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 Wednesday, 03 June 2009

The government of Nigeria has taken back control of the countryís former telecoms monopoly NITEL and its wireless arm M-Tel, citing a lack of investment and unpaid debts in the three years since local firm Transcorp took over the telco. Reuters reports that the National Council of Privatisation has ruled that Transcorp breached its contract, having failed to meet its obligations to invest NGN8.9 billion (USD60.9 million) within 100 days of the takeover, and had an unpaid debt of NGN17 billion. The government will take control of NITEL until a new core investor is found.

According to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms database, the federal government sold itís 51% stake in NITEL to Transcorp for USD750 million in November 2006, retaining a 49% interest. Since then the telcoís initial 500,000 fixed lines in service have dropped to about 45,000, its workforce has declined from 12,000 to just 2,000 and the company is USD500 million in debt. In February 2009 Transcorp agreed to divest part of its shareholding in the telco and in late March the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) announced it was offering a 51% stake in the fixed line operator and 100% of its mobile unit. Last week Nigeriaís anti-corruption police charged the head of Transcorp and two other employees with fraud for embezzling around USD110 million belonging to NITEL.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:30:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Wireless broadband technology provider Alvarion has been chosen to deploy the first mobile WiMAX network in Papua New Guinea for government-run telco Telikom PNG, which plans to provide nationwide coverage using the vendorís end-to-end mobile WiMAX 4Motion solution in the 2.3GHz frequency band. Alvarionís local partner for this project is Telrad Networks. Telikom PNGís first wireless broadband network in the capital city of Port Moresby has been launched in the last few weeks and is expected to provide connectivity to approximately 1,500 users. The second network to be deployed in the city of Lae is planned to go live in the second quarter of 2009. Further expansion is expected at the end of 2009, extending the network to all regional cities as part of a master plan to achieve nationwide coverage for 55,000 end-users. According to Alvarionís press release Papua New Guinea has a population of almost six million and an internet penetration rate below 2%, and Telikom PNG has seized on WiMAX as a method of cost-effectively expanding data and voice services over a wide area.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:29:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel intends to hold a licensing tender for voice telephony and broadband internet services in rural parts of the country, Agencia Estado reports citing the communications minister Helio Costa. The tender could take place later this year and will favour telcos that pledge to deliver broadband internet services for rural areas by offering them lower licence fees, the minister said. Costa said the government has set itself a target of providing 100% telephony coverage in rural areas by 2014, adding that it would use the 450MHz frequency for phone services in such areas.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:27:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Maroc Telecom and the Moroccan government have signed a MAD10.5 billion (USD1.3 billion) investment agreement under which the former monopoly telco will expand and upgrade its infrastructure, focusing on three key areas. Firstly, domestic network traffic capacity will be increased through the rollout of next generation network (NGN) technology, which will also facilitate the development of convergent triple- and quad-play fixed line/broadband internet/IPTV/mobile services. The second objective is to raise international transmission capacity via the Atlas Offshore submarine cable linking the country with Europe, alongside the construction of a new terrestrial fibre-optic cable between Laayoune in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara and Nouakchott, the capital of neighbouring Mauritania, which will also improve connectivity in the Western Saharan areas of Boujdour, Dakhla and Aousserd. The third tranche of investment funds will be channelled into enhancing mobile and fixed-wireless network coverage in rural and remote areas of Morocco as part of an ongoing scheme known as PACT (Programme of general Access to Telecommunications). An additional 7,300 rural locations are scheduled to receive network services by 2011. The latest investment package is the third in a series of public/private agreements; Maroc Telecom invested over MAD20 billion in the six-year period 2003-08 under the previous two agreements.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:26:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has announced that it has signed up over 10,000 customers to its IPTV service, Mozaic TV+, after extending coverage of the service to around 80% of the population. Quoted in a report from Gulf Times, a Qtel spokesperson said that Mozaic TV+ was now accessible up to 3km from either a Qtel ADSL exchange or a remote line unit (RLU). Around 170 RLUs have been rolled out to date, and the telco is adding 20 RLUs per year, whilst working to improve service quality, with the aim of giving the whole of Qatar access to IPTV in the next few years, continued the spokesperson. According to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms database, Mozaic TV+ was launched in May 2007, providing broadcast and on-demand IPTV, DSL/Wi-Fi broadband internet access and fixed voice telephony over the same copper line.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:25:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

East African submarine fibre-optic cable system SEACOM has announced that it is entering the final stages of construction. According to the SEACOM website, the 15,000km, 1.28Tbps cable system is due to launch operations in early July this year. SEACOM CEO Brian Herlihy said, ĎSEACOM is in its final stretch! With the rapid progress of construction, we will soon be providing cheaper and faster bandwidth to our customers. The site acceptance testing was recently completed in Mombasa, and the terminal installation has also been completed in South Africa.í has reported that construction of the physical cable system is completed and testing is due to commence in early June. Angus Hay, chief technology officer of Neotel - SEACOMís South African Ďanchor tenantí, confirmed that the company is preparing end-to-end testing on the cable system. Hay said that this testing will involve the full system which runs from the Neotel point-of-presence in Midrand, S.A along the East African coast to India and Europe.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:24:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

North Korea has permitted a limited internet service for mobile phone users, reports AP News, citing a government website. The service allows access to the country's official news website, the Korean Central News Agency, as well as other news sites for the capital Pyongyang. The Korean Central News Agency website allows users to listen to North Korean music and read information about books, art and investment opportunities in the country, although it is unclear whether these services will be available when accessed via a mobile handset.

Mobile phones are tightly controlled in North Korea and were banned until November 2002. Two months later incumbent fixed line telco Northeast Asia Telephone and Telecommunications (NEAT&T) launched GSM-900 services under the banner SUN NET. However, cellular devices were once again banned following an explosion on a train in June 2004, which was thought to have been triggered remotely by a wireless handset. In January 2008 Egypt-based telecoms operator Orascom Telecom announced to the surprise of most that CHEO Technology, a joint venture between itself (75%) and Korea Post and Telecoms Corp (25%), had been awarded a licence to operate 3G wireless services by the government. Under the terms of its licence, CHEO is permitted to provide mobile telephony services for 25 years, the first four of which on an exclusive basis. The company launched the country's first 3G network in the capital in December 2008 under the name Koryolink. By April 2009 CHEO had reportedly signed up 20,000 subscribers and its 3G network had been expanded to include the main road running up to the northern city of Hyangsan, with national coverage expected by 2012.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:22:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British broadsheet The Guardian is reporting that fixed line incumbent BT and cellco Hutchison 3G UK (3) have launched a joint venture to press for a reduction in mobile termination rates (MTRs). The campaign, which is being marketed under the ĎTerminate the Rateí banner, has already won the backing of the National Union of Students, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and trade union GMB. The two operators claim that MTRs account for approximately GBP0.047 (USD0.074) of every call to a mobile voice line, and are calling for the rates to be reduced so that this drops to around GBP0.01 per call.

The inauguration of the campaign comes as regulator Ofcom begins a public consultation on charges between operators. Having set in place a programme in 2007 to reduce MTRs by around 25% by 2011, the latest review will examine the rates applicable between 2011 and 2015. Ofcom has set out six regulatory options, ranging from retaining the current system to more Ďradical alternativesí, including the complete removal of termination regulation from mobile operators. The regulator claims lower rates could allow operators to launch new, more competitive packages, and Ofcom chief executive, Ed Richards, noted: 'The mobile market has developed significantly with consumers increasingly using innovative services like mobile broadband. Our review will reflect these changes to ensure that future termination rates are in the best interests of consumers.í

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:20:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of mobile internet access subscriptions in Hungary climbed to 566,000 by 30 April 2009, up from 542,000 a month earlier, according to figures published by the regulator, the National Communications Authority (NHH). Of these, the total number classed as actively sending or receiving data rose from 458,000 to 476,000 in the same period, although the total volume of data sent dipped to 743,000GB from 840,000GB in March.

The watchdog calculates that based on levels of data transmitted, T-Mobile Hungary is the market leader in the mobile internet sector with 49.43%, ahead of Vodafone with 27.11% and Pannon with 23.46%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:18:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of mobile phones registered in Brazil reached 154.6 million at the end of last month, up 0.6% on the previous monthís figure, according to preliminary data published by the national regulator Anatel. The rise was attributed to operators increasing their focus on selling pre-paid SIMs, although Anatel noted that the total net additions of 923,000 in April fell short of the 1.3 million new users reported in March this year.

As at 30 April 2009 Vivo Participacoes, an equal joint venture of Telefonica and Portugal Telecom, continued to hold the number one position in the domestic mobile market with a 29.5% share all subscriptions. It is followed by America Movilís Telecom Americas (Claro) unit, which claimed 25.8% at the same date, ahead of TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) in third with 23.6%. The fourth spot was claimed by Telemar Norte Lesteís Oi with 20.7%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:17:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Following a feasibility study, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has concluded that mobile number portability (MNP) is not necessary until the wireless subscriber tally is higher. ĎAt this stage, number portability is not something we see as a remedy in this market,í Patrick Masambu, executive director of the UCC, said. ĎWe carried out a study into this and we have the conclusion that there is a certain subscriber sum we need before we introduce number portability because of the costs involved.í Masambu said that MNP will only make sense when there are ten million mobile subscribers in the country. At the time the UCC conducted the study Uganda had three million users, a figure which had jumped to 8.7 million by the end of 2008.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:15:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vietnamese state-owned mobile operator Vinaphone is set to launch its 3G network on 15 August of this year, writes VNBusinessNews. The cellcoís network will initially cover the countryís largest cities, accounting for about 20% of Vietnamís population. At launch, Vinaphone will provide services such as video calling, mobile broadband internet, mobile TV and Video-on-Demand; e-payment and quick search services will follow in the future. The company was awarded its licence to operate 3G services by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in April 2009, along with military-run Viettel Telecom, MobiFone and a consortium between EVN Telecom and Hanoi Telecom, which will build and develop a 3G network together. The quartet were given three months to develop 3G wireless services under the 15-year licences.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:14:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Fijian MVNO Inkk Mobile is in talks with Vodafone Fiji to offer third-generation (3G) services to end users. Although the service is currently only available to Vodafoneís post-paid users, Inkk hopes to offer the service to its pre-pay users as it looks to make itself Ďthe Fijiansí choiceí, says Inkk chief executive Paul O'Neile. The Inkk CEO is confident that ĎIt will happen in the future,í noting that the first phase of the companyís business rollout Ė to build up a solid customer base Ė has been completed; Inkk claims to have signed up around 250,000 subscribers. ĎThe second phase is to provide data services. There has been a lot of misconception about Inkk being Vodafone Ö We are a separate entity but Inkk is using Vodafone's network Ö it is much cheaper because we don't have to invest into all the infrastructure,í he said.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:12:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Spanish telecom regulator, the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT), has released a report in which it predicts that between 43% and 46% of households will connect to the internet using a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connection by 2023. The feasibility study by the regulator also forecasts that by that date, up to three alternative operators could compete with incumbent Telefonica in high demand cities, including Barcelona and Madrid; the CMT highlighted the aforementioned cities as the most attractive for FTTH developments. Alternative access in smaller cities is likely to be more limited, however, with the regulator estimating that Telefonica may only face a single competitor for FTTH business in towns and cities with between 1,000 and one million residents. The CMT also highlighted the expected timelines for investment recovery on FTTH rollouts, claiming that in cities with a population larger than 50,000 alternative operators may recoup their investment in a period of between nine to twelve years. For towns and cities with a population between 5,000 and 50,000 this would increase to 13 to 14 years; the regulator does not expect a significant alternative operator presence in regions with less than 5,000 people.

The study was based on the assumption that all alternative operators will deploy FTTH networks by renting the pipeline infrastructure of Telefonica; according to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms database, in January this year the CMT announced that it would maintain existing obligations for Telefonica to provide access to infrastructure at prices based on its own production costs for its in-deployment FTTH infrastructure.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:10:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hungarian internet service provider (ISP) EnterNet has launched an IPTV service, Broadband TV News reports. The new offering is initially available in three different flavours Ė Start, Home and Premium Ė comprising 24, 49 and 64 channels respectively. Subscribers can also take advantage of a range of additional packages, some of which include HD channels. EnterNet was set up at the turn of the millennium and is reported to have around 50,000 subscribers to its existing services.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:09:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom New Zealand has launched its new W-CDMA-based ĎXTí network to over 97% of households nationwide. The network provides 3.5G mobile broadband services over HSDPA, HSUPA and HSPA+ technology supplied and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent. Telecom CEO, Paul Reynolds, said, ĎNew Zealanders are demanding fast, ubiquitous and future-ready mobile technology at their fingertips. Alcatel-Lucent has played a central role in helping Telecom to deliver this vision. Their ability to integrate across all our platforms made them the logical choice to construct our W-CDMA network.í

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Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:07:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zimbabwe's smallest mobile network operator, Telecel says that it is planning for a significant expansion of its network coverage. The company says that it has already boosted capacity thanks to upgrading existing base station towers. Telecel Zimbabwe is owned by Egypt's Orascom Telecom.

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The country currently has three mobile network operators. According to figures from the Mobile World analysts, Telecel is estimated to have ended last year with around 232,000 subscribers - representing a market share of around 15%.

South Africa's MTN Group was recently rumoured to be interested in taking a 60% stake in Telecel.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:03:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India has passed the 400 million mark for mobile phone subscribers, although growth slowed from the record breaking figures earlier this month. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) stated that a total 11.75 million telephone connections (Wireline and Wireless) were added during April 2009 as compared to 15.87 million connections added in March 2009. The total number of telephone connections reaches 441.47 million at the end of April 2009 as compared to 429.72 million in March 2009.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 08:57:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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.

ďTalks are continuing between Du and Etisalat on sharing infrastructure,Ē Du's CEO, Osman Sultan in a Bloomberg interview. ďThe current economic situation is pushingĒ 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. Pannonís market share rose from 34.70% in March to 34.86% in April, while Vodafoneís market share also grew from 21.15% to 21.17%. Whereas T-Mobileís 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)  #     | 

Pakistanís 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. Ufoneís 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 Venezuelaís mobile operator has halted its network investment programme due to current global economic and financial conditions. According to the analysts the operatorís development programme mainly focusses on expansion of Digitelís existing limited 3G coverage and services, which will now Ďpossiblyí 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 Marchí09 and 66.84% in Aprilí08.

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 Aprilí09-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 Aprilí04 and upgraded EDGE network initiated in Octoberí04. Ancel had first trialled its 3G services in Septemberí05 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 Ideoí, 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.  Ideoís 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 worldís 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 countryís 11 largest provinces, covering around 37% of the total population. By 2009-end, the operator plans network expansion to 2/3rd of nationís 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 Nokiaís 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 Julyí08-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)  #     | 

Malaysiaís 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 TeleGeographyís 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, ĎMTNís investment in EIG is a step toward affordable and high quality global broadband connectivity to meet the varied and changing needs of our customers.í 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 ĎFriends and Familyí will offer prepaid subscribers 20% discount on all the calls after they sign up for the product. The package is anticipated to strengthen the companyís 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.

ďDigital Bangladesh is an important part of Waridís business vision. We are slowly inching to mark improvements in all spheres of our operation which would actually contribute towards implementation of the project,Ē Muneer Farooqui, Warid Telecomís 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 Beninís capital Cotonou, according to a Telecompaper report. Benin Telecomís CEO Patrick Benon said that the fibre-optic link's current capacity stood at 9.7Gbps. Onatel is a 51% owned subsidiary of Moroccoís 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 TeleGeographyís CommsUpdate, T-Mobile announced in early April 2009 it would not allow its customers to use the new Skype application designed specifically for Appleís iPhone. T-Mobile spokesperson, Alexander von Schmettow, said: ĎIt is clearly stated in our customer contracts that such services may not be used. There are two reasons for this Ė because the high level of traffic would hinder our network performance, and because if the Skype programme didnít work properly, customers would make us responsible for it.í

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)  #     |