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 Wednesday, 20 May 2009

According to The News, The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has ruled that internet service providers (ISPs) and xDSL operators will be allowed to purchase bandwidth from alternative backbone operators, rather than just Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL). The decision follows complaints by ISPs that previously signed agreements were anti-competitive and monopolistic; service providers had called on the PTA to amend their DSL Interconnect Agreements with the incumbent, which when signed a few years ago restricted providers to procuring bandwidth from PTCL only. However, as alternative backbone providers have entered the market since deregulation, alternative operators claimed that the restrictions did not allow them to benefit from the competitive prices of other bandwidth providers.

Following a series of negotiations the regulator has revealed that its decision on 5 May 2009 will allow ISPs to buy internet bandwidth from third party operators, and they will also be allowed to link their fibre-optic cable to one PTCL exchange per city. The PTA has also ruled that PTCL will not be allowed to increase the fee for accessing its leased circuits used by DSL operators for inter-exchange bandwidth only for the next year. However, it is understood that the regulator has not yet finalised its judgement regarding xDSL wholesale and retail prices charged by the incumbent, although it is expected to resolve that issue within the next month.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 09:05:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Malaysia’s Business Times is reporting that mobile operator Celcom has launched a new pre-paid tariff in a bid to increase its subscriber base by up to 25%. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, at the end of December 2008 Celcom had 8.76 million subscribers, making it the second largest operator in the sector; it has said it aims to have overtaken number one Maxis Mobile by 2012. The cellco claims that its existing pre-paid tariffs, UOX and SOX, are the market leaders for the youth segment outside of Kuala Lumpur, while the new package, XPAX, will target the same demographic. Celcom believes that one of the main draws of its new package is that, after a MYR50 (USD14.26) balance top-up customers will be able to keep their numbers active for two years without having to further reload their account. Additionally the tariff will offer unlimited mobile broadband surfing at a rate of MYR6 per day, or MYR20 per week.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 09:03:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The MTN Group is reportedly investing in the USD700 million European-Indian Gateway (EIG) cable system. The fibre-optic submarine system will provide a central linking point for other cable systems already being deployed around Africa, such as the East African submarine cable system (Eassy) and the West African cable system (WACS). MTN Uganda chief executive officer, Noel Meier, said, ‘MTN’s investment in EIG is a step toward affordable and high quality global broadband connectivity to meet the varied and changing needs of our customers.’ The 15,000km cable will run from the UK to India via Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, Libya, Egypt, Djibouti, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Alcatel-Lucent is expected to start laying the cable next month.

Source :TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 09:00:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

MTN Rwanda has introduced a special prepaid promotion where subscribers will be offered preferential tariffs on all calls to 3 special local numbers and one international number. The product, named as ‘Friends and Family’ will offer prepaid subscribers 20% discount on all the calls after they sign up for the product. The package is anticipated to strengthen the company’s market share.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:40:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Warid Telecom has gained 2.5 million active subscribers and now stands at 4th position in two years of its Bangladeshi operations. The company recently announced that the firm is ready and well equipped to help Bangladesh implement its digital network, as pledged by the new government, by 2021.

“Digital Bangladesh is an important part of Warid’s business vision. We are slowly inching to mark improvements in all spheres of our operation which would actually contribute towards implementation of the project,” Muneer Farooqui, Warid Telecom’s Chief Executive, reportedly said.

CEO announced a 50% discount on all Warid to Warid voice and non-voice services for two days in regards to anniversary celebration.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:37:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telenor, within 18 months of its mobile broadband service launch has grabbed 200,000 mobile broadband subscribers. At the end of March, Telenor had a mobile broadband subscriber base of 186,000 in Norway. Telenor has installed HSPDA services in more than 1000 cities, as well as a number of summer- and ski resorts in Norway, with coverage of 86.6%.

The mobile broadband service currently offers download speeds up to 3.6 Mbps and the operator has begun to upgrade to HSDPA 7.2 starting in 33 ski resorts.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:35:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 15 May 2009

Former state-run Burkina Faso telco Onatel has signed an agreement with Benin Telecom to give the Burkinabe operator access to the SAT-3 international submarine cable via the landing point in Benin’s capital Cotonou, according to a Telecompaper report. Benin Telecom’s CEO Patrick Benon said that the fibre-optic link's current capacity stood at 9.7Gbps. Onatel is a 51% owned subsidiary of Morocco’s Maroc Telecom.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 15 May 2009 11:00:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
  • Total African telecoms market to grow by >USD40 billion by 2013
  • Low service penetration rates will allow for growth beyond five year period

As growth in the global telecoms service markets slows, Africa will be the one region which will see double-digit average annual growth rates over the next five years, according to TeleGeography's GlobalComms Insight. Spurred on primarily by a doubling of its wireless subscriber base, the total African market will grow by well over USD40 billion by 2013. At that point it will still have by far the lowest service penetration rates compared to other regions, indicating the opportunity for continued strong growth over subsequent years. Of course growth will remain in check by under-developed economies and widespread poverty among large sections of the population, a result of which is an ARPU level that will continue to lag way behind the rest of the world. Nonetheless Africa represents a strong business growth opportunity for many service providers.

TeleGeography's newest product - GlobalComms Insight - includes subscriber forecasts for wireless, broadband and fixed line markets in Africa on a country-by-country basis, as well as full analysis of the growth in market value, service penetration rates and ARPU. GlobalComms Insight provides comprehensive market forecasts and forward-looking analysis to help clients track market trends and to identify new opportunities.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:58:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Financial Times Deutschland reports that mobile operators Vodafone Germany and T-Mobile Deutschland may back down from their position that they would not sell Nokia handsets with the Voice-over-IP (VoIP) programme Skype included. The service currently allows users to make telephone calls for free, or more cheaply than traditional telephone providers. Both operators have said that they are looking into offering special tariffs for mobile VoIP use instead of blocking the services, which have been available for their mobile internet customers for six weeks.

According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, T-Mobile announced in early April 2009 it would not allow its customers to use the new Skype application designed specifically for Apple’s iPhone. T-Mobile spokesperson, Alexander von Schmettow, said: ‘It is clearly stated in our customer contracts that such services may not be used. There are two reasons for this – because the high level of traffic would hinder our network performance, and because if the Skype programme didn’t work properly, customers would make us responsible for it.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:54:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
According to a data published, nearly 6,000 Latvian mobile subscribers have ported their numbers in the month of April. Of the total mobile users ported, more than 40% opted Bite as their service provider. To simplify the porting number process, Bite introduced a toll-free line which allows prospects to request Bite Latvija SIM cards to be delivered at their home or office addresses. The new Bite SIM card will be sent within two working days after placing of the request.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:53:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

More than half (52%) of mobile phone users are now using the mobile Internet with email and social networking the most popular activities, according to new findings released today. The mobile Internet usage poll, carried out by user experience consultancy, Webcredible, revealed that of the respondents who used the mobile Internet, over half (55%) mostly used it for emailing and social networking, demonstrating the evolution of mobile Internet usage since the poll was last conducted in 2007.

The research polled more than 1,100 online users between February and April 2009 on what they used their mobile phone for most, with the exception of calls and text messages. Checking email and social networking came in as the most popular pastimes with 39 per cent of mobile Internet users mostly using email and over 16 per cent favouring social networking. Just under 16 percent of mobile Internet users said they mostly downloaded ringtones.

This shows a clear development from a similar survey carried out by Webcredible between August and October 2007, when downloading ringtones was the most popular pastime among mobile Internet users with 43 percent favouring this. Only 21 percent of these users mainly checked email, and social networking didn’t even register. This change in results clearly demonstrates the evolution in the capabilities of the mobile Internet and the related change in user behaviour.

In addition, the 2009 research also revealed that 13 percent of mobile Internet users mainly used it for reading news or sport content, 12 percent used it for maps and directions and 4 percent mainly used it for local or travel news. Nearly half (48%) of total respondents said that they performed none of these tasks on their mobile phones.

Abid Warsi, Senior Consultant at Webcredible comments, “Although there are still a substantial number of people who use their mobile phones for nothing other than calls and texts, these results clearly demonstrate the evolution of mobile Internet usage in-line with the increase in the ease with which mobile phone users can access the Internet, the increase in speed and technological capabilities, as well as the decrease in cost.”

“Social networking sites are helping the mobile Internet reach its tipping point. We are now seeing an increasing number of people taking a real multi-channel approach to their communications with the growth in the use of email, Facebook and Twitter on the mobile, no doubt assisted by newer, technically advanced handsets like the iPhone.”

Research Methodology

The mobile Internet usage research polled 1,132 visitors to the Webcredible website between February and April 2009.

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:52:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Singtel, the South East Asian mobile operator, has posted a subscriber base of 2.98Mn at March’09-end, up from 2.57Mn subscribers at March’08-end.

Aggregate Subscriber Base (in millions)


March 2009 - 7.79Million
Dec 2008 - 7.63Million
March 2008 - 7.14Million

SingTel (domestic)

March 2009 - 2.98Million
Dec 2008 - 2.94Million
March 2008 -  2.57Million


March 2009 - 249.4Million
Dec 2008 -  232.4Million
March 2008 - 185.3Million

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:49:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile penetration in UAE has risen to 193% at the Februaryf09-end, up from 182% in Septemberf09. TRA has disclosed the stats according to which Du enjoyed a greater market share of 28% from 26% six months earlier, while Etisalatfs market share dropped to 72% in February from 74% in September 2008. Etisalatfs mobile subscriber base reached 7.341Mn in Q1Œ09 whereas Du posted a subscriber base of 2.75Mn at Marchf09.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:47:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vivatel, the Bulgarian mobile operator, has introduced three new mobile internet add-ons and a mobile internet subscription plan. The monthly tariffs for the add-ons are set at BGN 5 for the Data 30 MB pack, BGN 10 for the Data 150 MB and BGN 20 for Data 750 MB, while over the limit usage is charged BGN 0.30 per MB.

Vivatel has also launched the Traffic 750 MB subscription plan which offers 750 MB for BGN 20 per month. Traffic 750 MB joins Vivatel’s other two mobile internet tariff plans, namely Traffic 5 GB (36 BGN per month) and Traffic 15 GB (59.90 BGN per month). Vivatel’s Traffic plans are aimed at both residential and business subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:46:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange France has introduced a new mobile tariff aimed at people that qualify for the Earned Income Supplement. The Earned Income Supplement is French Government is launching a new social benefit service. This is for very low income families - approximately 3.5 million French people qualify.

The Plan is dubbed as the RSA special tariff plan and offers mobile devices from as little as EUR 39. The tariff comes without a contract and offers 40 minutes of fixed line calls and 40 SMS for EUR 10 per month. This tariff will go live by June 18th and a special low-end EUR 20 Triple Play offer is planned.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:45:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vip Mobile, the Serbian mobile operator, has posted Q1Œ09 revenues of EUR 15.4 million, up 27.3% from EUR 12.1 million in Q1Œ08. The EBITDA loss nearly halved to EUR 6.8 million versus EUR 13.0 million a year earlier. The operating loss fell to EUR 21.4 million, from a loss of EUR 23.2 million in the Q1Œ08.

The Serbian mobile operatorfs subscriber base rose by 66.5% from a year earlier to 1 million subscribers at end-March. Vip Mobile had a market share of 10.2% at Q1Œ09 end.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 15 May 2009 10:44:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Moroccan telecoms regulator the ANRT has issued a report for the first quarter of 2009, showing that the country’s fixed lines in service reached 3.093 million at the end of March, up from 2.711 million at end-March 2008. The latest total included 1.791 million limited mobility fixed-wireless CDMA lines, up from 1.367 million, accounting for 57.9% of the overall fixed market at end-March 2009, up from 50.5% a year earlier. The vast majority of the limited mobility lines are operated by Wana, which accounted for 58.07% of the overall fixed line market by the end of 1Q 2009, ahead of Maroc Telecom with 41.69% of all lines, and Medi Telecom (Meditel) with 0.24%. In the residential segment, Wana's market share rises to 70.16%, but Maroc Telecom still dominates the lucrative business user market, with 96.57% of the country's 381,000 fixed lines registered to companies.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:13:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India’s Economic Times is reporting that the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) will take place in the four metro calling circles by 20 September 2009 at the latest. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has ordered that, following the award of contracts to Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection for the management of MNP systems, rollout of the service must take place within six months in some regions. The DoT split the country into two zones for the purposes of MNP management, and Syniverse, which won the contract for zone 1, must implement MNP in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat by September, while MNP Interconnection must facilitate the service in Calcutta, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka by that date. The remaining circles in each zone must have access to MNP by 20 March 2010. The DoT has also stated that the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will be responsible for setting the fees for the services, and while no official announcement has been made regarding the pricing structure it is understood that the number porting fee is likely to be below INR300 (USD6.16).

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:10:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Reliance ended Q1 with 72.7m mobile customers. This compares with 61.3m three months earlier and 45.8m at the end of the fiscal year 07/08, gains of 10.3m and 26.9m respectively. The company claims to be “India's largest integrated communications service provider” but the claim has something of a hollow ring when its numbers are set alongside those of Bharti Airtel. Reliance may be integrated, for what that's worth, but it just isn't as big as Bharti, either by revenues or customers. Its customer base of 77m (including Broadband) is less than Bharti's 96.7m, while its revenues - INR61.2bn in this latest quarter – fall well short of Bharti's INR98.2m.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:08:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Ofcom, the UK’s telecom regulator has released the following data for the Top 4 Mobile Operators with the following observations:

- Total revenue across the UK’s four largest mobile operators declined by 2% in Q4 2008 compared to the previous quarter, reflecting a 3% fall in revenue from calls and other charges and a 2% fall in messaging revenues. There was an overall year-on-year fall in revenue of 1%.
- Total call volumes across the four operators grew by 2% quarter-on-quarter, driven by a 3% growth in call volumes to UK numbers.
- Outgoing international call volumes increased by 6% compared to Q4 2007 (0.2%) while the number of calls made while roaming abroad increased by 10%. (Direct result of lowered charges forced by EU)

- SMS and MMS volumes grew by 11% in Q4 2008, higher than any other quarter in 2008.
- The number of post-pay subscribers increased by 2% in Q4 2008, with the number of pre-pay subscribers remaining virtually unchanged (up 0.04%). Post-pay subscribers accounted for 48% of total subscribers in Q4 2008, compared to 45% in Q4 2007.
Detailed report here.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:05:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In India, mobile tariffs in comparison to other countries are lowest and are anticipated to further decline by 20-25% during 2009. The decline in tariffs will triggered by the new entrants and rapid expansion of the existing telecom players. “Whenever new entrants commence operations in the country, there is a high chance of reduction in tariffs as they come in with innovative strategies and prices, including freebies. Apart from tariffs, the price reduction would also be extended to handsets,” European handset major Meridian India CEO Rajiv Khanna, reportedly said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) estimates that the country needs around 300,000 towers by 2010 to support the massive 10 million monthly subscriber additions.

In recent, the termination charges have been brought to 20 paise from 30 for domestic calls, which the operators have begun passing on to the subscribers, is also pulling tariffs down. Though, few firms are not in favour of lowering tariffs to be an apt option for competing in the telecom space. “Indian companies are rolling our predatory prices without conducting proper studies, unlike in the U.S. or developed countries. Price reductions coming in from desperate companies are anti-competition and these are not based on economic sense, and in the long run this would be anti-consumer and anti-industry,” said Idea Cellular Managing Director Sanjeev Aga.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 08:46:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zantel, the Tanzanian mobile operator, has launched prepaid internet service based on 3G technology in a package dubbed as ZConnect. Depending on the modem one uses, the service will offer internet at up to 3.1 Mbps. The plan is priced at TZS 6,000 for a daily subscription, TZS 30,000 for a weekly package and TZS 90,000 for monthly usage. The ZConnect service will be available in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba, Tanga, Dodoma, Morogoro, Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza, Tabora, Musoma, Shinyanga, Mbeya, Iringa and Ruvuma.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 08:44:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Morocco has gained 700,000 mobile subscribers in Q1, taking its total subscriber base to 23.52 million, as per the figures revealed by ANRT. The market has grown by 3.07% and mobile penetration stood at 75.43% in first quarter ended in March. Maroc Telecom (IAM) experiences a rise in its subscriber base by 1.21% to 14.63 million from 14.46 million three months ago, holds 62.21% market share in March-end. Medi Telecom, which held 35.57% market share, posted a subscriber base of 8.37 million, up 5.56%. Wana Corporate reports a rise of 19.68% to 521,000 from 435,000 subscribers, captures a 2.22% market share.

Considering the overall growth, the number of subscribers in prepaid segment has grown by 3.13% to 22.58million and postpaid segment stood at 938,000, up 1.7%. The prepaid sector accounts for 96.01% of all Moroccan mobile phone subscribers. 3G arena experiences a rise of 26.555 to 339,314 in Q1 and nearly trebled from 87,278 in the same period a year ago. Wana leads the market share in 3G market with 62.49%, followed to this is Maroc Telecom with 19.03 percent and Medi telecom share stands at 18.48%.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 08:43:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 11 May 2009

According to the latest research by IDC, the unified communications (UC) market in Europe was worth $2.6 billion in 2008, and will grow at a CAGR of 39% to a value of $13.5 billion by 2013. This makes it one of the brightest spots in a very tough technology market.

"In such a challenging market, where spending is plummeting, there is a strong opportunity for solutions that can reduce expenses, such as travel, in the short term. This means that UC, which includes video and audio conferencing and collaboration solutions, is one of the few technology areas well placed to grow during the recession. In addition to cost savings, we see that in Europe environmental issues are becoming a major driver of the overall UC market, and specific submarkets such as high-end videoconferencing in particular. Not only can UC reduce an organization's travel budget, it can also reduce that company's carbon footprint and improve its corporate social responsibility standing," said Chris Barnard, research director, European Telecoms and Networking at IDC.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 11 May 2009 09:48:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vodafone UK has introduced a new business mobile broadband package offering the subscribers “all they can use”. The Flat Rate mobile broadband package won’t ever cost the subscribers more than GBP 18/month and is available as a rolling 30 day contract. Subscribers will have to pay GBP 58.70 for their mobile USB modem stick with a twelve month contract and a mobile dongle at GBP 24.68. With eighteen and twenty-four month contracts, the dongles are free. The new package offers “all you can use” on downloads but still comes with a fair usage policy. The package offers roaming tariffs at GBP 8.50 per 24-hours in selected countries or GBP 4.25 per MB in other countries.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 11 May 2009 09:45:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Safaricom, the Kenyan mobile operator’s mobile money transfer service M-Pesa is still not proving to be profitable, despite the growth registered is high. Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph reportedly said that M-Pesa is handling around USD 10 million in transactions each day and adding around 11,000 new subscribers daily, but the service still does not turn a profit. M-Pesa at present has around 6.5 million subscribers and 9,000 distribution agents around Kenya. “It will become profitable on its own, but it’s not there yet,” Joseph said.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 11 May 2009 09:44:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cell C, the South African mobile operator, has posted a 14% growth in its revenues for the FY 2008, to ZAR8.6 billion (USD1.03 billion). EBITDA dropped to ZAR813 million for 2008, down from over ZAR1 billion in 2007.

The operator added 1.6 million new subscribers to its kitty in 2008, taking the total subscriber base to 6.4 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 11 May 2009 09:42:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 08 May 2009

Lebanese cellco MTC Touch, managed by Kuwait-based Zain Group, has completed an infrastructure network upgrade project, expanding its network capacity to 1.2 million lines and rolled out 150 new base stations nationwide, reports AME Info. It also upgraded many existing sites across the country. As part of the project MTC Touch upgraded its Intelligent Network platform to host up to a million pre-paid 'magic' customers, and implemented a core network expansion. The company recently announced it had reached one million active customers, and claimed a 57% market share, ahead of sole rival Alfa, currently managed by Egypt’s Orascom Telecom.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 08 May 2009 09:00:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Nigerian mobile operator Globacom (Glo Mobile) has introduced the concept of 'One Network' over for its customers roaming between its networks in Nigeria and neighbouring Republic of Benin. Both sets of subscribers can now make calls charged at local rates in their own local currency when travelling in either country. The offer is initially limited to voice calls; SMS texts and GPRS data services will be included in due course, whilst Globacom also says it will introduce the concept to other west African countries where it is deploying networks.

Glo launched services in Benin in June 2008, and the company claims it has signed up 750,000 subscribers so far; it aims to double that figure by the end of the year. Glo says it has covered 85% of the Republic via 85 base stations and one mobile switching centre.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:58:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to the latest market report from French telecoms regulator Arcep, domestic telecoms operators generated EUR11.3 billion (USD15.1 billion) in revenues from electronic communications in the fourth quarter, while interconnection services and wholesale sales generated a further EUR2.2 billion in the quarter, it said. Fixed and mobile telephony traffic accounted for 53.6 billion minutes in the fourth quarter of 2008, down 0.5% on the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:57:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Ronan de Renesse, Senior Analyst at Screen Digest has just completed an analysis of the 3G mobile broadband market. Although the number of people using mobile networks to connect to the Internet through a device known as a ‘dongle’ will continue to rise, he predicts that the rate of growth is set for a big fall over the next two years.

There has been a significant uptake in the usage of mobile broadband in the past two years, especially in Europe where usage grew ten fold from one million people in 2006 to nine million in 2008. Put another way, the mobile broadband market is currently worth more than mobile TV, mobile games and mobile music combined. This way of accessing the Internet is particularly attractive as an alternative to a fixed connection for students living in private accommodation, people who live in more than one place and also people who live in areas where fixed broadband is simply not available.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:54:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

One way to cope with the recession: More cell-phone users are dropping their landlines

For the first time, the number of U.S. households opting for only cell phones outnumber those that just have traditional landlines in a high-tech shift accelerated by the recession.

In the freshest evidence of the growing appeal of cell phones, 20 percent of households had only cells during the last half of 2008, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Wednesday. That was an increase of nearly 3 percentage points over the first half of the year, the largest six-month increase since the government started gathering such data in 2003.

The 20 percent of homes with only cell phones compared to 17 percent with landlines but no cells.

That ratio has changed starkly in recent years: In the first six months of 2003, just 3 percent of households were wireless only, while 43 percent stuck to landlines.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:51:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile end-user ARPUs dropped between 5% and 15% year-over-year in 4Q-2008 compared to 4Q-2007. China, India, and a number of other Asian markets dropped more than 10%. In Europe the ARPU contraction was in the range of -5 to -8%. In North America, YoY ARPU did not nosedive, as ARPUs were buoyed by mobile data. In South America, markets were more mixed with some markets deflating inline and others, like Brazil, managing to hold up ARPUs.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:48:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of broadband enabled airplanes will increase from 25 in 2008 to 800 in 2009, reports In-Stat. As a result, broadband hungry airline passengers will generate over $47 million worldwide in 2009. The in-flight broadband market is still emerging and will grow well beyond $1 billion annually by 2012.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:46:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Verizon Wireless, the USA’s leading mobile operator, has introduced the Nationwide Plus Mexico plan that enables mobile subscribers to make calls to any number in the US, Puerto Rico and Mexico, including mobile phones, without long distance charges, 1000 night and weekend minutes for use in the US and Mexico, and unlimited mobile to mobile calling minutes while in the US. Family Share plans for Nationwide Plus Mexico are priced at USD 84.99 monthly access for two lines of service. Activation fees, taxes and other charges apply.

For a limited time, anybody can activate or switch to the Nationwide Plus Mexico plans will receive a one time USD15 bill credit. New subscribers have to ink a two year agreement. The promotion ends 30 June 2009. These plans are also eligible for the company’s no-cost Friends and Family feature, with which subscribers can make calls up to 10 phone numbers - landline or mobile - at no additional cost, regardless of day or time.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:35:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Movistar Argentina has introduced a new service dubbed as En Casa (’At Home’). The service allows the subscribers to acquire a mobile phone which is operational only at home, with a specific address defined by the user. The incoming calls are free of charge. The subscribers are charged a monthly fee, which includes airtime for voice calls, SMS or internet traffic.

After the available credit is over, the subscribers can top-up their Movistar en Casa account via Movistar Activa prepay cards or make electronic recharges. The offer is part of the Movistar Community services portfolio, which allows the operator’s mobile subscribers to call or send SMS to Movistar en Casa lines and vice-versa at 50% discounted prices.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:34:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Oi, the Brazilian mobile operator, has launched the mobile TV service in the State of Sao Paulo. The channels available include Cartoon Network, MTV, Woohoo, ESPN, Discovery, Discovery Kids, Esporte Interativo and Band News, as well as exclusive content such as TV Sexy Clube, Planet Green and Canal Oi. The channels are available via 3G networks. Subscribers can opt from three service package: 30 minutes for BRL 3.90, two hours for BRL 5.90 or 24 hours for BRL 9.90. There is no charge for data traffic. In order to use the service, subscribers need a compatible device and have to download an application from the operator’s Wap portal or via SMS.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:32:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Grameenphone, the Bangladeshi mobile operator, experienced a slow growth of 63,000 subscribers in Q1'09, taking the company's total subscriber base to 21.057 million, at March-end. Telenor, the parent company, has blamed the slower growth to rise in price of starter kits imposed last year. The number of subscribers is up by 2 million since Q1'08, showing a 6% growth in quarterly revenues in local currency. While usage and interconnect revenues grew, ARPU dropped by 13% driven by price erosion.

The EBITDA margin grew to 59.3% compared to 47.3% last year mainly due to higher revenue combined with lower subscription acquisition costs. Capex dropped in line with traffic, to NOK 281 million from NOK 433 million a year ago.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:30:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

T-Mobile CR, has launched a new roaming add-on, dubbed as Cestovatel (’Traveller’). Until 31 July, subscribers can receive free incoming calls and send SMS at discounted prices of CZK 5 per SMS and CZK 10 per MMS (VAT included).

The service will also be available in summer resorts across Greece and Bulgaria. The Cestovatel roaming add-on is available in Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Great Britain and the US. Calls within the visited country and to the Czech Republic are charged at CZK 4.76 per minute, plus the call set-up fee of CZK 34.51.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:29:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobilcom-debitel, the German mobile service provider, has introduced three mobile internet tariff options for its subscribers. The subscribers can choose between Take-away Basic, which is priced at EUR 0.99 a month, charging each MB at EUR1; Take-away Small, which costs EUR 4.95 a month including 5 MB, charging each additional MB at EUR 3.95 (T-Mobile, Vodafone) or EUR 0.50 (E-Plus, O2) and Take-away Flat, which cost EUR 9.95 a month, offers 250 MB via the E-Plus network, each additional MB is charged at EUR 0.50.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:27:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange France, has launched new mobile promotions valid until 17 June. The mobile operator is offering a discount of EUR 10/month for the first three months on the Origami Zen, First, Star and Origami for iPhone plans.

Subscribers under the age of 26 will be offered free unlimited SMS with all Origami subscriptions. New M6 Mobile and Mobicarte subscribers are given unlimited use of Orange Messenger by Windows Live for four months.

For subscribers above the age of 60, will enjoy a 10% reduction on Forfait Initial subscription plan. Until 17 June, the Orange Maps, Orange Mail and Blackberry Mail options will be offered at a discount of 50% for the first two months, as are the first two months of the TV Max option offering access to over 60 TV channel on Origami plans.

The promotion also includes rebates of EUR 50 on the Samsung Player Ultra, Nokia 5800 Xpress, LG Viewty Smart GC900, Sony Ericsson W705u and other phones bought with postpaid plans.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:26:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Azercell Telecom, the Azerbaijani mobile operator, has introduced a new campaign for its SimSim, GencSim and BizdenBize subscribers.

The new campaign will offer discounts during 3 Minutes = 30 Units campaign. All subscribers who subscribe to this campaign will spend only 30 units for first 3 minutes of in-network calls. Following 3 minutes, the fees will be defined according to the tariff package of subscribers.

“During this campaign subscribers can join or leave this campaign on many times as they wish. For this reason, they need to send SMS to 7575. In order to join the campaign, you should type “3 deqiqe” in the short message and “0” to leave the campaign by sending it to 7575. For these messages, subscribers will pay the SMS standard rate in accordance with their tariff package,” it was reported.

Calling short numbers and roaming calls are also covered by this 3 Minutes = 3 Units campaign. At the same time, the calls to the numbers of Friends and Relatives are estimated at the basis of previous tariff package, e.g. in accordance with tariffs of the Friends-Relatives campaign. With these exceptions, the campaign 3 Minutes = 3 Units campaign is considered as the most beneficial campaign for prepaid subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:25:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to a recent survey, Italy has recorded a mobile internet penetration of 13%, subscribers who connect to internet using their mobile phones at least once a month. The survey reveals that 6 million mobile subscribers connect their mobile handsets around 10 times a month and for an average duration of 11 minutes. 90% of the total web users mostly visited their operator’s portal, whereas more than 50% used for emails and 1/3rd of the total visited the news sites.

A strong growth in mobile connections to social network sites was also registered, at 14% of users, up 10% from 2008, 80% of which visited Facebook.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:24:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

MobiFone, the Vietnamese mobile operator, has launched the Voice SMS service for its subscribers. The service will be available at a price of VND 500/message with free incoming SMS charges.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:09:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The telecoms networks business, which sparked the first major bubble of the 2000s, is experiencing a resurgence. According to new data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service, international bandwidth usage grew 64% in 2008.

The sustained rapid growth in bandwidth demand is spurring a wave of network expansion: more than 60% of US network operators surveyed by TeleGeography plan to light new fibres on their network in 2009. At the same time, the submarine cable industry is experiencing a flurry of new projects that is reminiscent of the early part of this decade: telcos plan to lay 16 new undersea cables in 2009, exceeding the number of cables laid in 2001, the peak of the submarine cable investment bubble.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:06:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile penetration in Uganda is expected to increase from 39.0 percent in 2009 to 70.7 percent by 2014, prompted by the successful liberalization of the sector and increased competition, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

Although Uganda is one of the smallest markets in the region, it is also one of the fastest growing markets in Africa and the Middle East, notes Sylwia Boguszewska, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. In the next five years, Pyramid anticipates Uganda will experience the second highest percentage increase in terms of mobile subscriptions among the African countries (after Cameroon). "Mobile penetration rose from just 1.9 percent at year-end 2002 to an estimated 39.0 percent in 2009," she says. "Pyramid expects it will increase further to reach 70.7 percent penetration by 2014, while the number of mobile subscriptions will exceed 27 million," she adds.

The Ugandan telecom sector has gone through a major transformation, notes Boguszewska. "As a result of a successful liberalization process, Uganda now boasts five mobile operators, three of which are well-established: MTN Uganda, Uganda Telecom, and Zain Uganda," she explains. "They were joined by Warid Telecom, which entered the market in February 2008, and Orange Uganda, which launched in March 2009," she adds. Anupam is due to enter soon, increasing the number of mobile operators to six.

Increased competition is driving down prices, with new entrant Warid being particularly aggressive to attract subscribers, and MTN's Zone pricing scheme has also shown high adoption. "Last year, the three mobile operators -- MTN Uganda, UTL, and Zain -- commanded 85 percent of mobile market subscribers, while Warid Telecom, despite its late entry in 2008, managed to gain a significant 15 percent market share," Boguszewska says.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:02:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digicel Haiti has announced that it has reached a total of 2.1 million mobile subscribers, three years after launching its GSM network. Digicel quickly became Haiti’s largest mobile provider with an initial investment of USD260 million – the largest ever single private foreign investment in the country. Its launch lowered the cost of mobile services, and drove cellular penetration up from under 7% to over 35% today, and it claims to have a current market share of over 60%. Digicel Group is headquartered in Jamaica and incorporated in Bermuda, and has operations in 31 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Its Digicel Pacific arm comprises operations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, whilst it has a deal pending to buy an operator in the Cook Islands.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:00:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

El Salvador mobile subscriber base has reached 6.9 million at 2008-end, reports Signals Telecom Consulting. According to Signals analyst Elias Vicente, the mobile subscriber base growth has resulted into lowered ARPU and the acquisition of a second and even third line per user.

El Salvador, in coming times intends to serve as a “laboratory market” for the launch of new service bundles and value-added multimedia services.

Fixed and wireless internet and pay-TV services will be the key reasons of growth in the domestic mobile market within the next five years.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 08:59:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telenor Pakistan has introduced the Telenor SMS E-mail service that enables subscribers to bring all their e-mails directly to any type of mobile phone through SMS. The service supports e-mail accounts including Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and other POP-based mailboxes. Mobile handsets which have SMS features support this service without any installations. New e-mails are pushed as SMS alerts immediately upon receipt to the phone. The SMS E-mail service can be accessed through the website and through a Wap browser on the handset.

The SMS E-mail service can subscribed for PKR 30 (excluding tax), which allows 1500 e-mail message alerts for one month. The price for forwarding, replying to, blocking, unblocking or requesting for a link to the complete e-mail will further be PKR 0.5 (excluding tax)/message. The subscription to SMS e-mail is valid for 30 days.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 08:58:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange Poland has launched a new mobile internet service for its residential and business subscribers. The Orange Free 39 and a Half service which allows subscribers to access the internet through their mobile phones or laptops.  The subscribers can enjoy 0.5 GB for internet traffic at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, at a price of PLN 39.50 per month.

Subscribers can also activate the offering as an add-on to a voice tariff subscription, or as part of a package offering a ZTE MF 636 USB modem at discounted prices and 2 GB memory card.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 08:55:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |