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 Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The 9th edition of the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR 2010) focuses on Monitoring the WSIS Targets. The year 2010 marks the midpoint between the 2005 Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and 2015, the deadline for achieving the ten targets that governments agreed upon at the WSIS. The Report is a mid-term review, and provides policy makers with a comprehensive assessment of what has been achieved so far, and what remains to be done. 

The Report has been prepared specifically for the WSIS Forum 2010 and the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10), both to be held in May 2010.

The Report is available for free at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publications/wtdr_10/index.html 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 3:24:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 03, 2010

­The mobile communications markets of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have all experienced subscriber growth over ten percent in the last five years. This has created a powerful network effect, which continues to drive market growth, albeit at lower levels. Value-added and data services are increasingly becoming revenue drivers, particularly in competitive markets such as Botswana and Namibia, which have high mobile penetration levels.

Analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that Zambia currently contributes almost half of all revenues in these four countries, followed by Botswana with 26 per cent. This is expected to change by 2015 when Zambia's share will reduce to 38 per cent, but Zimbabwe will contribute one third of the total revenues.

"These countries differ significantly in the state of their mobile communication markets," notes Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Protea Hirschel. "Botswana and Namibia are characterised by high mobile penetration rates, which is more than 100 per cent in the case of Botswana. The small addressable markets in these two countries constrain long-term growth and the average revenue per user (ARPU) for voice is declining due to greater competition. Therefore, mobile operators are focused on retention strategies and extending data offerings to protect their market shares."

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Source: Cellular News
Monday, May 03, 2010 3:04:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has announced that it expects to reach the milestone of 50,000 mobile broadband subscribers on its 3.5G network within the next week. TeleGeography's GlobalComms Database says that although Qtel launched 3G W-CDMA services in July 2006 and a 3.5G HSDPA upgrade in December 2007, it did not launch mobile broadband internet packages for laptop/PC users until early 2008, with a HSUPA upload boost following in the first quarter of 2009. Qtel says the popularity of the service took off significantly when it launched a pre-paid mobile broadband option in December 2009. The company claims users can expect to receive actual internet speeds ranging from 1Mbps to 3Mbps, depending on their proximity to a Qtel 3G tower.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 3:01:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Minister of Communications and Informatisation for the Republic of Belarus, Nicolai Pantelei, is quoted as saying the country will be home to 1.8 million broadband internet subscribers by the end of this year, up from the 500,000 currently subscribed to national PTO Beltelcom’s network. The minister’s announcement comes in the wake of a statement from Andrey Kononov, the deputy head of Belarusian public corporation Gyprosvyaz, that broadband internet penetration in the country will top 34% in 2015, broken down as 38% in cities and 25% in rural areas. Online news journal e-Belarus.org goes on to say that the Belarusian authorities are targeting three million high speed internet connections by 31 December 2015, of which half will be using mobile broadband as their means of access. For its part, Beltelecom is targeting a minimum two million broadband internet subscribers by 2015, on top of which it believes it will have between 400,000-500,000 dial-up users – broadly the same as today.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:58:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­ETECSA, Cuba's state telecommunications company, is predicting that the number of wireless subscribers on the island will exceed 1 million by the end of this year. Cuba has invested some $150 million since 2003 to develop the island's cellular phone industry, ETECSA's vice president of mobile services, Maximo Lafuente, told the official Prensa Latina news agency."This year, ETECSA will make the necessary investments to end 2010 with 1 million subscribers," the executive said, adding that the projection for 2015 is that the number of wireless subscribers will climb to 2.4 million.Lafuente said that beginning June 1 cell phone users will enjoy significant cost savings on calls made between 11:00 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. A new "caller pays" system will also go into effect on that date, although cell phone users also will have the option of a collect-call service.

The executive also said that rates for national and international calls will fall by between 42 percent and 75 percent depending on the destination.He also added that activation costs for cell phones have fallen from an original price tag of $120 to a current cost of $43.Of the communist-ruled island's 169 municipalities, 23 are still without mobile phone coverage, in some cases because they are located in mountainous or swampy areas.Gen. Raul Castro's government in 2008 allowed cell phone service for ordinary Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for foreigners, companies and state agencies.

The lifting of that restriction was one of the first measures he adopted after formally succeeding ailing older brother Fidel in February 2008, along with others allowing the unrestricted sale of computers, DVD players and other consumer goods.

Since then, ETECSA has gradually reduced the cost of activating cell phone lines and the use of mobile phones among ordinary Cubans has visibly increased.

Source: Cellular News

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:56:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Increased competition in New Zealand's mobile market has improved pricing in the local market, but voice call usage still remains low by international standards, concludes the annual report from New Zealand's Commerce Commission. As well as looking at developments in 2009, the report also assesses the progress seen since the 2006 amendments to the Telecommunications Act came into effect.

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Source: Cellular News
Monday, May 03, 2010 2:52:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­According to a new research report by Berg Insight, the worldwide number of users of mobile banking and related services is forecasted to grow from 55 million users in 2009 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 59.2 percent to reach 894 million users in 2015.

Over the past year many of the leading players in both the telecom industry and the financial sector have intensified their efforts to bring financial services to the world's unbanked population. Asia-Pacific is expected to become the most important regional market, accounting for more than half of the total user base. Mobile banking is also anticipated to play a key role in bringing financial services to people in the Middle East and Africa. In Europe and North America, the technology will mainly serve as an extension of existing online banks as mobile handsets become more widely used for Internet access. By 2015, Berg Insight forecasts that mobile banking will attract 115 million users in Europe and 86 million users in North America.

"The global number of mobile banking users more than doubled between 2008 and 2009, and is expected to almost double again in 2010. Mobile handsets are in an excellent position to become the primary digital channel for providers of banking and related financial services on emerging markets," said Marcus Persson, Telecom Analyst, Berg Insight. "People who sign up for their first mobile subscription today will likely open their first bank account in the coming years and thus join the modern financial system. Mobile operators can play a vital role in this development and will have the opportunity to take an active part in the creation of some of tomorrow's most important financial institutions based in Asia and Africa."

In addition to traditional retail banking, the report also identifies international money transfer as an important revenue source for mobile industry players. Berg Insight forecasts that 3-15 percent of the international money transfers currently handled by various formal or informal agent networks will be carried out using a mobile handset by 2015, generating US$ 1.2-6.2 billion in service revenues.

Source: Cellular News

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:43:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Romania's Cosmote has announced the commercial launch of its 3G network. The 3G services are available in 11 cities of the country: Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca,Timisoara, Constanta, Galati, Craiova, Brasov, Moinesti, Oltenita, Orastie, plus almost 300 localities.

Covering almost 58% of the population, the 3G network offers Internet access with speeds of up to 21.6 Mbps. In addition to 3G, Cosmote offers mobile internet services with speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps on its existing CDMA network.

Also, recently the company upgraded its existing GPRS data network to EDGE.

Upon the 3G mobile broadband services launch by Cosmote Romania, company CEO, Mr Stefanos Theocharopoulos, commented: "We are very pleased to offer 3G services to our customers. Mobile broadband is already demonstrating its enormous market potential and Cosmote is fast establishing its position as a strong player in Romania. Through faster data speeds, a high quality network fully aligned to all communication needs and best traffic volume at the most advantageous tariff plans, Mobile Internet users can now enjoy the Cosmote 3G experience. This is another step forward in our development plans that confirms our promise to keep offering relevant propositions to our customers".

Source: Cellular News

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Monday, May 03, 2010 2:39:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Where are the best deals for mobile broadband? Comparing mobile data pricing in a number of countries, ABI Research found that the UK, France and India have among the world's lowest prices for mobile broadband plans. In India for example, where 3G mobile broadband services launched in the middle of 2009, an unlimited download plan costs just over US$17 per month.

"ABI Research expects emerging markets with low Internet penetration to price mobile broadband aggressively to drive usage," says ABI Research analyst Bhavya Khanna. "However, in developed markets the widespread use of data dongles has created strains on mobile networks; and one could see data plans change to throttle data consumption."

Operators in some countries are already using this approach, limiting data to 5 GB or even as low as 3 GB per month, even for their most expensive plans.

Vice President of Forecasting Jake Saunders, adds, "Another consumer concern is confusing overage charges for data plans: consumers often do not know how many megabytes of data they are downloading. Once again, there is room for innovation here from operators by simplifying overage costs and educating consumers to encourage uptake of such services. For example, operators in Singapore have a fixed "cap" on overage costs per month; ensuring that users do not get 'bill-shock'."

Source: Cellular News

 

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:36:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of mobile internet subscriptions in Hungary increased by 13,000 connections to 972,000 in March this year, of which the total number of ‘active’ mobile internet lines climbed 22,000 month-on-month to 760,000, according to data published by the National Telecommunications Authority (NHH), as reported by news agency MTI on Monday. T-Mobile’s local unit controlled 47.66% of total mobile internet subscriptions as at 31 March 2010, and 49.08% of active connections. Pannon claimed a total market share of 27.81%, and controlled 25.47% of the active mobile internet user base in the country. Meanwhile Vodafone Hungary had a total share of 24.53%, and 25.45% of active users.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:33:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tanzania’s main mobile operators are embroiled in a fierce price war to win more subscribers, although the regulator, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), believes this will ultimately only be to the benefit of end users. The cellcos’ moves to cut call charges follow years of competition in which they vied for customers based on their coverage, service quality and innovative products and services. According to the TCRA’s acting corporate communications manager, Victor Nkya, the domestic price war will continue to the benefit of customers with all operators spreading their services to rural areas to further boost their subscriber bases. The official notes that the country’s communications market is now a multimillion dollar industry, led by mobile telephony, generating over USD1.54 billion revenues annually.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:12:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-owned Indian telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has announced the launch of a 3G mobile TV service, Telecom Talk reports. The new service it is claimed will offer MPEG4 picture quality and will be available in both the Delhi and Mumbai circles. MTNL has partnered with content provider Apalya Technology to offer the service, alongside vendor Alcatel-Lucent and IPTV service provider Aksh Optifibre, the latter of which already offers a fixed IPTV product, ‘iControl’, via the telco. Commenting on the launch, Dr Kailash Choudhari, managing director at Aksh, said: ‘We are proud to launch India’s first 3G mobile TV in Delhi and Mumbai. 3G Mobile TV as a value added feature epitomises convergence in technology realising ... live television viewing on the move.’ The new service utilises Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Streaming Server, which supports all types of standard-based media formats and dynamic switching from high-bit rate to low-bit rate streaming based on network coverage and bandwidth availability.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:10:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to cap the amount mobile operators can charge for calls and text messages later this year in a bid to lower call charges in the country, Reuters reports. Mary Uduma, director of policy and competition at the NCC, said the regulator was working to determine the appropriate cap, adding that the last review almost ten years ago fixed rates of NGN50 (USD0.33) for mobile calls and NGN15 for text messages. ‘We are trying to place a cap above which operators cannot price their services. We are taking into consideration macro, micro and market factors in determining this,’ she noted. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Nigeria is Africa’s largest mobile market by subscribers; the country was home to over 73 million cellular users at the end of 2009.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:07:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

 

New data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service show that international network operators have weathered the recession surprisingly well. International bandwidth usage increased 60% in 2009, in line with the past two years, and well ahead of the trend of 2002-2006. Growth has been particularly rapid in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. However, capacity requirements to seemingly mature markets, such as Europe and the US, have also grown at a compounded annual rate of more than 50% since 2002.

Over the past seven years, aggregate international capacity requirements have grown more than 22-fold. Providers have kept pace with high demand by rapidly upgrading their fibre-optic networks with additional wavelengths. Nearly 90% of US terrestrial network operators surveyed by TeleGeography plan on lighting extra wavelengths in 2010, and just under 70% of European carriers plan on doing so.

The scope to expand submarine cable capacity is far more limited than that of terrestrial networks. High demand has combined with a relative scarcity of bandwidth to drive technological innovation, according to TeleGeography analyst Tim Stronge. 'Some undersea cable operators have managed to install far more wavelengths on existing cables than thought possible even just a few years ago,' noted Stronge. 'Providers are also exploring ways to squeeze additional capacity out of their cables by replacing 10Gbps wavelengths with 40Gbps wavelengths.'

Growing capacity requirements, combined with carriers’ desire for improved route diversity, have also spurred a boom in submarine cable construction. 17 new cables were built in 2009, and investment in submarine cable construction in 2010 is projected to top last year’s levels.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:06:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti has released over USD6 million in funding to continue a project to build a fibre-optic cable linking major cities to Port Beira in Mozambique via Zimbabwean border town Mutare. Under the goverment's plan, data/voice traffic will be transmitted via existing international undersea cable networks landing at Beira, thereby improving internet access and reducing ICT costs for service providers and users alike. The project is part of an ongoing programme to upgrade and extend Zimbabwe's state-owned incumbent TelOne’s backbone network with new domestic and international fibre-optic links, which has suffered delays due to lack of financing.

TeleGeography's GlobalComms Database says that a special purpose vehicle company, Africom Continental, was formed to spearhead the building of a cable from Harare to Mutare, holding a 50% stake in the project's capital, with the Infrastructural Development Bank of Zimbabwe holding 30% and the National Social Security Authority 20%. According to a report in AllAfrica, ministers hope that the fibre-optic rollout should be expanded to link all major cities in Zimbabwe by the end of this year. TelOne also holds a stake in the EASSy east African submarine consortium cable, physical deployment of which was completed earlier this week.

Source: TeleGeography

 

Monday, May 03, 2010 1:55:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Construction of the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy) international fibre-optic cable was completed ahead of schedule on Monday night, reports South African website Techcentral, quoting EASSy’s largest shareholder West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC). WIOCC stated: ‘The installation phase of the project, which started in Maputo, Mozambique in December 2009, was completed on board the cable-laying vessel Ile de Batz in the Indian Ocean, just off the east African coast ... Now that this critical stage of the project has been completed successfully and ahead of time, we will start system testing almost immediately ... Once this is finalised, we are looking forward to connecting our first customers to the network from July 2010. EASSy is the second high-capacity undersea system to connect the east African region, following the deployment in 2009 of the Seacom cable. WIOCC chief technology officer Ryan Sher set out how the new cable aimed to differentiate its services: ‘A key difference between EASSy and other sub-Saharan systems is that our system will deliver connectivity to Europe via a direct route through the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea ... minimising the time taken for traffic from Africa to reach the key internet peering points in Europe and North America ... With the vast majority of international traffic being internet-based, and with most African traffic destined for Europe and the US where the most popular content and applications are located.’

Shareholders in WIOCC include Botswana Telecommunications Corp, TelOne of Zimbabwe, Libyan Post, Telecom & IT Company, Dalkom Somalia, Djibouti Telecom, Gilat Satcom Nigeria, the Seychelles government,Lesotho Telecommunications Authority, Onatel Burundi, Telkom Kenya, TDM Mozambique, U-Com Burundi, Uganda Telecom and Zantel Tanzania. Capacity on EASSy will be available in increments from as little as 2Mbps up to multiple gigabit/s wavelengths.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 1:53:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bangladesh’s dominant mobile operator GrameenPhone (GP) and WiMAX wireless broadband provider BanglaLion Communications have agreed to share network infrastructure, reports local newspaper The Daily Star. The two companies signed a deal on Monday under which GP will share its transmission capacity with BanglaLion across the country. ‘This initiative will ensure sustainable utilisation of national resources,’ GP said.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 1:50:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Brazil ended March with a total 179.1 million mobile lines, following the activation of 2.3 million or 1.32 percent more new subscribers compared to February. Mobile penetration now stands at 93.01 lines per 100 residents, up 1.84 percent on the previous month, according to telecoms regulator Anatel. The increase recorded in March and in the first quarter is the highest since Anatel began measurements in 2000. The total number of prepaid phones was 147.7 million (82.48%), while postpaid amounted to 31.3 million (17.52%).
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, May 03, 2010 1:47:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telekom Austria has signed up its one millionth broadband customer, 10 years after launching broadband services in the country. The one millionth customer was the Sport Waldner sports association. The company's broadband network now covers over 97 percent of Austrian homes. The company is also rolling out its VDSL2 GigaNetz broadband network, aiming to reach 750,000 homes in rural areas.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, May 03, 2010 1:32:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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)  #     |