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 Tuesday, 02 June 2009

The mobile payment industry will experience steady growth, as the number of mobile payment users worldwide will total 73.4 million in 2009, up 70.4 percent from 2008 when there were 43.1 million users, reports Gartner. The research firm predicts that the number of mobile payment users will reach more than 190 million in 2012, representing more than 3 percent of total mobile users worldwide and attaining a level at which it will be considered "mainstream."

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 02 June 2009 07:30:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The UAE's two mobile networks, Du and Etisalat are reported to be in talks that could lead to network infrastructure sharing in an effort to cut operating costs.

“Talks are continuing between Du and Etisalat on sharing infrastructure,” Du's CEO, Osman Sultan in a Bloomberg interview. “The current economic situation is pushing” the companies to share infrastructure, he added.

Du has earmarked a CAPEX of US$545 million this year to expand its mobile network.

Earlier this year, Du signed a marketing partnership with Vodafone. The company is 39.5% owned by the UAE Federal Government, 19.75% by Mubadala Development, 19.5% by Emirates Communications & Technology and the remaining stake by public shareholders.

According to figures from the Mobile World subscriber tracker, du ended Q1 '09 with 2.75 million customers, of which just over a million are using its 3G network.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 02 June 2009 07:29:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

AIS is the market leader in Thailand, where penetration looks to have finished Q1 09 at around 95%. The rise in penetration has been accompanied by a decline in growth, with annual growth rates falling in each quarter since Q2 07. Although the full Q1 09 set of results for Thailand is not yet complete, it seems almost certain to be the slowest quarter since Q3 05, when there were net additions of just 0.41m. Both True Move and DTAC saw their lowest gains since that same quarter, with uplifts of 0.25m and 0.26m respectively. AIS only just managed to top these figures with a gain of 0.27m, its lowest result since Q1 06 and the second lowest this century.

Although this is a disappointing result for AIS, the fact that growth has slowed so dramatically for all the major operators in Thailand means that it is unlikely to lose its lead in the foreseeable future, barring any extraordinary developments: at the end of Q1 09, it was 8.6m customers ahead of DTAC with a total of 27.58m. Annual growth stood at 9.9%, down from 19.0% for the prior twelve month period. In real terms, annual net additions fell from just below 4m to 2.49m.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 02 June 2009 07:27:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The Hungarian mobile operators Pannon, T-Mobile and Vodafone have in total lost nearly 120,930 subscribers in April, taking the total subscriber base to 11.99 million, NHH reported. Pannon’s market share rose from 34.70% in March to 34.86% in April, while Vodafone’s market share also grew from 21.15% to 21.17%. Whereas T-Mobile’s market share plunged to 43.97% from 44.15% in March. The active subscriber base dropped to 10.69 million, from 10.80 million in March. Mobile penetration fell from 120.8% in March to 119.6% at end-April.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:26:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Unitel, the Angolian mobile operator, intends to expand its mobile service to 150 districts in 2009, taking the total coverage to 90%. The company said it intends also to improve the quality and to increase the capacity of the existing network.

Deputy General Director, Amilcar Safeca reportedly said that the Unitel plans to expand also its internet services, already available in the provinces of Luanda, Huambo and Huila, in order to reach more provincial capitals.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:24:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pakistan’s mobile subscriber base has reached 91.979 million at the end of April, up from 91.442 million in March, reports Pakisitan Telecommunications Authority. Mobilink emerged as the market leader with a subscriber base of 28.282 million rising from 28.240 million a month earlier. Telenor took the second position as its subscriber base passes 20 million mark, up from 19.985 million. Ufone’s subscriber base which stood at 19.612 million in March rose to 19.713 million. Whereas Warid posted 17.511 million subscribers versus 17.376 million in March. Zong, the China Mobile subsidiary, ended April with 6.129 million subscribers, up from 5.980 million in March. Mobile penetration in the country stood at 57.10% of the population in April, versus 55.90% at 2008 start.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:24:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digitel, the Venezuela’s mobile operator has halted its network investment programme due to current global economic and financial conditions. According to the analysts the operator’s development programme mainly focusses on expansion of Digitel’s existing limited 3G coverage and services, which will now ‘possibly’ go ahead in 2010.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:22:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange Switzerland is offering a call credit information service to its subscribers of prepaid tariff OrangeClick. The subscribers can send a SMS to a short code and receive a display message which alerts them about the current status of their call credit.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:20:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil has added nearly 923,504 new mobile phones in April, taking the total active mobile lines to 154.5 million, up by 0.6 percent versus the year-earlier period. Of the total active lines, 126.1 million (81.60%) were prepaid and 28.43 million were postpaid. According to Anatel, market regulator, the mobile penetration in the country reached 80.98% at April end, up from 80.56% in March’09 and 66.84% in April’08.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:18:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hungary posted a total mobile internet subscriber base of 566,000 at April’09-end, up from 542,000 a month earlier, reports the National Communications Authority (NHH). The total number of actively sending or receiving data rose from 458,000 to 476,000 in the same period, although the total volume of data sent dropped to 743,000GB from 840,000GB in March.

According to the watchdog, T-Mobile Hungary claimed to be the market leader for mobile internet with a total market share of 49.43%, ahead of Vodafone with 27.11% and Pannon with 23.46%.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:16:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Viettel has introduced a prepaid mobile package dubbed as Tourist SIM. The subscribers would receive free information on services, tourist sites, hotels, taxis, foreign exchange rates and weather forecasts, according to Viettel. The packages are available in US$5 and $10 and international calls are charged at VND3,240 ($0.18) per minute and an international messaging at VND2,160 ($0.12) per message.

Viettel Deputy Director Nguyen Viet Dung said that Viet Nam welcomed around 4 million foreign visitors each year and telecommunications were a basic service to be offered during their stay in the country. Tourist SIM would be sold at airports, tourist sites, hotels and resorts, he said.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:12:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Guy Collender looks at how mobile technology is benefiting some of the world's poorest

At first glance it is a peculiar and nonsensical idea: owning a mobile phone number, but not a mobile phone. Yet this novel concept could transform mobile phone services in the developing world by greatly reducing the cost of joining the mobile generation.

This new idea would enable people who are unable to afford a handset to enjoy the benefits associated with a mobile phone number, such as receiving messages and remittances.

It is based on using a mobile phone number via a shared mobile phone, just like web-based email accounts can be accessed from any computer. This approach, according to estimates, could add 1 billion people earning less than $2 a day to the mobile networks. There are now more than 4 billion mobile phone connections worldwide.

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Source: The Guardian.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:10:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 22 May 2009

Ancel, the Uruguayan mobile arm of Antel, has posted a subscriber base of 1.5 million. Ancel is reportedly diminishing the gap between itself and rival Claro Uruguay, which had 1.459 million wireless subscribers at 31 March 2009.

Ancel had launched its GSM network offering in Montevideo in April’04 and upgraded EDGE network initiated in October’04. Ancel had first trialled its 3G services in September’05 and had a nationwide coverage by 2008. The operator had launched its 3.5G services first in 2007.

The Uruguayan operator intends to invest USD81 million in 2009 for its GSM and 3G coverage expansion.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:41:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Peru will reach over 22.9 million mobile subscribers mark in June, with a mobile penetration of 79.3 lines per 100 inhabitants. Peru beat the forecast, which said a mobile penetration of 80% in 2011. Presently, the mobile penetration stands at 75.8%, up from 24.6% in 2006. Over the last three years, the number of mobile users has jumped by 223.6% to 21.84 million at end-March. The statistics shows that Peru has 747,235 internet subscribers and it is anticipated that figure will increase to 772,000 by June 2009.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:40:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bouygues Telecom, French Mobile Opertaor will roll-out its first quad-play subscription service, dubbed as Ideo’, on 25 May. The service entails, up to 20 Mbps internet access, a basic package of over 90 TV channels, unlimited calls to fixed numbers in France and over 100 international destinations, and a mobile plan with between 2 and 6 hours of calls per month. If the subscriber oays extra EUR 10 per month, they can make 3 hours of calls from their landline to mobile phones on any network.  Ideo’s charges will start at EUR 44.90 per month on a two-year contract, that includes unlimited SMS/MMS, internet access, e-mail and 3G+ TV. For EUR 55.90 per month, subscribers will be able to make unlimited calls after 20:00, EUR 65.90 will give them unlimited calls after 19:00 weekdays and all day on weekends, and EUR 75.90 will offer unlimited calls after 18:00 weekdays and all day on weekends. Subscribers to 3 hour, 4 hour and 6 hour call plans add EUR 6 per month for each additional hour. The subscribers who sign one-year contracts pay an additional EUR 7 monthly.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:38:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bharti Airtel, the Indian mobile operator, has crossed the 100Mn subscribers mark in the country. Bharti has become the world’s third largest in-country operator. The operator had 96.64 million subscribers on 31 March of this year, which means that every fourth mobile user of India is Bharti Airtel subscriber. The operator holds a 25% mobile subscriber share and 30% market share in terms of revenue.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:34:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vodafone Portugal has ended March with a subscriber base of 5.63 million up from 5.20 million in March'08 and 5.58 million in December'08. The Portuguese mobile operator has added nearly 55,000 new subscribers at the end of Q1'09. 78.7% of the total base was the prepaid segment, generating ARPU of EUR 18.2, down from EUR 21.2 in March 2008 and EUR 18.8 at 31 December 2008.

The postpaid ARPU dropped to EUR 43.3 from EUR 50.9 in the Q1'08. Mobile voice usage reached 2.143 billion minutes in Q1'09, from 2.075 billion minutes in Q3'08.  Vodafone Portugal reported full-year revenues of GBP 1.210 billion, up from GBP 1.040 billion in 2008, while its EBITDA increased to GBP 443 million from GBP 373 million.Adjusted operating profit grew to GBP 283 million from GBP 239 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:31:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Minister of Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili remarks, Nigerians will soon enjoy reduced GSM tariff. Akunyili said this was necessary considering the fact all the operators have recouped their investments from the patronage of Nigerians.

Akunyili said the present economic recession is hitting Nigerians hard and assured that by the time discussions are finalized between the GSM operators and her office, Nigerians will heave a sigh of relief and will be able to use the
operation more effectively and confidently.

She declared that there is none among the GSM operators that can deny it has not made double what it invested in the industry in the last six years.

She said that what is remaining is how to go about the whole thing so that it will be beneficial to all just as she also said that issues of drop calls and other network problems will soon be a thing of the past as the operators have assured to improve their services.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:20:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vimpelcom, the Russian and CIS mobile operator, has commercially launched its mobile services in Cambodia under the brand Beeline. The GSM network in Cambodia was launched by its local subsidiary Sotelco. Beeline services will initially be available across the country’s 11 largest provinces, covering around 37% of the total population. By 2009-end, the operator plans network expansion to 2/3rd of nation’s population.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:17:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Nokia has revealed three lower end phones, all priced tagged below 100 euros. The firm said it would start shipments of the new models in the third and fourth quarters.

Nokia 2730 Classic (3G) for 80 euros.

Nokia 7020 for 90 euros

Nokia 2720 Fold 55 euros

Nokia said all new models would be equipped to access Internet, and work with Nokia’s range of emerging market services.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:16:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China ended March with 670 million mobile phone subscribers, as the 3G networks experience a boost, a MIIT official reportedly said.
Before the launch of 3G, China had a subscriber base of 600 million mobile users at July’08-end and subscribers grew at a pace of 7.42 million every month. After 3G started on January 7, 10 million people were added to the mobile subscriber base in February and March, said Xi Guohua, minister of MIIT.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:14:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hong Kong has ended the month of February with 11.49 million mobile subscribers, rising from 10.72 million, reports OFTA. The prepaid subscriber base rose to 5.35 million, up from 4.99 million a year earlier.

Hong Kong had a 2.5G and 3G subscriber base of 3.58 million at February-end, up from 2.99 million in the year-earlier month, and the number of 3G users rose to 2.91 million, from 2.12 million.

The MVNO subscriber base dropped to 769,509 from 776,958 in 2008. Total SMS sent in a time of year reached 400.52 million in February from 308.35 million. The mobile data usage increased to 44.9 MB per 2.5G/3G mobile user in February.

Source: Wireless News.

Friday, 22 May 2009 10:12:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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)  #     |