TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Friday 2nd June 2006

Cellular-News: Friday 2nd June 2006

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Fri, 2 Jun 2006 07:10:56 -0500

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[[ Financial ]]

Russia's VimpelCom withdraws proposal to buy Ukraine's Kyivstar

Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom has withdrawn its
proposal to both Norwegian telecommunication company Telenor and
Russia's Altimo, the telecommunications arm of Alfa Group, to acquire
100% in Ukraine's largest mobile operator Kyivs...

Micron, Sprint Nextel Join Corporate Venture Capital Wave

Micron Technology and Sprint Nextel have launched the latest in a
recent flurry of corporate forays into the venture capital world. But
rather than seeking a quick buck as many entrants did during the
Internet bubble, these new efforts are intended t...

Ukraine's Astelit says revenue soars on year in Jan-Apr

The revenue of Ukrainian mobile operator Astelit rose to 111.661
million hryvnas in January-April from 18.115 million hryvnas in
January-April 2005, the company said in a report sent to regulators
Thursday. ...

Telenor says still interested in VimpelCom Kyivstar deal

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor ASA Thursday said it understands
Vimpel Communication's decision not to extend its offer to purchase
Kyivstar, but will continue to seek Altimo's agreement to enable talks
to go forward. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Venko, Teikon launch mobile phones from Rio Grande do Sul factory

Brazilian handset manufacturers Venko and Teikon launched their first
mobile phones assembled at their new factory in southern Brazil's Rio
Grande do Sul state on May 30, local newspapers reported. ...

Nokia: Vertu luxury range to hit LatAm within two years

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia plans to launch its Vertu luxury
phone range in certain Latin American countries over the next two
years, regional press reported Vertu's CEO Alberto Torres as
saying. ...

Dolce & Gabbana Restyle a Motorola Handset

Motorola and the fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana have unveiled a new
RAZR V3i Dolce & Gabbana handset, the latest collaboration which
unites the RAZR design together with Dolce & Gabbana's signature style
for consumers across the world....

[[ Industry News ]]

Emergency Telecoms Provided for Indonesian Earthquake

Following the Indonesian earthquake at the weekend, the communications
charity, Telecoms Sans Frontieres has sent a delegation to assist in
providing emergency telecoms services to aid workers and displaced
people who want to call worried relatives. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Aicent Claims 100 MMS Interconnections

Aicent has announced that it has reached a significant milestone by
offering the largest number of destinations for Multimedia Messaging
Service (MMS) exchange among global mobile operators. As of yesterday,
over 100 operator destinations are already...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Microsoft To Offer Messenger For DoCoMo Soon - Sources

Microsoft will release a version of its Windows Live Messenger
application for use on NTT DoCoMo mobile phones "very soon," sources
at Microsoft say. ...

China's BREW Service Market Size Dropped in Q1 2006

China's Analysys International has reported that China's CRBT service
market continues to decrease, the total market size had dropped 5%
quarterly to reach US$6.1 million in the first quarter of 2006. The
continuously sluggish condition has formed a ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

European Mobile Operators To Lower Roaming Tariffs

Six mobile phone operators in Europe have Thursday agreed to halve the
price of average wholesale roaming tariffs. ...

Russia's Start Telecom to start construction of WiMAX network

Russian telecommunications operator Start Telecom plans to start the
construction of a WiMAX network soon, which is projected to operate in
five cities by the end of this year, the company's Executive Director
Pavel Kaplunov said, Vedomosti business ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Claro unit denies CEO reshuffle

Brazilian mobile phone company Claro denied it has carried out a CEO
reshuffle. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

EU To Impose Roaming Rules Despite Industry Price Cuts

The European Commission will go ahead with a proposed regulation to
slash mobile phone roaming tarrifs despite operators' offer to
voluntarily cut prices, spokesman Martin Selmayr said Thursday. ...

[[ Reports ]]

O2 Tops UK Customer Care Survey

O2 ranks highest in customer satisfaction with mobile telephone
service in both the pre-pay and contract service sectors, according to
a J.D. Power and Associates study. Among pre-pay providers, O2 ranks
highest with an overall index score of 738 poi...

Multimedia Services Demand Urgent Planning for Expanded Backhaul Capacity

The growth of mobile data and multimedia services over high-bandwidth
3G networks has mobile operators, traditional wireline carriers, and
cable companies alike preparing to make critical choices in an effort
to expand the capacity of cellular networ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Belarusian GSM operator BeST?s user base at 8,500 as of Jun 1

The subscriber base of state-controlled Belarus Telecommunications
Network, or BeST, rose 13.3% in May to 8,500 users as of June 1, the
company said in a press release Thursday. ...

April figures suggest 29 million mobile lines by year-end

The Argentine mobile market should grow to more than 29 million lines
in service by year-end if the current monthly growth rate
persists. ...

[[ Technology ]]

Motorola Buys TTPCom

Motorola is paying US$193 million to buy the UK based TTP
Communications. TTPCom, is focused on the three core areas of mobile
phone technology - applications, protocols, and silicon. The TTPCom
business was founded in 1988 and has approximately 575 ...

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