TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Wednesday 21st December 2005

Cellular-News for Wednesday 21st December 2005

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Wed, 21 Dec 2005 08:18:18 -0600

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[[ 3G ]]

Orange Reports 100,000 3G Subscribers in Israel

Israel's Partner Communications, which trades under the Orange brand
name says that it now has approximately 100,000 3G
subscribers. Partner's CEO, Amikam Cohen, expressed his satisfaction
from the rate of subscribers joining the 3G network, and stat...

[[ Financial ]]

Toshiba: No Plans To Build US$6 Billion Singapore Chip Plant

Japan's Toshiba Corp. Tuesday denied a media report that it may build
a Nand flash chip plant in Singapore, a company spokesman told Dow
Jones Newswires. ...

Telekom Malaysia: Not In Talks To Partner India's Aircel

Government-controlled Telekom Malaysia Bhd. Tuesday said it's not in
talks to partner Indian cellular network operator Aircel. ...

Etisalat: Deal Reached On Pakistan Telecom Sale

United Arab Emirates-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp. said
Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the government of Pakistan on
completing its purchase of 26% in Pakistan Telecom. ...

EU OKs Ericsson To Buy Most Of Marconi Assets

The European Commission Tuesday cleared Swedish telecommunications
equipment manufacturer L.M. Ericsson to buy most of the assets of
Marconi PLC, a U.K. peer. ...

Sprint Locks Up Largest Affiliate With Nextel Partners Buy

Sprint Nextel has finally agreed to buyout terms with affiliate Nextel
Partners, ending a bitter dispute and locking up the largest remaining
affiliate for the wireless company. ...

[[ Interviews ]]

INTERVIEW:Egypt's MobiNil Faces Up To New Entrant Threat

PREMIUM - The imminent arrival of a third mobile network player in
Egypt may force down prices, but won't be a threat to the growth of
the current market leader, The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services,
its Chief Executive said Monday. ...

[[ Legal ]]

PRESS: Kyrgyzstan's Bitel stops collecting money after seizure

Kyrgyz mobile operator Bitel has stopped collecting money from
subscribers after a recent seizure of the company's head
office by little-known Russian company Rezervspetsmet, Russian
business daily Kommersant said Tuesday.

PRESS: Russia's SMARTS hires famous law firm to defend vs Sigma

Russia's regional mobile operator SMARTS has hired law firm Yegorov,
Puginsky, Afanasyev and Partners to defend its interests to prevent a
hostile takeover bid by Sigma investment group, a source with SMARTS
said, Russian business daily Kommersant sa...

Ukrainian mobile operators appeal to president for help

ive Ukrainian mobile operators have appealed to the country's
President Viktor Yushchenko for help saying their problems with the
government's backing of state-owned telecommunication companies, as
well as with back taxes and antitrust hurdles wa...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Football Video Chat show on Mobiles

O2 UK is launching a sports talk show that will be broadcast to GPRS
and 3G handsets. The new interactive audio-video format has been
created by Buongiorno to exploit the audio and video capabilities of
mobile technology. Soccer Addicts creates a for...

Big Fine for Crazy Frog

The UK's Premium rate services regulator ICSTIS has fined the Crazy
Frog service provider mBlox US$71,000 and ordered it to pay refunds to
all those who complained to the regulator. The sanctions have been
imposed after ICSTIS found the promotions fo...

[[ Network Operators ]]

PRESS: Russia's MegaFon hands out free subscription packages

Russia's third largest mobile operator MegaFon has launched a
marketing campaign whereby two pre-paid subscription packages are sold
for the price of one, Russian business daily Vedomosti said Tuesday
citing Anna Smolnyakova, director of the advert...

TeliaSonera assumes total responsibility for ABB's telephony

The industrial services group, ABB has handed TeliaSonera with total
responsibility for its telephone services in Sweden. The term of the
agreement is three years and its value approximatelyUS$19 million. The
agreement includes upgrading the technica...

[[ Statistics ]]

China Mobile Adds 3.92 Million Subscribers In November

China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the listed arm of China's largest
mobile operator, said Tuesday it added 3.92 million subscribers in
November, up slightly from 3.90 million additional users in
October. ...

Irish Mobile Phone Penetration Hits 100%- Regulator

Ireland's communications industry regulator ComReg Tuesday said Irish
mobile penetration hit 100% in September, while broadband
subscriptions more than tripled in the 12 months to September. ...

Saudi Arabian Operator Passes Subscriber Landmark

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) says that it now has just over 11 million
subscribers. STC continued its organic proportionate growth until mid
November and in the past fifty days alone it has gained a record
breaking 1.4 million new customers and has gr...

[[ Technology ]]

How RFID Chips Track Lost Airline Baggage

Bag it, then tag it. That could be the European airline industry's new
mantra as costs and penalties soar for lost or misplaced luggage under
new European Union rules. ...

UltraWideband Interoperability Testing Sucessful

UWB silicon providers - Alereon, Staccato Communications and Wisair
have announced their initial attempts at interoperability were
successful. At TDK Test Services, the three companies performed
interoperability testing of their pre-production PHY si...

Virgin Mobile Data Trial Boosts ARPU

Virgin Mobile UK has been trialing Zi Corp's. internet information
portal, and they have announced that preliminary results from the
trial indicate significant increased usage levels on the mobile phones
involved -- from simple voice calls to SMS, MMS...

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