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 Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Etisalat, one of the well known mobile operators across the globe, has won the third mobile phone licence in Iran. Etisalat will be in competition with the two Iranian incumbents ITC and MTN. Etisalat aims to tap a market with a mobile market penetration of less than 60, where more than half of the population of some 70 million people are under 25 years of age.
The licence will be legally applicable only once it recieves an approval from Iran’s minister of telecommunications.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:29:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC), takes up a new schedule to lower the fees levied by the mobile operators by 45% by July’10. Bulgarian mobile phone users pay an average of 0.19-0.25 leva a minute when calling from mobile to mobile and 0.29-0.32 leva a minute when calling from landlines to mobile, the highest charged in European Union.

The mobile operators will have to lower their prices five times, on January 1 2009, July 1 2009, September 1 2009, January 1 2010 and July 1 2010, everytime by 7-9% and by the last cut the prices will fall down to 0.13-0.15 leva a minute regarding whether they call from a landline or a mobile.

CRC will also reportedly ask fixed-line telecoms to cut down the bulk mobile call termination rates, the fees paid by consumers when calling landlines from mobile numbers.

Bulgaria’s three telecom firms, Austria Telekom’s Mobiltel, Cosmote unit Globul and BTC, the dominant fixed-line operator that recently integrated its mobile subsidiary Vivatel, will be required by law to obey the ruling, but can appeal the decision in court.

The ruling will allow Mobiltel and Globul to maintain their dominant position in the Bulgarian mobile market, though they still are against the ruling. BTC, however, according to a localmedia report, was not happy with the decision, because it “did not change the current market situation,”.

Source: Wireless Federation.

 

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:28:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

APA-Kampala (Uganda) ­Uganda’s ministry of Health has launched a project to equip health centers across the country with techno-labs that will facilitate diagnosis and prescription of treatment for patients without them coming physically to the health facilities.

The project under the Uganda Communication Development Fund (UCDF) of the Uganda Communications Commission will see health centers across the country fitted with computers, digital cameras, scanners and other gadgets to allow doctors to diagnose and prescribe treatment to patients in other health centers.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:25:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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The total Afghan market grew to 6.72m, with an annual uplift of 66.7%. This was less than half the 139.8% recorded in the prior twelve-month period. Indeed, growth has declined consistently over the past four quarters despite the fact that penetration remains low, with a rate of just 20.4% at the end of Q3 08. It seems highly likely that growth will continue to slow, unless there is any significant change in the country’s economic conditions.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 8:58:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Russian market surpassed 125% penetration during Q3 to finish the quarter on 126.9%, but growth showed no sign of slowing: in fact, the annual growth figure of 14.5% was up 0.7pp compared to the prior twelve-month period. With 179.81m customers, Russia remained the fourth largest market in the world, around 87m behind the USA and 39m ahead of Brazil.

Russia: Market Share, Top Three Operators

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 8:54:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

It is being reported that as many as 25 million mobile phones could be cut off in India from next month - following a security clamp down on unregistered mobile phones following ongoing terrorist attacks in the country. According to the Mobile World subscriber­ tracker, the country ended September with around 315 million mobile phone subscribers.

The department of telecom (DoT) has instructed the mobile network operators to disconnect all handsets which do not have an IMEI number from January 6th 2009.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 8:51:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Between 1990 and 2007, the telecommunications sector grew almost five times faster than the economy in Mexico and has gone a long way in reducing the economic and social difficulties in this country. Buoyed by dynamic technological progress in recent years, the telecommunications sector has attracted increased investment and productivity, providing further momentum to the economy.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues of $28,994 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $36,399 million in 2013.

"The wireless telephony traffic's growth rate was 60.5 percent in Q1 2008, an increase of more than 20 percent over Q1 2007, meaning that this is the most dynamic sector of the telecommunications industry," says Frost & Sullivan Consulting Analyst Jose Manuel Mercado. "In 2007, it contributed 6 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP); in 1990 the contribution was around the 1.1 percent."

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For instance, Telmex is starting to offer bundled services with the condition that the subscriber signs a contract that is binding for a minimum of 12 months. This contract clearly violates the number portability idea of free movement from one company to another with the same number. Once the violation by the operator is reported to the regulator, it will be stripped of its TV-Pay concession or any other concession title for triple play solutions.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 8:49:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 22, 2008

The number of mobile phone subscribers were almost four-folds more than the main line subscribers in Turkey, the Information Technologies & Communication Agency, said. According to the statistics, landline subscribers totals to 17.6 million in Turkey in October 2008, wherein mobile phone users have reached the mark of 65.7 million in October. However, in 2007 the fixed line subscribers were 19 million and around 54 million were mobile users.

 

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, December 22, 2008 4:43:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 19, 2008

The Brazilian Mobile telephony has added 2.2 million subscribers during November, according to a report. The number of mobile phone subscribers totals to 147 million at the end of November, up 1.5%. Overall Brazilian market has added 26.1 million new mobile lines during 2008. Prepaid subscribers accounted for 80.9% of subscribers, with 119.5 million lines, whilst post-paid subscribers account for 19.1% with 27.5 million lines.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, December 19, 2008 11:40:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobitel, Sri Lanka, has launched a new pre paid tariff named SMART Pre Paid which will enable its Sri Lankan subscribers the lowest call rates in the country.

SMART Pre Paid Tariff will offer value to existing and potential subscribers, with outgoing Voice/Video calls at Rs.1 per minute and SMS at 50 cents per message to one nominated Mobitel M Best Friend number, outgoing Voice/Video calls at Rs.2 per minute to Mobitel numbers, and Voice/Video call rates to other local Mobile or Fixed Line numbers at Rs.4 per minute 24 hours of the day. Further, this plan allows users to enjoy Incoming Free Voice/Video calls from Mobitel, Local fixed lines and overseas numbers anytime of the day.

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Source: Wireless Federation.
Friday, December 19, 2008 11:36:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Growth abandoned the West European cellular market in Q3 2008, as the global recession hit mobile spending patterns, according to a report issued by Strategy Analytics. While mobile data revenues continued to perform well, the voice market took a turn for the worse around the globe.

Collectively, mobile operators performed well in Q3 2008, with subscriber growth remaining very strong and profit margins stable. However, the mobile voice market did see revenue growth slow more than expected. Many operators in mature markets are recording falling voice revenues, and some operators in emerging markets such as China, Indonesia and Thailand are now finding it tough.

 
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Source: Cellular News.
Friday, December 19, 2008 11:27:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 18, 2008

The portion of homes with cell phones but no landlines has grown to 18 percent, led by adults living with unrelated roommates, renters and young people, according to federal figures released Wednesday.

An additional 13 percent of households have landlines but get all or nearly all calls on their cells, the survey showed. Taken together, that means about three in 10 households are essentially reachable only on their wireless phones.

The figures, covering the first half of 2008, underscore how consumers have been steadily abandoning traditional landline phones in favor of cells. The 18 percent in cell-only households compares with 16 percent in the second half of 2007, and just 7 percent in the first half of 2005.

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Source: Cellular News.
Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:32:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Mobile messaging vendor, Airwide Solutions has published the results of an independent study on the use of mobile messaging across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The results prove that despite warnings of turmoil throughout the global economy, growth in mobile messaging shows no signs of slowing.

The study shows that the number of people sending text messages (SMS) across the EU is growing 3.3 percent year on year, a figure only beaten by MMS which is growing by 9.2 percent.

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Source: Cellular News.
Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:14:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The number of subscribers to services delivered over fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) networks worldwide reached 28.2mn at the end of June, up 23% from the end of 2007, according to a new study by research firm IDATE, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) connections accounting for 90% of the total.

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Source:
Connected Home News.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 9:41:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kuwait-based telecoms group Zain yesterday launched a 3.5G network in Ghana, having invested more than USD420 million in the country to realise the speedy deployment of the technology - a first for sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. Reuters reports that Zain sees potential on the continent where it already has 40 million customers.

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Source: TeleGeography.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:40:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zain rolls out a pilot project of its rebranded mobile money transfer service Zap, which will be operational in Africa and Middle East. The pilot will be rolled out in Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The new money transfer service will allow the subscribers to withdraw and deposit money through Zain outlets and transact international money transfers. Zap will also offer added services to clients in collaboration with local commercial banks.

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Source: Wireless Federation.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:26:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom Tiger is reporting that India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has set the date of 16 January 2009 for the auctioning of 3G licences. The regulator announced the date at the same time as it released the final guidelines for the auction process, and a pre-bid conference will be held on 23 December, with the final date for submissions set as 5 January. The DoT has also clarified the status of spectrum availability, noting that Mumbai and Delhi will only be able to accommodate four and two new 3G licensees respectively. Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will offer spectrum to three players, while the remaining circles will allow for four licensees.

The DoT has also announced that the auctions for WiMAX spectrum will be held two days after the close of the 3G auction process. The WiMAX auction process is expected to see three players in each circle offered spectrum.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:01:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobilink, the Pakistani incumbent, has lost more than 2,000,000 subscribers driven by interrupted service and blocking of illegal SIM by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Mobilink’s subscriber base now slided from 32 million to 30 million.

It is seen that out of the 20,00,000 subscribers, 7,50,000 have ported their numbers to other cellcos and the rest 12,50,000 have been blocked by PTA after they were identified as illegal SIMs. Mobilink has been facing such problems due to poor quality of services.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:50:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Amidst relentless pressure on prices and a growing array of international communications services, international voice traffic continues to grow. According to new data from the annual TeleGeography study of the international voice market, international voice traffic reached 343 billion minutes in 2007, and is projected to reach 385 billion minutes in 2008.

Mobile phones have been a key driver of growth, due to subscriber growth in developing countries and the recent emergence of low-cost international mobile calling plans. In 2007, nearly one-third of international calls were placed from mobile phones, and 45% of international calls were terminated on mobiles. Current trends suggest that by 2009, more international calls will be made to mobile phones than to fixed lines.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:36:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India has reportedly added 7 million GSM subcribers in the month of November, ending with a GSM subscriber base of 249.3 million. Bharti Airtel leaded the list of net additions with 2.7million subscribers followed by Vodafone Essar which added 2 million subscribers in November. BSNL added 0.6million subscribers and MTNL added 77,398 subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 3:52:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 15, 2008

Main One Cable Company has revealed that it has secured licences from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) allowing it to land its intercontinental undersea fibre-optic cable in the two countries. The company has already begun work on an undersea cable connecting Portugal and southern Africa. The first phase of the project spans 6,900 kilometres from Portugal to Ghana and Nigeria, while the second phase encompasses a 6,000 kilometre extension to Angola and South Africa. Negotiations with other countries along the route for further landing points are said to be ongoing.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, December 15, 2008 11:46:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Slovenia's broadband penetration reached 19.5% at the end of the third quarter of 2008, up from 15.9% a year ago, with household penetration rising from 47% to 58% in the same period, according to the quarterly telecoms market report by the Agency for Post and Telecommunications (APEK). Incumbent telco Telekom Slovenije accounted for a 48.5% share of the high speed subscriber market, down from 51.5% at end-3Q 2007, and the country's largest alternative operator T-2 reached a share of 17.9%, up by 5.5 percentage points year-on-year. Direct fibre connections (FTTx) made up 9.4% of all broadband lines, compared to 2.1% a year earlier. APEK said that VoIP telephony subscribers reached 191,000 at the end of September 2008, up from 96,500 twelve months previously, and VoIP now accounts for 22% of the country's total fixed line subscriber base. Telekom Slovenije was reported to be the country's largest VoIP provider, with 45.5% of the market ahead of T-2 with 33%. Telekom's cellular subsidiary Mobitel remained the largest provider of mobile services by retail subscribers (figures including MVNOs), with 60.6% of the market, ahead of Austrian-owned Si.Mobil (27.3%), debitel (5.0%), Izimobil (2.5%), Tusmobil (4.4%) and T-2 (0.1%). IPTV subscribers in Slovenia rose by 150% year-on-year to 133,500 at end-September 2008, as cable TV viewers fell from 315,000 to 294,000 in the same period. Telekom Slovenije leads the IPTV segment, followed by T-2.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, December 15, 2008 11:45:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Venezuela’s telecoms watchdog Conatel has published data for the third quarter of 2008 in which it says the country’s total fixed lines in service reached 5.896 million, up from 4.696 million a year before, and representing a fixed teledensity of 21.2%. According to the regulator there were 1.172 million broadband internet subscribers at the end of September 2008, up from 776,000 a year earlier, whilst dial-up customers decreased by 9,000 in the same period to 140,000. Conatel’s figures also showed that at the end of the third quarter there were 26.673 million mobile phone subscriptions, up from 21.992 million at the end of September 2007. Mobile penetration was reported to have reached 96.0% at the end of 3Q08, up from 80.5% year-on-year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, December 15, 2008 11:43:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Parliament has approved a law making Estonia the first country to allow voting by mobile phone.

Lawmakers approved a measure Thursday allowing citizens to vote by mobile phone in the next parliamentary elections in 2011.

Estonians were allowed to cast Internet ballots in last year's parliamentary vote.

The mobile-voting system, which has already been tested, requires that voters obtain free, authorized chips for their phones, said Raul Kaidro, spokesman of the SK Certification Center, which issues personal ID cards in Estonia.

The chip will verify the voter's identity and authorize participation in the electronic voting system, he said.

The system and software have proven effective and reliable in an independent security audit, Kaidro said. He dismissed security concerns, claiming the system "is the most secure way to authenticate digital signatures."

Kaidro said he expects the 2011 vote to be the first of its kind, though he said neighboring Finland and Sweden possess the software and technical capabilities to conduct a similar "cellular election."

Estonian officials said the Internet voting system in 2007 proved secure despite worries about hacker attacks, identity fraud and vote count manipulation.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, December 15, 2008 10:16:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The mobile subscriber base in Ecuador stood at 11.2mn subscribers at the end of October in comparison to 9.7mn at October-end 2007, reports telecoms supervisory body Supertel. Porta leads the charts with 7.82mn subscribers, followed by Movistar Ecuador of Spain’s Telefónica with 2.95mn subscribers, and locally owned Alegro PCS with 391,587 subscribers.
In the month of October, the operators added a total of 92,564 subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, December 15, 2008 10:14:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In Oman, the subscriber base has crossed the mark of three-million for the first time. According to the statistics revealed by the Ministry of National Economy, the subscriber base totals to 3,084,941 at the end of September in comparison to 2,500,000 a year earlier, up 23.4%. Post-paid subscribers totalled 316,441, against 293,622, up 7.8% and pre-paid customers 2,768,500, compared with 2,206,378, up 25.5%. There are two mobile operators, Oman Mobile (Majority state-owned) and the Nawras.  In a move to liberalise mobile sector in Oman, TRA has this year granted licences to five resellers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, December 15, 2008 10:11:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 10, 2008

­Mobile internet has undeniably turned a corner in 2008, showing unprecedented growth levels. By 2012 a nine-fold increase in mobile broadband revenues is expected. However, driven by peer to peer and video services, traffic levels are expected to grow much faster to well over 20 times today’s volumes. These numbers are a wake-up call to mobile broadband providers. Clearly demand is there, but is there also a sustaina­ble business case?

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 11:32:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

President-elect Barack Obama pledged to expand Americans' access to broadband Internet as part of a massive new public works program designed to generate jobs and improve the economy, he said in his weekly video/radio address.

"As we renew our schools and highways, we'll also renew our information superhighway," Obama said. "It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online, and they'll get that chance when I'm President — because that's how we'll strengthen America's competitiveness in the world."

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 11:30:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator, POTRAZ has granted 3G licenses to the incumbent mobile operators - without any evident tender for the licenses. The mobile operators will also be allowed to offer Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.

“The amendment of licences will enable operators to offer new services which are covered by the current legislation, but restricted by their current licence documents”, the regulator said in a statement.

At the beginning of the year, Econet Wireless said that it had completed the installation of 3G base stations on its network, but was unable to switch on the service as the regulator has failed to release the required radio spectrum. The company has originally made an application for a 3G license in June 2007.

Econet Wireless is the largest operator in the country by subscriber numbers. According to estimates from the Mobile World, the operator ended last September with 977,000 customers and a market share of 64%. The country has a population penetration level of just over 12%.

Source: Cellular News.

3G | Africa
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 11:26:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

One possible scenario for the telecoms industry during the current economic slowdown is that fixed-to-mobile substitution (FMS) will be accelerated as consumers reduce their communications bill by cutting their fixed line in favour of mobile services. With mobile broadband deals now more readily available and affordable, there is a potential ‘double whammy’ to this in that fixed line operators could not only lose further fixed voice revenues but valuable broadband revenues as well. Ovum therefore commissioned a survey of over 8,000 consumers to find out their plans.

The majority of consumers will scale down rather than cancel their broadband service

At the top level broadband seems to remain a ‘sticky’ service. Ovum’s survey data shows that only 7% of respondents would ditch their fixed line for both voice and broadband in favour of mobile services, and only 1% said they would be prepared to keep their fixed voice but cut their broadband access. Cutting the mobile subscription stood at 6%, making fixed broadband access actually even ‘stickier’ than mobile to those that are planning on keeping the fixed telephony line.

The majority of respondents, 65%, said they would simply look to reduce spend in certain areas, rather than cancelling one of their services altogether. At the top level, how they reduce that spend was fairly evenly split across reducing fixed voice calls, mobile voice calls and pay-TV subscriptions.

Unfortunately for pay-TV operators, more consumers look to be planning to cut back on extras such as pay-per-view movies, rather than increase spend in this area with the idea of saving on other social activities. Ovum suspects that this will be more related to movie rental subscriptions, rather than true pay-per-view, which we still suspect will see an increase as consumers go out less.

Age and culture play a big part in broadband decisions

Unsurprisingly, the decisions around whether to reduce spend on fixed and mobile communications differ with age group. People aged between 16 and 25 are more likely to either drop their fixed line altogether (10% of 16- to 25-year-olds) or keep a fixed connection but rely more on their mobile phone for calls (28% of 16- to 25-year-olds) than any other age group. As the users get older they are less likely to rely on their mobile and more likely revert back to their fixed line, with only 5% of over 55s saying they would cut their fixed line. Keeping both mobile and fixed voice services but cutting broadband access is not a popular option across all age groups. Countries with a younger population will therefore see different trends to those with an older population.

As well as age, culture also plays its part. Ovum’s data clearly shows that there are significant differences in countries where mobile services and applications are already firmly engrained into the culture, such as Korea. In Korea 15% of respondents would cut their fixed line altogether, compared to roughly 5% in most Western European countries – other than Italy, where 11% said they would. Conversely, in Germany and France 11% of respondents said they would rather keep their fixed line and cut their mobile service. In part this will be related to age demographics, but cultural differences also play a large part.

Broadband is now a part of everyday life

There will always be differences between the various social segments and cultures. However, what is common across the world is that broadband Internet access is becoming an essential part of everyday life. It has become part of how people communicate, book their holidays, search for work, find out news, purchase goods and educate their children. When money becomes tight consumers obviously look for ways to save money, but for the vast majority of people cutting out their access to the Internet and associated services and applications is just not an option.

The more mobile segments of the community will favour pure mobile solutions, and as the technology improves this segment will gradually grow. However, the economic slowdown will not see a mass defection away from fixed broadband. Having said this, operators can expect to see an overall reduction in ARPU as consumers look to trim their overall communication bills where possible, and this goes for mobile as well as fixed operators.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:41:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil’s mobile phone production has been augmented after the launch of 3G technology. It is anticipated that mobile phone production will reach the mark of 76 million units in 2008, 12% rise on 2007 figures. An internal market has consumed 40 million units, an increase of 11 percent on last year. After experiencing fall in sales for two years, mobile phone exports has grown to 13%. According to the association, 3G technology, which is still in the implementation phase, should sustain demand for investments in infrastructure and new devices in 2009.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Americas
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:38:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Spain, at October end, has totalled the number of mobile phone lines to 50.59 million, adding 249,913 new mobile lines in October, up by 4.6% sunce 2007. According to a monthly report by Spanish telecoms regulator CMT, Vodafone has acquired 29.2% of the total net addition in October, whereas Orange grabbed 25.5%, then came Yoigo which accounted for 19.2% and Movistar accounted for 14.3% and MVNOs grabbed the remaining 1.9%. Mobile penetration reached 111.9 lines per 100 inhabitants in comparison to 107.0 in October 2007.

Spain added 181,034 postpaid subscribers and around 61,879 prepaid subscribers in October. Some 338,361 mobile phone numbers were ported in October, up by 5.9% versus since 2007. Yoigo saw a positive result by seeing a portability of 7,459 subscribers whereas Vodafone, Movistar and Orange registered a negative result.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:37:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |