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 Monday, June 09, 2008

The total number of people signed up to one of Vietnam’s four network operators – VinaPhone, MobiFone, Viettel and S-Fone – has passed 48 million and is closing in on the 50 million barrier, VietNamNet Bridge reports citing data published by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC). Of the total, around 90% are on a pre-paid option, the ministry said.

The leading operator by subscribers is Viettel with 19.42 million subscribers, followed by MobiFone with over 13.4 million, VinaPhone 12.1 million and 3.14 million for S-Fone. MIC’s Telecommunications Department calculates the totals based on the client management databases of the four network operators – a metric that it believes is more accurate than the operational figures published by the operators themselves.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 09, 2008 10:42:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Local newspaper the Zimbabwean reports that mobile tariffs have gone up by more than 1,500%. Reflecting the rampant inflation being suffered by the beleagured country, NetOne subscribers will now have to part with ZWD58 million per minute for a call to other NetOne users during peak periods – a significant sum to locals but just a tenth of a dollar in US dollar terms – while calls to customers on the Econet and Telecel networks will be charged at ZWD60 million per minute and ZWD72 million per minute respectively. Telecel has also reviewed its tariffs, and calls to users on its own network are now ZWD50 million, while to customers on other networks the figure is ZWD63 million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 09, 2008 10:39:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

OKYO -(Dow Jones)- Softbank's mobile phone unit claimed the top spot in terms of net subscriber growth in May, pulling in more than double the number of net contracts garnered by bigger rivals NTT DoCoMo and KDDI.


Third-ranked Softbank, which this week announced a deal to sell Apple's popular iPhone, may be starting to significantly reduce the gap between it and second-ranked KDDI in Japan's intensely competitive mobile carrier market.

Data released Friday on new subscription contracts signed by Japan's three major cell phone carriers showed that Softbank Mobile gained a net 173,700 subscribers to its mobile phone service during the just-ended month, by far outpacing the net 72,400 that KDDI gained and the 60,900 subscribers that NTT DoCoMo pulled in.

In April, Softbank Mobile also won the battle for subscribers by a significant margin, picking up a net 192,900 contacts compared with a net 96,000 gain for DoCoMo and a 118,700 net fall in subscribers for KDDI, due to the termination of its so-called Tu-Ka service.

At the end of May, Softbank had about 18.95 million subscribers, while KDDI had about 30.29 million contracts.

However, both companies still have a long way to go to catch up with market leader DoCoMo, which reported 53.54 million users at the end of May.

The race to attract new subscribers is likely to heat up over the coming months, with all three companies rolling out new products and strategies to compete in Japan's saturated mobile service market.

Earlier this week, Softbank said it would begin selling the iPhone brand in Japan by the end of the year, scoring a blow against DoCoMo, which until that point had been expected to be the first to report a deal with the U.S. firm.

Not to be outdone by Softbank's aggressive marketing campaign, which features household names Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz using the company's products, DoCoMo late last month launched 19 handsets for its 906i and 706i series in an attempt to widen the array of phones it offers.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, June 09, 2008 8:54:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Global Sales of mobile smartphones for the first three months of 2008 rose 29% on year, according to a report by Gartner released Friday.


Worldwide sales notched 32.2 million units, accounting for 11% of the global mobile device market, the report said. Nokia cornered a 45% share of the market, with sales up 25% on year.

"Nokia continued to maintain its leadership due to the variety of its smartphone portfolio, which includes a number of both high-end and mid-tier models available at different price points," Gartner said.

Research in Motion was the second-biggest smartphone vendor with 13.4% of the market driven by sales of the BlackBerry Curve and Pearl, while Apple was the third-largest vendor with a 5.3% share in the market. Smartphones are mobile phones that offer advanced capabilities often like functions in a personal computer.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, June 09, 2008 8:52:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Citing figures from the Broadcasting Communications Commission (BCC), the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOIS) reports that the country's broadband subscriber base broke through the 15 million barrier during April. KT Corp leads the way with a 44.2% share of the market, followed by Hanarotelecom (24%) and LG Powercom (12.2%). The remainder is split between smaller companies such as LG Dacom. Hanarotelecom's customer numbers are expected to have fallen in May, however, after 3,000 former and current subscribers filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for allegedly selling their confidential information to telemarketers. LG Powercom stands as the company most likely to gain, according to industry watchers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 09, 2008 8:48:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil and Mexico will represent the largest opportunities in the Latin American mobile market, with a combined CAGR of 7% over the next five years. Together they will account for half of all sales in the region, says Pyramid Research in a new report. “Brazil and Mexico represent a significant proportion of the region’s mobile subscribers, accounting for 49% of the total,” comments Omar Salvador, Senior Analyst at Pyramid and author of the report.

Pyramid Research expects Brazil’s share of the region’s subscriptions to gain two percentage points. Peru will also make impressive gains, surpassing Chile in terms of overall subscriber numbers to take the number six spot in the region. Venezuela has overtaken Argentina to assume the third spot in the region. At the same time, the report found that mature markets such as Argentina, Chile and Colombia that have penetration rates above 75% - more than 10% higher than the regional average - will become smaller slices of the growing Latin American pie.

Latin America’s handset market is undergoing a transformation, with users upgrading from voice-only phones to phones with music and camera capabilities. The music category quadrupled handset sales since 2005, representing 17% of total handset sold in the region in 2007. Sony Ericsson and Nokia are the most active and successful in this segment, while other manufacturers are adjusting their portfolios to compete more effectively.

Pyramid expects the music-enabled category to almost triple in size, from 40m handsets sold in 2008 to 115m in 2012, when it will account for 58% of total handsets sales.

Source: Cellulat News.

Monday, June 09, 2008 8:18:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 05, 2008

At the end of April, the number of mobile connections in India reached 264.19m, a 3.0% monthly increase. Excluding March 07, when Reliance suffered a net loss of over 4m due to the reclassification of its CDMA customers, this was the lowest proportionate monthly growth rate since April 2005. In absolute terms, there were 7.63m net additions in April 2008, the lowest figure for ten months. Nevertheless, this figure was 43.5% higher than the number of net additions recorded in April 2007, and in terms of annual net additions, a significant milestone was achieved: 101.82m net additions in the 12 months ending 30th April 2008, the first time the 100m mark has been passed in any market in the world.

GSM continues to dominate in India, with 73.77m net additions in the year compared to 28.05m for CDMA. At the end of April, there were 198.58m GSM customers and 65.61m CDMA. In proportionate terms, CDMA growth actually exceeded GSM growth in the 12 months ended 30 h April, with a 74.7% growth rate compared to GSM’s 59.1%; however, the CDMA figure was skewed by the reclassification of Tata’s WLL customer base as mobile in July 2007. Since then, GSM’s share of the total has been gradually increasing, reaching 75.2% at the end of April.

Bharti is the clear market leader in India with 64.37m customers, almost 17m higher than its nearest rival Reliance. Its market share has been steadily increasing, from 24.0% at the end of April 2007 to 24.4% a year later. Meanwhile, Reliance and Vodafone have been battling for second place for some time now, although Reliance has succeeded in fending off Vodafone’s challenge so far, despite the gap closing to 0.64m at the end of August 2007. At the end of April 2008, Reliance’s lead was 1.64m, with 47.42m customers compared to Vodafone’s 45.78m.

State-owned BSNL lost 0.14m customers in April but retained its fourth place with 36.26m. It lost 0.5pp market share in the month and 3.6pp annually. Meanwhile, IDEA finished on 25.04m, regaining the fifth place it ceded to Tata following the latter’s WLL reclassification.

Source: Cellular News.

 

Thursday, June 05, 2008 9:12:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

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, “Although we’ve 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 growth”.

Nevertheless, the report expressed optimism that costs would fall and adoption rates rise, with content usage likely to receive a further boost as operators’ 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)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Oman was home to a total of 2.7 million mobile phones at the end of March 2008, up 9.2% from 2.5 million at the start of the year, the Khaleej Times reports citing latest official government statistics. Of the total, post-paid subscriptions accounted for 292,894 users, down 0.2% from 293,622 at the start of the year, but this was more than offset by a 10.5% rise in pay-as-you-go users from 2.2 million to 2.4 million. At the same date the country counted 115,506 internet users (+64%), of which 52,351 were dial-up accounts and 23,969 were ADSL connections. Leased line connections stood at 319 at end-March and other internet connections 1,267. During the period under review, the number of main lines in service increased marginally by 2.3% to 267,169 from 261,207.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008 1:24:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB) has revealed that telephone rates fell by an overall 20% on 1 June 2008 following negotiations between the watchdog and operators. Companies were recommended to put in place 'simplified and homogeneous pricing' in which reductions were not to be merged with other off-peak offerings and regular bonuses. The TRB said that Cameroonian tariffs were above average compared to countries with similar economic profiles.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 12:56:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hungary’s incumbent mobile operators Pannon, Vodafone and T-Mobile collectively signed up a net 208,033 new subscribers last month to boost the country’s total cellular base to 11.43 million. Of the total, 10.26 million subscriptions were classed as ‘active’ by telecoms regulator NHH at the end of April, equating to a cellular penetration rate of 113.9% (up from 111.8% a month earlier). Data published by the watchdog shows that Pannon lost market share last month, from 35.29% in March to 35.03% a month later, while T-Mobile edged its own share upwards from 43.88% to 44.20%. Third-placed cellco Vodafone also saw its slice of the pie declining slightly from 20.83% to 20.77%, NHH said.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 12:52:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that the CDMA industry continued its strong growth through the first quarter of 2008, increasing its customer base by almost 17% over the past year to 451 million CDMA subscribers worldwide, with CDMA2000 and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO reaching 438 million and 97 million, respectively. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions claimed the highest year-over-year percentage subscriber growth for CDMA2000, while the Americas and EMEA experienced the highest percentage of subscriber growth for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.


In APAC, the total CDMA subscribership (cdmaOneTM and CDMA2000) rose to 231 million, which accounts for 51% of total worldwide CDMA subscribers and marks a 30% increase from March 2007 to March 2008. North America’s 140 million subscribers claim the second highest percentage of global CDMA subscribers at approximately 31%, with CALA’s 62.8 million representing approximately 14%. In EMEA, CDMA subscribership reached 17.7 million.

Over 97% of CDMA subscribers around the world are now taking advantage of 3G CDMA2000 services. CDMA2000 grew by 38% in APAC over the past year, bringing the total number of CDMA2000 subscribers in the region to 223 million, accounting for almost 51% of the world’s users. North America is the second largest region for CDMA2000 with nearly 138 million, or 31% of the global users. In EMEA, the CDMA2000 subscriber base reached 16.5 million.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO subscribership increased to 97 million users globally, with 52 million subscribers in North America and 39 million subscribers in APAC continuing to comprise the majority of the world’s EV-DO users at 54% and 40%, respectively. Uptake is surging in North America and EMEA where increased demand for mobile broadband raised subscribership by 74%and 123%, respectively. The CDG attributes this growth to outstanding broadband performance and, for emerging markets, 3G CDMA’s suitability across varied terrain to serve as an alternative to wireline Internet access.

To date, 38 EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) networks are in commercial operation around the world, with another 35 networks in deployment.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 8:05:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 02, 2008

The Dutch broadband market grew by 2% in Q1 2008 to reach 5.55 million users, eclipsing the growth rates of 1.7% and 1.6% seen in the last two quarters of 2007, reports online news portal Telecompaper. By the end of March this year the leading ISP was Ziggo, the newly created branding of the former cable assets of @Home, Casema and Multikabel. The group had 1.242 million broadband users at the end of March, up 30,000 quarter-on-quarter. Ziggo led second-placed Het Net, owned by KPN, which had 659,000 xDSL users at the same date (+16,000 users) and UPC Nederland was in third with 650,300 broadband customers (+10,800). KPN’s second largest xDSL ISP Planet shed customers in the period under review, however, ending the quarter with 558,000 subscribers, down 14,000 on the start of the year. Meanwhile, Internet van KPN signed up 19,000 net new additions, Telecompaper said, to reach a total of 554,000 xDSL customers at 31 March 2008, making it the fourth largest broadband ISP overall in the Netherlands.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 02, 2008 1:37:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

France added around 675,000 new broadband users in the first three months of this year to boost the country’s high speed internet user base from 15.551 million to 16.225 million, reports the country’s regulator Arcep in its latest review of the domestic market. On an annualised basis, the French residential and business broadband market climbed 18.6% from 13.676 million at the end of March 2007, the report said. ADSL continues to be the overwhelmingly popular access technology, accounting for 15.475 million access lines, with the remainder made up by cable, FTTx or satellite services. Arcep also reported a strong rise in wholesale access lines in the period under review, up 338,000 lines to 7.825 million. France had also unbundled 5.521 million local loops by the start of April 2008, with some 4.012 million subscribers taking fully unbundled services.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 02, 2008 1:34:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Upwards of a million SIM cards will have started to be disconnected in Bangladesh over the weekend as they have missed a deadline to have their user details registered with the operators. The disconnected SIM cards can only be reactivated if the user provides suitable reasons for missing the registration deadline. The million number, supplied by Manzurul Alam, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is a significant improvement on the estimated 3 million unregistered SIM cards in circulation just a month ago. It is estimated that the majority of the remaining SIM cards are connected to the Grameenphone network.

The regulator issued a decree to the operators to force all subscribers to register their mobile accounts and provide proof of ID to the operators. The deadline for subscribers to register their details has been extended several times - but not any more. To register their SIM card - customers must produce two copies of passport size photo, passport or any photo ID card and the forms and documents given during subscription. If a retailer sells a SIM card without proof of ID they will face a fine of US$10 per infraction.

Bangladesh ended the first quarter with just under 39 million subscribers - and according to figures from the Mobile World, Grameenphone is the dominant operator with (currently) some 17.5 million customers and a marker share of just under 46%.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, June 02, 2008 7:53:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 30, 2008

The total wireless subscriber base in Ecuador reached 10.48 million customers at the end of April, up from 8.9 million twelve months ago, reports telecoms watchdog Supertel on its website. America Movil-backed Porta leads the market with 7.23 million users (giving it a 69% share of the market), followed by Telefonica's Movistar with 2.68 million (25.6%) with locally owned Alegro PCS bringing up the rear with 565,000 subscribers (5.4%). Of the overall total, 9.45 million customers use GSM.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, May 30, 2008 1:40:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of Brazilian broadband connections reached 18.3 million at the end of last month, up 53% from 11.9 million in April 2007, according to a local study by Ibope/NetRatings. The canvassing group added that the number of residential internet users climbed 41.3% year-on-year to 22.4 million, with monthly web surfing averages up 4.9% to 22 hours and 47 minutes. Ibope/NetRatings estimates that a total of 34.1 million people have PCs with an internet connection at home and that there are now 40 million internet users in Brazil (aged 16 years or older).

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, May 30, 2008 1:39:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 29, 2008

 

The report can be found at http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/LCW190_en.pdf.

 

MEETING TO GUIDE COUNTRIES IN GATHERING STATISTICS ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Report on "Global Information Society: a Statistical View" to be launched at three-day conference

Developing countries will review standards for collecting statistics on computer, phone, and Internet use at a 27-29 May conference in Geneva designed to help them gather and use data on information and communication technology (ICT) to spur social and economic development.

The meeting, titled the 2008 Global Event on Measuring the Information Society, will take place at the Palais des Nations under the direction of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, whose members include UNCTAD.

During the conference, an important outcome will be the endorsement of a new core list of statistical indicators for measuring ICT use in education. In addition, the Partnership will launch its publication The Global Information Society: a Statistical View, which provides a summary of the current status of ICT measurement worldwide.

The Partnership´s report indicates, among other things, that there has been an increase in the collection of ICT data by developing countries but that more such nations need to incorporate ICT statistics into their regular statistical surveys -- that such information is vital for making effective decisions on linking national economies into global information networks and for taking advantage of the opportunities such technologies as the Internet offer for development.

The report notes that a major challenge to such progress is that while the per capita cost of joining ICT networks is low in industrialized nations, it is very high for the world´s least developed countries (LDCs)

Even a relative ICT success story in the developing world -- mobile phone use -- lags behind rates of use in developed nations, the report says. Mobile phone penetration increased dramatically in LDC economies, for example, between 1995 and 2006 -- from 0% to 10%. But these numbers are far below the level of 92% penetration in 2006 among developed countries.

Data on household access to and use of ICT is relatively scant, the report notes, but indicates a broad pattern of much higher connectivity in the developed world. Among the exceptions are the wealthier Asian economies, which have very high levels of broadband access by households.

In addition to UNCTAD, members of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development include the Institute for Statistics of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat); the World Bank; the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and the United Nations regional commissions for Africa (UNECA), Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Western Asia (UNESCWA), and Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC).

Source: UNCTAD Press Release PR/2008/010

Thursday, May 29, 2008 2:20:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Research firm Gartner Wednesday said worldwide mobile phone sales will continue to rise between 10% and 15% in 2008, but said the value of the market will be lower than expected.

The company said growth in emerging markets is pushing overall volume sales, adding that the economic slowdown and higher fuel costs are causing some customers in developed markets to delay buying new phones.

Gartner said West European mobile phone sales fell 16.4% in the first-quarter compared with the year-earlier period, the first fall in the region since Gartner began tracking device sales in 2001. Worldwide sales of mobile phones reached 294.3 million units in the first quarter, a 13.6% increase from sales last year.

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Source: Cellular News

Thursday, May 29, 2008 8:38:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

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)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ukrtelecom’s 3G mobile service, offered under the Utel brand, increased its subscriber base by 17.1% in April to 16,400, an improvement on the 3.7% rise in March, but still performing well below the company’s expectations. The Utel W-CDMA/HSDPA network was launched on 1 November 2007 in Ukraine’s six largest cities; the state-run operator is Ukraine’s only UMTS licence holder.

Source: TeleGeography

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:22:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |