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 Tuesday, 29 April 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, 29 April 2008 15:30:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to an updated forecast from SNL Kagan, the USA's cable industry is positioned to continue market share growth in the residential phone business, but the gains could prove tenuous in this increasingly dynamic segment.

The SNL Kagan analysis illustrates the telcos' loosening grip on the market and the opportunity created for alternative services. In the past two years, the telcos' share has dwindled from 90% to 74% of total connections, with the five-year outlook estimating another 23% drop. The main competition in the space has come from the increased availability of IP voice services from cable operators coinciding with the phase-out of older switched-circuit technology. SNL Kagan projects a steady increase in IP voice subscribers, reaching 31.4 million in 2012, putting cable's market share at 26%. The 10-year forecast shows cable penetration of homes passed stabilizing at 27%.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008 15:25:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange UK has unveiled its third Digital Media Index, a detailed report examining trends in customer consumption of digital media. The latest findings reveal a sharp increase in mobile internet access alongside traditional fixed line broadband.

Key findings from the spring report include:

  • Mobile internet becomes part of day-to-day life - with a 35% increase in page impressions
  • Mobile TV takes off - with an 87% increase in the total hours viewed
  • Video downloads gain momentum - having doubled in the last year
  • Single music track downloads reach new heights - with a record-breaking 289,000 tracks downloaded in December alone
  • Text messaging becomes more popular than ever - with over 1.3 billion messages sent a month - an increase of 21%

Matthew Kirk, Director of Portals for Orange, said: “The mobile phone has truly taken its place as a multimedia content device. The popularity of mobile TV, music and gaming has surged as customers use the mobile internet alongside home broadband to stay connected wherever they are. It really is the third screen in our lives for entertainment, communication and information alongside the TV and the PC ”.

These figures are in comparison to the second Orange Digital Media Index released in November 2007.

Source: Cellular News.

3G | Europe | Mobile
Tuesday, 29 April 2008 15:22:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON has called on the telecoms regulator to formulate plans to force new and existing customers to register their PrePay SIM cards. Citing security issues in a country with limited central services, the association believes that the move would not impact on privacy and would help fight crime.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008 15:20:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Netherlands’ 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, 29 April 2008 15:16:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

For the first time, there is now more than one mobile service for every Australian, with 21.26 million mobile phone services in operation at 30 June 2007, a 7.6 per cent increase from 19.76 million the year before, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

A significant increase in 3G mobile customer numbers helped drive that growth, which was in contrast to a small but continued decline in fixed-phone services over the last financial year.

‘There are now more than 4.5 million 3G mobile services in Australia, a 192 per cent increase between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007,’ said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.

The number of fixed services dropped from 11.26 million to 10.92 million between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007. The number of payphones in operation in Australia (both Telstra operated and privately operated) dropped by 8,368, to 49,862.

In 2005-06 almost a million new geographic numbers were allocated by ACMA. In 2006-07, geographic numbers were predominantly allocated for VoIP services – 2.89 million out of a total 3.23 million. This increase is a sign of competition and the entry of new VoIP providers into the Australian market requiring a supply of numbers for services across the country.

Internet subscribers were another area of communications services growth. There were 6.43 million internet subscribers in Australia, made up of 2.09 million narrowband and 4.33 million broadband subscribers (to the end of March 2007). Domain name registrations also grew: 795,368 registrations in the year compared with 612,918 the previous year.

The full report can be downloaded from the Australian regulators website.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008 07:40:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 28 April 2008

A new Arab Advisors Group survey of Egypt’s urban households reveals rampant broadband account sharing between neighbors. A massive 81.9% of households that use shared ADSL lines share them with more than three neighboring households. The Arab Advisors Group projects that around a million Egyptian households have access to broadband, due to the widespread practice of ADSL accounts sharing.

A new major survey, "Egypt Households Telecoms and Media Survey Report 2008" was concluded and released by the Arab Advisors Group on April 24, 2008. This survey report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for US$ 4,500. Subscribers to Arab Advisors Group Strategic Research Services can order the report for US$ 3,500.

The 159-page report, which has 262 detailed exhibits, provides the results of a major comprehensive survey of the telecommunications and media usage patterns and habits of the population across the Egyptian governorates of Greater Cairo, Alexandria, Dakahlia, Gharbia, Sohaj and Minya. The survey fieldwork was conducted during March and April 2008.

63.4% of Egyptian households with an ADSL connection reported sharing the ADSL connection with neighbors. Of those, a massive 81.9% share one ADSL line with more than three neighboring households.

Arab-Advisors-28April2008.doc (94.5 KB)

Source: Arab Advisors Group.

Monday, 28 April 2008 12:25:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 24 April 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 Batelco’s 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, 24 April 2008 13:37:52 (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, 24 April 2008 13:36:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 23 April 2008

It is clear that the Asia Pacific region is a GSM stronghold, with 1.075 billion of the total 1.36 billion connections using that system and a further 85 million using 3rd Generation W-CDMA. These numbers compare with 1.003 billion and 75.0 million at the end of Q3 07 and 817.6 million and 48.3 million one year earlier, implying annual growth rates of 32% and 77% respectively.

Asia Pacific: Customers by Technology

However, GSM is not the only force in the market and for the moment at least, CDMA is still gaining ground.

It closed the quarter with 182.9 million connections, up 8.2% on the quarter and 21% on the year. The US technology may be wilting in other markets, but its presence in India gives it a lifeline here. How long this will continue though is not clear. In Australia, the technology will become extinct next week as Telstra is finally allowed to shut down its network in favour of its new “NextG” W-CDMA alternative. Reliance, India’s largest CDMA operator now has over 6 million of its 41 million total connected to GSM systems, while even more worryingly, South Korea seems to be moving away too. At the end of 2006, there were just 30k W-CDMA customers out of a total base of 41 million. At the end of 2007, this number had leapt to over 6 million, with CDMA declining to 37.6 million.

In total, there are five other technologies in use within the AsiaPac region, but all five are in clear decline. There are now fewer than 100,000 customers connected to first generation analogue technology (represented by AMPS, ETACS and NMT). This compares with over 700k three years ago. Other second generation technologies are not faring well either. The US TDMA standard has now almost completely disappeared with fewer than 350k connections in total, while Japan’s PDC system is in steady decline, losing another 2.7 million customers this quarter to end at 16.76 million.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008 08:46:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

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, 23 April 2008 08:40:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 22 April 2008

From data by CCID Consulting, the sales volume in China's mobile phone market is 150 million units in 2007, which is 24.1% more than that of 2006. If black- market mobiles from smuggling, unregistered brands and other illegal products are counted, the number exceeded 200 million in 2007.

Sales & Growth Rate of China Mobile Market 2000-2007

In 2007, over 60% of users changed their mobiles with over 90 million mobiles sold for this purpose. The reasons could be attributed to faster function upgrades, higher performance- price ratio, shorter product life cycle, and customized service by the network operators. The number of new subscriber reached a new record in recent years with over 86 million new subscribers in 2007 and over 7 million per month.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 14:46:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile payment is a service at an early stage with an expected 32.9 million users worldwide in 2008, growing to 103.9 million users in 2011, according to Gartner. Short Message Service (SMS) is the dominant mobile payment technology today, driven by mobile money transfers, and it will remain the dominant technology through 2011.

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Asia/Pacific has the most mobile payment users with a projected 28 million users in 2008, accounting for 85 percent of the worldwide total. Western Europe is expected to have 499,000 users in 2008, and North America is projected to have 1 million users.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 14:43:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Algeria’s communications minister has announced that tariffs for ADSL broadband internet services will be cut by 50%. State-owned Algerie Telecom will reduce charges for a 128kbps connection to DZD590 (USD9) a month, while a 256kbps service will cost DZD1,100 and a 512kbps link will be DZD1,500, Telecompaper reports.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 14:39:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new report from Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG), "IPTV: The Killer Broadband Application," forecasts that there will be nearly 60 million Internet Protocol television (IPTV) subscribers worldwide by the end of 2010. IPTV -- providing video services over managed IP networks to consumers' televisions -- has been doubling each year since its commercial introduction in 2002. There were 9.9 million IPTV subscribers around the world at the end of 2007, more than double the previous year, and TMG projects more than a 500 percent increase over the next three years. According to Michael Minges, TMG Senior Market Analyst and lead author of the report, "IPTV is revolutionizing the television market by introducing greater competition and providing consumers with a plethora of customizable content, viewable any time."

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Source: WASHINGTON, PRNewswire (Based on TMG).

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 08:58:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 21 April 2008

Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry has issued a report on the telecoms market and says that 3G subscriptions reached 6.91 million at the end of last year - representing a rise of 16.5% and a total base of 28.5%. 2G subscriptions fell by 4.2 % to 15.9 million. The Institute anticipates that 3G subscriptions will top 10 million, or 40% of the total base by the end of this year.

The population penetration level reached 105.8 percent.

The Institute also reported that text messaging volumes rose by 26% to 1,256 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. The average subscriber sent just over 54 text messages during the quarter and 18 text messages per month.

Mobile internet access increased by 7.8% to 11.86 million and nearly half of all mobile phones sold included mobile internet services. Just over 55% of mobile internet access is carried out via a 3G handset, compared to 32% being carried out over a GPRS network.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 21 April 2008 09:03:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A very complex mobile value chain and a growing business reliance on mobile products have created the need for services that help businesses maximize the value of their mobile investments. In a recent report from ABI Research, mobile device management (MDM) services are forecast to grow from $583 million in 2007 to over $20 billion by 2013, for a compound annual growth rate of 80%.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 21 April 2008 09:02:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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"The European broadband market is developing rapidly and already outstrips that of the United States," the EC wrote. It estimated some 99.2 million broadband lines in the EC, compared with 81.6 million in the United States and Canada combined, and 43.1 million in Japan and South Korea together. In 2007, the number of regular active Internet users in Europe rose by 40 million, to a total of 250 million.

"It is a welcome change of political direction that today, ICT, the main driver of European growth, is being promoted by all 27 EU Member States in their national policies. This helps Europe compete internationally and modernizes the daily lives of Europeans," comments EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media Viviane Reding. "It is especially good news that 77 percent of EU businesses, 67 percent of schools and 48 percent of doctors are now benefiting from fast broadband connections."

Ticking off Europe's broadband achievements, in its report the EC says more than 96 percent of European schools now are connected to the Internet -- two-thirds of them to broadband, up from almost zero in 2001. In the health sector, 57 percent of doctors now send or receive patient data, up from 17 percent in 2002, with 46 percent of them receiving results from laboratories electronically, up from only 11 percent in 2002. Some 77 percent of EU businesses had a broadband connection in 2007, up from 62 percent in 2005, and 77 percent use the Internet for dealing with banks, up from 70 percent in 2005.

Still, the EC found the pattern of Internet and broadband usage varies widely from country to country. Nearly 40 percent of Europeans don't use the Internet at all, the EC noted, with the lowest usage in Romania (69 percent are unconnected), Bulgaria (65 percent unconnected) and Greece (62 percent unconnected). In contrast, only 13 percent of the populations in Denmark and The Netherlands are unconnected, and those countries also are two of the Top Three in EU broadband penetration, at 35.6 percent and 34.2 percent, respectively.

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Source: Telecom Web.

Monday, 21 April 2008 08:58:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Given the explosive growth in mobile communications, India, through its use of a variety of wireless technologies, aims to reach 500 million subscribers by 2010, according to private sector and government officials attending a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) conference in Kerala, India. India forecasts that its current level of 240 million subscribers will be doubled within less than two years, thanks to the policies being implemented by the Government of India, especially for universal access in rural and suburban areas.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 21 April 2008 08:52:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 18 April 2008

Pakistan's mobile operators have blocked some 1.36 million SIM cards since the beginning of the year after their owners failed to register them as is now required. In addition, even subscribers who did register their details had a limit of 10 SIMs per person imposed and any additional SIM cards were cut off.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 18 April 2008 09:57:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The market for wireless devices and equipment in process manufacturing will grow to over $1.1B in 2012, a growth rate of 32% per year, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. The data in this study is from 2007 and includes a forecast of market growth through the year 2012.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 18 April 2008 09:53:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Third generation connection numbers in Europe grew by a record 11.2m in Q4 2007 to reach 81.5m by the end of the 2007 - an 81% improvement year on year. New W-CDMA connections accounted for 45% of net connection growth in the final quarter, which was the lowest proportion for the year, after 46.9% in Q1, 56.5% in Q2 and 46.8% in Q3.

Given the extent to which the fourth quarter Christmas boom is driven by the lower-cost and prepaid market, however, this is not a surprising result. It was GSM, of course, which was dominant in terms of net additions, with 13.8m in Q4 2007, giving it a total of 39.3m for the full year, against 36.5m for its 3G derivative.

Nevertheless, proportionately speaking the growth in the GSM base only amounted to 6.5% for the year, which led to a strengthening of the contribution of the 3G base to the total. At the end of 2006, W-CDMA customers accounted for 6.9% of all European mobile connections; at the end of 2007, the proportion of the total made up of 3G enabled connections had risen to 11.2% - with 1.2pp of the increase (the highest ever) coming in the fourth quarter.

Europe: % Customers W-CDMA, Q4 02 - Q4 07 

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Source: Cellular News.

3G | Europe
Friday, 18 April 2008 09:31:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 17 April 2008

Just as search became critical on the desktop, search will become increasingly important in the mobile space. The growth of consumer options to search on-deck and off-deck, SMS, and via branded or white-label search providers in the mobile domain has created opportunities for advertisers to reach consumers through sponsored search opportunities. ABI Research believes mobile search advertising growth will be driven by this escalating array of options, as total search-related mobile advertising expands from $813 million in 2008 to $5 billion by 2013.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 April 2008 15:58:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new report by Juniper Research into the mobile financial services sector has found that the number of consumers accessing banking services and products via their mobile phones will reach 816 million by 2011, a tenfold increase on the number using such services in 2007.

The report found that financial institutions are delivering an increasing variety of products in the mobile environment including financial information services, funds transfer, bill payment and presentation, account management and customer service.

According to the report, the annual number of global mobile banking transactions will rise from 2.7 billion in 2007 to 37 billion by 2011, as a greater number of services are deployed worldwide. It adds that increased consumer confidence, due to the enhanced security measures that are being utilised in mobile financial services will be crucial to greater service usage levels.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 April 2008 15:56:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of cellphones in circulation in Brazil totaled 125.8 million at the end of March, up 1.36% from February and 23.2% higher than the same month one year before, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by telecommunications regulator Anatel.

Net additions in the month were 1.69 million. In the first quarter, net additions reached 4.83 million.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 April 2008 15:52:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to new data from the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the country’s mobile operators added 1.38 million new subscribers in March 2008 to raise the total user base to 38.93 million. The figures show that market leading Telenor subsidiary GrameenPhone’s subscriber base increased by 610,000 in March to reach 17.81 million; Orascom Telecom’s Banglalink’s customer base grew by 430,000 to 8.31 million; Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (AKTEL) signed up 90,000 users to take its total to 7.45 million (after slipping behind Banglalink in the first two months of the year); Warid Telecom Bangladesh (which launched in May 2007) has already firmly established itself in fourth place with 2.79 million subscribers at the end of March, up from 2.6 million in February; SingTel-backed CityCell (the only CDMA operator in a GSM-dominated field) added 50,000 users to end the month with 1.56 million; and finally state-owned Teletalk was reported to have 1.01 million customers, compared to a million the month before. The latest growth figures bring the impoverished country’s cellular penetration rate to an estimated 27%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 17 April 2008 13:44:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

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, MTS’s 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, 17 April 2008 13:43:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |