TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Wednesday 31st May 2006

Cellular-News: Wednesday 31st May 2006

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[[ Financial ]]

NEWS SNAP: Vodafone To Give GBP3 Billion Extra To Holders

Vodafone Group, Tuesday offered a GBP3 billion payback to shareholders
and higher dividends as it unveiled a long-awaited strategy
update. ...

Vodafone Happy With Current Verizon Wireless Stake -Sarin

Vodafone Group is happy with its current stake in US mobile operator
Verizon Wireless and isn't looking to sell it, Chief Executive Arun
Sarin said Tuesday. ...

Vodafone Breakup Would Subordinated-optimize Assets - CEO Sarin

A potential breakup of Vodafone Group would result in lower
profitability across its different divisions, Chief Executive Arun
Sarin said Tuesday. "If the company were to be split, that would
sub-optimize its current assets," Sarin told a conference ...

3rd UPDATE: Vodafone To Give GBP3 Billion Extra To Holders

Vodafone Group, Tuesday offered a GBP3 billion payback to shareholders
and higher dividends as it unveiled a long-awaited strategy
update. ...

CEO: Telefonica interested in purchasing PT's stake in Vivo

Spain's Telefonica has confirmed that it is interested in obtaining
full control of Brazil's largest mobile operator Vivo, purchasing the
50% held by Portugal Telecom, Telefonica's president Ceasar Alierta
was reported as saying by inte...

Telenor asks VimpelCom to move deadline for Kyivstar deal until Jul 1

Norwegian telecommunication company Telenor has asked Russia's second
largest mobile operator VimpelCom to move the deadline for completing
negotiations on VimpelCom's purchase of Ukraine's largest mobile
operator Kyivstar to July 1 from Wednesday, V...

[[ Handsets ]]

Telecom Italia Gets New Handsets Orders Worth EUR400 Million

Telecom Italia said Tuesday it received orders for 2.5 million new
handsets worth EUR400 million at a convention it held in Barcelona
with its dealers. ...

Mobiles Are Workers Primary Phone - report

A recent IDC survey has found that enterprise telecom managers believe
28% of their employees are using their mobile phone as their primary
work phone. These employees are managing multiple messaging pools and
are outside the reach of policy and secu...

Motorola RAZR Continues To Top Handset Sales Figures

Wirefly, a USA based online cellphone retailer has released its list
of the best-selling cell phones for Winter and Spring, calculated from
January 1, 2006 through May 15, 2006. Both the silver and black RAZRs
continued to dominate the list outsellin...

[[ Legal ]]

Kyivstar challenges regulator on antitrust case

Ukraine's largest mobile operator Kyivstar has filed a lawsuit in the
Kiev Arbitration Court against by Ukraine's Antimonopoly Committee
challenging an antitrust case initiated by the regulator, Alexander
Voznyuk, the state commissioner of the commit...

Nokia Wins Counterfeit Lawsuit

A USA Court has ruled in favour of Nokia over a counterfeit
claim. Resulting from a civil action pursued by Nokia, United States
District Judge Jose E. Martinez of the Southern District of Florida
found Suplimet Corp. and Hermann Lozano in contempt o...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Retain Your Office Extension Number While Roaming

The roaming services provider, Starhome has announced that the KPN
Mobile-owned European mobile communications provider Sympac has signed
a contract with the company to make use of Starhome's turn-key
solution 'Virtual Office Environment' - intended ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Virgin Mobile Unveils Way To Earn Airtime With Ad Plans

Virgin Mobile USA unveiled a service enabling its pre-paid customers
to earn airtime minutes on their plan by interacting with
advertisements. ...

VimpelCom wants to get 1.1 rbl/min for fixed-to-mobile calls

Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom has suggested that
mobile operators are paid 1.1 rubles per minute, excluding value-added
tax (VAT), for fixed-to-mobile calls after the launch of Calling Party
Pays (CPP) principle in the country, th...

Digitel plans US$250mn investment in 2006

Venezuelan startup telecoms group Telvenco plans to invest US$250mn in
its recently acquired mobile unit Digitel GSM with a view to expanding
its market share, the holding company said in a statement. ...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Kazak Telecoms Ministry Tower Catches Fire

Kazakhstan's tallest building, which houses the government ministry of
industry, information and communications caught fire at the
weekend. The building, known locally as "the cigarette lighter" was
wreathed in smoke, while flames could be seen comin...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Two remain in bidding for 4th cellular license

Two bidders remain in negotiations with the Jamaican government
regarding plans to re-auction the country's fourth mobile phone
license, which was confiscated from Cingular in 2005, The Jamaica
Observer reported. ...

Review of Swiss GSM Licenses

On behalf of Switzerland's Federal Communications Commission (ComCom),
the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has launched a public
consultation on the renewal of the GSM licences of Swisscom Mobile,
Orange Communications and TDC Switzerland....

[[ Reports ]]

Deployments and Adoption of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Accelerate

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has reported that 22 operators in 17
countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have deployed or
are building CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks. Operators are seeing a
significant demand for 1xEV-DO services, with t...

Next tech boom looming?

The pursuit of digital convergence, and the resulting urge-to-merge,
will likely deliver the next boom in the technology industry according
to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report concludes that
executives have learned from the last bubbl...

[[ Statistics ]]

IN BRIEF: Suptel: Mobile base grows 19% Jan-Apr

Ecuadorian mobile operators closed April with 7.44 million
subscribers, up nearly 19% compared to the 6.2 million users reported
at end 2005, according to sector supervisor Suptel. ...

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