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 Friday, January 16, 2009

Vivo, the Brazilian incumbent, ended 2008 with a subscriber base of 44.9 million, having a market share of 29.8%, up from 27.7% in 2007. According to the telecoms regulator Anatel, Vivo’s rising market share was driven by dint of its takeover of Telemig Celular in mid-2008. Claro stood at the second spot with the market share of 25.7% a percent ahead of TIM Brasil at 24.2% market share. Oi finished 2008 with 29.9 million subscribers. As at 31 December 2008, Anatel reported 150.6 million mobile connections in Brazil, rising by 29.6 million or 24.5% when compared to end-2007. On the contrary, mobile phone sales fell 23% year-on-year in December 2008 to just 3.6 million units, showing the rising impact of the global recession.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, January 16, 2009 4:23:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The MVNO phenomena is growing rapidly in the Netherlands as the number of subscribers signing upto one of the country’s 50 or so virtual providers has reached 3.51 million on 30 September 2008, up by 10% year-on-year. The MVNO’s now account for 17.3% of all SIM cards on the market at the given date, up from 17.0% a year earlier.

The MVNO market in Netherlands has seen entry of new players to the market in six months uptil Sept-2008 namely, Easer Mobile, Tok Toe Mie, Youfone and Internet Overal. In addition, more entrants have since launched commercially in the country or announced plans to launch in early 2009, such as Blyk and Telesur, the Dutch group said.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, January 16, 2009 4:22:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

France Telecom (Orange) has announced the launch of a satellite-based internet access service in France, through its subsidiary NordNet. The launch will give the French operator 100% broadband coverage in mainland France, it said in its 12 January press release. Orange says the new service helps it meet its commitment to the government’s ‘France Digital 2012’ project, announced in October 2008, which hopes to provide broadband internet access to every French citizen, regardless of where they live in the country, for EUR35 (USD43) per month (including any equipment costs) by 2010.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, January 16, 2009 4:21:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The number of mobile connections in Venezuela stood at 26.67m at the end of Q3 08, with penetration edging over 100% during the quarter to finish on 100.6%. It thus became the third South American nation to reach 100% after Suriname and Argentina, although French overseas departement French Guiana also joined the club during the quarter with 100.5% at the end of September. (Uruguay has almost certainly joined this group at the time of writing, having reached 99.0% at the end of Q3.)

Venezuela: Customers, GSM vs. CDMA

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, January 16, 2009 4:20:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 15, 2009

According to Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Bangladesh finished 2008 with a mobile subscriber base of 44.6 million by adding 10.27 million subscribers in the year, at a growth rate of 30% compared to the 62% growth recorded in 2007. According to statistics revealed, Grameenphone lead the market by adding 4.51 million in 2008, taking its total subscriber base to 20.99 million at 2008-end, followed by Banglalink which added 3.25 million subscribers and AKTEL adding 1.8 million to reach a subscriber base of 10.33 million and 8.20 million, respectively.

The new entrant to the market, Warid Telecom ended 2008 with a subscriber base of 2.33 million a step further of CityCell and Teletalk, who stood at a subscriber base of 1.81 million and 980,000 respectively.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, January 15, 2009 9:52:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Mexican mobile market surpassed the 75m mark during Q3 08 to finish the quarter with just under 75.7m customers. In proportionate terms, annual growth continued the decline that began in Q3 07, although the rate of 17.2% was still a reasonably strong figure. At the end of the quarter penetration stood at 68.6%, up 9.4pp annually, and it thus seems a near- certainty that the 75% mark will be reached during 2009.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, January 15, 2009 9:51:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 14, 2009

China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday.

The latest figure is a 41.9 percent increase over the same period last year, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report.

China's Internet penetration is still low at just 22.6 percent, leaving more room for rapid growth, according to CNNIC. The Pew Internet and American Life Project places U.S. online penetration at 71 percent.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:45:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Kazakhstan telecoms market was worth KZT 379 billion (US$3.2 billion) in 2008 - representing 3% of the country's GDP, reports the official news agency, Kazinform. The agency was citing the Chairman of the Agency for Information and Communications, Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev.

Mr. Yessekeyev emphasized high rates of growth of cellular operators, tough competition on the market and growth of their incomes over the last year. According to the Agency’ data, the number of mobile phone subscribers had topped 15 million people, and teledensity had reached 98 percent.

“The data was received on the basis of the sold SIM-cards”, he clarified.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:42:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

With the weakening of Belarusian Ruble the local mobile operators plan to raise their call tariffs. MTS Belarus, one of the leading mobile operator, has already raised its call and SMS tariffs by between 15 and 30 rubles and other operators could now follow the league. The rise in tariffs is driven by a sharp depreciation of the ruble earlier this month; MTS Belarus has to pay for a significant proportion of its new equipment and for many services in foreign currency – and is struggling to do so as the currency fluctuates.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:39:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Indian GSM operators have reportedly added more than 8 million mobile subscribers in the Dec’08 keeping its flag flying high as world’s fastest growing mobile market. According to the latest data compiled by COAI, India’s GSM subscriber base has reached the mark of 258 million at December’08 end, rising by 3.25 % from November’08. Bharti Airtel continued to be the market leader as it added over 2.7 million new subscribers taking its subscriber base to 87 million. Airtel held a market share of 33.22% at December end. Vodafone followed with a market share 23.63% and added 2 million subscribers in Dec’08 taking its total subscriber base to about 60 million. Idea Cellular added 1 million subscribers during the same period taking its total subscriber base to 38 million. BSNL, the state-owned incumbent, experienced a positive growth in December taking its subscriber base to 41 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:32:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Indian GSM operators have reportedly added more than 8 million mobile subscribers in the Dec’08 keeping its flag flying high as world’s fastest growing mobile market. According to the latest data compiled by COAI, India’s GSM subscriber base has reached the mark of 258 million at December’08 end, rising by 3.25 % from November’08. Bharti Airtel continued to be the market leader as it added over 2.7 million new subscribers taking its subscriber base to 87 million. Airtel held a market share of 33.22% at December end. Vodafone followed with a market share 23.63% and added 2 million subscribers in Dec’08 taking its total subscriber base to about 60 million. Idea Cellular added 1 million subscribers during the same period taking its total subscriber base to 38 million. BSNL, the state-owned incumbent, experienced a positive growth in December taking its subscriber base to 41 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:32:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 12, 2009

According to a study by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) over 68% of households in the country now have access to broadband services, up from 59% a year earlier. The survey conducted by the regulator also noted that over 80% of users believe that they need a connection speed of at least 1Mbps. Uptake of mobile broadband has reportedly seen a significant increase over the twelve-month period, with 11% of broadband users taking a mobile broadband subscription compared to just 1% last year; the survey indicated that most mobile broadband users also have a fixed line broadband service.
Despite the increase in broadband uptake less than a third of households in the country had a fixed line voice connection. In contrast the survey reported that 98% of 15-79-year olds had access to a mobile phone. VoIP calls also registered an increase over the period, with 24% of internet users indicating that they had used the technology in 2008, up from 21% in 2007.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 12, 2009 11:07:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to data published today by Japan’s Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA), the country’s incumbent mobile operators collectively added a net 400,200 new users last month to end the year with a total 105.825 million mobile subscribers. Softbank Mobile recorded 135,200 net additions last month, compared with 36,000 for KDDI’s ‘au’ brand, and 120,400 for the country’s leading operator by subscribers, DoCoMo. At the start of this year, DoCoMo had 54.16 million customers, ahead of KDDI with 30.55 million and Softbank Mobile with 19.99 million. The market's newest entrant eMobile added 108,600 new users to end the year with 1.12 million, while the leading PHS operator, Willcom, had 4.57 million customers, up just 1,300 from a month before.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 12, 2009 11:05:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 09, 2009

Asiacell has reportedly announced that its subscriber base has exceeded six million. According to a report, Asiacell has claimed 5.56 million subscribers at the end of September 2008, representing a 7.8% increase in the three-month period. Asiacell caters to 34% market share in terms of subscribers; its main rival Zain Iraq boasts 52%. Asiacell has claimed to be the only wireless network operator to provide coverage of the whole country.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, January 09, 2009 12:03:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The UK mobile market saw annual growth drop 0.3pp year on year to 4.4%, the second lowest figure ever recorded. In real terms, annual net additions stood at 3.15m, down slightly on the 3.21m recorded in the prior twelve months. Quarterly net additions totalled 0.97m, taking the total connection base to 74.07m and penetration to 121.5% at the end of Q3.

Quarterly Net Additions, Q4 07 – Q3 08

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, January 09, 2009 12:02:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 08, 2009
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In related news, the regulator also announced that the number of mobile subscriptions rose by 111,000 in November 2008, the three domestic mobile operators thus having 11.95 million customers in total at the end of the month, with a population penetration level of 119.1 %.

Based on the number of SIM cards that can receive calls, by the end of November the market share of T-mobile increased from previous month’s 43.90 percent to 43.94 percent, the market share of Vodafone grew from 20.82 percent to 20.88 percent, while Pannon’s market share dropped from 35.29 percent to 35.18 percent.

The clients of the three mobile operators ported 4,700 numbers in October. According to the data of the NHH, a total of 241,806 numbers were ported since mobile number portability became available in May 2004.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:55:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Romania’s National Communications Authority (ANC) says almost 25,000 porting requests have been submitted in the two months since the implementation of number portability, with around 15,600 orders processed so far. The figures are in line with the regulator’s expectations. More than 21,000 porting requests were for mobile accounts, and operators have completed approximately 14,000 transactions. Third-placed operator Cosmote was the big winner with 5,960 users already transferred to its network with their old number. 4,167 users have migrated to market leader Orange, while second-placed Vodafone has fulfilled 3,778 porting requests, ANC says. ‘So far, an operator was allowed to port no more than 300 numbers a day. Today, we will start extending this ceiling, gradually, as required by the number of porting requests,’ ANC President Liviu Nistoran said in a statement.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:53:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to Brazil’s telecoms standards authority ABR Telecom, a total of 119,143 telephone numbers were ported in the 122 days since number portability (NP) was implemented on 1 September 2008. BNamericas reports that by 31 December ABR Telecom had registered 78,960 ports from mobile telephony users and 40,183 from fixed telephony users. The total number of requests submitted was 180,144, of which 119,533 were mobile and 60,611 were fixed. NP is currently available to about 59.6 million users in the states of Acre, Alagoas, Bahia, Ceara, Espírito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Parana, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondonia, Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo. The system is expected to be available nationwide by end-March 2009.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:52:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In a move which will shock precisely no-one, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded three 3G licences to the trio of state-owned telcos. As announced last month, China Mobile has been formally given a licence for the country’s homegrown technology TD-SCDMA. China Unicom and China Telecom have been awarded concessions to develop W-CDMA and CDMA2000 networks respectively.

The MIIT said last month that spending on 3G equipment would total USD41 billion over the next two years. In a separate but related story, China Mobile is reported in the local press as having already met equipment suppliers in preparation for the launch of its third-phase network construction tender for TD-SCDMA networks in 162 cities. The company is reported to be expecting to open the tender on 25 January, with the winners to be announced at the end of March.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:51:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

There were 633.84 million subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of November 2008, growing by 1.05% on month and by 17.51% on year, according to statistics published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) at its Chinese-language web site.

The number of subscribers at the end of November accounted for 47.3% of the country’s population (user density).

Also at the end of November 2008 there were 348.48 million subscribers of fixed telecommunication networks in China, translating into a user density of 26.8%.

In November 2008, mobile phone subscribers in China sent 56.87 billion short messages, averaging 3.01 short messages per phone number a day.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:50:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

South Korea posted a subscriber base of  45.6 million at the end of 2008, as per the recent statistics. SK Telecom has added 52,000 in December 2008, the subscriber base totals to 23.03 million. The strong contender, KTF has ended month with 14.37 million customers, after adding 36,000 new subscribers. In Dec’08, LG Telecom subscriber base totals to 8.21 million, after gaining 23,303 subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:48:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Ethiopian Telecommunications Corp (ETC), the country's sole mobile network operator, has launched a prepaid WCDMA 3G mobile phone service in the capital city, Addis Ababa. The company only offers PrePay tariffs to its customers.

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Source: Cellular News.

3G | Africa
Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:47:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cuban state-owned telco ETECSA increased its wireless subscriber base by more than 130,000 in 2008, BNamericas reports. ETECSA, the sole cellco in Cuba, finished the year with 330,000 subscribers compared to 273,600 in September 2008. The increase was due to a move by the government to make mobile phones more accessible to citizens by reducing the cost of activating wireless devices. ETECSA hopes to increase its subscriber base by 250,000 in 2009, rising to a total of 1.6 million by 2012, equivalent to around 10% of the Cuban population.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:44:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pakistan’s telecoms regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), has announced the completion of almost 350 telecentres aimed at providing basic telecoms services in rural regions. A press release from the regulator notes that the centres, called ‘Rabta Ghars’, are equipped with facilities including fixed line telephony, internet connectivity and faxes. 104 of the telecentres are located in Sindh, 82 in Punjab, 86 in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), 62 in Balochistan and 15 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and the Northern Areas. The project was initiated in 2007, aiming to bring telecoms services in rural regions in line with developed areas. The centres have been sponsored by various companies, including Pakistan Telecommunciation Company Ltd (PTCL), Mobilink, Instaphone and Ufone.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:43:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lithunia subscriber base has reportedly crossed the mark of 5million, grows by almost 1% on September’08 in comparison with 4.96 million on 30 June 2008, in its third quarter update. The number of fixed telephony subscribers dropped by 0.39% to 787,752 on 30 September 2008, while the number of internet subscribers grew by 6.9% to 671,976. The revenues for telecommunication services grow by 3% in comparison to the revenues in the second quarter.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:53:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Eight domestic ISPs and one regional company have been given permission to offer voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) calls in Serbia. Amongst the winners of permits were WiMAX network operator Verat, YUBC, Beotelnet, Informatika and INT CS.

Source: TeleGeography.

Europe | VoIP
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:51:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of broadband users in the Republic of Belarus reached 250,000 at the end of last year, online news journal e-Belarus.org reports. Of the total, around 190,000 were ADSL users, including 150,000 retail connections for national PTO Beltelecom, and 60,000 were hooked up via a cable modem with the likes of Minsk-based Cosmos TV. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Beltelecom began to develop its broadband internet access service in 2002 and since September 2006 has offered ADSL services under the brand name Byfly, offering a non-guaranteed bandwidth service costing USD17 per month for a 1Mbps/512kbps (downlink/uplink) package. In November 2007 the company reduced the cost of selected high speed access services by 30% and at the end of the year claimed some 50,000 broadband ports had been installed for xDSL services. By the start of this year Beltelecom controlled 78% of ADSL access in the country, and 44% in Minsk.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:50:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Venezuelan state-owned telco CANTV said in a statement that 170,000 clients had signed up for a social programme offering lower rate fixed telephony services as of 22 December 2008, reports BNamericas. The new telephony tariff was launched in October 2008, and offers discounts for economically disadvantaged sections of the population. The ‘Tarifa Solidaria’ calling package offers a 10% discount on local calls and a 15% discount on domestic long-distance calls, and is expected to benefit an estimated 1.5 million Venezuelans. To define which people within which areas qualify for the subsidy, CANTV is using a combination of national inventory ‘Fundacomun’ and its own census. Venezuela ended the third quarter of 2008 with a fixed line penetration of 21.2%, up from 17.2% at the end of the same period in 2007, according to data from the country's telecoms regulator Conatel; fixed lines in the country totalled 5.89 million at end-3Q08 compared to 4.69 million a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:49:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Adel Al Mutawa, executive director of group communications, said: "By reaching 1.5 million customers, Qtel has demonstrated our ability to offer something for everybody in Qatar, and our capacity to match the nation's ongoing growth with impressive development of our own."

In reaching its 1.5 millionth customer, Qtel has significantly grown its mobile phone customer base from 1.26 million recorded in 2007. The customer subscribe base now exceeds the total population of Qatar, as people look to own multiple phones for business and personal use, the company said in a statement.

In the Qtel Group announcement for the 2008 third quarter, the company recorded more than 55.7 million consolidated customers across its global operations.

Source: Gulf News.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:48:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to the statistics from market regulator PTA, Pakistan’s subscriber base drops by 0.1% to 90.41 million in November. The figures in October were 90.51 million. Mobilink had 30.06 million in its kitty, lost 827,000 customers during November, followed by Ufone with 19.1 million. Telenor stands at third position with 18.88 million subscribers, followed by Warid with 16.66 million subscribers. Zong’s subscribers have reached the mark of 5.39 million, while Instaphone subscribers remained sturdy at 321,134. Mobile teledensity was constant at 56.20% in November.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:44:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

APA-Harare (Zimbabwe) ­Zimbabwe's largest mobile telephone network is phasing out Zimbabwe dollar tariffs and introducing United States denominated recharge cards from Tuesday, APA learns here.

Econet Wireless announced that the move to charge in foreign currency was meant to improve services by enabling the company to invest in new equipment and settle its foreign currency obligations.

“Econet is introducing US dollar recharge cards from 30 December 2008. Please use your Zimbabwe dollar cards by midnight 29 December 2008 as they will expire thereafter," it said in a notice to subscribers.

Local calls would cost around US$0.30 per minute while text messages would cost US$0.15.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:42:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cellular had a record growthin 2008, surpassing 2007 in all the months between January and November.

The competion got stronger between the four main operators (Vivo, Claro, Tim and Oi) and was responsible for this growth:

  • Vivo got back on growth track with GSM and consolidated its leadership in market share by the acquision of Telemig. The company is completing its national coverage by starting to operate in States in the Northeast.
  • Claro overcame Tim and reached the second position in the Market Share ranking in Aug/08. Claro also reached national coverage by the beginning of its operation in the Northern region of the country.
  • Tim remained in the competition during the year, even though it had lost stake in the second semester of 2008.
  • Oi grew strongly in all the year by the minutes promotion with reduced prices from the "caller" campaign. This growth was accelerated in October by the beginning of its operations in São Paulo.

One of the consequencies of this competition was the growth in minutes promotions with reduced prices, or free, which led to a growth in the cellular use in Brazil. The average monthly minute use per client (MOU) jumped from 83 minutes in 3Q07 to 96 minutes in 3Q08.

3G finally was launched in Brazil and became already an alternative of broadband access. Claro was ahead and associated its brand to 3G. In the last months, Vivo accelerated the implementation of this service and now the company is competing with Claro for the leadership in quantity of covered cities (more details). In the 3G path, it's worth mentioning the lauching of iPhone 3G in brazil.

Source: Teleco.

3G | Americas | Mobile
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:40:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The subscriber base of phone users in Uganda has reached the mark of 7million, reports Minister of Information, Dr Ham Mukasa Mulira. The Minister says the growth is driven by liberalisation of communication sector and then coming of competition among the private entrants to the market.

Dr Mulira commended the government for having liberalised fully the communications sector. “I am pleased to inform you that the policy adopted has yielded extremely positive results with penetration growing from 5 to 6 per cent in 2006 to over 20 per cent in just over two years,”.

Over the years, the rise in numbers has been driven by slashing calling rates, aggressive marketing and product innovation by both the existing and latest phone companies. At the start of the year, there were about 5.4 million subscribers but the number tremendously rose with the commercial entry of Warid Telecom on February 7 this year.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:36:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Spain's mobile phone subscriber base has rose to 50.74 million at the end of Q3'08 from 47.61 million since last year. Country's mobile penetration stood at 109.9%, growing from 105.3% since 2007, reports the telecoms regulator, CMT. Postpaid lines grew to 29.46 million from 27.06 million, and prepaid lines slipped to 20.22 million from 20.55 million. Mobile call minutes rose to 18.44 billion from 17.75 billion, with calls to fixed lines hiking to 1.84 billion from 1.83 billion and calls to mobiles growing to 15.49 billion from 14.84 billion.

Movistar took 45.8% of the total subscribers added, followed by Vodafone with 30.6%. Orange came third with 20.7%, Yoigo fifth with 1.5%, Euskaltel with 0.5% and other MVNOs 0.9%.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:34:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Magyar Telekom announces that the Office of the Macedonian Agency for Electronic Communication awarded a 3G licence to T-Mobile Makedonija AD Skopje on December 17, 2008.

Macedonia’s leading mobile operator, T-Mobile Makedonija, is granted the right use 3G frequency for nest 10 years.

The licence fee is set at $13.95 million, which was paid by the operator in December’08. The launch of the service is due within 6 months and the operator has to achieve 50% population coverage within 1 year and 80% population coverage within 3 years from the date of granting the license.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Europe
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:30:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
GSM focused trade body, 3G Americas says that a historic milestone was achieved for the wireless industry in December 2008 with 4 billion connections to mobile devices worldwide.

This estimate by Informa Telecoms & Media represents 60% of the entire global population today. In some countries, millions of people are now experiencing connectivity to the world for the first time through wireless and changing their economic, social and political fortunes forever.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:29:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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)  #     |