TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Tuesday 9th May 2006

Cellular-News: Tuesday 9th May 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

Australian Government Still Hoping For Telstra Sale Oct, Nov

CANBERRA (Dow JOnes)--The Australian government Monday deferred a
decision about selling the final tranche of major local telecoms
company Telstra Corp., a spokesman for Finance Minister Nick Minchin

Vodafone Plans To Cut European Roaming Fees Next Year

Under pressure from European regulators, British mobile-phone giant
Vodafone Group on Monday said it will slash fees charged to customers
for calls made while traveling in Europe by at least 40% next year.

Telecom Italia 1Q Net +13%, Margins Fall

Telecom Italia, Monday said first-quarter net profit rose 13% due to
the buyout of its mobile unit's minorities but margins fell on
competitive pressure and the recent implementation of termination rate

[[ Handsets ]]

FOCUS: Euroset eyes IPO, strong interest expected from investors

The booming Russian stock market and foreign investors strong interest
have encouraged Russia's largest mobile handset retailer Euroset to
make an initial public offering (IPO). Analysts expect Euroset's IPO
to be successful as investors are natural

Telia's Top Ten Handset Sales in April 2006

For the first time two 3G handsets are in Telia's top ten list of
best-selling phones in Telia retail stores. The 3G phones are the
Nokia 6280, which directly entered the list in fifth place, and the
Samsung Z140. The April top ten list contains a nu

Quarter of Europeans Replace Their Phone Each Year

Twenty-seven percent of European mobile users replace their cell
phones every year, according to Telephia. This rate increases by more
than twofold after 24 months, with roughly 60% of Europeans buying new
phones by the two year mark. Telephia's Q1 2

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Mobile DRM Issues Set to Cost Europe US$4.4 billion in 2006

The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has called on the industry to end
revenue leakage and protect content rights by delivering an open and
interoperable mDRM solution based on a clear open standard. DRM is
core to every mobile transaction - every ti

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Chinook Wireless Switches From CDMA to GSM

Chinook Wireless has selected Nokia to build a GSM/GPRS/EDGE network
throughout Montana, USA. Nokia is supplying the entire radio and core
network, along with network services. The companies have signed a
five-year supply contract covering equipment,

GSM Coverage for Alaskan Oil Fields

Dobson Communications says that it has launched Cellular One wireless
service in Deadhorse, Alaska, extending its GSM/EDGE network to the
key staging area and oil-service headquarters for the North Slope oil

Vodafone Portugal Updates PrePay Billing Platform

Lucent Technologies says that it has completed the deployment of a
real-time charging solution for mobile messaging for Vodafone
Portugal. The mobile messaging solution helps Vodafone Portugal better
manage prepaid customer accounts, and more easily

[[ Network Operators ]]

Telecom to invest US$66mn in Patagonia

Telecom Argentina has pledged a 200mn-peso (US$65.8mn) investment in
the country's Patagonia region this year, Agencia Nacional de Noticias

Mobile Co O2 To Announce Cuts In Roaming Charges Soon

UK mobile operator O2 said Monday it plans to unveil cuts in the fees
it charges customers when they make calls from outside their home
countries, following earlier announcements along similar lines from
rivals Vodafone Group and Deutsche Telekom's T

[[ Offbeat ]]

Bears With Phones

In Sweden, the month of May is when bears in the country wake up after
their winter hibernation period and leave their dens. It is also the
time to change the batteries in their "mobile phones". In the forests
between Orsa and Sveg in the Dalarna reg

[[ Regulatory ]]

EU To Regulate Mobile Roaming Despite Vodafone Offer

The European Commission Monday said it would press ahead with plans to
regulate mobile phone roaming costs, despite a Vodafone Group offer to
slash its fees by up to 40%.

Ministry doubts case for fourth mobile operator

The appearance of a fourth mobile operator in Colombia is unlikely,
given the current number of operators and the particular companies
that are interested in Colombia Móvil (Ola), according to a report
commissioned by the communications ministry

Court rejects Digitel appeal of US$390k fine

Venezuelan mobile operator Digitel has lost its appeal against the
imposition of an 840mn-bolívar (US$390,000) fine, local daily El
Carabobeno reported.

Govt: Mobile service quality improved

Mobile telephony service quality in Colombia improved 1Q06 in
comparison with 4Q05, local daily Nueva Economia reported, citing a
study by the industry and commerce regulator.

Eleven Bid for Egyptian GSM License

Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has
confirmed that eleven companies have submitted bids for the country's
3rd GSM operating license. A high-level committee was formed by the
NTRA to undertake the technical evaluation o...

[[ Reports ]]
LED Drivers--Phones and TVs; Cost and Power Consumption Hurdles Remain Televisions will succeed
mobile phone handsets in the next five years as the key driver for
growth in the LED industry, as consumers switch over to flat-panel
televisions, principally liquid-crystal display (LCD) TVs, says a new
report from Strategy

MDs Prefer Mobiles to Landlines

Three out of four Managing Directors of medium-sized Swedish companies
would prefer to use mobiles as the only phones for all their
companies' employees, provided that their total telephone costs would
not increase. This is shown in a survey carried

[[ Statistics ]]

India Challenges China as Fastest Growing Mobile Phone Market

The pace of India's mobile phone market growth is accelerating and the
country is on track to surpass Russia and the U.S. in total
subscribers. That is one of the conclusions of an updated report from
Datacomm Research Company.

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