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 Monday, 16 January 2012

Some 71% of India’s total mobile subscription base is active.

TRAI, the regulator, reports that India had 884.37 million mobile subscriptions in November 2011, up by 2.97 million in the month. Rural areas accounted for 71.7% of these net additions to reach rural penetration of 36.05%, while urban penetration reached 159.92%. Of the 884.37 million mobile subscriptions, around 71.8% or 635.39 million were active (not accounting for the CDMA subscriber base of BSNL) on the basis of the peak Visitor Location Register (VLR) in November 2011.

A number of operators have said that they will start disconnecting customers who have not used their mobile phones for more than 60 days (see India: 20 November 2011: Vodafone to Disconnect Inactive Subscribers). This is the timeline the Indian authorities use to calculate operators’ numbering requirements. As a result, operators’ mobile customer bases will appear to shrink, although both ARPU and MoU levels will be boosted as a result of these calculations. The table below provides an estimate of how monthly ARPU could be lifted by a revision of Vodafone India’s customer base.

Source: IHS.

Monday, 16 January 2012 15:08:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile subscribers in Belarus totaled 10.7 million in Belarus on 1 January, accordi­ng to Belarusian Statistics. Mobile penetration is at 113 percent, from 108.6 percent the year before. The country has 14,600 base stations across the country and 4,100 UMTS base stations.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Monday, 16 January 2012 15:07:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 January 2012

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) will begin enforcing the registration of new and existing mobile phone users on 1 March this year, according to local daily New Vision. Customers of wireless services will be given one year to register their SIM with their mobile provider, backed-up with a national identity document such as a passport or driver’s licence. Owners of multiple SIMs will need to have all of their lines registered, and those without the required documents will be able to have a family member register on their behalf. SIMs unregistered by the 1 March 2013 cut-off point will be deactivated.

 The registration drive aims to reduce phone-based crime, and follows similar projects throughout East Africa in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of September 2011 Uganda was home to some 16.1 million wireless customers, representing 47.4% of the population.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:46:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cameroon is set to receive a third mobile operator following the launch of a new network backed by local footballer Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroon Tribune reports. Set’Mobile is scheduled to go live on 21 January 2012, the opening day of the Africa Cup of Nations, joining South Africa’s MTN Cameroon and Orange Cameroun of France in the local wireless market. The network, which is designed to bring cheap mobile voice and data services to the country, was unveiled last month and more than 50,000 SIM cards have already been sold, according to local press.

 Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:44:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zimbabwean state-owned cellular operator NetOne has opened up its mobile broadband service to pre-paid subscribers, having previously run a trial of the high speed internet service in October-December for a small minority of its customers – those on post-paid contracts with a minimum monthly salary of USD1,000. Local technology journal TechZim reports that 2.5G/3G data usage will be charged at USD0.10 per 1MB on a pre-paid basis – which is cheaper in comparison to the USD0.15 out-of-tariff data charge for users of cellular market leader Econet Wireless, and equal to the data tariff set by NetOne’s nearest rival Telecel Zimbabwe.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:43:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The global telecommunications industry continues to expand as spending by consumers and businesses for wireless services fuels industry revenue growth, says a new market analysis report from Insight Research. ­According to the report, telecommunications services revenue on a worldwide basis will grow from $2.1 trillion in 2012 to $2.7 trillion in 2017 at a combined average growth rate of 5.3 percent.

The report also notes that wireless subscriber growth, particularly in Asia and other emerging markets, will raise wireless revenues by 64 percent from current levels, while wireline revenues show only modest growth. Nearly all of the growth in both sectors is expected to occur in broadband services, with wireless 3G and 4G broadband services projected to grow at a compounded rate of 24 percent over the forecast period and wireline broadband services projected to grow at a 13 percent compounded rate over the same forecast horizon.

"Despite global economic uncertainty, the telecommunications industry is showing strong revenue growth, which is being driven by consumer Internet usage and business mobility solutions. These are enabling new applications," says Fran Caulfield, Research Director for Insight Research.

"Even amidst so much economic uncertainty, the fact remains that telecommunications is a key factor in economic growth. Telecommunications facilitates socio-economic advancement and is a critical utility for economic development, much like water and energy," Caulfield concluded.

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:41:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Macau government launched a tender to award two new fixed line telephony concessions on 1 January, as the country takes its final step towards full market liberalisation. According to the MacauHub website, sole fixed line incumbent Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) – which is co-owned by UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Portuguese incumbent Portugal Telecom (PT) – is also set to have its existing wireline licence renewed following the tender. Although the new concessions are set to change hands in 1H12, the new licensees are not expected to be in a position to inaugurate their networks until 2013 – until which time they will be able to resell services over CTM’s network, and pay the established telco an undetermined fee.

According to majority owner CWC, at the end of 2010 (last available data) CTM had 178,000 fixed line customers, 132,000 broadband clients and 387,000 active mobile subscribers. Elsewhere, the cellco already competes with the likes of China Unicom, Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3 Macau and fellow Hong Kong-based firm SmarTone in the wireless sector. Macau is believed to be home to more than one million mobile subscribers, of which CTM is believed to hold the lion’s share.

Macau is situated on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, adjacent to mainland China, approximately 60km southwest of Hong Kong. It was colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century, becoming the first European settlement in the Far East in the process, but was handed back on 20 December 1999, and became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. The territory’s economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes some manufacturing.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:39:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

For many people today it seems difficult to live without the internet, however a decreasing, but still non-negligible, part of the EU population has never used it. In the 27 EU Member States, almost three quarters of households had access to the internet in the first quarter of 2011, compared with almost half in the first quarter of 2006. The share of households with broadband internet connections more than doubled between 2006 and 2011, to reach 68% in 2011 compared with 30% in 2006. During the same period, the share of individuals aged 16-74 in the EU27 who had never used the internet decreased from 42% to 24%.

Source: Europe's Information Society.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:35:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In 2010, there were yet 660 centers without Internet access. All other centers, that is, 88.8 per cent out of a total 6 608 Spanish libraries were already connected to the Internet, according to the report “Estadisticas de Bibliotecas 2010” published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas (INE).

In 2000, four out of ten Spanish libraries had Internet access, which means that the figure has doubled in the last ten years. The number of centers with a website remains however much lower: in 2010, 34.9 per cent of Spanish libraries had a website. Their electronic addresses received 343.23 million visits, which corresponds to a 8.8 per cent increase to the previous figure from 2008.

Source: El Pais.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:33:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, welcomed figures just released which show a solid increase in the availability of both mobile internet and basic quality fixed broadband lines. At the same time the Commissioner warned that Europe risked missing out on badly needed economic growth if it does not step up a gear and increase the capacity of its broadband networks. Studies show that a 10 percentage point increase in broadband take-up boosts annual GDP growth by 1 to 1.5%.

Broadband is getting faster in Europe, but very high speed connections are not yet widely available. Although 42.2 % of fixed broadband lines were at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps) in July 2011 (up from 29.2% a year ago), only 6.5 % were at least as fast as 30 Mbps and less than 1% at least 100 Mbps. The EU is not yet delivering on the 2020 high-speed targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200).

Fixed broadband growing, but slowing: there were 27.2 fixed broadband lines per 100 citizens in July 2011, but take-up slowed, and grew by only 5.8 % in the last twelve months. Highest take-up was in the Netherlands (39.3 %), Denmark (38.5 %), France (33.9 %) and Germany (32.7 %), with Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia and Latvia still below 20%. At the end of 2011 one third of households in the EU did not have a broadband subscription (according to Eurostat's latest figures). .

Mobile broadband, fastest growing: up by 25.4 %, mobile broadband subscriptions (dedicated devices, USB keys and modems), are the fastest growing element of the broadband market. Including smart phone users, mobile broadband take-up reached 34.6 % in July 2011, up from 22.3 % twelve months earlier.

EU lagging behind competitors on ultra-fast internet: in the EU only 6.5 % of fixed broadband connections offer at least 30 Mbps, and 0.9 % at least 100 Mbps. These shares are doubled in the US, and in Korea and Japan all connections are already faster than 30 Mbps.

Best prices? Consumers in France and Sweden are among those who could benefit from the best deals for very high speed broadband, in terms of advertised maximum speeds in bundled packages. Broadband prices were on average cheapest in Latvia, Lithuania and Romania for most broadband connection speeds.

Source: European Commision.
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:29:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Chile has launched the fixed number portability system. Chilean customers can currently port their fixed numbers in the Arica region. Arica has around 36,000 households with fixed telepho­ny lines. The system will be made available to the Santiago area in March 2012, to be then gradually expanded across the country. Additionally, Chile has rolled out a mobile number portability trial. The pilot will take about one month. The mobile number portability system is scheduled for commercial launch on 16 January 2012, Emol reports. Communications software and services provider Telcordia is managing Chile's number portability system.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:15:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Spanish regulator CMT has launched public consultations on mobile termination rates in the Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo networks. CMT proposes a 73 percent reduction of mobile termination fees for the three main mobile operators Movistar, Vodafone Spain and Orange Spain, from the current 4 eurocents per minute to 1.09 eurocents per minute. CMT also plans to cut MTRs in the Yoigo ne­twork by 80 percent, from the current 4.98 eurocents to 1.09 eurocents per minute. The regulator proposes a two-year glide path for mobile termination rates, with cuts every six months starting in April 2012 until October 2014.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:13:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

On the first day of the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunications/ICT Indicators Meeting in Port Louis, Mauritius, it was announced that the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is expanding with a new member: the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposals.

“The inclusion of the Basel Convention Secretariat is particularly valuable at a time when growing attention is being paid to the measurement of the environmental implications for ICT, such as the growth of electronic waste “ said the current chair of the Partnership Steering Committee, Mr Torbjorn Fredriksson, Chief of the ICT Analysis Section of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

“The Secretariat of the Basel Convention will bring to the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development its expertise and experience with e-waste issues on global level, its network of national and international institutions, academics, industry and civil society” commented Mr Matthias Kern, who will be representing the Basel Convention Secretariat in the Partnership.

“Measuring e-waste is one of the emerging topics we are exploring at this year’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting. I am extremely pleased to announce the new membership of the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention at this occasion” said Ms Susan Teltscher, Head of ITU’s ICT Data and Statistics Division.

For more information, please contact Susan Teltscher (email:

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators, particularly in developing countries. Launched in 2004, the Partnership helps measure the information society by defining a core list of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these indicators; helping developing countries collect ICT statistics; and collecting and disseminating information society statistics.

Existing members include Eurostat, ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNESCAP, UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNESCWA.

The Secretariat of the Basel Convention is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and is mandated to support parties in the implementation of the Convention. Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), in particular used and end-of-life equipment from the ICT sector has been identified as a priority waste stream. See

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting is held annually, bringing together representatives from ICT Ministries, regulatory authorities and national statistical offices to discuss pertinent issues related to information society measurements and to advance the availability of internationally comparable ICT statistics.

Source: ITU Newslog.

Friday, 13 January 2012 12:01:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
French operators added 45,000 fast broadband customers in the third quarter to reach a total of 600,000 at the end of September, according to telecommunications regulator Arcep. The customer base includes 175,000 FTTH and FTTB subscribers, up by 20,000 in the quarter and by 71,000 in one year. Most of the remaining 425,000 fast broadband customers are on fibre/co-ax cable. Their number rose by 25,000 in the third quarter and by 34 percent over one year. Overall broadband customers grew by 340,000 net customers in the third quarter to reach 22.4 million. Growth over one year was 7 percent, or 1.5 million subscribers. At 20.7 million, 93 percent of all broadband subscribers were on xDSL at the end of September. The number of homes eligible for FTTH rose by 40 percent in one year to 1.35 million. At the end of June the figure stood at 1.21 million. The number of homes that are eligible for FTTH from more than one operator rose by 210 percent in one year to 405,000. At the end of June the figure stood at 336,000. Arcep found that at the end of September there were 13,000 subscribers to a service provider other than the one who installed their building's fibre. This is up on 9,300 at the end of June and 620 percent more than at the end of September 2010.

Telecom Paper.

Friday, 13 January 2012 11:39:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Kuwaiti telecoms group Zain has yet to agree on the fee for a mobile licence to operate in the newly independent country of South Sudan, which seceded from the north in July 2011. Zain Sudan’s chief executive Elfatih Erwa told news agency Reuters that the company has spent USD60 million dividing its operations in two, after South Sudan acquired its own international dialling code (+211) upon gaining independence, but the cellco has not yet entered into discussions with the government on a licence fee. ‘The government of South Sudan has not engaged on the licence fee yet,’ noted Erwa, adding: ‘The government said for us not to worry. They will start discussions once they set and enhance the laws and get more experience as a regulator.’ The executive added that Zain Sudan will invest USD280 million in the improvement of its infrastructure in the north in 2012, and plans to spend between USD60 million and USD80 million in the south. ‘Our network is completely separated and we are running both the old numbers and the new numbers so that we don’t deprive our customers of being disconnected until they make a full switch,’ Erwa said. Plans to build a fibre network in the South have been delayed, Erwa noted, due to the regulator not being ready and security issues in certain areas. Zain has approximately 590,000 mobile subscribers in South Sudan, with customers and revenue in the country forecast to grow 20% and 10% respectively in 2012.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 13 January 2012 11:33:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The new regulation by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will reduce the access charges paid by mobile operators for the text messages sent by customers across all networks by as much as 57 percent. According to reports, the regulator has slashed the interconnection rates, a major revenue source for the mobile operators, from US$ 0.008 to US$ 0.0035, and expects the charge for the customers to be reduced to around US$ 0.023 per SMS.

As per sources, the revenue from text messages was US$ 648 million, almost 27 percent of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.’s earnings for the first nine months of 2011. Further, Globe Telecom’s revenue from mobile communications data services reportedly accounted for 39 percent of the company’s overall revenues for the same period.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 13 January 2012 11:32:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Enterprises use the internet for a variety of purposes: to present information on a website, to offer online shopping facilities to customers and to interact with public authorities. In the 27 EU Member States, 95% of enterprises had access to the internet in January 2011. The share of enterprises having a fixed broadband connection to access the internet grew slightly from 84% in 2010 to 87% in 2011. On the other hand, the use of mobile broadband connections increased significantly in the same period, from 27% to 47%.

Source: European Commission

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 13:22:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 07 December 2011

From today, incumbent fixed line operator Mauritius Telecom is cutting the cost of its residential ADSL Home tariffs by between 12% and 46%, and halving access prices on its ADSL Business plans, L’Express reports. The announcement was made by the Minister of Information Technology and Communication (ICT), Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, on 25 November during a press briefing. As a result of the reduction, the cost of the telco’s 256kbps ADSL Home package will come down to MUR349 (USD12.35) per month from MUR399, the 512kbps service will be trimmed to MUR699 from MUR759, while the cost of its 1Mbps plan will be cut by 46% to MUR799.

Meanwhile ADSL Business users will see their rates cut by 50%, while call centres and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms will experience cuts of between 10% and 46%. Mauritius Telecom will not however, be cutting the cost of its triple-play service, My.T.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 09:14:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |