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 Friday, February 20, 2009

­Japanese operator, DoCoMo is launching a service which offers a local South Korean phone number to its customers roaming into that country - which it says will lower phone call costs by around 60%. Customers will also retain the DoCoMo numbers that they use in Japan.

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Source: Cellular News.
Friday, February 20, 2009 11:58:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The US House of Representatives and Senate have approved President Barack Obama’s USD787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which aims to stimulate the country’s economy during current global economic crisis. As part of the package, the US telecoms market will receive USD7.2 billion in subsidies to help extend broadband internet services to underserved areas.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, February 20, 2009 11:40:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zain Zambia, posted a rise of 25% in its net profit to ZMK 265 billion for the full year 2008. The company’s revenue grows by 32% to ZMK 1.217 trillion, attributed to the increase in number of subscribers, which grew by 36% during the period. Operating expenses amounted to ZMK 782 billion in comparison to 2007’s ZMK 530 billion, and EBITDA grew by 24% to ZMK 606 billion. The firm continues to dominate the sector with a market share of 73 percent but said 2009 will be a challenging year due to the global financial crisis, Zain Zambia MD David Holliday said. The incumbent reported a subscriber base of 2.7 million customers at the end of December, up from 2.3 million customers in June 2008.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, February 20, 2009 11:09:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 18, 2009

According to Morocco's telecoms regulator ANRT, the country’s mobile phone subscriber base rose by 13.9% year-on-year to 22.816 million by the end of 2008, compared to 20.029 million at end-2007, boosting cellular penetration by eight percentage points to 74%. In terms of market share, Maroc Telecom was attributed 63.4% of mobile subscribers at end-December, compared to 34.7% for Medi Telecom and 1.9% for Wana. Subscribers to 3G internet services grew from 42,729 to 268,131 in the year, an increase of 528%, with all three mobile operators competing in the mobile broadband sector.

The fixed telephony market achieved an annual increase of 25.0% in subscribers, with a total of 2.991 million lines in service at 31 December 2008 (including services with restricted mobility, the majority of which are provided by Wana).

The number of broadband internet subscribers saw a near stagnation in 2008, with annual growth of just 1.3% to 482,791 (compared to growth of 21.9% in 2007 and 57.6% in 2006).

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:11:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telcel teams up with financial institution Banamex, a unit of US Citigroup, to instigate an SMS-based mobile banking service. To avail this service, Telecel subscribers have to change their SIM card with a special card with security settings available at Banamex branches. The subscribers have to link their phone numbers to their Banamex credit card account, and request account information, make credit card payments and pay phone and electricity bills via SMS. The limit for each transaction has been set at MXN 6 million (EUR 320). Telcel’s Director of Value Added Services Marcos Quatorze, said, Telcel’s parent company America Movil forecasts that almost 2.9 % of its overall mobile user base in Latin America will use mobile banking services by 2010, a figure expected to increase to 9 percent by 2012.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:54:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Spain has reportedly added 276,352 mobile subscribers in the Spanish mobile market, taking the subscriber base to a total of 50.89 million, a hike of 3.7% since last year. According to CMT, the Spanish regulator, Yoigo took over 44.3% of the total net additions, while MVNOs took 29.6% of the total net additions, Vodafone got 18.5% of net adds to its kitty whereas Orange accounted for 7.4% and Movistar 0.2%.

Mobile penetration in the country reached 112.6% rising from 108.6% in December’07.The M2M sector has gone up by 32.3% since 2007, to 1.47 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to 52.36 million.

Nearly 378,302 mobile numbers were ported in December’08, a rise of 9.6% in comparison to 2007. Yoigo, Orange and the MVNOs saw a postive rise in portability, while Vodafone and Movistar saw a negative downfall. Yoigo won 24,765 users, the MVNOs attracted 19,927, and Orange added 106,249 ported subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:49:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­CGAP, the global microfinance center is releasing new research and data to encourage telecom operators, financial institutions and governments to see the business potential in expanding access to financial services for poor people in developing markets. The current economic climate makes the need for widespread availability of safe alternatives to cash even more pressing.

The biggest mobile banking success to date has been M-PESA in Kenya, which is 45% cheaper than other transfer services. A forthcoming independent survey finds 83% of users say not having M-PESA would have a "large negative impact" on their lives.

 

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Source: Cellular News. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:40:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The National Authority for Communications (ANC) has issued a press release claiming that since number portability was introduced last October there has been a total of 31,514 ported numbers as of the begining of February. Over 26,000 of the total are mobile numbers, whereas 5,291 are fixed telephone numbers. The main fixed customer gains were seen by RCS&RDS (1,059), UPC (1,892) and Vodafone (1,479). Where mobile telephony is concerned, following porting, all five of the operators gained new subscribers: Cosmote gained 11,707, Vodafone 7,328, Orange 6,849, Telemobil 211 and RCS&RDS 128.

Porting is possible only within the same category of numbers (fixed-fixed, mobile-mobile). The service has been available in Romania since 21 October 2008. The ceiling of ported numbers per day was gradually extended, as required by the number of porting requests, and at present each operator can port 500 numbers a day.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:23:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to data published this week by the French telecoms regulator Arcep, there were 58.073 million registered SIMs in the country as at 31 December 2008, a penetration rate of 91.3%, up from 87.6% a year earlier. Of the total, 2.896 million were signed up to one of the country’s MVNOs, equivalent to a market share of 5.19%. In overseas markets (DOM), Arcep said that Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy, Mayotte, Saint Pierre et Miquelon reported a total of 2.281 million customers at the same date, up from 2.088 million at 31 December 2007.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:14:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

GSM subscriber base of the country has grown to 9.3 million (excluding Reliance Telecom) in Jan’09. According to a recent data, the total GSM subscriber base in the country rose to 267.54 million up from 257.85 million in December 2008, a growth of about 3.6% during the month of January.
Bharti Airtel, leads the chart as its subscriber base grows to 88.38 million, added 2.73 million subscribers in January and captures 33.04% market share. Vodafone-Essar has added about 2.4 million subscribers and its subscriber base totals to 63.34 million by the end of January. The company maintained a market share of 23.68%.

The state-owned telco BSNL market share dropped from 16.05% in December, 2008 to 15.95% in January, 2009. The company’s subscriber base totals to 42.67 million, added around 1.3 million subscribers to its total. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) subscribers have crossed the mark of 4 million, added over 1 lakh subscribers to its total. However, Idea Cellular (along with Spice Communications) posted a rise of 5.27% in it subscriber base in comparison to last month. The incumbent subscriber base totals to 40 million with the addition of 2 million subscribers during the month.

Source: Wireless Federation.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:58:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Mexico has joined the growing number of countries which are requiring PrePay mobile phone users to register their details with the networks - ostensibly to help in cutting crime. The Senate passed the bill last September, and it became law this week - coming into effect from April.

Network operators have been given one year to register their existing customer base and will have to start collecting proof of identity, including fingerprints for all new sales.

In most countries which have introduced mandatory registration processes, the reported subscriber base has dropped sharply, in some cases by as much as ten percent - largely due to multiple SIM ownerships not being declared.

Source: Cellular News.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:29:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has reported that it attracted 650,000 net new customers in the final three months of 2008, taking its total user base to 37 million. Rival operator Avea said on Friday that it had gained 244,000 net new subscribers since the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in mid-November, meaning that the country’s other cellco, Vodafone, has been the big loser since MNP was introduced; it saw customer numbers fall from 17.36 million at end-September to 16.72 million three months later.

Source: teleGeography.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:07:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Ecuadorian telecoms authority Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Suptel) has reported that, at the end of 2008, cellular connections in the country reached a total of 11.5 million, with market leader Conecel (Porta) recording 8.1 million users, followed by Movistar Ecuador with 3.1 million subscribers and Telecsa (Alegro) trailing with 303,000 active mobile SIMs. The operators reported that the majority of their mobile phone users remain on pre-paid tariffs: 88.57% at Porta, 84.88% of Movistar’s total base and 85.56% of Alegro customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:02:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to data published by the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA), Japan was home to 106.1 million mobile subscribers by 31 January 2008, thanks to the net addition of 269,000 new connections in the month. The country’s third largest operator by subscribers, Softbank Mobile, once again led the pack in terms of net sign-ups, adding 120,400 new customers to close January with more than 20.12 million subscribers. It was followed by number one operator NTT DoCoMo, which added a net 64,300 new users to reach a total of 54.22 million, while KDDI gained just 12,600 mobile users to end the month with 30.56 million. Fourth placed eMobile signed up an impressive 71,700 net new subscribers to lift its total to 1.19 million and PHS operator Willcom shipped 20,800 customers for a total of 4.55 million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3:55:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 10, 2009

­Cuba's sole mobile phone network, ETECSA says that its subscriber base has surged by 60% to reach nearly half a million customers after the government relaxed the conditions for private citizens to buy mobile phones.

President Raul Castro's government lifted a ban which had restricted ownership to tourists and VIPs in April last year. Nearly 8,000 new connections were sold in the first ten days after the restrictions were lifted. The government also halved the sign-up fee - although it still represents about three months wages for the average worker.

The local newspaper, Juventud Rebelde reported that around 480,000 cellular lines are now in use, compared with 300,000 before the law change.

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Source: Cellular News.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 2:33:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Wana, the Moroccan fixed line incumbent, grabs the third GSM licence in the country. Country telecom regulator ANRT reportedly said that Wana’s bid offered a perfect blend of finacial and technical techniques along with coverage, investment and pricing. Wana will operate as a GSM service provider competing against Maroc Telecom and Meditel.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:51:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Hungarian incumbents Pannon, Vodafone and T-Mobile have together added 284,000 new subscribers in December, the total reaching to 12.24 million at the end of 2008, reports Hungarian telecom regulator NHH. Pannon experienced a fall in its market share from 35.18% at November’08-end to 35.09% at December’08-end followed by T-Mobile from 43.94% to 43.86%. On the other hand, Vodafone’s market share rose to 21.04% at December’08 from 20.89% in November. The number of active subscription grew to 10.97 million, up by 227,000 compared to November. Mobile penetration rose to 121.8% in December’08 compared to 119.15 in November.

Source: Wireless Federartion.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:49:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Koryolink, North Korea’s very first 3G operator, signs up 6,000 subscribers within two weeks of its operation, The operator had started registration in January 2009. Koryolink is owned by Orascom Telecom Holding of Egypt (75%) and state-owned Korea Post and Telecoms Corporation (25%). According to Naguib Sawiris, chairman of Orascom Telecom, ‘So far we have about 6,000 applications. The important point is that they are normal citizens, not the privileged or military generals or party higher-ups. For the first time they have been able to go to a shop and get a mobile phone.’ The government levies heavy taxes on mobile handsets, taking the cost upto $600, making it unaffordable for the masses. Orascom is in talks with the government to reduce taxes.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:30:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil finished 2008 counting 122.7 million prepaid cellulars, what represent 81.47% from the 150.6 million cellulars in the country.

Prepaid cellulars started to be sold in Brazil in 1998, by CTBC Celular, and the prepaid cellular stake in the cellular total in Brazil grew quickly until reach 80.8% in 2005. This percentage remained stable in 2006 and 2007, getting back to growth in 2008.

 

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Source: Teleco.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:22:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A report from IDATE says that the world telecom services market is estimated at US$1,365 billion in 2008 - a 4.2% increase over the year before - and is expected to be worth over US$1,416 billion in 2009. ­With a total turnover estimated at US$742.2 billion in 2008, mobile services account for 54% of the telecom services market and single handedly deliver all of the sector’s growth. But the annual growth rate has dropped from more than 12% in 2007 to 8% in 2008.

The mobile customer base worldwide grew by another 17% in 2008, but is offset by a steady decline in average revenue per user (ARPU) which dropped to US$17.50 a month in 2008. Meanwhile, fixed network services are stagnating.

The revenue generated by data services - whose growth is being spurred chiefly by broadband access - rose by US$20 billion in 2008, while fixed telephony revenue dropped by as much, even if the impact on the base is still limited: the number of fixed phone lines shrunk by just over 10 million during the year, i.e. by just under 1%. The number of broadband connections grew by close to 20% to 415 million at the end of 2008: with an average density of 6.4 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants, this market still has considerable room to grow, especially in emerging economies. In more advanced markets, broadband density is over 30%, i.e. between 70% and 80% of households are already equipped.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:42:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is investing US$30 million in Wataniya Palestine, as part of a US$85 million loan, to help build a mobile-phone network in the Palestinian West Bank. Wataniya Palestine is a joint venture of the Palestine Investment Fund and Wataniya Telecom, which is majority-owned by Qatar’s Qtel.

"The network being built by Wataniya Palestine will use the internationally popular GSM standard. It will help address the Palestinian territories telecommunications needs, which are critical for supporting economic growth and integration. Wataniya Palestine’s entry into the sector will improve the current low tele-density, increase competition, and help accelerate market growth.

“IFC’s investment shows a vote of confidence in the economic prospects of the Palestinian territories telecommunications sector, which is an essential element of building the local economy, creating jobs, and offering customers new, high-quality products and services,” said Allan Richardson, Wataniya’s Chief Executive Officer.

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Source: Cellular News.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:22:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 09, 2009

­The worldwide mobile phone market experienced an unusual downturn in the normally robust fourth quarter of 2008 (4Q08). According to IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 289.0 million units, 12.6% lower than the 330.8 million units shipped during 4Q07. For the full year 2008, vendors shipped a total of 1.18 billion units worldwide, 3.5% greater than the 1.14 billion units shipped during 2007.

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, February 09, 2009 9:39:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Comision Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC), Argentina’s telecoms regulator, has reported the country’s wireless lines in service increased by almost 15% compared to end-2007. At 31 December 2008 the country’s wireless subscribers totaled 46.5 million, up from 40.4 million a year earlier, of which, 41.6 million (90%) customers were pre-paid. The regulator did release a breakdown of the country’s individual wireless operators, but according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Movistar was narrowly the country’s largest cellco by subscribers with 14.65 million at 30 September 2008, while main rival Claro Argentina claimed 14.64 million wireless customers. Telecom Personal had a subscriber base of 11.94 million at the same date, while Nextel Argentina lagged behind with 938,000 subscribers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 9:37:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Chinese mobile market has ended 2008 with a subscriber base of 641.23 million, recording a growth rate of 1.71% monthly and 17.17% annualy, reports China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The user density in the country rose to 48.5%. In December’08, the mobile phone subscribers in China texted nearly 61.69 billion SMS, at an average of 3.12 SMS per phone number a day.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:04:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Lebanon will see a downfall in the mobile call rates by April’09. The government has official announced a reduction in call rates for both prepaid and post paid cards in order to lower the pressure on the the Lebanese.

The reduced call rates, according to the telecom minister Jebran Bassil, will save the Lebanese $225 million annually. The minister din’t predict a downfall in the revenues of the telcos as the country predicts that the country’s subscriber base is likely to rise to 2million.

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Source: Wireless Federation.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:39:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 02, 2009

Ugandan ICT Minister said that the number of wireless subscribers rose to 8.2 million at the end of 2008. The mobile penetration stood at around 25%. According to a report, at the end of September 2008 MTN retained a position of strength in the Ugandan wireless arena, with a market share of 42% (3.23 million subscribers), though this was down from 57.6% 18 months earlier. Zain bags second position with 1.86 million customers, where as UTL has an estimated 1.65 million. The new incumbent Warid claimed a laudable million customers at the end of September 2008, 13% of the market, just eight months after launch.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, February 02, 2009 11:12:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Indonesian market achieved a record figure for quarterly net additions in Q3 08 with an increase of 15.5m, 2m higher than the previous record, which was set in Q2 08. This took the number of connections in Indonesia to 131.64m, with annual growth of 57.1% compared to 47.9% for the prior twelve months.

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, February 02, 2009 10:44:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Afghanistan's government has announced plans to start spending the income from a Telecom Development Fund (TDF) which will be used to expand mobile and landline services into underserved rural areas.

According to the licenses issued to the current GSM operators, they should pay 2.5% from their net revenues to this fund to facilitate the communications services to remote and under services districts of the country, said Eng. Barialai Hassam Deputy Minister Technical in a news conference.

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, February 02, 2009 10:37:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Israel's Ministry of Communications has announced that it is to permit the use of MVNOs in the Israeli market. T­he Ministry said that several companies have already expressed their interest, with regard to all the different models existing in the world, including full MVNO.

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, February 02, 2009 10:05:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |