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 Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Armenian mobile start-up Orange Armenia, part of the France Telecom (Orange) group, has announced the signing of its 100,000th customer, barely a month after launching services in the country on 5 November. In a statement, the company said it would welcome Ejmiatsin resident Veronika Arustamyan, who bought the 100,000th SIM card, to its head office on 9 December.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange launched cellular services in the Republic of Armenia promising to provide mobile users across the country with ‘the quality of service and innovative offers that have become the hallmark of Orange's reputation worldwide’. The launch of the country’s third mobile operator – the market is currently a duopoly of VivaCell-MTS and ArmenTel (Beeline) – has been eagerly anticipated since Orange was awarded its licence on 19 November 2008. In its press release, the Paris-based firm said that despite the relatively high penetration rate in the country (83.8% at 30 September according to TeleGeography's GlobalComms Database), there is strong demand for its services. With a population of around 3.2 million people, including 1.1 million in the capital Yerevan, Armenia offers the FT group ‘significant growth potential’, it said. In order to get the service off the ground, Orange has invested around EUR100 million (USD148.5 million) in the land-locked country, and going forward it intends to provide the necessary expertise and investment to ensure the development of a ‘high-quality 2G and 3G+ network offering nationwide coverage’. It had population coverage of over 80%, including around 500 towns and villages, at launch.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:53:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Afghanistan ministry of communications has officially opened a USD 70 million optical fibre project. Work on the project began in April 2007 and currently is 80 percent completed, with 17 provinces and 68 towns covered. The network is also connected to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran via fibre while Pakistan and Turkmenistan are set to be connected shortly.
Source: TelecomPaper
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:25:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Vietnamese mobile operators Viettel and MobiFone are hoping to launch 3G services before the end of the year. MobiFone is required to cover 100 percent of populated cities in 63 provinces with 3G services from December 2009. The company is reportedly in the final stages of rolling out 2,400 base stations. The operator plans to roll out 7,700 base stations over three years, VietNamNet writes. Rival Viettel is set to complete 3G tests in Ho Chi Minh City and plans to launch 3G services before year-end, six months ahead of schedule. Viettel is required to launch 3G services by June 2010. VinaPhone was the first Vietnamese operator to launch 3G services on 12 October this year.
Source: TelecomPaper
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:17:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of Saudi Arabia's mobile phone subscriptions topped 41 million at the end of the third quarter, according to the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission. This compares to a mobile penetration of 162 percent. The quarterly growth is caused by increased competition between the three mobile operators in a country that has a growing population of 25 million. While subscriptions numbers have increased Mobily was the only one of the three providers to record a rise in net profit for the third quarter, posting a higher than expected SAR 807 million. STC's profits declined by 20 per cent to SAR 2.4 billion while Zain Saudi Arabia posted a 26.3 percent increase of its net loss. Broadband subscriptions rose to almost 2 million at the end of the third quarter, up from 1.3 million in 2008, the data showed. Fixed lines stood at 4.17 million with a penetration rate of 68 percent, almost unchanged compared to 2008 which the commission blamed on strong demand for mobile services.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:15:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has announced that the number of mobile phone subscriptions reached 41.1 million at the end of September 2009, up from 33.6 million a year earlier. As mobile penetration exceeded 160%, the regulator revealed that over 85% of all subscriptions were to pre-paid deals, allowing consumers to own multiple SIMs and patronise whichever of the country’s three operators represents the best deal at any given time.

Meanwhile the broadband market continues to develop, with 1.98 million customers at the end of September 2009, 1.24 million of which were contracted to DSL-based services, while the remainder were subscribed to WiMAX and HSPA networks. The CITC estimated that 31 out of 100 households across the kingdom had access to broadband services at the same date. Fixed line subscription remained stable in the nine months ended 30 September 2009, with 4.1 million accesses in service and teledensity at 16.3%.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:12:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will begin the registration process of all GSM-enabled SIM cards in March 2010, the African Press Agency reports. According to Lolia Emakpore, the director of the regulator’s Consumer Affairs Bureau, the process will start simultaneously in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria and subscribers will have six months to register their details free of charge or face having their service disconnected. She added that the move will help curb crime perpetrated via mobile phones, such as fraud.

Source: Telegeography

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:04:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of active mobile virtual operators in the Netherlands at the end of Q3 was down by two compared to Q1 to a total 47. The virtual operators had 3.1 million customers at the end of September, up slightly from six months earlier, according to Telecompaper's latest report on the MVNO market. The share of VO subscribers, as a percentage of the entire mobile market, declined to 14.6 percent versus 16.9 percent a year ago, and was stable compared to March 2009.

The report finds that despite the effects of the economic crisis, regulation and competition, the VO market remains dynamic with more new entries and exits. Niche players, organisations with a large customer base and investors interested in exploiting the difference in wholesale and retail voice prices are attracted to the market, while mobile network operators see wholesale as a high-margin business and a way to sell excess capacity and target niche markets. Telecompaper sees data services as a still under-exploited area for virtual operators, but they will face high wholesale prices and will have a hard time entering the competitive market. The upcoming spectrum auction planned for early 2010 in the Netherlands may help some of the current VOs stay in business and new players enter the market.

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Source: TelecomPaper
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:01:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The French telecoms regulator, Arcep has finally awarded the country's fourth 3G license - to the sole bidder in the latest round, Free Mobile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Iliad group. Free Mobile has also taken numerous commitments, on commercial, contractual and technical levels, with respect to hosting mobile virtual network operators (MVNO). Among other things, it has committed to hosting full MVNOs on its network.Free Mobile has committed to launch its services within two years, and to cover at least 90% of the population with its 3G network within eight years.

This call for applications was a follow-up to those issued in 2000, 2001 and 2007. Three of the four 3G licences were awarded at the outcome of the first two calls for submissions: to SFR and Orange France in 2001 then to Bouygues Telecom in 2002. As the call for applications carried out in 2007 produced no results, a new procedure for awarding a licence for 5 MHz in the 2.1 GHz band was launched by the French government on August 1st 2009.

Arcep will award the frequency licence to Free Mobile in January 2010. The remaining spectrum in the 2.1 GHz band will be allocated through a new call for applications, which will be issued in the first half of 2010 and be open to all players. Finally, with a scheduled launch in the second half of 2010, Arcep is preparing the allocation procedures for the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz-band spectrum which will enable the deployment of LTE and WiMAX networks.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 15:52:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of cell phones in this nation of more than 192 million people reached 169.8 million last month, the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency, or Anatel, said Thursday.Some 1.7 million people acquired cell phones in Brazil in November, marking a 1 percent rise in sales compared to October, Anatel said.

The biggest subscriber growth - 29.6 percent - was registered by Vivo, a joint venture between Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom.Claro, which is controlled by Telmex, ranked second, reporting growth of 25.4 percent, followed by TIM, a unit of Telecom Italia, with 23.8 percent.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 15:49:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 21 December 2009

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that the government will invest EUR 4.5 billion to support the rollout of very high-speed broadband and the development of innovative services as part of a EUR 35 billion bond issue known as the "grand emprunt". Les Echos reports that Sarkozy announced five major priorities, higher education, research, digital, sustainable development and industry. Although details of how the funds will be allocated have yet to be unveiled, the public sector investment in the digital economy will be EUR 500 million more than the EUR 4 billion of funding recently sought by a commission on the digital economy. The president said "It is a matter of doing for very high-speed services what was done for fixed telephony in the 1970s".

The government will provide EUR 2 billion to enable 70 percent of the population to have access to at least 100 Mpbs services within the next 10 years. Private operators are expected to invest twice as much as the State, according to the president. While operators are ready to go it alone in densely populated areas, a national fund for the digital society will be formed to make loans to operators for shared infrastructure deployment. A public-private partnership is expected to be formed to launch a satellite offering very high-speed access within five years to 750,000 rural homes. The government will also invest EUR 2.5 billion in promoting the development of innovative content and new uses through public-private partnerships in intelligent networks, teleworking, telemedicine, health, government, justice and education. Part of the funds will go towards the constuction of large data processing and storage facilities.

Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, 21 December 2009 11:09:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange has officially inaugurated the LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network) cable in Reunion. The 1,000 km fibre optic cable connecting Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was lit on Reunion on 16 November. France Telecom, Orange Madagascar and Mauritius Telecom financed the WDM cable offering a potential speed of 1.28 Tbps. LION connects Madagascar to the broadband internet network and to secure the connection of the France Telecom's regional sites with two new stations in Reunion and Mauritius. These two islands represent the connection points for the SAT3-WASC-SAFE cable, which links Europe to Asia via the southern tip of Africa. The development of regional co-operation in the Indian Ocean could be further strengthened thanks to a project to extend the LION cable to Mombasa, Kenya, where there are several possibilities for interconnecting with other submarine cables.

Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, 21 December 2009 10:58:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Kigali Wireless Broadband (WiBro) Network and the Kigali Metropolitan Network (KMN) have been officially launched in Rwanda after two years of work on the infrastructure development. With the two projects, which were deployed by Korea Telecom, internet users in Kigali city will be able to enjoy data connectivity and VoIP services, the New Times reported. The two projects are in line with Rwanda's strategy to promote, expand and upgrade the local ICT infrastructure. Rwanda Development Board's CEO John Gara said that a total of 46 government institutions are already enjoying the connectivity.
The government targets over 4 million Rwandans with access to high-speed internet within the next two to three years, partly facilitated by the RWF 4.5 billion WiBro project. The KMN will increase broadband availability to more than 700 Rwandan institutions including schools, health-care centres and local government administrative centres. Korea Telecom was also contracted by the government in a related project to lay the national fibre-optic cable that will be linked to the undersea cable. The national backbone is expected to consist of a high-speed fibre-optic network that will link 36 main points in Rwanda's 30 districts, with a 2,300km cable running across the country. The RWF 22.7 billion project also includes training and managing the cable installation. KT was also contracted by the government to build the National Data Centre. The project had been expected to be completed by December this year but the finalising time was extended and it not yet clear when it will be completed.
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, 21 December 2009 10:15:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The OECD has released a new report supporting the mass roll-out of FTTH. The report estimates the potential cost savings for four public sectors at 0.5-1.0 percent per year, suggesting sufficient reason for governments to support the deployment of FTTH nationwide.

The estimates are based on (point-to-point) FTTH only, and do not include ADSL2+, VDSL2 and Docsis 3.0. The justification is that the maximum benefits of broadband can only be achieved if such a national network provides the maximum bandwidth, and also that the bandwidth can be easily expanded. The report authors also point to the importance of good upload speeds (in effect a symmetric connection) and low latency. The network also needs to be open access, to allow competition to fully mature.

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Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, 21 December 2009 09:25:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Paraguay's National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has granted mobile operator Tigo the license for universal service provision, local newspaper ABC reports. Tigo will receive subsidies of PYG 5 billion from the Universal Service Fund to deploy mobile telephony lines in areas currently not covered by the network of Paraguay's state-owned operator incumbent Copaco. Over the next six months, Tigo will have to deploy mobile phone lines in the department of San Pedro. The overall subsidies for this area reach PYG 1.15 billion. Additionally, subsidies for the department of Concepcion exceed PYG 2.28 billion, while the Amambay region has been assigned PYG 1.12 billion and the Canindeyu area will receive up to PYG 377 million in universal service subsidies.

Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, 21 December 2009 09:15:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Spanish telecommunications regulator CMT has fined incumbent operator Telefonica for delaying the provision of naked ADSL wholesale services.
The fine reaches EUR 11 million. CMT set regulations for naked DSL wholesale access in March 2008. The regulator granted Telefonica a period of four months from that date to start offering the service to alternative operators. The current sanction against Telefonica follows a series of complaints from Vodafone. After months of investigation, CMT found that Telefonica is "directly responsible for committing a very serious infringement" against regulations for provision of naked ADSL wholesale services. According to the CMT resolution, the Spanish incumbent operator delayed by one year the implementation of the bitstream access service provision, limiting the ability of alternative operators to compete on a market dominated by Telefonica. Telefonica plans to appeal the CMT ruling, Cinco Dias reports.
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, 21 December 2009 09:11:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BNamericas reports that Peruvian digital trunking specialist Nextel will launch mobile broadband services over its own 3G network tomorrow, citing local newspaper reports quoting company president Miguel Rivera. The executive said that Nextel Peru has invested USD125 million to deploy the 3G network.

Nextel won 3G spectrum in the 1900MHz band in 2007 and spent much of 2009 trialling the technology before launching an operational centre for 3G services in San Borja in October. Rivera previously said the operator planned to offer 3G services across its entire area of operations, but has since clarified this by saying that it will offer mobile telephony services in just three districts during the first months of 2010, with plans to expand coverage to 100 new districts during the rest of the year. Nextel will offer the service over a network deployed by Chinese company Huawei. The monthly cost of the post-paid service will be PEN99,219 soles (USD34.76).


Monday, 21 December 2009 09:00:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BNamericas reports that Costa Rica's state-owned telecoms monopoly ICE has signed an agreement with the environment, energy and telecommunications ministry Minaet which paves the way for a much anticipated mobile spectrum auction. Costa Rica is due to be one of the last countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to liberalise its mobile telephony market, as required by the Central America and Dominican Republic free trade agreement with the US (CAFTA-DR). President Oscar Arias is expected to now instruct telecoms regulator Sutel to launch an auction, possibly before the end of the year: Digicel, Cable & Wireless, America Movil, Millicom and Telefonica have all expressed interest in entering the market. Some 100MHz of frequencies in the 850MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands will be up for grabs. The new licences are expected to be awarded by June 2010.

In related news, ICE said it has already sold 2,377 3G connections since the new network went live last week. In addition, some 1,711 TDMA customers had migrated to the new network, retaining their numbers.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, 21 December 2009 08:58:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vietnamese mobile operator MobiFone has officially launched its W-CDMA/HSDPA network, local news source VietNamNet reports. MobiFone’s subscribers are now able to enjoy services such as videocalling, mobile TV offering 32 channels, and high speed internet at download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. The company has launched a number of mobile internet packages ranging in price from VND3,000 (USD0.16) per day to VND50,000 for 30 days. MobiFone is the second cellco in the country to provide 3G services, after Vinaphone launched its offering in October this year. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MobiFone is majority-owned by state-run national PTO Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Corporation (VNPT) through its Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services (VMS) division. It was awarded a licence to provide third-generation services in April 2009.

In a separate but related story, military-run cellco Viettel has launched trial 3G services in 17 cities and provinces in preparation for a commercial launch in early 2010. Viettel first launched trial 3G services in Ho Chi Minh City in October 2009, and has now expanded the service to Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Can Tho in the south, together with some northern provinces.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, 21 December 2009 08:55:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Another new player has announced its entry to the crowded Indian wireless sector, with STel, which is 49%-owned by Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco), launching commercial GSM-based services in the Himachal Pradesh circle. According to the Business Standard, STel plans to expand its areas of operation before the end of the year, and has announced plans to launch in Bihar and Orissa within the next ten days. The cellco also holds licences to offer services in Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Assam, and it expects to introduce its services in at least three more circles before the end of the first quarter of 2010.

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Source: TeleGeography
Monday, 21 December 2009 08:50:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Azeri mobile operator Azerfon has announced the launch of third-generation services across the country, local news source Azerbaijan Business Centre reports. The cellco’s subscribers will be able to enjoy services such as videocalling and high speed internet at download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Azerfon’s 3G network was launched in the cities of Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Shirvan, Nakhchivan, Mingachevir, Tovuz and Shamkir, as well as in the Absheron Peninsula. The company plans to expand services to other regions in the near future. Azerfon has also launched a new brand for its 3G products and service in cooperation with its strategic partner Vodafone, following an agreement signed with the UK-based company in July 2009. According to Azerfon’s general director, Gido Helbich, the new Azerfon-Vodafone brand signifies a fresh stage in the development of the country’s cellular communications. ‘We are glad that five months after signing of a strategic partnership document with Azerfon, we will be able to launch a joint brand and offer our global services for Azerbaijani users,’ commented Richard Daly, Vodafone’s executive director for partner markets.

As reported by CommsUpdate, Azerfon became the country’s first 3G licensee earlier this month after the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) awarded the cellco a concession for AZN11,000 (USD13,600). The company has so far invested USD20 million in its 3G network.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, 21 December 2009 08:45:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Malawian telecoms operator Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has launched its W-CDMA/HSDPA network enabling subscribers to access services such as videocalling, mobile TV and high speed internet offering download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps, local daily Nyasa Times reports. Charles Kamoto, head of TNM’s Commercial Services division, said the service is initially only available to post-paid subscribers but pre-paid customers will soon have access to the service. Kamoto added: ‘Most less developed nations do not have this service on board for their customers but in Malawi we are very aggressive, we believe that our customers need quality, they need top-notch services and that is why we had to bring [them] this 3.5G technology.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TNM is Malawi’s second largest cellco by subscribers with a market share of 32% at 30 September 2009. The company’s sole rival in the market, Zain Malawi, took the remaining 68% share of customers at the same date, and was awarded a 3G concession last month.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, 21 December 2009 08:43:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
India ended November with 366.77 million GSM mobile subscribers, up from 355.69 million in October, according to figures from the industry association COAI.
In total, India's GSM mobile subscribers grew by 11.08 million. Bharti Airtel remained market leader with a market share of 31.63 percent and 116 million subscribers, up from 113.2 million GSM subscribers a month earlier. Vodafone Essar saw its subscriber base rise to 88.6 million, from 85.82 million in October, and its market share was 24.16 percent. BSNL ended the month with 55.18 million customers, up from 53.96 million in the previous month, and its market share was 15.05 percent. Idea Cellular was in fourth place with 55.9 million customers and a market share of 15.24 percent, while Aircel ended the month with 29.35 million customers and a market share of 8 percent. Reliance Telecom had 14.6 million customers and a market share of 3.98 percent, and MTNL grew its subscriber base to 4.5 million and its market share stood at 1.23 percent. Loop Mobile, which operates only in Mumbai, saw its subscriber base reach 2.59 million and its market share is 0.71 percent.
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, 21 December 2009 08:41:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Singapore’s telecoms regulator the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is implementing new rules governing the maximum length of time any operator can lock a customer into a contract for fixed, mobile or broadband services. From March 2010, any consumer wishing to renew or sign up to a new contract for any of the above will not be locked into the contract for more than 24 months. Also from March next year, anyone signing a contract term longer than three months
and who end their contract before the end of the contract period will no longer have to pay a fixed early termination charge. Instead the IDA is putting in place new rules under which the consumer will see these charges decreased on a month-by-month basis as they serve out their contract. The IDA hopes the new rules will ensure that industry practices in the city-state are more reasonable and fair, and have been prompted by users’ concerns that contract lengths risk becoming too long and early termination charges excessively high.

Source: Telegeography

Monday, 21 December 2009 08:35:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Evaluation Committee of Solomon Islands Telecommunication has decided to award a mobile network operating licence to bemobile, a company backed by international fund GEMS in partnership with US-based telecoms investor Trilogy International Partners. bemobile, which already provides services in Papua New Guinea, beat a rival application from Digicel Group to break the monopoly of Our Telekom. The new licence requires the launch of services within six months and the provision of coverage to 81% of the population within 21 months. The Evaluation Committee said it hoped there will be other opportunities for Digicel or other interested parties to enter the Solomon Islands market in the future. Trilogy International Partners also operates mobile networks in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and New Zealand.

Source: Telegeography

Monday, 21 December 2009 08:30:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 18 December 2009

According to Egypt’s Communications Minister, Tarek Kamel, the country is currently preparing a USD1 billion plan aimed at boosting internet penetration fourfold in the next four years, Reuters reports. Commenting on the proposals Mr Kamel said: ‘Most of the investments...will primarily go in local investment in increasing the local capacity.’ It is understood that such local investment will be ploughed in to a combination of wireless and wired services covering both rural and urban areas, and will follow up the country’s investment in international broadband cable systems that is expected to at least double the capacity coming into the country from the current 60Gbps. The minister also noted that the government is targeting a broadband penetration rate of 20% by end-2013, equivalent to enabling access to connections to around four million households.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, as at end-2008 Egypt’s broadband penetration stood at just 0.9%, with a total of 696,305 high speed internet subscribers in the country. TE Data, a subsidiary of fixed line monopoly provider Telecom Egypt, dominates the sector, controlling more than half of all broadband subscribers at September 2009, with 479,819.

Source: Telegeography

Friday, 18 December 2009 11:00:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

KPN Telecom of the Netherlands yesterday announced plans to connect up to 1.3 million Dutch households to high speed fibre-optic networks by the end of 2012, up from the 460,000 it has currently. The telco is looking to work with joint venture partner Reggefiber to facilitate a phased rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology; KPN holds a 41% stake in the venture which was established last year. In a statement, KPN said: ‘By 2012, KPN targets some 600,000 to 800,000 active customers on fibre-to-the-home and fibre-to-the-curb combined, roughly corresponding to 10% of Dutch households.’ The former monopoly operator went on to say that it is unlikely that Reggefiber will be consolidated on the KPN balance sheet before 2012.

Source: Telegeography

Friday, 18 December 2009 10:38:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bell Aliant and the Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) have announced the completion of the rollout of broadband infrastructure to virtually all areas of the island following an expansion project costing CAD8.2 million (USD7.7 million) and bringing more than 21,000 additional homes and businesses under the coverage footprint in 2009. In addition, the telco and the provincial authorities announced the launch of the Rural Broadband Fund (RBF), a five-year strategic partnership to support innovation in information technology across PEI. Applications for RBF funding will be considered for one- or two-year projects.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, 18 December 2009 10:34:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bahraini incumbent Batelco today launched an ADSL broadband package with download speeds up to a maximum 16Mbps. The telco previously increased its downlink speed cap from 2Mbps to 10Mbps in June 2009.

Source: Telegeography

Friday, 18 December 2009 10:30:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Tele2 is to buy a majority share of Kazakhstan based mobile operator Neo (the trading name for Mobile Telecom-Service). The company is paying around SEK 550 million (US$77 million) for 51 percent of the shares and commit to a capital injection of around SEK 360 million (US$50.6 million) once the transaction has been finalized. The seller is Kazakhstan's dominant landline operator, KazakhTelecom who also owns a 49% stake in GSM Kazakhstan (Kcell), which is a far larger mobile network operator, in terms of subscriber base.

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Neo is the smallest of the country's three GSM networks, and estimates from the Mobile World put its subscriber base at just under 1.5 million at the end of Q3 '09. This represented a market share of 9.2%. The two other operators are Kazakhstan-Rumeli Telecom, controlled by Russia's Vimpelcom and GSM Kazakhstan (Kcell), which is controlled by TeliaSonera's Fintur Holding.

Source: Cellular News
Friday, 18 December 2009 10:24:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Spain added 143,603 mobile lines in October, bringing the total number to 52.43 million, up by 3.8 percent over the same month of 2008, according to the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT.

Over the last three months, MVNOs won 53.78 percent of the total new additions, Movistar 44.17 percent, Yoigo 25.02 percent and Orange won 0.30 percent, while Vodafone lost 23.27 percent in the period. Mobile penetration reached 113.6 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 109.5 in October 2008. The M2M sector went up by 24.0 percent over the same period last year, to over 1.78 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 54.21 million. Some 397,118 mobile phone numbers were ported in October, up by 17.4 percent versus the same period last year. Yoigo, the MVNOs, Orange and Movistar saw a positive balance in portability, while Vodafone registered a negative balance. Yoigo won 22,044 users, the MVNOs added 8,411 users, Orange won 12,348 ported customers, while Movistar added 6,019 users. Vodafone lost 50,214 customers in the month. Spanish operators added a record 79,917 broadband users in October, reaching a total base of 9.60 million lines, up by 8.0 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 20.8 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines rose by 64,885 connections or by 8.8 percent over the same period of 2008, reaching a total of 7.75 million lines at the end of October. Some 15,032 cable modem lines were added in the month, reaching a total of 1.84 million lines. The overall number of fixed lines dropped by 9,070, to 19.83 million lines at the end of October.

Fixed penetration reached 43 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 44.1 in the year-earlier month. Over 133,307 fixed numbers were ported in October, up by 25.1 percent versus 106,548 fixed numbers ported in October 2008.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, 15 December 2009 15:41:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 09 December 2009

­Healthcare in Europe is facing major challenges in both structural reform and unavailability of resources as the region's working population is far lower in comparison to those of 'non-working' age. This calls for the introduction of new schemes in healthcare that would enable Europe to deal with issues pertaining to the growing ageing population. The involvement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in healthcare is evident from the fact that in recent years, the number of Internet users for health purposes has increased considerably. This is basically in the form of purchasing health products and services, and also for communicating with peers and healthcare professionals.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that if the key stakeholders of the healthcare sector do not adapt and align themselves to the objectives of e-healthcare, it would negatively impact the success of implementing the new system.

"Strong incentives and compensation should be provided to stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum so that they fully embrace the new e-services as part of their work," advises Frost & Sullivan ICT Programme Manager Luke Thomas. "Furthermore, proper training and guidance on client devices, systems and networks are required from the outset to avoid unnecessary teething problems in the initial phases."

E-healthcare has generally been considered an investment in ICT rather than healthcare. Hence, in order to boost investments in e-healthcare, it should be promoted as a technological revolution in healthcare that would help healthcare stakeholders to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their services.

One of the main concerns of the aged population is the fast changing technology, which often results in the reluctance to embrace new technology. If technology is made seemingly less complicated and more user-friendly, the problem of resistance from the aged in adopting the new technology could be mitigated as well.

"Due to the increase in the ageing population in Europe, the cost of healthcare is also rising exponentially," cautions Thomas. "Given the current economic downturn, hospitals in Europe are in a challenging position in terms of receiving sizeable funds from the government for e-healthcare - especially when they are not able to justify the return on investment in using these new services."

The creation of technology that is interoperable and capable of being integrated into the systems and solutions of market participants is essential for success. R&D should emphasise the creation of 'plug-in' technology into devices, systems and solutions marketed by industry leaders.

Although reimbursement and technology-related issues will remain barriers, they are not insurmountable.

"With all the benefits that e-healthcare confers, not to mention the convenience and satisfaction, more users will be gained," comments Thomas. "Ultimately, consumer demand and favourable cost-benefit ratios will continue to drive technological refinement, financial incentives and large-scale adoption."

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:36:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­A survey of Turkish operator, Turkcell's VINN modem subscribers found that 34% of Turkcell's customers who now use VINN 3G modems have become Internet subscribers for the first time.

Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv said: "Turkcell 3G, with its speed and mobility, has introduced Turkish customers to the Internet and helped them get easier, and thus more frequent, access to the Internet. Turkcell has always been passionate about 3G and its potential to help increase Internet usage in Turkey. We continue to be the leader in 3G in Turkey with the widest coverage, the fastest mobile Internet, the best quality and most affordable service."

Turkcell 3G in numbers:

  • Turkcell has sold about 200,000 VINN modems and netbooks since it introduced 3G on July 30th 2009
  • The number of people in Turkey who have transitioned to 3G since July 30th is more than 4 million
  • There are about 2 million active 3G users in Turkey
  • The number of Turkcell subscribers who have used Turkcell's video service has reached 1 million
  • About 72% of Turkcell's total data traffic takes place within the 3G network
  • 93% of VINN modem users prefer 4GB packages and 78% of VINN subscribers use Turkcell 3G for their broadband Internet needs

This research was conducted in November 2009 among Turkcell's VINN modem subscribers.

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:34:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The French ministry of the economy has launched the 'Haut Debit Pour Tous ('Broadband for All') certification, an initiative intended to help meet the government's Digital France 2012 objectives of making broadband services available to 100 percent of the population by 2012. Operators providing broadband service, including equipment, for a maximum of EUR 35 per month to all of the residents of a mainland France departement are entitled to use the label. To qualify, the service must deliver at least 512 kbps downloads and 96 kbps uploads, and can be capped at 2 GB of data transfer per month.The ministry has set up a website for the certification at
Source: TelecomPaper
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:33:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The state-owned telecoms network in Burma/Myanmar is to expand its CDMA network capacity by some 150,000 lines in the two main cities of Yangon and Mandalay this month, reports the Chinese Xhinua news agency.

Significantly, the capacity of the restricted network in the new capital city, Naypyidaw is not being affected. Phone services in the capital are even more tightly regulated than usual for other areas in the military run country.

The number of CDMA phone lines stood 205,500, while that of GSM phones hit 375,800 and auto-phones reached 153,344 in the country in 2008, according to statistics.

The Mobile World analysts estimates that the country had nearly 540,000 subscribers, representing a population penetration level of just 1.2%.

The 3G phones were selling for 2.8 million Kyat (US$ 2150), while a GSM costs about 2.3 million Kyat (US$ 1800). A CDMA costs about 2.1 million Kyat (US$ 1615). The prices put the phones out of reach of ordinary citizens and limits them to the government or favoured business contacts.

Government and military contacts tend to find it easier to get the paperwork to own a mobile phone - but often then rent out those phones to business users.

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:28:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­More than 30,000 people in 175 Amazon villages will get access to e-health and e-education services through mobile broadband. Ericsson and mobile network operator, Vivo are part of a group that will bring mobile broadband connectivity to the Amazonian state of Pará in Brazil.

Among other applications, the project will implement the mobile survey tool that will be used to monitor environmental impacts, diagnose patients, facilitate communication with the communities, and run studies to monitor the life quality index.

Roberto Lima, President of Vivo, Brazil's largest operator, says: "We believe and are working to show that a connected Brazil can do more. This is our motto and a partnership like this reinforces our commitment in attending to and understanding Brazil's development. We will create a learning network through the use of mobile devices to build local educational setup, and to also exchange information."

A recent research by Deloitte shows that a 10 percent increase in mobile penetration leads to a 1.2 percent increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in developing countries.

Fatima Raimondi, President of Ericsson Brazil, says: "Mobile communications play an important role in helping communities to develop on a sustainable basis. Working in partnership means we can achieve things we wouldn't be able to do alone."

Under the scope of the project, Vivo will operate and maintain the infrastructure. The Vivo Institute will develop methodologies and practices for network learning, spreading the opportunities offered by the project. Ericsson will develop and implement the necessary solutions, services and applications for the project. The Saúde & Alegria project will offer local support and will be responsible for training communities, giving guidelines for the use of the application. During the first phase of the project 15 communities will be covered.

The initiative also includes Sony Ericsson, the government of Belterra, CPqD (Brazilian research institute for telecom and IT companies) and the Albert Einstein Hospital, among others.

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:18:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange Kenya has announced plans to start trials of its 3G service this week. CEO Michael Ghossein told Business Daily that the trials were a major strategic shift in Orange Kenya's revenue model. According to industry watch body WCIS, Orange Kenya has 6 percent of the mobile market compared to Safaricom's 77 percent, Zain's 14 percent and Yu's 3 percent. Telkom said it believed that 3G could give it the impetus to increase its revenues significantly.

Source: TelecomPaper

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:14:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has officially begun to build a 1,401km backbone, the 'Mataram Kupang Cable System'. The Mataram-Kupang Cable System will be part of the Palapa Ring configuration. The Palapa Ring is a government initiated project which will roll out an optical fibre network consisting of 35,280km of submarine cable and 21,708km of inland cable.
The network will form seven rings and cover 33 provinces and 460 districts in eastern Indonesia. Telkom will start by building a sea link to connect Mataram and Kupang which will have a capacity of 300 Gbps. Telkom has also been rolling out fibre in other parts of the country as part of its Telkom Super Highway plan. Additionally, Telkom will launch a satellite next year, the Telkom 3.
Source: TelecomPaper
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:11:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

India’s two state-owned operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), have announced that they will not meet the deadline for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP). According to the Economic Times, both claim they have been unable to introduce the necessary upgrades to their systems to allow for number portability; MTNL says its delay stems from the amount of time and money needed to upgrade its legacy network, while BSNL has claimed it has been hindered by a number of factors ranging from the lack of a draft interconnect agreement to issues regarding tariffs for off-net and on-net calls, as its network will not support differential charging.

At a recent meeting chaired by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) secretary regarding MNP, both BSNL and MTNL revealed that they would not be ready to offer the service before April 2010. As a result the regulator has inaugurated a coordination committee with both operators, alongside MNP Interconnection Telecom Services India and Syniverse, the two companies picked to run the country’s MNP services. The government had previously set a 31 December deadline for implementing the MNP regime for the Metro and Category A circles, with the remaining regions to come online by June 2010.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:09:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-run telco Myanma Posts and Telecommunications plans to deploy 150,000 additional CDMA-based limited mobility wireless phone connections in two major cities, Yangon and Mandalay, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. The existing CDMA networks in Yaragon and Mandalay will be expanded by 100,000 and 50,000 lines respectively, using 800MHz equipment, at a cost of around USD500 per new connection. Active CDMA lines in Myanmar numbered 205,000 at the beginning of the year, compared to 375,000 GSM mobile users. Meanwhile, the authorities also say they are aiming to introduce video calling and other 3G applications over a planned W-CDMA mobile network.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:07:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Bulgaria's mobile operators have agreed to reduce the prices of calls after being asked to do so in a meeting with the country's Prime Minister Boiko Borissov.
During a meeting which took place on 1 December between Bulgaria's Prime Minster, Vivacom's CEO Bernard Moscheni, Globul's CEO Haris Kotsibos, M-Tel's CEO Andreas Maierhofer and the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)'s chairperson Veselin Bozhkov, Borissov said that the government did not want to interfere in the free market, but asked mobile operators to lower their call prices for the benefit of ordinary people. He also said that CRC should strictly enforce the European regulatory framework and the European best practice. Vivacom said in a press release that the country's regulator was expected to approve the agreement between the government and the three operators. M-Tel's Maierhofer told Borissov that competition on the Bulgarian mobile phone market was strong, resulting in price decreases of an average of 30 percent per year.
Source: TelecomPaper
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:03:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Six new telecommunication operators have joined the ACE consortium which is rolling out a submarine cable system from France to South Africa.

The new operators are Etisalat Nigeria, Expresso Telecom Group (Mauritania, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria), Globalink (Sierra Leone), Mauritius Telecom, Office Congolais de Poste et Telecommunication (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Sierratel (Sierra Leone). In addition, Baharicom Development Company, supported by the Nepad's (New Partnership for Africa's Development) eAfrica Commission of the African Union, joined ACE as a major partner in October, to jointly build the ACE system, Broadband News reported. The ACE consortium currently comprises 25 parties: Baharicom Development Company, Benin Telecoms, Camtel, Cote d'Ivoire Telecom, Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicacoes, Etisalat Nigeria, Expresso Telecom Group, France Telecom, Gamtel, Getesa, Globalink, Maroc Telecom, Mauritano-Tunisienne des Telecommunications, Mauritius Telecom, Office Congolais de Poste et Telecommunication, Orange Bissau, Orange Cameroun, Orange Cote d'Ivoire, Orange Guinee, Orange Mali, Orange Niger, Orange Spain, Sierratel, Sonatel and Togo Telecom. The ACE submarine cable system, which will be more than 14,000 km long, will be ready for service in 2011. The system will offer a minimum capacity of 1.92 Tbps.

Source: TelecomPaper

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 14:59:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 08 December 2009

La apertura del mercado costarricense de telefonía celular se demorará por lo menos hasta el 2011.

Desde hace 10 años Costa Rica está perdiendo lo que era una posición privilegiada en materia de telecomunicaciones. Las estadísticas de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT) señalan que el país, con 1.800.000 líneas celulares, ocupa el lugar 160 en una lista global de 225.

Con 42 líneas por cada 100 habitantes, Costa Rica ya quedó muy por detrás de sus vecinos centroamericanos. Panamá tiene 115, El Salvador 113, Guatemala 109, Honduras 85, Nicaragua, 55. Dentro del continente americano, solamente Cuba y Haití están peor.
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Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:40:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) has issued a licence to provide third generation wireless services to mobile operator Azerfon, APA-Economics reports, citing Azerfon’s general director Gido Helbich. Azerfon, which operates under the Nar Mobile banner, has already deployed a 3G network across the country and plans to initially launch services in the 2100MHz frequency range in Baku, Absheron and other regions of the country. All mobile operators are expected to receive licences from the MCIT in due course, each for the price of AZN11,000 (USD13,600). A separate report by the same news source states that the country’s two other GSM operators, Azercell and Bakcell, have not received their licences as they have not yet submitted the relevant documents detailing the operators’ 3G network rollout progress and coverage, among other things. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Azercell was the country’s largest cellco by subscribers at 30 September 2009 with a customer base of around 3.69 million, followed by Bakcell with an estimated 1.59 million and Azerfon with 1.45 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:30:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Installation of the first cable landing station of the East African Submarine System (EASSy) will commence this week in Mozambique, according to an announcement by the consortium’s largest investor The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC). The twelve-telco strong consortium will roll out landing stations in nine African countries and provide high speed terrestrial connectivity to around a dozen landlocked nations. Cable laying is scheduled for completion in April 2010, with a ready-for-service date set for end-June.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:28:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Iranmobin, reportedly the largest stakeholder in Iran’s Telecommunication Infrastructure Company (TIC, a unit of fixed line monopoly Telecommunication Company of Iran), has formed a 50/50 equity joint venture with C-Ring Telecom, a subsidiary of Russian long-distance operator Synterra, reports Islamic News ( The new venture has forged an agreement with Azerbaijan’s AzTelekom to work towards collaborating on the rollout of a new fibre-optic ring around the Caspian Sea to handle Europe-Asia voice and data transmission and improve internet service delivery in the Caspian region. Russian and Iranian state and company officials signed joint venture documents at a trade and economic cooperation summit in Tehran, whilst TIC also signed an agreement with another Russian carrier, Rostelecom, to share international transmission links.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:20:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Philippines’ dominant telecoms group Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has revealed it will be ready to roll out broadband over powerlines (BPL) technology in six to twelve months, the Daily Inquirer reports. The telco’s move into BPL technology is a by-product of the group’s acquisition of a controlling stake in the country’s largest power distribution company Manila Electric Co (Meralco), and will allow PLDT to offer broadband services to virtually all Meralco’s 24 million-strong customer base in and around Metro Manila. According to PLDT chairman Manuel V Pangilinan, BPL trials in parts of Malabon, started in July and ‘seem to be doing fine’. The chairman went on the say though that more needs to be done and that a widespread rollout timetable would tend to suggest a six- to twelve-month timeframe.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:15:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mexican fixed line incumbent Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) has said that it will not increase the cost of its services to all of its customers in order to offset recent increases in taxes levied on telecoms firms. However, according to Reuters, Telmex has revealed that subscribers taking just its fixed line voice service will see increases; by contrast, those that are signed up to the telco’s packages that include a broadband service will see no price rise. ‘In Telmex packages that include a monthly fee, local and long distance calls, digital services, and high speed internet , the prices will remain the same. Telmex will not transfer these costs over to clients,’ the company said in a statement.

The move comes after Mexico's Chamber of Representatives, the lower house of the Congress of the Union approved legislation introducing a 3% excise tax on telecommunication services in October 2009; initial proposals had called for the tax to be 4%, but lawmakers reduced the levy by one percentage point. The Mexican Senate subsequently approved the plans later that same month.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:11:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil’s telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom says that as at 30 November 2009 the total number of number portability requests received from customers reached 3.95 million. Of the total, around 2.58 million were for mobile numbers and 1.36 million for fixed line connections. Moreover, the standards agency confirmed that 3.05 million requests have been completed, the majority of which – 69% - are for mobile lines. Brazil opened the door for number portability when it implemented a partial NP system in September 2008. It has now been available nationwide since 2 March 2009 to than 193 million users in Brazil's 67 different area codes.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:08:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Following public consultation, Spain’s Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio has announced it will incorporate universal broadband service with a minimum downstream speed of 1Mbps. The ministry has said that it will spend the next few months modifying the regulatory framework for universal service, as well as updating licensing processes, with a view to introducing the new minimum speed limit from 1 January 2011. According to the government respondents to the consultation agreed with the principle of technological neutrality for delivery of universal broadband services, while the establishment of download caps were also supported.

Incumbent Telefonica has reportedly expressed an interest in being designated as universal service provider nationwide across all telecoms sectors, including payphones and directories. Other operators who have come forward with a view to being designated universal service providers include Vodafone Spain, Orange Espana and Euskaltel.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:07:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-owned telco TOT yesterday announced the launch of commercial 3G services over its 2.1GHz W-CDMA/HSPA ‘TOT 3G’ network in Bangkok, although with only one of the five planned private mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) making packages available on the first day. Samart I-Mobile launched yesterday under the I-Mobile 3G X brand, targeting 20,000 users within a month and 200,000 within a year – although TOT has allocated it only 100,000 phone numbers initially – and is focusing on broadband download content, video calls and other high bandwidth services. TOT itself signed up 5,000 3G customers in advance – after offering the service to employees and some 10,000 existing customers of its GSM subsidiary Thai Mobile, the network of which provided the basis for the initial 3G rollout in the capital over 548 base stations. The Bangkok Post writes that TOT’s 3G post-paid packages require a user to acquire a new SIM card – given free along with a new handset to Thai Mobile users – and sign up for a twelve-month subscription, with the cheapest combined voice/data option costing THB199 (USD6) per month for 199 inclusive minutes of both voice and video calls, plus 199MB of data usage. A THB699 monthly plan includes 699 minutes of voice and video calls each, plus 1GB of data. To provide 2G services nationwide, TOT has signed a network roaming agreement with Advanced Info Service (AIS) for twelve months. An AIS spokesperson commenting on the launch expressed the hope that a strong consumer response to TOT’s launch could spur the government to accelerate the long-awaited auction for additional 2.1GHz licences, which has been pushed back to around February next year at the earliest.

At the inauguration ceremony for TOT 3G, Thailand’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Ranongruk Suwanchawee reaffirmed that TOT would move ahead with a plan to roll out a nationwide 2.1GHz network, which has been caught up in government red tape including repeated requests for the company to revise its business plan. According to Thai newspaper The Nation, the minister said TOT was expected to call for international bids for procurement of the nationwide network in April. TOT's existing 3G network in Bangkok has a capacity for 500,000 subscribers, a level which Ranongruk said she believed would be reached by February.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:04:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |