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 Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has published its latest market development report – Management Information System Issue 33, Vol. 81 – for the month ended 14 August 2011 (Shrawan, 2068). At that date the total number of fixed and mobile lines in service exceeded 13.513 million, a penetration rate of 47.27% of the Nepalese population. Of the total, mobile accounted for the lion’s share of lines, at 11.919 million – including 11.061 million GSM and 858,273 CDMA connections. On top of this the country’s fixed service providers accounted for 840,000 lines, including wireless in the local loop (WiLL), broken down as 610,840 and 229,988 users. Furthermore, the NTA reported a total of 751,471 land mobile service (LMS) and 1,742 global mobile personal communications by satellite (GMPCS) connections.

As at 14 August Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) was the biggest player in the domestic mobile market with 6.073 million registered SIMs (including 5.214 million for GSM), just ahead of Ncell with 5.846 million. NT also leads the fixed line segment with a total of 761,838 main lines in service (including 156,690 WiLL users), putting it far in front of UTL with 70,832 WiLL lines, STM with 5,094 PSTN connections, NSTPL (2,466, WiLL) and Smart (598, PSTN).

Nepal’s internet/data services market continues to be dominated by mobile internet (GPRS and CDMA2000 1x) sub-broadband speed connections, which accounted for 3.144 million of the total 3.276 million lines registered by NTA at the end of the period under review. Ncell leads NT here however, with a total of 1.957 million people accessing the internet via its GPRS service, while NT had 1.131 million GPRS/CDMA users and UTL counted 54,175 (CDMA) lines. By contrast, broadband ADSL, cable and wireless modem/fibre-optic connections make up a small proportion of the total. State-owned NT had 71,664 ADSL lines and licensed ISPs collectively controlled 24,555 wireless/fibre-optic and 16,039 cable modem lines, respectively. Dial-up accounted for a further 20,039 connections at the same date.

A total of 293 licences had been issued by the regulator as at 14 August 2011, including three basic telecommunications concessions, two for cellular mobile, nine network service provider, and 100 VSAT user licences. On top of this the NTA had issued permits for internet (48), GMPCS (three), rural telecom (two), limited mobility (108), international trunk telephone (three), rural VSAT (nine) and rural ISP (six) services.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:27:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The number of mobile subscriptions in Egypt grew to 70.66 million at the end of 2010, up 27.7 percent from a year earlier, according to government figures. In December 2009, Egypt's three mobile operators Etisalat Egypt, Mobinil and Vodafone Egypt had 55.352 million subscribers. The total increased from 66.87 million at the end of November 2010.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:11:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

At the end of June, there were approximately 173 thousand Internet access customers in Portugal using optical fibre (FTTH/B), 14.2% more than in the previous quarter, with 95% of these customers reported as residential. Internet access supported over optical fibre (FTTH/B) represented 8.1% of total customers and during the quarter, and it was taken up by three out of every four new fixed broadband customers.

In total, the number of fixed broadband customers rose to 2.13 million, bringing the total number of users with fixed Internet access up to 2.15 million, 1% more than reported in the previous quarter and 7.1% than in 2nd quarter 2010.

In the same period, there were 2.6 million mobile broadband users registering actual use of the service, a decline of 0.6% compared to the previous quarter but an increase of 12% compared to 2nd quarter 2010. Of this number, 1.2 million users accessed the Internet via cards/modem.

The main technology used for fixed broadband Internet access continues to be ADSL, which represents 49.8% of the total. For the first time since the end of 2004, the number of ADSL accesses fell below 50% of total broadband accesses. For the third consecutive quarter, ADSL is showing signs of softness, declining 0.7% in the 2nd quarter.

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Source: Anacom
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:08:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Acording to Anatel's data, Brazil ended Aug/11 with 30.5 million 3G mobile accesses, 24.6 million of them were WCDMA and 5.9 million were 3G data terminals (13.6% of the cellulars in Brazil are 3G).

From the net adds gotten in August (2,075 thousand), 1,863 thousand were via WCDMA devices and 212 thousand via 3G data terminals.

Anatel considers as mobile broadband all the WCDMA accesses and all the data terminals, 3G or not. By Anatel's criteria, there were 31.6 million mobile broadband accesses in Aug/11, being 24.6 million WCDMA handsets and 7.0 million data terminals, which presented net adds of 150 thousand accesses in aug/11.

Claro is market share leader in accesses via handsets WCDMA and Vivo via Data Terminals.

Source: Teleco.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:59:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The average UK download speed was 7.99 Mbps in September, according to the latest speed test results from broadband.co.uk. Virgin Media came top with 14.79 Mbps, followed by BT with 7.84 Mbps, Eclipse with 7.30 Mbps, Be/O2 with 6.69 Mbps, TalkTalk with 5.50 Mbps, Sky with 4.49 Mbps, Tiscali with 3.98 Mbps, Plusnet with 3.89 Mbps, Orange with 3.70 Mbps and AOL with 3.42 Mbps. TalkTalk and Tiscali had a combined average download speed of 5.10 Mbps in September.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:56:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 07, 2011

Azerbaijan’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Azercell, is set to receive a licence to provide third-generation services in the country. According to a report by Azerbaijan Business Center, the State Commission for Radio Frequencies is discussing the allocation of 3G radio spectrum to the cellco. Ulviyya Hasanzadeh, head of Azerbaijan’s Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility Department, has said that the operator will make an official statement regarding the receipt of 3G spectrum in the near future.

‘We have long been technically ready to provide 3G services, and the only obstacle for us was to obtain the required frequencies, the question of allotting of which is currently at final stage of discussion. Upon receiving a licence for 3G services we intend to proceed their rendering in Baku, Absheron and major cities of Azerbaijan, and may cover 80% of the country,’ she commented.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) began reviewing an appeal by Azercell and Bakcell earlier this year over the award of UMTS concessions, after the pair initially failed to submit the relevant documents required by law detailing network rollout progress and planned coverage. Last month the ministry said it was in the final phase of completing the necessary documentation and procedures concerning the award of 3G licences to Azercell and Bakcell. Azerfon is currently the only cellco in the country to hold a concession to provide third-generation services. The company was awarded its licence in December 2009, launching its 3G network in Baku and other main cities the same month.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, October 07, 2011 1:13:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Colombia’s telecoms watchdog the Communication Regulation Commission (CRC) has approved new measures that will improve competition in the wireless market. The provisions focus on regulating more closely the relationships between telcos. No mobile network operator will be allowed to block a device, meaning that customers can connect through any network. In addition the CRC will decrease interconnection rates for calls between operators from the current rate of COP98 (USD0.05) per minute to COP42 per minute by 2015, and investigate the possibility of reducing SMS interconnection rates from COP59 to a single figure by the same date.

Going forward, by April 2012 the watchdog plans to have completed work on a website that will allow customers to view and compare the rates offered by different providers.

Colombia’s wireless market consists of three players, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Comunicacion Celular is the dominant provider with 67.8% share of the mobile market, whilst Mexico’s Telefonica Moviles Colombia (Movistar) and Luxembourg’s Colombia Movil (Tigo) represent 22.0% and 10.2% of the sector respectively.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, October 07, 2011 1:10:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Republic of Congo’s Regulatory Agency Post and Electronic Communications (ARPCE) has announced the closure of a campaign aimed at registering mobile subscriber data. According to the watchdog, at the end of the process the percentage of subscribers that had handed over their details had risen to 92% as at 30 September 2011, up from the 82% that the regulator had registered at 25 June. ARPCE director general Yves Castanou noted that the country’s mobile network operators will now be given seven days to integrate all of the subscriber data into their respective databases. From 7 October those subscribers that have not provided their information will no longer be able to make outgoing calls, although they will be able to receive incoming connections. Such a setup will not last long however, with APRCE also confirming that from 21 October those mobile users that have still not provided their personal data to their provider will have their access suspended.

The Congolese mobile sector comprises four operators, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, with those being MTN Congo, Airtel Congo, Warid Congo and Equateur Telecomo Group (Azur Congo). MTN is the market leader by subscribers, claiming around 43% of the market at end-2011 with a customer base of 1.731 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, October 07, 2011 1:08:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
French mobile and broadband operator Bouygues Telecom will increase its 3G+ network speed to up to 42 Mbps, ten times its current maximum, CEO Olivier Roussat told journalists. 01net reports that the upgrade will start in Paris, Lyon and Marseille before the end of the year, followed by ski resorts in February 2012 and all of France's large cities by the middle of 2012. Within 18 months two-thirds of data traffic will be carried over this new technology, he said.
 
The move is an interim measure until the launch of LTE services. Roussat expects delays in obtaining authorisations to install new LTE base stations, especially in Paris. The first LTE base stations are not expected to be up and running until the end of 2012. The operator also said it was working on a femtocell to extend mobile internet coverage in homes for LTE. Unlike its rival SFR, Bouygues will not use femtocell for 3G+.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, October 07, 2011 1:02:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Colombia's ICT ministry has received four bids in the tender for its National Fibre Optic Project. The programme aims to deploy fibre connections in 400 municipalities across the country. The bidders are Telmex Colombia; the Fibra Optica Colombiana consortium comprising Total Play and TV Azteca; the Conectividad Para Todos temporary consortium comprising Media Commerce Partners, ZTE, Exicom, and Andinatel; and a temporary consortium comprising Colombia Telecomunicaciones and Telefonica Moviles).
 
The government plans to invest over COP 415.8 million in the project, via a public-private partnership. The project is expected to expand internet penetration to over 90 percent of the Colombian population. The initiative is part of the Colombian government's Vive Digital Plan which aims to reach over 8.8 million broadband connections across the country by 2014. Colombia's National Fibre Optic Project will be developed in 30 months, and will include various phases.
 
As part of the first phase, the government plans to connect at least 120 municipalities by end-2012, while in the second phase an additional 120 municipalities will receive broadband connections.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Friday, October 07, 2011 12:45:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Guam based telco, GTA TeleGuam has announced that it is scrapping the current unlimited mobile data tariffs and will replace it with a range of tariffs for new and existing subscribers.

Currently, GTA TeleGuam's customers pay $29.95 a month for unlimited smartphone data.

Under the new tariffs, GTA TeleGuam will offer three tiered pricing options. These include 5GB for $29.95, 10GB for $49.95, and unlimited monthly usage for $99.95. Overage charges will be billed at $10 per additional Gigabyte. "Moving to usage-based pricing is among multiple steps GTA TeleGuam is taking to better manage explosive wireless network usage and preserve its position as the smartphone leader in Guam," said Roland Certeza, executive vice president of sales and marketing for GTA TeleGuam.

According to GTA TeleGuam mobile data usage reports, more than 90 percent of the company's Mpulse wireless data users use less than 3GB per month.

Source: Cellular News

Friday, October 07, 2011 12:42:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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)  #     |