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 Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BT Group has reported revenue of GBP 4.59 billion for the third quarter ending 31 December 2013, up 2 percent from GBP 4.52 billion a year earlier, with adjusted EBITDA flat at GBP 1.53 billion. Adjusted profit before tax was up 8 percent to GBP 722 million, from GBP 666 million, with adjusted operating profit up 4 percent to GBP 867 million, from GBP 833 million. BT has now passed more than 18 million UK premises with its fibre broadband network. Openreach registered 339,000 net fibre connections in Q3, up 38 percent, with around 2.4 million homes and businesses now connected. BT added a record 228,000 net retail fibre broadband customers in Q3, up 14 percent, and now has around 1.9 million fibre broadband customers. The UK broadband market grew by 252,000 customers in Q3, of which BT's share of net additions was 60 percent or 150,000. BT ended the quarter with more than 2.5 million direct BT Sport customers.
 
BT Global Services saw revenue grow 4 percent in Q3 to GBP 1.79 billion, from GBP 1.74 billion a year earlier, with EBITDA up 22 percent to GBP 263 million, from GBP 215 million, and operating profit up 91 percent to GBP 111 million, from GBP 58 million. Total order intake for BT Global Services was GBP 1.5 billion in Q3, compared to GBP 1.9 billion in the year-earlier quarter, with orders growing 4 percent on a 12-month rolling basis.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:00:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 06, 2014

Swedish regulator the PTS has reported that during the first half of 2013 total revenues in the retail market for mobile voice and data services rose by 3% year-on-year to over SEK14 billion (USD2.1 billion), with 59% of mobile revenue still accounted for by voice services, but with the share of mobile data (internet) services on the rise, reaching 28%. The watchdog calculated that the number of Ďactiveí users of 4G LTE data services reached 811,000 by the end of June 2013, helping to drive up mobile data traffic in the first half of the year to 124,700 Terabytes, or 68% more than during the first half of 2012. The number of mobile broadband subscriptions with download speeds of 30Mbps or higher increased by more than two million in a year to nearly 2.7 million at 30 June 2013, while the number of subscriptions to smartphones increased by 30% y-o-y to 5.4 million. Meanwhile, the number of text messages sent declined by 8% while the number of MMS increased by 22%. Outgoing call minutes from mobile networks increased by 4% to 12.6 billion minutes in H1 2013, compared to the number of outgoing traffic minutes from fixed networks which declined by 17%, resulting in the total number of outgoing traffic minutes decreasing by nearly 5%.

Swedenís number of subscriptions for fixed broadband via direct fibre connections amounted to 1.1 million at the end of June 2013, up by 16% y-o-y, which offset a decline in accesses via other fixed technologies, meaning that the total number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased by almost 2%. In June 2013 there were 840,000 subscriptions for fixed broadband with download speeds of 100Mbps or higher, representing 27% of all fixed broadband subscriptions.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 06, 2014 11:10:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ukrainian mobile and fixed broadband operator Kyivstar has reported that its smartphone users grew by 43% in the year ended 30 June 2013 to reach 3.698 million, or 12.7% of its 29 million-plus total mobile subscriber base, while in the same twelve-month period its number of fibre/LAN broadband internet users grew by 38.4% to 693,000 Ė helping to drive up quarterly fixed broadband revenue 55% year-on-year to UAH101 million (USD12.3 million) in Q2 2013.

Revenues from multimedia content grew by 47% y-o-y in April-June 2013, with demand for content mainly driven by the increasing number of active smartphone users, Kyivstar reported, adding that users of its App Club downloaded more than 5.5 million games while the number of users of its online book library, opened in December 2012, exceeded half a million by mid-2013. Members of the mobile Video Club grew to 60,000 Ė with the company pointing out that the consumption of such services is currently limited by the restricted access to 3G (as Kyivstar must resell the 3G capacity of Ukraineís sole W-CDMA/HSPA licensee Ukrtelecom [TriMob], while high speed wireless internet access coverage is also provided via a nationwide public Wi-Fi licence).

Regarding types of smartphone active on Kyivstarís national EDGE-enabled network, Android devices increased by 215% y-o-y to 1.548 million at end-June 2013, Symbian-based devices increased by 10% to 1.457 million, Apple (iOS) units grew by 73% to 358,000, Bada devices rose 17% to 184,000 and Windows phones climbed 45% to 149,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:20:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the countryís dominant wireline operator, has reported its consolidated results for the second quarter of 2013, including its cellular division Mobitel and pay-TV operations. Group revenues rose by 4% year-on-year to LKR14.7 billion (USD112 million) in the three months to 30 June 2013, although costs rose by 10% to LKR10.6 billion over the same period, driving down EBITDA by 8% y-o-y to LKR4.1 billion, while operating profit (EBIT) slumped by 32% to LKR1.1 billion. Quarterly net profit dropped 10% to LKR713 million, as the group said it continued to invest in new technology to meet customer needs, while incurring forex losses as the Sri Lankan rupee fell (including LKR421 million in 2Q13). Data, enterprise and wholesale sectors delivered revenue growth but voice and international sales shrank.

During the first six months of 2013 the SLT group invested LKR9.49 billion in expanding and upgrading mobile and fixed/data infrastructure, up from LKR7.92 billion in January-June 2012, while it added that it was near to completing a migration to converged IP next generation network (NGN) backbone infrastructure.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:15:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

SMS is forecast to generate USD 15.3 million per hour for MNOs worldwide (USD 133.8 billion in aggregate), compared to USD 2.6 million per hour from OTT messaging services, mainly in the form of data usage charges, according to Portio Research, which argues that SMS still continues to deliver massive revenues despite the growing popularity of OTT messaging apps. Worldwide SMS revenue has increased every year since the early 1990s and is expected to be above 2010 levels until 2017. MNOs are gaining revenue from increased data usage instead.

Mobile messaging revenues are forecast to grow to USD 230 billion in 2013, compared to USD 218.1 billion in 2012, and to reach USD 236.8 billion in 2014 and USD 239.7 billion in 2015, before decreasing to USD 236.7 billion in 2016 and USD 227.1 billion in 2017. Different regions are expected to peak at different times, starting with North America, peaking in 2014, Europe in 2015, and the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa in 2016.

The drivers maintaining growth in 2011-2015 are the continuing growth of the mobile base, mainly driven by developing economies. The key driver behind the decline from 2015 to 2017 is the shift away from SMS in more mature markets as smartphone penetration increases and more users shift to OTT messaging apps and social networks.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:07:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Belgiumís telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has published statistics for the countryís telecoms sector for the year ended 31 December 2012, revealing that combined turnover from fixed and mobile services, both retail and wholesale, fell to EUR7.18 billion (USD9.329 billion)from EUR7.65 billion a year earlier. In the retail sector, the BIPT reported that turnover from all services bar mobile broadband were down year-on-year, with fixed voice revenues declining to EUR1.24 billion in 2012 from EUR1.33 billion in 2011, while turnover from fixed broadband services totalled EUR1.26 billion in 2012, down by 3.1% year-on-year. Meanwhile, while turnover from mobile voice services also declined Ė falling to EUR1.82 billion from EUR1.94 billion Ė mobile broadband proved a bright spot, with revenues from such services rising by 70% against 2011 to EUR340 million. Total telecoms investment for the financial year also fell, albeit marginally, with the BIPT reporting sector-wide expenditure of EUR1.25 billion in 2012, down from EUR1.27 billion a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 8:54:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 06, 2013

Kyrgyzstanís incumbent fixed line operator Kyrgyztelecom (KT) has reported revenue of KGS2.251 billion (USD46.7 million) for the year ended 31 December 2012, down from KGS2.474 billion twelve months earlier and KGS2.445 billion in 2010. Service revenues stood at KGS2.082 billion, 34% of which was accounted for by international and long-distance telephony (down from a share of 47% a year earlier) and 19% by local telephony sales (up slightly from 18% in 2011). Internet and data transmission services, meanwhile, are accounting for a rising proportion of total service revenue (31%, up from 20% the previous year) and television and radio comprised 15% of total sales (an increase of one percentage point year-on-year). The majority state-owned company said that EBITDA totalled KGS665.6 million in 2012, compared to KGS899 million the previous year, while net profit slipped from KGS352.6 million to KGS204.9 million over the same period. As at 31 December 2012 the number of KTís fixed telephony lines had declined to 438,664 from 443,731 a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, May 06, 2013 9:31:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has announced its results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2012. Consolidated net profits fell to BHD60.3 million (USD160.0 million) from BHD80.0 million the previous year, and group EBITDA also fell to BHD101.8 million versus BHD126.0 million posted in 2011. The company attributed the decline to aggressive competition in Bahrain, restructuring costs for 2012 and 2013 and a number of one-off adjustments including expenses associated with an extensive restructuring and cost rationalisation programme at the domestic division. Consolidated total annual revenues stood at BHD304.7 million in 2012, down by 6.8% from BHD327.0 million a year earlier, while fourth-quarter total group revenue was BHD77.2 million, down by 5.3% from BHD81.5 million in the same period of 2011. At year-end 2012, 41% of revenues and 39% of EBITDA were sourced from overseas markets Ė up from 37% and 31% respectively in 2011 according to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms Database Ė helping to partially offset the effects of intense competitive pressures in Bahrain.

The groupís total subscriber base grew to more than 7.8 million across six markets, representing 18% growth year-on-year, driven by strong results in Jordan and Yemen during the year and in the fourth quarter in particular. Mobile subscriber numbers grew 17% year-on-year and 5% quarter-on-quarter. Broadband customers increased by 52% year-on-year and by 18% in October-December 2012, with results supported by progress in Bahrain and Jordan. Figures excluded results from operations in India, where Batelcoís agreed sale of its 43% stake in S Tel is pending completion, and the Bahraini telco is suing its Indian partner for non-payment.

The Bahraini groupís domestic division achieved a 3% increase in mobile subscriber numbers during the fourth quarter of 2012, although year-on-year the mobile base saw a 5% decline as a result of ongoing and aggressive competition and a Ďchallengingí regulatory environment, Batelco said. Bahraini mobile broadband subscribers increased by 56% y-o-y and 8% q-o-q, but fixed broadband and fixed line customers reduced by 8% and 5%, respectively y-o-y, whilst remaining Ďstableí over Q4 2012.

Umniah in Jordan delivered 3% growth in its mobile subscriber base to 2.4 million, following the launch of 3.5G services (adding 122,000 3G subscribers during 2012). Umniah reported fixed and wireless broadband subscriber growth of 521% y-o-y and 62% q-o-q.

In Kuwait, Batelco claimed that Qualitynet remained the market leader in the data communications and internet sector, maintaining market share and ending the year with 39,000 customers.

Sabafon (Yemen) returned to growth in 2012 following stabilisation of the countryís political situation and the rationalisation of the customer base, which was completed in the first quarter, excluding non-active SIM cards. Sabafon ended 2012 with a subscriber base of more than 4.1 million users, up by 33% y-o-y and 9% q-o-q.

Atheeb (Saudi Arabia) made a shift in its business model during 2012, focusing on the high margin business segment, resulting in an annual decline of 11% in total voice and data services customers, while the company was successful in adding a Ďsignificantí number of new business customers to keep numbers steady on a quarter-on-quarter basis, and in terms of growing revenues.

Batelco recently announced a deal to enlarge its footprint by acquiring equity interests in Cable & Wireless Communicationsí Monaco & Islands division across eleven new markets, which was approved by the shareholders of both companies in early January 2013, and which remains on track to close during the first quarter.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:37:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012

Telecom Namibia achieved an 8.7% year-on-year increase in turnover to NAD1.2 billion (USD135 million) in its financial year ended 30 September 2012, its managing director Frans Ndorama announced, adding that FY 2012 operating profit rose by 29% to NAD133 million. As reported by Namibia Press Agency, the growth was attributed to increased uptake of the telcoís broadband services, supported by capital expenditure (CAPEX) since 2009 of NAD746 million, covering investment in services/networks including ADSL, WiMAX, MPLS, submarine and terrestrial fibre-optic cables.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:38:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), the countryís incumbent fixed line operator, has reported revenues of BWP1.17 billion (USD145.9 million) for the twelve months ended 31 March 2012, an increase of 10.2% year-on-year, on higher data-related sales of BWP450 million. Local newspaper Mmegi Online reports that comprehensive income totalled BWP375.6 million for the 2011/12 fiscal year, compared to BWP227.4 million in the year-ago period, boosted by higher sales and a BWP138.7 million gain on property revaluation. State-owned BTCís operating costs for the twelve-month period stood at BWP992 million, up from BWP881.6 million in the year ended 31 March 2011. Commenting on the results, BTCís CEO Paul Taylor said: ĎWe have been very vigilant in cutting costs, nonetheless we will continue to be prudent and make sure that we spend on those activities which yield the most value to our customers and other stakeholders.í BTC offers fixed telephony services, as well as wireless telephony via its wholly owned mobile subsidiary beMOBILE and internet and data services through its Botsnet unit.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:36:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012

Brazilian cable services operator Net Servicos (Net) now has more than five million residential broadband subscribers in the country, Telecompaper reports without citing its sources. The cableco, which offers high speed internet access under the Net Virtua banner, says it reached the milestone in September, and now claims to be the market leader in that particular segment. Recent successes in subscriber take-up have been driven by the success of its convergence strategy Ė offered via Net Combo. Net says that four out of five subscribing households currently take at least two of the three services on offer Ė voice telephony, broadband internet and pay-TV Ė and that its network now passes six million homes.

Earlier this month the cableco reported that favourable exchange rates were the reason why its third-quarter net profit quadrupled to BRL108 million (USD53.3 million) from BRL23.6 million in 3Q11. The company, which is controlled by America Movil (AM) of Mexico, confirmed that its results were boosted by the depreciation of the Brazilian real versus the US dollar in the third quarter, adding that income for the period was Ďsubstantially influenced by the positive effects of exchange rate changes.í The real fell 13% against the dollar compared with 3Q11. Net reported third-quarter revenue of BRL2.03 billion in July-September, up from BRL1.7 billion in the three months ended 30 September 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was BRL559 million, up from BRL486 million a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:37:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Japanese cable operator Jupiter Telecommunications (J:Com) grew its customer base to approximately 3.72 million in October, up 3.5 percent year-on-year. Combined revenue generating units (RGUs) for cable television, internet access, and telephony services reached 7.50 million, up 6.8 percent from October 2011. Furthermore, the bundle ratio increased to 2.02 from 1.95 a year earlier. J:Com had 3.11 million cable TV subscribers, up 1.8 percent year-on-year. The company also had 1.95 million internet subscribers, up 8.7 percent and the number of telephony customers grew 12.4 percent to 2.44 million.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:30:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel) has reported a 4% year-on-year increase in fixed network revenues to GMD1. 450 billion (USD48 million) in full-year 2011, compared to GMD1.395 billion earned in 2010. Managing director Baboucarr Sanyang, presenting the fixed line telcoís annual activity report and financial statement to the National Assembly, announced that the growth in total turnover was attributed to yearly increases in international, interconnection and data revenue of GMD13 million, GMD32 million and GMD42 million, respectively. The MDís report, published in the Daily Observer, added that the fixed division achieved a gross profit margin of 33% for the year. Sanyang also confirmed that there was an upgrade of international internet bandwidth from two STM-1s to three STM-1s, which increased the capacity of Gamtelís network from 310Mbps to 465Mbps, plus back-up capacity of 14Mbps via satellite. Meanwhile in 2011 the company signed a Delegated Management Contract (DMC) with the Gambia Agency for Management of Public Works (GAMWORKS) for the refurbishment and upgrading of Gamtel sites and facilities in readiness for its next generation network (NGN) project.

The state-backed telcoís cellular arm, Gamcel, reported 2011 financial results separately, with general manager Almamy Kassama announcing total revenue of GMD1.127 billion, up by 48% from GMD761 million in 2010, with a gross profit margin of 20%. Gamcel has embarked on network expansion projects while its marketing department is focused on strategies aimed at adding value to Gamcel.

Source: Telegeography.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:17:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bharti Airtel has posted revenue for its fiscal second quarter ending 30 September of INR202.7 billion (USD3.7 billion), up by more than 17% year-on-year. The growth in sales comes on the back of an 11% increase in the companyís total consolidated subscriber base to 262.6 million, almost 60 million of which are in Africa. Bharti also revealed that its mobile data revenues in its home market of India soared 77% year-on-year. However, net income for the three months under review plunged 30% to INR7.2 billion as operating costs relating to network investment increased, and losses from the African division widened. The company has now posted declining net income for each of the last eleven quarters.

Commenting on the results, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director of Bharti Airtel, said: ĎDespite a seasonally weak quarter, I am pleased to see that our overall revenue growth has sustained through diversified segments and geographies as well as the continuing healthy demand in data services. I am also happy to note that in India, the much needed market corrections in customer acquisition practices have been put in place by the operators. Our African operations continue to reflect sustained and steady growth on all major parameters of revenues, profitability and cash flowí.

Source: Telegeography.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:09:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012

Chinese cellco China Unicom has booked revenues of CNY185.192 billion (USD29.436 billion) for the nine months to 30 September 2012, up by 18.7% year-on-year. Of the total, CNY42.72 billion was attributed to Unicomís burgeoning 3G business, up by 29.2% compared to the corresponding period of 2011. The cellco claimed 66.863 million 3G users, more than double the 30.230 million represented by Unicom in September 2011. ARPU for 3G users was CNY89.1, and average monthly data usage per customer was 143.4MB. Turnover from its GSM business however experienced a 6.2% drop on an annualised basis, falling to CNY50.39 billion. Meanwhile, Unicomís fixed line operations saw a slight boost of 1.9% y-o-y to CNY62.443 billion, with non-voice revenues contributing 69.4% to the total, compared to 63.0% twelve months earlier.

Despite an increase in costs and expenses for the nine-month period of 18.3% to CNY177.93 billion, Unicom reported net profits of CNY5.45 billion (+29.4% y-o-y). Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were CNY54.78 billion (+12.7%) with an EBITDA margin of 35.1%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:52:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

US telco AT&T Inc has reported consolidated revenues of USD31.46 billion for the three months ended 30 September 2012, a decrease of 0.1% year-on-year. Wireless sales accounted for the lionís share of revenues in 3Q12, rising 4.5% to USD14.91 billion, while Ďdataí (broadband) revenues increased 6.9% y-o-y to USD7.98 billion. However, third-quarter Ďvoiceí (wireline) revenue was down 10.8% to USD5.57 million, from USD6.24 million in 3Q11. Net income for 3Q12 increased 0.3% from USD3.62 billion to USD3.64 billion.

In operational terms, AT&T Wireless added 678,000 net new customers in the twelve-month period, for a total of 105.9 million at the end of September; this included gains in every customer category. Of these additions, 151,000 were post-paid subscribers and 77,000 were pre-paid. Of the remainder, 137,000 new connections were attributed to resellers and a further 313,000 subscriber accounts were classified as Ďconnected devicesí. Post-paid average revenue per user (ARPU) increased by 2.4% y-o-y to USD65.2 per month, representing the 15th consecutive quarterly rise, and the strongest increase in six quarters. The carrier sold 6.1 million smartphones in 3Q12, 1.3 million more than in 3Q11, with such devices representing 81% of post-paid handset sales. AT&T claims that its ARPU for smartphones is twice as high as that of non-smartphone subscribers. Further, more than 40% of AT&Tís post-paid smartphone user base possess a Long Term Evolution (LTE)-capable device.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson commented: ĎWe had another impressive quarter with strong earnings growth, record cash flows and solid returns to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks. In wireless, we had another excellent smartphone quarter, penetration of usage-based mobile data plans continues to climb, and our 4G LTE network build is ahead of schedule. And in wireline, our IP network continues to deliver strong gains in U-verse high speed internet connections, which helped drive an almost 10% increase in broadband data ARPUí.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:41:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

GrameenPhone, the Bangladesh unit of Norwayís Telenor Group, has reported that it signed up 9.8 million GPRS/EDGE mobile internet users by the end of September 2012, up by around one million in three months, and up from 3.4 million just twelve months earlier Ė a year-on-year net increase of 6.4 million. The figures raised the proportion of its total user base accessing the web by 14 percentage points year-on-year to 24% in the same period. GrameenPhone has recently promoted internet usage on its GSM network with a special discount for first-time customers, plus specific targeting of user segments such as its ĎInternet Utshobí campaign aimed at the youth market, as well as government partnerships including the distribution of wireless modems in schools across the country.

Total GSM customers reached 41.0 million at 30 September 2012, up from 39.3 million reported the previous quarter and 35.2 million in Q3 2011, helping drive revenue for the first nine months of the year up by 4.7% to BDT69.3 billion (USD835 million) and Q3 revenue up by 0.4% to BDT22.9 billion. EBITDA margin remained at 53% in 9M 2012, the same level as the corresponding period of 2011, although the margin dropped in 3Q12 to 52%, down from 58% in 2011ís third quarter. The cellco invested CAPEX of BDT10.4 billion in the first three quarters of 2012, with Q3 CAPEX reaching BDT2.9 billion, down from BDT4.5 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:38:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Incumbent operator Orange Poland (previously known as Telekomunikacja Polska, TP) has booked a 5.5% year-on-year decline in revenues for Q3 2012 to PLN3.473 billion (USD1.111 billion), attributed to adverse macroeconomic factors and intense price competition in the mobile segment. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were PLN1.323 billion, with an EBITDA margin of 38.1% down by 5.7% and 0.1 percentage points respectively compared to the year-ago period. Net income for the quarter was PLN307 million, dropping 18.6% from PLN377 million a year earlier.

Orange noted that the introduction of unlimited voice and SMS offers in Q2 2012 had led to a decline in mobile ARPU, adding that the Ďprice warí would have a Ďnegative impactÖ on the value of the entire market.í Blended ARPU fell by PLN2 quarter-on-quarter, with post-paid ARPU falling by PLN3.1 and pre-paid dropping PLN0.9. Mobile subscriptions edged up to 14.758 million from 14.757 million in Q2 2012.

Fixed telephony subscriptions continued to decline, falling by 2.5% q-o-q to 5.195 million, whilst broadband accesses also slumped, with subscriptions falling by 0.3% to 2.338 million compared to the preceding quarter. Triple-play packages continued to see strong growth, noting a 26.5% increase in users to 191,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:32:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

Lithuaniaís fixed line incumbent TEO LT has announced it generated revenue of LTL570.5 million (USD213.6 million) in the first nine months of 2012, an increase of 2.9% from LTL554.3 million in the same period of 2011. Sales were boosted by an 8.2% year-on-year rise in internet sales to LTL128 million, a 21.2% increase in TV services to LTL42 million and a 41.6% year-on-year jump in IT services to LTL47 million, which helped to offset a 3.9% decline in voice telephony services to LTL269 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the nine-month period totalled LTL236.2 million, up 3.7% from LTL227.8 million a year earlier, while net profit grew 5.3% year-on-year to LTL123.6 million in 9M12. During the first nine months of 2012 capital investments totalled LTL100 million, the majority of which (LTL83 million) went towards the expansion of TEOís core and fibre-optic access networks. TEO said revenue for the third quarter of 2012 totalled LTL189.8 million, an increase of 2.9% from LTL184.5 million in the same period a year earlier. EBITDA for the three months ended 30 September 2012 rose 6.7% year-on-year to LTL81.9 million, while net profit for the period grew 11.4% from LTL40.6 million in Q3 2011 to LTL45.3 million twelve months later.

At 30 September 2012 TEO reported a broadband internet subscriber base of 380,824, an increase of 3.7% from 367,396 customers a year earlier; the total includes 156,068 FTTx users, up 19.1% year-on-year thanks to the expansion of TEOís fibre-optic network. With a presence in over 100 towns and cities, a total of 747,000 homes were covered by the infrastructure at the end of September 2012 (up from 705,000 a year earlier), representing 62% of the countryís households. Television customers increased 10.1% over the twelve-month period to reach 161,921 (including 89,076 IPTV users Ė up 17.6% year-on-year), while the total number of main telephone lines in service at the end of September 2012 amounted to 615,807, a decrease of 6.8% from 660,767 a year earlier.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 5:09:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-backed telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is aiming to book total revenues of INR300 billion (USD5.735 billion) for the year ending 31 March 2013. Business Today reports that the telco recorded revenues of INR279.34 billion in 2011-2012 and INR296.88 billion a year earlier. The company has seen a steady fall in sales, dropping from INR401.77 billion in the twelve months to end-March 2006, though chairman and managing director Rakesh Kumar Upadhyay was optimistic about the target adding: ĎApart from pure telecom services, we are working out additional scheme[s] which should act as additional sources of revenue for BSNLBSNL has also selected Alcatel Lucent and ZTE to carry out work to expand coverage and increase the capacity of the operatorís GSM network by 14.37 million, Upadhyay said.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:40:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du), the United Arab Emiratesí second national telecoms operator, has announced it generated revenue of AED2.45 billion (USD666.8 million) in the three months ended 30 June 2012, an increase of 12.9% from AED2.17 billion in the year-ago quarter. Growth was primarily driven by a 14.0% year-on-year rise in mobile revenue to AED1.9 billion, of which mobile data accounted for AED278 million, an increase of 84.8% from AED151 million in Q2 2011. Du said that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) jumped 36.6% year-on-year to AED941 million in the second quarter of 2012, while net profit before royalty increased 57.1% to AED651 million, compared to AED414 million in Q2 2011. CAPEX totalled AED444 million in the three month period.

A total of 196,300 mobile customers were added during the second quarter of 2012 (including 36,300 post-paid users), bringing Duís total wireless subscriber base to 5.732 million at the end of the reporting period, 7.8% of which were contract customers (up from 6.8% in the year-ago quarter). Fixed line customers meanwhile increased to 546,600, up 10.6% compared to the end of June 2011. Revenue generated by Duís fixed business, including fixed telephony, TV and broadband, rose 11.4% year-on-year to AED410 million in 2Q12.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:41:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

NTT DoCoMo has posted net income for the quarter ending 30 June 2012 of JPY164.3 billion (USD2.1 billion), up 3.5% year-on-year on the back of 2.4% growth in sales to JPY1.07 trillion. The cellco pointed to increased sales of smartphones (up 92% year-on-year) and higher data revenue (up 9% year-on-year) as being key drivers behind the positive results. ĎActive sales of smartphones have increased revenue from subscribers expanding their use of data services,í the company said. DoCoMo reiterated guidance for the year ending March 2013, saying that it expects net income to reach JPY557 billion and sales to hit JPY4.45 trillion.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:40:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012

China Unicom has revealed that it expects to see a larger revenue contribution from its 3G subscriber base this year than from its 2G customers. Lower cost smartphones from domestic suppliers such as ZTE have helped boost Unicomís subscriber base by 20% year-on-year to the end of April. ĎWe are not as focused on the number of new users, we want to make sure we are adding good quality customers,í company president Lu Yimin said, before reiterating an outlook previously given in March that the companyís 3G business will be profitable this year. Unicomís 3G subscriber base stood at 51.8 million at the end of April, behind China Mobileís 61.9 million. However, 3G subscribers make up 24.3% of Unicomís total subscriber base, compared with 9.2% for China Mobile.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:28:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Movistar Venezuela has expanded its HSPA-based mobile broadband services in the central region of the country with the deployment of six new cell sites costing VEF7.1 million (USD1.7 million), reports BNamericas citing Entorno Inteligente. The spending forms a small fraction (0.33%) of the Telefonica subsidiaryís VEF2.16 billion, or around USD500 million, annual investment budget for projects including doubling its 3G+ capacity. The cellcoís CAPEX in the first quarter of 2012 represented 16% of the total investment figure, and was largely spent on 3G coverage and capacity, to meet data services demand in Venezuela that Movistar corporate communications VP, Douglas Ochoa, said expanded by 400% last year. Movistar Venezuelaís revenues reached USD831 million in Q1 2012, up 23.5% year-on-year, as data turnover climbed 33.4%; non-SMS data accounted for 51% of total data revenues during the quarter.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:39:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012

True Corpís fixed line and broadband division, True Online, says that it will invest around THB8 billion (USD250 million) in the short term in its True Internet broadband operations, with the expenditure going towards projects including expanding high speed infrastructure to serve businesses in provincial areas. Bangkok-based True, which is the broadband market leader in the capital in terms of subscribers, plans to cover 36 provinces by the end of 2012 with high speed fixed network services, and 61 of Thailandís 77 administrative regions (76 provinces plus Bangkok) by the end of next year, before continuing the rollout nationwide. The expansion plan was announced by Charoen Limkangwanmongkol, chief commercial officer of True Online, and reported by Thai newspaper The Nation. TeleGeographyís GlobalComms Database says that True Onlineís DOCSIS 3-based HFC cable broadband network passed 1.1 million homes in 20 provinces by February 2012, up from 16 provinces including the Bangkok Metropolitan Area in October 2011, and while the majority of Trueís 1.4 million broadband subscribers were on its xDSL networks in Bangkok and other areas as of the end of March 2012, this is changing as the quadruple-play group concentrates on expanding its HFC cable network, which also supports its TrueVisions high-definition pay-TV services.

True Internet expects to grow its internet access revenues by around a third to THB8.5 billion this year, broken down as THB1.5 billion from corporate services and THB7 billion in the consumer segment, with Bangkok expected to contribute 85% of turnover and the provinces 15% over the twelve months. It is also focusing on winning corporate customers in the hotel, hospital, education and real estate sectors, The Nationís report added. The fixed broadband unit has around 3,000 large corporate clients, or around a third of approximately 9,000 corporations using high speed services nationwide, according to its own reckoning, and it expects the corporate internet market to grow by 12% this year. General manager of True Internet, Vasu Khunvasi, said: ĎWe have major competitors, [Triple T Broadbandís] 3BB and [state-owned] TOT, in the upcountry market. However, the upcountry market has high potential, since it is a start-up market. The firm will utilise network infrastructure and one-stop services to expand its customer base upcountry.í

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 4:03:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the nationís largest operator by subscribers and revenues, said yesterday that it passed the three million-mark for broadband subscribers in the first quarter of this year. Napoleon Nazareno, PLDT and Smart president and CEO, said that his company currently leads the broadband segment in the Philippines, with revenues from high speed fixed and mobile internet services increasing 34% year-on-year to PHP5.8 billion (USD134.7 million) Ė equivalent to 14% of consolidated service revenues. Broken down by technology, PLDT DSL generated PHP2.6 billion in revenue in 1Q12, up 15% y-o-y, while the groupís mobile arm Smart contributed PHP1.7 billion from its wireless broadband services and newly acquired unit, Digitel (Sun Cellular) chipped in with a further PHP800 million. PLDT and its group subsidiaries controlled around 65% of the overall retail broadband market at the end of March 2012, he added.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:50:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

Polish internet service provider (ISP) Multimedia Polska has announced the extension of its cable network to three more cities; Chojnow, Wolow and Nowa Ruda. The expansion adds a further 7,500 homes with access to Multimediaís triple play offerings, including standard and high definition (HD) TV, video-on-demand (VoD) services, high speed internet access and telephony. The expansion follows in the wake of Multimediaís acquisition of rival cableco Stream Communications late last month which, as noted by CommsUpdate, added approximately 100,000 subscribers to its customer base. At the end of March 2012, Multimedia claimed 1.543 million revenue generating units (RGUs) including 410,292 broadband subscriptions, 356,464 of which connected via cable, 49, 981 through ADSL and 3,847 though WiMAX.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:55:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Western Canadian-based quadruple-play telco Telus Communications has posted revenues of CAD2.631 billion (USD2.626 billion) in the first quarter of 2012, a 4.0% improvement on the CAD2.531 billion it earned in the same period of last year. The consolidated sales increase was driven by nearly 6% wireless revenue growth and a 2% rise in turnover at Telusí wireline division, both underpinned by strong data services earnings growth, and resulting in EBITDA improving by 2.3% to CAD1.009 billion (CAD986 million).

Wireless net revenues increased by CAD75 million or 5.7% year-on-year to CAD1.38 billion in the three months to the end of March 2012, as mobile data revenue turnover rose by CAD132 million or 36% to CAD498 million in the quarter. Mobile data represented 39% of network revenue in Q1 2012, up from 30% one year before. Data ARPU increased by CAD5.12, or 29%, to CAD22.83. These increases were due to continued strong adoption of smartphones and related data plans, increased use of mobile internet devices including tablets, higher revenues from pay-per-use text messaging, as well as higher roaming volume. A 10% year-on-year voice ARPU decline was offset by rising data ARPU to the extent that blended monthly mobile ARPU increased by CAD0.98, or 1.7%, to CAD58.87, the sixth consecutive quarter of y-o-y blended ARPU growth posted by Telus. Although wireless net additions of 22,000 in January-March 2012 were lower by 31% year-on-year, the period saw the addition of 63,000 post-paid subscribers Ė 21% higher than in Q1 2011 Ė alongside the loss of 41,000 pre-paid accounts, as low-end users switched to newer mobile rivals. Total wireless subscribers increased by 5.1% y-o-y to 7.36 million and the proportion of post-paid subscribers climbed by 1.9 percentage points to 84.1%, while smartphone subscribers now represent 56% of the total post-paid base of 6.19 million as compared to 38% twelve months earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 12:31:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du), the United Arab Emiratesí second national telecoms operator, has announced it generated revenue of AED2.4 billion (USD653 million) in the first three months of 2012, an increase of 20.1% from AED2.0 billion in the year-ago quarter. Growth was primarily driven by a 21.8% year-on-year rise in mobile revenue to AED1.92 billion, 15.5% of which was accounted for by mobile data revenue, which more than doubled to AED297 million from AED141 million in Q1 2011. Du said that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) jumped 49% year-on-year to AED925 million in the first three months of 2012, while net profit before royalty increased 61.8% to AED666 million, compared to AED412 million in Q1 2011. CAPEX totalled AED335 million in Q1 2012, more than half of which was focused on mobile infrastructure.

A total of 320,600 mobile customers were added during the first quarter of 2012 (including 50,400 post-paid users), bringing Duís total wireless subscriber base to 5.536 million at the end of the reporting period, 7.5% of which were contract customers (up from 6.7% in Q1 2011). Fixed line customers meanwhile increased to 545,300, up 13.5% compared to the end of March 2011. Revenue generated by Duís fixed business, including fixed telephony, TV and broadband, rose 21.2% year-on-year to AED409 million in 1Q12. Earlier this week Du announced it had successfully completed a 100Gbps transmission per wavelength trial on its optical transport network with Chinaís Huawei.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 12:29:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between British cellcos Orange UK and T-Mobile UK and the countryís largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has highlighted the continued shift in its subscriber mix towards post-paid services and increased smartphone uptake following the release of its financial results for the first three months of 2012. The operator reported a service revenue of GBP1.503 billion (USD2.4 billion) for the quarter, down 2.5% against the corresponding period a year earlier, with regulated mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts cited as one of the core drivers for the decline. Excluding the impact of MTR reductions, Everything Everywhere said, service revenue actually increased by 2.9% compared to 1Q11. Underlying growth, meanwhile, was driven by a 7.3% year-on-year increase in post-paid subscribers, with the operator recording 151,000 net post-paid additions in the first three months of 2012 alone. Further, it noted that it was continuing to enjoy some success in upgrading some of its existing customers to higher value contracts. At end-March 2012 49% of the operatorís total customer base was on a post-paid tariff option, up from 45% a year earlier. With the company also reporting that 71% of its post-paid customers had a smartphone, Everything Everywhere noted that such uptake was driving non-voice revenues, with the company seeing a 17% year-on-year increase in data revenues in 1Q12. At the end of March 2012 the cellcoís total subscriber base stood at 27.219 million, down from 27.729 million at the end of the previous quarter, and representing a 9.4% drop from the 30.028 million it had at end-March 2011. Fixed line broadband subscriber numbers at the end of the reporting period totalled 713,000, down from 752,000 a year earlier.

Alongside its financial results, Everything Everywhere also announced that it has launched what it claims is the UKís first live trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the north of England. The cellco is utilising 1800MHz spectrum under a trial licence to test the 4G technology, and has noted that it will roll out the service over the coming weeks in the Threlkeld area of Cumbria to around 50 local residents. The trial will run until the end of July 2012, and the operator said that it will use the project to Ďtest the network performance ahead of potential further rollout by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approvalí.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 9:49:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced its Q4 results yesterday, revealing a net decline in its profit for the ninth consecutive quarter. According to the company, increased expenses such as of 3G licence fee amortisation, 3G interest costs, forex losses and tax provisions, were the prime cause for the decline, but said that it will be looking at increasing revenues from its African operations next year.
 
Bharti Airtel CEO (International) and Joint Managing Director Manoj Kohli, said that the restructuring for Africa is over and thus FY 13 will be a normal year. Therefore, the revenue goal of USD 5 billion definitely remains their target.
 
He added that all changes they wanted to bring in the network, IT, organisation design are successfully completed and he believes this will be a year of stability, operational consolidation and therefore they are confidant of leading a growth in these markets. He also said that the company aims at achieving 40 per cent EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) from its African operations.
 
Kohli claimed that cost efficiencies gained from the new business model in Africa has been completed and now they will see efficiencies moving in steadily.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, June 22, 2012 9:36:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 30, 2012
Kosovar fixed line and mobile operator IPKO has announced revenues of EUR70.363 million (USD93.160 million) for 2011 in a press conference, reports Kosova Press. The telco claimed to have signed up 450,000 mobile customers, as well as 72,000 internet, 67,000 cable TV and 5,000 fixed voice subscriptions. IPKO executive director Robert Erzin attributed the success of the telco, a subsidiary of Telekom Slovenije, to the companyís competitive rates and the quality of its services.

Source: TeleGeograpy.

Friday, March 30, 2012 10:46:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 24, 2012

Thailandís largest cellco by subscribers, Advanced Info Service (AIS), announced that it reached 1.2 million 3G 900MHz network subscribers by the end of December 2011, after launching the commercial HSPA-based service in July. AISís closest rival operator DTAC claimed this month that its 850MHz HSPA service had attracted 1.1 million subscribers, following a full commercial network launch in August.

AISís 3G announcement came alongside its financial results for the year and fourth quarter, in which it reported that twelve-month revenues excluding interconnection rose 12% to THB97.9 billion (USD3.2 billion), driven by mobile internet growth, as non-voice turnover climbed 31% in comparison to an 8% increase in voice revenue. Annual EBITDA reached THB56.6 billion, up by 10%, and net profit jumped 21% to THB26.6 billion. CAPEX was raised by 18% in 2011, as the company expanded 3G and 2G coverage and capacity, and AIS claimed a total of 33.5 million subscribers at the end of December, up by 2.3 million in twelve months.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, February 24, 2012 9:17:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Uzbekistan national operator Uztelecom reported that­ a more than doubling in revenues for 2011 to UZS 4.518 billion. Income from retail services grew by 15 percent. The broadband subscriber base, based on xDSL and FTTx, jumped by 181 percent to 72,856. The mobile subscriber base of Uzmobile, a subsidiary of Uztelecom, grew by 1.84 times, to 94,110. Uzmobile provides services under the CDMA 450 technology.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:21:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 13, 2012

The global telecommunications industry continues to expand as spending by consumers and businesses for wireless services fuels industry revenue growth, says a new market analysis report from Insight Research. ­According to the report, telecommunications services revenue on a worldwide basis will grow from $2.1 trillion in 2012 to $2.7 trillion in 2017 at a combined average growth rate of 5.3 percent.

The report also notes that wireless subscriber growth, particularly in Asia and other emerging markets, will raise wireless revenues by 64 percent from current levels, while wireline revenues show only modest growth. Nearly all of the growth in both sectors is expected to occur in broadband services, with wireless 3G and 4G broadband services projected to grow at a compounded rate of 24 percent over the forecast period and wireline broadband services projected to grow at a 13 percent compounded rate over the same forecast horizon.

"Despite global economic uncertainty, the telecommunications industry is showing strong revenue growth, which is being driven by consumer Internet usage and business mobility solutions. These are enabling new applications," says Fran Caulfield, Research Director for Insight Research.

"Even amidst so much economic uncertainty, the fact remains that telecommunications is a key factor in economic growth. Telecommunications facilitates socio-economic advancement and is a critical utility for economic development, much like water and energy," Caulfield concluded.

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, January 13, 2012 1:41:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 24, 2011

According to preliminary data from Lithuaniaís Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT), the number of broadband customers in the country stood at 956,000 at the end of the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 12% year-on-year and up 4% quarter-on-quarter. Of that total, 716,000 were fixed high speed internet subscribers (an increase of 2.2% over Q3 2010) and the remaining 240,000 were mobile broadband subscribers (up 8%). Revenues from retail broadband access services grew only 0.05% quarter-on-quarter to LTL91.4 million (USD35.8 million).

The regulator reports that fixed telephony subscriber dropped 3% during the third quarter of 2011 to reach 718,000 at the end of September, while revenue generated by fixed telephony services also declined by 3% during the period to LTL65.7 million. Mobile telephony turnover also fell to LTL239.3 million during 3Q11, down 1.1% compared to the second quarter. The RRTís preliminary data states that 3G network subscribers totalled 1.077 million at 30 September 2011, accounting for 22% of the overall active mobile customer base. Overall, Lithuaniaís telecommunications market generated revenue of LTL598.9 million in Q3 2011, down 1.1% quarter-on-quarter and a drop of 9% year-on-year. Capital expenditure on telecoms infrastructure totalled LTL80.9 million, down 14% over the previous quarter Q2 but up 20% from the year-ago period.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 3:28:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 16, 2011

­Asia-Pacific is forecast to become the largest market for machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions in volume terms in 2013, and in 2016 is expected to account for 37 percent of the total market, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

"China is the key market in the region, where the government is driving the adoption of smart meters in order to better manage the growth in demand for energy," says Pyramid Research Analyst at Large, Jan ten Sythoff. However, adoption in most other large, emerging countries in the region is more limited, with operators focused on cost reduction, capacity management and subscription acquisition.

"Total subscriptions are expected to increase from 18.4 million in 2010 to 104.8 million in 2016. During this time, revenues are expected to increase from $423 million to $1.80 billion, representing a CAGR of 27.3 percent," he notes.

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:01:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 17, 2011
Fixed broadband service revenue will generate over USD 182 billion this year end, according to a study by ABI Research. Despite uncertainty of the global economic situation, fixed broadband subscriber numbers are continuing to grow steadily. The availability of mobile broadband services is also causing a slight decline in the growth of fixed broadband net addition. Net broadband subscriber additions are increasing in the markets. China and India in the Asia-Pacific, Russia in Eastern Europe and Brazil in Latin America are the markets with potential for growth. These countries will be the major contributors to fixed broadband subscriber growth over the next five years.
 
However, net subscriber additions are declining slowly in some of the mature markets such as Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands. Over the past few years, increasing competition in the market has pressured broadband operators to lower subscription prices. Affordable pricing plans attract more customers and enable broadband operators in market expansion. Broadband operators are trying to provide access to maintain Arpu growth. Subscriber migration to access options including FTTH, VDSL, and Docsis 3.0 technologies will enable operators to raise broadband Arpu. Overall, fixed broadband penetration across each region of the world is expected to grow over the next few years. Revenue from worldwide fixed broadband will surpass USD 216 billion in 2016.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, October 17, 2011 8:09:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) today released its Quarterly Report on the Irish telecommunications market for the period 1st April to 30th June 2011 (Q2).  

 

Total quarterly electronic communications revenues (Ä961 million) increased marginally on the previous quarter (+1.3%). Ireland is ranked 1st out of 20 countries for business calls, 54.8% cheaper than the average of the 20 countries benchmarked. Total voice traffic (fixed and mobile) declined by 0.7% to just over 4.45 billion voice minutes this quarter.

 

Broadband subscriptions increased only slightly this quarter (by 3,859). As narrowband subscriptions fell by a larger amount (by 6,495), total Internet subscriptions (1,662,471) declined very slightly this quarter. The fixed broadband per capita penetration rate reached 22.8%. The total broadband per capita penetration rate (including mobile broadband) was 35.5%. Consumer adoption of higher (advertised) broadband speeds continues, with 12.5% of all broadband subscriptions now in the >10Mbps category compared to 7.3% this time last year.

 

Mobile subscriptions (including mobile broadband) stood at 5,377,188, down from 5,412,551 in the previous quarter. This quarter experienced the highest number of mobile numbers ported (123,646) since the introduction in mobile number portability in 2003. It is estimated that approximately 75% of TV homes in Ireland received a digital TV service by September 2011.

The full report (ComReg document 11/66) is available on the ComReg website.

Source: ComReg

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:12:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 26, 2011

­With a mobile services penetration rate of 65% at year-end 2010 that is expected to catapult to 93% by 2016, Senegal is one of the more advanced mobile markets in West Africa, with plenty of room for growth, according to Pyramid Research.

During the past few years, the number of mobile subscriptions in Senegal swelled by 56% to reach 8.3m at the end of 2010.

"From 2011-2016, Pyramid expects mobile revenue to increase at a CAGR of 4% to $1.1bn in 2016, mainly because of the rise in broadband penetration and increased pricing competition among the three mobile network operators," indicates Pyramid Research Associate Research Analyst Ronda Zelezny-Green."A third factor contributing to mobile growth is the entry of a fourth mobile operator at some point within the next year, further driving operator experimentation with more competitive pricing strategies, innovation in service offerings and development of existing network coverage," she adds. Pyramid projects mobile broadband subscriptions to grow at a CAGR of 7%, reaching almost 13.9m by 2016.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:56:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 28, 2011

­In a new report, Fitch Ratings says that although overall mobile service revenue growth in Europe remains under pressure (-1.4% in the 12 months to March 2011), there are significant regional differences.

In northern Europe, mobile service revenue growth turned positive in 2010 and the 12 months to March 2011, led by a strong performance in the UK and Germany. In these two countries, revenue growth from non-voice services has more than offset voice revenue declines.

In southern Europe, the trend in service revenue declines is getting worse at -5.4% in the 12 months to March 2011. The economic weakness in southern Europe is dampening demand for mobile data services and exacerbating the decline in voice revenue from regulatory and competitive pressures.

Fitch expects voice revenue in southern Europe will remain under pressure, as effective voice pricing, especially in Spain, is higher than in northern Europe. Downward pressure is expected to continue as mobile termination rates, which are higher in southern Europe, are forced down towards northern European levels by regulation. Over the medium term, mobile data might not provide as large a boost to mobile revenue growth as some operators expect. There is a risk that mobile data might be partly used as a substitute for voice and SMS services. Fitch believes that the risk will increase over time as voice over IP becomes more of a threat with technology improvements and instant messaging and social networks could start to replace SMS more widely, not just in the youth segment.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:13:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 19, 2011
African mobile operator Vodacom Group said its subscriber base grew by 9 percent as of 31 March to 43.5 million, driven by new offers which delivered more value to customers. The company said its group revenue went up by 6.4 percent and headline earnings per share rose by 28.6 percent to ZAR 0.656 per share. Group data revenue increased 35.5 percent to ZAR 6 4 billion.
 
Group CEO Pieter Uys lauded the team for the financial and operational results, delivered in an environment of mobile termination rate reductions, price reductions and inflationary cost pressure. This, he said, had been achieved through a sharp focus on the customer experience, investment in the networks and delivering on ZAR 500 million cost efficiency programme. The resulting 51 percent increase in total shareholder returns is really pleasing. Uys said the decision they took some years ago to lead the industry on mobile data is bearing fruit. The combination of considerable investment in new base stations and taking charge of own transmission has put the firm in an enviable position.
 
The new dual-carrier technology that they are rolling out across the network has both speed and capacity benefits and will support continued growth in the data business, Uys said.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:21:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 12, 2011

­South Africa's MTN Group has reported that its subscriber base rose by 4% over the first three months of 2011 to reach 147.27 million at the end of March.

The subscriber bases of the three regions continue to grow at marginally different rates although, when compared to December 2010, the subscriber contribution between the regions remains relatively unchanged.

South and East Africa (SEA) region contributed 22% (December 2010: 22%) of the Group`s total subscribers while West and Central Africa (WECA) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) contributed 45% ( 46%) and 33% ( 32%), respectively.

The South African operation contributes 58% to the region`s subscribers, increasing by 1.9% to 19.2 million for the quarter. The growth was slower than expected as a result of higher prepaid disconnections due mainly to seasonality, although some distribution difficulties also contributed. Market share was marginally down following increased competition in the prepaid segment. Uganda increased its subscriber base by 6.9% to 6.9 million maintaining its leadership position in an increasingly competitive market.

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Source: Cellular News
Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:44:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 13, 2011
MTN Irancell recorded revenue for the year 2010 up 42 percent, significantly ahead of subscriber growth of 28 percent to a base of 29.7 million. This was largely due to the 42 percent growth in airtime and subscription revenue and the 73 percent growth in SMS revenue, which were partly offset by lower connection revenue as a result of the lower prices charged on prepaid connections. Data revenue growth was high but not yet significant as a percentage of revenue because of content limitations. Reported ARPU was stable at USD 8, although local ARPU increased marginally as a result of improved network quality. The mobile operator estimates its market share increased to 44 percent in December 2010 from 40 percent the prior year, thanks to improved network coverage and quality, attractive seasonal promotions, the continued roll-out of electronic distribution channels and improved brand perception. MTN Irancell's EBITDA margin increased by 6.2 percentage points to 41.1 percent in 2010.
 
This was mainly because of cost efficiencies in maintenance and transmission emanating from renegotiated supplier contracts, as well as a change in the transmission leasing strategy. A reduction in prepaid dealer commissions and tighter control of marketing costs also contributed. Capex declined to 18 percent of revenue from 44 percent in the prior year, although MTN Irancell increased its population and geographic coverage to 77 percent and 20 percent respectively. MTN forecast continued strong subscriber growth in Iran this year, with estimated subscriber additions of 3.35 million, while capex will drop slightly to ZAR 1.32 billion.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:10:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 12, 2011
­Value Added Services (VAS) currently represents a major portion of Argentinean operators' revenues (37%), and demonstrated that these services are increasing ARPU at a time when voice service usage is dropping worldwide.

Today Argentina already has approximately 52 million mobile service subscribers, generating around US$7 billion in revenue annually. Acision Mobile VAS Monitor (MAVAM) indicates that SMS is one of the most widely used services contributing to this revenue, with Argentineans sending an average of 270 SMS a month. 97% said they had used SMS in the last three months, with its use being stimulated by the adoption of Smartphones.

Around 16% of mobile subscribers used their phone to send and receive picture messages, during the last three months, a service that is growing as users use images to visualize communication. Another major finding in Argentina is that mobile marketing is received by 89% of users, with 33% of these users stating they receive marketing messages up to two or three times a week.

"In line with our MAVAM research for Brazil and Mexico, the findings from Argentina signify the growing importance of VAS in the region. MAVAM enables us to monitor and highlight which services are delivering high value revenue to the mobile operators and has demonstrated that messaging is still a killer app," said Rafael Steinhauser, Acision's president for Latin America. "Argentina is a growing economy, with a maturing mobile data market. The increasing adoption of VAS in the region represents a significant opportunity for operators to explore new ways to differentiate their services, increase ARPU and drive up profitability."

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:46:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to ABI Research's latest release of its "Mobile Subscriber Market Data" series of databases, the mobile industry concluded 2010 with 5.5 billion subscriptions. The Asia-Pacific region accounted for a whopping 53% (2.9 billion) of the total. One-third of this can be attributed to India's huge 2G market; another one-third to China.­As of December 2010, China had 860 million subscribers, although 3G subscriptions accounted for fewer than 50 million, or roughly 5.5%.

"While there are wide differentials in disposable income, it is still surprising how slow China's 3G rate of growth has been," comments ABI Research practice director Neil Strother. "Literacy rates are high, familiarity with the Internet is also high through PC use in extended families as well as ubiquitous Internet cafes. And yet, 3G adoption has been muted." At the end of 2010, China Mobile's TD-SCDMA subscriber base stood at more than 20 million, China Unicom's WCDMA had 14 million subscribers, while China Telecom had more than 12 million CDMA subscribers.

"3G is generally still viewed as a luxury service in China," notes research associate Fei Feng Seet. "China Unicom reported its 2010 Arpu for WCDMA subscription at US$18.75 per month, which is three times the US$6 monthly ARPU for GSM." Despite the launch of 3G networks, mobile consumers have not jumped into upgrading their subscriptions immediately as rapidly as in other markets. In fact over the past year, 2G has gained about 80 million subscribers. Demand for 3G data services should pick up in the next two years as prices drop and more consumers require mobile data. 3G is forecast to reach 36% of China's subscribers by 2016. It is unclear whether all the operators will be issued TD-LTE 4G licenses or whether the FDD version of LTE will also be an option in 2014.

Source: Cellular News

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:33:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Russia-based telecoms group Vimpelcom has announced revenues of USD10.5 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2010. This figure represents an increase of 20.8% on 2009. Net income for the same period was USD1.7 billion, a rise of 4.5% year-on-year, while adjusted OIBDA was up 15.4% to USD4.9 billion. CAPEX for FY10 was reported as USD2.2 billion, or 19.2% of revenues. Alongside improved economic conditions in its markets, Vimpelcom credits growth to its consolidation of Kyvistar in Ukraine; the long-running deal, which saw Telenor and Altimo merge their respective 56.5% and 43.5% stakes in Kyivstar into the Vimpelcom group was finally approved by Ukraineís Antimonopoly Committee (AMCU) in October 2010.

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Source: TeleGeography
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:15:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 18, 2011

Fitch Ratings has announced that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indiaís (TRAI) disclosure since December 2010 of the number of active wireless subscribers based on a visitor location register (VLR) provides a clearer view on subscriber market share and other key operating indicators such as average revenue per user (ARPU).

In particular, Fitch noted that the information diverges from the key data previously reported by revealing that market share for operators may have been distorted by the inclusion of non-active customers in the subscriber count. The data further revealed that the ARPUs of some telcos which have a lower active subscriber base are much higher than reported ARPUs figures.

The VLR is a point-in-time database of active subscribers in a particular cell site. The total VLR count for an operator represents the sum of all active users across all of its cell sites at any given point-in-time. As any one subscriber cannot be present in more than one VLR, this measure provides a more accurate representation of an operatorís total subscriber count.

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Source: Wireless Federation
Friday, March 18, 2011 12:15:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

MTC has revealed that it ended 2010 with a total 1.53 million active customers, an increase from 1.28 million compared to the previous year.

According to the company, revenues for the year were little changed due to the cuts in termination rates, while EBITDA improved to $785.8 million from $748 million in 2009.Capex increased from $260 million to $410 million, almost half of which went to 3G network roll-out. The 3G investment helped data revenues grow 50% over the year, to 7.6% of total revenues by September 2010. Capex was higher than net profit for the year and a record for the company since its start.

MTC added that it was opposed to the regulatorís latest policy to cap off-net retail voice prices, stating that this is unprecedented for a regulator to intervene on retail prices. However, the company is positive on the countryís new communications law, which should allow it to gain a technology and service-neutral licence.

Source: Wireless Federation

Friday, March 18, 2011 12:11:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Dutch mobile market generated service revenues of EUR6.28 billion (USD8.72 billion) in 2010, down 0.5% from a year earlier, Telecompaper reports. Last yearís fall compares to annual growth of 0.9% in FY2009, although the paper says that whilst the economic downturn had an effect, the contraction was more the result of regulator-imposed price cuts in 2010. Mobile voice revenue declined sharply last year, while sales from non-voice services, which now account for more than 32% of total revenue, failed to offset the drop, it said. In Q4 2010 mobile service revenues decreased 0.9% quarter-on-quarter and were down 1.3% year-on-year.

The Dutch mobile market is forecast to return to growth in 2011 in terms of revenues, to more than EUR6.30 billion, while a CAGR of 1.6% is expected for the period 2010-2015. However, regulatory downward pressure on mobile terminations rates (MTRs) will moderate results in 2011 and 2012, offset by growth in data services. According to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms Database, the countryís overall mobile base totalled 19.2 million users at the end of last year, an annual decline of 2.5%, with cellular penetration standing at 116.2%.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:30:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Mobile data plan revenues will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 9% and are expected to exceed $102 billion worldwide by 2016, according to latest ABI Research forecasts.Regionally, data plan revenue share among different device classes varies significantly. Currently in North America, data plans for smartphones deliver the lion's share of revenue. However in regions lacking fixed line access such as Eastern Europe and Latin America, connections to other computing devices constitute the majority share. But according to practice director Dan Shey, "By 2016, smartphones will become the largest portion of each region's mobile data plan revenues with over 50% share."

Shey continues, "Increasing smartphone penetration rates among mobile enterprise customers are major drivers for data plan revenue growth. But connectivity for other devices such as tablets will become increasingly important and contribute significantly to overall connectivity revenues from the business sector."

Data plan growth portends other opportunities for the enterprise sector. More connections mean greater need for applications, and content, security, expense and other mobile device-related services. Forward-looking enterprise segment suppliers are looking holistically at the opportunities presented by increasing enterprise mobile device connections.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:21:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Mobile operator Digicel saw its revenues increase by 32 percent year-on-year to USD 580 million in the third quarter ended 31 December 2010. EBITDA was up 32 year-on-year reaching a record USD 240 million. At end-December 2010, Digicel reached 11.5 million customers across the 30 worldwide markets where it currently operates. Digicel provides mobile communication services across the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. Digicel saw growth in all of its major markets, including El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago, and data revenues have doubled year on year, the company said.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Tuesday, March 01, 2011 2:15:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 24, 2011

Moroccan mobile, fixed and broadband group Maroc Telecomís consolidated subscriber base grew by 19% in 2010 to reach 26 million customers, the company announced today. With operations spread across Morocco, Mauritania, Gabon, Burkina Faso and Mali, revenues for the year grew by 4.3% to MAD31.7 billion (USD3.8 billion).

Operating income rose 2.3% to MAD14.3 billion, representing an operating margin of 45.3%, whilst group net profit increased by 1.2% to MAD9.5 billion. The operator added that it forecasts Ďmoderateí growth in revenues in 2011, with profitability levels expected to be Ďmaintainedí. Domestic revenues for 2010 totalled MAD26.2 billion, an annual increase of 1.7%, helping to drive a 1.0% operating profit increase to MAD13.2 billion, as the Moroccan mobile customer base grew by 10.6% to 16.9 million. 3G/3.5G mobile broadband internet subscribers more than tripled during the year to reach 549,000, overtaking the operatorís ADSL fixed broadband base.

Maroc Telecomís other African subsidiaries had a total of 6.8 million mobile customers between them by end-2010, up 58% year-on-year.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:05:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 07, 2011
India-based operator Bharti Airtel ended its fiscal third quarter (to 31 December 2010) with 207.8 million customers. In India the company had 152.50 million subscribers, up 28 percent year-on-year, and in Africa the company had 42.12 million customers. Airtel Sri Lanka had 1.8 million mobile customers, and Airtel Bangladesh reached 3.2 million subscribers at year-end. Total revenues were up 53 percent to INR 157.56 billion, from INR 103.05 billion in the third quarter last year. Revenues for the India and south-east Asia operations were INR 91.46 billion, growing 13 percent from INR 80.90 billion a year earlier, while revenues in Africa came in at USD 911 million in Q3.
 
The telemedia services business generated revenues of INR 9.07 billion, up 6 percent year-on-year, while the enterprise services business saw revenues slip 5 percent to INR 10.50 billion. Passive infrastructure services revenues were INR 21.97 billion, up 19 percent, and other revenues totalled INR 2.79 billion, up 98 percent. Total EBITDA reached INR 49.82 billion versus 40.82 billion a year earlier. Net income dropped 41 percent on adverse currency movements, brand re-launch costs, restatement losses, and increased spectrum charges. Bharti's third-quarter net income totalled INR 13.03 billion, compared with INR 21.95 billion.

Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, February 07, 2011 11:59:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 24, 2011

­3G technology will account for 82 percent of total mobile subscriptions in Puerto Rico by 2015, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

"Puerto Rico's shrinking fixed voice market, in combination with a growing demand for data applications and contents, brings new revenue opportunities to local operators, both in the fixed and mobile segments," says Eulalia Marin-Sorribes, Research Analyst at Pyramid. "As Puerto Rico has the highest 3G penetration in Latin America, operators are now trying to make customers use the technology for services beyond SMS and MMS by promoting the use of smartphones," says Marin-Sorribes.

"Mobile applications, such as mobile banking and mobile advertising, could become rich revenue lines for local companies, particularly taking into account Puerto Rico's relatively high GDP per capita," she says. Operators are trying to encourage customers to use 3G technology for services beyond SMS and MMS by promoting the use of smartphones.

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Source: Cellular News
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Monday, January 24, 2011 11:43:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 14, 2011

­The number of mobile phone subscribers in China exceeded 850 million last year, according to a Chinese government report. Net additions reached a record high of more than 100 million in 2010 alone, according to the report from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The growth boosted the country mobile penetration rate to around 60 percent of the country's estimated population of 1.4 billion for 2010.

During the January-November period in 2010, 103 million users were newly subscribed to the country's mobile phone services. The figure is estimated to have surpassed 110 million as of the end of December.

The report showed the number of fixed-line subscribers dropped 153.9 million to 298 million during the period.

In the first 11 months of last year, the Chinese telecom industry's revenue was estimated to be 819.03 billion yuan (US$123.56 billion), up 6.6 percent on-year. Sales from mobile telecom business made up 70 percent of the industry's total business revenue, while fixed-line business accounted for about 30 percent.

Source: Cellular News

Friday, January 14, 2011 10:18:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 13, 2011

­Due to low penetration rates, an expanding economy, deploying 3G networks, and declining smartphone prices, mobile data revenue is expected to triple over the next five years in Peru, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

The mobile market will be the main source of revenue growth and Peru's principal revenue generator throughout the forecast period. Pyramid expects mobile revenue to expand at a CAGR of 6.6 percent over the next five years, going from generating $2.2 billion in 2010 to $3.1 billion by 2015, indicates Juliana Gomez, Analyst at Pyramid Research. "Mobile data, driven by 3G deployments and higher adoption of enhanced data services, will experience a revenue increase from $355 million in 2010 to $1.07 billion in 2015," she adds.

Over the forecast period Telefonica will remain the market leader; however, the merger of America Movil-Claro and Telmex Peru this year will intensify competition. "Telmex will complement its multiplay packages with mobile services, and both companies will invest to grow their data business, particularly mobile Internet," says Gomez. In addition, America Movil's Claro continues to expand its 3G network and has gained market share by leveraging data services.

The Peruvian market has shifted to GSM as a result of Telefonica's decision to migrate from CDMA to GSM and Claro's adoption of this standard in 2006. "After launching a 3G network (UMTS/HSPA) in 2008 Claro continues the expansion of its 3G network throughout the country to further support mobile Internet services. Movistar and Nextel have followed suit launching 3G networks," she says. Pyramid expects 3G technologies and 4G technologies to represent 54 percent and 7 percent, respectively, of total mobile subscribers in 2015.

Source: Cellular News

Thursday, January 13, 2011 4:45:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 30, 2010

According to Moldovaís telecoms watchdog, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), the number of broadband subscribers totalled 244,000 at 30 September 2010. The figure represents an increase of 9.2% compared to 223,400 three months earlier, and a year-on-year rise of 48%. The regulator believes that the growth was driven by increased availability of high speed internet services, as well as lower tariffs and dial-up-to-broadband substitution.

Of the total broadband customer base at 30 September 2010, 159,400 were xDSL subscribers, while fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) and LAN customers accounted for 75,400 and cable broadband subscribers a further 7,500. In terms of subscribers, Moldtelecom leads the fixed broadband sector with a market share of 61.8% in 3Q10, followed by StarNet with 18.7%, Sun Communications (3.6%) and Orange Moldova (0.9%). Other operators accounted for the remaining 14.9% of the marketís broadband subscribers in the quarter ended 30 September 2010.

ANRCETI said that revenue in the fixed internet sector totalled MDL383.1 million (USD31.6 million), an increase of 22.6% from a year earlier, mainly due to higher volume of sales generated by StarNet, which saw turnover rise 94% year-on-year to over MDL55 million, and Moldtelecom, which witnessed a 19.5% increase to MDL258.9 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:30:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 27, 2010

China Mobile, the worldís largest wireless network operator by subscribers, has reported a 7.8% increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2010 to RMB352.64 billion (USD52.94 billion). EBITDA increased 6% to RMB177.8 billion, while EBITDA margin fell from 51.3% to 50.4%. Net profit rose 3.9% from RMB83.93 billion to RMB87.2 billion. The company finished September with 569.76 million customers, up from 554.04 million a year earlier, of which 15.28 million were connected to its 3G TD-SCDMA network. Average revenue per user (ARPU) and average minutes of use (MoU) both remained stable at RMB72 and 520 per month respectively. Voice traffic increased to 2.55 trillion minutes in the nine-month period, from 1.66 trillion last year, while SMS usage jumped from 353 billion to 534.6 billion.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:34:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Global telecoms revenue will bounce back in 2010 thanks to a strong rally in the mobile sector, according to telecoms analyst Ovum. ­New figures released by Ovum's Global Telecoms Analyzer show that telecoms service provider revenues only grew by 2.2 per cent year on year in 2009 - the worst growth in a decade - and evidence that the telecoms industry finally succumbed to the impact of the global economic downturn.But the mobile sector has returned to healthy growth, sufficient to overcome the steady decline in fixed line services. Total revenues, as reported by service providers, will grow by six per cent in 2010 and a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of five per cent by 2014.

"Globally, mobile is keeping telecoms buzzing," John Lively, chief forecaster at Ovum, said. "In 2010, China and India alone will add 329 million new mobile phone connections, equivalent to more than the combined total population of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK."The Global Telecoms Analyzer brings together Ovum's expert forecasts of the telecoms market. It lets users search for, chart, and download forecasts for the mobile, fixed, consumer, enterprise, infrastructure and components market segments.

It shows that fixed line services will continue to decline although fiber connections for broadband services will increasingly be important for telcos. Overall, the number of fixed lines worldwide will fall from one billion in 2010, to 871 million by 2014. Fixed line services revenues will also fall from around $350 billion to $283 billion, for the same period.Meanwhile, mobile phone connections will increase from 5.3 billion in 2010 to 7.1 billion in 2014, with the emerging markets of Asia and Africa contributing much of the growth. Revenues from mobile phone services will increase by nearly $100 billion in the three years to 2012.

"While fixed voice lines and revenues will continue declining due to mobile substitution, fixed revenues overall will benefit from the growth in broadband services (internet access, video, and VoIP), enabled by continued deployment of fiber-to-the-premises networks," Lively added.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:52:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 09, 2010

­The telecom market in Uganda generated $638m in 2009, almost exclusively through mobile services. Fixed broadband services is expected to join the mobile segment as a strong driver of growth as the new undersea cables land in the coasts of East Africa and the terrestrial fiber rings start reaching the landlocked country. Uganda is predicted to grow at an impressive CAGR of 11.5% over the next five years, reaching $1.23bn by 2015, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

The Ugandan mobile market is highly competitive, but the low level of mobile penetration at 32.8 percent in 2009 indicates that there is still much demand to be fulfilled. "The main obstacle to increasing penetration has been the provision of affordable last-mile access to rural areas, where the majority of the Ugandans live and where income levels are too low to justify individual subscriptions and handset ownership. However, forms of centralization are emerging to solve this problem," says Kerem Arsal, Analyst at Pyramid Research and author of this report. "We expect mobile subscriptions in Uganda to double during our forecasting period and grow from 10.7 million in 2010 to 20.9 million in 2015, with a penetration rate of 52.7 percent," he adds.

The real opportunity, however, lies in the broadband segment. "Data revenue and adoption in East Africa will grow fast with the decline in the costs of international bandwidth due to the new undersea cables," indicates Arsal. Adding to this the unfulfilled demand for Internet, the broadband market will comprise a quarter billion dollars in 2015. Fixed broadband will be the primary source of revenue growth in Uganda and will generate US$229 million in 2015.

Source: Cellular News

Thursday, September 09, 2010 11:18:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 04, 2010

During the three months ended 31 March 2010 175 million new subscribers or revenue sources were added, some 70% of which came from the Asia/Pacific region.

China and India continue to dominate the wireless subscriber numbers, accounting for 54% of all net new subscribers in the quarter. However, they are not the sole drivers of regional growth. During the first quarter both Indonesia and Vietnam joined India and China in the top six group of wireless growth markets, the only non-Asian countries in the half dozen being Brazil and the United States. Together these six countries added 112 million mobile subscribers during the three-month period. Meanwhile Western Europe hit an unwanted milestone: for the first time it saw a decline in its wireless subscriber base, albeit by a small amount.

Broadband subscriber growth was distributed more evenly across the regions, with Asia/Pacific 'only' accounting for 41% of quarterly additions. Even the more mature markets of Western Europe and North America are continuing to add substantial numbers of subscribers each quarter, each region contributing 16% of the quarterly additions. The top five growth countries were China, the United States, Russia, India and the Philippines, with France, Brazil and Germany all close behind.

While such robust growth in subscribers should be good news for service providers, in truth there was not a lot for CFOs and investors to cheer about. While global annual subscriber growth has continued at a very steady pace, even during the worst of the recession, service provider revenue growth has gradually dwindled. The 1.1% annual revenue growth includes the positive impact of merger and acquisitions. Take away the acquisitions, and revenues are flat.

The 2.1% revenue decline over the previous quarter is also significant. There is some seasonal cyclicality in the market and a drop in Q1 is not unusual, but this drop is substantially bigger than that seen twelve months ago. The recession has not helped, but the main problem is that the big subscriber growth numbers are coming from countries where ARPUs are low and intense competition is pushing them even lower. India has seen an amazing 50% growth in wireless subscribers over the last twelve months, and now has almost 600 million subscribers. However, there is not a single Indian operator in the list of top 30 service providers by revenue. Fierce price competition has had a sharply negative impact on Indian service providersí revenue growth. For example, Bharti Airtel, the largest Indian operator, achieved subscriber growth of 36% in the past 12 months, but only a 2% increase in revenues. Revenue growth will not return to the global market until companies start to compete on factors other than pricing.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, June 04, 2010 9:52:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Serbian telecoms regulator RATEL has announced that the telecoms sector generated EUR1.5 billion (USD1.85 billion) in revenue in 2009, equivalent to 4.8% of GDP. RATEL executive director Milan Jankovic said that the number of fixed lines numbered 3,145,920 at the end of 2009, while the total number of mobile telephony users was 9.9 million. The regulator said it has issued 199 internet service provider licences, 77 cable operator licences, 44 voice over internet protocol (VoIP) concessions, 137 television and 307 radio broadcasting licences.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:53:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 25, 2010

Irelandís telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published its latest market report for the three months ended 31 December 2009. The report shows that broadband internet penetration in the Republic, including mobile broadband subscriptions, stood at 32.4% by the year end, up from 30.5% at 3Q09. Excluding the impact of mobile broadband however, which is proving to be a popular option, the penetration rate falls to 21.9% - based on data from the Central Statistics Office which gives the population as 4,459,300. The regulator is also mindful that its 32.4% rate could be skewed by double counting of people owning both a fixed and mobile broadband subscription. Nonetheless, household broadband penetration continues to grow, reaching 61% by the start of this year, from 59.4% in the third quarter.

The popularity of Wi-Fi hotspots is waning though. ComRegís report says the number of Wi-Fi hotspots dipped to 1,357 at the end of 2009, down 5% year-on-year, even though the total for Wi-Fi access points climbed 8% over the same period to 3,561. Usage of Wi-Fi hotspots is also falling. In the final trimester of last year average usage per hotspot was down 3.4% y-o-y, reflecting the impact of decreased network traffic in the economic downturn.

The recession is also evident in terms of overall telecommunications revenues in the Republic in Q409, which dipped 2.3% year-on-year to EUR974 million. Despite this fall, the total amount of voice call minutes in Q409 increased 1.4% to more than 4.8 billion minutes, driven by an 84 million increase in mobile voice call minutes, ComReg said.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:55:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 12, 2010

Telecom Argentina reported revenues of ARS 12.26 billion in 2009, up 15 percent year-on-year. Net income for the period reached ARS 1.4 billion, up by 46 percent versus 2008. Mobile revenues rose 16 percent to ARS 8.06 billion, while fixed-line revenues increased 14 percent to ARS 4.1 billion. OIBDA improved 17 percent to ARS 3.9 billion. The operator's mobile unit Personal gained 1.9 million new customers in the year, for a total of 14.5 million at the end of December. Of the total 69 percent are prepaid and 31 percent are postpaid. Nucleo, the company's mobile unit in Paraguay, had 1.8 million customers at the end of the period, down 1 percent from a year earlier. The fixed division increased the number of lines in service by 2 percent from a year earlier to 4.36 million, and the number of ADSL customers rose 17 percent year-on-year to 1.2 million users at end-December. ARPU for fixed customers climbed 1 percent in 2009 to ARS 40.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:51:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Paraguay's mobile network operators achieved a 12% year-on-year rise in overall service revenues in 2009 to USD604 million, reports BNamericas quoting figures from the economy ministry. In 2008 mobile firms Claro, Tigo, Personal and Hola billed USD517 million, up 16.6% compared to 2007, according to previous reports.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:36:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 05, 2010

Portugal Telecom has posted net profit of EUR683.9 million (USD934.3 million) for the year ended 31 December 2009, up 18.7% year-on-year from EUR576.1 million in 2008. Revenues grew from EUR6.72 billion in 2008 to EUR6.78 billion a year later as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) climbed 0.9% from EUR2.48 billion in FY08 to EUR2.5 billion at end-2009. The telco also saw its domestic fixed line customer base grow from 4.29 million at year-end 2008 to 4.58 million a year later as ADSL subscribership topped 862,000 at the same date, up from 710,000 in 2008. The company did however report a continued decline in PSTN connections over the year, down to 2.75 million from 2.84 million in 2008. The companyís wireless arm Telecomunicacoes Moveis Nacionais (TMN) added 319,000 net new customers over the twelve-month period, ending 2009 with 7.25 million mobile subscribers in total.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 05, 2010 10:47:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

As part of its latest round of service provider benchmarking analysis, TeleGeography has found that 16 leading service providers have grown their revenues by an average of 45% over the last three years, equating to some 13% per annum. As could be expected, those achieving the highest growth have been focused on wireless markets in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, India and China. Leading the growth charge are MTN, Bharti and Zain which have all more than doubled their revenues in the last three years. Despite being substantially larger companies than the top ranked three, America Movil, China Mobile and Vodafone have all recorded growth in the 45%-70% range. Of the companies covered in this research the only other to achieve similar growth is AT&T, which has achieved this via acquisition and reconsolidation of US service providers, rather than organic growth

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Source: TeleGeography
Friday, March 05, 2010 10:45:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Brazilian mobile operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) today reported its financial results for the last quarter of 2009, revealing that net profits at the firm dropped 14% on the same period of 2008 due a drop in call minutes booked and its decision to use fewer tax credits. The countryís third largest wireless operator by subscribers posted net income of BRL330 million (USD 181 million) in the period under review, down from BRL384 million previously. In its regulatory filing the operator said gross revenue dipped 4% from 4Q08, due in part to a 40% drop in ancillary product sales and an 11% decline in average revenue per user (ARPU). The filing went on to say that the company used about 64% less in available tax credits, or BRL47.8 million, helping drive down its bottom line. Fourth-quarter net revenue dropped 4.4% y-o-y to BRL3.4 billion and operating costs fell 7% to BRL2.45 billion. EBITDA was up 3% to BRL958.5 million in 4Q09, compared to BRL931 million previously.

TIM Brasil ended 2009 with 41.1 million subscribers, up 12.9% from the end of 2008, and representing a market share of 23.6%. Total net additions in the fourth quarter came to 4.7 million lines, or 20.2% of total market net additions. Average revenue per user (ARPU) came at BRL27.0 in 4Q09, a growth of 1.7% when compared to the previous quarter. The cellcoís GSM network covered 94% of the countryís urban population, serving around 2,958 cities, as at 31 December 2009. As for data coverage, TIM provides GPRS technology to 100% of its footprint, while 77% is covered through EDGE technology, it said. In addition, TIMís 3G coverage was present in more than 57 cities at the end of 2009 Ė reaching 30% of urban population in Brazil.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:20:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Syriaís leading mobile operator by subscribers, SyriaTel, reported a 4.7% year-on-year rise in revenues last year to SYP48.2 billion (USD1.07 billion), according to its unaudited financial statements published yesterday. Net profits were up 15% y-o-y at SYP7.3 billion, it added, while the companyís total equity value increased by 15% to SYP19.6 billion as at 31 December 2009.

According to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms Database SyriaTel has been Syria's leading mobile operator by subscribers since it was established by Orascom Telecom of Egypt and holding company Drex Technologies, in 2000. Having been awarded a 15-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract at the start of 2001 by the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE), the company launched services over its GSM-900/1800 network in April in Damascus, Allepo, Homs, Hamah, Tartous and Latakieh, and soon captured 120,000 subscribers. By 30 September 2009, the cellco, which is now 51%-owned by Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf via Drex Technologies, had a total of 4.92 million customers, a market share of 55.16%.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:18:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Macedoniaís third mobile operator Mobilkom Macedonia (VIP), owned by Telekom Austria via its wireless arm mobilkom Austria, reported a 25.5% increase in net users last year, reaching a total of 303,700 by the year-end. The gains helped the cellco increase its market share from 10.7% at end-2008 to 15.9% a year later.

VIP posted FY2009 revenue of EUR6.4 million (USD8.6 million), up 70% year-on-year on the back of strong subscriber gains. EBITDA decreased from EUR3.9 million in 2008 to EUR2.2 million last year, Dnevnik reports.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:00:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 15, 2010

Egyptian cellco MobiNil has posted revenues of EGP10.8 billion (USD1.9 billion) for 2009, up 8% year-on-year, on the back of strong subscriber growth. EBITDA grew by 9% during the period to EGP5.1 billion while net income came in at EGP2 billion, up 3%. At 31 December the active subscriber base stood at 24.1 million, up from 19.2 million twelve months previously. Average monthly ARPU across the year fell from EGP46 in 2008 to EGP39 in 2009 in light of fierce competition between MobiNil and rival cellcos Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr (Nile Telecom).

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, February 15, 2010 1:52:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 12, 2010

A report published by the Armenian National Statistical Service shows that the nationís major IT and telecommunications companies generated revenues of AMD164.42 billion (USD434.69 million) last year, even as recession hit the Armenian economy in a year of global financial and economic crisis. The statistical bureau went on to report that revenues generated from internet services more than tripled last year, reaching AMD10.404 billion, while turnover generated by mobile operators reached AMD105.77 billion and fixed line service revenues totalled AMD40.34 billion.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, February 12, 2010 11:03:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 22, 2010

China's telecommunications industry reported RMB842.43 billion (USD123 billion) in revenue in 2009, up 3.9% year-on-year, according to figures supplied by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Wireless telecoms contributed 60.43% of the revenue, while 27.8% was generated by fixed line operations and 11.8% from data communications. The number of new mobile phone subscribers in 2009 exceeded 106 million, taking the total subscriber number to 747 million. Fixed line subscribers fell by nearly 27 million to 313.68 million at the end of the year.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, January 22, 2010 5:30:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The German mobile telecommunications services market reached EUR 5.0 billion in revenues in the third quarter of 2009, down 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year and up a seasonal 2.8 percent from the previous quarter, according to independent market research firm Telecompaper. The increase in non-voice (messaging and data) revenues of EUR 142 million in the last 12 months was again not able to compensate for the continued pressure on voice service revenues from cuts to mobile termination fees and fierce competition. T-Mobile Germany was able to increase its leadership position with 0.8 percent to over 36 percent market share, while Vodafone Germany's weaker performance (particularly in postpaid) contributed to a loss of 1.4 percent points to a market share below 34 percent. Growth in the prepaid segment at E-Plus and O2 Germany helped them to compensate for their drop in postpaid and slightly increase their share of total service revenues by respectively 0.4 and 0.3 percent points. In terms of mobile subscribers, the German market added around 1.0 million or 1.0 percent more customers in the three months to September 2009. During the last 12 months, the mobile industry added more than 2.2 million new subscribers to a total 108 million, mainly due to postpaid growth. Market penetration rose to 132.0 percent, from 129.0 percent a year earlier.
 
Telecompaper has updated its market outlook: For 2009, the mobile market is expected to decline 2-3 percent to around EUR 19.4 billion in total mobile service revenue and for 2010 a similar development is expected.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4:14:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 07, 2010

­The Tunisian telecoms market is to gain additional competition with the entry of France Telecom in early 2010. However, Onda Analytics believes the dynamics of the Tunisian telecoms market could change further, with many parties interested in the 35% stake in Tunisie Tťlťcom held by EIT, a holding company for telecoms investments made by Dubai Holdings. The increasingly competitive environment in Tunisia may prompt EIT to consider listening to offers from operators interested in joining the market. Meanwhile, the other 65% shareholding is owned by the Tunisian government, which this week announced a privatisation drive for 2010.

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The incumbent, Tunisie Tťlťcom, is likely to suffer most from the entry of France Telecom, given that the new entrant will be present in fixed line, broadband and mobile markets. Tunisie Tťlťcom's mobile market share is forecast to decline from 50% in 2009 to 34% by 2018. Its fixed line business is also set to be put under pressure from France Telecom, with Tunisie Tťlťcom's fixed share to fall from a current monopoly position to 77% of fixed lines by 2018.

Tunisian mobile operators generated total mobile revenues of US$1.6 billion in 2009. As a result of relatively high mobile penetration and with tariffs set to fall with the entry of the third mobile operator, total mobile revenue is forecast to grow modestly over the coming years. Fixed line growth is expected to buck the trend of many markets with a forecast increase in lines of 30% to 2018, from 1.4 million in 2009, driven by the adoption of broadband services.

Source: Cellular News

Thursday, January 07, 2010 12:25:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 03, 2009

Taiwanís second largest mobile operator by subscribers, Taiwan Mobile, has reported consolidated revenues of TWD17.35 billion (USD528.8 million) for the second quarter of 2009, a marginal decline of 1% year-on-year. In full EBITDA fell 4% to TWD7.4 billion. Net income for the three months ended 30 June 2009 was TWD3.6 billion, down from TWD3.97 billion in 2Q08, a decline partly attributed to a rise in capital expenditure, up from TWD1.44 billion in the second quarter of 2008 to TWD2.01 billion a year later. The cellco added 167,000 net new wireless subscribers in the quarter, ending June with a customer base of 6.39 million. 3G subscriptions grew from 2.75 million at the end of March to 2.79 million three months later.

The company expects revenues to stabilise in 3Q09, with continued 3G uptake and value-added services (VAS) expected to drive sales.

 

Source: Telegeography

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Monday, August 03, 2009 11:00:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 27, 2009

­Fueled by mobile penetration into the rural market and by uptake of 3G services, China's telecommunications market will generate $187 billion by 2014, surpassing Japan to become the largest telecommunications services market in Asia, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

China's telecommunications market generated US$110 billion in 2008, making it the second largest telecommunications services market in Asia/Pacific after Japan, notes Daniel Yu, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. "Given continued demand for connectivity and rising adoption of mobile and fixed broadband services, the Chinese market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8 percent between 2009 and 2014, reaching $187 billion by 2014, surpassing Japan as the largest telecommunications services market in Asia," Yu says.

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Source: Cellular News

Monday, July 27, 2009 4:24:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 22, 2009

­In Q1 09, the UK mobile market saw its first quarterly net loss of customers for three years. The total customer base contracted by 0.56m to finish the quarter on 75.59m, equivalent to a penetration rate of 123.8%. The proportionate annual growth rate fell to 3.9% from 4.9% a year earlier, and in fact this was the second lowest rate ever seen in the UK market, the lowest being the 3.1% recorded in 2006. This may not be indicative of a long-term decline in growth, however. The Q4 06 figure of 3.1% was followed by eight quarters in which annual growth hovered around 5%, and the Q1 09 rate may prove to be a similar blip.

 

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Source: Cellular News
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:29:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 04, 2009

A report from Bahrainís Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) says that the sector was worth BHD303 million (USD804 million) in service revenues in 2008, up by 6.3% from the previous year, with mobile services accounting for 50% of all turnover. Telecoms revenues generated 3.7% of the Kingdomís gross domestic product (GDP) for the year, according to the watchdogís figures. The number of fixed lines in service increased by 8% year-on-year to 220,386 by end-December, mainly due to the growth of fixed-wireless connections, while around 70% of domestic fixed line voice traffic was accounted for by fixed-to-mobile calls.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, June 04, 2009 8:32:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 08, 2009

According to the latest market report from French telecoms regulator Arcep, domestic telecoms operators generated EUR11.3 billion (USD15.1 billion) in revenues from electronic communications in the fourth quarter, while interconnection services and wholesale sales generated a further EUR2.2 billion in the quarter, it said. Fixed and mobile telephony traffic accounted for 53.6 billion minutes in the fourth quarter of 2008, down 0.5% on the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, May 08, 2009 8:57:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 04, 2009

Wireless phone companies still reap the lion's share of their revenue from calls, but they're pinning their hopes on fast-growing data services.

Prices for voice calling plans continue to tumble, driving down average revenue per subscriber, a key financial metric. But the surging use of iPhones and other Internet-connected mobile devices is driving double-digit growth in data revenue.

Despite the recession, purchases of smart phones are still going strong. The high-end devices, which pack computer-like features into a handheld-sized device, accounted for 23% of U.S. mobile phone purchases by consumers in the fourth quarter of 2008, up from 4% two years earlier, says research firm NPD Group.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, May 04, 2009 11:19:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Brazil ended 2008 with 10 million broadband subscribers, an increase of two million on the previous year, according to a study published by the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil). Broadband penetration reached 5.3 percent, up from 0.2 percent in 2001. The number of internet users surpassed the number of subscribers to pay-TV services (cable and MMDS), which amounted to six million. At the end of last year, more than 190 million users subscribed to telecommunications services, of which 41.3 million to fixed telephony and 150.6 million to mobile telephony. Gross revenue of the sector (fixed, mobile telephony, internet, pay-TV) was BRL 177.7 billion, a 12.9 percent increase on the BRL 157.3 billion produced in 2007.
 
Source: Telecompaper.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:33:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 06, 2009

­The US trade body, the CTIA has published the findings of its semi-annual industry survey, which includes numerous positive metrics on the industryís continued growth and popularity. In particular, wireless revenues showed impressive year-to year gains, as wireless data service revenues for the year 2008 rose to more than $32 billion. This represents a 39% increase over 2007, when data revenues totaled $23.2 billion. Wireless data revenues for 2008 amounted to nearly 22% of all wireless service revenues, and represent what consumers spend on non-voice services.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:40:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The central African nation of Burundi was home to 480,000 mobile subscribers at the end of 2008, up 78% on the 270,000 reported the previous year, according to data published by the national telecoms regulator, Agence de Regulation et de Controle des Telecom (ARCT). The sharp rise has been attributed to increased competition in the local market and mobile network expansion by the four active operators - U-Com, ONAMOB, Africell and Econet. Two more licensed operators, Lacell and HiTS Telecom are yet to launch services. U-Com claimed the lionís share with 344,830 users as at 31 December 2008, with the remainder split between its three rivals. ARCT is targeting 700,000 mobile subscribers in the country by 2010. The regulatorís report also highlighted earnings for the four cellcos reached BIF33.2 billion (USD27.31 million) in 2008, up from BIF25 billion the previous year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:31:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Figures from the European Commission show that the EU's telecoms sector (worth about 3% of EU GDP) continued to grow in 2008 with revenues estimated at above Ä300 billion (US$409 billion) - up 1.3% compared to 2007 and outperforming the rest of the economy (up by 1% only).

Europe also leads the world in mobile phone services with the number of subscriptions in 2008 at 119% of the EU population (up 7 percentage points from 2007), well ahead of the US (87%) and Japan (84%).

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:28:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 16, 2009

Nigeria has outdone South Africa to emerge as the largest mobile telecom market in Africa with more than 61 million mobile subscribers, according to a new report.

The report revealed that a continued growth in the country in the coming five years will trigger prompt further competition among the growing number of network operators.

Nigeriaís telecom market was liberalized in 2003, which paved a way to enormous growth rates and has bought in new operators.

The telecom market grew by 23% a year earlier, taking up $8.4 billion in overall telecom service revenues. The mobile penetration rate, at present, stands at 42%. Nigeriaís total telecom is forecasted to grow at CAGR of 5.7 percent from the existing US$8.42 billion in 2008 to $11.14 billion in 2013. Out of the total, 83% is attributed to mobile service revenue over the next five years.

Moreover, the expected launch of various mobile voice and data services is going to benefit the suppliers of mobile network technologies, while demand for CDMA and GSM base stations will stand strong over the next several years.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:47:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A report from the Moldovan telecoms regulator, Anrceti has said that in 2008, the number of fixed subscribers increased, compared to 2007, by 346,900 or by 3.2%, coming up 1.114 million. This is the lowest rate of increase in the recent years.

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The fixed telephony also gave in terms of sales. The turnover registered by fixed telephone service providers declined in 2008 by 5.85% and equaled to two billion 208 million lei, whereas the Average Revenue per Subscriber (ARPU) decreased by 9.97%, showing 167,8 lei. The decline was mainly the result of the decrease of several types of fixed traffic: local, long-distance and interconnection. But on the other hand, all types of mobile traffic increased considerably, bringing along a 22% increase over 2007 in the total of sales, coming up to two billion 914,7 million lei.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:33:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 12, 2009

According to a recently published report by DellíOro Group, the worldwide total mobile infrastructure market revenue grew 5 percent in 2008, driven by the nearly doubling and quadrupling of revenue of the WCDMA and WiMAX markets, respectively.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:34:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Moldova's National Regulatory Agency for Telecommunications (ANRTI) has reported that the countryís wireless market revenues increased by 22.6% to MDL2.915 billion (USD275.7 million) in 2008 compared to the year earlier. Orange Moldova posted the largest revenue of USD186.8 million, while the income of rivals Moldcell, Unite and Eventis reached USD71.8 million, USD12.9 million, and USD1.1 million respectively. According to the agency, total investment in the sector amounted to USD114.5 million in 2008, a 5.7% rise compared to the previous year. ANRTI attributed the rise in revenues to considerable growth in the number of wireless subscribers, especially within the 3G services segment. The total number of cellular subscribers grew 28.7% to 2.42 million in 2008, including 188,400 3G users. Wireless penetration per 100 residents increased from 55% in 2007 to 67.9% in 2008. The regulator did not release subscriber results for individual operators.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:31:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 09, 2009

Vietnamís telecommunications sector reportedly earned estimated revenue of $ 440 million dollars in the first month of this year, a year-on-year increase of 46.6% despite the countryís economic slowdown. According to Vietnamís General Statistics Office, Vietnam saw about 3.2 million telephone subscribers be registered in January this year, an increase of 160.4% over the same period last year. Mobile subscribers accounted for 85% of the total. Presently, Vietnam subscriber base totals to 82.6 million, of which Vietnamís two biggies, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Viettel Corporation rules 90% of the domestic market.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:11:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A report from IDATE says that the world telecom services market is estimated at US$1,365 billion in 2008 - a 4.2% increase over the year before - and is expected to be worth over US$1,416 billion in 2009. ­With a total turnover estimated at US$742.2 billion in 2008, mobile services account for 54% of the telecom services market and single handedly deliver all of the sectorís growth. But the annual growth rate has dropped from more than 12% in 2007 to 8% in 2008.

The mobile customer base worldwide grew by another 17% in 2008, but is offset by a steady decline in average revenue per user (ARPU) which dropped to US$17.50 a month in 2008. Meanwhile, fixed network services are stagnating.

The revenue generated by data services - whose growth is being spurred chiefly by broadband access - rose by US$20 billion in 2008, while fixed telephony revenue dropped by as much, even if the impact on the base is still limited: the number of fixed phone lines shrunk by just over 10 million during the year, i.e. by just under 1%. The number of broadband connections grew by close to 20% to 415 million at the end of 2008: with an average density of 6.4 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants, this market still has considerable room to grow, especially in emerging economies. In more advanced markets, broadband density is over 30%, i.e. between 70% and 80% of households are already equipped.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:42:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 14, 2009

­The Kazakhstan telecoms market was worth KZT 379 billion (US$3.2 billion) in 2008 - representing 3% of the country's GDP, reports the official news agency, Kazinform. The agency was citing the Chairman of the Agency for Information and Communications, Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev.

Mr. Yessekeyev emphasized high rates of growth of cellular operators, tough competition on the market and growth of their incomes over the last year. According to the Agencyí data, the number of mobile phone subscribers had topped 15 million people, and teledensity had reached 98 percent.

ďThe data was received on the basis of the sold SIM-cardsĒ, he clarified.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:42:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Russia's second largest mobile operator Vimpelcom psts its Q3'08 revenues of $2.84 billion, up 45.3% since last year, driven by a strong subscriber base. OIBDA grew by 36.7% to $1.38 billion, giving a margin of 48.8%. Net income rose by 41.3% to $269 million. Capex doubled since 2007 to $692.9 million from $339 million. Vimpelcom's Russian operation's revenues rose by 46.8% in Q3'08 since last year to $2.4 billion. Revenues from the Beeline mobile operation rose 23.2% to $2.03 billion. OIBDA in the Russian mobile segment reached $1.2billion, a rise of 39.3% from 871 million in Q3'07. Vimpelcom, at the end of Q3'08 had a subscriber base of 45.09 million in Russia, generating ARPU of $15.2, up 19.5% from 2007.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 10:45:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

OTE, Greece largest telecoms firm, posts a rise of 30% to $260.4 million in net proft in the third quarter attributed to a strong performance in its mobile phone units. The revenues increase to 0.7% to euro1.64 billion from euro1.63 billion in the third quarter of 2007. OTE chairman and CEO Panagis Vourloumis said strong results in the mobile phone sector more than offset a ĀgmediocreĀh performance in fixed-line revenues in Greece. The company said, OTE expects 2009 profits to Āgat least matchĀh this yearĀfs, despite the global economic crisis. The Greek Government and Deutsche Telekom smacked a deal in May on sharing OTE ownership and management control. GreeceĀfs parliament has approved the deal in June, the government and Deutsche Telekom each control 25 % plus one share of OTE.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 10:33:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 28, 2008

Indonesian Mobile Market flying the rating chart, subsequently the mobile operators are busy positioning themselves as growth starts to slow and competition becomes more stiff. The operators have to offer best of its price to expand its subscriber base as well as to build market share. It is anticipated that new entrants in alliance with foreign partners will bring a change in the shape of the market.

According to sources, Indonesia has by far the highest level of CHURN, 11.2%. ARPU in 2Q, 2008 was USD 5.70, among the lowest in the world and ARPU declines accelerated to 23% YoY in 2Q, 2008, compared to -15.3% in 1Q, 2008. The Indonesia mobile market scenario is one of the most challenging in the world, with operators caught in a low-ARPU, high churn market environment. It posted EBITDA margins at 56 % in 2Q, 2008.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:46:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 25, 2008

SMS will continue to maintain its lead as the highest revenue generator across all messaging categories, providing global service revenues of $177 billion in 2013. But in a recent report from ABI Research, regional differences will determine the success of messaging expansion into the Web, advertising, and the incorporation of mobile messaging within social networking media.

ďInnovative companies are exploring opportunities for expanding mobile messaging access to Web sites as well as targeting customers with content and ads,Ē says principal analyst Dan Shey. ďTo be successful with these enhanced services, companies that supply mobile messaging products and services must understand the regional distributions for customer type, payment preferences, message delivery method, and usage.Ē

For instance, developed regions of North America and Europe have the highest messaging ARPUs, and send the most messages from the computer to the mobile device using IM; Asia-Pacific subscribers sign up for the most SMS alert services; and Latin Americans are heavy SMS users, but prefer pay-as-you-go for all messaging services. Additionally, these regional differences will cause established messaging suppliers to reevaluate their business models.

ďDevice vendors and messaging platform suppliers serving the global market will have to manage across markets where growth is king Ė and other markets where product differentiation is king,Ē continues Shey. ďThis is a great time for smaller companies to develop new products and services individually and in partnerships to serve the niche needs of a region or country.Ē

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, July 25, 2008 2:38:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Second quarter results from America Movil (AM) show a 25% rise in net income from the same period last year, up to MXN17.7 billion (USD1.74 billion) in the three months ended 30 June 2008. The Latin American group also added 6.1 million subscribers, with Brazil welcoming 1.9 million of those, closely followed by Mexico, 1.3 million. The additions bring AMís total subscriber base to 165.3 million, with revenue in the second quarter reaching MXN84.6 billion (USD8.32 billion), an increase of 13.6% year-on-year. Highlights of the second quarter included the award of a 20-year wireless licence in Panama in May, bringing to 18 the total countries where AM now holds wireless concessions.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 12:35:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China's CCID Consulting, has reported that with the drive of export and domestic demands, China's mobile phone output continues to grow in 2007, reaching 554 million sets, with a growth rate of 25.4%. The export volume wass 322 million sets, which accounts for 58.2% of all phones made in the country. Currently, China's global mobile phone manufacturing base is quite steady. Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have transferred their capacities to China; because of this factor, the export volume of China's mobile phone increases 26.2%. Meanwhile, China's domestic mobile phone enterprises' capacity increases are evident, especially ZTE, Huawei and K-Touch.

Brand Structure

The size of China's mobile phone chip market reached 84.41 billion Yuan in 2007, up 23.9% over 2006.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:24:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 21, 2008

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Brazil's two leading mobile phone companies, Vivo Participacoes and TIM Participacoes, saw their share of the local mobile phone market slip in June, while America Movil's Claro and Tele Norte Leste Participacoes, or Oi, expanded share, according to data released by telecommunications regulator Anatel Thursday.

Vivo, which is jointly owned by Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom, saw its market share fall to 30.36% in June from 30.45% in May, while No. 2 operator TIM Participacoes, a local unit of Telecom Italia, saw its share fall to 25.40% from 25.60%

Claro's market share rose to 24.87% in June from 24.75% in May. Oi had 15.25% in June, up from 15.09% in May.

Cellphones in circulation totaled 133.2 million at the end of June, with net additions of 2.6 million in the month. The market continues to expand rapidly as operators chase new clients with promotions.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, July 21, 2008 1:24:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Eesti Telekom, the Estonian operator, has reported its financial results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2008, revealing a net profit of EUR6.5 million (USD10.3 million), a 6.4% fall from June 2007. Revenues fell to EUR100.1 million (USD158 million), as a result of the reduction in interconnection fees by the state regulator in November 2007. Eesti also indicated that slowing sales of telecoms equipment had impacted revenues, with the operator also confirming it is to continue its strategy of reducing personnel to cut operating costs. Wireless subscriber figures show a rise from last year, up to 755,000, and according to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms database, Eesti operates both GSM and 3G services under its Eesti Mobiiltelefon subsidiary, claiming 47% market share.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 21, 2008 1:13:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 18, 2008

According to the annual report of the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC), sales in the country's electronic communications market (telecoms, TV and radio) reached GEL1.1 billion (USD784 million) in 2007, up 10% year-on-year. The sector accounts for 6.6% of Georgia's overall GDP, down from 7.5% in 2006. Cellcos earned 63.3% of overall revenues, ahead of fixed line telcos with 29.5% and TV and radio broadcasters with 7.2%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, July 18, 2008 12:10:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 14, 2008

Since 2005, mobile operators are noticing a steady depreciation of average revenue per user (ARPU). The reality is the European mobile market is saturated with over 100 percent of its population owning mobiles. Revenue growth strategies rooted in acquiring new customers are rendered ineffective. As a result, providers scrambled for state of the art services and applications for mobile devices. Headed by Italy, Europe found success with this infotainment solution. By late 2007, 2.6 million Europeans were already using mobile TV. Now the future of the mobile market in Eastern Europe rests in the growing popularity in mobile TV.

"Mobile TV refers to the transmission of audiovisual content to mobile devices," reports Frost and Sullivan Research Analyst, Saverio Romeo. "It means viewing any content on the move, anywhere and anytime. This concept completely changes the usage of audiovisual services, and consequently, the consumer's experience. In fact, the mobility not only allows users to view content on the move, but also to share content on the point of inspiration with other users introducing new forms of interactivity."

Eastern European countries are already tapping into Europe's success. New technologies such as MediaFLO, T-DMB, DVB-H and TDtv are being reviewed in various countries. In Poland, the Office for Electronic Communications (UKE) has launched the tender for 38 channels to major cities within the country. In Russia, MTS, the market leader, is ready to launch a mobile TV service offering 20 channels. In Hungary, the four companies of Vodafone Hungary, Nokia-Siemens Networks, T-Mobile Hungary, and Antenna Hungaria together launched a trial of a DVB-H network in Budapest in January 2008. The Czech Republic and Romania will not be left behind. Since the end of 2006, T-Mobile Czech Republic is running DVB-H trials in Prague with the help of the media company, Radiokomunikace. Orange Romania is currently orchestrating trials in Bucharest.

The inspiring success story of the Italian mobile operator, 3 Italia, commanded the attention of western and eastern European countries alike. "In 2006, 3 Italia launched its mobile TV (DVB-H) service. 3 Italia started the service in time for the football world cup and so had an astonishing take-up rate. The reason for this success was quite simple," says Saverio. "Football supporters do not really care about technologies. They want to view their teams when they are not at home at a good quality and at a package, which meets the needs of their wallets. 3 Italia managed to do all of this. The Italian mobile operator gained 400,000 subscriptions in 10 months. At the end of 2007, almost 900,000 Italians used 3 Italia's mobile TV platform. At the beginning of June 2008, 3 Italia launched a mobile TV service out of charge and ad-based."

The 2.6 million current European consumers are driven by three major factors: content quality, cost of service, and cost of mobile device. Satisfying the target consumers, in Eastern Europe, brings challenges for the operators and providers. Success depends on having 3G and beyond 3G network coverage for unicast (streaming video to a mobile device via the cellular networks) and on-demand solutions. Operators and providers must also establish and pay for the high cost of quality network infrastructures like DVB-H. The regulatory framework should be established to allocate spectrum. Along with this, handsets with sufficient audiovisual functionalities and easy-to-use interface must be readily available. Finally, the price must be attractive enough to draw in a vast audience.

The evident success of this new mobile service offers an exciting opportunity for mobile operators and providers in Eastern European countries, as they jump on the mobile TV bandwagon.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, July 14, 2008 11:14:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Operator-billed service revenues across the Africa & Middle East region are expected to rise to more than $107 billion in 2013, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

The report found that growth would be driven by mobile data services, fuelled by the greater availability and wider variety of rich-media content coupled with lower browsing costs. However, it noted that regional operator-billed voice revenues were likely to peak in 2011 and would subsequently fall away due to increasingly competitive pricing in that sector.

According to Juniper Research report author Dr Windsor Holden, "While the downward trend in regional ARPU will continue as adoption increases amongst lower-usage customers, we expect the decline in voice ARPU to be partially offset by an increase in data revenues, both amongst 2.5G and 3G customers."

The report also observed that the region was likely to witness a surge in the growth of mobile financial services, with a raft of operator-led payment initiatives such as M-PESA and mobile banking providers such as WIZZIT having already gained substantial user bases.

Other findings from the Juniper Research report include:

  • The Middle East/Africa mobile user base is to grow at an average annual rate of 10.5% between 2008 and 2013
  • Mobile data services are expected to contribute 24% of operator-billed service revenues in 2013, against just 9% in 2008
  • Saudi Arabia will provide the largest share of cumulative regional revenues over the forecast period, followed by Nigeria

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 2:34:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

MANILA -(Dow Jones)- Philippine Long Distance Telephone Tuesday said the number of subscribers to its mobile service, the group's main revenue earner, has exceeded 33 million at the end of June.

The country's largest telephone company by revenue said the figure reflects a net addition of over 1.6 million subscribers in the second quarter alone.

At the end of 2007, PLDT had a total 30 million mobile phone subscribers.

No other details were provided in PLDT's disclosure to the stock exchange.

Its chairman Manuel Pangilinan earlier said the company is sticking to its guidance that this year's core profit will rise 5% to PHP37 billion despite threats from surging inflation, which threaten to damp spending and increase the company's costs.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 7:49:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports that worldwide service provider capex (capital expenditures) totaled $248.8 billion in 2007, a 7% increase from 2006. Infonetics' report projects a spike in worldwide carrier capex in 2008, followed by a plateau in 2010 and a decline in 2011, and emphasizes that the weak US dollar is inflating current growth rates in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, and Japan.

 

"Our capex analysis indicates we are in the fourth year of an investment phase, and we may be reaching the plateau this year in both North America and Europe, where large service providers' capital intensity (the ratio of capex to revenue) will likely be as low as 12%. Meanwhile, China and India will drive a significant jump in carrier capex in 2008 as a result of network construction projects combined with currency appreciation against the US dollar. Both countries are still posting double-digit revenue growth in their native currencies, which, converted in US dollars creates a big spike in worldwide carrier revenue as well," said Stťphane Tťral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

  • Telecom service providers earned a combined $1.5 trillion in annual worldwide revenue in 2007, up 10% from 2006, with currency appreciation making up the bulk of the growth, while the rest came from wireless services
  • Carriers are increasingly investing in application software (vs. hardware) for media rich applications such as content, storage, and security for broadband based wireline and wireless services
  • Current investment drivers for carrier spending: convergence between IT, media, Internet, and telecom, which is adding new competitive pressures to carriers, and the shift from legacy TDM to next generation IP networks
  • The world's 10 largest service providers (ranked by 2007 revenue) are AT&T, Verizon, NTT, Deutsche Telekom, France Tťlťcom, Vodafone, Telefůnica, China Mobile, BT, and Sprint
  • The next largest service providers include Telecom Italia, Comcast, and KDDI, which, according to their most recent growth rates, are poised to join the top 10
  • The incumbent share of North American carrier capex jumped from 56% to 63% in 2007; MSOs are expected to increase their share of North American carrier capex by 2011
  • The Asia Pacific telecom industry is squeezed between 2 opposite market forces: a saturated market made of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan characterized by flat to decreasing capex, and a fast growing market driven by China and India, characterized by double digit growth for both capex and revenue
  • Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) service provider revenue jumped 29% between 2006 and 2007
  • Mobile infrastructure makes up the bulk of total equipment capex in 2007, accounting for about 20%, followed by voice infrastructure, optical equipment, and broadband aggregation equipment
  • WiMAX equipment spending by service providers as a portion of total carrier capex has roughly doubled each year since 2004, and will continue to increase its share in the near term, driven by major WiMAX projects in the US, India, and Latin America.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:42:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A new analysis of the mobile payments opportunity forecasts that the gross transaction value of payments made via mobile phone for digital goods (such as music, tickets and games) and physical goods (typically gifts and books) will exceed $300bn globally by 2013.

A region by region analysis by Juniper Research found that there is a significant and immediate opportunity for mobile payment services, systems, software and supporting services to underpin the processing of this value of payment transactions by 2013. With applications and service case studies, the study explores how the mobile phone is developing into a payment tool that will be used by more and more people, more and more often in future.

Report author Howard Wilcox noted: "Merchants in North America and Western Europe are just starting to realise the potential of a mobile web presence as a fourth channel to market. Retailers should be evaluating the benefits of the mobile web, and be mindful of the success of regular ecommerce sites in generating sales. They need to move quickly to exploit the opportunity presented, and ensure that they maintain ease of use for their customers who are already familiar with web shopping from their PCs."

Highlights from the report include:

  • Global annual gross transaction value will grow over 5 times by 2013
  • The ticketing segment will be driven by consumer usage on rail, air and bus networks as well as sports and entertainment events. This will represent over 40% of the global transaction value by 2013
  • The top 2 regions (Far East and W. Europe) will represent over 60% of the $300bn p.a. global mobile payment gross transaction value by 2013 for digital and physical goods

Western Europe is currently dominated by digital goods and services sold via SMS, whereas the Far East & China region (specifically Japan) is already well established in physical goods sales over the mobile web, and has been for a number of years.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 3:03:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pioneer Consulting has published a new report which shows that a significant portion of multimedia content on mobile phones is either user generated or is simply being stored on the handset. This content, termed User Originated Content (UOC) is being increasingly shared with friends, family and contacts on social networks. With handsets starting to have Bluetooth, WiFi and WiMAX capabilities, end users can use alternative networks to share content, effectively bypassing the operatorís mobile network and the content value chain. Pioneer Consulting estimates that as a result of users sharing content and bypassing the existing value chain, $16.4 billion worth of revenue opportunity will be at risk by 2012. This is estimated to be more than a quarter of the total revenue opportunity for that year.

However, the study says that all is not lost yet and operators can play a key role in preventing this disruption from happening. To begin, mobile operators need to re-evaluate the applicability of the traditional client-server content delivery architecture in an environment where a large portion of the content originates from the handset. In addition, operators need to realize that there will be a bandwidth bottleneck between the base station and the handset due to an oversubscribed air interface, especially in the case of bandwidth heavy multimedia content.

Robert Hsieh, author of the report says that, ďMobile operators need to embrace peer to peer (P2P) methodologies within their own networks and focus on the advantages of using both assisted P2P and augmented P2P to mitigate the disruptionĒ. Aditya Kaul, Senior Analyst, Emerging Wireless at Pioneer adds that, ďP2P is generally treated with contempt by operators and has now become the 'P' word that should never be uttered. It is more of an attitude problem rather than an engineering one, and unless operators wake up to the reality of the situation, we cannot even begin to solve the problemĒ.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:25:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 11, 2008

During the period 2007-2012, the worldwide mobile subscriber base is expected to increase by 1.8 billion. Around 67 percent of these new subscribers, i.e., a little above 1.2 billion subscribers, are expected to come from just 10 fast-growing country markets worldwide. Of these top 10 growth markets, nine have been identified as high-volume, low-ARPU [Average-Revenue-Per-User] emerging mobile markets with significant potential in the next five years.

A new report from Portio Research identified only ONE truly wealthy nation among this top 10, the United States of America, home to one of the highest ARPU rates in the world, yet also the 4th biggest growth market of the 2007-2012 period.

The US is expected to add more than 65 million mobile subscribers to the worldwide subscriber base in the period 2007-2012.

The report notes that this might look relatively insignificant compared to the massive numbers expected to be added from high-growth markets such as China (542 million) and India (282 million), but what makes the US mobile market an interesting market to study is the observation that a new mobile subscriber in the US is expected to generate between three and 13 times as much revenue expected from a new mobile subscriber in China, India and the other emerging markets in the top 10 in 2012.

Compounding this aggressive growth is the high ARPU network operators in the US achieve from their subscribers. Unlike many other mature mobile markets, where ARPU is in slow decline, in the US ARPU is forecast to remain high, even increasing slightly from 2007 levels as we move forward over the next 4 or 5 years. While the US will contribute only around 5.5 percent to the total number of new subscribers that are expected from the top 10 markets in the period 2007-2012, in terms of revenue, the country will account for around 25.2 percent of the total mobile service revenues generated by these 10 markets in 2012.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:29:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 05, 2008

Increasing adoption of messaging and content services is expected to push operator-billed data revenues in South America from $8.7 billion in 2008 to more than $23.3 billion by 2013, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

The report found that as voice revenues are coming under ever-increasing pressure from competitive pricing and regulatory intervention, operators are seeking to enhance their portfolios of on-portal content. However, it also cautioned that excessive retail price points and data download costs were continuing to restrict the development of rich media services across the region.

According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, ďAlthough weíve witnessed a quite remarkable surge in subscriber growth across the region over the past three years, South America continues to lag behind the rest of the world in terms of its uptake of non-voice services. And while this can in part be attributed to the historical difficulties around interoperability which delayed mass adoption of SMS services, it is also fair to say that the high cost of games, browsing and mobile video has acted as a significant inhibitor to growthĒ.

Nevertheless, the report expressed optimism that costs would fall and adoption rates rise, with content usage likely to receive a further boost as operatorsí recently launched 3G services steadily gain subscribers.

Other findings include:
South American mobile user base is expected to rise from 411 million in 2008 to 556 million in 2013
Total operator-billed voice revenues for the region are expected to peak in 2011 at $67.3 billion and will decline thereafter
Mexico will retain the highest blended ARPU across the region throughout the forecast period, marginally ahead of Chile.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, June 05, 2008 9:08:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 29, 2008

Regulator Cofetel has revealed that Mexico's telecoms sector grew 36.4% in the first three months of 2008, 13 percentage points higher than during the corresponding period last year, and 14 times greater than GDP growth during the quarter. Trunking services were up 35.2%, driven by new service bundles and increased coverage, while the satellite segment grew 22.7%. Long-distance traffic rose 5.6% and international outgoing traffic did likewise by 3.4%. Meanwhile, calling rates dropped 6.6% in real terms, partly down to a 7.4% decline in local telephony rates and reductions by 16.5% and 13% for post-paid and pre-paid mobile calling rates respectively. Finally, mobile traffic increased by the largest amount in the last seven years, up 60.5% as the country's total wireless subscriber base grew 18% year-on-year to reach 70.6 million. BNamericas reports that despite the positive quarter, Cofetel did not rule out a possible negative impact on the sector resulting from the slowdown in the US economy. However, Cofetel stated that the upcoming auctions for 3G and WiMAX concessions later this year would help boost the sector.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, May 29, 2008 8:33:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Media Analyst Screen Digest has just published its latest report and says that it believes the market for rich media advertising on mobile will reach US$2.79 billion by 2012, with global mobile TV advertising accounting for the lions share at US$2.44 billion. In terms of the formats that will deliver this revenue, there are those that will deliver, and those that will disappoint.

Rich media mobile advertising market forecast by region

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Source: Celluar News.

3G | Mobile | Revenues
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 3:30:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Netherlandsí incumbent fixed and mobile operator KPN Telecom has reported a 3.5% annual rise in first-quarter core net profit, driven by strong growth at its international mobile operations, and says there are strong indications that its Dutch businesses are beginning to bottom out.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 3:16:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 24, 2008

Batelco has posted a 10.8% year-on-year rise in net profit to BHD27.4 million (USD72.7 million) for the first quarter of 2008, on revenues that were driven up 17.4% by overseas operations to BHD78.1 million. A company official said that the Bahraini former monopoly achieved a milestone of over 700,000 mobile subscribers in the Kingdom by the end of March, whilst its consolidated group mobile user base reached 3.3 million. Foreign operations now contribute approximately a third of Batelcoís revenues and more than 20% of its operating income.

Batelco also announced that its pre-paid wireless customers can now enjoy mobile broadband services on handsets, laptops and datacard-equipped devices at maximum downstream connection speeds of 3.6Mbps. The operator has expanded its HSDPA-based O-Net Mobile Broadband service to the pre-paid segment following a contract-only launch at the beginning of this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 1:37:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Wireless network operator SK Telecom has reported a 3% decline in its first-quarter net profit as a result of higher expenses. Net income for the three months ended 31 March 2008 was SKW382.89 billion (USD387 million), down from SKW396.31 billion in the same period of 2007. Operating revenue for the quarter rose 5% to SKW2,837 billion from SKW2,712 billion a year earlier, but was down 3% on the SKW2,916 billion recorded in the preceding fourth quarter. The company's total subscribers base rose 8% year-on-year to 22.37 million, despite monthly churn rising from 2.6% to 3.1%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 1:36:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Revenue from mobile media and entertainment (MME) services in the US will more than double during the next five years, according to the latest research from Analysys. US MME services (excluding messaging, and mobile browsing and data charges) generated US$3.1 billion in revenue in 2007, and Analysys Research forecasts that revenue will grow to $6.6 billion in 2012, at a compound annual growth rate of 16.3%. The strongest growth will not occur until after 2010, as the technical and market environment for MME services improves, according to the latest Analysys report, Mobile Media and Entertainment in the US: forecasts 2007-2012.

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Analysys Research forecasts that MME services will account for 12.3% of non-voice service revenue in the US by 2012. Mobile TV and VoD services will experience the highest growth rate of any MME service during the next five years. When combined, broadcast and unicast TV and video services will account for 36% of MME revenue by 2012. By contrast, revenue from personalization services will decline from 47% of total MME revenue in 2007 to 17% in 2012.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:40:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 17, 2008

Russia's largest mobile phone operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has reported that net profit for 2007 almost doubled to USD2.07 billion compared to USD1.08 billion in 2006. Revenue for the year ended 31 December 2007 increased 29% to USD8.25 billion from USD6.38 billion. Consolidated OIBDA grew 31% to USD4.223 billion, with OIBDA margin amounting to 51.2%, up from 50.6% in 2006. Subscriber numbers across the group's operations rose 13% to 85.77 million, while it gained 6.21 million new subscribers in Russia during 2007.

On a quarterly basis, MTSís net profit more than quadrupled in the final three months of the year to USD460 million compared to USD110 million in same period of 2006. This was less than analysts had anticipated, but revenues, which rose to USD2.33 billion in the period from USD1.81 billion a year ago, were higher than forecasted. MTS said monthly ARPU rose to USD10 in Russia in the fourth quarter.

MTS said it expects revenues to grow by at least 25% in 2008, fuelled by an increase in the demand for voice services and a higher consumption of extra services and data transfer. The company plans capital expenditure of up to USD2.5 billion for the year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 1:43:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A report published by Pyramid Research says that mobile data will account for 29 percent of the global mobile service revenue in 2012, up from 19 percent in 2007. Clearly, the mobile data opportunity is soaring: the 2007 mobile data revenue was more than double what it was in 2004, and Pyramid Research expects it to double again to $300 billion by 2012.

The report also said that more than 60 percent of worldwide mobile data revenue will come from developed markets through 2012, despite the fact that 85 percent of the world's population lives in emerging markets. However, mobile data revenue in emerging markets will grow more than 50 percent faster than developed markets from 2007 to 2012

Mobile data revenue outlook, 2007 to 2012: Developed vs. emerging markets

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:27:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 07, 2008

Russiaís largest cellular operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), will report revenues of more than USD8 billion for 2007, up 25% on the 2006 figure. Though full financial statistics have still to be released for 2007, MTS says its annual sales growth beat its own forecasts of around 22%. MTS had 85 million mobile subscribers in Russia and the CIS at the end of 2007, including 57.4 million in its domestic market. Last week MTS was reported to have made a USD1 billion offer to acquire smaller rival SMARTS Group, though the company has still to comment on the reports.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, April 07, 2008 2:04:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 04, 2008

Privately owned Thai telco TT&Tís consolidated revenues in 2007 rose by 8% to THB6.932 billion (USD222 million), largely driven by broadband sales, according to a company release. Despite the turnover increase, the operator recorded a net loss of THB2.028 billion, almost double the loss of THB1.08 billion recorded in 2006. Moreover, the earnings before exchange rate and income tax gains worsened year-on-year from a net loss of THB2.372 billion in 2006 to a net loss of THB2.606 in 2007 due mainly to the decline in revenue from fixed line voice services and start-up operating costs of new services which are expected to generate a large proportion of revenue in the future. TT&T had 1.23 million local fixed lines in service at the end of December 2007, down from 1.24 million a year before.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, April 04, 2008 7:54:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Russian wireline operator PeterStar has reported revenues of USD117 million in 2007, up 23% year-on-year. EBITDA grew 20% to USD56 million and net profit was up 40% at USD33 million, CNews reports. The firm says revenues from data transmission and internet access services were up 34% annually and now account for 36% of overall sales. PeterStar is an affiliate of the Synterra group and operates in Russiaís North West region.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 3:54:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Worldwide mobile advertising is projected to surpass $2.7 billion in 2008, up from $1.7 billion in 2007, but the market has developed slowly and obstacles remain, according to Gartner. Ease of use and relevancy to consumers are two important factors that must be addressed to help build momentum in the mobile advertising market.

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Despite challenges to the market, the industry is still poised for consistent growth. By the end of 2011 worldwide mobile advertising revenue is forecast to surpass $12.8 billion.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:57:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 31, 2008

According to a new report from Portio Research, forecasts predict that 2008 will be the year that the worldwide mobile industry becomes a one Trillion US Dollar industry. For an industry to go from zero to USD 1 trillion in just 20 years is a staggering achievement, equal to a CAGR of almost 30 percent sustained for 20 years, an achievement previously unequalled by any other industry at any time in human history.

2007 became the year to see worldwide mobile handset shipments exceed 1 billion for the first time, and as 2008 begins so the world also crosses the highly significant 50 percent mobile penetration point, and the industry enters a year where gross industry revenues are set to reach 1 trillion Dollars. This is truly an exciting time to be in the mobile and wireless industry.

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In 2007, worldwide, non-voice services accounted for 18.9 percent of total mobile services revenues, and this figure looks set to keep growing, reaching more than 25.5 percent by the end of 2012. To put that in context, worldwide consumer spending on non-voice mobile services in 2012 will exceed US$251 Billion - more than a quarter of a trillion Dollars per annum.

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Portio Research's forecasts show that in 2008, 88.9 percent of total MNO service revenues worldwide will come from voice and SMS, and that figure is likely to remain as high as 85 percent even by the end of 2011. But that still leaves more than US$161 billion from data services in 2008, rising to over US$251 by 2011.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 31, 2008 10:54:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 25, 2008

China Netcom has posted an unexpected increase in full-year profit after signing up more broadband subscribers than expected. Net income for the twelve months ended 31 December 2007 rose to RMB10.58 billion (USD1.5 billion), from RMB10.55 billion a year earlier. Sales rose to RMB84 billion from a restated RMB84.1 billion in 2006. During the year Netcomís broadband subscriber base rose 37% to 19.77 million, while its local access customers fell by 2.8% to 110.82 million, of which 84.6 million were fixed line (down 2.3% year-on-year) and 26.2 million PHS (down 4.1%). Broadband ARPU climbed 3.9% to RMB67.4 while the corresponding figure for local access slipped by 9.6% to RMB36.6.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:50:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 20, 2008

Greek alternative fixed line and broadband operator ForthNetís full year 2007 net losses widened to EUR32.5 million (USD60.0 million) from EUR16.7 million in 2006, on increased costs of local loop unbundling (LLU) and subscriber acquisition. Annual revenues grew 21.7% year-on-year to EUR119 million, as broadband subscribers doubled in twelve months to reach approximately 200,000 at the end of December (and subsequently reached 210,000 at the end of February 2008). LBITDA widened from EUR5 million in 2006 to EUR20 million last year, but the company expects to start posting gains in the second half of 2008 on improved operating performance and a new LLU subscriber acquisition cost accounting method. ForthNetís CAPEX reached EUR64.3 million in 2007, up from EUR36 million the previous year. As of February 2008 it claimed to be Greeceís market leader for LLU customers with a 35% market share.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 4:37:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

T-Home, the fixed line division of German incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT), is forecasting a drop in revenues of between 4% and 6% during 2008, and a decline in EBITDA of 5% to 8%, according to T-Home CEO Timotheus Hoettges. Results for the full year 2007, published last month, showed falls of 8% in revenue and 14% in EBITDA. Hoettges said that the current decline should be stemmed by 2010, when increases in broadband customers will entirely offset losses in fixed line telephony. He added that cost savings of up to EUR1 billion (USD1.57 billion) are expected in the coming year, most of which will be used to attract new customers. The telco hopes to attract an additional 1.6 million DSL customers in Germany by the close of 2008. Hoetgess said that he expects that T-Home's revenue and EBITDA decreases will level out by 2010, when the fixed line losses have been entirely offset by increases in broadband customers and revenues.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 4:35:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pan-African cellular operator MTN has reported a 42% jump in revenues for 2007 to ZAR73.1 billion (USD10.3 billion). Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 42% to ZAR31.8 billion, though increased finance charges and a higher tax charge saw net profits fall from ZAR12.1 billion in 2006 to ZAR11.9 billion last year. The MTN group recorded 61.4 million subscribers at 31 December 2007, a 53% increase from 40.2 million at end-December 2006. The total includes 14.8 million customers in its domestic market of South Africa and 16.5 million in Nigeria. Average revenues per user have declined across most of MTNís operations following increases in lower usage pre-paid customer numbers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:14:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China Mobile has announced that its net profit rose 31.9% in 2007 to RMB87.06 billion (USD12.31 billion) on the back of strong subscriber growth and improved airtime usage. China's largest mobile operator said turnover in the twelve months ended 31 December 2007 grew 20.9% to RMB356.96 billion from RMB295.36 billion a year earlier. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 21.6% to RMB194 billion, while earnings per share rose 31% to RMB4.35.

Operationally, the worldís largest wireless network operator added 68.11 million net new subscribers during the year to take its total to 369.34 million. Monthly average minutes of use per customer was 455 minutes, up from an average of 381 in 2006, while monthly ARPU was steady at RMB89.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:13:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Boris Piedra, general manager of Etapa Telecom, has told BNamericas that his company forecasts revenues of USD3.3 million in 2008 and more than USD4 million in 2009, up from the USD2.5 million level recorded in 2007. Etapa Telecom has recently inked an agreement with Huawei for the deployment of a next generation network (NGN). Piedra said that the company's nationwide expansion programme requires a total investment of USD20 million. According to BNamericas, in the voice segment Etapa Telecom currently provides fixed services via rented infrastructure to approximately 1,000 subscribers in Cuenca and Guayaquil. Piedra stated that the company is targeting 5,000 voice telephony subscribers by the end of 2008 and 15,000 clients by end-2009. Etapa Telecom is fully controlled by Cuenca's municipally owned multi-utility Etapa.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:07:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kuwaitís National Mobile Telecommunications Co (Wataniya) has reported a 51.5% rise in profit for 2007 at KWD80.7 million (USD282.6 million) on revenues of KWD407.6 million, up 26% year-on-year. The firm, which is a subsidiary of Qatar Telecom, is predicting further rises in profits and revenues in 2008. 52% of sales came from Wataniyaís domestic market in 2007, with the remainder from its operations in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and the Maldives. Wataniya had 9.54 million subscribers across its mobile operations at the end of December.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:29:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 14, 2008

The Asia-Pacific mobile video services market is expected to see huge growth potential as mobile operators continue to spend millions on developing innovative services and content to arrest the declining average revenue per user (ARPU). Mobile TV, essentially an extension of mobile video services, in particular is seen as a new killer application that could potentially bring alternative source of revenues for carriers.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the mobile video services market - covering 12 Asia-Pacific countries ex-Japan - earned revenues of over US$440 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach US$1.88 billion by end-2013, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 27.4 percent (2007-2013).

While South Korea (which accounted for 87 percent or US$383.7 million of the revenues in 2007) will remain as the biggest market for mobile video in Asia-Pacific (outside of Japan), other potential leading markets include Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, March 14, 2008 12:50:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 13, 2008

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the combination of greater 3G adoption and a marked increase in rich media, made-for-mobile content will drive mobile entertainment revenues to $47.5 billion by 2010.

However, the Juniper report cautions that entertainment service adoption will be retarded unless improvements are made in areas such as the user interface, network coverage and the excessive cost of data services. It also notes that in some mobile areas -- such as gambling, adult content and some social networking services -- national and international legislation could either adversely impact on growth, or in some cases prevent any service deployment.

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Source: Cellular News.

3G | Mobile | Revenues
Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:21:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Israeli telco Bezeq has announced results for the year ended 31 December 2007. Revenue for the twelve month period rose 1.4% to ILS12.4 billion (USD3.5 billion) from ILS12.2 billion recorded in 2006. Operating profits jumped 49.3% to ILS2.3 billion, while EBITDA increased by 19.7% to ILS4.1 billion, with EBITDA margin increasing to 33.1% from 28%. Bezeqís operating areas had mixed results; wireless subsidiary Pelephone and international services provider Bezeq International saw increases in revenues of 4.6% and 27.7% respectively to ILS4.7 billion and ILS1.3 billion. By contrast Bezeqís fixed line operations saw revenues slip 1.5% to ILS5.7 billion, falling from ILS5.8 billion the year before. Net profits Ė not given in the case of the fixed line operations Ė increased for Bezeq International (up 59.4%) and Pelephone (up 20.4%) to ILS153 million and ILS585 million. Bezeq states that the increases in revenue for 2007 were driven by rising demand for broadband and cellular services, as well as an increase in subscriber numbers following several marketing initiatives, and a focus on operating efficiency.

Operationally; Pelephoneís wireless subscriber base rose 8% to 2.6 million of which 749,000 (28%) were connected to its 3G network. Wireline broadband customers rose by 8% to 963,000, although active fixed lines fell by 1.7% to 2.7 million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:19:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 10, 2008

Slovak Telekom has posted total revenue of SKK31.5 billion (USD1.5 billion) for 2007, up 3.1% year-on-year, as a 7.8% increase in mobile revenue more than offset a 1.9% in fixed line sales. EBITDA grew 19.3% to SKK16.3 billion while net income almost trebled to SKK6.2 billion. While strong customer growth in the mobile and broadband sectors helped boost the results, net income was affected by one-off gains from the sales of Radiokomunikacie and real estate, as well as the release of reserves following success in a major legal competition case.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 10, 2008 9:59:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Swisscom has announced that in the year ended 31 December 2007 revenues rose 14.9% to CHF11.09 billion (USD10.7 billion), while EBITDA was 18.9% higher at CHF4.5 billion. The increase was primarily attributable to Swisscomís May 2007 acquisition of Italian ISP Fastweb. On a like-for-like basis net revenue increased by 0.3%; declining revenues from its traditional fixed line business were offset by growth in its outsourcing business and broadband operations. Gains from the sale of subsidiaries Antenna Hungaria and Infonet helped the company report a 29.4% increase in net income for the year, to CHF2.07 billion.

At the end of 2007 Swisscom claimed 5.29 million fixed lines in service, of which 1.6 million were DSL. At the same date the company had 5.01 million wireless customers, a net increase of 375,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 10, 2008 9:25:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 06, 2008

Turkeyís largest mobile operator by subscribers Turkcell has reported full year 2007 net profit that rose by 54% year-on-year to USD1.35 billion, as consolidated revenues climbed 35% to USD6.3 billion. The GSM providerís annual EBITDA reached USD2.6 billion, up 44.3% on its 2006 figure. Turkcellís group subscriber base grew by 19.5% on an annual basis to 47.1 million (35.4 million of them in Turkey) as of 31 December 2007, with domestic annualised monthly ARPU rising by 18% year-on-year to USD14.3 (USD12.1), and average monthly minutes of usage (MOU) amongst Turkish subscribers increasing by 9% to 76.3 minutes (70.3). Turkcellís Ukrainian subsidiary Astelitís revenues increased by 191% in 2007 to USD256 million (USD88 million). Turkcell also owns stakes in four other GSM operators in partnership with TeliaSonera via their shared joint venture Fintur International. Fintur majority-owns market leading cellcos in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan (Geocell, Azercell and GSMK respectively), plus the second largest operator in Moldova, Moldcell.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 1:54:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Thai full-service telco True Corp returned to profit in 2007 after two consecutive annual losses, helped by a foreign exchange gain and interconnection revenues. Consolidated net income of THB1.7 billion (USD53 million) turned around a THB4 billion loss a year earlier, and easily beat a consensus analyst forecast of THB798 million from a Reuters poll. Group revenues rose 19.7% to THB60.5 billion in the year, boosted by the launch of a new interconnection regime between private operators.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 1:51:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Portugal Telecom (PT) posted a 14.4% drop in net profit in full-year 2007, with growth at domestic mobile network operating unit TMN offset by redundancy costs and weak wireline performance. PT said its annual net income fell to EUR742 million (USD1.1 billion), down from EUR867 million in 2006, on revenues that rose 6.6% to EUR6.1 billion.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 12:29:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Irish cableco UPC Ireland (which includes the former operations of ntl and Chorus Ireland) reported that its full-year revenues climbed 17% from USD262.6 million in 2006 to USD307.2 million in 2007. The groupís operating profits were up 31% year-on-year from USD79.9 million to USD104.7 million on the back of a 25,000 rise in customers to 592,300 over the year. UPC Irelandís broadband base expanded 45% y-o-y to reach more than 80,000, while the number of people signed up to its new voice telephony service climbed to more than 10,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 12:23:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telefonica has posted a 2007 net profit of EUR8.91 billion (USD13.38 billion), up 42.9% year-on year on the back of a strong performance by its wireless and Latin American operations. Operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2007 rose by 19.3% to EUR22.8 billion, while full year revenues rose 6.7% to EUR56.44 billion.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 12:20:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Europeís largest telco by revenue, Deutsche Telekom (DT), reports today that it achieved, and in some cases exceeded, its financial targets for 2007. The telcoís adjusted net profit came in at EUR3.0 billion (USD4.8 billion) for full year 2007, down from EUR3.85 billion one year previously, a 22% fall, principally due to an increase in income taxes of EUR400 million. Adjusted EBITDA was stable year-on-year, at EUR19.3 billion (2006: EUR19.4 billion). Although domestic sales slipped by 5.4% to EUR30.7 billion, this was offset by international sales growth of 10.26% to EUR31.8 billion, leaving total group revenue up slightly at EUR62.5 billion. The groupís outlook for the coming year is that adjusted EBITDA will remain constant, and it intends to continue its policy of paying Ďattractive dividendsí. DTís domestic fixed line operation T-Home is expecting its share of new customers in the German broadband market to be at least 45%, whilst American cellular subsidiary T-Mobile USA is expected to see growth in its subscriber base of three million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 12:17:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Syriaís state-owned incumbent fixed line operator the Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE) has announced ambitious plans to invest upwards of USD1.5 billion over the next five years to expand its landline network to rural areas, reports online news portal AMEinfo. STE is forecasting revenues of SYP62.5 billion (USD1.25 billion) in 2008, up 13% year-on-year, driven mainly by strong growth from the nationís two mobile operators Ė MTN Syria and SyriaTel Ė both of which currently hand over 50% of their annual turnover to the company by dint of their Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) licences; last year they were required to hand over 40% of their income.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 12:00:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Croatian incumbent telco T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) has reported its financial results for 2007, which its said were in line with consensus forecasts. Annual net profit rose by 11.6% to EUR336.8 million, although excluding one-off gains it rose by only 1%. Revenues grew by 2.3% in the year, driven by its domestic market-leading mobile division (operating under the T-Mobile brand of parent Deutsche Telekom), which saw a 6.9% hike in turnover. The fixed line segment suffered a 1.1% revenue decline, and group EBITDA fell by 2.1%, hurt mainly by redundancy costs.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 11:56:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British cableco Virgin Media has announced it added a record number of new subscribers in the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2007. The company added 272,100 new revenue generating units (RGUs Ė subscriptions to one or more of Virgin's broadband, cable TV, mobile and landline telephony services) in the quarter, up from 186,700 in the previous three months. At the end of December 2007 Virgin claimed 3,701,200 broadband and 4,135,300 telephony customers.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 11:54:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

US wireless carrier Leap Wireless International posted revenues of nearly USD430 for the three months to 31 December 2007, up 37% from USD314 million in the year earlier quarter, and trimmed its net loss from USD45.6 million to USD18 million.

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Source: TeleGeopraphy.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 11:50:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazilian telecoms operator Tele Norte Leste Participacoes, which trades as Oi, has reported a 49% year-on-year rise in net income for the three months ended 31 December, to BRL911.5 million (USD544.5 million) from BRL613.3 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

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At the end of 2007 Oi counted 14.2 million main lines in service, down 1.2% year-on-year, while its broadband user base climbed 35% to 1.52 million. The operatorís mobile arm recorded 16 million subscribers by the start of 2008, a 22% increase on the previous year. Oi hopes to increase its mobile base to 18 million users by end-2008 and hopes to sign up roughly 600,000 high speed internet customers to end the year with 2.1 million. The landline base is expected to fall to 14 million by the year end.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 11:45:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 25, 2008

Kuwaitís telecoms regulator and monopoly fixed line operator, the Ministry of Communications (MoC), reported revenues of KWD146.7 million (USD535.2 million) for 2007, according to a report from Arab Times. A comparative figure for the previous year was not given. The MoC says there were 800,153 telephone lines installed across Kuwait at the end of last year, of which 538,219 were active, giving a wireline penetration of around 18%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, February 25, 2008 4:40:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Qatar Telecommunications (Qtel) has reported consolidated group revenues of QAR10.373 billion (USD2.9 billion), a year-on-year increase of 134.7% from QAR4.42 billion in 2006. The state-controlled full-service operator expanded its international operations dramatically by purchasing Kuwaiti group National Mobile Telecommunications Co (Wataniya) in March 2007, and now has a geographic presence in 16 countries. Qtelís EBITDA reached QAR5.172 billion, an increase of over 97.5% on 2006ís figure of QAR2.619 billion, and the group reported a net profit of QAR1.878 billion (USD523.5 million), up from QAR1.646 billion (USD459 million) in 2006. Consolidated subscribers reached 16.4 million at the end of December (with seven million proportionate subscribers). Units in Qatar, Algeria, Iraq and Tunisia represented 9%, 28%, 26% and 22% respectively of consolidated customers. The number of GSM mobile phone users in Qatar increased 31% to 1.5 million and doemstic ARPU Ďwas higherí as the economy grew and the population expanded, the company said. Wireless services represented 87% (QAR9.054 billion) of total revenues; Qatar, Kuwait and Algeria contributed 43%, 21% and 10% of total turnover respectively.

Qtelís fourth quarter net profit fell 9.6% year-on-year due to a one-off amortisation impact associated with its purchase of Wataniya, on revenues that more than doubled to QAR3.47 billion, compared with QAR1.34 billion in the year-ago period.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, February 25, 2008 4:37:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of registered mobile phones in Ghana topped the seven million-mark by the end of 2007, according to new data published by the regulator, the National Communication Authority (NCA). The watchdogís figures show that the country recorded quarterly net growth of 8.4% in the last three months of the year, boosting the country total to 7,604,053 by 31 December. Local industry watchers predict, however, that the sector could soon reach saturation levels, leaving the four main cellular operators to slug it out for market share. The NCA reports that MTN Ghana was the market leader by the start of 2008 with 4,016,132 subscribers, ahead of Millicom Ghana (Tigo) with 2,023,091, while GT-OneTouch and Kasapa Telecom took third and fourth place with 1,275,764 and 289,066 subscribers respectively. Tigo topped the list in terms of net subscriber additions in 4Q07, however, signing up a net 426,640 new users compared with 143,743 for MTN and 21,456 for Kasapa Telecom. Meanwhile, Ghana Telecomís mobile arm OneTouch recorded a net loss of 4,493 users in the last three months of the year, with a proportion of the net decline being attributed to subscribers having their lines cut or deactivated from the network.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, February 25, 2008 4:32:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

AccessKenya Group, Kenyaís only publicly listed ICT company, last week announced its results for the year ending December, 2007, breaking the K Shs 1 billion barrier one year early and reporting a significant increase in profit after tax from K Shs 47 million in 2006 to K Shs 150 million in 2007. The Group closed the year with 1,950 corporate broadband customers and Earnings per share for 2007 stand at 0.97.

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  • The AccessKenya Group has made significant progress with respect to its main IPO pledges, in particular 
  •  To aggressively increase market share in the core corporate internet sector, where the Group closed the year with 1,950 leased lines Ė ahead of the IPO projections of 1,720 Ė and with an estimated market share of about 40% 
  •  To enter the IT services market with the acquisition of Openview Business Systems in 2007 and the forthcoming launch of Outsource IT 
  • To launch a residential broadband service in 2008 for which technology and marketing plans are complete. This will be a tremendous opportunity for the Group to extend their high levels of broadband service and speed from corporate to residential customers.

Source: Balancing Act.

Monday, February 25, 2008 4:09:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Spurred on by the explosive penetration of mobile telephony and broadband services, the Colombian telecommunication services market has witnessed high and stable growth rates in recent times. Market development, in the short and medium term, will depend a great deal on the promotion of new technologies and applications.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues of over $5.48 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $7.12 billion in 2012.

"The primary drivers for the Colombian telecommunications markets include the strong growth of broadband services, the development of the VoIP market, and the emergence of new applications in the mobile telephony segment," notes Gina SŠnchez, Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "With fixed telephony services having reached maturity and mobile telephony penetration levels at over 73 percent, value-added services and new technologies will be critical to the market's future growth."

With regard to broadband and Internet access services, growth is likely to be accelerated by the country's economic progress, more affordable personal computers (PCs) and telecommunication equipment, and the Government's social programs for digital inclusion. Moreover, broadband prices continue to fall as a result of increasing competition and this continuing trend is likely to further spur subscriber growth.

Going forward, the voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) segment is likely to emerge as the fastest growing market segment, followed by the broadband and Internet access segment. During the forecast period, the VoIP segment is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77.0 percent and the number of lines is expected to grow from 22,560 to 504,509.

"However, the entrance of multinational companies and the mergers and acquisitions adopted by market participants to strengthen their position have added much competition to the market," notes SŠnchez. "In this scenario operators have started a price reduction race that may restrain market growth."

Overall, the Colombian telecommunications sector has emerged as a market with high and stable growth rates. Given the increasing competition and the overwhelming need to maintain healthy average revenue per user (ARPU), it will be vital for market participants to offer bundled solutions and triple play, as well as integrated packages of telecommunications and IT solutions.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, February 25, 2008 8:39:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 22, 2008

Monthly net additions in the Indian GSM market were the highest ever recorded in January 2008, according to the latest data from the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). Including estimates for Reliance, whose reporting still lags by a month, GSM net additions increased in number to 6.54m in January Ė beating the previous best of 6.24m set in August 2007.

Cumulative customer growth rate since 07/07

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, February 22, 2008 10:18:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Peru's incumbent fixed line carrier Telefonica del Peru (TdP) has posted a net loss of PEN91.31 million (USD32.06 million) in 2007 compared to a PEN178 million profit in 2006. Revenues slipped 1.7% to PEN4.42 billion, although performances were mixed across its operations: local telephony, public telephones and business communications saw sales fall 6.4%, 25% and 7% respectively, while internet, pay-tv and long-distance operations recorded increases of 23.2%, 23.9% and 17.4% respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:46:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |