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 Tuesday, January 20, 2009

According to a local media report, citing data published at a review of the telecoms and IT sector by the Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers, the total number of mobile users in Uzbekistan have doubled to 12.5 million in 2008. THe mobile penetration in the country stood at 46% at 2008-end.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:35:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 19, 2009

mCheck mobile payment subscribers of Airtel (leading mobile operator in India) have reached the mark of one million since its launch in June 2008.

With mCheck, mobile subscribers can make SMS-payments to top-up their account, to pay post-paid bills, landline bill or other transactions like flight ticket booking, movie ticketing, insurance premium payment and toll recharge. Some new capabilities have been introduced for all mCheck subscribers on Airtel that includes mCheckMall, SIM cards preloaded with mobile payments capability and holiday season offers and discounts to customers from Airtel, mCheck and other retailers. mCheckMall is a mobile shop on WAP and Java environments, offering flight tickets, movie tickets and other services.

Airtel and mCheck announced that more banks would be introduced onto the platform allowing for many more customers to start using the services by linking their bank accounts or credit/debit cards to their mobile phone number.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, January 19, 2009 1:59:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In a statement last night, the Lebanese government said that Kuwait’s Zain Group and Egypt’s Orascom Telecom had both been awarded one-year contracts to manage the operations of the country’s two GSM mobile networks, commencing 1 February. An extension to Zain’s contract to run Mobile Interim Company (MIC 2), under the name MTC Touch Lebanon, officially ran out last month, but the Kuwaiti group has been allowed to remain at the helm, whilst Orascom will take over the reins of MIC 1, branded as Alfa, from the Ministry of Telecoms (MoT), after the state cancelled the operating contract of Fal Dete Telecommunications, a joint venture of Deutsche Telekom subsidiary DeTeCon International and Saudi Arabia's Fal Holdings, at the beginning of December. Zain and Orascom beat off a rival bid from France Telecom. Information Minister Tareq Mitri said: ‘These two companies have...experience in the Lebanese market that allows them to manage well and positions them as the best companies to run this sector.’ According to local press, the new contracts are worth USD145 million. The privatisation of MIC 1 & 2 has been put on hold until after the next elections in May 2009.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 19, 2009 1:56:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Viva, Kuwait’s third mobile network operator, has announced the launch of mobile broadband services for its customers. Viva is an overseas license of Saudi Telecom Co (STC) and began operations in September last year. Huawei has supplied the network which allows Viva to offer high speed wireless broadband at speeds up to14Mbps, although no USB devices currently support more than 7.2Mbps. Customers signing up to the new service in January can make use of a special deal offering unlimited internet access, a free USB modem and data SIM card for KWD20 (USD70.53) per month.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 19, 2009 1:55:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Telekom Austria has reported that its mobile Communication customer base grew by 15.2% in 2008 from 15.4 million customers at the end of 2007 to 17.8 million customers at the end of 2008, with all mobile operations contributing to this subscriber growth.

mobilkom austria, recorded 140,500 net adds during the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to 105,600 during the same period of the previous year. mobilkom austria was able to expand its overall subscriber base by 13.6% to 4.5 million customers in 2008. The contract subscriber base increased by 19.0%. mobilkom austria was able to increase its market share from 40.3% at the end of 2007 to 42.4% at the end of 2008 recording the highest growth in market share in the history of the company. The mobile penetration rate in Austria stood at 126.6% at year-end 2008.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, January 19, 2009 1:54:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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.

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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)  #     |