Category: Operator


M1 Singapore announces new CEO

Singaporean mobile operator M1 on Tuesday announced its new CEO as Karen Kooi Lee Wah, effective April 22.

France Telecom fortifies African presence

France Telecom has taken control of Senegal’s leading operator, Sonatel, through the acquisition of a further 10 per cent stake from the country’s government.

Hutch rocks Hanoi with GSM network launch

Emerging markets spin off Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) said Wednesday that it will launch its GSM network in Vietnam on Thursday, April 9.

HTC hit in the pocket in first quarter

Taiwanese gadget maker HTC, once dubbed “the hottest tech outfit you never heard of”, has had a tough time of it during the first three months of the year.

France Telecom takes over Mobinil

France Telecom has taken full control of Egyptian mobile carrier Mobinil, after settling a lengthy legal dispute with local operator Orascom Telecom and shelling out Eur530m for Orascom’s holding in Mobinil.

Telenor hit with $1.7bn bill over Ukrainian quarrel

The confusing spat involving Norwegian carrier Telenor, Russian operator VimpelCom and Ukrainian Radio Systems (URS) continues to rumble on, with Telenor this week served with a claim to pay $1.7bn to Farimex Products.

Verizon joins web technology lab

US carrier Verizon Wireless has joined forces with mobile giants Vodafone and China Mobile, and Japanese operator Softbank ) to promote the development of new mobile internet technologies, applications and services.

WiMAX benefits from deep-pocketed operators

One of the findings to emerge from recent research published by Maravedis is that there is a small but significant number of WiMAX operators who have got plenty of cash to spend, despite the economic downturn.

Cosmofon sold to Telekom Slovenije

Slovenian carrier Telekom Slovenije has beaten Turkcell to the punch, snapping up Macedonian mobile operator Cosmofon for Eur190m.

Globe targets nationwide WiMAX in Philippines

Globe Telecom has launched in the Philippines what it claims will eventually be the biggest 802.16e network at 2.5GHz in Southeast Asia. Using equipment from Huawei, Globe is offering a wireless broadband service (speeds of up to 512Kbps) at a monthly cost of P795 (around $16).

Vodafone UK starts Twittering via SMS

Microblogging and social networking tool Twitter has made a made a return to the UK mobile market, after signing a deal with Vodafone that will allow users to send “tweets” by SMS.

Vodafone goes to Thailand

Thai operator dtac said this week that it has signed a deal with Vodafone, the World’s Largest Carrier by Revenues, giving Big Red access to the local market.

Asian mobile market hit hard by crunch

The Asia Pacific mobile industry has been hit hard by the economic slowdown, with the number of new mobile subscribers singed up over the traditionally strong Christmas quarter falling almost 20 million on the previous, and typically slower, quarter.

European telecoms weathering economic storm

The European telecoms sector continued to grow throughout 2008 outperforming the rest of the regional economy, according to figures released by the European Commission this week.

mobilkom launches HSPA+

Austrian carrier mobilkom laid claim to being the first operator in Europe to launch the HSPA+ flavour of 3G technology on a commercial basis on Monday.

China Mobile profits from strong subscriber growth

The World’s Biggest Carrier by Subscribers, China Mobile, notched up a 30 per cent increase in annual profit for 2008, as it continued to expand its subscriber base by picking up new customers in rural areas.

Zain sets sights on Morocco

Kuwaiti carrier Zain has teamed up with an investment fund to acquire 31 per cent of Moroccan operator Wana.

Packet One looks to ZTE

Malaysian operator Packet One Networks (P1) says it is entering into a WiMAX technology partnership with Chinese vendor ZTE. The partnership, which will be formalised next week, is reportedly part of P1’s efforts to accelerate expansion of its WiMAX network.

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