TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Wednesday 7th June 2006

Cellular-News: Wednesday 7th June 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Hong Kong SmarTone Launches 3G Upgrade

SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings said Tuesday it became the first
of Hong Kong's mobile operators to launch a third-generation wireless
technology upgrade, High Speed Downlink Packet Access. ...

ZTE banks on 3G, NGN products in 2006

Chinese telecoms equipment producer ZTE believes sales of 3G and NGN
products will drive revenue growth in Brazil this year, Angelo
Aere, ZTE's regional director for Sao Paulo told BNamericas. ...

3 UK Tests HSDPA Upgrade

NEC with its 3G partner, Siemens Communications have successfully run
the first live implementation of HSDPA on Hutchison 3G UK's network in
the UK. NEC supplied, installed and tested the HSDPA UTRAN
infrastructure (including RNC and Node B), but unl...

[[ Financial ]]

SK Telecom Denies Report Plans To Buy China Unicom Stake

South Korea's SK Telecom said Tuesday it isn't planning to buy a stake
in China's second-largest mobile operator, China Unicom, as reported
in the Financial Times. ...

Carphone Warehouse Fiscal Year Underlying Earnings +36%

Carphone Warehouse Group, Tuesday reported a 36% jump in annual
underlying earnings with initial consumer demand for its recently
launched free broadband plan significantly ahead of expectations. ...

AT&T-BellSouth Faces Opposition From Sprint, Telcos, ACLU

AT&T's bid to acquire BellSouth ran into opposition from several
different parties late Monday - the American Civil Liberties Union, a
group of small telecommunications companies and Sprint Nextel. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Sanyo: Y1 Billion Expense Due To Cellphone Software Defect

Japan's Sanyo Electric said Tuesday it will start repairing defective
software in mobile phone handsets it now supplies for KDDI's "au"
phone service, resulting in an expense of Y1 billion (US$8.9 million)
this fiscal year. ...

PRESS: Police seize 40,000 Nokia handsets in St Petersburg

Police in Russia's St. Petersburg on May 6 seized 40,000 mobile
handsets produced by Finland's Nokia that were illegally imported to
Russia, the police said, Kommersant business daily reported
Tuesday. ...

New Music Phone from BenQ Mobile

BenQ Mobile says that it is about to launch the BenQ-Siemens Q-fi
EF51, a music device with an integrated mobile phone. It is the very
first mobile phone within BenQ-Siemens Q-fi range of music-focused
devices. Q-fi products feature easy-to-use musi...

Nokia Handset Gets CDMA Certification

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) and Nokia have jointly announced that
the CDMA Certification Forum (CCF) has certified the Nokia 2355
CDMA2000 1X phone for commercial availability. Nokia is the first
tier-one handset manufacturer to utilize the CCF ...

[[ Legal ]]

Motorola files lawsuit against Russia's RussGPS

U.S. telecommunications equipment producer Motorola has filed a
defamation lawsuit with the Moscow Arbitration Court seeking U.S. $18
Comptel Corp. says that it has signed a contract with the Sudan based
Sudatel for the delivery of EventLink mediation solution and
InstantLink provisioning solution for Sudatel's new CDMA
network. Sudatel is currently deploying a new CDMA technology ...

Nokia Wins Hong Kong Switch Contract

Hong Kong operator CSL has chosen the Nokia MSC Server mobile
softswitch to expand its network capacity. Nokia will provide
installation, commissioning and technical support to CSL. Deliveries
will start in June 2006, and the system will be operation...

CDMA Upgrade for Uzbekistan

Huawei Technologies has announced that Perfectum Mobile, the largest
CDMA mobile operator in Uzbekistan, has officially launched the
CDMA2000 1X network deployed by Huawei in Uzbekistan. The network has
been running well and has witnessed a dramatic ...

[[ Network Operators ]]

FTE launches corporate services consolidation through Orange BS

Orange Business Services, the new brand under which France Telecom
gathers its corporate communications services, plans to consolidate
the presence the company previously had in the corporate sector when
operating as Equant, Orange BS Andean region m...

Movistar plans US$2.5mn investment to expand mobile services

Chilean operator Movistar Chile plans to invest US$2.5mn to expand
mobile services to isolated areas under its social program Puentes de
Comunicacin 2006-2010, general manager Oliver Flgel confirmed to
BNamericas. ...

Personal to invest US$12mn this year

Paraguayan mobile carrier Personal, a unit of Telecom Argentina, plans
to invest US$12mn this year, local newspaper ABC Color reported. ...

Russia's Sibirtelecom to launch pilot WiMAX in 3 cities this year

Russian regional telecommunications operator Sibirtelecom plans to
launch pilot WiMAX projects in the cities of Tomsk, Novosibirsk and
Irkutsk later this year, the company said in a statement Tuesday. ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

Over 75% of USA Covered By Phase II Wireless Enhanced 911

Over three-quarters of the USA's population now reside in areas where
wireless 911 service includes delivery of the caller's call back
number and location to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point
(PSAP), a capability known as enhanced 911 (E9...

[[ Reports ]]

Multifunctional Mobiles Make the World Go Round

Almost one in two people around the world now use their mobile device
as their main camera, over two thirds predict a music-enabled mobile
will replace their MP3 player and nearly half want to connect up their
mobile device with their home electronic...

Communications Equipment Industry Awaits Consolidation

Credit ratings will continue to improve for communications equipment
providers, characterized by stronger financial profiles and further
efforts at portfolio diversification, according to Fitch
Ratings. Operating profiles and capital structures have ...

AWS Auctions Set Off Backhaul Reshuffle

The planned August 2006 advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum
auctions in the USA will be accompanied by specific backhaul
challenges, according to industry experts at wireless solutions group,
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS). While the 'new' 1700 ...

[[ Statistics ]]

Kyivstar subscriber base up to 15.48 mln users Jun 1

The subscriber base of Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar rose 11.1%
since the beginning of the year to 15.479 million users as of June 1,
the company said in a press release Tuesday. ...

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