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 Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Spain added 182,263 mobile phone subscriptions in November 2007, taking the toal to 49.58 million mobile lines, or 110.9 lines per 100 inhabitants, according to telecommunication regulator CMT. Of the subscribers, 50.7 percent (92,407) signed with Vodafone, 30.2 percent (55,043) chose Yoigo, 10.9 percent (19,867) went with Telefonica Movil’s Movistar, and 1.6 percent (2,916) chose MVNOs. Mobile number portability rose by 7 percent to 328,455 lines in November 2007 compared to November 2006. Telefonica added 18,269 ported numbers and Yoigo added 18,150. Orange had lost 21,945 net lines to portability, followed by Vodafone with 12,131, Euskaltel with 359 and the remainder of MVNOs lost 1,987.

Source: Wireless Federation base on CMT.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 4:11:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Guatemala’s telecoms regulator Superintendcia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT) has announced that the country’s three cellular operators signed almost three million subscribers between them during 2007, ending the year with 10.15 million customers in total. The growth was fuelled by cut-price mobile packages hitting the market. The regulator says that Millicom subsidiary Comcel led the market at end-2007, closely followed by America Movil’s local unit, Claro. Third-placed operator Movistar, which is backed by Telefonica of Spain, claimed around 25% of all subscribers.

Source: Telegeography, based on SIT.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 4:10:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 14, 2008

Algeria's fixed and cellular revenues are projected to exceed US$4.7 billion in 2011, growing from around US$ 4.1 billion in 2007 reports the Arab Advisors Group. The expected privatization of Algérie Telecom in 2008 should also enhance growth in the massive Algerian cellular and fixed market.

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Algeria's government is planning to partially privatize Algérie Télécom. The sale was expected to be take place by end of 2006, with the government selling 35% of the operator in an Initial Public Offering (IPO). However the procedures have not been finalized and the tender was yet not launched, but expected to take place in 2008. The ARPT had announced that the process has arrived at a point of maturity and the file is currently with the hands of the Algerian government. Algérie Telecom remained the monopoly fixed operator till 2005. The monopoly status ended in May 2005, when the ARPT awarded the Consortium Algérien des Telecommunication (CAT) a 15-year renewable license to provide fixed, international and rural services.

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Algeria's mainlines market grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.9% during the period from 2002 to 2006. The fixed line network has a relatively low penetration rate, which reached 9.1% by end of September 2007. The total number of fixed line subscribers reached 3.109 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2007.

Source: Cellular News, based on report by Arab Advisors Group.

 

Monday, January 14, 2008 4:27:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

APA – Douala (Cameroon). Over five million Cameroonians or more than 40 percent of the population have access to fixed and mobile telephony, the Telecoms regulatory agency (ART) revealed Thursday.

These are the aggregated figures as of 31 December 2007 from the country's three telecoms operators - the state-owned fixed and cellular operator Cameroon Telecommunication (CAMTEL), as well as French Orange and South Africa's Mobile Telephon Network (MTN), two multinational outfits specialising in mobile telephony.

ART director Jean-Louis Beh Mengue said "the migration to 8-digit numbers six months ago opened new prospects for the development of telecommunications in Cameroon."

The new numbering scheme, which has a capacity of 80 million lines, is expected remain operational until 2030.

ART said other entrants could join the markets, especially in the mobile sector.

The regulator aims at streamlining the market with sanctions on illegal V-SAT operators.

A 2008 action plan prioritises the launch of a space segment, infrastructure mutualisation, as well as reduced costs of telecoms.

Currently, a minute's call costs an average 180 CFA francs, with 200 CFA francs in peak hours and 160 CFA francs during low traffic, while SMS messages remain unchanged at 60 CFA francs.

Sources said the number of cellular subscribers is 5 million, against 400,000 fixed line registered users.

Source Cellular News.

Monday, January 14, 2008 9:44:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

South Korea's Korean Investment Services has reported that during 2007, the three local mobile operators had net additions numbering 3.3 million. Considering annual net additions were only 1.76 million in 2005 and 1.86 million in 2006, the 2007 result was quite exceptional, caused by stiff competition for subscriber attraction and 3G marketing.

Although all three companies could not avoid seeing eroded profitability due to higher marketing costs, sign-ups gained in 2007 should contribute to sales growth from 2008.

SK Telecom and LG Telecom were relatively strong in subscriber attraction over the last year. In particular, as SK Telecom sought to defend its market share of 50.5% from the beginning of last year, its annual market share of net additions exceeded 50% for the first time since 2003. LG Telecom was also successful with 0.8 million net additions by focusing on 2G subscriber attraction in contrast to KTF, which concentrated its marketing efforts on early 3G services.

Handset sales: Dropped slightly MoM

In December, the number of mobile telecom subscribers reached 43.5 million with the service penetration rate up to 89.3%.

The number of 3G service subscribers grew by 0.9 million in December to reach 5.7 million, or 13.1% of all mobile signups. SK Telecom attracted 466,314 net additions to its 3G service, beating KTF’s 431,108 for the fourth straight month. In cumulative numbers, SK Telecom and KTF have 2.5 million and 3.2 million, which account for 9.3% and 20.3% of total subscribers, respectively.

The research firm said that it expects that the cumulative numbers to reach 16.5 million by the end of 2008 and 27.5 million by 2009. LG Telecom, which should start full-fledged 3G service this year, should accelerate the migration.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, January 14, 2008 9:43:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tigo, the GSM network operator in Ghana said at a recent press conference that its subscriber base has now passed the two million mark. This compares with roughly 3.9 million for the largest operator in the country, MTN. The company attributed its subscriber growth to efforts to reduce congestion on the network last year.

Figures dated last September from the Mobile World record that ScanCom/MTN ended with 3.87 million customers - followed by Millicom/Tigo (1.5 million), Ghana Telecom (1.44 million) and finally Kasapa Telecom with 248,000 customers.

Source: Cellular News and the Chronicle.

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Monday, January 14, 2008 9:36:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ecuador finished November with a total 9.814 million mobile subscribers, according to market regulator Suptel. Porta remained the largest operator, with 6.75 million customers versus 5.45 million a year earlier. Movistar’s base grew to 2.63 million from 2.41 million, and Alegro increased its subscriber numbers to 429,000 from 326,000. Since September, Suptel has applied a definition of subscribers as active when using services in the past 90 days.

Source: Wireless Federation, based on Suptel Report.

Thursday, January 10, 2008 2:45:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Messaging services provider, Acision says that - according to their figures - global SMS traffic over the 2007/2008 New Year period increased by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year. Around the world, phone users sent a total of 43 billion text messages to wish their loved ones a happy New Year - of which more than 23 billion were processed through Acision's systems.

Growth was strong in both mature and emerging markets - in Portugal, SMS traffic almost tripled across the festive period compared to last year and Dutch operator KPN saw its messaging traffic double on New Years Eve.

However the most astounding growth figures came from developing markets, where India's 220 million mobile subscribers sent over a billion text messages - a 300% increase to their day to day traffic levels.

The Philippines retained its title as the text messaging capital of the world - sending a remarkable 1.39 billion text messages from a subscriber base of just 50 million.

Steven van Zanen, Head of Messaging Futures, Acision said: "Messaging represents a significant slice of mobile operator revenues, and events like New Years Eve demonstrate how critical it is for operators to ensure a reliable and speedy service. One of our operator customers' infrastructure operated under peaks of 19,000 messages sent per second without congestion or delay. The New Year figures are eagerly anticipated each year and this year's record traffic levels again do not disappoint."

Source: Cellular News.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:01:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 09, 2008

At the end of September, there were 20 networks in the world with more than 30 million customers. Eight of these were in the Asia Pacific region including the largest and the second largest. Six of the 20 come from just two countries, China and India, and these six together account for over 650 million customers, or nearly 21% of the global total.

In previous issues, when reviewing this region, we have noted that the weight of demographics limits the number of changes in the order of the top ten operators and this continues to be the case. The one change this quarter is that Bharti has now overtaken Telkomsel in Indonesia to take fourth place with a total of 48.9 million customers at the end of the period. It is poised to jump another place in the current quarter (at DoCoMo's expense) as the recently-published November numbers show the Japanese operator has added just a handful of new customers since the end of the quarter, to stand at 53.03 million, while the Indian number one has taken on a further 4 million to reach 52.96 million, less than seventy thousand below the company that was for almost all of the last century the clear global leader.

Asia Pacific, Leading MNOs (m)

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008 9:48:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hong Kong ended fiscal 2007 with 9.356 million mobile users, up 7 percent from 8.693 million users at the end of fiscal 2006, according to figures from regulator OFTA. Telecommunications services revenue totalled HKD 52.811 billion, up 3 percent from HKD 51.094 billion. Cable TV subscribers rose to 1.53 million, up 10 percent from 1.39 million. ISDN subscribers increased to 13121 from 12009. ISDN B channel equivalent subscribers increased to 79,458 subscribers from 75,493 subscribers. International outgoing telephone minutes totalled 6.747 billion, up 14 percent from 5.909 billion. International incoming telephone minutes increased nearly 8 percent to 2.291 billion from 2.122 billion. International bothway telephone minutes increased 12.5 percent to 9.038 billion from 8.031 billion. Full-time telecommunication staff decreased to 17,935 from 19,019 staff previously. 135.40 percent of the population was covered compared to 124.8 percent in the previous year. Main telephone lines in operation increased to 3.85 million versus 3.798 million. Public payphones decreased to 6182 from 6769 payphones.

Source: Wireless Foundation.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 9:41:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 07, 2008

Bangladesh's telecoms regulator, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has published subscriber data for last November, as supplied to them by the operators. The country itself ended the month with 33.1 million subscribers, which equates to a population penetration level of around 22%. The market added a net 770,000 new subscribers in the month of November.

Grameenphone remains the market leader by a considerable margin, with 16.01 million subscribers. Second and third place are almost neck and neck, with Aktel on 6.53 million and Banglalink a shade behind on 6.51 million.

The remaining three operators are Warid (1.95 million), Citycell (1.38 million) and last is Teletalk with just 720,000 subscribers.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, January 07, 2008 4:18:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Uruguay added 1.43mn mobile lines in the first eleven months of 2007 to total 3.2mn, local newspaper El País reported.

At the end of 2006, the country had 2.05mn mobile lines.

At the end of November, Ancel, the mobile unit of state-owned telco Antel, had 1.25mn subscribers, Telefónica unit Movistar Uruguay had 1.2mn subscribers while CTI Móvil, a unit of Mexican giant América Móvil, had almost 746,000.

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Monday, January 07, 2008 10:57:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The declining prices of mobile handsets and low connectivity costs have helped in doubling internet access through cellphones this year.
 
The latest Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) figures showed that the number of Indians using their mobiles (both GSM and CDMA) to access the internet has more than doubled from 16 million in 2006 to 38 million in 2007.
 
There were 2.69 million broadband subscribers as on October 30 this year. Besides, of the 22 million PCs in the country, around 30-40 per cent have internet access.
 

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Monday, January 07, 2008 10:50:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 21, 2007

Although the 100% penetration level was reached in Q1 of this year, mobile growth has not slowed to any great extent and in fact, the third quarter saw more new connections than either of the earlier quarters, with 20.14m new connections, against 14.5m in the second and 16.3m in the first. Curiously, the 20m figure is almost exactly the same number as in both Q3 06 and Q3 05, when net additions totalled 20.4m and 20.2m respectively.

If the normal seasonal pattern is repeated in Q4, then the final period of the year should see something between 25-30m new connections, enough to take penetration up to 110%. This reflects the fact that it is now quite commonplace to have more than one mobile account - one for work and another for domestic use. Add to this a small but growing number of machine to machine SIMs and a steadily increasing number of datacards or 3G USB devices, remove inactives where appropriate and clearly, there is no immediate prospect of a cessation of growth.

Top 20 European MNOs by Customers

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Friday, December 21, 2007 3:59:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

We have recently updated our forecasts for the Chinese market and like many of you we are following the prospective development of high-speed networks closely. Since Q1 2005, China has been growing at an average of 4%  quarter on quarter. Contrast this with a more mature market like the USA which has averaged 2% growth on a quarterly basis since Q3 last year. Today, China represents 40% of Asia Pacific cellular connections, and 16% of the World cellular connections. If the market follows the pattern we believe it will next year, it can add another 100 million connections and reach 46% market penetration in just 5 more quarters.

Figure 1: China: Cellular connections and market penetration

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Friday, December 21, 2007 3:34:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2007

Brazil was home to more than 116.3 million mobile phones at the end of November, up 1.4%, or 1.62 million, from the end of the previous month and 19.5% higher than the figure recorded at end-November 2006, according to data published by the telecoms regulator Anatel.

Source : Telegeography based on report from Anatel.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:42:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of broadband accesses in Brazil grew 8.3 percent in the third quarter of this year, with 544,000 new connections sold in the period, according to the Cisco Broadband Barometer. The total number of users reached 7.1 million. Residential access accounts for 86.3 percent of installed connections. The corporate market grew at a slower pace, just 2.4 percent in comparison to the second quarter. Broadband access speeds between 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps suffered a 30 percent drop in prices, while the drop was only 4.1 percent for speeds above 2 Mbps. The state of Sao Paulo is the biggest consumer of broadband, with 40.1 percent of total connections in Brazil. In national terms, broadband penetration is only 3.8 percent, with most accesses (75 percent) of the xDSL type.

Source: Wireless Federation based on Cisco Broadband Barometer.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:41:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Between13-15 of December, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized its 6th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. As the UN Agency in charge of telecommunications/ICT, ITU plays a lead role in the collection and harmonization of internationally comparable telecommunication/ICT statistics. The WTI meeting is organized regularly to review the state of telecommunication/ICT statistics, definitions, collection, and methodology.

In this year’s meeting 171 delegates from almost 80 ITU member countries and a number of regional and international organizations discussed the measurement of community access, the formulation of possible new indicators to measure the Information Society and the single ITU index.

The meeting was opened by Mr. S. Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Mr. Al Basheer Al Morshid highlighted ITU’s obligation and commitment to measure the Information Society. ITU has repeatedly emphasized that, to appropriately tackle the digital divide, it is crucial to overcome the statistical divide. This is important on a national level, to help governments identify their progress, their strengths and their weaknesses, so as to overcome barriers to wider and qualitatively better access to ICTs. At the same time these statistics are used to make international comparisons and allow governments to assess their performance objectively, identify realistic targets and create demands for improvement.

The meeting agreed upon a set of indicators to measure community/public access, an area where little information is currently available. It also discussed the measurement and definition of 'mobile broadband' and discussed possible indicators for the ITU index. For more information on the meeting, see: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/wict07/index.html.

Source: ITU.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:29:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The vast majority of Europe's mobile customers are contained within its eight largest markets – France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK. Together, these account for nearly 500m of the 700m total, or just over 70%. The largest of these is Germany, with a total of 89.15m at the end of the quarter, while the smallest is Poland which closed the period on exactly 40m mark.

However, there are marked differences in penetration levels across the eight and also, some notable differences in growth rate.

Italy remains by far the most heavily penetrated market, with a level of ownership equating to some 143% of its population, nearly 25ppts more than the second country on this list, Spain. Both are obviously popular holiday destinations, which, given the quarter in question, might inflate the numbers to a degree but thee is little evidence to support this - certainly, neither market has ever seen a fourth quarter slump of the kind that we see in some of the Balkan states.

Subscriber base - Q3 06 – Q3 07

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Thursday, December 20, 2007 9:59:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 19, 2007

APA-Bangui (Central African Republic) At least three mobile telephone operators provide services in each member-state of the Central Africa Telecoms Regulations Association (ARTAC) and telephone penetration has reached 13.2 percent.

ARTAC chairman Valeri Saï said in Bangui on Thursday that about 93.3 percent of the telephone owners are mobile telephone consumers and 1.7 percent fix telephone users.

He was speaking at the second general assembly of the ARTAC, which opened on Wednesday in Bangui.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:47:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The island nation of Cape Verde is due to get a second GSM network next week when T+ launches its services on the main island of Santiago - with national coverage due by the second half of 2008. The country currently has a monopoly operator, Cabo Verde Telecom.

The chairman of the board of the company, Marco Bento, told MacauHub that T+ would offer "competitive prices" and would be an alternative for mobile communications.

T+'s shareholders are Teylium Telecom (70%), Alexander group Telecommunications (15%) and Marco Bento (15%). Ericsson provided the network infrastructure.

T+ plans to invest US$50 million over the next three years, including US$15 million for 2007-2008 and plans to create 100 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs.

The Mobile World reports that the incumbent operator, Cabo Verde Telecom had 134,000 subscribers at the end of September 2007 - which equates to a population penetration level of 32%.

Most of the nation's GDP comes from the service industry. Cape Verde's economy has grown since the late 1990s, and it is now considered a country of average development. Cape Verde has significant cooperation with Portugal at every level of the economy, leading it to link its currency first to the Portuguese escudo and, in 1999, to the euro.

Map of Cape Verde

Source: Cellular News based on Mobile World, MacauHub and T+.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:43:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of mobile subscribers in Senegal reached 3.434 million at the end of September, up from 3.320 million in June and 2.641 million a year earlier. According to the figures from market regulator ARTP, mobile penetration reached 32.46 percent and 99 percent of mobile customers were prepaid users. Orange is market leader with 2.443 million customers, up from 2.401 million in June, while Sentel, part of the Millicom group, increased its base to 991,631 in September from 918,830 in June. On the internet market, just 0.33 percent of the population or almost 35,000 people were registered users. Of the total, 96 percent used ADSL. Fixed-line penetration meanwhile was at 2.63 percent, or 278,119 lines, and has been falling for the past six months.

Source: Wireless Federation, based on figures of ARTP.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:41:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The top 10 network operators in the Caribbean & Latin America region now all have over 10m customers as 10th placed Telecom Personal of Argentina crossed the 10m customer barrier in the quarter. The composition and order of the top 10 has remained unchanged throughout 2007, with Telecel in Mexico leading from Vivo and TIM in Brasil. Telcel has pulled ahead of its rivals, extending its lead over Vivo from 12.0m customers at the end of September 2006 to 16.2m customers a year later, whilst TIM closed the gap between it and its domestic rival from 4.6m to 2.2m customers during the year.

The top five operators - the ranking completed by Claro in Brazil and Comcel in Colombia - all have more than 20m customers and together had a base of 157m customers at the end of Q3 2007, a year on year increase of 16.9% - some way short of the 23.8% regional average.

The operators occupying positions five to ten in the ranking were considerably faster growing, pushing up the annual growth rate to 20.7%, although this still meant that the proportion of the continental total accounted for by the top 10 fell from 62.9% to 61.4% over the course of the year.

Top 10 Operators by Customers

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In terms of net additions, Telcel Mexico also claimed top-spot with 6.80m in the year to 30th September - almost 1m more than second placed Claro Brazil which recorded 5.81m new connections. TIM Brazil was in third place with an increase of just over 5m, whilst Brazilian market leader Vivo was way down in eighth place with just 2.59m net additions in the 12 month period. America Movil's Colombian subsidiary Comcel was the most notable under-performer, claiming ninth place with 2.50m net additions. All of the members of the top 10 ranking of markets by customer numbers make an appearance in the top 10 ranking by annual net additions, with the exception of Telemar (TNL PCS) in Brazil, which found itself 11th for the year ending September 2007.

Top 10 Operators by Net Additions Q3

Taking its place in the top 10 at number seven was Telefonica Moviles Peru, the region's 14th largest operator by customers. Telefonica's Peruvian business did even better in the net additions ranking for the third quarter, attaining sixth place with 0.86m new customers, and beating its much larger Mexican sister business which registered 0.84m net additions in the process. Giving way this time was CALA's tenth largest operator by customers, Telecom Personal of Argentina, which fell to 15th in the quarterly ranking with 0.28m new connections.

Top 10 Operators by Net Additions Year to Date

Leading the quarterly ranking was America Movil's Claro Brazil with 1.73m new customers, from rival TIM with 1.68m. Telcel Mexico was third with 1.40m, ahead of a revived Telemar with 1.27m in fourth place and a resurgent Vivo in fifth place with 1.08m. In addition to the Telefonica businesses in Peru and Mexico, CTI Argentina, Telefonica Argentina and Comcel Colombia round off the top 10 in eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively.

Source : Cellular News. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:35:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |