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 Monday, April 27, 2009

The Malta Communication Authority has posted a report on telecoms market for the time period of July to December. According to the report the mobile sector of the country has experienced a swift growth during 2008. The Q4'08 saw coming of two new mobile operators, Bay Mobile and Redtouch fone, both of which operated on VodafoneĀfs infrastructure.

Melita Mobile also installed its own mobile infrastructure thereby creating more infrastructure-based competition in the mobile sector later in 2009.

The mobile subscriber base reached 385,636 by 2008-end, up by 3.8%. The postpaid subscriber base attributed to 13.6% of the total mobile subscriber base whereas the prepaid segment held 86.37% of the total base.

The mobile penetration in the country reached 94% at the end of 2008, up by 4% since a year earlier. During the last 6 months of 2008, over 23,000 subscribers changed operator, compared with 22,325 in the same period of 2007.

The mobile originating traffic grew by 8.3% whereas SMS traffic dropped from 264.21 million SMS in H2'07 to 241.53 SMS in H2'08, driven by promotional offers featuring free minute bundles.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 27, 2009 11:46:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Italian market lost a total of 135k customers over the year, with net losses in Q2 and Q4 trumping the smaller net gains in the other two periods. The year closed with a total base of 88.58m, compared to 88.72m, while penetration dropped from 152.6% to 152.4%.

 

 

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, April 27, 2009 11:26:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to figures released by the regulator, Anatel, the number of wireless subscribers in Brazil reached 153.7 million at the end of March, up 0.9% month-on-month. Vivo, a joint venture between Telefonica of Spain and Portugal Telecom, leads the market with a 29.7% share of users, followed by America Movil-backed Claro (25.8%), TIM (23.5%) and Oi (16.8%).

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, April 27, 2009 11:10:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Broadband subscriptions in the UK exceeded expectations in the last 6 months of 2008 reaching 17.4 million by the end of the year and topping Point Topicís forecasts by 0.2%.

ďDSL operators had a stronger fourth quarter than projected, in particular the local loop unbundlers. While cable did well it didnít exceed our forecasts,Ē says Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic.

The success of O2 was the biggest new story of 2008 as far as the fixed broadband market was concerned. Starting the year with only 71,000 broadband lines, it added 270,000 more to increase its market share by 1.5%. Sky has a good 12 months too and built on its accomplishments in previous years to achieve even bigger gains, adding 727,000 lines to reach almost 2 million lines

These successes have contributed to DSL increasing its share, from 78.0% to 78.6% of the UK broadband market with almost all the balance being provided by cable and only an estimated 0.2% using other technologies such as fixed wireless and satellite.

However during the year there was only a 10.6% growth in broadband overall, a sharp decline from the 19.9% in 2007. Much of the slowdown came in the second half of the year when market saturation combined with the advancing recession to cut the number of adds from almost 1 million in the first half to only 675,000 in the second.

 

 

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Source: Point Topic.
Monday, April 27, 2009 11:03:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The UK added over 3m new mobile connections during 2008, to take the total base to 75.75m, equivalent to 124% penetration. The market is one of the most competitive in Europe, if not the world, with five established MNOs and several MVNOs, of which the most successful are Virgin and the increasingly ambitious Tesco.

 

 

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, April 27, 2009 10:44:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The European Parliament has approved new price caps for mobile network roaming within the EU, including voice, data/internet and SMS texting. From 1 July 2009 the cost of sending an SMS whilst abroad is capped at EUR0.11, whilst from that date wholesale data roaming charges are capped at EUR1 per MB (which will drop to EUR0.80 in July 2010 and EUR0.50 in July 2011). Maximum per-minute voice call roaming charges will also fall: to EUR0.43 for outgoing and EUR0.19 for incoming calls whilst abroad on 1 July 2009; to EUR0.39 and EUR0.15 respectively in July 2010; and to EUR0.35 and EUR0.11 respectively in July 2011 (compared to current roaming caps of EUR0.46/EUR0.22 on calls made/received). All prices exclude VAT. Other measures approved include compulsory per-second billing for the entire duration of calls received whilst abroad, and after the first 30 seconds for outgoing calls.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, April 27, 2009 10:12:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hungary mobile operators, Pannon, T-Mobile and Vodafone have ended March with 541,866 mobile internet subscribers, up from 526,775 in February, according to market regulator NHH. Mobile subscribers sent some 840,367 GB of data in March, up from 769,427 GB in February, while average traffic per subscriber also increased to 1.83 GB. T-Mobile holds 51.68% mobile data subscribers, whereas Pannon and Vodafone recorded market shares of 24.58% and 23.74%, respectively. Considering the volume of traffic, T-mobile market share stood at 42.07%, Vodafoneís share reported as 36.18% and Panaon holds 21.75% market. According to the satistcs, in March, the largest volume of data was transferred by Vodafone subscribers (304,000 GB), while T-Mobileís subscribers reached a total volume of 280,000 GB, and Pannonís subscribers transmitted 183,000 GB.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 27, 2009 10:08:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile banking, in Colombia, has started gaining acceptance, reports nationís Ministry of Finance. In 2008, the country saw 2.53 million m-banking operations, of which 443,787 were used for COP 12 billion in transactions and 2.08 million to check account balances. The countryís m-banking platform is being offered by Redeban Multicolor in partnership with Gemalto. The platform enables prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers to access their bank services.
The pioneering banks in this area are AV Villas, Bancolombia, Davivienda, BBVA and Banco BCSC Colmena.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 27, 2009 8:53:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Asia Pacific region contains five of the worldís ten largest mobile markets Ė China and India, which are the number one and two respectively and Indonesia, Japan and Pakistan, the sixth, eighth and tenth largest. These five occupy the top five places in the regional list, which is completed through the addition of the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Bangladesh.

 

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During 2008, Indonesia overtook Japan to become the regionís third largest market with a total of 140.2m connections. Japanís grip on fourth place is loosening, with Pakistan the main challenger Ė even though that market saw a slight reduction in numbers in Q4 as unregistered customers were culled. Japan added just over 5m connections to reach 105.8m, while Pakistan ended with 89.9m. The Philippines retains sixth place, with 68.1m customers, but it is likely to drop behind Vietnam in 2009. The market here is being liberalised (if that is the right word for a process which awards ever more licences to entities that are all, ultimately, state-controlled) and demand is rising rapidly. The market as a whole added over 30m new connections for a total of 67.2m, to become the regionís seventh largest, ahead of Thailand, which had begun the year in seventh place and added nearly 9m connections over the year to close with 61.9m. Ninth and tenth places go to South Korea (down from eighth, with 45.6m) and Bangladesh (unchanged, with 45.2m).

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 27, 2009 8:48:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Some 200 remote farms in the Northern Icelandic region of Skagafjordur now have broadband internet access following the deployment of a MESH network from US based Firetide.

Gagnaveita Skagafjardar, which translates to ďData Municipal Service of Skagafjordur,Ē was formed in 2006 with a mission to deliver a fiber connection to every home in the nearby town of Saudarkrokur. The organization, however, soon recognized the need for delivering high-speed connections to the many farming communities outside of town. Too far away from any major urban communications center to get a high-speed connection through telephone lines, these rural businesses have, until now, been restricted to expensive 128 Kbps ISDN.

 

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, April 27, 2009 8:28:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Taiwan ended Q4'08 with a mobile subscriber base of 25.41 million, reports National Communications Commission. The data showed a rise of 4.6% as the operators added a total of 1.13 million subscribers since DecemberĀf07. The country had a mobile penetration of 110.3% at the end of Q4'08.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:37:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

CMT, the Spanish telecoms regulator, has lowered the mobile termination fee to a common price of EUR 0.07 per  minute for Telefonica Moviles Spain (Movistar), Vodafone Spain and Orange Spain effective from 16 April. The same price is also applicable to MVNOs using the networks of these operators. CMTís ruling, for the recent entrant Yoigo is that it will stick to its current mobile termination fees of EUR 0.10, as it started operations when the Spanish mobile market had already matured. The mobile termination fees quoted by CMT will be valid until 16 October, after which the fees is likely to fall further.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:34:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Brazil ended 2008 with 10 million broadband subscribers, an increase of two million on the previous year, according to a study published by the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil). Broadband penetration reached 5.3 percent, up from 0.2 percent in 2001. The number of internet users surpassed the number of subscribers to pay-TV services (cable and MMDS), which amounted to six million. At the end of last year, more than 190 million users subscribed to telecommunications services, of which 41.3 million to fixed telephony and 150.6 million to mobile telephony. Gross revenue of the sector (fixed, mobile telephony, internet, pay-TV) was BRL 177.7 billion, a 12.9 percent increase on the BRL 157.3 billion produced in 2007.
 
Source: Telecompaper.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:33:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to a recent survey it is seen that nearly 52% of the French mobile subscribers own a handset that is capable of connecting to the internet. However, nearly 45% of the mobile phone subscribers had a mobile internet subscription and 20.5% were online with their handset at least once a week. 48% of the total surveyed said that they have upgraded their handsets in past 1 year, 36% of these have chosen 3G and 3G+ multimedia touch screen handsets. The sites which were most visited were operator portals, which accounted for 15.1 percent of visits, followed by search engines (14.2%), practical sites (13.9%), information sites (9.8%), entertainment sites (9.1%), and specialised news sites (8.7%). Nearly 21% of mobile internet subscribers said that they have visited a social networking site in the last six months, led by Facebook with 14.5% of connections. Only 8% of the total made a purchase from a mobile e-commerce site.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:31:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­comScore has published the results of a study of U.S. Internet usage via mobile PC data cards, which showed that the subscriber base - which previously had been growing strongly - began to decelerate noticeably in Q4 2008.

The study examined the usage and characteristics of mobile PC data card users through data collected from computers where Internet access via mobile broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) occurred.

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The study also compared the Internet usage patterns of mobile broadband PC data card users with the general U.S. Internet population to determine how the availability of mobile broadband affects online time. It is important to understand whether online access via mobile broadband represents incremental Internet usage or merely a shift in usage time between different access points.

When looking at the population in aggregate, the results indicated that PC data card usage actually represents a time-shift in Internet consumption, as PC data card users spent nearly the same amount of time online (89 hours) as typical U.S. Internet users (90 hours) during Q4 2008. Of PC data card users with both a PC data card and a wireline ISP, approximately 25 percent of their total online time (22 hours) was spent using a PC data card.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:29:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Kenyan market saw some major developments in the second half of 2008: in Q3, fixed operator Telkom Kenya launched a mobile network, and in the last quarter of the year, Econet Wireless finally managed to get up and running, more than five years after it was first awarded a licence. At the end of 2008, there were 15.90m mobile customers in Kenya. Annual net additions stood at 4.55m, up from 4.08m a year earlier, but proportionate growth fell from 56.0% to 40.1%. Fourth-quarter net additions increased from 0.65m in Q4 07 to 1.37 in Q4 08.

Safaricom dominates the Kenyan market, although the launch of Telkom (Orange) and Econet appears to have dented its market share. At the end of 2008 it had 12.39m customers, more than 9m ahead of nearest rival Celtel. However, having lost 2.7pp market share in Q3 08, it dipped a further 4.4pp in Q4 08 to finish the year on 77.9%. By contrast, Celtel does not appear to have suffered at all from the launch of the new networks, adding 4.4pp of market share in the second half of 2008 to finish on 19.4%. It topped the market for net additions in Q4 08 with a gain of 0.52m (compared to 0.43m for Safaricom) and finished the year on 3.08m.

Kenya: Quarterly Net Additions, Q1 08 Ė Q4 08

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:25:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Credit card merchant, Visa has announced the launch of the worldís first commercial Visa mobile payments service for point-of-sale transactions using Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. The service marks the first time consumers can purchase an NFC-enabled mobile device off the shelf and use that device to make Visa payWave-enabled transactions at the point-of-sale instead of using their payment card.

ďWe believe that Visaís NFC mobile payment launch in Malaysia signals a tipping point for the payments industry globally as we move from mobile payment pilots to commercial availability,Ē said Elizabeth Buse, Global Head of Product at Visa. ďMalaysia has historically been an early adopter of new payment technologies. The launch of Visaís first commercial NFC program in Malaysia is based on Visa's experience gained from undertaking extensive pilot activities around the globe and is something Visa plans to replicate in other places around the world.Ē

Maxis Ė the largest wireless carrier in Malaysia with more than 11 million subscribers, Nokia and Maybank Ė a leading financial institution in Malaysia have teamed with Visa to offer Visa payWave on mobile devices.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:20:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of ultra-high speed broadband subscribers in France passed 170,000 at the end of 2008, out of 20,500 buildings connected via fibre to at least one telcoís infrastructure, according to a report from the regulator Arcep. Of the total, some 130,000 were connected to a hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network, while a further 40,000 were using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. By the start of this year former monopoly France Telecom had deployed fibre in approximately 40 municipalities, Numericable had upgraded to fibre in around 30 major urban centres and SFR (including neuf Cegetel) and Iliad (Free) are concentrating efforts in areas where FT is less active. Arcep estimates that between three million and 4.5 million homes were passed by fibre at the end of last year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:18:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 17, 2009

The number of telephone subscribers (fixed and mobile) in Nepal topped 5.5 million as at March 2009, up around 45% year-on-year, according to data published by the telecoms regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). Of the total, 622,667 were fixed line connections either to Nepal Telecom (NT, 551,566), United Telecom Ltd (UTL, 67,378), or STM Telecom (3,723), while a further 60,171 were signed up to UTLís limited mobility service. Mobile still accounts for the overwhelming majority of connections however, totalling 4.167 million by last month. The mobile market leader is, once again, NT with 2.357 million subscribers, ahead of Spice Nepal (Mero Mobile) with 1.810 million. The NTA also reported a smattering of other connections including NTís CDMA and Sky Phone services (177,808 and 484,726 respectively), Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite (GMPCS, 1,517) and W-CDMA (664). The gains have pushed overall telecoms penetration in the country to 20.45%, broken down as fixed (2.31%), mobile (15.45%) and other (2.69%). At the same date there were a total of 76,502 internet subscribers, including 13,893 ADSL users.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, April 17, 2009 5:11:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Taiwan's mobile phone market is forecast to shrink by 9.3% to around 6.4 million units. The Taipei-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) puts the shrinkage down to slower handset replacements due to the economic downturn. Some 80% of the Taiwanese market depends on replacement sales.

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As for the Taiwanese mobile phone market in 2008, with the exception of the first quarter which saw year-on-year growth in sales, the other three quarters all posted sales declines compared with the same periods in the previous year. Taiwanese mobile phone market volume in the fourth quarter of 2008 was 1.70 million units, down 5.9% sequentially and 4.7% year-on-year. Taiwanese mobile phone ASP (Average Selling Price) was on the decline as well, mainly owing to the fact that Taiwanese mobile phone users mostly chose to obtain free phones when renewing their subscriptions.

Meanwhile, the number of 3G subscribers saw steady growth in 2008. Boosted by mobile operators' subsidy policies for 3G phones and Smartphones, the sales of 3G phones accounted for 49.7% of the overall Taiwanese mobile phone market volume, while the sales of Smartphones inched up to over 5% of the overall market volume.

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, April 17, 2009 4:29:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Mexican mobile market finished the year on 77.93m customers with a below-par performance for customer growth in Q4 2008. In fact, the quarterly increase of 2.24m was the smallest gain since Q2 06 and the smallest fourth-quarter gain in five years. The main cause of this was Iusacellís loss of 0.56m customers as the result of a customer clean-up programme.

However, the other operators also saw slightly disappointing figures for quarterly net additions, with all three recording a gain below that of Q4 07. The result was a marked slowdown in annual customer growth: from 21.2% in 2007, the rate fell to 13.4% in 2008, the first time it has dropped below 15% since Q4 03. However, with penetration at 70.5% at the end of the year, the decline may not be inexorable, and it is possible that 2009 will see a slight upturn.

 

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Source: Cellular News.
Friday, April 17, 2009 4:14:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 16, 2009

Japanese mobile operators reported a subscriber base of 107.49 million, added 1 million new subscribers. Softbank is leading the market with a net addition of 381,700 subscribers, ended the month with 20.63 million subscribers. Followed to this is NTT DoCoMo with a net addition of 278,200, taking its total subscriber base to 54.6 million. The incumbent added 1,100 2in1 plan customers to reach 459,300 subscribers. Emobile signed up 121,900 new subscribers bringing its total to 1.41 million. KDDI has gained 223,100 and ended March with 30.84 million subscribers in total. PHS provider Willcom added 6,100 subscribers in March to reach a total of 4.56 million subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 8:40:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 15, 2009

­The technology story in the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) region is simple: most US based technologies are in full retreat, while the international GSM/W-CDMA standards are proliferating. During the quarter, the number of customers connected to AMPS, TDMA and CDMA systems declined by 4.4m overall, bringing the number of disconnections so far this year to 19.9m, or 5.2% of the starting base.

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CDMA networks experienced the largest drop in absolute terms. It is only two years since Vivo began selling GSM handsets in Brazil, but over that time, the number of CDMA connections has dropped from 64.9m (of which 26.0m were in Brazil) to 41.7m. The disconnection rate appears to be accelerating slightly, the quarterly average increasing from 2.7m per quarter during 2007 to 3.1m per quarter in 08. Brazil, obviously, is not the only market where the technology is in retreat, with similar Ė or steeper - declines being seen in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Only Venezuela has seen an increase in users over the year but following CANTVís decision to move to GSM, that is unlikely to be repeated in 09.

GSM has, predictably, been the main beneficiary. The range of low priced handsets available for this technology gives it a material advantage and over the year, it added a further 87m users, which took the regional total GSM base past 400m. GSM, of course, faces a growing ďchallengeĒ from its own 3G variant, W-CDMA. This first became available in Q2 07 although the overall base has reached just 5.3m (of which 4.9m were added in 2008).

Source: Cellular News.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:39:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­It has been reported that the 3G network launched late last year in North Korea has already signed up some 20,000 subscribers. The Japan based, pro-North Korea newspaper, Choson Sinbo reported the figures noting that the customers include foreigners allowed to work in the country.

Last year, the Orascom Telecom, which owns 75% of the mobile network holding company, said that it expects to sign up an initial 100,000 subscribers when it launches its network.

The web based publication confirmed that the network coverage had expanded outside the capital city, Pyongyang and now included the main road running up to the Northern city of Hyangsan (noted for its pyramid shaped hotel). National coverage is expected by 2012.

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Source: Cellular News.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 1:55:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 06, 2009

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 regulatorís 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 industryís 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)  #     | 

Germanyís 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 Ďlast-mileí. 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 Ďurgently needed funds for investments in broadband expansion will be abolished.í 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 TeleGeographyís 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-Mobileís 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-Mobileís market share was 42.83%, Vodafoneís 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 Vodafoneís customers reached a total volume of 270,000 GB, and Pannonís 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 Vodafoneís 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)  #     | 

Nepalís 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 Ďdigital divideí between rural and urban areas. Although the government has long championed its quest to provide telecoms facilities to all the nationís 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 islandís 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.

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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, Bosniaís Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) has issued 3G licences to the countryís 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 CRAís 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.

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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 Februaryí09 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 Verizonís merger with Alltel, which will create the largest mobile company by customer numbers in the country Ė even after some enforced disposals due to overlapping properties Ė 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 lionís 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 regulatorís 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 countryís telecoms sector, through the expansion of CamGSMís network to rural areas. Interim CEO of the cellco, Jeffrey Noble, said: ĎThe 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 IFCís reputation has also brought in other international banks, which should attract more such important financing to the country.í 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 TeleGeographyís 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 Ä300 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)  #     | 

Skypeís 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-Mobileís 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 Movilís 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 countryís VoIP subscriber base passed the three million mark earlier this month, up from 2.5 million at the end of 2008. ĎWith 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 Januaryís 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.

ComRegís 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 OTEís total retail and wholesale DSL connections reached approximately 960,000, up from 925,000 three months earlier. The incumbentís 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 companyís 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)  #     |