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 Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tele2 Sweden has launched a fixed line substitution service offering home telephone and internet access services via its cellular network and femtocell devices. ‘Tele2 Hemtelefoni via mobilnatet’ gives the user a fixed telephone number (or alternatively, allows them to use an existing PSTN number) and usage of a femtocell box with internal antenna giving three times the signal strength of average cellular reception in the home, according to the company’s website. Normal home phones can be used with the service. Availability is within Tele2's 2G cellular footprint for voice telephony, and within its 3G coverage area for internet access.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:08:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Data from the Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum shows that 102,000 wireless subscribers have switched operators but kept the same phone number since August 2009. 2degrees has enjoyed the largest gain, with 65,000 users porting their number to the newcomer, 80% of which moved from Vodafone. For its part Vodafone has unveiled a new cut-price plan, offering 200 minutes of landline and mobile calls for NZD12 (USD8.5) per month. However, the company’s head of corporate communications Paul Brislen says the new tariff is not a reaction to the mobile number portability (MNP) figures. Vodafone also revealed that it is investing NZD500 million in extending its 3G network to reach 97% of the population.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:07:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The cheaper, the better seems to be the flavor of the season. After the launch of the cheapest mobile by Vodafone recently, a new handset has been launched in Venezuela claiming itself to be the cheapest and perhaps the cheapest mobile in the world. The phone has a camera, WAP internet access, FM radio and MP3 and MP4 players for music and videos, all of this at a price of $15 (nearly £10).

The handset has been launched by the president of the country, Hugo Chavez on the occasion of Mothers Day. Vergatorio, the name given to the handset has been predicted as the best seller worldwide. Vergatorio might emerge as an instant hit because as the retail price has been cut by government subsidy to a quarter of the manufacturing cost.

The waiting list for the first 10,000 units is expected to be released this week and production this year has been set at 600,000, rising to 2 million in 2011. According to Hugo Chavez, this telephone will be the biggest seller not only in Venezuela but the world and that whoever doesn’t have a Vergatario is nothing.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:05:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Launch of mobile service Mobi Cash has been announced by the major wireless and fixed line telecom operator in Morocco, Maroc Telecom, in partnership with Comviva which provides mobile solutions beyond VAS.

Comviva’s mobiquit mCommerce solution will be used by the Moroccan operator enabling mobile operators and financial institutions to offer secured and cost-effective mobile banking, mobile wallet and mobile payment services.
According to Sabri Amireh, Vice President, MENA Region, Comviva, the company is focusing strongly on delivering mCommerce solutions for the rapidly growing markets, as demand for transformational mobile financial services is significant.

As per a research, mobile phone will be used by over 100 million users globally for international money transfers by 2013. The mobile international transfers are expected to exceed an average of one transaction per month. Western Europe, North America and Africa and Middle East (MEA) will account for more than 75% of the global international mobile money transfer gross transaction value by 2013.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:04:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The total number of ADSL and cable broadband subscriptions in Hungary climbed by 17,000 in February 2010 for a month-end total of 1.802 million, the National Telecommunications Authority (NHH) reports. However, the total for fixed line telephones dipped from 3.055 million in January 2010 to 3.040 million a month later, it added. Of the total for broadband connections, ADSL accounted for 811,000, while cable lines climbed 15,000 in the month to 991,000, the NHH said.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:16:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Kenya’s telecoms regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that the country’s four cellcos – Safaricom, Zain, Econet and Orange – will be required to start offering mobile number portability (MNP) from July. The move marks the beginning of the end of a protracted and repeatedly delayed process. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2004 the CCK announced that MNP would be introduced as early as 1 July 2005. The deadline was later pushed back, however, and in 2007 MNP was postponed indefinitely, with operators complaining about the high costs involved with setting up the system. The CCK launched a public consultation on MNP in November 2008, saying it hoped to have number portability implemented by September 2009, although this too was delayed.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:14:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tripling of 3G communications capacity has been planned by national fixed line and mobile operator ArmenTel by the end of 2010. Working under the Beeline trademark of its parent Vimpelcom, more than 100,000 subscribers currently use the cellco’s mobile internet services, including 3G.

The Russian parent of the telco after the successful trials of a test LTE network in Kazakhstan has planned to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Armenia.

According to Armentel CEO Igor Klimko, it is very important to note that the decision on frequency harmonisation, in which the LTE network construction will be permitted in Armenia, will also have an impact on its plans and it is felt that frequencies within 700MHz-800MHz harmonisation will be optimal. Mixed views have been generated by the rivals of the telco.  4G service based on LTE technology is intended to be generated by VivaCell-MTS during 2010. Orange Armenia has made it clear that it does not plan to replace 3G+ (HSPA) technology with 4G.

Source: Wireless Federation.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:13:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Long anticipated tender for a third mobile network operator license has finally been issued by government of Mozambique. US$25 million has been set as the reserved price for the license, with the last date for submissions due by July 6th 2010. After winning the license, the operator can begin operating within 30 days of the license being granted.

Earlier it was announced by Portugal Telecom that it would bid for a 3rd license, which at the time was expected to be offered around the middle of last year.

Last year, the country had 6.55 million subscribers, representing a population penetration level of 36%. With a market share of 65%, mCel is the dominant operator followed by Vodacom having 35% of the market share. No progress has been made in the government plans to sell a small stake in Moçambique Celular (mCel) which have been discussed in the past.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:12:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

THERE has been significant improvement in the communication sector with growth being registered in key areas. Statistics collated this year reveal that, total phone subscriptions

went up from 11,570,430 in 2008 to `15,318,225 while internet users climbed from as low as 45,000 last year to 2,500,000 this year.

 

This was made known by the Minister of Communication, Haruna Iddrisu when he took his turn at the Meet-the-0Press series in Accra yesterday to touch on issues to do with the Ministry.

 

He said in respect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the World Summit on the Information Society established a minimum penetration level of 25 per cent for the telecommunication industry and that going by such a growth rate what we accomplished this January was nearly 67 per cent.

 

Our resolve however, is to strive to secure a ubiquitous availability of telecommunication services that will enable the rural areas activity participate in the digital economy?, he said.

 

Mr Iddrisu said with the availability of broadband and expectant reduction of bandwidth prices in the country, the internet is now poised for its explosion.

 

He said though Ghana was among the leading internet countries in Africa, its growth had been sacrificed by the continuing reliance on voice telephony thereby suppressing the growth of the internet.

 

Mr Iddrisu said the Ministry along with other stakeholders has begun the reorganization of the management of Ghana Network Information Centre (ghNIC) to manage the internet.

 

?The present exercise will give it a multi-sectoral participation in its management and allow the Ghana Network Information Centre to exercise its mandate provided under section 63 of the Electronic Transaction Act, Act 722 of 2008? he said.

 

Mr Iddrisu said to support internet development, the Ministry has further granted approval to the National Communication Authority (NCA) to prepare the guidelines for the auctioning of licences in the 2.5 GHz to 2-69 GHz frequency band to provide wireless nationwide broadband connectivity to subscribers excluding voice applications.

 

He said the Ministry is also facilitating negotiations between the Ghana Internet Service Providers and Vodafone for rebates on the lease of capacities on the SAT-3 cable to enable them provide affordable internet services.

 

Mr Iddrisu said government is alive to its responsibility to intervene where appropriate, to correct market failures, maintain fair competition, attract investment to enhance development and maximize economic and social benefits to serve national priorities.

 

?Conscious of the enormous responsibility to develop the communication sector, I want to say, that over the past year, government has empowered the governing institutions to perform the supervisory duties in open, fair and transparent manner.

 

Touching on other programmes undertaken by the Ministry, He said, the Ministry has commenced the implementation of an e-government infrastructure project that will provide a national network for networking Ministries and Departments to local government area structures.

 

He said the Ministry of Communication in conjunction with the Finance Ministry is facilitating the automation of the operations of the revenue agencies including the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Registrar-Generals Department through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

 

Mr Iddrisu said with the recent spate of fire outbreaks and loss of vital national information, the Ministry is proceeding with the construction of a National Data Centre to which the national portal will be linked.

 

He said the Ministry is collaborating with the Ghana Standard Board to establish a comprehensive industry standard and quality assurance and certification for the software industry in Ghana.

 

Mr Iddrisu indicated that projects such as Community Information Centres, Provision of Universal Access Common Telecom facilities and Development of Standards and Accreditation in ICT skills are all on course and being pursued with keen interest by the Ministry.

 

He said the Ministry of Communication is facilitating the existence of a resilient and advanced technology platform upon which solute ions and strategies will be delivered to expand and improve education, governance, health delivery, facilitate commerce, finance and banking and support agricultural and environmental monitoring to stimulate growth in the economy.

 

Source: Ghana Today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:10:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez announced the delivery of three million netbooks to middle school students, as part of an overall investment of ARS 4 million. Dubbed 'Conectar Igualdad.com.ar', the program aims to narrow the digital breach and equip schools across Argentina with computers and internet connections. The project is financed by the Argentine National Administration of Social Security (ANSES).

Source: Telecom Paper.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:09:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
­Orange UK has launched a range of 3G data tariffs that offer unlimited data usage, but only in the evenings. The move is aimed at commuters and small businesses who need remote access to their IT systems, while also boosting the use of the data network at a typically quieter time of the day.

The Business Everywhere 5 to 9 gives unlimited data for customers who want to work from 5pm to 9am only.

"We know that traditional working hours are changing and we want our mobile broadband offering to reflect the working lives of our customers. So, with Business Everywhere they'll be able to choose the plan that offers them the best value based on when they want to use their mobile broadband." said Martin Lyne, Director for small and medium business at Orange UK.

Orange's refreshed Business Everywhere portfolio offers customers four contract options:

  • Business Everywhere 5 to 9, offering unlimited data to customers who want access between 5pm to 9am every weekday (plus weekend) for £10 per month.
  • Business Everywhere 9 to 5, offering unlimited data to customers who want access between 9am to 5pm every weekday for £10 per month.
  • Business Everywhere Lite, aimed at low-usage customer, this delivers up to 1GB of data access anytime for just £7.50 per month.
  • Business Everywhere Unlimited delivers unlimited data usage at any time for £15 per month.

All the tariffs are subject to the usual clauses about fair usage policies and restrictions.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:07:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
An investment of USD284 million has been expected by the Argentine mobile unit of Spanish telecoms heavyweight Telefonica, Movistar in its networks and services this year. The major portion of the total amount is decided to be kept aside for the expansion of the company’s 3G network infrastructure.

Spanish telecoms giant, Telefonica owns 100% of Movistar Argentina.

According to the company, its UMTS infrastructure currently covers 350 municipalities across the country and serves over 600,000 mobile broadband subscribers, out of a total user base of more than 16 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:06:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ukrtelecom, Ukraine’s sole UMTS-based 3G mobile network operator, had signed up a total of 432,200 subscribers to its W-CDMA/HSPA-based services by the end of January 2010, reports Interfax-Ukraine. The state-run firm launched the 3G network in November 2007 under the ‘Utel’ brand, and offers pre- and post-paid retail mobile broadband services as well as wholesale connections to other cellcos.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:57:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Madagascar has been connected to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), AfricaNews.com reports. Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has announced that it has already put in place a national backbone that will allow it to connect its subscribers to the cable, and it is expected that the arrival of the link will allow for the development of outsourcing activities, such as call centres. EASSy will supposedly enable the transfer of data at speeds 40 times faster than dial-up connections, and 27 operators from 22 countries across Africa’s eastern coast have invested approximately USD260 million in the deployment of the cable so far.

The arrival of the EASSy connection is the second significant cable landing reported in Madagascar in the last twelve months; according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in June 2009 Madagascar’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Orange Madagascar, announced the completion of its submarine cable project, LION, connecting the cable at Tamatave in the Toamasina region. Funded by Orange Madagascar, France Telecom and Mauritius Telecom, the 1,800km broadband cable links with the existing SAT3/WASC and SAFE cable and has a capacity of 1.3Tbps, and it also connects Madagascar with the islands of Reunion and Mauritius.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:45:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, is scheduled to launch commercial fixed broadband services for residential customers based on fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology this week. Kiev-based newspaper Delo reported on 11 March that the cellco would enter the high speed fixed market in two weeks. The GSM operator began building its FTTB network in Kiev and Odessa in August 2009, whilst earlier this month the company’s planned merger with Russia’s Vimpelcom received Ukrainian antimonopoly clearance, giving rise to the potential for integrating the direct fibre service with Vimpelcom’s wholly owned ‘Beeline’ FTTB services operating in several cities across Ukraine. According to local press Kyivstar has over 250,000 mobile internet laptop/PC subscribers; according to GlobalComms Database it launched a resold 3G mobile internet service in April 2008, via the W-CDMA/HSDPA 'Utel' network of state-owned Ukrtelecom, the country’s only UMTS licensee. Kyivstar does not offer mobile broadband-speed services over its own infrastructure as Ukraine has repeatedly delayed the issuing of UMTS licences to privately owned operators.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:12:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The government of Venezuela plans to invest USD11.6 million to open 200 new public internet centres across the country during 2010, reports BNamericas. The government says it currently has 668 internet centres, used by approximately three million people and expects there to be at least five million users by the end of the year. The state also announced it has installed 2,000 satellite aerials for internet use in remote areas of the country to date, using Venezuela’s own satellite, Venesat-1. The project stipulates a total deployment of 16,000 satellite aerials.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:09:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Turkcell's 3G network ended 2009 with coverage of 72% of the population. ‘We have established more base stations in the first six months since we launched the 3G technology than all the base stations we established for 2G technology over six years,’ said Ilter Terzioglu, deputy director general at the company. Terzioglu added that his company had sold almost 300,000 3G modems and netbooks/notebooks by year end from a total subscriber base of 35.4 million. As of 31 December 2009 Turkcell had invested USD7.6 billion in its operations, including licences.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:06:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Some MYR2.8 billion (USD842.2 million) of Malaysia’s Universal Service Provision (USP) fund will be spent on a number of National Broadband Initiative (NBI) programmes that are currently being prepared, Bernama reports. As of March 2010 the USP fund totalled MYR4.5 billion, of which MYR1.7 billion has already been earmarked for the construction of 447 telecoms towers, of which two-thirds will be located in Sabah and Sarawak. Under existing legislation all of Malaysia’s licensed telecoms operators, barring Content Applications Service Provider (CASP) licence holders, contributed 6% of their weighted net revenue to the USP fund last year.

As part of its NBI, Malaysia is committed to achieving a broadband penetration level of 50% by the end of 2010. Commenting on the plans for the investment, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli, chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), said: ‘We have already set our target for urban, outskirt and rural penetration and this involves various technologies. In terms of rural broadband penetration, both the government and the private sector should assume an important role.’ Khalid also revealed that more details of specific NBI programmes will be announced by the Malaysian prime minister on 24 March 2010.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:03:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Ireland’s telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published its latest market report for the three months ended 31 December 2009. The report shows that broadband internet penetration in the Republic, including mobile broadband subscriptions, stood at 32.4% by the year end, up from 30.5% at 3Q09. Excluding the impact of mobile broadband however, which is proving to be a popular option, the penetration rate falls to 21.9% - based on data from the Central Statistics Office which gives the population as 4,459,300. The regulator is also mindful that its 32.4% rate could be skewed by double counting of people owning both a fixed and mobile broadband subscription. Nonetheless, household broadband penetration continues to grow, reaching 61% by the start of this year, from 59.4% in the third quarter.

The popularity of Wi-Fi hotspots is waning though. ComReg’s report says the number of Wi-Fi hotspots dipped to 1,357 at the end of 2009, down 5% year-on-year, even though the total for Wi-Fi access points climbed 8% over the same period to 3,561. Usage of Wi-Fi hotspots is also falling. In the final trimester of last year average usage per hotspot was down 3.4% y-o-y, reflecting the impact of decreased network traffic in the economic downturn.

The recession is also evident in terms of overall telecommunications revenues in the Republic in Q409, which dipped 2.3% year-on-year to EUR974 million. Despite this fall, the total amount of voice call minutes in Q409 increased 1.4% to more than 4.8 billion minutes, driven by an 84 million increase in mobile voice call minutes, ComReg said.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:55:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Brazil's mobile phone base reached 176.8 million in February, an increase of 0.67 percent on the total number of mobile lines in January, according to the latest data published by Brazil regulator Anatel. February saw the addition of almost 1.2 million phones in the country, the second best February performance after 2008. Vivo ended February with a market share of 29.93 percent, up from 29.87 percent in January. Claro was second with a market share of 25.50 percent against 25.52 percent in January. TIM Participacoes had 23.65 percent, up from 23.63 percent in January, while Oi finished the month with 20.56 percent against 20.61 percent in January. 3G mobile services were available to 12.96 million mobile lines.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:51:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Telecommunications Management Group, Inc, (TMG) announces an update to its highly acclaimed A Primer on Mobile Termination Rates. The new report, Mobile Termination Rate Update 2010, features mobile  termination rates for 140 economies worldwide. The mobile termination rate (MTR) is the wholesale price that mobile operators charge for terminating calls on their networks. This, in turn, can impact the retail price that consumers pay for their mobile phone service.

The new report finds that MTRs have declined 34% since 2005, with the average global MTR standing at 8.4 U.S. cents in 2009. TMG believes that MTRs will continue to drop due to ongoing regulatory intervention to align interconnection rates with costs, with the world average reaching around 4 U.S. cents in four years (2013). There is great diversity in MTRs between and within regions around the world. The Latin America/Caribbean and European regions have the highest average MTRs at more than 10 U.S. cents per minute. By contrast, the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa regions have the lowest MTRs with an average of around 5 U.S. cents.

 

The report finds a close link between the MTRs and mobile phone usage. The highest level of usage is found in countries without calling party pays (e.g., where the party receiving the call rather than the calling party pays for call termination and where MTRs are not used) or where MTRs are very low.

The report facilitates wholesale mobile interconnection rate benchmarking between countries by including MTRs in both U.S. dollars and purchasing power parity prices (which adjusts for differences in the level of income between nations). The report also identifies which countries do not use MTRs and includes key mobile market metrics for 40 major economies.

 

Source: Telecommunications Management Group, Inc.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:17:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 22, 2010

Omani incumbent fixed line operator Oman Telecommunications (Omantel) has announced the launch of its new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in parts of Muscat, Zawya reports. Omantel partnered with Huawei Technologies for the rollout of the new infrastructure, which provides broadband internet at download speeds of up to 80Mbps and also supports services such as video on demand (VoD) and high definition (HD) television. ‘The introduction of FTTH using the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology from Huawei is a remarkable leap in the application of modern communications technology that can provide a comprehensive variety of entertainment options for both the home and business users through a high speed connection network,’ commented Samy Al Ghassany, Vice President of Integrated Network and Technology at Omantel, adding: ‘Introducing leading edge technology of this nature will help to bring residents together in high speed.’ The telco’s FTTH network is being deployed in the newly developed residential areas of Muscat Hills and The Wave.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 11:07:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published its licensing framework for the provision of voice-over-IP (VoIP), announcing that only the Sultanate’s four licensed telecoms operators – Etisalat, Du, and satellite companies Thuraya and Yahsat – will be allowed to offer the service. International companies, such as Skype, remain barred from providing internet telephony, although they have the option of joining forces with one of the four local operators to legally offer the service. Mohammed Gheyath, executive director at the TRA, commented: ‘The TRA believes that this regulatory policy will provide opportunities for both licensees and users to benefit from VoIP-based services in keeping with the market demands. The TRA looks forward to seeing the introduction of VoIP services that are responsive to consumer and business needs.’ Previously, Etisalat and Du were the only companies allowed to provide internal VoIP services within the UAE, which banned international internet-based calls in 2004. With the relevant infrastructure already in place, incumbent Etisalat has been able to immediately launch a VoIP service for enterprise customers.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 11:04:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

As at 31 December 2009 France was home to a total of 19.69 million broadband and ultra high speed broadband subscribers, the national regulator Arcep says in its preliminary market review. The watchdog’s findings show that the total number of subscriptions increased by 540,000 during the fourth quarter, while the yearly increase was around 1.87 million, or 10% per annum. Of the full total reported at end-2009, 19.40 million were classed as broadband subscriptions, including 18.50 million connections - 95% of the total – up 470,000 quarter-on-quarter. Meanwhile, the number of ultra high speed broadband subscriptions was estimated at 290,000 by end-2009, including 70,000 FTTx (mainly fibre-to-the-home) and 220,000 were very high speed broadband access with fibre-optci cable terminated with coaxial. Under the watchdog’s classification system ultra-high speed subscriptions are those whose peak download speed is more than 50Mbps and the peak upload rate is greater than 5Mbps.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:57:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Dutch broadband market numbered more than six million subscribers at the end of December 2009, writes Telecompaper. The total number of connections stood at 6.06 million at that date, up 1.3% (or 77.000) quarter-on-quarter. DSL continues to be the most popular access technology, accounting for 3.535 million of the total, albeit that the number of xDSL-based lines dipped 0.2%, or 7,100 lines, in Q4, while the number of cable modem-based subscriptions rose 2.8% to 2.358 million. The net addition of 63,700 cable broadband lines in the period under review helped push the platform’s share of the pie up 0.6 percentage points to 38.9% by the year end. Despite the continued dominance of the two technologies, strong uptake was recorded for FTTx connections which doubled to 2.8% of the market by end-2009. By the start of 2010 broadband penetration per household in the Netherlands reached 58.3%, up 2.3% year-on-year, while penetration by population stood at 36.6%, up from 35.4% previously.

KPN’s retail arm was the largest broadband provider in the country by end-2009, with 1.83 million DSL customers – bolstered by the inclusion of former Het Net customers. As at 31 December, KPN’s market share was 30.2%, up from 19.4%, ahead of cablecos Zesko Holding (Ziggo) with 1.447 million customers, a market share of 23.9%, and UPC Nederland with 741,700 customers, a 12.2% market share. As a result of the demise of Het Net, Tele2 became the fourth largest broadband ISP in the country by subscribers with 398,500 DSL customers, a market share of 6.6%.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:55:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British fixed line incumbent BT Group has at last begun offering triple-play bundles incorporating fixed line voice, high speed internet and IPTV, taking advantage of telecoms regulator Ofcom’s decision in September 2009 to lift restrictions that previously prohibited such packages. To celebrate the new range of offers BT has revealed it will discount its new bundles until 23 March 2010, and commenting on the launch John Petter, managing director of BT’s Consumer Division, said: ‘Over the last twelve months, 3.6 million of our customers have moved to calls packages, where you don’t pay for every call. Offering a bundle of broadband and ‘Anytime’ calls for this knockdown price will launch us into the bundles market as an unrestricted competitor for the first time. There will be many more bundled offers to come and customers can only benefit.’ BT’s initial top-level triple play package will give customers unlimited fixed geographic calls, internet at speeds of up to 20Mbps and its Vision Gold Value IPTV service for GBP48.99 (USD74.16) per month; under the introductory offer it will reduce this cost to GBP35.99 for the first three months.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:51:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Data just released by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) shows that the country was home to a total of 17.642 million fixed and mobile subscriptions at the end of 2009, up from 13.130 million a year earlier, a combined teledensity of 43% (32%, 2008). Of the total subscriptions recorded at end-2009 17.469 million were cellular connections to one of the country’s leading mobile operators. Market leader Vodacom attracted 1.475 million new users last year for a total of 6.883 million, while second-placed Zain (Celtel) signed up a net 1.048 million new users in the period for a total of 4.910 million. Zain, however, failed to reach its own stated goal of six million customers by the end of last year. Third place operator Tigo boosted its base to 4.178 million by the end of 2009, and Zantel Mobile — once the nation's fastest growing cellco — added roughly 300,000 net new customers during the period for a total of 1.378 million. Trailing far behind the big four, the mobile arm of fixed line operator TTCL added just 10,000 subscribers for a total of 115,681, and Benson Informatics Limited (BOL), which lost 300 subscribers in 2008, had 3,101 data-only subscribers, up 101 since the start of the year.

In the fixed line segment, TCRA reported 172,922 fixed lines in service as at 31 December 2009, up from 123,809 at the start of the year, but only marginally higher than the 163,269 counted at 31 December 2007. National PSTN operator Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) claimed the lion's share with 157,321 lines at end-2009 (its December 2008 figure was 116,265 after it disconnected a number of active lines), with Zanzibar Telecommunications' (Zantel's) fixed line division taking the remainder.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:37:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Semi-autonomous Zanzibar is investing upwards of USD150 million in the next two years on power projects to alleviate power outages, but also including USD75 million on an undersea cable that will incorporate fibre-optic cables that will connect the island to an international undersea telecoms network. Funding for the project, which will be completed in April and will connect the smaller Pemba island to power from Tanga region in mainland Tanzania, is being sourced from the Norwegian government, a spokesman said.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:34:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The digital divide, like many other economic or social problems, is a global issue.

From the most switched on countries such as Sweden to the poorest nations in Africa there is a widening gap between those with access to technology and those without.

The gap between countries on the same continent is also getting wider.

Click here to see full article

 

Source: BBC News

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:30:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The sub-Saharan Africa telecommunications market will be characterized by regulatory developments and continued investment in broadband infrastructure by various submarine and terrestrial cable operators, according to latest research by IDC, making 2010 a defining year for Africa's telecoms sector. The FIFA 2010 World Cup will be a watershed moment for African infrastructure, determining the robustness and relevance of submarine cable systems, terrestrial backhaul networks, metro networks, and more.

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Research for 2009 showed that Africa's telecoms channel accounted for 3-4% of all mobile/portable units shipped. Governments will continue efforts toward higher penetration among citizens, particularly in rural areas, and are likely to see mobile phones as a way of saving money and communicating with citizens. Currently, African mobile penetration rates average 25-45% of the entire population, but the rate for the adult population, with which governments would be interacting, is roughly 70-80%.

As well, operators and vendors will be looking more closely at social networking, news portals, and other content to grow data revenue, which will entail providing relevant content in local languages. As the availability of low-cost devices is an important factor in the adoption of these offerings, telcos will become an increasingly important channel for notebook, netbook, and smartphone vendors.

Source: Cellular News

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:02:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 12, 2010

Telecom Argentina reported revenues of ARS 12.26 billion in 2009, up 15 percent year-on-year. Net income for the period reached ARS 1.4 billion, up by 46 percent versus 2008. Mobile revenues rose 16 percent to ARS 8.06 billion, while fixed-line revenues increased 14 percent to ARS 4.1 billion. OIBDA improved 17 percent to ARS 3.9 billion. The operator's mobile unit Personal gained 1.9 million new customers in the year, for a total of 14.5 million at the end of December. Of the total 69 percent are prepaid and 31 percent are postpaid. Nucleo, the company's mobile unit in Paraguay, had 1.8 million customers at the end of the period, down 1 percent from a year earlier. The fixed division increased the number of lines in service by 2 percent from a year earlier to 4.36 million, and the number of ADSL customers rose 17 percent year-on-year to 1.2 million users at end-December. ARPU for fixed customers climbed 1 percent in 2009 to ARS 40.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:51:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Polish regulator UKE announced the launch of the project to support broadband networks construction. On 4 March UKE received information that the Ministry of Interior and Administration approving the project to support construction of broadband internet access networks, as part of the Operational Programme Innovative Economy - POIG). UKE will advise on the investments within the Regional Operational Programme, the Operational Programme Development of Eastern Poland and the objectives 8.3 and 8.4 of POIG concerning digital inclusion and last-mile internet access. In the years 2007-2013 Poland can use about EUR 1 billion for local and regional broadband networks. After 30 months only 2 percent of the amount (EUR 18 million) has been spent. The regulator urged that the financing is used efficiently even though there are no tools to pressure investors to focus on particular regions. Although the regulator does not have decision-making powers (relevant ministries do), it wants to provide advice and assist in implementation of investment projects. The UKE chairman also provided information on the status of operational programmes. Within the Regional Operational Programme six contracts were signed and EUR 16.6 million was spent, which represents 3 percent of available resources (EUR 579 million).

Within the measure 8.3 digital inclusion, 50 contracts were signed on co-financing for approximately EUR 21.5 million, which represents 5.9 percent of available resources (EUR 364 million). Within the measure 8.4 last mile, eleven contracts were signed amounting to EUR 1.4 million, which is 0.7 percent of available resources of EUR 200 million. Within the Operational Programme Development of Eastern Poland no contract has been signed yet and the project is at the stage of feasibility assessment. Total available funds are EUR 300 million. For the Rural Development Programme EUR 59 million shall be allocated. Municipalities and their associations shall be the beneficiaries. The measures are available since December 2009.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:49:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telefonica's research and development unit is currently developing a mobile phone that enables users to send SMS, as well as make and receive voice calls in areas without mobile network coverage. Mobile communication is made possible via an application installed on the mobile device. All mobile phone owners using this application form a network in which their phones would serve as signal repeaters, El Mundo reports. The connectivity application would establish direct wireless data connections between two mobile devices that are relatively close to each other. The devices would form a network in which two phones that are 100 meters away from each other could share data and voice calls without requiring coverage.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:46:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­A U.S.-based organization that promotes the use of the Internet is urging leaders in east Africa to make the Internet accessible and affordable to all of their citizens. The leaders are gathering in Nairobi for a regional summit due to begin Tuesday.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) says by expanding the reach and affordability of the Internet, African countries can vastly help improve the economic future of the people on the continent. Speaking at an ICANN-hosted Internet conference in Nairobi Monday, CEO Rod Beckstrom noted that Africa, which has 15 percent of the world's population, is home to less than seven percent of Internet users worldwide.

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"We hope the African heads of state of IGAD will walk across the hallway and join our meeting because that is a few small steps for them, but a huge leap for Africa - for more visibility and leadership of the heads of state in the Internet policy area - because the Internet is truly the developmental platform for the future," he added. Last July, a fiber optic cable went live off the Kenyan coast, putting the countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda on the global information superhighway for the first time.East Africa had been the only region in the world not connected through fiber optic cables. For years, businesses suffered because they had to rely on expensive satellites to connect to the Internet. Many passed down those costs to consumers, hurting the poor in the region.

This article was originally published by Voice of America.

Source:Cellular News

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:42:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Paraguay's mobile network operators achieved a 12% year-on-year rise in overall service revenues in 2009 to USD604 million, reports BNamericas quoting figures from the economy ministry. In 2008 mobile firms Claro, Tigo, Personal and Hola billed USD517 million, up 16.6% compared to 2007, according to previous reports.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:36:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A number of Burundian telecoms operators have joined forces to build out a national fibre-optic backbone network in the small African country, aided by the World Bank. The so-called ‘Burundi Backbone Systems’ group, which includes incumbent PTO Onatel, mobile operator Leo (formerly U-Com), Africell (owned by V-Tel and Palestinian Paltel), Econet Burundi and domestic ISP CBI Net. Balancing Act reports that Burundi Backbone Systems will oversee the development of a 1,200km backbone and several international fibre links connecting the country to its neighbours in the next 18 months. The World Bank is contributing money to the scheme which will provide coverage throughout Burundi with cables laid alongside road routes, with 26 different nodes.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:33:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazilian mobile operator TIM Brasil plans to extend its 3G mobile network coverage to around 60% of the population by 2012, BNamericas quotes the company’s chief executive Luca Luciani as saying. In an interview, the CEO went on to say he expects the country’s overall telecoms market to expand by more than 5% per annum, in revenue terms, over the three-year period.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TIM Brasil is controlled by European telecoms operator Telecom Italia and ended 2009 with 41.1 million subscribers, up 12.9% from the end of 2008, and representing a market share of 23.6%. Total net additions in the fourth quarter came to 4.7 million lines, or 20.2% of total market net additions. Average revenue per user (ARPU) was BRL27.0 in 4Q09, a growth of 1.7% when compared to the previous quarter. The cellco’s GSM network covered 94% of the country’s urban population, serving around 2,958 cities, as at 31 December 2009. As for data coverage, TIM provides GPRS technology to 100% of its footprint, while 77% is covered through EDGE technology, it said. In addition, TIM’s 3G coverage included more than 57 cities at the end of 2009 – reaching 30% of the urban population in Brazil.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:30:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Moroccan operator Wana has launched its GSM mobile services under the name Inwi. The third mobile operator said its network covers three-quarters of the population. Wana, which already offers CDMA fixed wireless and mobile voice and internet services under the name Bayn, was awarded the GSM licence in early 2009. The new mobile services include a prepaid offering with per-second billing as well as four postpaid plans with free on-net calls and a range of corporate offers.

Inwi also offers daily and weekly unlimited SMS plans, BlackBerry services, prepaid and postpaid 3G mobile internet using a USB modem, a Windows Live Messenger service, roaming and a wide range of handsets from Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson and Motorola. The company will compete against incumbent Maroc Telecom and Meditel on the GSM market.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Friday, March 12, 2010 2:28:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Over 71 million Europeans use their mobile phones to access the internet in a typical week. Europeans spend almost an hour a day and 6.4 hours per week going online via their mobile, according to a study by the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA). Almost a quarter (24%) of 16-24 year olds and 21 percent of 25-34 year olds access mobile internet services, spending 7.2 and 6.6 hours on it respectively each week. The internet continues to prove a popular source of entertainment with one quarter of Europeans (25%) gaming or listening to the radio online (25%), and one third watching films, TV or video clips online (32%) at least once a month. Of the overall users of internet-enabled handsets, nearly 49 percent claim to receive video clips, websites or images on their mobile and 80 percent say that they pass on the content they receive. Additionally, over 71 percent of European internet users admit that they stay in touch with friends and relatives more as a result of the internet. Around 16 percent of them communicate using social media via their mobile, while 16 percent also use mobile IM services. The study also found that 36 percent of European use the internet while watching TV. Some 46 percent of European households own at least one laptop and 121 million or 52 percent of Europeans use wireless broadband connections.

According to the Mediascope Europe study from the EIAA, Poland tops the chart of markets that spend the most time on mobile internet with 10.3 hours spent online each week, followed by Italy (7.9 hours), Belgium and Portugal (7.7 hours), and Russia (7.1 hours). There are more mobile internet users in Turkey compared to those that access internet via their PC (21% versus 20%), which indicates that consumers will engage with new platforms if it makes the internet more accessible for their everyday lives.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:07:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The European Commission has proposed extending broadband access to the entire EU by 2013 and providing the whole region with access to speeds of at least 30Mbps by 2020. The targets form part of its 'Digital Agenda for Europe'. The EC would also like to see 50 percent or more of European households taking internet at over 100Mbps. In order to realise the goals, the EU will continue to work on encouraging investments in broadband infrastructure and developing an efficient spectrum policy, as well as devoting structural funds to broadband expansion. The EC also wants to create a single market for online content and services, including multi-territorial licences for copyrighted material, a European stake in global internet governance and further digitisation of Europe's cultural heritage. Additional measures may include a reform of research and innovation funds in order to increase support for the ICT sector in key strategic fields, support high-growth SMEs and stimulate ICT innovation across all business sectors.

The EC also wants more work on promoting internet use and digital literacy among Europeans. The proposals are part of the much broader EU 2020 plan presented by the commission, which proposes a range of strategies to get the EU out of the economic crisis and back on a growth path. The EC asked the member states to ensdorse the plans at the spring European Council meeting.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:59:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange Jordan has launched its 3G+ network, expecting that some two million Jordanians will be covered by the service by the summer of this year. The 3G services will be offered in the market in three phases, Orange Jordan's CEO Nayla Khawam said during the launch in Amman. Under the first phase, the services will initially cover west Amman, Irbid and Zarqa, while in April the network coverage will expand to cover the entire capital. Orange also plans to cover Aqaba with 3G services by late April. During the summer, network coverage will have reached most urban locations in Jordan, delivering services to approximately 70 per cent of populated areas, which translates to around two million people, she said.

In August last year, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission granted the group a JOD 50 million licence to introduce 3G services. The group will enjoy a year of exclusivity from the date when the service becomes commercially operational, after which other mobile operators will be allowed to introduce 3G services should they meet the same conditions met by the group. Khawam said the 3G network will deliver a host of new services, such as video calling, mobile broadband, access to exclusive personalised and live TV - all of which will be reasonably priced in accordance with regional standards.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Friday, March 12, 2010 1:53:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Japanese mobile operators added 488,600 new subscribers in February to reach a total of 111.52 million mobile subscribers, figures from the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA) show. NTT Docomo led in subscriber additions in February as it added 148,300 new customers to bring its total to 55.69 million. Softbank Mobile gained 145,800 new subscribers during the month to reach a total of 21.99 million, while KDDI ended February with 31.57 million subscribers after adding 121,400 new customers. Emobile won 73,100 new customers and ended the month with 2.26 million customers in total. PHS provider Willcom shed 69,600 customers, which brings the company's total to 4.17 million. Willcom recently filed for bankruptcy and has begun a rehabilitation process.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:51:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Peru's minister of transport and communications Enrique Cornejo has announced that, for the rest of his term of office, the ministry will focus on laying the foundations for sustained development of data transmission via broadband networks across the country. For this purpose, the minister set up a temporary committee that will develop the National Plan for Broadband Development in Peru. The commission has 120 days to develop the strategy.

The committee will initially assess the level of broadband access in Peru, as well as the technology used and the infrastructure deployed at national level, and will identify the barriers that limit broadband deployments. The group will then propose the guidelines, strategies and actions to be taken to support the development of the national broadband network. At 30 September 2009, Peru had 852,900 broadband connections.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:49:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The US Federal Communications Commission has unveiled plans to extend the country's universal service fund to broadband services.

The proposals will form part of the National Broadband Plan, to be presented to Congress on 17 March. The proposal would create a Connect America fund inside the Universal Service programme to subsidize broadband, and a Mobility Fund to expand the reach of 3G mobile networks, Blair Levin, the FCC official overseeing the broadband plan, told a press briefing. The Universal Service Fund currently subsidizes phone service for the poor and in remote areas, funds internet access in schools and libraries and pays for high-speed connections for rural health clinics. Funding for the USD 8-billion-a-year programme comes from a surcharge that businesses and consumers pay on their long-distance bills. The agency's plan will lay out several options to pay for the proposals, including one that would require no additional money from Congress and one that would accelerate the construction of broadband networks if Congress approves a one-time injection of USD 9 billion, AP reported from the briefing. Either way, Levin said, the proposal would not increase the annual size of the Universal Service Fund, but rather would take money from subsidies now used for voice services. The FCC would also seek to save money by subsidizing no more than one broadband provider in an area. Levin said Connect America would not favor one technology over another, be it cable, DSL or wireless.

The FCC proposal also envisions revamping the multibillion-dollar "intercarrier compensation" system for interconnection. Changes to the USF would affect revenues for rural carriers dependent on the funding, so changes would also be needed in the interconnection regime. The operators' industry group USTelecom said it welcomed the progress towards reform and plans to work with the commission on details of the plan.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:46:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telkom Kenya has announced that it will shift its strategic focus in 2010 as it attempts to recover following a net loss of KES10 billion (USD124.6 million) in 2009, reports Business Daily. Telkom Kenya generated revenues of KES11 billion but turned the net loss as higher levels of competition saw industry profit levels plummet as operators dropped their prices to gain market share. Telkom Kenya CEO, Mickael Ghossein, said the company had encountered severe conditions in the last trading year that had affected its ability to generate profits. He added: ‘We are now focusing on providing quality services, innovating and providing value for money. Our grand plan is to move the market towards true broadband connectivity, offering speeds of up to 8Mbps.’

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:25:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The new government body responsible for rolling out next-generation broadband across the UK will begin its work on 4 March, Digital Britain minister Stephen Timms announced. Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) will be responsible for the 2 Mbps universal service commitment for 90 percent of the country by 2017, with GBP 1 billion allocated for the job. The group was launched as the UK government published a report by Analysys Mason on next generation broadband across the UK, which will be used by BDUK to priorite communities who could benefit from the Next Generation Fund.
 
The report looks at three scenarios, a purely market-led approach, a network subsidised by the Digital Britain Next Generation Fund and, local interventions supplementing a subsidised network. The research supports the government's idea of a Next Generation Fund levy, which is seen increasing coverage by 20 percent more than if left entirely to a market led approach. The report also illustrates the comparative costs of providing high speed broadband in rural and urban areas. The research sets out strategies for public authorities, and partner organisations to provide next-generation networks in those areas that would otherwise not be commercially viable.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Friday, March 12, 2010 10:56:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Bahrain's telecoms regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has decided that it is time to start regulating the mobile termination rates of both the country's mobile networks. Although Batelco's rates are currently regulated, the rates applied by rival operator, Zain had been untouched.

The TRA said that it considers that it is now time to address this differential treatment between Batelco and Zain, given the significant growth of Zain since its entry 6 years ago, and at a time when the third mobile operator is expected to launch soon. This will provide additional certainty to existing licensed operators as well as the third mobile operator with regards to mobile termination rates.Dr. Mohammed Al Amer TRA's Chairman and Acting General Director said "This determination is not only important to operators who terminate communications on the mobile networks but also to consumers of one network trying to communicate with consumers on other mobile networks. In fact, termination rates are ultimately recovered through retail prices charged to consumers. Regulating termination rates are consistent with TRA's mission to protect the interest of consumers and to promote competition."

Dr. Mohammed went on to say "Regulators have the duty to step in when the normal operation of market forces is deficient. Termination on mobile networks is one such example of market failure. Termination constitutes a bottleneck on which there is structurally limited room for competitive pressures. If left unregulated, mobile termination rates would be set above the competitive level which will be detrimental to consumers. The Determination launched recently will pave the way for equal treatment between Batelco and Zain, and provides clear direction for the third mobile operator."

The Determination on Mobile Termination can be viewed on TRA's website www.tra.org.bh

Source: Cellular News

Friday, March 12, 2010 10:52:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Peru's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) plans to relaunch the project to attract a fourth mobile operator on the local market, reports El Comercio, citing vice-minister of communications Jorge Cuba. According to the government representative, the Agency for Promotion of Private Investment (ProInversion) and MTC have prepared a redefinition of a mobile licence in the 1900 MHz frequency band, also known as the C-band. The new licence will enable the entry of a fourth mobile operator on the local market, currently served by Claro, Movistar and Nextel. ProInversion plans to appoint an investment bank to find leading operators in Europe and Asia, so as to attract around six bidders for the process. The second option is to launch an open tender, which would allow the participation of any operator, including existing operators Movistar, Claro and Nextel. The government plans to launch the tender in March.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Friday, March 12, 2010 10:35:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 05, 2010

According to local newspaper JoongAng Daily, citing the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), a bill passed last week by South Korea’s National Assembly will pave the way for the entry of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). ‘Any company can pursue such a business if it meets the criteria,’ said Shin Yong-seop, communications policy director at the KCC. ‘The bill will take effect in September, and we will be drawing up criteria to select new operators.’ The report says that regulator has been working to reform South Korea’s mobile market for some time, criticizing KDDI, SK Telecom and LG Telecom for charging excessively high prices and spending too much on marketing efforts that do not add quality to their services.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 05, 2010 11:02:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Orange Jordan has launched its 3G network and has said that some two million Jordanians will be covered by the network by the end of the summer. The W-CDMA network will be rolled out in three phases, according to Orange Jordan's CEO Nayla Khawam. Under the first phase roll out will include west Amman, Irbid and Zarqa, while in April coverage will be expanded to cover the entire capital and Aqaba. By summer 2010 network coverage will include most urban locations, delivering services to approximately 70% of populated areas, equivalent to around two million people.

In August last year the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) granted Orange a JOD50 million (USD70 million) licence to introduce 3G services. The company will enjoy a year of exclusivity, beginning today, after which other mobile operators will be allowed to introduce 3G services should they agree to the same licence conditions.

Source: TeleGeography

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Friday, March 05, 2010 11:00:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |