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 Thursday, 20 March 2008

Greek alternative fixed line and broadband operator ForthNet’s 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. ForthNet’s CAPEX reached EUR64.3 million in 2007, up from EUR36 million the previous year. As of February 2008 it claimed to be Greece’s market leader for LLU customers with a 35% market share.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 16:37:49 (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, 20 March 2008 16:35:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to Colombia’s telecoms regulator the CRT, the country ended last year with 1.2 million broadband internet subscribers, up 27.9% year-on-year. ADSL technology represented 57.4% of total connections, followed by cable modem technology (35.5%) and WiMAX (4.4%). Dial-up connections totalled 174,383, down 12% compared to December 2006. According to the report, local operator ETB took 22.1% of the broadband market, followed by EPM Telecomunicaciones (Une) with 20% and Colombia Telecom with 16.7%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 16:34:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The European Commission hopes to lift average broadband penetration in the European Union to 30% by 2010, up from around 20% today, in a bid to stimulate economic growth. The EC’s Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said yesterday that only eight of the bloc's 27 member states were currently beating the US in terms of broadband usage, while the average penetration rate lagged behind the 22.1% figure reported in the United States. Although a number of nations, such as Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have rates closer to 30%, Reding wants to see a significant improvement across the board within the next two years. The Commissioner believes that her new telecoms reforms, currently before the European Parliament and EU states for approval, will help the trading bloc reach this 30% target. Reding hopes the reform bill will be adopted by April 2009 ahead of planned European elections in June.

Source: TeleGeograpy.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 16:33:08 (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 MTN’s operations following increases in lower usage pre-paid customer numbers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:14:07 (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 world’s 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, 20 March 2008 10:13:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Netherlands was home to 2.53 million consumer VoIP subscribers at the end of 2007, up 7.3% on the previous quarter, reports telecompaper. The online portal says the rise was driven by increased take-up of DSL VoIP and continued demand for cable VoIP alternatives. The total Dutch consumer telephony market stood at 5.69 million connections by the start of this year, up 22,000 lines year-on-year, despite a 27.5% drop in traditional PSTN/ISDN lines to 2.847 million by the end of last year. Telecompaper estimates KPN’s share of the digital telephony market climbed to 33.5% by 31 December 2007, thanks to the launch of DSL and voice telephony services under the Telfort banner – which is targeting the entry-level user segment. In Q4 2007 the former monopoly added 61,000 new customers (up 7.8% on Q3 2007), while second-placed IP telephony provider Zesko (@Home, Casema and Multikabel) recorded 54,000 net new additions in the fourth quarter to end the year with 710,000 VoIP users. UPC Nederland was the third largest VoIP provider by subscribers with 489,200 customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:12:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of residential broadband connections in Argentina reached 2.1 million at the end of 2007, up 53.6% from 1.4 million a year earlier, reports BNamericas quoting government statistics bureau Indec. The total number of residential internet connections, including dial-up, totalled 2.9 million at 31 December 2007, up 16.5% from 2.5 million at the end of 2006. Meanwhile, corporate internet accesses rose 18.8% in 2007 to reach 275,717 connections at the year end. Of these, 211,789 were broadband (up 34.3%) and 40,310 were dial-up (down 25.6%).

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:10:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BNamericas, citing a report from the regulator Conatel, reports that the number of wireless subscribers in Venezuela at the end of 2007 stood at 23.8 million, up from 18.8 million twelve months previously. Mobile penetration correspondingly jumped from 68.9% to 86.8%. CANTV unit Movilnet remained the largest operator by subscribers, with a 39.9% market share at the end of the fourth quarter, down from 40.7% quarter-on-quarter. In second place was Telefonica-owned Movistar with 39.6%, down from 40.5%, while the third largest cellco, Digitel, boosted its share of the market to 20.5% from 18.8%. In the fixed telephony segment the country ended 2007 with 5.1million subscribers – giving a penetration rate of 18.5% – compared with 4.2 million twelve months before. Broadband connections meanwhile totalled 858,000 at the end of 2007 compared with 759,856 at end-2006.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:09:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of active mobile phone lines in Brazil reached 124.1 million by 29 February 2008, up 1.02% on the previous month, and 22.7% higher than the figure recorded at the end of February 2007. According to preliminary data published by the regulator Anatel, more than 1.26 million cell phones were added in February this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:07:56 (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, 20 March 2008 10:07:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 19 March 2008

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- The number of cellphones in circulation in Brazil totaled 124.1 million at the end of February, up 1% from January and 22.7% higher than the same month one year before, according to preliminary figures released late Monday by telecommunications regulator Anatel.

"In our view, the strong growth we've seen so far in 2008 is due at least in part to the practice of selling multiple subscriber identity module, or SIM, cards per subscriber, which artificially inflates the number of wireless subscribers and net additions," Morgan Stanley said in a research report. "As a result, we believe revenues and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or Ebitda, growth will not follow subscriber growth," it added.

Brazil's main operator are Vivo Participacoes, which is jointly owned by Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom; TIM Participacoes, the local unit of Telecom Italia and Claro, the local unit of Mexico's America Movil.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008 11:20:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Kuwait’s 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 Wataniya’s 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, 18 March 2008 16:29:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Indonesian fixed wireless service provider Bakrie Telecom ended 2007 with 3.82 million subscribers, up 147% from 1.55 million a year earlier, reports Antara News. The gains helped drive a 112% rise in revenue to IDR1.29 trillion (USD140.7 million), up from IDR607.07 billion the previous year. Net income soared 98% from IDR71.7 billion to IDR144.3 billion as Bakrie expanded its network service to 17 more cities, bringing the number of cities it covers to 34. It hopes to have signed up 14 million customers by 2011 and plans to deploy a further 1,000 base transceiver stations this year alone. The operator has set aside 63% of this year’s allocated CAPEX of USD232 million on network expansion and says it will spend approximately USD600 million until 2010 on improving its networks and services.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 16:28:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China has surged past the United States in its total number of Internet users, knocking America off the Number One pole position it's held for nearly 40 years.

According to a new report released by Chinese research house BDA, because of the disparate size of the two countries' populations, the United States is unlikely to ever catch up.

China's online population passed 228 million as of the end of last month, BDA estimates; to come up with that number, BDA cites figures from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) saying that, at the end of last year, there were 210 million Chinese Internet users. That represents an increase of 73 million (53.3 percent) compared with usage at the end of 2006. In comparison, BDA points to Nielsen/NetRatings estimates that put the U.S. Internet population at 216 million at the end of 2007 and growing at a far slower pace.

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Source: TelecomWeb.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 16:23:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 17 March 2008

Viet Nam News, a national English daily, has revealed Viettel has slashed off-peak call charges by 75% as it seeks to ignite demand and attract more users. The military-run cellco said the new charges were down to VND500 (USD0.03) a minute for calls between Viettel subscribers and VND1,000 for calls to other networks – the lowest rates in a highly competitive market. Managing director Tong Viet Trung said that the company was able to make such drastic price cuts because its network and services were running at optimal levels, enabling them to reduce operating costs. ‘We hope promotion will increase the number of Viettel subscribers from 15 million to 22 million by year end,’ he added. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database Viettel is the country’s largest wireless operator by subscribers. It plans to install an additional 4,000 base transmission stations in 2008, bringing the total number to 10,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 17 March 2008 14:29:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Indonesia’s leading telecoms operator by subscribers and revenues PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) says the number of people signed up to its fixed wireless access (FWA) service ‘Flexi’ will climb to ten million users this year, up from 6.4 million at the end of 2007, leapfrogging its traditional copper-wire based service which had 8.7 million users at the same date. Telkom’s fixed line subscriber base has been climbing relatively slowly for a number of years, and is now being overtaken by wireless alternatives which are cheaper and quicker to deploy. The incumbent also owns a 65% stake in Indonesia's biggest cellular operator by subscribers Telkomsel, which had 47.9 million clients at the end of 2007, up 35% year-on-year.

The limited mobility Flexi service has become increasingly popular on the back of a number of high-profile marketing initiatives, said Telkom vice president for public and marketing communication, Eddy Kurnia, as quoted by Thomson Financial. The operator’s latest offer, ‘5 Get 5’, targets users in Sumatra, Central Java and Yogyakarta, Kalimantan and East Indonesia, allowing them to send a minimum of five SMS and get a bonus of five for free.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 17 March 2008 09:59:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 14 March 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, 14 March 2008 12:50:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 13 March 2008

Ecuador’s total number of internet users increased by 22.5% in 2007 to end the year at 1.01 million, including 318,973 broadband and 689,436 dial-up users, according to data from the country’s telecoms supervisory body Suptel, quoted by BNamericas. In terms of actual subscribers, Suptel previously reported that there were 85,946 broadband and 224,999 dial-up customers at the end of September 2007, a total of 310,945 paid subscriptions. According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms database, the country's broadband penetration at the end of September was 0.6%, rising to an estimated 0.7% at end-2007. GlobalComms shows that Ecuador’s broadband subscriber market is led by the TVCable group, which includes Suratel and Setel, with 44,029 connections by end-September, using various technologies including cable, DSL, WiMAX and fibre/LAN. The second-placed high speed ISP is Andinatel, the country’s largest wireline telco, which operates a DSL network in Quito and surrounding areas, with 16,054 subscribers at the same date.

Suptel also reported that the country’s fixed lines in service grew by 3.4% in 2007 to 1.83 million, whilst it said there were 9.85 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of December, up by 16.2% from end-2006.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 13 March 2008 15:12:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In 2004, there were only 520 square miles of networked municipal Wi-Fi. However, ABI Research forecasts a nearly sixty-fold increase over the next several years, to more than 30,000 square miles. Varying levels of maturity and acceptance exist within this market, spread across global regions and individual countries. The following is a snapshot of some major variations, according to recent analysis from ABI Research:

  • North America: Leads in deployments; but in many cases, the region employs the wrong business plan of free consumer access and free infrastructure; consolidating incumbent service providers view municipal Wi-Fi as a competitive threat.
  • Europe: Mobile-oriented rather than PC-oriented; incumbents initially resisted municipal Wi-Fi but now recognize in-building limitations and are incorporating it within service bundles for nomadic broadband Internet access, or as a way to compete out-of-region.
  • Asia-Pacific: Status varies widely, but rapid uptake in advanced countries such as South Korea is resulting in innovative applications and the development of new end-user devices to leverage municipal Wi-Fi.
  • Emerging Regions: Equipment costs remains prohibitive; there is interest in the technology, but compared with more basic services such as electricity, funding is a challenge; these regions are likely to be late adopters.
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Source: Newsletter Analyst Insider from ABI Research.

Thursday, 13 March 2008 10:27:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

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, 13 March 2008 10:21:22 (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%. Bezeq’s 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 Bezeq’s fixed line operations saw revenues slip 1.5% to ILS5.7 billion, falling from ILS5.8 billion the year before. Net profits – not given in the case of the fixed line operations – 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; Pelephone’s 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, 13 March 2008 10:19:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A study commissioned by US equipment vendor Cisco and carried out by IDC concluded that Brazil was home to 8.1 million broadband connections at the end of 2007, up from 5.7 million at end-2006 and more than double the 3.752 million figure reported in December 2005. The main broadband players in the country at the end of last year were Brasil Telecom with 1.567 million customers, Telemar's Oi unit (1.518 million), Telefonica Brazil (2.069 million) and Net Servicos (estimated at 1.38 million).

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 13 March 2008 10:17:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange France announced yesterday the launch of a 3.5G HSDPA-based service for corporate customers in Lyon. The new product promises to double downlink connection speeds for users from 3.6Mbps up to a maximum 7.2Mbps. The company says deployment of faster HSDPA in other major towns and cities across France should be underway by the summer. The operator is hoping to reach 71% of the population with 3.5G coverage by the end of 2008. It also says it is looking to achieve 99% population coverage with EDGE and to have deployed 30,000 Orange Wi-Fi hotspots. Orange is offering the new package as part of its Business Everywhere solutions. It is launching with three mobile handsets compatible with 3G+ (HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and HSUPA) which can also be adapted to laptop computers using USB key (Huawei E270), PCMCIA Card (Option GX 301) and PC Express Card (Huawei E870).

Source: TeleGeography.

3G | Europe | Mobile
Thursday, 13 March 2008 10:16:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 11 March 2008

According to MIC (Market Intelligence Center), an ICT industry research institute based in Taipei, global mobile phone subscribers hit 3.1 billion in 2007, thanks mainly to the continuing increase of prepaid subscribers with double SIM cards and corporate clients in the US and European markets. With the global mobile phone penetration rate reaching approximately half of the global population, growth momentum of global subscribers is expected to slow down after 2008.

The CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of global mobile phone subscribers is expected to reach 7.9% during the period 2007-2012, boosting the number of global mobile phone subscribers to 4.5 billion in 2012, with penetration rate hitting 64.7%, up from 46.8% in 2007.

First-generation analog mobile phone systems will be shut down entirely by the end of 2008. TDMA system now prevailing in the Americas is switching to GSM or WCDMA system, as some mobile operators such as AT&T Mobility have implemented different roaming charges.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008 09:58:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Reportlinker has issued a new report, which notes that in 2007, China mobile phone output reached approximately 594.4 million units, among which, 548 million units were legal products from official mobile phone producers and 46.4 million units were illegal products.

In 2007, sales volume reached 180.7 million units, amounting to 16% of the world total. In the same year, the global mobile phone output reached 1.141 billion units, of which 52 percent was from the Mainland China, exceeding 50% for the first time.

In the first half of 2007, the mobile phone output in the Mainland China totaled 266.8 million units, up 33.4% year on year and its combined sales revenue stood at CNY161.08 billion, up 29.6% year on year. Among the total output, 32.8 million were for CDMA mode, 234 million for GSM mode. Domestic sales volume reached 83 million units and exports arrived at 183.8 million.

In the later half of 2007, mobile phone production reached 327.6 million units, of which 230.2 million units were for exports, and 97.4 million for domestic sales.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008 09:55:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 10 March 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, 10 March 2008 09:59:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Figures from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commisssion (BTRC) show that the country had 36.42 million mobile subscribers at the end of January 2008, an increase of more than two million in just one month. GrameenPhone led the way with a total of 16.88 million mobile customers, followed by Sheba Telecom (Bangalink) with 7.45 million and TMIB (Aktel) with 7.28 million subscribers. Bringing up the rear, Warid Telecom ended January with 2.37 million, PBTL (Citycell) with 1.45 million, and Teletalk with one million customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 10 March 2008 09:58:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bharti Airtel plans to use the expertise of Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) to roll out third generation services in Sri Lanka, The Economic Times reports, quoting the telecom major's president of mobile services, Sanjay Kapoor. The cellco, which is 30%-owned by SingTel, hopes to launch 2G and 3G mobile services in the country by September. Last year, Bharti Airtel secured a licence to become Sri Lanka's fifth GSM-based service provider.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 10 March 2008 09:57:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Over the last ten years, the African broadcast industry has slowly been liberalising and over the last year, the pace of this process has quickened. New Free-To-Air channels are planned in an increasing number of countries and there are new entrants to the Pay-TV market which has begun to grow in size.

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This week sees the publication of African Broadcast and Film Markets by Balancing Act in association with Intermedia. It is over 340 pages long and has 132 charts, 41 tables of statistical data and 12 graphic maps.
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Source: Balancing Act.

Monday, 10 March 2008 09:51:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Taiwan Mobile says it plans to invest in a nationwide next generation network (NGN) to allow it to offer converged IP-based fixed and wireless services. The firm’s total spend on the new infrastructure is expected to exceed TWD20 billion (USD646 million), according to a report from the Taipei Times. Rollouts are expected to begin within the next few months.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 10 March 2008 09:26:16 (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 Swisscom’s 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, 10 March 2008 09:25:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hong Kong-based mobile operator SmarTone has reported that its fiscal first-half net income rose more than threefold to HKD161 million (USD21 million) after customers increased spending on high speed mobile data services. In the six months to end-December 2007 mobile service revenue increased by 10% year-on-year to HKD1.707 billion and EBITDA registered 26% growth to HKD551 million. The 3.5G operator’s data contribution to total turnover climbed to 22.1% compared to 17.1% in the same period of the previous year. Revenue from multimedia services accounted for two-thirds of total data turnover. Blended ARPU in the six months was up 7% at HKD238, while post-paid ARPU rose 11% to HKD283; the post-paid churn rate improved slightly to 2.1% in December 2007. SmarTone’s customer base reached 1.108 million at the end of December, up from 1.077 million at the end of June, following a dip in the total from 1.093 million at end-December 2006. However the company reported that its 3G/3.5G customer base continues to expand and currently accounts for 40% of post-paid users, up from 30% last June. It added that CAPEX in fiscal 2007/08 is likely to increase by 15% year-on-year to HKD450 million as it focuses on enhancements to its GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA network.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 10 March 2008 09:23:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |