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 Monday, August 03, 2009

Azeri mobile operator Azerfon has announced it has installed 20 base station transceivers (BTSs) in Azerbaijan to improve network coverage. The cellco, which provides services under the Nar Mobile banner, has constructed 16 BTSs in the city of Baku, two in the region of Absheron and one each in the cities of Sheki and Gabala. The company stated that at present its wireless network covers 90% of the country’s population and 80% of Azerbaijan’s territory, and provides 1.3 million subscribers with mobile services.

 

Source: Telegeography

Monday, August 03, 2009 11:04:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Taiwan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, Taiwan Mobile, has reported consolidated revenues of TWD17.35 billion (USD528.8 million) for the second quarter of 2009, a marginal decline of 1% year-on-year. In full EBITDA fell 4% to TWD7.4 billion. Net income for the three months ended 30 June 2009 was TWD3.6 billion, down from TWD3.97 billion in 2Q08, a decline partly attributed to a rise in capital expenditure, up from TWD1.44 billion in the second quarter of 2008 to TWD2.01 billion a year later. The cellco added 167,000 net new wireless subscribers in the quarter, ending June with a customer base of 6.39 million. 3G subscriptions grew from 2.75 million at the end of March to 2.79 million three months later.

The company expects revenues to stabilise in 3Q09, with continued 3G uptake and value-added services (VAS) expected to drive sales.

 

Source: Telegeography

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Monday, August 03, 2009 11:00:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 30, 2009

Turkish mobile operators, Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone Turkey, have today officially launched UMTS-based services nationwide. The companies were awarded the country’s first 3G concessions in December 2008 and began to deploy their next generation networks in April 2009. Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv said: ‘We've already covered approximately 60% of the population with 3G technology, and we're going to launch in all of Turkey's 81 provinces. That, as a matter of fact, was the coverage we were supposed to reach in the first three years. We made it in 90 days.’

In April Avea contracted three equipment suppliers to build out its W-CDMA HSPA-enabled networks in the western, Anatolian and Mediterranean regions of the country. Meanwhile, Vodafone has announced that it plans to invest USD1 billion in its network in the twelve months following the initial launch of 3G.

 

Source: Telegeography

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:52:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

New data from TeleGeography’s European VoIP & Triple Play Research Service reveal that voice over IP (VoIP) subscribers have grown from just over six million in 2005 to 34.6 million at year-end 2008. VoIP now accounts for more than 24% of fixed line telephone subscribers in Europe.

VoIP service revenues of EUR4.1 billion are still dwarfed by the nearly EUR36 billion generated by traditional switched fixed-line services. However, the impact of VoIP on the European fixed-line market is greater than its relatively modest subscriber and revenue share would suggest, due to the strong downward pressure VoIP-based competitors place on voice service prices.

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Source: Telegeography

Europe | VoIP
Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:50:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority Status of the Telecom Market for March 2009 reportedly unveiled that the Tanzanian mobile operators have reportedly added 837,883 subscribers in Q1'09, taking the total mobile subscriber base to 13.885 million.
The report shows that Tigo has added 384,925 new subscribers and ended the quarter with 2.95 million subscribers. The operator stood at the third position among the six mobile operators across the nation.


"Vodacom lead the market with 5,670,122 subscribers as it added 261,683 new subscribers during Q1'09. Vodacom is still leading the market, accounting for 40 per cent of total subscriptions though its share dropped by one per cent compared with what it held in the last quarter of 2008" showed the report.
Zain stood second as it added 42,508 new subscribers during the same period, taking its subscriber base to 4,104,879.
Zantel Mobile lost 27,162 subscribers during the period, decreasing the number of users to 1,030,490.

Source: Wireless Federation

Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:36:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Egyptian market surged through the 50% penetration barrier in Q1 09, finishing the quarter with a rate of 52.7%. In real terms, the total customer base grew to 43.57m. Quarterly net additions stood at 3.01m, making Q1 09 the third successive quarter in which the gain has exceeded 3m. On an annual basis, there was an increase of just under 12.50m - the highest figure ever recorded in the Egyptian market. Proportionate annual growth stood at 40.2%, down from 52.9% for the prior twelve-month period. In fact, this was the second lowest growth rate of the past eight quarters, the lowest being the 39.0% recorded in Q4 08. This may seem to present a somewhat ambiguous prospect for future growth; however, the graph on the right suggests that the decline in proportionate growth may have bottomed out for the time being, and that actual growth should remain above 10m per year for some time to come.

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Source: Cellular News

Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:31:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to data released by Hungarian telecoms regulator the NHH, total country wireless subscribers fell by 23,323 in the month of June to 11.88 million. Pannon’s share of the subscriber market fell slightly from 34.87% to 34.73%, Vodafone’s remained almost unchanged at 21.06% compared with 21.07%, while T-Mobile’s slice of the pie grew to 44.21% up from 44.07%. Active subscriptions, however, increased from 10.63 million in May to 10.64 million in June.

Source: Telegeography

Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:25:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile Money could reach a one-third penetration rate within 5-years, says a new report from Ovum. The report finds the market is still in its infancy, yet it has the potential to become a mass-market service. However, much will hinge on how well the industry addresses various market barriers, and its ability to nurture user demand with clear, simple and attractive propositions.

The mobile money market has accelerated in the last two years in emerging markets, mostly in more mature markets.

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Source: Cellular News
Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:20:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 27, 2009

­Fueled by mobile penetration into the rural market and by uptake of 3G services, China's telecommunications market will generate $187 billion by 2014, surpassing Japan to become the largest telecommunications services market in Asia, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

China's telecommunications market generated US$110 billion in 2008, making it the second largest telecommunications services market in Asia/Pacific after Japan, notes Daniel Yu, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. "Given continued demand for connectivity and rising adoption of mobile and fixed broadband services, the Chinese market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8 percent between 2009 and 2014, reaching $187 billion by 2014, surpassing Japan as the largest telecommunications services market in Asia," Yu says.

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Source: Cellular News

Monday, July 27, 2009 4:24:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Iranian mobile market continued to grow in the first quarter of 2009, finishing a whisker short of 50m on 49.97m. This left the penetration rate at 70.5%, up from 49.7% a year earlier. Given the increased penetration, it is unsurprising that the quarterly gain of 3.65m was well below the year-earlier figure of 6.15m. Of course, this was still an impressive uplift, and the Q1 08 gain was, moreover, an all-time market record, but this does indicate a gradual slowdown in growth in the Iranian market. Political instability subsequent to the end of the quarter may well have had a further impact on growth.

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The remaining three operators in Iran have little market presence. The largest is Rafsanjan Industrial Complex (Taliya), which was up 39.6% annually to 1.70m, while the other two have fewer than 60k between them.

Source: Cellular News

Monday, July 27, 2009 4:09:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 24, 2009

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) now covers 326 cities with its 3.75G network, towns and areas, according to a statement issued by the company Friday. In the statement, Nasser Al Nasser, Mobily CTO said the company had expanded coverage in areas already covered and added 118 additional sites over the past three months. Most of the new areas covered will serve large corporations and tourists, among them, the King Abdullah Economic City, the towns of Dherma, Jo, Aletteyan, Alquaweh, Aba Alwarood, Albatra, Aljafara. Other areas include Al Shathou, Qebeyan, Balqarn, Altwal, Alhanakiah, Alkhshaibi, Alhaditha residential area on the border, the public residential area in Alahsaa.

The addition of new areas increased Mobily’s coverage from 76% in June to 80%, according to the Mobily executive. In June, Mobily reported that it had 600,000 active HSPA subscribers, who consumed over one gigabyte of data a month. “We are committed to expanding our 3.75G network all over the Kingdom,” Al Nasser said.

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Source: Wireless Federation

 

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Friday, July 24, 2009 10:22:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Romanian mobile network operator, Zapp has announced the imminent launch of the first 3G+ network in Romania. This will be achieved in collaboration with ZTE and by upgrading its WCDMA based network to HSPA+ technology during the month of August.

The first phase of HSPA+ upgrade will cover Bucharest and will allow customers to access the internet with up to 21.6 Mbps download and 5.8 Mbps upload speeds.

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The Mobile World database estimates that Zapp ended last year with an estimated 516,000 subscribers - which represents a market share of under two percent. The company has recently been acquired by rival operator, Cosmote.

Source: Cellular News

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Friday, July 24, 2009 10:10:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Students from around the world will be able to learn together by using SMS in the new school year 2009-2010. An IICD supported Global Teenager Project will experiment with using SMS to ensure that schools without internet access can also participate in one of the world's largest online learning programmes.

Although the Global Teenager Project was already widely spread throughout the world, the programme was only accessible for schools with access to the internet. Through the internet, classes around the world ask each other questions about a certain theme (such as 'politics in my country', 'teen life' and 'how HIV/AIDS affects the world') that they also talked about in class. This way they earn from each others cultures. With the new SMS component, it is now also possible for schools in rural areas with very limited or no access to the internet at all to participate in the project.

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Source: Cellular News

 

Friday, July 24, 2009 10:00:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The GSMA, which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, has urged the Bangladeshi Government to eliminate the tax on SIM cards. The GSMA says that the growth of the mobile industry in Bangladesh has come to a halt due to increases in taxes across the board on mobile services.

The SIM card tax of Tk. 800 (US$11.6) per connection of each new subscriber is the single largest obstacle to the acquisition of new subscribers, constituting a major barrier to growth and blocking new investments in updated mobile networks that provide broadband via mobile infrastructure.

Increased mobile penetration in Bangladesh in recent years has given access to not only voice communication but data access to the internet to rural areas, which were beyond reach otherwise. Today, mobile connections in the country are 46.7 million - 32% penetration but despite this significant growth, Bangladesh remains below its neighboring countries in terms of mobile and internet penetration. Moreover, mobile adoption growth rates have been consistently falling in the last three quarters and now stand below 3% per quarter, which can be directly attributable to this damaging taxation.

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Source: Cellular News
Friday, July 24, 2009 9:52:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Azeri online news source APA writes that the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, Azercell Telecom, has suspended interconnection with rival mobile operator Azerfon from today (22 July), due to reported unpaid termination fees. Azercell Telecom claims that Azerfon, which provides wireless services under the Nar Mobile banner, owes AZN11 million (USD13.7 million) as a result of systematic breaches of monthly payment terms from July 2008 of the Interconnection Agreement in place between the two parties. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Azercell was Azerbaijan’s largest cellco by subscribers at 31 March 2009, reporting 3.58 million customers, while Azerfon stood in third place behind Bakcell, with a mobile subscriber base of 1.09 million at the same date.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:19:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile broadband subscribers worldwide topped the 225 million mark at the end of March 2009, representing 93 per cent year on year growth.

According to statistics released by Informa Telecoms & Media on Wednesday, the popularity of mobile broadband remains at its highest in Asia Pacific, which boasted over 90 million subscribers, while growth is most notable in Latin America with 385 per cent year on year growth to over 10 million subscribers.

Typically in many emerging markets, fixed broadband access remains limited and mobile operators are seeing the opportunity to use recently deployed wireless networks as a way of diversifying their revenue streams by connecting millions for whom an internet connection has until recently been out of reach. The Informa statistics incorporate all forms of mobile broadband technology, from 3G HSPA to WiMAX.

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Source: Telecoms.com
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:09:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Econet Wireless will launch commercial 3G services alongside an expanded 2.5G data service on 28 August, writes the Zimbabwe Telegraph. Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni said the GSM operator was ready to roll out a comprehensive package of data services based on 3G (W-CDMA), GPRS and EDGE technologies. The new range will be launched initially only in Harare, but extended to all major cities by the end of the year, with the 3G service targeted at the top end of the market and post-paid contract subscribers. 3G capacity will initially be limited to 55 000 customers. Mboweni added that the cellco's GPRS network, which does not support video applications but enables internet browsing and e-mail services, is already being offered to a limited market and would now be substantially expanded with the company’s utilisation of new bandwidth. ‘GPRS is also being used for other critical services such as vehicle tracking systems and point-of-sale terminals,’ he said. Regarding the introduction of EDGE services, Econet says its network in southern parts of Zimbabwe is EDGE-ready.

In other Econet news, The Zimbabwean reports that the firm has cut prices of its bundled handset/SIM/airtime starter-packs in response to the government’s removal of duty on mobile phones. Mboweni said: ‘We are grateful to the Finance Minister for the concession. Our response is to immediately pass this benefit on to the consumer through this reduction. We are not taking any mark-up on the handsets. In fact, as a gesture of goodwill we are reducing the price even on handsets for which we had already paid duty.’

Source: Telegeography

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:05:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has invited bids from both private and state-owned operators to roll out around 28,000 fixed line broadband exchanges and 6,000 satellite broadband sites as part of efforts to increase broadband penetration across the country, particularly in rural regions. According to the Economic Times the project will be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), which at present is understood to have around INR200 billion (USD4.1 billion) in unutilised funds. The successful bidders will be required to share their infrastructure with other operators, and the subsidy granted by the USOF will be allocated in a phased manner, with the final value determined by the degree to which infrastructure is shared.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:01:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cambodia’s state-owned incumbent Telecom Cambodia (TC) gained twice as many fixed lines subscribers in 2008 than in the previous year, boosting its number of lines in service to 26,091, writes local newspaper Phnom Penh Post. In 2008 more than 3,600 fixed lines were added, compared with just 1,500 in 2007. TC's subscriber growth has continued in 2009, with the number of fixed lines up by 1,337 in the first five months of the year. The report also adds that in total there are around 50,000 fixed line voice connections in the country, with the remainder shared between rival telcos Camintel and Mfone.

Meanwhile Camnet, the internet arm of TC, has also witnessed an increased growth in subscribers. ‘In 2007 there were about 300 Camnet subscribers, but by the close of the first half of this year (2009), the number climbed to around 1,000,’ said Lao Saroeun, director general of TC. One reason behind the increase in customers is the operator’s decision to cut the cost of broadband internet access, Saroeun added. Previously, the monthly cost for a 1Mbps downlink connection stood at USD1,300, but since Vietnamese military-owned rival operator Viettel entered the market, Camnet had dropped its price to USD700 for the same amount of bandwidth.

Source: Telegeography

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:58:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Vodafone is reported to have secured a license to operate a mobile network in French Polynesia in a joint venture with Pacific Mobile Telecom. Local radio reports, cited by Radio New Zealand said that the government approved the application, but no date has been set for the network launch.

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The islands of French Polynesia have a total land area of 4,167 square kilometres (1,622 sq. mi) scattered over 2,500,000 square kilometres (965,255 sq. mi) of ocean. It is made up of several groups of islands, the largest and most populated of which is Tahiti. Total population at the August 2007 census was 259,596 inhabitants, with a GDP per capita of  US$21,565 in 2005.

Source: Cellular News

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:47:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Turkey followed Italy and the UK in suffering a quarterly loss to its customer base. The 1.44m decline was the largest ever seen, as well as being the first for seven years. At the end of Q1 09, the total customer base stood at 64.48m, just 3.1% above the Q1 08 total. This was the lowest growth rate ever recorded in the Turkish market and 12.3pp below the year-earlier rate. Penetration fell back below 90% during the quarter, finishing on 89.0%. However, there is every chance that a resurgence in growth will take penetration over 100% once 3G is launched, with reports suggesting that the first W-CDMA networks will be operational very soon.

 

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Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:41:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­In Q1 09, the UK mobile market saw its first quarterly net loss of customers for three years. The total customer base contracted by 0.56m to finish the quarter on 75.59m, equivalent to a penetration rate of 123.8%. The proportionate annual growth rate fell to 3.9% from 4.9% a year earlier, and in fact this was the second lowest rate ever seen in the UK market, the lowest being the 3.1% recorded in 2006. This may not be indicative of a long-term decline in growth, however. The Q4 06 figure of 3.1% was followed by eight quarters in which annual growth hovered around 5%, and the Q1 09 rate may prove to be a similar blip.

 

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Source: Cellular News
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:29:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Asia Pacific region now contains the world's two largest mobile markets, China and India and together, these two account for 1.04bn of the world's 4.15bn mobile customers. In fact, Asia is the only region to have more than one 100m market. The positions occupied by the top two markets remain unchanged compared to this time last year, with China still well ahead, with a total of 644.8m customers (not including the SARs of Hong Kong and Macau) which would, if added, push the PRC over the 650m mark. One year ago, China was more than twice the size of the second largest market, India, but the smaller country is rapidly closing the gap. It connected over 130m new customers in the year, to reach a total of 391.6m, compared to just 88.2m in China.

 

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Source: Cellular News
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:11:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Telecom New Zealand says that it has passed the milestone of 100,000 customers on its new WCDMA based 3G mobile network, branded XT, and has launched a special incentive for iPhone users to switch to its network.

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Source: Cellular News

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:01:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The French telecoms regulator, Arcep is expected to make another attempt at offering a fourth 3G license by the end of this month. The President of Arcep told a press conference that the "tender offer will almost certainly be launched by the end of July," without expanding on the details.

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According to figures from the Mobile World analysts, the three incumbent operators market share at the end of Q1 '09 was: Orange (47%), SFR (36%) and Bouygues Télécom (17%)

Source : Cellular News
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:52:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

More people now go online in China than there are people in the United States.

The country's rapid economic growth and expansion of Internet access in more areas has fueled a sharp increase in Internet users, totaling 338 million by the end of June, a government-sanctioned research group said Thursday. That is a 13.4 percent jump since the end of 2008, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report. The latest U.S. Census Bureau's figure says the population of the U.S. is just under 307 million. China's population is more than 1.3 billion.

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Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:38:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has directed mobile operators in the country to make mobile number portability (MNP) available by the end of this year. The Gulf Daily News reported that the regulator also announced the standard charge for the service would be BHD10 (USD26), whilst the number porting process should take two days. TRA general director Alan Horne told a press conference: ‘We see this as one of the more important measures...to increase competitiveness and choice for the consumer.’

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:32:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British fixed line and broadband incumbent BT has announced that it is accelerating its plans for the deployment of its new 'super fast' fibre-optic broadband network, and now expects more than 1.5 million homes to have access to fibre-based services by ‘early summer 2010’.

The telco expects around one million properties to be able to connect directly via fibre by March 2010 in what it claims is a doubling of the speed of its network deployment. It has released a list of 69 locations spread across England, Wales and Scotland that have been earmarked for the latest phase of development, and the revelation comes just days after it revealed it had begun pilots of the technology in the London and Cardiff areas. Commenting on the plans, Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, the division of the operator responsible for the rollout said: ‘Fibre is the future and so we’re speeding up the pace of our plans. We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March but we’re now being far more ambitious. We’ve received a tremendous response to date and so we’re keen to get on with the job.’ BT has set aside GBP1.5 billion (USD2.41 billion) for the construction of its new infrastructure, and aims to have made super fast broadband available to around 40% of the population by 2012.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:29:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The top mobile markets in East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands are amongst the most liberalised on the continent. The top three markets are Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and they all have about 10 million subscribers.

Each of these three markets has been a laboratory for competition. For example, Tanzania has issued seven mobile licences and Uganda has issued six. The number of operators has resulted in increased investment and marketing spend in the top three markets. And in all three countries, this competition has benefited African consumers as the cost of owning and using a mobile phone has fallen.

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Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:26:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of registered cellular phones in Brazil reached 159.6 million at the end of last month, up 1.3% on the figure reported in May 2009, thanks to an aggressive marketing push by all major operators, the telecoms regulator Anatel said Monday. Net mobile additions reached 2.1 million in June, down from 2.9 million in May, it said. Vivo Participacoes, the joint venture of Spain’s Telefonica and Portugal Telecom, maintained its number one position in the domestic mobile market with a 29.3% share of subscriptions, ahead of America Movil-backed Telecom Americas (Claro) with 25.4%. Third spot was claimed by TIM Brasil with 23.7%, and in fourth was Telemar Norte Leste (Oi), which increased its market share to 21.2% in June.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:14:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 08, 2009

­The South African cellular market reached a milestone of 50-million connections at the end of 2008 - but only 68% of these represented individual users, reports a study carried out by World Wide Worx, backed by First National Bank (FNB), and Research In Motion (RIM).

 

 

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Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 1:22:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Rwandan mobile operator, Rwandatel says that it missed its subscriber target for the first half of this year by 30%, but said that its market share had risen by 15%. According to company officials, Rwandatel had set a first half subscription target of 600,000 clients but managed only slightly above 420,000 active subscribers on June 30.

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According to figures from the Mobile World, at the end of Q1 '09, the operator had an estimated 260,000 customers, compared to 1.3 million at the only other operator, MTN. Last December, Millicom was granted the country's third mobile license after paying US$60 million for the 15 year license.

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 12:49:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­At the end of 2008 the Polish VoIP telephony market was worth PLN 440 million (US$139 million), with CaTV operators having generated the largest share of revenue in the segment. In recent years also fixed-line operators have included VoIP services into their offer.

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Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 12:12:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 02, 2009

Brazil’s telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom says that as of 25 June this year, a total of 1.42 million telephone numbers had been ported in the country, of which 958,286 (67%) were for mobile lines and 464,185 (33%) were fixed line connections. The agency went on to say that more than 1.93 million people have requested number portability (NP) under the government’s new regime, of which 65.5% are for mobile lines and the remainder for fixed telephony. NP was fully implemented nationwide on 2 March covering 193 million Brazilians in 67 different area codes.

Source: Telegeography

Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:57:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to India’s Economic Times, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revealed draft legislation for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP). Having previously indicated that it expected MNP to be implemented by 20 September 2009 in all metros and some states, the TRAI has fleshed out the details of the impending regulations. Under the proposals customers will only be permitted to switch providers after 90 days of service from their existing service provider, and will face a further 90 day wait if wanting to switch again. Subscribers will be required to submit a request in writing to their provider, which will then be responsible for carrying out a series of mandatory checks, including identity verification. The switching process must be completed within five days. Subscribers will face a fee for the service, although the level of this charge has not yet been decided; estimates for the fee are between INR250 (USD5.18) and INR400 (USD8.29). The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has already selected two companies – Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnect – to implement and manage MNP.

Source: Telegeography

Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:47:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Vodafone Fiji has launched a new service allowing its roughly 600,000 subscriber base to access the internet via a pre-paid mobile service. Until now, the option has only been available to users on a monthly contract. ‘The launch of our pre-paid mobile internet is exciting news for most of our customers, 90% of whom are on pre-paid plans’, said Pradeep Lal, the company's acting managing director, is quoted as saying.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:35:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digicel has confirmed it has been awarded a GSM licence in the Pacific island state of Nauru, and will become the country’s first wireless network operator when it launches in August. ‘Digicel's expansion into Nauru further adds to our Pan-Pacific presence as well as achieving the milestone of bringing a GSM network for the first time to Nauru,’ said Digicel Pacific CEO Vanessa Slowey. ‘Nauru can look forward to benefiting from a state-of-the art network, with affordable and accessible telecommunications for everyone.’ Minister for Telecommunications, Sprent Dabwido, said, ‘With no existing mobile operator to serve the 10,000 strong population, Digicel's arrival is a giant step forward for communications in Nauru and will benefit each and every individual in Nauru.’ In addition to offering voice services, Digicel will be launching a GPRS/EDGE-enabled network which will make internet access available to all areas of Nauru for the first time.

Nauru is the sixth market for Digicel in the Pacific, with existing operations in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, and its 32nd market worldwide.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:25:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Etisalat Nigeria has announced reaching the milestone of one million subscribers for its mobile network around seven months after launching in the country. The UAE-owned operator launched commercial GSM services in Nigeria in November 2008 in seven cities, and by the end of the year had just under 400,000 subscribers, boosted by its offer of free network-to-network calls for a six month period.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:15:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Reuters reports that Cuba’s National Statistics Office has released data for end-2008 showing there were 1.4 million fixed and mobile telephone lines in service, giving a total of 12.6 lines per 100 inhabitants in the country of 11.2 million, the lowest combined penetration in the region. The general public were only recently allowed to own mobile phones. The report added that there were a total of 630,000 computers in Cuba, with most understood to be in government offices, health facilities and schools, giving 13% of the population some form of access to the internet, but this is believed to be - in most cases - via a government intranet. No data was available for unrestricted access to the worldwide web.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:08:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Jordan’s Telecommunicaton Regulatory Commission (TRC) has announced that it will negotiate directly with the country’s mobile operators in a move to get 3G services launched by the end of this year, reports CommsMEA. The decision comes after last month’s 3G tender failed to produce a winning bid. Cellcos said at the time that the reserve price of JOD50 million (USD70 million), together with 15 annual licence fee payments of approximately JOD2.5 million, made for an unsustainable business case in a market like Jordan. The TRC had hoped to attract investors from Jordan and overseas when the delayed process began in March, but the only bidder, Orange Jordan, had its offer rejected because it did not comply with the terms and conditions of the bid. A spokeswoman for the TRC said Orange Jordan did not submit the required financial bond of JOD10 million. The bid also contained additional conditions which related to mobile spectrum and the ten month 3G exclusivity period, which Orange Jordan did not want to begin from the date the licence was awarded.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009 11:20:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |