide shipments of handheld
devices topped two million units, the worldwide market for handheld
devices began 2006 with its ninth consecutive quarter of
year-over-year decline. According to IDC's Worldwide Han...

[[ Technology ]]

Doubling of Handset Filter Shipments - report

Multi-band handsets will drive demand for compact front-end modules
that simplify cellphone design, layout and assembly says Strategy
Analytics. Filters used in modules, including power amplifier, antenna
switch, low noise amplifier and transceiver m...

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