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 Thursday, 04 December 2008

Millions of UK mobile users don’t understand international roaming charges – and go so far as to avoid making calls as a result. ­A new study, by market research firm, TNS indicates that it is confusion over service charges, in addition to the price of calls, which is preventing international roaming from really taking off.

A fifth of mobile users cite confusion over roaming pricing as their primary reason for using their phone less when abroad. Surprisingly this is especially true of younger consumers, where nearly a quarter (24%) of those aged 16-34 are still baffled by the costs of using their mobiles abroad.

The study also found that 17% of consumers would increase the amount of data services (like the mobile internet) they used if network providers offered them a fixed bundle package. Again this is truer of the 16 to 34 year olds, who are used to having bundled deals at home in the UK; 23% would use their phone more abroad if this type of deal were available. Similar findings were also seen in France where 14% of consumers said they would use their mobile more if they were offered a fixed bundle.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:47:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The slowing U.S. economy will likely speed up the ongoing shift to wireless-only phone service as consumers cut back on spending, analysts say.

Already the number of young adults and others who use only mobile phones and dump traditional landline service has been growing steadily. Studies put the number of wireless-only households near 15% heading into 2008, with the figure rising 2% to 3% a year.

The biggest wireless-only group, under-30 adults, tend to be big spenders on wireless and heavy users of text messaging. They like the convenience and mobility of wireless services.

The economic downturn adds a new factor to the decision to go all-wireless.

The big question is how many budget-conscious users might switch to wireless-only because of the economy, analysts say. Lower-income consumers, especially those without children at home, are most likely to cut the cord, analysts say.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:42:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom Italia SpA will cut an additional 4,000 jobs by 2011 as it concentrates on core growth markets in Italy and Brazil to confront the deteriorating economic situation, CEO Franco Bernabe said Wednesday.

The 4,000 job cuts are in addition to 5,000 announced in June, and will reduce Telecom Italia's work force by 14 percent from 64,000 to 55,000. Bernabe said the number of managers will be cut in half as the company seeks to simplify its organization.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:39:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

As the total number of broadband lines in the world passes 400  million Point Topic forecasts that the total in the 40 biggest broadband countries in the world will grow from 393 million by the end of 2008 to 635 million by 2013. Broadband in the rest of the world will grow from 16 million to 48 million lines in the same period, so the world will add 273 million lines to reach 683 million in total.

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Source: Point Topic.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:35:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The latest analysis from Point Topic on average tariffs and packages on offer for broadband worldwide gives a general story of increasing speed and decreasing prices

Over the quarter there is some variation, but if you look at 2008 as a whole consumers are getting more bandwidth for their money.

Of the three primary broadband technologies, DSL has seen the largest fall in average price for a subscription down from $66.75 in Q108 to $53.32 in Q3 taking a worldwide average. This is a 20% drop in the first 3 quarters of the year. In comparison average subscription prices for cable are down just over 12% and FTTx down by 6.5%.

Figure 1: Average monthly subscription (US$)

 NB: Fiber prices based on averages of available country implementations, DSL and cable taken from a wider base of regional averages

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Source: Point Topic.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:18:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that subscribers to the CDMA family of technologies are at 475 million worldwide, continuing a growth trend toward half a billion subscribers fueled by rapid growth in both developed and emerging markets. The CDMA2000(r) subscriber base added 13 million users during the third quarter of 2008 to exceed 463 million, while CDMA2000 1xEV-DO grew by 5 million net subscribers to more than 105 million users.

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CDMA operators worldwide added over 22 million EV-DO users from September 2007 to September 2008, representing a 27 percent annual increase. With more than 105 million subscribers, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is the leading mobile broadband technology worldwide, with 124 operators in 62 countries offering high-speed CDMA services. 48 of these operators have deployed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A networks to offer advanced mobile broadband services, and another 35 operators are in the process of deploying the industry-leading solution to receive the substantial revenue being generated by most current Rev. A operators. Europe, the Middle East and Africa saw an increase of almost 3 million EV-DO subscribers, a dramatic rise from less than 1 million subscribers a year ago. North American operators continued impressive gains with more than 15 million subscribers at a 36 percent growth rate, while Asia Pacific users increased by 12 percent.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:02:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Number Portability in Brazil has extended to another 8.9mn fixed and mobile telephony users in three states in the country, reports Anatel. Telephony services users in the area code 82 in Alagoas state, area codes 12 and 13 in São Paulo state and code 83 in Paraíba state can now port their numbers to other operators. According to telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom, Requests to port numbers in Brazil reaches 97,641 by November 27. Of the overall requests, 57,375 telephone numbers have already been ported - 34,168 mobile and 23,207 fixed.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:59:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Argentina, according to the national statistics bureau Indec, ended October with 45.4mn mobile lines in service, up 17.1% since 2007. The mobile telephony traffic rose to 3.50bn calls, a jump of 35.5% since Oct’07.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:58:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China has signed up 3.22 million new subscribers in October, less than the average monthly increase of 8.5 million recorded in the initial nine months to September, media reported. At the end of October, China had more than 627.26 million handset users. The slowdown is attributed to the change in operator for the country’s CDMA mobile network, from China Unicom to China Telecom. The total revenue was up 8.1% to CNY 679.79 billion in comparison to the year 2007. The total investment in the telecommunication sector has reached CNY 185.05 billion in the first ten months, up 9.9 percent year-on-year. The total number of telephone users, including both mobile phone users and fixed-line users has crossed the mark of 978.7 million by the end of October.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:57:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The German mobile telecom sector is valued at $6.44Bn in Q3Œ08, a rise of 2% since Q2Œ08 but a fall of 1.8% since Q3Œ07. The revenue rise since Q2Œ08 is driven by seasonal effects, while the year-on-year fall was due to cuts in mobile termination rates and roaming fees. Vodafone and T-Mobile, the two leading incumbents grabbed 70% of the total revenue market even after strong efforts by E-plus and O2. E-Plus is the only German operator to show a positive result in y-o-y market share, majorly in prepaid segment. The companyfs market share advanced 1.2% to 15.3% of revenues in the Q3Œ08.Comparing the figures of Q3Œ07, Vodafonefs market share dipped by 0.7% to 35.2%, while T-Mobile fell by 0.2% to 35.3%. O2 slid to fourth place, with its market share down by 0.1% to 14.3%.

The German mobile subscriber base rose by 2.6 million subscribers to a total of 106 million subscribers at Q3Œ08 end. Market penetration jumped to 129.0% at September-end, from 113.4% the year before. T-Mobile and Vodafone ruled the market with 36.6% and 34.1% of the market respectively. Together, they lost 1.1% of the market to other operators, with E-Plus at no.3 with a market share of 16.1% and O2 at 13.2%.

Source: Wireless News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:56:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Movistar Colombia, the local subsidiary of Spain’s Telefonica has instigated 3.5G services in seven cities across the country. The seven cities are Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. The service is accessible to both Prepaid and postpaid subscribers. Additionally, the operator offers videocall and mobile broadband. Movistar said it expects to gradually expand its 3G network to other cities across the country during 2009. The operator is currently offering four 3G-capable mobile devices, namely the Nokia N95, Blackberry Bold 9000, HTC Tytn II and iPhone 3G.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Americas
Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:54:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Etisalat Nigeria launches a new mobile phone feature for its ‘Easy Starter’ subscribers which will notify them of a missed call when the phone is out of coverage area or switched off. The service will be provided via SMS which will include the number trying to reach him along with the date and time. The package is activated by default and without charge. According to the telco, the feature will promote better business and personal relationships in Nigeria.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:54:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digicel, the largest telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and recent entrant to the Central American market, today launched operations in Panama — its third Central American market and 31st market world-wide — with an investment of US$350 million. Digicel now offers seamless mobile telecommunication services across Central America, with operations to date in El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.

According to the Panama Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Panamanian economy is expected to grow 7.5 percent by 2009. With a population of 3.4 million, mobile penetration is currently at approximately 71 percent. Having built the most modern nationwide GSM network in the country, Digicel is well positioned to maximize growth by offering service for the first time to many communities in Panama not previously served by incumbent operators.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:53:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telkom Kenya, the new entrant to the Kenyan mobile market, has reportedly signed up 300,000 subscribers in the first three months of its launch. Telkom Kenya targets a subscriber base of 400000 by 2008-end, says CEO Dominique Saint-Jean. After launching it services in Nairobi and Mombasa, it further plans a coverage of five more towns by 2008-end.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:51:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Phone companies are praying their golden goose -- revenue growth from wireless data services -- doesn't turn into a dead duck during the recession.

U.S. phone companies garnered $8.8 billion in wireless data revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30, up 7.3% from the previous quarter and 37.5% from the year-earlier period, says Chetan Sharma Consulting. Research firm SNL Kagan's most recent forecast, pre-economic crisis, called for wireless data revenue to rise at an average annual rate of 16% over the next decade. Wireless data revenue accounted for 20% of all wireless revenue in the first half of 2008, up from 10% two years ago, says industry trade group CTIA.

The rapid growth in data services has been fueled by a wave of smart phones. Wireless firms continue to expand the reach of their third generation, or 3G, networks, which provide for fast mobile data speeds.

Phone companies rely on wireless data growth to offset slowing subscriber growth and falling prices for calls. With the economy worsening and job losses mounting, consumers have cut back on spending.

For the big four wireless service providers -- AT&T T; Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications VZ and Vodafone VOD; Sprint Nextel S; and Deutsche Telekom's DT T-Mobile USA -- the big question is whether wireless data growth stays solid in the teeth of a recession.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:46:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Nigerian telecoms market looks forward to achieve a tele-density of 100% by 2020 driven by massive telephone and mobile communication improvements, calling for a huge growth in the ICT sector. Nigeria, till today as nearly 140 million people being serviced by 60 phone lines, a 45% success rate in a development wherein it’ll boost the Nigerian economy and infrastructure. Internet installation is one of the most important technological advancement to be addressed. “ICTs are in fact enablers of broad based socio and economic development. ICTs not only contribute to the development of education, health and governance, but are also key enablers of sustainable human development in a more general sense. No modern economy can thrive without an integral information technology and telecommunications infrastructure. This is because ICTs provide the veritable platform for development across the economic and other sectors if well harnessed,” said vice chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe. According to Ndukwe, if the goal is achieved, Nigeria would then have as many phone lines which can impressively improve the lives of the local people in as far as communication through telephone, cellphone and internet is concerned. Today the ratio stands at 1:1 implying that a Nigerian individual living in an urban centre owns three communication lines in the sense that at work and home an individual will be serviced by telephone lines and a mobile cellular phone, to make it three gadgets of communication.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:35:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

du, second largest operator of UAE has instigated a scheme called ‘double your talk time’. Under this scheme any du subscribers who buy “Pay as you Go” line or renew his existing one for Dh55 gets double the amount back as free credit of up to Dh110. The subscribers can make use of this offer after recharges done in the form of Dh10 on every third recharge up to a maximum of Dh110, from the time of first call for new customers or renewal for existing customers.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:32:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Thanks to its One Region One Rate roaming scheme, all du mobile subscribers can enjoy calling local numbers and receiving calls at just AED 1.25 per minute, while roaming in the GCC region.

The unified rates come into effect immediately without any extra charges and will be available by default to all du customers while they roam in the GCC region. du mobile customers can choose any telecom operator during roaming in the GCC while still benefitting from this attractive scheme.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:29:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Virgin Mobile UK launches an all-you-can-eat internet access tariff at 30p per day, which is claimed to be a tariff three times cheaper in comparison to other offers by rival networks. The new rates will be levied from December 8 applying to both contract and pre-pay subscribers, Virgin reveals.

“By providing unlimited access at a highly competitive rate, we are giving all our customers the opportunity to use the internet on their phone without having to worry about racking up huge bills or working out complicated price structures,” said Virgin Mobile MD Graeme Oxby. However, the twist in the story lies that the 30p/day rate is counted as offering unlimited access, to which a daily fair use policy of 25MB applies. The subscribers exceeding this limit will have to pay £2 for each extra MB.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:26:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

South Korea’s leading wireless carrier, gained more customers than its rivals in November, maintaining its lead in the country’s telecom market, according to data released by mobile carriers.

SK Telecom reported that it attracted a net 51,768 customers last month, with its total subscription base increasing to 22.97 million.

KTF Co. ranked second, drawing in a net 35,175 users, bringing its customer base to 14.32 million. The smallest company, LG Telecom Ltd., attracted an additional 22,726 customers, with its total number of customers reaching 8.18 million.

Based on the figures, South Korea had 45.47 million mobile service users out of a population of 49 million as of the end of last month.

Users of KTF’s 3G service, a third-generation wireless service that allows faster data transfers compared to second-generation CDMA-based services, reached 7.97 million as of the end of last month, followed by SK Telecom’s 3G service with 7.88 million subscribers, according to reports.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:25:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Lebanese government approves the reduction in mobile call fees to 10%/min along with other service fees. According to Information Minister Lebanon, Tareq Mitri, the Cabinet has approved the extension of mobile infrastructure and recommendations for improved services. He additionally said the Cabinet also gave a thumbs up to the recommendations by Telecoms Minister Jebran Bassil last week to end the existing management contract of cellco Alfa and let the communications ministry itself manage the Alfa network.
He further revealed a two month deadline for implementation of the following approvals by government.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:23:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Bangladeshi telecoms watchdog intends to issue 3G licences in the country by March’09, in order to boost broadband services of the country. The licence will be roll out for 2100 MHz spectrum band for 3G services would enable Bangladeshi operators to launch mobile broadband services. “The 3G licences will be issued by March next year. The licences would be awarded through an open auction,” said the chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory commission, Manzurul Alam. The 3G services will allow people to get easy access to information on health, education, job opportunities and agriculture, he added.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:22:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 02 December 2008

The new Arab Advisors’ survey of Jordan's Internet users also revealed that WiMAX operators had an 8.3% share of residential broadband Internet accounts in the country. Retail e-commerce in Jordan reached an estimated US$ 181 million the 12 months between November 2007 and November 2008.


Arab Advisors’ online survey revealed that of the respondents who have an ADSL subscription at home, 13.3% share it with neighbors. 28% of those sharing share the ADSL connection with two more households, 22.7% with three additional households and 29.3% with one additional household.

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Source: Arab Advisors Group.



Tuesday, 02 December 2008 16:53:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new report from Arab Advisors Group analyzes and ranks 30 fixed services operators and 50 cellular operators in nineteen Arab countries. STC’s Al Jawwal, Egypt’s Mobinil and Vodafone Egypt are the largest Arab cellular operators in terms of subscribers.


With the advent of new operators and increased competition in 2008, cellular subscribers in 19 examined Arab countries reached 194.533 million. ALJAWAL and MobiNil sustained their top rankings by H1 2008, with 17.800 million and 16.328 million subscribers respectively. Vodafone Egypt ended the first six months of 2008 with 15.202 million subscribers, settling as the third largest mobile operator in the region. UAE recorded the highest cellular penetration rate by H1 2008, which stood at 198.6% followed by Saudi Arabia (123.3%). Both countries report subscribers based on active on the switch method. UAE also had the highest fixed line penetration rate by H1 2008, which stood at 29.4%.

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Source: Arab Advisors Group.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 16:46:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Africa’s largest mobile phone company, MTN Group Ltd, is planning to bring handsets with MTN’s brand costing as little as $12 in the first half of next year. MTN’s Vice President of southern and east African region, Tim Lowry, said the handsets would be manufactured in China and may be priced between $12 and $15.

However, MTN lacks infrastructure such as base stations and switches and prices in a move to expand mobile and data services on the African Continent. In Africa, average mobile penetration is assessed to be 25%.

Lowry further said, MTN distributed 100,000 handsets costing about $20 into countries it operated in, including South Africa and Zambia, in a test this year. “They went into the system and just disappeared,” he said. “We couldn’t keep up, they were selling like hot cakes.” MTN will target markets of Zambia, Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa with the low-priced handsets, carrying the MTN brand. The handsets are capable of handling data and voice. It is anticipated that average mobile penetration will rise to 50% in the next three or four years. MTN is working with mobile-phone companies to bring down prices for handsets that can handle data, voice and multimedia services to between $30 and $40, Lowry added.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:08:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Velcom posts its third quarter results. The subscriber base reaches to 3.5 million with the net addition of 100,000 new subscribers in third quarter. The 100% owned Telekom Austria subsidiary, reported revenues of EUR82.4 million (USD104.1 million) and EBITDA of EUR41.9 million in the period under review, while its EBITDA margin was stable at 50.8%. The operating income in this quarter was EUR22.7 million. The ARPU grows from EUR6.9 in 2Q08 to EUR7.6 in 3Q08, driven by the launch of new attractively priced tariff plans and currency fluctuations. While, average MOU dipped from 165.8 to 162.8 in the same period.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:07:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vodafone has instigated the nation’s first 3G mobile network. The firm expects the mobile broadband network will transform the local industry, delivering of a wide array of voice and data services to business users and consumers. This network is part of a FJD70 million (USD38.2 million) investment in 2008 using equipment supplied by Ericsson of Sweden.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Oceania
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:06:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Anatel, the Brazilian telecoms regulator reports an addition of 4Mn new mobile lines in October’08 experiencing a rise of 2.85% in comparison to September’08. At the end of October, the number of registered active mobile lines reached 145Mn. Of the total mobile subscribers in October, 81.24% were prepaid and 18.76% postpaid.

Teledensity in Brazil went up to 75.2, up by 2.73% since September’08 and 24.5% since October’07.

The leader in mobile market share was Vivo with a market share of 29.7%, compared to 30.0% registered in September. Claro stood at the second place with 25.31%, down from 25.33%, and TIM came third with 24.70%, down from a 25.02% market share the month previous. Oi took the fourth position with registered 16.21% in October from 15.53% in September, while Brasil Telecom came in fifth with 3.67%, compared to 3.73%.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:05:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The evergrowing competition in the Kenyan mobile market is expected to take down Safaricom’s market share which will drop from its dominant 80% to 65% in another four years. The fall will be driven by the launch of rival operators, says Chief Executive Michael Joseph.

“We will have between 65% and 70% market share by 2011,” says Michael. The closest competitor to Safaricom is Zain, which has started offering all new lowered tariffs and products, which targets the lower segment of market, which was earlier captured by Safaricom.

The state owned Telkom Kenya is speedily building up its GSM ntwork under the brand name Orange. In order to stay in competition, Safaricom has invested more in data services and is building a WiMax network, to complement its broadband service launched in August this year.

“We are diversifying our revenue streams, with a shift from the voice market. Which is becoming increasingly unattractive, due to the low tariffs, to data,” says Michael. He additionally said that the operator with its broad network can fight the agressive competition.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:04:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Megafon continues to grow in the Russian mobile market in the month of October by adding 960,894 new subscribers. Megafon, country’s third largest operator, is competing closely with Vimpelcom, which stood at 45.88 million, 31.7% of total net addition. Megafon’s net additions counts to 38.7% share of Russia’s total net additions and totalled its subscriber base to 42.32 million. MTS lagged behind its rivals in terms of new additions, claiming just 19.4% with a subscriber base of 62.36 million in October, causing a threat to its number one position. Russia ended October with just over 182 million mobile subscribers, up from 179.54 million at the end of September.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:02:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digicel is nearing to recieve the mobile licence of Kiribati to launch GSM services in the country. The government of Kiribati approves Digicel’s proposal of an investment of over $9.3 million in deploying a network across all Kiribati’s populated islands. According to Telecommunications Authority Chief Executive Pwanouia Aberaan the finalisation of the licence is under process and the issuing of licence is expected in next three weeks.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:01:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

T-Mobile grabs the 3G licecne in Macedonia, being awarded by country’s telecoms regulator, The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK). T-Mobile was the only bidder for the three available 3G licences. T-Mobile after the payment of $12.83 million fee to the regulator, the operator will be awarded the radio spectrum by 2008 end and will have to launch the network in next six months and a coverage of 50% in 12 months. The licence will be valid for 10 years.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Europe
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:58:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Virgin Mobile South Africa, raises its data and SMS tariffs for both its prepaid and post-paid subscribers, eliminating off-peak rates. The rise in tariffs mean that Virgin’s peak-time tariffs are quiet lower than its competitors. On the other hand, it also means that users will not benefit from low off-peak rates. Virgin Mobile’s all-day rate is now 60c/SMS. MMSs are charged at a flat rate of 75c each and its per-MB data rate is set at 60c in contrast with Vodacom’s 4U charging 80c/SMS in peak times and 35c in off-peak times and Pay-as-you-go MTN subscribers are charged 75c/peak-time SMS while off-peak SMSs cost 35c. For data users, Vodacom and MTN charge around R2/MB for out-of-bundle data usage, their in-bundle rates for 2 GB or more drop to R0.19/MB. This is in comparison with Virgin Mobile’s flat rate of R0.60 per megabyte.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:57:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Taiwan based 3G operator Vibo Telecom anticipates a subscriber base of one million 3.5G users by 2009-end. According to Vibo’s president Feng-hsiung Chang the telco will have a subscriber base of 300,000 3.5G users by 2008-end, moving onto somewhere between 600,000 and one million by end-2009.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:56:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BH Telecom is going to launch 3.5G mobile and IPTV services in 2009, said Nedzad Residbegovic, General Manager of BH Telecom. Within four months the operator is intending to commence commercial services in larger cities and has revealed plans to install approximately 130 base stations across the country. The 3.5G services are based on HSPA Technology. BH Telecom is anticipating to spend USD6.5 million on the launch over the next five years. Moreover, Mr Residbegovic proposed for the new services would be between EUR35 and EUR70 per month.

Source: Wirelss Federation.

3G | Europe
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:49:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Chilean regulator Subtel proposes a 52% cut in mobile connection fees in order to use each other’s lines for the next five years, driven by low costs and high user traffic. The government will set new access rates for 2009-2014 before the current period expires; under the new proposals a figure of $0.07/minute would be imposed, much lower than the $0.133-$0.136 currently charged by the incumbent operators Entel PCS, Telefonica and America Movil.

‘We are deeply surprised by the government’s proposal for a more than 50% rate cut, which does not seem reasonable, especially in light of the prevailing uncertainty and the still unknown magnitude and depth of the economic crisis,’ Entel said in a statement. The company said it would request an expert commission be formed to arrive at a proposal that ‘does not jeopardise the achievements of the industry to date.’

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:47:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Russia's second largest mobile operator Vimpelcom psts its Q3'08 revenues of $2.84 billion, up 45.3% since last year, driven by a strong subscriber base. OIBDA grew by 36.7% to $1.38 billion, giving a margin of 48.8%. Net income rose by 41.3% to $269 million. Capex doubled since 2007 to $692.9 million from $339 million. Vimpelcom's Russian operation's revenues rose by 46.8% in Q3'08 since last year to $2.4 billion. Revenues from the Beeline mobile operation rose 23.2% to $2.03 billion. OIBDA in the Russian mobile segment reached $1.2billion, a rise of 39.3% from 871 million in Q3'07. Vimpelcom, at the end of Q3'08 had a subscriber base of 45.09 million in Russia, generating ARPU of $15.2, up 19.5% from 2007.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:45:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

European Union is in favour of limiting the cost of SMS and mobile Web surfing between nation states. The ministers have given consent to cap the retail charge for sending a cross-border short text message at 11 euro cents, or 14 American cents. This implies that cost for sending Text across European borders would drop by an average of 62% from the current 29 euro cents. The data roaming charges are also expected to fall in the same line of SMS.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:44:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Telecom regulator of Romania is anticipating that the market will grow by between 5% and 10% in 2009, following a double-digit rise in 2008. President of the National Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANC), Liviu Nistoran, said the growth stood at 16.7% in 2007. Nistoran further said, ‘we predict a two-figure market rise in 2008, with the most important sectors being the fixed broadband internet access and wireless internet, wireless data and mobile telephony.’ ‘I believe the communications market will continue to develop in 2009 as well, but [at] a slower rate, due to the economic crisis. I am counting especially on the constant wireless internet growth, [with] WiMAX licences due to become operational next year,’ he added.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:39:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India’s Telecom Minister, Andimuthu Raja corroborated that the government has decided to auction 3G and broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in January, 2009. According to the minister, spectrum will be allotted through simultaneous ascending e-auction. On an average for 3G, 5 blocks are to be auctioned. The reserve price for each block of pan India spectrum is Rs 2020 crore ($408 million). In broadband wireless access (BWA), auction will take place in a similar manner. The reserve price for one block is Rs 1010 crore ($204 million) and Four blocks are to be auctioned. The sale of each BWA spectrum will bring Wi-Max services to rural areas and will help in broadband launch.

Raja said, “I have allotted 3G and Wi-Max Spectrum to both BSNL and MTNL in the month of September 2008 with a view to ensure early roll out of 3G and Wi-Max services in the country. MTNL will be launching services in December 2008 in Delhi and BSNL in January 2009 in Chennai. They will pay the same price for the spectrum as discovered through the auction”.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:38:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom, New Zealand, much awaited 3G network commences operations for international roaming customers only. The 3G network has active coverage for inbound roaming customers in the Auckland CBD, Auckland airport and city-to-airport commuter route. Activation of similar coverage in Wellington and Christchurch will start by early 2009.The new W-CDMA network, which originally had to run by Christmas, has delayed to July 2009.

According to Telecom the 3G network will cover 97% of New Zealand and cost $547 million. CEO Telecom Retail Alan Gourdie said the roaming arrangements launched this week are with Telstra Corporation Australia and the Digicel Group who cover a range of Pacific Islands. Telecom is in talks for further international roaming agreements in order to offer subscribers 170 overseas destinations for voice and texting and over 110 destinations for internet data by June’09.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Oceania
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:37:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tigo, Colombian Mobile Operator has signed 10,000 subscribers in 3G segment, according to a local media report. The services are offered in capital Bogotá, as well as in Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Cartagena. In October, the services have been instigated including mobile broadband for both prepaid and post-paid subscribers. Comcel, the strong contender in Colombian mobile market is also providing 3G in Colombia. Although, Movistar of Spain’s Telefónica anticipates to launch 3G services soon.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Americas
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:36:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Kuwait’s third mobile operator VIVA will commence operations from Wednesday with the competition in market soaring up. STC’s VIVA has to compete with giants like Zain and Wataniya. As quoted in September Chief Executive Najeeb Alawadhi said that VIVA aims to attract 300,000 subscribers in its first year of operation.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:35:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Tanzanian TRCA expects in the number of phone users to reach 13 million by H1Œ09, a rise of 25% and major rise in mobile subscriber base. According to the numbers by the government, the Tanzanian telecoms market has grown by 20.1% in 2007, in comparison to 19.2% a year earlier. gHardly four years ago we were less than two million. Towards the middle of 2009, we should easily reach 13 million,h Tanzania Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Director General John Nkoma said. gWe do expect that by the end of this year, we should be hitting maybe 10.5 million or 11 million. Itfs largely driven by mobile.h he added. With the end of 2007 Tanzania stood at 8.48 million subscribers, while by H1Œ08, it had 10.43 million subscribers. TRCA reports a penetration rate of 25% allowing players to enter the nascent telecom market.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:34:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

OTE, Greece largest telecoms firm, posts a rise of 30% to $260.4 million in net proft in the third quarter attributed to a strong performance in its mobile phone units. The revenues increase to 0.7% to euro1.64 billion from euro1.63 billion in the third quarter of 2007. OTE chairman and CEO Panagis Vourloumis said strong results in the mobile phone sector more than offset a gmediocreh performance in fixed-line revenues in Greece. The company said, OTE expects 2009 profits to gat least matchh this yearfs, despite the global economic crisis. The Greek Government and Deutsche Telekom smacked a deal in May on sharing OTE ownership and management control. Greecefs parliament has approved the deal in June, the government and Deutsche Telekom each control 25 % plus one share of OTE.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:33:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to a study, Mobile internet usage between Q2 and Q3 ‘08 has risen by 25% in comparison to the three per cent growth rate of PC-based usage over the same time period. The study reveals that 7.3 million people are now using mobile internet rather than wired broadband. The reason behind this surge is developed countries like UK have reached broadband saturation point and it is becoming difficult to add new subscribers.

Another study reveals that by 2013 there will be a broadband connectivity increase of only 11 % year on year, rather than 28 % per year seen over the 2004 to 2008 period.

Mobile Internet caters a quarter of consumer’s aged 15-24 age in comparison to 16% of PC-based consumers. Only 12% of the over 55 demographic use mobile Internet. Further the study says that BBC News is the most visited site on mobile Internet whereas on PC-based Internet surfing, Google search is most popular.

According to a Research Analyst, the fact that the most weather, sports, news and email sites make up the majority of leading mobile sites show that mobile Internet is mainly about functionality and need at the moment as opposed to the more entertainment and ecommerce-focused makeup of the leading PC-based sites.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:32:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The call charges were likely to drop with telecom companies — global and domestic — keen to launch third-generation (3G) mobile services in the country, said Telecom Minister A. Raja. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications and global firms such as the UK’s AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, France-based Orange and Japan’s NTT DoCoMo have expressed interest in bidding for 3G mobile licence which will lead to stiff competition in the market, will reflect in lower tariffs.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:31:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile network operators in developed regions should prepare for a tenfold increase in wireless network traffic by 2015, as data traffic rapidly overtakes voice, according to the latest report entitled Wireless network traffic 2008-2015: forecasts and analysis from Analysys Mason, the premier advisers on telecoms, IT and digital media.

Total wireless network traffic from cellular users in developed regions is set to increase substantially, driven by, improved cellular devices (such as USB modems and smartphones); widespread deployment of advanced 3G technologies and femtocells; affordable pricing (particularly for traffic-intensive services); more indoor usage of cellular devices; and increasing size of items of Web content.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:30:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile subscribers of Peru will enjoy number portability free of charge, said Deputy Communications Minister, Gonzalo Ruiz. The government will try to guarantee an easy process for users willing to port their mobile numbers, he added.

In January 2009, Number Portability (NP) is scheduled for implementation in Peru and telecoms regulator Osiptel has recently published the regulations for number portability implementation.

The transport and communications ministry (MTC) has given consent over the use of the All Call Query (ACQ) methodology for NP in Peru. A central database will be created of ported numbers which operators will consult for every call to find out which network a dialled number belongs to.

The telecoms operator will invest approximately US$22million to implement Number Portability.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:21:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Tanzania Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Director General, John Nkomasays that he expects the number of mobile phone users in the country will jump by 25% to 13 million by the middle of next year.

"Hardly four years ago we were less than two million. Towards the middle of 2009, we should easily reach 13 million," he said.

The regulator awarded two additional licenses last week - to local firms, MyCell and Egotel for both landline and mobile services. Existing operator, Zain was also granted a licence to install an international gateway. There are now five companies licensed to offer international dialing services in the country.

According to figures from the Mobile World subscriber tracker, the country ended the first half of this year with just under 10.1 million customers - representing a population penetration level of 26%.

On the web: Tanzania Regulatory Authority - Mobile World

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:20:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |