TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News for Wednesday 26th April 2006

Cellular-News for Wednesday 26th April 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

Georgia to auction 3rd generation mobile licenses on May 23

Georgia's National Communications Commission plans to auction licenses
for third generation (3G) mobile services on May 23, the commission
said Tuesday. ...

3G Licenses for Macau

The Macau government plans to license three 3G licenses this coming
October. In a press conference, Tou Veng Keong, coordinator of the
Telecommunications and Information Technology Development Office
launched the tender document and set a six month d...

[[ Financial ]]

Elisa 1Q Pretax Profit EUR39 Million Vs EUR39 Million

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones) Elisa Oyj, the finnish telecommunications
operator, Tuesday reported net profit easing to EUR30 million in the
first quarter from EUR33 million a year ago. . The group's earnings
per share amounted to EUR0.18, down from EUR0.23 ...

TeliaSonera 1Q Net Up, Unveils Extra Dividend

TeliaSonera, the Nordic region's largest telecommunications operator,
Tuesday reported a 16% increase in first-quarter net profit and
pledged an annual additional dividend payment. ...

Japan's KDDI Jan-Mar Group Net Profit Y32.6 Billion Vs Y46.5 Billion

Japanese telecom carrier KDDI Corp. said Tuesday its net profit for
the quarter ended March fell 30% on year, hurt by higher sales
promotion costs and a special loss from writing down assets. ...

New AT&T Boosts Earnings By 63%

AT&T Inc., formerly known as SBC Communications, posted a 63% increase
in first-quarter profit Tuesday, helped by the acquisition of the old
Ma Bell as well as strong growth in wireless and broadband
services. ...

AMX in talks to buy Entel from Almendral

Latin America's largest mobile operator America Mvil is
in talks to buy Chile's second largest telco Entel from the Almendral
holding group, Signals Consulting president Jose Otero told
BNamericas. ...

VimpelCom says plans to borrow $700 mln in 2006

Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom plans to borrow
about U.S. $700 million in 2006, the company said in a statement
Tuesday. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Russian police destroy 50,000 Motorola handsets

The Russian Interior Ministry started Tuesday destroying 50,000
Motorola C115 mobile handsets that were earlier seized from Russia's
largest mobile handset retailer Euroset, Irina Zubarev, a spokeswoman
with the ministry's K department, said Tuesday,...

Three New Phones Multimedia Computers from Nokia

Nokia has unveiled a new range of Nokia N-series phones, which the
company insists on referring to as "multimedia computers and
experiences". The Nokia Nseries range is an example of the fastest
growing product category in the mobile space: converged...

Asia-Pacific Region Overtakes EMEA in Smartphone Shipments

The latest market estimates from Canalys show some major changes
happening in the worldwide market for smart mobile devices (handhelds,
wireless handhelds and smart phones), with new names appearing in the
global top five. Despite a sequential fall i...

[[ Legal ]]

Siget probes operators over stolen cell phone activation claims

El Salvador's telecommunications regulator Siget is investigating
allegations that one of the country's five mobile operators is
allowing customers to activate stolen cell phones, local daily La
Prensa reported. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

China, Expecting 'BlackBerry,' Already Has 'Redberry'

NEW YORK (AP)--The BlackBerry e-mail device is coming to China in the
next few months. By then, thousands of Chinese may already be checking
their e-mail on the new 'Redberry.' ...

UK Text Messaging Reaches Record Levels

March 2006 goes on record as the month with the highest ever number of
SMS's sent throughout the UK. Figures for March have topped the
previous highest monthly total of 3.11 billion in December 2005, to
deliver an extraordinary 3.19 billion messages ...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

Unions Agree Mobile TV Royalty Payments

Three Hollywood unions say that they have jointly secured an agreement
regarding payments to actors who appear in video clips sent to mobile
phones. The Directors Guild of America (DGA), Writers Guild of
America, west (WGAw) and the Screen Actors Gui...

[[ Network Operators ]]

VimpelCom CEO Wants To Tempt Russians To 'Phone More

Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator Vimpel Communications
plans to increase revenue by encouraging customers to use the
telephone more, Chief Executive Alexander Izosimov said Tuesday. ...

CTI plans US$262mn investment

Argentine mobile operator CTI Mvil, a unit of Mexico's America Mvil,
plans to invest US$262mn in 2006, local newspaper La Nacion
quoted the company's regional CEO Carlos Zenteno as saying. ...

[[ Personnel ]]

Deputy telecoms minister fired amid accusations of corruption

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has fired deputy telecoms minister
Jorge Estrella Ayala following accusations that Estrella demanded a
US$100,000 bribe from mobile operator Startel, according to local
press reports. ...

Phone Employees Killed in Iraq

Six employees of the Iraqi mobile phone network, MTC Atheer were shot
dead yesterday, at Nakhib, 300 km west of the Shiite holy city of
Karbala, reported Major Mahdi Saleh of Karbala's crime department. No
further details have been provided. A total ...

[[ Regulatory ]]

OFCOM Provisionally Awards Spectrum Licences

The U.K. Office of Communications, or OFCOM, said Tuesday that 12
companies have been provisionally awarded Wireless Telegraphy Licences
for the 1781.7-1785MHz paired with 1876.7-1880MHz bands. ...

[[ Reports ]]

Distribution The Path to Success for Mobile Platform Suppliers

The future business models for Service Platform Environments will be
based on revenue sharing licence sales is history says
Strand Consults. The market for Service Platform Environments is still
in its infancy, but due to increasing competition thi...

[[ Statistics ]]

Statistics agency says Ukraine's mobile users up 10% in Jan-Mar

The subscriber base of Ukrainian mobile operators amounted to 33.034
million people as of April 1, up 10.1% compared with December 31,
2005, Ukraine's State Statistics Committee said in a statement
Tuesday. ...

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