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 Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The mobile subscriber base in Slovenia has surpassed the population of the country, reports the Agency for Post and Electronic Communications. According to the Slovenian Watchdog, the mobile penetration in the country has reached 100.1% in Q4'08, rising by 4.9% from 2007.

Mobitel, country's largest mobile operator, lead the market with 58.9% of the market share, followed by Simobil which stood at 27.8% and Tusmobil at 5.8%.

Nearly 85,075 of mobile phoner numbers were ported in 2008, escalating by 30% since 2007.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:49:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Qatar Telecom has posted a record high of more than 1.8 million mobile customers in Qatar. The subscribers have now exceeded the total population of Qatar, as people look to own multiple phones for business and personal use. Despite of global economic recession, the rapid accumulation of new subscribers up from 1.5 million in November 2008 was achieved.

The gain reflects both the underlying strength of Qatar’s economy and Qtel’s ongoing success in developing new products and services that exceed its customers’ expectations.

The boost in the subscriber base is attributed to re-launch of two of Qtel’s product, the HALA Pay-As-You-Talk service (prepaid) and the all-new “Shahry” post-paid mobile phone service.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:46:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Communications market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter edition of its WiMAX report this week, noting that the overall WiMAX equipment and device market held steady in 4Q08 over 3Q08 at $275 million, as the 802.16e mobile WiMAX segment increased 5% to counter a slight dip in the 802.16d fixed WiMAX segment.

In 2008, the number of fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers hit 3.9 million, up 120% from CY07.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:44:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zain Tanzania’s brand new M-Banking service Zap has signed up nearly 1,400 customers in first 10 days of the launch of the service.

Zain also reported that “hundreds” of people have also applied to register themselves as Zap agents.

Zap was launched by Zain across East Africa ten days back.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:34:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Having seen monthly gains averaging 8.9m in the first six months of 2008, the Chinese market did not manage to post a figure above 7.9m in the second six months of the year. This was because of the impact of Unicom’s sale of its CDMA network: in July-September, Unicom saw monthly declines in its CDMA base, presumably because its imminent sale reduced the need to attract new customers; in October, China Telecom acquired the network and cleaned up the base, with a net loss of 13.3m; and in November and December there were further losses to the CDMA base, presumably due to further rationalisation.

However, this clean-up process now seems at an end, with China Telecom gaining 1.02m customers in January to finish the month on 28.93m. China Mobile recorded a gain of 6.64m, its lowest figure since December 2007, and China Unicom added just 0.84m (compared to 1.43m in January 2008), but Telecom’s performance meant that the total market gained just under 8.50m, the best performance since June 2008 and above the 8.44m recorded in January 2008.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:30:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Chile’s subscriber base totals to 14.8 million at the end of 2008, up by 6.03% from 13.95 million at 31 December 2007. Chile added 840,000 mobile subscribers throughout 2008. According to the statistics, mobile penetration rate, at the end of 2008, grew to 87.8% from 84.1% a year earlier. Of the total subscriber base posted, 10.76 million subscribers comprised prepaid users whereas the remaining 4.03 million were contract subscribers. Movistar lead the Chile’s mobile market with 42.57% market share, followed by Entel PCS with 38.80%, Claro with 18.58 and Nextel with 0.05 % market share.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:25:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Total contracts awarded within the wireless industry for 2008 reached 550 as activity surged in Q4 according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research.

"Nokia Siemens Networks secured 56.2% of total contract awards during the December 31, 2008 ended year, beating Huawei (15.5%) and ZTE (14.5%). Chinese OEMs captured 30% of overall contracts while each major base station vendor secured at least one win during the year," says founder and President, Earl Lum.

"Demand remained heavily concentrated in Asia Pacific while surprisingly, Latin America was the second most active region during the year. Chinese OEMs continue to dominate the CDMA2000 segment as they captured 67% of global contracts in 2008. Nokia Siemens Networks led the way with 67% of total WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ awards, followed by Huawei with 17.1%. Nokia Siemens Networks also led the GSM/GPRS/EDGE category with 65% of overall contracts," says Lum.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:03:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The latest monthly data from Anatel, the Brazilian regulator, shows a marked reduction in the pace of the growth in the market. This should come as no surprise – the fourth quarter saw a record number of new connections and included two of the four best months ever. The industry added a total of 1.31m new connections in January, to take the market total to 151.9m, equivalent to nearly 70% penetration.

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The market share numbers that accompany the subscriber data suggest that while Claro, the America Movil subsidiary, has continued to outpace TIM, it has been unable to make much of an inroad into Vivo’s lead. Claro has grown from 38.7m to 39.1m, but Vivo has moved from 44.9m to 45.3m, so the relative positioning is broadly unchanged. TIM, the number three operator, appears to be losing market share and is now some 2.5m behind Claro and not much more than 6m ahead of the proforma total of 30.4m that TNL will have following its merger with Brasil Telecom.

The last point to note relates to technology. Anatel gives us a choice of two numbers for the W-CDMA base: we prefer the higher (2.7m) rather than the lower (1.9m) which would imply a month on month drop of nearly 0.5m – or twice the number of CDMA disconnections. ­Since Vivo’s move to GSM, the number of CDMA accounts has dropped by over 10m and now stands at just 12.6m. It can only be a matter of time before it disappears from this part of the world altogether.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:01:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Three consecutive quarters of negative growth have led the Western European mobile phone market into recession. According to IDC's European Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 53.6 million units in 4Q08, 13.5% lower than the 62 million units shipped in 4Q07. For the full year 2008, vendors shipped 190.5 million units in Western Europe, 5.9% lower than the 202.5 million units shipped in 2007.

"The fourth quarter was the worst quarter ever experienced by phone makers, and a storm of factors led to this," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager with IDC's European Mobile Devices and Trends service. "A combination of weak end-user demand, currency volatility, and limited credit availability prevented the market from experiencing the usual seasonal increase in shipments. The traditional holiday campaigns and new product launches were not enough to boost sales in comparison with previous years and almost all vendors experienced a significant slump in sales. We expect the first half of 2009 to be very challenging as vendors and distributors grapple with clearing inventory. Should these conditions persist, the mobile phone market may not recover until the middle of 2010."

If there was one highlight in 4Q08 it was that the converged mobile devices segment (commonly referred to as smartphones) grew 25.9% over 4Q07, clearly outpacing the rest of the industry. For full year 2008, converged mobile devices saw growth of 36.1%, representing 17.4% of the total market. Despite the good performance, converged mobile device growth was still not strong enough to support the entire sector.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:56:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Venezuelan regulator Conatel has reported that the country’s fixed lines in service reached 6.303 million at the end of 2008, translating to a teledensity of 22.6%, up from 18.5% (5.195 million lines) at end-2007. The watchdog said that mobile subscriptions stood at 27.084 million at end-December, giving a cellular penetration of 97.2%, up from 86.8% (23.820 million mobile phones) a year earlier. In the internet access sector, Conatel presented figures showing that broadband subscribers increased by 55% year-on-year in 2008 to 1.330 million, whereas the remaining number of dial-up accounts – 143,000 – hardly changed over the year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:52:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 09, 2009

Trai has cut termination charges by 33%, this reduction will lead to lowered mobile tariffs for consumers. The regulator has slashed the termination charges on local calls to 20 paise a minute from existing 30 paise.

The new incumbents like  Datacom, Unitech, Shyam-Sistema and Loop Telecom among others were insisting on 0-10 paise per minute termination charge whereas the existing GSM operators were opposing any reduction in the charges, as they feared there revenue would be affected.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:20:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Results from Australia’s first trial of contactless mobile phone payments show a strong appetite for the technology and give Telstra, National Australia Bank and Visa the impetus to continue to work towards commercialisation of the technology.

The three-month trial at Melbourne’s Docklands saw consumers download the NAB Visa credit card software application to their Telstra SIM remotely, and then use their mobile phone to purchase goods and services by simply waving their phone over a participating merchant’s Visa payWave enabled reader. The costs of purchases were charged back to their NAB Visa credit card account.

The trial exceeded expectations, with a clear consumer demand emerging for contactless mobile payments and services during the trial, leading the three organisations to continue to explore opportunities in this area in the next few years.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:13:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vietnam’s telecommunications sector reportedly earned estimated revenue of $ 440 million dollars in the first month of this year, a year-on-year increase of 46.6% despite the country’s economic slowdown. According to Vietnam’s General Statistics Office, Vietnam saw about 3.2 million telephone subscribers be registered in January this year, an increase of 160.4% over the same period last year. Mobile subscribers accounted for 85% of the total. Presently, Vietnam subscriber base totals to 82.6 million, of which Vietnam’s two biggies, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Viettel Corporation rules 90% of the domestic market.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:11:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Do I really need a landline since I'm always on my cellphone? That's a question on a lot of minds these budget-cutting days.

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Americans, for the first time, are spending more for cellphones than landlines. The report said 55 percent of all consumer telephone expenses in 2007 were for cellphones, while landlines accounted for 43 percent (the remaining 2 percent went mostly to pagers and phone cards).

Exactly how much are we spending? Plenty. In 2007, according to the bureau's report, the average American consumer spent $1,110 on telephone services, the bulk - $608 - for cellphones and the rest for landlines ($482) and other services ($20).

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:10:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bahrain based mo­bile holding firm, Bintel has announced that it has been awarded a 15-year mobile operator license in Gabon - making it the fourth operator in the country. The company is expected to launch its network in the third quarter of 2009.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:07:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India's mobile phone subscriber base jumped by a record 15.41 million customer in January, according to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

The total for the country now stands at 362.30 million, up from 233.63 million at the end of last January.

In the landline segment, the subscriber base has decreased to 37.75 million in the month of January 2009 as against 37.90 million subscribers in December 2008 registering a drop of 0.15 million

The country's teledensity stands at 34.5%.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:04:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Euro­pean low-cost airline, Ryanair has launched an in-flight mobile phone service initially onboard 20 of its, mainly Ireland based aircraft. This is the first step in fitting Ryanair’s entire fleet of over 170 aircraft to allow all passengers to make and receive mobile calls and texts on all Ryanair flights.

Passengers on Ryanair’s 20 OnAir enabled aircraft can now make and receive roaming voice calls at between €2-€3 per minute - which is considerably higher than the recommended levels from the European Commission.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 09, 2009 4:01:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 06, 2009

India’s Telecom Commission has set $17.02 million as the price for MVNO licence in India. The Commission also confirms a pre-defined fees an operator will have to pay for individual service area of 10% of the amount that UASL holders pay. MVNO licences for the A category will cost $1 million whereas category B and C circles will be priced at $0.60 million and $0.20 million respectively. MVNOs will also have to pay spectrum charges and a bank guarantee equivalent to 5% of the amount paid by the full network operators.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, March 06, 2009 4:21:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 05, 2009

Voice over IP telephony services are reshaping the fixed-line telecom market in Europe. By mid-year 2008, just under 30 million consumer VoIP lines were in service in Western Europe, up from 20 million only a year earlier. While the aggregate pace of growth across Europe remains rapid, trends vary dramatically by country.

  • Market penetration at at mid-year 2008 ranged from slightly less than 50% of households in France to less than 3% in Spain.
  • Growth rates ranged from an anemic 13% in Norway to 544% in Portugal.
  • Incumbents lead the VoIP market in France, Italy, the U.K., the Netherlands and Norway, but competitive operators hold the lead in most other markets.
  • Prices of triple-play bundles of broadband, VoIP, and video services range from €30 to more than €80 per month.

VoIP Penetration of Households, Q2 2007 & Q2 2008

TeleGeography’s European VoIP & Triple Play Research Service brings clarity to the state of this dynamic market. Contents include:

  • VoIP subscriber, revenue and traffic data by country from 2004 to 2008.
  • Subscriber and revenue projections by country through 2012.
  • Rankings of Europe’s leading VoIP service providers.
  • Detailed analysis of the VoIP markets in 13 European nations.
  • Profiles of 72 leading consumer VoIP providers.
  • Broadband and VoIP pricing summaries in 13 European nations.

All data are updated twice annually, and are current through mid-year 2008. Bi-annual updates, delivered in PDF and Excel spreadsheets, include country subscriber totals, provider rankings, VoIP projections by country and baseline market indicators by country.

Source: TeleGeography.

Europe | VoIP
Thursday, March 05, 2009 1:41:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Geneva, 2 March 2009 — ITU’s new ICT Development Index (IDI) compares developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) in 154 countries over a five-year period from 2002 to 2007.

The Index combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool globally, regionally and at the country level. These are related to ICT access, use and skills, such as households with a computer the number of Internet users; and literacy levels.

The most advanced countries in ICT are from Northern Europe. The exception is the Republic of Korea. Sweden tops the new ITU ICT Development Index, followed by the Republic of Korea, Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland and Norway. They are followed by other, mainly high-income countries from Europe, Asia and North America. Western and Northern Europe and North America are the regions with the highest IDI scores, and most countries from these regions are among the top twenty ICT economies. Poor countries, in particular the least developed countries, remain at the lower end of the index with limited access to ICT infrastructure, including fixed and mobile telephony, Internet and broadband.

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Cost of ICTs lowest in Singapore and the United States

The cost of making a phone call or surfing the Internet can influence the use of these technologies. The Report presents a new tool — the ITU ICT Price Basket — that measures and compares ICT prices across countries. It combines the average cost of fixed telephone, mobile cellular, and Internet broadband and compares 2008 ICT tariffs in 150 countries. It ranks countries based on the relative price of the ICT services and thus measures and compares the affordability of services.

In 2008, ICT prices corresponded on average to 15 per cent of countries’ average GNI per capita, ranging from 1.6 per cent in developed countries to 20 per cent in developing countries, with most countries in the 0−25 per cent range, and most developed countries in the 0-3 per cent range. In other words, significant differences exist among countries based on income levels. Countries with high income level pay relatively little for ICT services, while countries with low income levels pay relatively more. This is often due to very high tariffs for fixed Internet broadband in some developing countries.

Countries that rank at the very top of the ICT Price Basket include Singapore, the United States, Luxembourg, Denmark, Hong Kong (China), United Arab Emirates, Taiwan (China), Sweden, Norway and Finland. Given the income levels of those countries, they offer the most affordable ICT services globally, ranging between 0.4 and 0.6 per cent of monthly GNI per capita. In all of the top 25 countries, ICT services account for less than 1 per cent of monthly GNI. This compares to the bottom 25 countries, where the ICT Price Basket value ranges between 40 and 72 per cent of monthly GNI — which is a clear indicator that ICTs are unaffordable for the large majority of the people in those countries.

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Source: ITU.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 1:16:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 26, 2009

Greece’s National Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) has announced that the number of local loop unbundling (LLU) DSL broadband/voice lines in service grew by 136% in 2008 to 646,000 at the end of December, whilst the overall number of broadband connections was up by 48% to over 1.5 million. The regulator calculates that broadband penetration in Greece stands at 13.4%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:52:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The German federal government has published plans to ensure all German households have broadband access by the end of 2010. Phase one of the government’s broadband strategy involves the encouragement of operators to deploy wireless and mobile broadband services in rural areas currently without broadband coverage via DSL or cable. According to the report, around 730,000 households in 600 regions currently connect to the internet via satellite. The second phase is to ensure that 75% of German households have access to a broadband connection of at least 50Mbps by 2014. In order to achieve this, the government will aim to speed up digital dividend auctions, push operators to seek synergy via joint infrastructure deployments, ensure growth and innovation-oriented regulation, and provide operators with the necessary financial support. Within the next few months the government plans to open up all existing networks from federal, state, and local governments for third parties to use and will auction digital dividend frequencies in the 790-862MHz region. Wilhelm Scheer, president of German ICT industry organisation Bitkom, said the strategy will stimulate investments of up to EUR50 billion (USD62.91 billion), and should create around 250,000 jobs.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:51:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Gabon, Artel, has awarded Bintel a 15 -year mobile licence. The incumbent is expected to commence its services in the third quarter of 2009. Bintel estimates its initial investment in 2009 in Gabon to be in excess of USD 50 million. As per the terms of the agreement, the company is licensed to provide the latest voice and data services to customers in Gabon, including high-speed data and video conferencing. The licence acquisition is followed by the appointment of Gilles Villenaut as general manager for its Gabon operations. Gabon has expected mobile penetration rate to reach around 90% and in 2011 it is estimated to reach 120%. At present, Zain holds 58% of the market share, followed by Gabon Telecom with 34% and Moov stands with 8%. Bintel is intending to capture 6-8% of the Gabon Market in the first year and targets 30% share within its first 10 years.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:50:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The GSMA  announced new developments in its Mobile Money Transfer (MMT) programme, an initiative that leverages mobile to facilitate access to money transfer services. Complementing the successful alliance that has been in place with The Western Union Company for the past eighteen months, the GSMA has selected Belgacom International Carrier Services (Belgacom ICS) and its technology partner eServGlobal as a new remittance provider in the MMT programme. To add further flexibility for operators, the GSMA has also chosen the RBS Group, a global bank, as a remittance partner and is working with them to finalise the offering.

“Since the launch of the MMT programme in 2007, we’ve made significant progress to catalyse the mobile money market,” said Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer for the GSMA. “We’ve delivered live commercial deployments of mobile remittances and established five active corridors with Western Union, we’ve increased the number of markets served from three to 54, and we’ve moved the market from one wholesale remittance provider in 2007 to 12 providers today. In addition, we’ve established price points that enable mobile operators to offer affordable services to consumers, which will make remittances much more accessible to a larger addressable market. The partnerships we’re announcing today will serve to further accelerate the availability of money transfer and other financial services to a wider section of the global community.”

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:47:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the GSM Association have announced a programme that will expand the availability of mobile banking services in the developing world. The Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme, supported by a US$12.5 million grant from the foundation, will work with mobile operators, banks, microfinance institutions, government and development organizations to encourage the expansion of reliable, affordable mobile financial services to the unbanked.

"There are over 1 billion people in emerging markets today who don't have a bank account but do have a mobile phone," said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board of the GSMA. "This represents a huge opportunity and mobile operators are perfectly placed to bring mobile financial services to this largely untapped consumer base. Based on the initial findings of research conducted with the microfinance centre CGAP and McKinsey & Company, we believe that mobile money for the unbanked has the potential to become a US$5 billion market opportunity over the next three years."

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:45:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a subscriber base of 3.842 million, at the end of 2008. Mobile Telephony penetration rate has reached 86%.

Operators    

BH Telecom: 1.4Mn subscribers
M:tel: 1.1.Mn subscribers
Eronet: 660,000 subscribers

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:44:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Leading mobile telecommunications provider Zain announced its plans to bring mobile banking to over 100 million people in East Africa with the launch of its new service, Zap. With the most comprehensive and accessible package of mobile banking features currently available on the continent, Zap will be initially available in Kenya and Tanzania and will shortly launch in Uganda. It represents the most comprehensive mobile banking service and will provide millions of people with access to banking for the very first time.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:42:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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.

 

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