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 Thursday, September 29, 2011

Doubling the broadband speed for the economy of an OECD country increases its GDP by 0.3 percent, according to a report conducted jointly by Ericsson, Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology in 33 OECD countries. The report quantified the isolated impact of broadband speed. A 0.3 percent GDP growth (one-directional, isolated effect) in the OECD region is equivalent to USD 126 billion.

This corresponds to more than one seventh of the average annual OECD growth rate in the last decade. The study also shows that additional doublings of speed can yield growth in excess of 0.3 percent (e.g. quadrupling of speed equals 0.6 percent GDP growth stimulus). Both broadband availability and speed are strong drivers in an economy. Last year, Ericsson and Arthur D. Little concluded that for every 10 percentage point increase in broadband penetration GDP increases by 1 percent. This growth stems from a combination of direct, indirect and induced effects. Direct and indirect effects provide a short to medium term stimulus to the economy.

The induced effect, which includes the creation of new services and businesses, is the most sustainable dimension and could represent as much as one third of the mentioned GDP growth. The study quantifies the economic impact of increases in broadband speed in a comprehensive scientific method using publicly available data. The economic impact of average attained broadband speed, both fixed and mobile, has been analysed using panel data regression analysis with quarterly data points from 2008-2010 for 33 OECD countries. The average achieved broadband speed data was provided by Ookla.

Source: Telecom Paper

Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:35:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The three major operators in China signed-up 5.27 million new mobile customers in August to bring the joint total to 999.83 million, figures from the operators show. China Mobile led in subscriber additions as it signed-up 5.78 million new customers in the month to bring its total to 627.63 million mobile subscribers. China Mobile also reported that it had 40.32 million 3G customers.
 
Meanwhile, China Telecom signed up 2.59 million mobile customers in August to bring its total to 113.53 million, which includes 25.61 million 3G users. China Telecom also ended the month with 72.48 million fixed broadband customers as it signed-up 1.07 million new subscribers in the month.
 
The company continued to see its local access line subscriber base fall as it lost 480,000 customers in August, bringing its total to 171.45 million. China Unicom had 186.10 million mobile customers, including 27.87 million 3G subscribers, as the operator gained 2.36 million new subscribers in August. Unicom also had 53.76 million fixed broadband subscribers, up by 767,000, and 94.70 million local access line subscribers, down by 268,000.

Source: Telecom Paper

Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:29:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Algeria has invited bids from operators for the country's first 3G licences. According to the terms of the tender outlined by state telecoms regulator ARPT, bids are due on 7 October and it will announced the winners on 23 October. The winners will be able to launch commercial services by the first quarter of 2012.
 
Further details on the pricing and spectrum available were not released. Algeria counts three mobile operators: Mobilis, owned by incumbent Algerie Telecom; Nedjma, controlled by Qatar Telecom; and Djezzy, started by Orascom Telecom.

Source: Telecom Paper

Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:25:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­India's Bharti Airtel has announced that it has been awarded a GSM and 3G license in Rwanda, expanding its African continental footprint to 17 countries.

The company added that it plans to invest over US$100 million in the country over the next three years. According to the statement, this also marks the largest investment out of India into Rwanda. Sunil Bharti Mittal, CMD, Bharti Airtel said, "Rwanda is a key telecom market with immense growth potential and will strengthen Bharti Airtel's footprint in East Africa."

According to the National Statistics Institute of Rwanda, the mobile penetration in the country was 38.4%, as of July 2011.

Last year, the regulator, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) said that it would award a fourth mobile license when conditions were correct. However, last month, the regulator cancelled the mobile network operating license held by another network operator, Rwandatel for allegedly failing to meet its license conditions. The market now has just two networks, until Airtel launches its network.

The company may have the option of buying the defunct Rwandatel network to speed its launch into the country.

Source: Cellular News

Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:23:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The NeutrINX internet exchange, which operates as a neutral and non-profit organisation, independent of affiliations with internet and data centre service providers, has opened for business in South Africa.
 
It's sole objective is facilitating the interconnection of data and voice networks by building and operating open access, carrier-neutral internet exchanges and associated infrastructure. NeutrINX said customers may connect directly to the exchange without taking up hosting space in the host data centre via multiple access options including Telkom, Dark Fibre Africa, other metro Ethernet operators and self-provisioned wireless to a tower facility on the roof. The first NeutrINX peering point to go live is hosted in the Ambronex data centre in Centurion.
 
The Centurion location is geographically situated in close proximity to the technology dense Midrand and Highveld Technopark areas as well as serving as a convenient middle ground for peering partners in Pretoria and Johannesburg to meet. Further NeutrINX sites will go live in due course with the next geographic location under investigation in Sandton. NeutrINX pricing starts at ZAR 1,500 per month for a 100Mbps port. As an introductory offer to seed the peering point, the company is providing 100Mbps ports at no charge during the first six months of their operation with reduced rates remaining in effect for the balance of the first year.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:16:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telefo­nica Czech Republic says that its 3G network now covers 61% of the Czech population, in 1,016 towns and cities. Telefonica plans to cover 66 % of the Czech population by the end of the year.

"We want to make high-speed data available to as many people as possible. Only during summer our engineers commissioned 127 3G transmitters," says Dvorjancanský, marketing director of Telefonica Czech Republic. "Following our network sharing agreement with T-Mobile, we have already covered 228 sites with the 3G signal from the beginning of our cooperation," adds Jirí Dvorjancanský.

The 3G network sharing with T-Mobile was launched at the beginning of the second quarter, as planned. The coverage roll out is in line with the plans of the two operators and precisely follows their agreement.

High speed data in the O2 network is currently used by 1.3 million customers. 900,000 of them use Internet in their mobiles and 400,000 use Internet in their laptops. These numbers represent customers who actively use data services, i.e. they download at least 50 kb in a month.

Source: Cellular News

 

Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:12:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) today released its Quarterly Report on the Irish telecommunications market for the period 1st April to 30th June 2011 (Q2).  

 

Total quarterly electronic communications revenues (€961 million) increased marginally on the previous quarter (+1.3%). Ireland is ranked 1st out of 20 countries for business calls, 54.8% cheaper than the average of the 20 countries benchmarked. Total voice traffic (fixed and mobile) declined by 0.7% to just over 4.45 billion voice minutes this quarter.

 

Broadband subscriptions increased only slightly this quarter (by 3,859). As narrowband subscriptions fell by a larger amount (by 6,495), total Internet subscriptions (1,662,471) declined very slightly this quarter. The fixed broadband per capita penetration rate reached 22.8%. The total broadband per capita penetration rate (including mobile broadband) was 35.5%. Consumer adoption of higher (advertised) broadband speeds continues, with 12.5% of all broadband subscriptions now in the >10Mbps category compared to 7.3% this time last year.

 

Mobile subscriptions (including mobile broadband) stood at 5,377,188, down from 5,412,551 in the previous quarter. This quarter experienced the highest number of mobile numbers ported (123,646) since the introduction in mobile number portability in 2003. It is estimated that approximately 75% of TV homes in Ireland received a digital TV service by September 2011.

The full report (ComReg document 11/66) is available on the ComReg website.

Source: ComReg

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:12:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bell launched its next-generation high-speed wireless network in areas of Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener Waterloo and Guelph Wednesday.

The Ontario network, based on a technology called long-term evolution (LTE), "will deliver amazing data access speeds — at least three times faster than the Bell HSPA+ network originally launched less than three years ago," said Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Mobility in a statement ahead of Wednesday's launch.

The company said it expects typical speeds for the network to be between 12 and 25 megabits per second. Bell's HSPA+ network offers typical speeds of 3.5 to 8 megabits per second and 7 to 14 megabits per second in areas where it offers HSPA+ with dual carrier technology. The company is referring to its LTE network as 4G, the same name it has been applying to its existing HSPA+ networks.

The first device able to use the new network will be the LTE Sierra Wireless U313 Turbo Stick, which went on sale at "select Bell stores" Wednesday. Bell said LTE-capable smartphones and tablets will be available later in the year.

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Source: CBC News
Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:39:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily have become the first operators in the Middle East to commercially deploy LTE networks.

The operators, which announced the deployment within a day of each other, have said that their LTE networks will be double the speed of the previous 3G networks and is designed around the growth in mobile data, not voice calls. Saudi Arabia’s mobile phone penetration is the third highest in the world at 188% with the majority crunching through a vast amount of mobile data, making the migration to LTE an integral move for both of the operators who, between them, account for 80% of Saudi’s mobile subscribers.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Said Jamil bin Abdullah Al-Melhem, president of STC, commented: ‘The company continues its pioneering role, and its ongoing quest to provide the most services and the latest and highest international standards. And today [STC] offers the latest mobile communication networks, 4G LTE. The information revolution is coming and to provide a quantum leap in the speed of data transfer – wherever the client – to reach to top speeds of 100Mbps’. Mobily confirmed on launch yesterday that their LTE coverage will exceed 32 cities and towns in Saudi Arabia by mid October including the capital Riyadh, which represents 85% of the most populated areas.

STC will be speaking about their commercial LTE deployment and Telecoms IQ’s LTE Deployment Strategies conference taking place in London in November. If you would like to view the full speaker line up and secure your place, please visit the event website.

Source: Telecoms IQ

Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:28:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Kazakshtan Ministry of Communications reported a continuing decline in mobile rates, reports Novosti-Kazakhstan. The tariff policy at Kazakhstan mobile operators has changed significantly in the past 12 months, according to the ministry. Interconnection rates have been reduced, activation rates abandoned, and per-second billing introduced. The minimum call rate offered by the mobile operator Beeline Kazakhstan dropped from KZT 27 to 18 per minute, Kcell's rate reduced from KZT 29 to 20, and Tele2 Kazakhstan offers calls for as little as KZT 8 per minute. The ministry started a campaign to bring down rates in the summer of 2010.

Source: TelecomPaper

Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:22:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Telkom Kenya, the largest provider of integrated communications solutions in Kenya, has launched 3G services in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, providing subscribers with an internet speed of 21 Mbps. The service provider operating under the flagship of Orange plans to expand the service to other regions as well in order to cater to the ever increasing demand for data related services.

According to reports, Mickael Ghossein CEO Telkom Kenya states that a new internet era has begun where Orange will steadily take the lead in offering innovative products and services while providing simplicity through customer experience and maintaining value proposition to the customer. He also confirmed that users would be able to browse for as low as 0.40 cts per MB, with these rates being applicable across all its internet platforms.

Orange also unveiled a 3G shared broadband WIFI router which will allow upto 10 users to connect to the internet simultaneously, thus minimizing cost. As per reports, Ghossein stated that the service would be using multiple pole technology which separates voice and data channels, assuring users that the quality of data will remain unaffected even when there are multiple subscribers using voice services. This service also comes with parental control software enabling customers to manage internet abuse.

Source: Wireless Federation

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:22:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
India ended June with 851.70 million mobile subscribers, up by 1.36 percent from a month earlier, according to figures from telecommunications regulator Trai. Bharti Airtel led the market with 169.19 million subscribers as the company added 2.12 million new customers in the month.
 
Airtel was followed by Reliance Communications with 143.27 million subscribers, up by 2.10 million new customers in the month, and Vodafone was the third largest operator in terms of subscribers with 141.52 million customers.
Vodafone gained 2.09 million new customers in June. Idea Cellular ended the month with 95.11 million subscribers as it signed-up 1.35 million new customers, BSNL added 897427 subscribers in the month to bring its total to 93.73 million. Tata Teleservices signed-up 217,841 new subscribers in the month to bring its total to 90.99 million and Aircel/Dishnet added 918,928 new customers in June to bring its customer base to 57.98 million. Uninor had 26.33 million subscribers in total after signing-up 943,924 new customers. MTS added 493,749 customers to bring its total to 11.73 million and Videocon ended the month with 7.13 million subscribers as it gained 75,688 subscribers. MTNL lost 2,340 subscribers in June to reach a total of 5.50 million and S Tel had 3.32 million subscribers as it won 151,470 new customers in the month.
 
Loop ended the June with 3.15 million customers as it attracted 19,665 new subscribers and HFCL shed 35,500 subscribers to end the month with 1.40 million customers. Etisalat/Allianz added 59,237 million customers to bring its total to 1.36 million.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:19:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Morocco saw a 4.79 percent increase in mobile subscribers in the second quarter, reaching a total of 34.98 million, according to the country's telecommunications regulator, ANRT. Of all the mobile subscribers, 33.56 million were prepaid. The penetration rate grew to 108.66 percent from 104.78 percent at the end of March.
 
Maroc Telecom's customer base rose to 16.99 million from 16.66 million, Medi Telecom's grew to 11.35 million from 11.12 million, and Inwi's surged to 6.63 million from 5.6 million. Their market shares stood at 48.6 percent, 32.46 percent and 18.95 percent at the end of the second quarter.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:18:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Si.mobil is a mobile network based in Slovenia and it has announced plans to enable 3G services across its 900 MHz radio spectrum. Once the implementation has been rolled out, it is expected that 85% of the population will have access to mobile broadband internet.

Earlier, Si.mobil is known to have stated that it was looking to reconstruct close to half of its GSM network, in addition to revamping it by the use of UMTS 900 technology; eventually, to facilitate data transfer rate of up to 21 Mbps.

Si.mobil's UMTS network is expected to reach out to the upper Gorenjska region and the whole of eastern Slovenia, constituted by the Štajerska, Koroška, Posavje, Dolenjska, and Ko?evsko, by the close of October. At the time of the transition, 20-minute interruptions at all the base station undergoing upgrades are foreseen. Given that the nearby base stations can possibly pitch in with their coverage capability, major service interruptions are not predicted.

Other than augmenting the UMTS 900 technology, Si.mobil is also looking to enhance a portion of its existing UMTS network with HSPA+ technology.

Source: Wireless Federation

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:15:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The government of Guinea Bissau has said that it is laying the groundwork for the eventual privatisation of Guiné Telecom.

The Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior made a statement on the plans during a session to launch the restructuring project of Guiné Telecom and its mobile subsidiary, Guinetel. Both are deemed to be technically bankrupt companies. The government has received US$15.6 million in funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Ecobank to refinance the company.

"The two companies will be part of a single package to be negotiated with potential investors according to international rules and practices," said Carlos Gomes Júnior.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:10:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 08, 2011

Arcep is the telecom regulator in France which revealed that the number of SIM cards in use exceeds the population in the whole of France. As on end of June, there were 66 million SIM cards in use in the country, representing a 101.6% population penetration level while the annual growth reflected 6% over the past four quarters.

The number of flat rate accounts that include M2M and internet access cards sustained a rise of +7.2% over the previous years. The growth rate was a tad slower though, in view of the previous quarters that produced 8% to 9% growth over the last five quarters. On the other hand, the last six months has seen a 4.1% growth rate in prepaid cards as compared to Q2 2010 for the same period.

There were 5.9 million cards ending the last quarter with regard to the number of M2M (machine to machine) and 3G data only SIM cards being used, representing 8.9% of the total base, and fuelled by a rise by 260,000.

Powered by an increase of 190,000 customers, the residential market grew slightly during the quarter while the increase in the number of MVNO customers over the past three months has yet again, offset network operators’ losses.

Source: Wireless Federation

Monday, August 08, 2011 9:55:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The total number of mobile phones in Belarus reached 10.45 million by the end of June this year, according to a statement from Pavel Petrulevich, deputy head of the Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (MoCI), as reported by e-belarus.org. Growth slowed in the first six months of this year though. The country reported 10.30 million mobile users at the start of this year and 9.69 million at the end of December 2009, he said.

Petrulevich also reported that Austrian firm Kapsch this month won a contract to supply equipment to facilitate the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country. As part of this, Kapsch is supplying necessary equipment for the central office that will coordinate MNP in Belarus.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:13:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The government of Niger has announced plans to issue 3G licenses via a statement on the state controlled television, reports Reuters.

"These licences can go to any operator who desires them," according to a statement on state TV overnight. "Operators already set up here and who have global licences also have a chance to acquire one."According to the Mobile World analysts the country has around 14.4 million mobile phone users, which represents a population penetration level of 23%. There are four mobile networks.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:11:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Econet Wireless' Burundi subsidiary has launched the country's first 3G network following a US$10 million network upgrade.

The service is being launched in two phases, the first phase will cover the capital city Bujumbura and the second phase will cover the other key provinces. Econet customers are being offered the services in three packages targeting mobile, domestic or business users.According to figures from the Mobile World analysts, Econet Wireless is estimated to have around 185,000 subscribers, and a market share of 11.7%. The country as a whole has a mobile population penetration level of less that 16%.

Burundi, a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa is one of the ten poorest countries in the world.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:10:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

South African operator Cell C has announced new and bundled broadband products at competitive prices. On 01 August, it will launch new 10 GB and 20 GB packages on the South African market, with the aim of bringing its HSPA network to higher-demand internet users. Cell C says the launch is in response to demand from South African consumers and small business owners for larger bandwidth products at competitive prices to help them meet their day-to-day internet access demands.

The 10 GB per month package, standard with either a 7.2 Mbps MyZone router or 21.6 Mbps speed stick, will cost ZAR 499 per month on a contract for 12 months or ZAR 4,999 prepaid. The 20 GB per month package, also standard with a MyZone router or Speed Stick, will be available at ZAR 899 per month on a contract or ZAR 8,999 prepaid. Both prepaid packages will also be available as SIM-only variants at a ZAR 1,000 discount. Customers who already own a speed stick or router will be able to purchase a 120 GB SIM (10 GB per month) for ZAR 3,999 or the 240 GB SIM (20 GB per month) for ZAR 7,999. Cell C's out-of-bundle rate of ZAR 0.39 applies to these packages.

Source: Telecom Paper

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:08:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Afghanistan's government has announced plans to issue a tender for 3G and 4G licenses next month. There will be an auction of some sort for the new license, while the incumbent GSM operators will be able to then buy a similar license for the same fee offered by the new entrant.

Announcing the plans for the license tender, Eng Amirzai Sangin Minister of (MCIT) said: The growth and vitality of the telecommunications sector in Afghanistan is one of the most remarkable success stories of the recent past. Since 1382 (2003-2004), when the first two licenses were issued for GSM mobile services, mobile telephone subscribers have increased from zero to 17 million subscribers. More than US$1.6 billion has been invested in modern infrastructure, services now reaching over 80% of the population and sustaining over 100,000 jobs nationwide."

There are currently five licensed mobile networks in the country and according to figures from the Mobile World analysts, their market shares are: Roshan (28.5%); MTN (24.5%) ; Etisalat (24.3%); Afghan Wireless (22%) and Afghan Telecom (<1%)

The 3G/4G tender package will be available to all interested parties on 1 August 2011.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:05:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The three major operators in China signed-up 10.56 million new mobile customers in June to bring the joint total to 906.77 million, figures from the operators show. China Mobile ended the month with 616.79 million mobile subscribers as it attracted 5.62 new customers in June. China Mobile also reported that it had 35.03 million 3G customers. China Unicom had 181.61 million mobile customers, including 23.95 million 3G subscribers, as the operator gained 2.27 million new subscribers in June.
 
Unicom also had 52.32 million fixed broadband subscribers, up by 1.06 million, and 95.46 million local access line subscribers, down by 387,000. Meanwhile, China Telecom signed up 2.67 million mobile customers in June to bring its total to 108.37 million, which includes 21.54 million 3G users. China Telecom also ended the month with 70.09 million broadband customers as it gained 1.23 million new broadband subscribers. The company continued to see its local access line subscriber base fall as it lost 250,000 customers to bring the total to 172.22 million.
 


Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:03:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­South Korea could gain a fourth mobile network operator, if an application by the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Businesses (Kbiz) is accepted by the regulator.

The consortium operating the WiBro based mobile network will be formed by Kbiz and 900 of its SME members. An investment by a technology partner, probably Samsung is also expected.

"We decided to enter the mobile phone industry because we figured this could be a new growth engine for small and midsized IT companies," a Kbiz official told the JoongAng Daily. "The initial funding for investment will be less than 100 billion won ($94.3 million)." Kbiz said it will succeed in the mobile phone industry by offering subscription plans 20 to 30 percent cheaper than existing plans.

Although previous attempts to set up a fourth network were rejected, the government is putting pressure on the incumbent networks to lower their prices to help control inflation in the country. The offer of a new entrant on a promise of lowering prices may sway the regulator's opinion about granting the license.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:01:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The European Commission has sent requests for information to twenty EU Member States which have not yet notified measures to implement in full new EU telecoms rules into national law. The deadline set by the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for implementing the new rules was 25th May 2011.

The requests for information take the form of letters of formal notice under EU infringement procedures.The new rules give businesses and consumers new rights regarding phones, mobile services and Internet access. These include the right for customers to switch telecoms operators in just one day without changing their phone number, the right to more clarity about the services customers are offered and better protection of personal data online.

However, while legislative processes are ongoing in all EU Member States and a majority of them have informed the Commission of some implementation measures, only seven Member States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the UK) have notified the Commission that they have implemented the new rules in full.

The twenty other Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) are due to reply to the 'letters of formal notice' within two months. If they fail to reply or if it is not satisfied with the answer, the Commission can send the Member States concerned a formal request to implement the legislation (in the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures), and ultimately refer them to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:59:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­With a mobile services penetration rate of 65% at year-end 2010 that is expected to catapult to 93% by 2016, Senegal is one of the more advanced mobile markets in West Africa, with plenty of room for growth, according to Pyramid Research.

During the past few years, the number of mobile subscriptions in Senegal swelled by 56% to reach 8.3m at the end of 2010.

"From 2011-2016, Pyramid expects mobile revenue to increase at a CAGR of 4% to $1.1bn in 2016, mainly because of the rise in broadband penetration and increased pricing competition among the three mobile network operators," indicates Pyramid Research Associate Research Analyst Ronda Zelezny-Green."A third factor contributing to mobile growth is the entry of a fourth mobile operator at some point within the next year, further driving operator experimentation with more competitive pricing strategies, innovation in service offerings and development of existing network coverage," she adds. Pyramid projects mobile broadband subscriptions to grow at a CAGR of 7%, reaching almost 13.9m by 2016.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:56:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telefonica Slovakia reached the milestone of 1 million active customers. The mobile operator last reported 948,000 customers at the end of March. The milestone was broken by a customer from Kosice, who received a gift from O2 of free calls with the plan 2 Filip EUR 40 for five years. The operator held a celebration in Kosice to thank all its customers. Telefonica said it will continue to offer transparent and simple products, which have been positively accepted.

Source: Telecom Paper

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:54:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of fixed broadband subscribers continues to grow in 2011. According to ABI Research practice director Jason Blackwell, "­There were more than 539 million fixed broadband subscribers globally at the end of second quarter. That is an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2010. Customer net addition is stronger in emerging markets."

The number of customers using high bandwidth services such as Internet video and online gaming is growing around the world. Exploding IP traffic generated by these services is putting service providers under pressure to handle the bandwidth demand. Broadband operators are expanding fiber broadband coverage which can best serve these bandwidth-hungry services. As an example, China Telecom is deploying fiber optic broadband aiming to serve 100 million households and 30 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers by the end of 2015.

At present, North America is the region with the highest fiber optic broadband penetration followed by Asia-Pacific. Extending fiber broadband coverage not only increases speed but also allows the roll out of services including video on demand (VOD) and IPTV. ABI Research estimates that worldwide fiber broadband subscriber numbers will more than double in 2016 to 142 million subscribers, from 69.6 million in 2011.

The Asia Pacific region is seeing strong subscriber growth, due in particular to the increasing number of subscribers in China. About 17 million Chinese subscribers have been added since the second quarter of 2010."The Asia-Pacific broadband market is sure to continue growing in the medium-term since low broadband penetration in countries such as China and India leaves plenty of room for broadband growth," comments research analyst Khin Sandi Lynn.

Source: Cellular News

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:47:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has told communications firms to disclose their minimum broadband speed and reliability to consumers. Memorandum Order No. 07-07-2011 requires operators to specify minimum broadband speeds, service rates and the reliability of the service in advertisements, flyers, brochures, and service agreements, the Manila Times reports. The regulator also said the minimum service reliability should be 80 percent. The service reliability is measured over a month and is found by dividing the number of hours used in a month that are at or above the minimum connection speed into the number of hours used in a month. Currently, operators only disclose the maximum speed of the service.
 
According to the Memorandum, services also have to comply with Memorandum Circular No. 12-19-2004 which stipulates that operators have to provide at least 98.5 percent of the advertised speed, for dial-up access this is 80 percent and for leased lines this is 99 percent.

Source: Telecom Paper

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:45:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Tigo Ghana lost nearly a million customers between February to June 2011, according to data from the National Communications Authority (NCA), as collected from the mobile networks.The data showed that Tigo's subscriber base dropped from 4.136 million in February to 3.223 million in June - a loss of 913,191 subscribers.

Rival network Mtn gained just under 600,000 new customers, taking them to 8.967 million subscribers, while Vodafone gained 544,880 subscribers to take its base to 3.426 million.Expresso the only CDMA network in the country also lost 6,631 subscribers to end the period with 220,920 customers.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:41:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Bakcell and Azercell are bracing up for receiving two 3G licenses respectively. It has been affirmed by Ali Abbasov, Azarbijan’s Communications and Information Technologies Ministry that in the coming couple of days, the aforementioned licenses will be awarded.

At the moment, Azerfon happens to be the only operator that boasts of a 3G license while the nation has been contending with regard to the failure to give out more licenses to other operators.

According to Abbasov, the mobile operators will be awarded corresponding license for providing 3G services in the coming days, weeks and months. On the other hand, a lot depends on the networks that face technical issues in rendering 3G services.

As per sources, there are three GSM networks in the country, in addition to one CDMA operator. There were more than 8.3 million subscribers in Azerbaijan as on March 2011, accounting for 99% penetration level in terms of population.

Source: Wireless Federation

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:39:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Bahrain has launched Mobile Number Portability between the country's four mobile networks. Number portability for landlines will be offered from October.

The country's implementation of Mnp is 'recipient-led', where subscribers only need to contact the new operator. In addition, once a subscriber decides to move, the old operator may not directly contact the subscriber, with the purpose of trying to convince the subscriber to return, for a period of 3 months.

During the press conference, TRA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Amer said, "we expect the percentage of participants wishing to transfer their numbers up to 20% of the total number of mobile subscribers in the Kingdom of Bahrain."

SystorIntereurope Systems is managing the Number Portability Central System, which is a key component of the process responsible for coordinating the exchange of messages between Licensed Operators as well as maintaining the authoritative database of ported numbers and performance metrics of all Licensed Operators. 

The Number Portability central system is being hosted by the Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX), which facilitates the ease of access by all operators.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:37:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to Romanian news agency ACT Media, communications minister Valerian Vreme has announced that 90% of the areas that are currently unconnected to the internet will be covered within four years. According to Vreme, Romania currently has over 3,600 so-called ‘white spaces’, which are best defined as isolated areas not yet covered by available access types. Vreme commented: ‘The ‘Digital Agenda’ is shaping up. I can tell you that we are not alone in the process, but it depends on how we advertise the [scheme] and how we get people involved. Romania is ranked seventh in the world in terms of ‘technologies of the future’. At the same time, it is ranked 16th in terms of broadband [take-up]. Over the past year, the number of broadband internet connections advanced 6%, but that is not enough. Covering 90% of the over-3,600 blank areas will be achieved by 2015’.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:35:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Somaliland-based telecoms operator Telesom has unveiled a third-generation network in the autonomous region, SomalilandPress reports. The new network offers services such as high speed mobile broadband and videocalling. Speaking at the launch ceremony, Telesom managing director Mohamd Salah Abdi, said: ‘This is a testament of our commitment to innovate the market by deploying 3G network service in Somaliland which will allow our customers to have video and audio streaming, video chat and high speed internet access the first in the Horn of Africa. This 3G technology will offer advanced mobile broadband services to not only Telesom consumers but also to the business community in Somaliland.’ Telesom was founded in Hargeisa, Somaliland in 2001.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:26:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China will hit the 1 billion mobile connections milestone in May 2012, according to the latest Wireless Intelligence forecasts. China is already the world's largest mobile market, surpassing 900 million connections last quarter, which means the country is forecast to add a further 100 million subscribers over the next 12 months, surpassing 1 billion during Q2 2012.

By the time the 1 billion milestone is reached we estimate that Chinese mobile penetration will stand at 74 percent, up from 67 percent in Q2 2011, suggesting that the market will still have plenty of room for future growth.

We expect the market shares of the three Chinese mobile operators to remain largely unchanged from today. Market-leader China Mobile will see its share slip slightly from 68 percent to 66 percent, while third-placed China Telecom will increase two percentage points to 14 percent. China Unicom - the second-largest player - will see its market share unchanged at 20 percent, according to our estimates.

The number of Chinese subscribers connected to 3G networks is expected to account for a quarter of the country's total at the 1 billion point, up from 18 percent in Q2 2011. All three operators are rolling-out different versions of 3G technology: TD-SCDMA at China Mobile; WCDMA at Unicom; and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A at China Telecom (both China Telecom's CDMA2000 1X and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A networks are classed as 3G). China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) reported that 714,000 3G towers have been built in the past year - 214,000 for China Mobile, 274,000 for Unicom and 226,000 for China Telecom.

The relatively slow migration to higher-speed networks in China to date reflects the fact that smartphone penetration is still low - but rising fast. Smartphones are thought to account for around 10 percent of China's total base, but the exact figure is hard to calculate due to the large number of 'grey market' smart devices in the market. China Mobile, for example, says it already has 5.6 million iPhone users on its network, even though the devices can only currently access the operator's 2G (GSM) network and the device is not retailed by the operator.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:17:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 15, 2011

Cuba’s national bureau of statistics, Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas (ONE), says that the island’s mobile subscriber base exceeded the one million milestone in 2010 to end the year with a total of 1.003 million cellular users, Reuters reports. The number of subscribers grew by 61% year-on-year compared to 621,200 at 31 December 2009. According to ONE, mobile services covered 78% of the Cuban population at the end of 2010, up marginally from 77.5% twelve months earlier and 71% in 2005.

Meanwhile, the number of fixed lines in service totalled 1.163 million at 31 December 2010 (compared to 1.119 million a year earlier), of which residential users accounted for 838,713. At the same date, 98.7% of lines had been digitised, up from 97.1% at the end of 2009 and 89.8% in 2005. The report said there were 64 computers and 159 internet users per 1,000 residents in 2010, though most had access only to a government controlled intranet through computer clubs and workplaces, since internet access requires government permission.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Cuba’s sole telecoms operator is Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA). The company is wholly owned by the Cuban government via six state-run entities: Telefonica Antillana (51%), Rafin (27%), Banco Financiero Internacional (6.2%), Universal Trade & Management Corporation (11.1%), Banco Internacional de Comercio (0.9%) and Negocios en Telecomunicaciones (3.8%). Local financial services company Rafin bought its stake in January 2011 from Telecom Italia (TI) for USD706 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 15, 2011 1:00:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Ethiopia's monopoly mobile network, Ethio Telecom says that it has registered a remarkable increase in the number of mobile subscribers over the past weeks, and has now exceeded 10 million subscribers.

The total customer base, including fixed line and internet subscribers now reaches 11.3 million.For comparison, according to figures from the Mobile World  the state owned monopoly had an estimated 3.85 million subscribers at the end of June 2010.

The company has also announced plans to revamp its tariffs and prepay card durations. The company said that the lower value voucher cards are being introduced to fulfill the expectations expressed by the network's customers while higher value voucher cards are introduced specially for data services.

France Telecom has a two-year contract to manage the network, which expires at the end of 2012.

Source: Cellular News

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:57:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

After months of delays, Lebanon’s telecoms minister, Nicolas Sehnawi, has confirmed that international internet capacity via the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable is now available to ISPs. Habib Torbey, the head of the Lebanese Telecom Association and president of GlobalCom Data Services, representing the country’s private ISPs, confirmed to local newspaper The Daily Star yesterday that the long-awaited new capacity was now available, adding that the development ‘will really change the internet landscape in Lebanon.’

A statement from the communications ministry added that Sehnawi would present a draft bill to the Cabinet in the coming three weeks that would formally dictate a reduction of internet access prices in the country. Lebanon’s landing station for the IMEWE fibre-optic system had been scheduled to enter operation in December 2010 but was postponed mainly due to disputes involving the cable’s owning consortium, the telecoms ministry and the national incumbent telco OGERO. With the international undersea connection now lit, ISPs will soon be able to offer retail and wholesale users faster speeds, whilst planned 3G mobile data services will also utilise the IMEWE cable.

ISPs are waiting for the promised data pricing bill with interest as, unlike government-owned cellcos Alfa and MTC Touch, ISPs currently pay around USD3,000 for a line which reportedly costs the government USD100 to supply, Torbey stated. Meanwhile, upgrades to another cable system, Cadmos, will also boost the country’s available bandwidth, helping to raise speeds and lower prices.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:53:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Canada's Rogers Communications has announced the commercial launch of Canada's first LTE network, covering the Ottawa region. Rogers also announced that network rollout to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will occur this autumn, and that LTE-enabled smartphones from Samsung and HTC will be available later this year.

The company added that it will expand LTE coverage to a further 21 markets by the end of 2012. Rogers and Ericsson have been conducting technical trials of LTE in Ottawa and Montreal since last autumn.At launch the Rogers LTE network will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps on the Rogers LTE Network. Typical download speeds can range from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds will increase to up to 150 Mbps.

"Ottawa is proud to play a significant role in Canada's first LTE network, from the trials through to the launch today. This new technology is a significant step forward towards increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of high speed applications while enhancing the productivity and reliability of mobile communications for Ottawans" said Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa.

Source: Cellular News

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:45:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Belarusian national operator Beltelecom plans to raise the capacity of its internet gateway to Russia by 20Gbps by the end of the year and has announced a tender to provide the service, according to local online news service Tut. The winner of the bid will be charged with expanding the gateway by 10Gbps in August, adding the rest of the capacity in the third and fourth quarters of the year. The current capacity of Beltelecom’s internet gateway totals 120Gbps, of which the link to Russia comprises 90Gbps.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:43:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to data from the OECD. Fixed broadband subscriptions reached 300 million, but growth slowed to 6 percent year-on-year. This reflects higher broadband penetration and market saturation in some countries. The Netherlands and Switzerland lead with 38.1 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, followed by Denmark with 37.7 and Norway with 34.6.

Fibre subscriptions continue to grow and account for 12.3 percent of all fixed broadband connections, while DSL is still the most widely used technology with 57.6 percent, followed by cable with 29.4 percent. Leading countries in fibre are Japan with 58 percent, Korea with 55 percent, Slovak Republic with 29 percent and Sweden with 26 percent. Korea is the leading country for wireless broadband subscriptions, with 89.8 per 100 inhabitants, followed by Finland with 84.8, Sweden with 82.9 and Norway with 79.9. This compares to an OECD average of 41.6 and a total of under 512 million.

The factors in the sector's continuing health include long contract durations of mobile operators, the popularity of bundled offers of television, mobile and fixed telephony, and the fact that communication services are perceived as non-discretionary spending items. Households looking to cut spending seem to be economising in other areas. The prevalence of bundled services has also played a role in this shift by reinforcing customer loyalty and reducing churn. Bundled services may benefit consumers by offering lower prices and gains such as unified billing, integrated services or customer assistance. The complexity of some bundled offers makes them hard to interpret and poses additional issues for consumers trying to compare prices and make informed decisions. In addition, bundling may make it harder for users to switch providers or drop a service.

Source: TelecomPaper
 

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:55:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­A meeting of Government Ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has agreed to work on cutting mobile roaming rates between their countries.

The GCC Ministers decided to adhere to the Ministerial resolution made at a meeting three years ago, which stated that the GCC countries will move the implementation of proposals from a working group for a 30% cut in roaming rates.

In a statement, the GCC Telecommunications Regulatory Authorities said that they will inform the operators immediately after the meeting to implement the resolution. The GCC is a political and economic union of the Arab states constituting the Arabian Peninsula, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

Source: Cellular News

 

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:47:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its third and final reading in New Zealand's Parliament. The Bill provides the regulatory framework for the government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiatives. It also implements reforms to the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) regime, and implements measures to assist in the roll-out of broadband. The Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative aims to deliver fibre connectivity to schools, hospitals and 90 percent of businesses by 2015, and to three-quarters of all New Zealanders by 2020.
 
The Rural Broadband Initiative will cover areas outside of the UFB and will enable 97 percent of schools to connect to ultra-fast broadband and 97 percent of households to receive peak speeds of at least 5 Mbps. The bill also clears the way for the structural separation of Telecom New Zealand into two new businesses, as part of Telecom's involvement in the Ultra-Fast Broadband project. Following Royal Assent, the bill is scheduled to come into force on 1 July.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:44:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |