TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellular-News: Tuesday 16th May 2006

Cellular-News: Tuesday 16th May 2006

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[[ 3G ]]

European Shift to 3G Handsets Accelerates

According to IDC's Western European Quarterly Mobile Devices Market
Tracker, the Western European mobile phone market (consisting of
traditional mobile phones and converged devices) maintained
double-digit growth in the opening quarter of 2006 as shi...

[[ Financial ]]

Vodafone Shares Rise On Verizon Wireless Report

Shares of Vodafone Group were the best performing in the British
large-cap stock market index Monday following the latest speculation
over the possible sale of its Verizon Wireless holding to Verizon
Communications. ...

Personal posts US$1.93mn net loss

Argentine mobile operator Telecom Personal posted a net loss of 6mn
pesos (US$1.93mn) in the first quarter of 2006, a direct reversal from
the 6mn-peso net profit recorded in 1Q05, the company said in a
statement. ...

UPDATE: Verizon, Vodafone Hear More Noise On JV Deal

Speculation has again heated up over a deal between Verizon
Communications and Vodafone Group over full control of their lucrative
joint venture, but some aren't convinced a deal is imminent. ...

[[ Handsets ]]

Motorola Launches HIV-AIDS Handset

Motorola has joined up with the AIDS/HIV organisation -- Project RED --
and will be offering Red branded handsets. Launched by co-founders
Bono and Bobby Shriver at the World Economic Forum last January,
(PRODUCT) RED is designed to deliver a sustainab...

Motorola outstrips Samsung in Vietnam

Nokia still dominates with 50% of the Vietnamese market share, a drop
of 2% over February 2006. While Samsung and Sony Ericsson lost 1% of
the market share each, falling to 18% and 3% respectively, Motorola
gained 4% to end at 22%. The company held o...

[[ Legal ]]

Russian court rejects Norway's Telenor claim vs VimpelCom

The Moscow Arbitration Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Norwegian
telecommunication company Telenor that sought to void VimpelCom's
extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (EGM) held on September
14, 2005. ...

Poll:51% Of Americans Oppose NSA Phone Database-Report

About 51% of Americans disapprove of a Pentagon database of phone
calls made by ordinary citizens, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed, the
newspaper reported Monday. ...

[[ Messaging ]]

Minimal Understanding of SMS Short Codes - report

Three years after the introduction of common SMS Short Code in the
USA, only 47% of adult consumers know how to use it, according to data
released by Mediamark Research and Zoove. Unsurprisingly the study
found that 91% of adults found it easy to res...

[[ Mobile Content ]]

One Monthly Million Music Sales On 3G Network

Hutchison 3G UK has announced that its customers bought more than one
million music tracks and videos in the last month. The figures clearly
demonstrate the influence 3 is having on UK music sales with 17% of
all digital downloads (audio tracks) bein...

Motorola Calls for easier Java in Handsets

Motorola has announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging greater
unification of Java technology for the mobile industry. The company
says that it will open source its Java test framework and sample test
cases and will develop the reference implem...

[[ Network Contracts ]]

Oman Operator Upgrades SMS Capabilities

LogicaCMG has won a contract to supply additional Next Generation
Messaging products and solutions to Oman Mobile. Oman Mobile, faced
with strong growth of demand as well as new competition entering the
marketplace, is upgrading its existing LogicaCM...

[[ Network Operators ]]

Eurotel To Close Analog NMT Voice Services In July

Czech cellular operator Eurotel Praha SRO , Monday said it will close
its analog voice services that use Nordic Mobile Telephone technology,
or NMT, in July. ...

Inmarsat Gets FCC Green Light To Launch Service In U.S.

Inmarsat, a London-based satellite-services provider, got approval
from the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to start rolling
out a new broadband service in the USA. ...

IN DEPTH: Having unveiled new logo, MTS may too late to catch up with

In the last few weeks Muscovites could see billboards in the streets
with an unfamiliar logo -- a white egg inside a red square. No company
name was put on the billboards. Market participants speculated that it
was probably a new logo for Russia's lar...

[[ Offbeat ]]

Shia Ringtone Starts Fight in Iraqi Parliament

A ringtone started a fight at the Iraqi Parliament last week. A phone
belonging to Ms al-Saidi, but being held by one of her bodyguards rang
out with a Shia prayer - presumably a RealTone as opposed to a
polyphonic tune. At this, the Sunni speaker Ma...

Medical Operations by the Light of Cellphones

According to a report on a private television network, hospital
surgeons in Lahore, Pakistan have been carrying out medical operations
using the light from cellphone screens at times, due to persistent
power failures in the national electricity suppl...

Nokia Bans the Mobile Phone

Nokia's vice president of multimedia strategy and business
development, Harry Santamki vows to take a sip of cod liver oil
from the bottle on his desk if he ever utters the word "phone". Which
is odd considering what Nokia is most famous for making....

[[ Regulatory ]]

GSM Assoc Says Roaming Law Will Cost EUR4.3 Billion In Sales

A proposed European Commission regulation on roaming mobile phone
charges could cost operators EUR4.3 billion in lost sales and EUR2.3
billion profits, the GSM mobile phone operators' association said
Monday. ...

Australian Regulator Publishes Mobile Chat Regulations

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released a guide
for mobile chat providers on how to make their services safer for
children. The Guide recognises the benefits that mobile chat services
can bring for communications and social net...

[[ Reports ]]

Ultrawideband Shipments to Reach Nearly 300 Million in 2011

Several formidable-looking barriers appear, at first glance, to pose
serious obstacles to widespread commercial success for Ultrawideband
(UWB). But closer examination reveals that few of them will
drastically inhibit the market, which a new ABI Rese...

Defining the Emerging European Enterprise Mobility Market

Yankee Group says that the European mobile enterprise market is at an
inflection point, where growing demand presents European mobile
operators with a chance to capitalize on the market opportunity. The
leading European mobile operators - Orange, T-M...

[[ Statistics ]]

Eurotel:Over 80,000 Use CDMA Wireless Broadband Internet

Czech cellular operator Eurotel Praha, Monday said it had more than
80,000 users of its wireless broadband Internet service using the CDMA
standard, as at May 15. ...

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