TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Friday 19th May 2006

Cellular-News: Friday 19th May 2006

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Fri, 19 May 2006 08:13:34 -0500

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[[ 3G ]]

Alcatel Testing HSPA in France

Alcatel has announced that Orange France launched the initial phase of
their live HSDPA services in the Paris area with Alcatel's radio
access solution. At first, Orange friendly users located in
Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt, two majo...

[[ Financial ]]

Portugal Tel 1Q Net +16%; Domestic Operations Weak

Portugal Telecom, Thursday reported a 16% rise in first-quarter net
profit, helped mainly by a lower tax provision as its domestic
operations continued to weaken. ...

EBRD provides Russia's MTS $250 million in long-term funds

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has made a
new 8-year loan of U.S. $112 million to Russia?s largest mobile
operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and extended the maturity of $138
million of an outstanding $150 million loan dis...

KPN: No Major Effect From PrePay Dispute Seen

Dutch telecommunications operator Royal KPN, Thursday said it doesn't
expect major revenue losses to stem from a dispute it has with one of
its large distributors of mobile prepaid telephony cards in The
Netherlands. ...

Sprint Spins Off Embarq As It Focuses On Wireless

Sprint Nextel late Wednesday completed the spinoff of its local
telephone business, Embarq, as the company streamlines its business
for growth. ...

CEO sees MTS as active player in consolidation of mobile mkt

Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is likely to
become an active player in the consolidation process of the global
mobile telecommunications market, MTS' acting President Leonid Melamed
said in an interview with Prime-Tass. ...

Venezuela Approves Sale Of Cellular Co Digitel

Venezuela approved the US$425 million sale of cellular company Digitel
and its merger with two other cellular operators into a company with
national reach, government regulators said Thursday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

The Million Dollar Cellphone

A new company, GoldVish has been set up in Switzerland to create
seriously exclusive mobile phones that will be coated in gold and
diamonds. The GoldVish cell phone is designed by Emmanuel Gueit, who
manages not only the design department of GoldVish...

Four New Handsets from Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson has announced four new handsets. The evolution of Sony
Ericsson's successful Walkman phone range takes another step forward
today with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850....

Global Wireless Handset Market Grows 23% in 2006

The market for wireless handsets was US$110 billion in 2005 reports
In-Stat, who also predict that it will grow 23%, to exceed US$136
billion in 2006. It will continue to grow but at a slower rate,
according to the high-tech market research firm, exc...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

KDDI Partners With Google For Mobile Phone Search Service

Japanese mobile telephone network operator KDDI Corp. said Thursday it
would incorporate Google's search engine into its internet mobile
phone service from July. ...

China Mobile, Google Hold Talks On Mobile Search Engine

China Mobile said Thursday it is in talks with Google to launch an
Internet search engine for mobile services in China. ...

Telcel launches TV over mobile

Mexico's largest mobile operator Telcel has launched TV over mobile
services for postpaid clients with select handsets, the company said
in a statement. ...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Russia's MegaFon seeks to provide mobile services at G8 summit

Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon has filed an
application to participate in the tender to choose a provider of
mobile services for the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) leading
industrialized countries, the company's Press Secretary Mar...

Alcatel Wins Angolan GSM Contract

Alcatel has signed a US$53 million GSM expansion contract with
Angola's Unitel. The project will enable Unitel to increase the
capacity and coverage of its GSM network across the country, thus
giving people in previously underserved areas access to m...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Vodafone Japan To Change Name To Softbank Mobile Oct 1

Softbank said Thursday its recently acquired mobile phone unit will
change its name to Softbank Mobile from Vodafone Japan K.K. as of
Oct. 1. ...

Telmex to launch fixed wireless services in 4Q06

The Peruvian unit of Mexican telephony giant Telmex plans to launch
fixed wireless services in Lima and Callao in the fourth quarter of
2006. ...

Claro ends "1 real" handset promotion

Brazilian mobile operator Claro ended its 1 real (US$0.45) promotion
for handsets on May 16, Claro said in a press release. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Phone Cos Can Easily Break Out Call Data From Content

As more people react to reports the U.S. government may be monitoring
people's telephone calls, focus has increased on how long-distance
calls are handled by telecom companies. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Report: LatAm mobile users up 33%, but no VAS growth

The number of mobile users in Latin America grew 33% in 2005 compared
to 2004, but users have yet to increase adoption of value added
services, which represent the largest revenues for operators,
according to a new study by Fitch Ratings. ...

Power Amplifier Suppliers Take Advantage of Handset Market Growth

Four handset power amplifier (PA) suppliers below the top three gained
share in 2005, according to findings in a recent Strategy Analytics
report. According to this report, second-tier suppliers, Anadigics,
Avago, Mitsubishi and TriQuint, grew by con...

Don't Neglect Voice Revenues - report

Mobile operators in Japan and South Korea have consistently led the
world in the development of innovative mobile handsets, services,
content and pricing. They generate significant non-voice revenues
beyond text messaging and they are the only market...

Ericsson Leads WCDMA/HSPA Deployments - report

WCDMA/HSPA infrastructure revenue will grow three times faster than
the market and account for over 32% of the US$68.5 billion vendor
revenue to be generated in 2006, says Telecom Trends International in
a report on next-generation mobile wireless ne...

WiMAX Vendors Must Think About Qualcomm Royalties

WiMAX equipment vendors should begin now to factor royalties into
their planning and pricing activities, according to ABI Research. The
firm's newly-launched "Mobile Broadband Research Service" pinpoints a
potential ongoing cost that is being widely ...

[[ Technology ]]

Fuel Cells for Mobile Phones

Samsung is investing in Fuel Cells for its mobile phones, after the
company signed an exclusive agreement with Fuel Cell developer, MTI
Micro. Mobion, MTI Micros patented direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC)
technology, has been chosen to power a series...

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