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Cellular-News: Monday 5th June 2006

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[[Financial News]]

NTT Docomo Planning Broad Expansion Into Asia

NTT DoCoMo is planning a broad expansion into Asia in an effort to
exploit a predicted boom in high-technology demand in the region, its
chief executive said, the Financial Times reported on Its Web site
Thursday. ...

Sonae: Vivo sale would follow PT acquisition

Portuguese industrial conglomerate Sonae SGPS has confirmed that in
the event of acquiring control of Portugal Telecom it would sell PT's
50% stake in Brazil's largest mobile operator Vivo, Brazilian
newspaper Gazeta Mercantil reported. ...

Saudi Telecom May Give Egypt Co 20% Of 3rd Mobile -Report

Saudi Telecommunications is ready to give Telecom Egypt -- or any other
Egyptian company -- up to 20% of its shares in Egypt's third mobile
operator, should Saudi Telecom win the bidding for the third license,
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Satur...

Qualcomm Denies Korean Royalties Reports

Qualcomm has reiterated a prior statement that the reports in two
Korea Times articles (December 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006) indicating
that certain Korean manufacturers' obligations to pay royalties to the
company under their respective license agreem...

[[Handsets News]]

Motorola plans US$9mn investment in R&D sites

US equipment manufacturer Motorola plans to invest US$9mn in its
research and development (R&D) operations in the northeast of Brazil,
Motorola said in a statement. ...

[[Legal News]]

Phone Network Hacker Fined

A Vietnamese computer hacker has been fined US$980 after he managed to
break into the Mobifone network and "stole" six high value phone
numbers. Hacker Nguyen Van Nhuan, lived in Hoang Liet Ward, Hoang Mai
District, Hanoi, worked for a MobiFone agent...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Hong Kong SmarTone: Hutchison-DoCoMo i-mode Service Not A Threat

Hong Kong mobile-phone carrier SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings
said Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) partnership with NTT
DoCoMo to launch an i-mode service in the territory won't be a threat
to its business. ...

BT Movio Licenses Mobile TV Technology

The Technology Partnership (TTP) says that it has agreed with BT Movio
to license its DAB-IP open standards based mobile television module to
manufacturers worldwide. This follows the successful pilot mobile TV
service trials by BT Movio last Novembe...

[[Network Operators News]]

Russia's Equant to operate under Orange brand later this year

Russia's Equant, or OOO Ekvant, a subsidiary of France Telecom, plans
to start operating under the Orange Business Services brand starting
sometime in September-November, Equant said in a press release
Friday. ...

Cellphone Cos Beefing Up Systems For Hurricane Season

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)--Mobile phone companies are working on bolstering
their systems to try to prevent a repeat of the havoc Hurricane
Katrina wreaked on communication services last year. ...

PeterStar to launch WiMAX network in Kaliningrad soon

Russia's PeterStar, a St. Petersburg-based alternative fixed-line
operator, plans to launch a WiMAX network in the city of Kaliningrad
in late 2006 or early 2007, the company said in a press release
Friday. ...

T-Mobile Says Demand For At-Home Cell Phone Offer Strong

Deutsche Telekom's mobile phone arm T-Mobile International is
experiencing growing demand for its so-called T-Mobile@home offer
launched at the beginning of the year, Chief Executive Philipp Humm
told Dow Jones Newswires Friday. ...

[[Personnel News]]

Gunmen Kill 4 Telecommunication Workers In Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP)--Gunmen killed four telecommunications workers in a
drive-by shooting in Baghdad Sunday, authorities said. ...

Plot to Topple Vodafone Directors

Several of Vodafone's institutional shareholders are reported to be
planning to vote against the re-election of several Vodafone
directors, chief executive Arun Sarin. ...

[[Regulatory News]]

Cofetel candidates rejected for "political" reasons

Mexico's congress rejected this week three of the four candidates
proposed by President Vicente Fox to form the new board of telecoms
regulator Cofetel apparently for political reasons, local press
reported. ...

Irish Unaware of Roaming Costs

Ireland's Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has
published the results of its quarterly residential survey of 15-74
year olds on their adoption and use of electronic communications
services. The survey results, for the period January-M...

Fourth Attempt to Offer Slovak GSM License

The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic has announced
plans to offer a 3rd GSM and UMTS license in the country. This is
however, the third time the regulator has attempted to offer a GSM
license to break the T-Mobile/Orange duopoly. Tend...

[[Statistics News]]

Belarus' MDC subscriber base up to 2.21 million users June 1

The subscriber base of Belarusian mobile phone operator Mobile Digital
Communications (MDC) rose 3.3% in May to 2.21 million users as of June
1, the company's press office said Thursday. ...

Ecuadorian Mobile market reaches US$1bn in 2005

Ecuadorian mobile operators billed US$1.01bn in 2005 and saw the
number of users grow 76% compared to 2004, local newspaper El Comercio
reported. ...

Cellphones Drive Semiconductor Sales Rise

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has reported that
worldwide sales of semiconductors rose 8.1% in April 2006, compared to
April 2005. Sales reached US$19.6 billion, driven largely by mobile

Mobile RAN equipment sales down 22% in 1Q06

The worldwide radio access network equipment market fell 22% to US$7.4
billion in 1Q06 due to a huge drop in CDMA/EV-DO/EVDV and
GSM/GPRS/EDGE equipment revenue, says Infonetics Research latest Radio
Access Network Equipment report. W-CDMA/UMTS RAN e...

[[Technology News]]

Ericsson integrates with Microsoft Office Live

Ericsson says that it is providing integration between its One Phone
solution and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. This
will enable users to 'click to dial' from their computer desktops,
using any phone connected to the corporate pho...

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