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 Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation’s Technology Partnership (Technology Partnership) are expanding their mobile health (mHealth) program in Africa. Working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the non-profit DataDyne.org, the Technology Partnership will expand the use of EpiSurveyor, an open-source application that helps healthcare workers track health data, to 22 sub-Saharan countries by the end of 2008.

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“Technology has a major role to play in enabling the international community to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals for health, including reducing child and maternal mortality,” said Andrew Dunnett, director of The Vodafone Foundation. “This program is designed to bring innovative use of technology to bear in helping the United Nations and the worldwide community overcome some of the greatest public health challenges we face today.”

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 9:34:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 08, 2008

According to a report from RNCOS, the total number of 3G subscribers using WCDMA and CDMA2000 grew 45% in 2007 over the previous year to cross the mark of 600 million. The rise in the number of 3G subscribers during 2007 was due to attractive features of 3G technology, such as effective and high data speed and a wide range of mobile applications offered, including wireless Internet access, video conferencing, etc.

According to the report, CDMA2000 accounts for majority of the subscribers in the total 3G subscriber base as countries like Japan, Korea and the US have rapidly embraced the technology. The same trend is anticipated to sustain in near future but WCDMA will witness higher growth rate in its subscriber base. Thus, the total number of 3G subscribers using CDMA2000 technology worldwide is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% during 2008-2010.

Apparently, the growth in CDMA2000 standard will continue to dominate the global 3G subscribers market but Western Europe will exhibit a different trend where the WCDMA technology remains the focus of its 3G market, says the report.

Moreover, the launch of HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), a technology that improves the downlink performance of WCDMA networks, is likely to increase the demand for WCDMA technology in near future. The number of WCDMA subscribers will surge at a CAGR of 50.7% during the period spanning from 2008 to 2010.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, September 08, 2008 8:03:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 05, 2008

According to new data from TeleGeography, international Internet traffic grew 53% between mid-2007 and mid-2008, down from 61% the preceding year. Traffic growth between the US and Latin America was especially fast, surging 112%. In contrast, traffic on internet backbones between major cities in the relatively more mature US market rose a modest 47%.

For the second consecutive year, total international Internet capacity grew faster than total Internet traffic, leading to lower utilisation levels on many internet backbones. Between 2007 and 2008 average traffic utilisation levels decreased from 31% to 29%, while peak utilisation fell from 44% to 43%. The aggregate trend toward lower utilisation of capacity belies significant regional differences. While utilisation on international links to Europe and Asia fell in 2008, they rose in the US & Canada and Latin American where traffic growth outpaced the deployment of new internet bandwidth.

Traffic growth has remained strong, even though the pace of broadband subscriber growth has declined. 'Broadband subscriber growth has been slowing since 2001, but the volume of traffic generated by each user grown,' said TeleGeography Director of Research Alan Mauldin. 'Traffic growth is fueled by consumer demand for video, delivered via web browsers, peer-to-peer services, or streaming protocols.'

TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography provides in-depth analysis of international and US domestic Internet backbone capacity, traffic and pricing.

To download the executive summary of TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography study, please visit:
http://www.telegeography.com/products/gig/index.php.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, September 05, 2008 12:21:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) has launched its 3G network following several delays, which the company partially put at the door of the telecoms regulator. The company had expected to receive access to the radio spectrum on 17th January, but the radio frequencies were not released until March 27th. The company had hoped to launch its network in July, but again missed its deadline.

According to a statement from the company, Mobinil's 3G coverage Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Dahab, Taba, Safaga, Marsa Alam, Luxor and Aswan, in addition to the industrial zones as well as petroleum fields and business districts. It is also planned that the 3G coverage will expand to cover wider areas to achieve comprehensive coverage for almost all regions.

The network also falls back onto EDGE services when out of 3G coverage.

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Mobinil is listed on the Cairo stock exchange (29%) - and has two main shareholders, Orascom Telecom (33.1%) and France Telecom (36.3%). The company is the largest operator in the market, and according to figures from the Mobile World database, ended Q1 '08 with just over 15 million subscribers and a market share of 51.5%.

Mobinil recently reported that its first-quarter net profit grew 14% to 451 million Egyptian pounds ($84 million) from EGP397 million a year earlier. The company's revenue also surged 27% to EGP2.3 billion from EGP1.8 billion in the first quarter of 2007.

Source: Cellular News.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008 7:56:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 01, 2008

Bolivian mobile operator, Telecel operating under the brand name Tigo, has launched 3G services in the country. The service has been launched in several cities in the regions of Santa Cruz, La Paz and Cochabamba.

 

Telecel is a subsidiary of Luxembourg based, Millicom International, and launched its network in December 2005. According to figures from the Mobile World subscriber database, the operator ended the first half of this year with just over 1.19 million customers - of which an estimated 120,000 were still connected to a legacy TDMA network at the end of March. The company has a market share of 29%.

 

Bolivia's Nuevatel PCS - which operates under the VIVA brand name recently announced the launch of a commercial WiMAX rev-e network in the country with coverage roughly similar to the 3G coverage being offered by Telecel.

 

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, September 01, 2008 8:36:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, August 29, 2008

APA-Tunis (Tunisia) The number of people using the mobile telephony networks reached 8.1million subscribers in June 2008 in Tunisia i.e. a telephone density of 80 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, revealed data published in Tunis.

This figure increased by 15% compared to the same period in 2007 (7.8 million subscribers) for a 12 million population.

The volume of SMS traffic increased by 30% during the first six months of the current year (80 million SMS) compared to the same period last year (61 million SMS).

These data from the ICT ministries also note an improvement of the quality of services of the mobile telephony, which enabled them to reduce the clutter and the saturation of traffic in peak periods.

This improvement is thanks to the programmes and steps implemented to remarkably ease the clutter which was reduced to 2% whereas it was over 16 % last year.

Reacting to these official figures, observers said that 8 million subscribers is "huge" compared to the Tunisian population and the teenage population.

Tunisians as well as foreign nationals in Tunisia (diplomats, co-operators, businessmen and tourists) often complained about the quality of the GSM and Internet connection, particularly in summer and during peak hours.

Tunisia has two mobile telephone operators, a public one (Tunisia Telecom) and a private one (Tunisiana).

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, August 29, 2008 3:19:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tech savvy teenagers of Mexicans will soon be able to use their mobile phones for making small payements such as restaurant meals and taxi rides. Mobile operators like Telefonica SA and Iusacell are teaming up with banks such as  Citigroup and BBVA to instigate the service, targeting technology savvy teenagers and anticipated to introduce the service soon.

Roberto Rodriguez, in charge of the service, said Cell phone users will be able to have their bank link their savings account to their telephone so they can make payments to participating stores, restaurants and taxis by sending a text message.

America Movil’s Telcel has yet to sign up with bank though it accounts for more than two-thirds of Mexico’s mobile pones.

In a country like Japan, using mobile phones as a medium to purchase items such as train tickets to purchase items is quite common but it is yet pace up in United States.

Source: Wireless News.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 8:04:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, August 08, 2008
Moroccan regulator Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) has released its statistical report for the second quarter of 2008. According to the watchdog’s figures, total mobile telephony subscribers increased by 3.86%, or 796,000 in the three months to the end of June to 21.412 million subscribers (up 22.39% from 17.495 million a year earlier, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database). Maroc Telecom accounted for almost exactly one-third of mobile subscribers with 14.211 million at the end of the second quarter (up by 514,000 since March), with Meditel accounting for the other 7.201 million (up 282,000 on the previous quarter). The ANRT said mobile penetration reached 69.43%, up from 57.82% in June 2007.

The mobile figures do not include the sector’s newest operator Wana, despite it launching commercial mobile services on 10 June. As of the end of June, domestically-owned Wana had not reported mobile user tallies to the ANRT, so all its CDMA-based subscribers remain classified as fixed line/limited mobility. In the fixed sector (which includes limited mobility), Wana took over from Maroc Telecom as the largest provider by customers in 2Q 2008, ending the period with a share of 51.65% (1.426 million subscribers out of a total of 2.761 million), ahead of Maroc Telecom’s 48.12% and a marginal share of 0.23% for Meditel. Overall fixed subscriber growth in the quarter was 1.89%, entirely attributed to Wana. The picture is likely to change significantly when the ANRT reports third quarter statistics, however, with a large portion of Wana’s subscriber base likely to have switched from limited mobility CDMA services to a fully mobile service with national roaming.

Total internet subscribers in Morocco reached 653,591 at mid-2008 against 581,866 three months earlier, an increase of 12.33%. ADSL broadband subscribers, virtually all of which are served by Maroc Telecom, accounted for 74.7% of the total, with a further 24.3% subscribing to 3G wireless broadband services and 1% on dial-up connections. The 3G wireless broadband sector saw 82% growth since the end of March, to take the total users to 158,869 at end-June. Wana comfortably claimed the majority with 117,531 subscribers to its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO-based service, ahead of its HSDPA-based rivals Meditel (27,563 subscriptions) and Maroc Telecom (13,774). Maroc Telecom previously reported that its ADSL subscriber total remained static in the three months ended 30 June, at 482,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, August 08, 2008 9:13:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |