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Despite the fact that the Canadian mobile market is probably the least developed in the Western world, with a penetration rate of just 63.9% at the end of 2008, it performed poorly in the fourth quarter of the year. Quarterly net additions stood at just under 410k, down from 580k in Q4 07. In fact, this was the smallest fourth-quarter gain since 1997. More worryingly still, this was the first year since 1990 that fourth-quarter net additions were not the highest of the year: the Q3 08 increase was more than 27% higher than the Q4 08 figure at 520k.

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In real terms, the total market stood at 21.63m customers at the end of 2008. Rogers led the way with 7.94m ahead of Bell (6.50m) and TELUS (6.13m). The other operators, MTS and SaskTel, are both regional (operating in Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces) and with 0.4m and 0.5m connections respectively they have little market presence.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 06, 2009 10:17:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Reuters is reporting that the British telecoms regulator Ofcom has ruled that mobile termination rates (MTRs) will be reduced by up to 21% in real terms as of today. Under the new ruling announced yesterday both Vodafone and O2 will cut their average mobile termination rates to GBP0.0471 (USD0.0687) per minute, a cut of 8.4% adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile Orange will cut its rates to GBP0.0484 per minute, an 11.1% cut. Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3 will see the largest percentage drop in its MTR, with Ofcom calling for a 20.9% drop to GBP0.0583 per minute. The ruling comes as part of as part of the regulator’s implementation of price controls for the next two years; Ofcom aims to have MTRs equalised for all mobile operators by the end of March 2011, and a further reduction in the rates is expected next year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:41:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The US trade body, the CTIA has published the findings of its semi-annual industry survey, which includes numerous positive metrics on the industry’s continued growth and popularity. In particular, wireless revenues showed impressive year-to year gains, as wireless data service revenues for the year 2008 rose to more than $32 billion. This represents a 39% increase over 2007, when data revenues totaled $23.2 billion. Wireless data revenues for 2008 amounted to nearly 22% of all wireless service revenues, and represent what consumers spend on non-voice services.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:40:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), has cut the price that incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom (DT) can charge rivals for using its lines connecting homes and businesses to the local telephone exchange, known as the ‘last-mile’. According to Reuters, the regulator has lowered the price, which is reviewed every two years, by 2.9% from EUR10.50 (USD13.94) to EUR10.20. DT has criticised the ruling, stating that it has left it no foundation to invest in the expansion of its services to rural areas, and arguing ‘urgently needed funds for investments in broadband expansion will be abolished.’ The incumbent had wanted to increase the access price for its eight million connections to its local loop to EUR12.90. The new fee will expire on 31 March 2011.

The FNA has also set new mobile terminations fees - the rate that operators charge for calls made to their networks from those of rivals. The new rates are EUR0.0659 per minute for Vodafone and T-Mobile networks and EUR0.0714 per minute for E-Plus and O2, down 16% and 19% respectively. According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 put forward a suggestion in January 2009 to increase the mobile termination fees, while E-Plus was the only operator to propose a reduction. The new rates are valid until 30 November 2010.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:37:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The three Hungarian mobile operators Pannon, T-Mobile and Vodafone had 526,775 mobile internet subscribers at the end of February, up from 508,000 in January, according to market regulator NHH. Mobile users sent some 769,427 GB of data in February, up from 761,000 GB in January, while average traffic per subscriber also increased to 1.77 GB. T-Mobile’s share of mobile data subscribers stood at 51.96% at the end of February, while Pannon and Vodafone recorded market shares of 24.52% and 23.52%, respectively. Based on the volume of traffic, T-Mobile’s market share was 42.83%, Vodafone’s share equaled 35.14% and Pannon had 22.03% of the market. Accordingly, in February the largest volume of data was transferred by the customers of T-Mobile (274,000 GB), while Vodafone’s customers reached a total volume of 270,000 GB, and Pannon’s customers transmitted 170,000 GB. In February, traffic per subscriber, calculated on the basis of subscriptions involved in data transfer, totaled 2.71 GB in Vodafone’s network, 1.59 GB at Pannon and 1.44 GB at T-Mobile.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:35:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Since the launch of mobile banking system in Colombia, the m-banking subscribers have crossed the mark of 9 million. Colombia has made an addition of 11,000 new m-banking customers per month, a report reveals. This service enables subscribers to use their mobile phones to consult their bank account balance, make money transfers and bill payments, as well as top-up prepay mobile phone accounts.

The incumbents like Comcel, Movistar and Tigo currently provide m-banking services as part of their value-added services portfolio.

The subscribers of Colombia made around 960,000 m-banking transactions, average generated by each subscriber is 8 m-banking transactions monthly.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:34:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Nepal’s incumbent fixed line operator, state-owned Nepal Telecom (NT), has launched an ambitious network rollout project designed to connect even the remotest parts of the country with telephone lines. According to a report from local newspaper Republika, the project began in late January this year with the aim of bridging the so-called ‘digital divide’ between rural and urban areas. Although the government has long championed its quest to provide telecoms facilities to all the nation’s village development communities (VDCs), so far more than 500 of the total of 3,914 VDCs do not have a single fixed or mobile connection. The topography of the mountainous region presents a particular challenge to NT whose chief of satellite services, Anup Ranjan Bhattarai, says it will rely on satellite links to expand telecoms access.

Since starting the new rollout, the incumbent says it has deployed VSATs in ten VDCs in western and mid-western Nepal, where it can register up to four fixed phone connections and an additional line for internet access. The company is also installing cellular-based technology to boost telecoms access. So far it has installed wireless networks in a dozen VDCs in eastern, western and mid-western Nepal operating on both the GSM and CDMA standards.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:32:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

M3 Wireless, Bermuda based mobile operator, has launched the island’s first 3G wireless broadband network, offering its subscribers broadband-like data speeds with prices ranging from BMD93 to BMD153 (USD93 to USD153) per month.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Americas
Monday, April 06, 2009 9:31:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cosmote, the Romanian incumbent has crossed the mark of 6 million subscribers. In past one and a half year, the Romanian operator has nearly doubled its subscriber base and added 2.2 million subscribers in 2008. Cosmote currently holds 48% market share in Romania. In 2009, the operator intends to stick its focus on the enhancement of its service offering and expansion of its subscriber base.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:30:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to Limun.hr, Bosnia’s Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) has issued 3G licences to the country’s three major cellcos. BH Telecom, Telekom Srpske and HT Mostar have all been awarded seven-year licences, and each operator will pay EUR15 million (USD19.9 million) for their concession after a two-year grace period. Kemal Huseinovic, the CRA’s director, claimed that the issuance of the new licences will help improve the range of services, whilst reducing prices and encouraging competition. Commercial 3G services are now expected to be launched by the end of 2009.

Source: TeleGeography.

3G | Europe
Monday, April 06, 2009 9:28:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Pakistan mobile subscriber base has raised to 91.008 million in February 2009, growing from 90.703 million in January, reports PTA. Mobile density in Pakistan hiked to 56.50%, up from 56.30% in January.

Mobilink, the market leader, saw a drop in mobile subscriber base which fell from 28.315 million to 28.116 million whereas Telenor jumped to the second position with a subscriber base of 19.842 million, up from 19.657 million in January. Ufone grabbed the third position with 19.497 million subscribers, up from 19.415 million in January followed by Warid which ended February’09 with a subscriber base of 17.251 million. Zong stood at the last position with 5.979 million subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:27:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Although the American market did not suffer quite so badly as the Canadian market in the fourth quarter, it did see a disappointing figure for net additions. The quarterly gain of 4.15m represented the lowest increase since 2002, and it was 58% lower than the 6.55m recorded in Q4 07. The total market reached 271m customers, equivalent to a penetration rate of 88.8%. Meanwhile, the inexorable decline in annual growth continued: 2008 saw an uplift of just 6.1%, the lowest figure ever recorded in the market in more than 25 years of service.

Apart from declining growth, the other significant trend in the American market in recent times has been consolidation. In Q4 07 Dobson and Rural Cellular were acquired by AT&T and Verizon Wireless respectively, and SunCom Wireless followed shortly afterwards, T-Mobile snapping it up in Q1 08. Later in the year, AT&T announced that it was to acquire Centennial Communications. However, all of these deals paled in comparison alongside Verizon’s merger with Alltel, which will create the largest mobile company by customer numbers in the country – even after some enforced disposals due to overlapping properties – thereby usurping AT&T.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:24:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The central African nation of Burundi was home to 480,000 mobile subscribers at the end of 2008, up 78% on the 270,000 reported the previous year, according to data published by the national telecoms regulator, Agence de Regulation et de Controle des Telecom (ARCT). The sharp rise has been attributed to increased competition in the local market and mobile network expansion by the four active operators - U-Com, ONAMOB, Africell and Econet. Two more licensed operators, Lacell and HiTS Telecom are yet to launch services. U-Com claimed the lion’s share with 344,830 users as at 31 December 2008, with the remainder split between its three rivals. ARCT is targeting 700,000 mobile subscribers in the country by 2010. The regulator’s report also highlighted earnings for the four cellcos reached BIF33.2 billion (USD27.31 million) in 2008, up from BIF25 billion the previous year.

Source: TeleGeography.

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

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced that it has invested USD100 million in Cambodian network operator CamGSM (Mobitel). It is hoped that the funds will help to stimulate competition and strengthen the country’s telecoms sector, through the expansion of CamGSM’s network to rural areas. Interim CEO of the cellco, Jeffrey Noble, said: ‘The IFC is providing long-term financing, which is not readily accessible in frontier markets like Cambodia. This is a wonderful vote of confidence in the country at a time when the impact of the global recession has started to affect the economy. The IFC’s reputation has also brought in other international banks, which should attract more such important financing to the country.’ As part of the initiative, CamGSM aims to add an additional two million subscribers by 2010, and to help businesses grow by providing them with better mobile internet coverage.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, CamGSM is jointly owned by Luxembourg's Millicom International Cellular (58.4%) and the Royal Group of Cambodia (41.6%). At the end of 2008 it was the largest wireless operator by subscribers in Cambodia, with a total of 2.12 million customers, and a market share of 54.1%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:29:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Figures from the European Commission show that the EU's telecoms sector (worth about 3% of EU GDP) continued to grow in 2008 with revenues estimated at above €300 billion (US$409 billion) - up 1.3% compared to 2007 and outperforming the rest of the economy (up by 1% only).

Europe also leads the world in mobile phone services with the number of subscriptions in 2008 at 119% of the EU population (up 7 percentage points from 2007), well ahead of the US (87%) and Japan (84%).

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:28:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Skype’s share of international long-distance traffic, 2008:

New data from TeleGeography show that international voice traffic continues to rise, despite the availability of an ever-broader range of substitutes for standard telephone calls. Cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12% in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Due to declining call prices, however, revenues have largely been flat.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:22:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pannon, Vodafone and T-mobile have reportedly added 900 subscribers in February, taking its total subscriber base to 12.18 million. The market share of Pannon slipped from 34.71% in January to 34.63% in February, whereas T-Mobile’s market share also dropped from 44.14% to 44.10 %. Vodafone Market share reached 21.27%, from 21.15% in January. The active subscription arrived at 10.92 million, down 42,337 in comparison to the last month. Mobile penetration stood flat at 121.4% in February.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:18:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of registered SIM cards in Brazil totalled 152.36 million at the end of February 2009, up 415,909 (0.27%) on the month of January, according to data published by the local telecoms regulator Anatel. Market leader Vivo, a joint venture of Telefonica of Spain and Portugal Telecom, had 29.8% of all subscriptions at the end of February, ahead of America Movil’s Telecom Americas (Claro) unit with 25.84%, and Telecom Italia-controlled TIM Brasil with 23.45%, in third. The fourth-placed cellco was Oi (Telemar) with a market share of 16.60%, Anatel said.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:17:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Korea Times reports that the country’s VoIP subscriber base passed the three million mark earlier this month, up from 2.5 million at the end of 2008. ‘With the improvement in number portability policies, the number of VoIP users will rise by an even faster clip after May,' said an official from the regulator, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC). Five million VoIP subscribers are expected by the end of 2009.

LG Dacom, which had only 336,000 traditional telephony users at the end of February, leads the VoIP market with 1.32 million subscribers, stretching its lead over Samsung Networks and KT Corp, who have around 400,000 each. Korea Cable Telecom (KCT) boasts 300,000 VoIP subscribers, while SK Broadband has just over 270,000.

KT Corp, the dominant traditional fixed line operator, has been reluctant in the past to commit to VoIP over concerns that PSTN to VoIP migration would result in a decline in overall ARPU. However, in the first two months of the year its PSTN customer base fell by more than 250,000 to 19.62 million, and its continued decline is thought to have finally convinced KT to embrace VoIP.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:15:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to the data revealed by telecoms regulator, Indian mobile firms have added 13.45 million subscribers in February, a performance bettered only by January’s record signings of 15.41 million. The country ends February with a subscriber base of 375.74 million, up 3.7% in comparison with January.

  • Bharti Airtel (BRTI.BO) added 2.7 million mobile users in February, taking its total to 91.11 million.
  • Reliance Communications, added 3.3 million mobile subscribers in February, taking its total to 69.64 million.
  • Third-ranked Vodafone Essar added up 2.6 million users in February, taking its total to 65.92 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:14:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Russia added 0.9 million in the month of February taking the total to 190 million, reports Russian consultancy firm ACM Consulting. The mobile penetration rate rose to 131%, up by 0.6% from January 2009 and 16% from February 2008.

On the other hand, Ukraine experienced a downfall in terms of subscribers which fell by 0.2 million, taking down the total subscribers base to 55.6 million. The mobile penetration rate fell to 120.5%, down by 0.4% from January 2009.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:12:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009

According to a recent report by Yemeni telecoms company Public Telecommunication Corporation (PTC), the number of internet subscribers in the country rose to 295,215 in 2008, from 216,076 a year earlier. Of the total, dial-up users accounted for 270,773 (205,613 in 2007), while subscribers to the Super Yemen Net (ADSL) service jumped to 24,442 (10,464). The number of internet cafes across the republic rose from 925 in 2007 to 973.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 23, 2009 3:15:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India's telecoms regulator has published the connection figures for February, noting that a total of 13.42 million telephone connections (Wireline and Wireless) have been added during February 2009 as compared to 15.26 million connections added in January 2009.

The total number of telephone connections reaches 413.47 million at the end of February 2009 as compared to 400.05 million in January 2009. With this growth, the overall tele-density has reached 35.62 at the end of February 2009 as against 34.50 in January 2009.

The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base stood at 375.74 million at the end of February 2009. A total of 13.44 million wireless subscribers have been added during the month of February 2009 as against 15.41 million wireless subscribers added during the month of January 2009.

In the wireline segment, the subscriber base has decreased to 37.73 million in the month of February 2009 as against 37.75 million subscribers in January 2009 registering a drop of 0.02 million.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 23, 2009 1:02:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of mobile subscribers in Russia increased to 190 million in February 2009, up by 0.9 million from January 2009 and up by 23.2 million from February 2008, according to Russian consultancy firm ACM Consulting. Penetration increased to 131 percent, up 0.6 percent from January 2009 and up 16 percent from February 2008. At the end of February, there were 188 and 169 Sim cards in use per 100 inhabitants in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively. In Ukraine, the number of subscribers decreased to 55.6 million, down 0.2 million from January 2009 and up 0.4 million from February 2008. Penetration was 120.5 percent, down 0.4 percent from January 2009 and up 1.4 percent from February 2008.

Source: Telecompaper.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:58:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of active broadband connections in Ireland (fixed and mobile) passed the 1.2 million mark at the end of 2008, up 35% year-on-year, according to data published by the national telecoms regulator ComReg. Excluding mobile broadband subscriptions however, the figure for xDSL, cable-based and other (WiMAX etc) lines was 891,000. The regulator said that broadband per capita penetration reached 27.1% at the end of the year, with DSL subscriptions accounting for 45.9% of all internet subscriptions. During the fourth quarter, the number of dial-up internet subscribers fell to just 237,475, down 27% y-o-y; total internet subscriptions stood at 1.4 million, 18.5% higher than a year earlier.

ComReg’s quarterly report notes that cellular penetration in the Republic stood at 121% by 31 December 2008, as the total number of mobile subscriptions passed 5.3 million. Vodafone remains the leading player, with a 41.1% market share, followed by O2 with 37.9%, Meteor Mobile with 18.2% and 3 Ireland with just 2.8%. ComReg reported that the total number of text messages sent in the three months to 31 December reached over 2.8 billion, up from 2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007. In addition it noted that approximately 1.487 million people have switched mobile provider since the launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in June 2003.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:54:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Greek former monopoly telco OTE has reported statistics on the expansion of its broadband infrastructure, with a total of around 1.5 million installed DSL ports by end-December 2008. At that date OTE’s total retail and wholesale DSL connections reached approximately 960,000, up from 925,000 three months earlier. The incumbent’s network now offers download speeds up to 24Mbps in more than 250 points of presence (PoPs) across Greece (of a total of around 1,400 PoPs), 150 of which are outside the Athens/Attica region. OTE says it is also continuing to invest in scarcely populated areas, including smaller islands and remote settlements. The company’s consolidated fourth quarter and full-year 2008 results will be published on 27 March. Last month Greece's telecoms regulator the EETT reported that the number of local loop unbundling (LLU) DSL broadband/voice lines provided by alternative operators grew by 136% in 2008 to 646,000, whilst the overall number of broadband connections was up by 48% to over 1.5 million (a figure which looks likely to be closer to 1.6 million if taking into account OTE's preliminary figures). The regulator calculates that broadband penetration in Greece stood at 13.4% by the end of the year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:52:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

POTRAZ has slashed mobile phone tariffs by 40% in order to make mobile services more affordable in Zimbabwe. According to the regulator, the move was prompted by the need there was need to strike a balance between affordability of services by consumers and the viability of operators.

The POTRAZ board reportedly, said, “The strengthening of the United States currency against other regional currencies has resulted in a reduction in regional tariffs.” The hyper inflation and currency devaluation in the Southern African country has made all three mobile network service providers to start billing their subscribers in foreign currency. As per the PORTAZ directive, Econet Wireless has already reduced its tariffs.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:51:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

At the end of 2008, only 11% of worldwide wireless subscriptions were 3G. By the end of 2013, the percentage of 3G and 4G subscriptions will reach 30%, reports In-Stat. This trend is reflected in fourth quarter 2008 wireless infrastructure contract awards.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:48:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Twenty public elementary schools in Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines are now capable of accessing interactive, multimedia educational videos through the use of mobile phones.

Text2Teach is a program that makes use of mobile technology so that schools can have access to rich multi media videos. It aims to improve the quality of teaching in grades 5 and 6 in public elementary schools by providing highly interactive, easy to use multi media packages designed to help make learning more exciting and meaningful among students.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:46:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Following last week’s decision by Paraguayan regulator Conatel to end Copaco’s monopoly on wholesale internet access, the incumbent telco has announced that it will reduce retail and wholesale internet access tariffs for the second time this year in May, reports abc.com.py. From the beginning of March, Copaco cut certain tariffs by an average of around 23%, with a 64kbps connection falling from USD19 to USD17 per month, and a 128kbps subscription falling from USD25 to USD22 a month. However, Paraguay's prices remain the highest in the Mercosur region, with a 1Mbps ADSL connection costing Copaco customers USD92 per month, 318% more than in Argentina, where the same service is charged at USD22. The monopolistic market and high prices have inhibited growth in the sector; Copaco reportedly finished 2008 with fewer than 15,000 broadband customers, up from an estimated 10,000 at end-2007. Details of the new price list planned for May were not released.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:43:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter (4Q08) edition of its Mobile Broadband Cards, Routers, Services, and Subscribers report last week. ­The report found that worldwide, the number of mobile broadband subscribers (including W- CDMA/HSPA and CDMA2000/EV-DO) jumped 125% in 2008 over 2007, hitting 210.5 million, and are expected to top 1 billion by 2013.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:49:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Approximately 40 million users watch mobile TV based on broadcast networks, in addition to those watching mobile TV streams via 3G networks - but this is well below initial projections and only about 1% of all mobile phone users, says a report from Arthur D. Little. Even the business models in markets with sizeable numbers of broadcast mobile TV subscribers - such as Japan with 18 million, South Korea with 17 million or Italy with well over 1 million - have not yet become viable commercial success stories. However, mobile operators remain interested in promoting the service as it can support customer acquisition and retention, and can be used to promote high value "flat-rate packages".

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What's the future of broadcast mobile TV?

Broadcast mobile TV will experience continuous, but slower than previously expected subscriber uptake. However, the prospect of establishing profitable, new broadcast mobile TV business models remains and indirect benefits further motivate the industry to push the service. And, in spite of the current recession, consortia such as China Satellite Broadcasting Corporation or Satellite2mobile, based in Dubai, have advanced plans to launch next generation hybrid satellite/terrestrial mobile TV networks. Once these are launched and reach critical subscriber mass, they will lead to a step-change in the nascent broadcast mobile TV business.

The development in China indicates that Asia may remain the key world region for mobile TV. The national broadcast mobile TV service already has 1.2 million subscribers. The planned launch of the satellite platform and the fact that over 200 types of CMMB-enabled mobile devices are available could lead to rapid mass adoption of mobile TV.

Arthur D. Little expects the number of broadcast mobile TV subscribers to increase from 40 to 140 million users by 2011 - and recommends that executives stay tuned rather than switch off on the topic.

The report can be downloaded rom the Arthur D Little website (registration required).

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:46:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Fiji telcos now get the freedom of formulating their own mobile and fixed-line charges as the interim Government withdraws the price control order imposed in 2008.

According to the Interim Attorney General and Telecommunications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the termination of price control will enable a free market in the country. “This basically means the price control board will no longer be in place but the market itself will decide on the price that is to be set within the market,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:40:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
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"Kenya shows impressive growth rates with significant opportunity," notes Dearbhla McHenry, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. "By the end of 2008, Kenya had more than 15.0 million mobile subscribers, with a mobile penetration rate of 39 percent. The subscriber base is expected to rise to 29.28 million, or 66.7 percent penetration, by year-end 2013."

Increased competition is helping to fuel demand for mobile services in Kenya, McHenry says. "Until 2008, the Kenyan mobile market was a duopoly consisting of Safaricom and Zain. That has now changed with the entry of two new players - Econet and Orange. Since their entry, there has been a fierce price war with operators slashing tariffs and introducing new air time promotions, making their services more affordable for the wider population."

Total revenue of Kenya's telecom market is forecast to grow by 42 percent from $1.39 billion in 2008 to $1.98 billion by 2013, with 78 percent of the total revenue to be generated by the mobile sector. "Mobile data will be the telecom sector's fastest-growing revenue stream, increasing in revenue from $62 million in 2008 to $224 million in 2013, partly due to the launch of 3G services but also to the explosive growth of low-tech, low-margin mobile data services, particularly mobile money transfers," says McHenry.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:38:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Analytics firm, comScore has reported that the number of people in the USA using their mobile device to access news and information on the Internet more than doubled from January 2008 to January 2009.

Among the audience of 63.2 million people who accessed news and information on their mobile devices in January 2009, 22.4 million (35 percent) did so daily; more than double the size of the audience last year.

"Over the course of the past year, we have seen use of mobile Internet evolve from an occasional activity to being a daily part of people's lives," observed Mark Donovan, senior vice president, mobile, comScore. "This underscores the growing importance of the mobile medium as consumers become more reliant on their mobile devices to access time-sensitive and utilitarian information."

Accessed News and Information by Frequency of Access

Frequency of Mobile  Internet Access

Unique Users (000s)
Jan-08 Jan-09 Change
Daily 10,821 22,369 107%
Weekly 10,312 19,283 87%
Ever in the month 36,870 63,182 71%

*Excludes social networking

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:36:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pakistan's Universal Service Fund (USF) and Telenor have entered into a Rs. 930 million (US$11.6 million) contract to provide basic telephony and data services to the population in the yet un-served areas of Sanghar, Tharparkar Umerkot and Mirpur Khas districts.

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At the occasion Jon Eddy Abdullah said, "We, at Telenor Pakistan believe in breaking socio-economic barriers through use of communication technology, especially in remote areas of the country. We stand firm in our commitment for more such ventures with support of Government of Pakistan and Ministry of IT."

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:31:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 16, 2009

According to Reuters, the European Commission (EC) has given Danish telecoms regulator, the National IT and Telecom Agency, backing to force operator Fixnet Nordic (formerly TDC) to open up its cable broadband network. European Union (EU) Telecoms Commissioner, Viviane Reding, said: ‘I entirely share the Danish telecoms regulator's concern that in the absence of cable regulation in Denmark, alternative operators might be hindered in their ability to offer high capacity internet services to their customers.’ Under the plans, Fixnet Nordic will have to grant its competitors wholesale access to the network, allowing rivals to compete in the broadband market, which is currently dominated by the incumbent. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Fixnet Nordic had a total of 1.17 million broadband subscribers at the end of 2008, representing a market share of 71.06%, while rivals Cybercity and Telia Denmark had 17.78% and 11.17% respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:55:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The global economic recession and slowdown seems to have no effect on the mobile usage in India as the country adds 9.18 million GSM subscribers in the month of February to its subscriber base, taking the total to 277.1 million subscribers at the end of February.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:52:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pakistan’s mobile subscriber base bounced back to its growth level in the month of January driven by the campaign run by the regulator to register subscribers.

According to the figures revealed by PTA, the mobile subscriber base in Pakistan grew to 90.703 million at January-end, rising from 89.907 million in December.

Country’s leading mobile operator, Mobilink’s subscriber base dipped to 28.315 million in January from 28.480 million in December whereas Telenor experienced a rise in its subscriber base from 19.388 million in December to 19.657 million in January. Ufone retained its third position with a subscriber base of 19.415 million, rising from 19.301 million in December. Warid and Zong followed Ufone with a subscriber base of 17.144 million and 5.852 million respectively.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:49:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Nigeria has outdone South Africa to emerge as the largest mobile telecom market in Africa with more than 61 million mobile subscribers, according to a new report.

The report revealed that a continued growth in the country in the coming five years will trigger prompt further competition among the growing number of network operators.

Nigeria’s telecom market was liberalized in 2003, which paved a way to enormous growth rates and has bought in new operators.

The telecom market grew by 23% a year earlier, taking up $8.4 billion in overall telecom service revenues. The mobile penetration rate, at present, stands at 42%. Nigeria’s total telecom is forecasted to grow at CAGR of 5.7 percent from the existing US$8.42 billion in 2008 to $11.14 billion in 2013. Out of the total, 83% is attributed to mobile service revenue over the next five years.

Moreover, the expected launch of various mobile voice and data services is going to benefit the suppliers of mobile network technologies, while demand for CDMA and GSM base stations will stand strong over the next several years.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:47:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking (GTB) division has announced that it is introducing mobile phone payments services to its clients in 80 countries across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Luup, a European-based mobile payment provider, will partner with Deutsche Bank to provide the service.

This new mobile payment service will allow the Bank’s GTB clients to offer millions of consumers an instant and secure payments and money transfer service from any mobile device with any mobile network. It is the first time a major commercial bank has offered a cross-border mobile payments service to its banking and corporate customers.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:45:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A survey has found that 74% of all messages globally are now sent through a mobile device, report TNS. This is a huge increase on 12 months ago where this figure was only 59%. This trend is even higher in emerging markets where nine out ten messages now go out via mobiles.

“As mobile devices slowly take away usage share from fixed services in developed markets, in emerging markets consumers are more likely to by-pass fixed communications altogether and go straight to mobiles,” said Sam Curtis, Sector Development Manager at TNS Technology. The study reveals that in India, for example, consumers are twice more likely to have a mobile phone than a fixed line telephone.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:42:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The USA has knocked the UK off the top slot for mobile web browsing with 29% of the worldwide traffic compared to 20% in the UK, according to data released today by Bango. And the good news for content providers is that the growth in traffic is being matched by the growth in users paying for content on the mobile web.

"With 245 million subscribers, it was only a matter of time before the US became the number 1 country in the world for mobile web browsing," said Anil Malhotra, SVP of Marketing at Bango. "When it comes to payments though, the US is accelerating faster than any other country and now accounts for 57% of payments worldwide, compared to 38% in the UK."

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:39:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has released its 2008 report of Uruguay’s telecoms market. The study indicates that the number of fixed lines in service declined from 965,216 in 2007 to 959,000 a year later, representing a fall in teledensity from just over 29% to 28.77%. The country’s total broadband subscribers increased from 165,000 in 2007 to 245,000 over the course of the year, with AntelData posting 227,652 customers, up 155,000 year-on-year. URSEC’s study shows that AntelData’s sole rival, Dedicado, recorded 16,388 broadband subscribers, representing a market share of 7%.

Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscribers increased to 3.508 million in 2008, up from 3.004 million a year earlier. The country’s wireless penetration exceeded 100% during the year, rising from 90.5% to 105%. The report shows that Movistar lead the wireless market at the end of 2008 with 1.42 million subscribers and 40% market share, followed closely by Ancel with 1.38 million customers and 38% of the market. Claro ranked third at year-end 2008 with 769,992 subscribers, representing 22% market share. URSEC recorded that pre-paid subscribers made up 77% of the total in 2008, down from 83% a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:36:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Moldova’s National Regulatory Agency for Telecommunications (ANRTI) has reported that the number of broadband subscribers more than doubled in 2008, surpassing the number of dial-up customers for the first time. The number of broadband connections increased by 140% from 47,200 in 2007 to 115,120 a year later, while dial-up subscribers decreased by 35% from 63,000 to 40,600. The report indicates that broadband services are mainly concentrated in Chisinau; two thirds of the country’s total subscribers are located in the capital, representing a localised broadband penetration rate of 30.8%, compared to between 2.25% and 4.7% in the country’s remaining districts.

Meanwhile, the number of fixed lines in service increased by 3.2% to 1.114 million during the year, representing the lowest increase in the last ten years. Moldtelecom, the country’s main provider of fixed line services, connected 31,390 subscribers to its networks, increasing its total to 1.088 million customers at the end of 2008, while alternative operators grew their customers to 26,300 by year-end.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:35:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A report from the Moldovan telecoms regulator, Anrceti has said that in 2008, the number of fixed subscribers increased, compared to 2007, by 346,900 or by 3.2%, coming up 1.114 million. This is the lowest rate of increase in the recent years.

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The fixed telephony also gave in terms of sales. The turnover registered by fixed telephone service providers declined in 2008 by 5.85% and equaled to two billion 208 million lei, whereas the Average Revenue per Subscriber (ARPU) decreased by 9.97%, showing 167,8 lei. The decline was mainly the result of the decrease of several types of fixed traffic: local, long-distance and interconnection. But on the other hand, all types of mobile traffic increased considerably, bringing along a 22% increase over 2007 in the total of sales, coming up to two billion 914,7 million lei.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:33:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

United Arab Emirates-based telco Etisalat has announced it has reached 500,000 residential broadband subscribers, bringing the country’s broadband penetration rate to 11.4%. The company’s chief corporate affairs officer, Nasser bin Obood, commented: ‘This is above many international benchmarks and means that to grow penetration even further, we need to take a different approach - we need to be service driven.’ He added that to achieve further growth in the market, the company will invest in areas such as IPTV, technical support and mobile broadband.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:30:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 12, 2009

ADSL subscriptions in France rose by around 560,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008 to reach 16.83 million at the end of the year, according to provisional figures from regulator Arcep. There were 14.81 million ADSL subscriptions at the end of 2007. The data takes into account residential and business subscriptions in metropolitan France and overseas departements. The overall number of broadband internet subscriptions rose to 17.73 million at the end of 2008, up from 17.16 million at the end of September 2008 and 14.81 million at the end of December 2007. France Telecom had sold 8.53 million access to alternative operators on the wholesale market as of end-2008. These included 6.33 million unbundled accesses (up by 324,000 in the quarter), 2.1 million bitstream accesses (down by 18,000) and 94,000 national IP accesses (down by 4,000).

Source: TelecomPaper.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:45:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Gulf Daily News reports that Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has cut internet tariffs by 70%. The move is believed to be prompted by the impending arrival of three fixed line operators to the Saudi market, namely Hong Kong's PCCW, Bahraini incumbent Batelco, and a consortium led by Verizon Communications of the US and including Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular (MIC). Currently STC is the sole fixed line voice operator, and faces competition in the broadband sector from just one company, Mobily.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:44:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the worldwide total mobile infrastructure market revenue grew 5 percent in 2008, driven by the nearly doubling and quadrupling of revenue of the WCDMA and WiMAX markets, respectively.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:34:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |