New 3G licence for Hong Kong

The Hong Kong communications regulator is reportedly planning to auction a new 3G licence for the country. The four existing 3G operators are expected to be able to bid for the cdma2000 standard 3G license, although all four operate WCDMA networks. The existing licensees are SmarTone, Hutchison Telecommunications International Holdings, CSL New World Mobility, Telstra […]

Softbank starts price war in Japan

Japan’s smallest cellular operator, Softbank Mobile, struck the first blow on Tuesday, in what is expected to turn into a full scale price war with the introduction of Mobile Number Portability. Softbank, which became Japan’s third placed mobile operator through the acquisition of Vodafone Japan in April, appears determined to make up for the shortcomings […]

Vivendi hits T-Mobile with racketeering suit

French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) complaint in federal court in the State of Washington, alleging that T-Mobile has illegally appropriated Vivendi’s holding in a Polish operator. The move highlights how ugly the situation in Poland is becoming as both Vivendi and T-Mobile parent, […]

3 buys shop space ahead of Christmas

Hutchison Whampoa’s UK 3G operation said Tuesday that it has acquired 95 retail stores in shopping centres and high street locations across the UK from retailer the Link. Under the agreement 3 UK, which currently has around 30 “3Stores” in the UK, is acquiring 73 Link stores and 22 O2 stores. UK mobileco O2 snapped […]

Russia selects 3G frequencies

Russia’s Telecommunications Ministry said late Monday that it has decided on the spectrum to be allocated for 3G services and will announce a tender within the next 45 days. The ministry will assign spectrum in the frequency bands 1935-1980MHz, 2010-2025MHz and 2125-2170MHz, with each license valid for the deployment of IMT-2000 UMTS standard mobile networks. […]

AT&T 3Q beats expectations

US telco AT&T reported Monday that third quarter earnings increased 73.8 per cent year on year to $2.16bn (£1.15bn), beating analyst expectations. Gains on wireless revenues along with merger integration progress also helped operating revenues jump 51.8 per cent to $15.6bn during the period. AT&T’s total wireline revenues for the quarter were $14.6bn, up 58 […]

EU inquiry into O2 roaming complaint

The European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, said Monday that his office has opened an inquiry into a complaint made by O2 on the European Commission’s investigation into its roaming services. The complaint dates back to July 2004, when the Commission sent a statement to O2, alleging that it had been abusing a dominant market position by […]

Ericsson records third quarter profit rise

The fortunes of Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson look to be on the change, with the announcement Thursday that the company has recorded its first increase in profit this year. Bolstered by a strong performance from its handset joint venture with Sony and an increased interest in the mobile broadband sector, net income for the third […]

3GSM Asia: Two billion GSM subs today, tomorrow the world

Operators should already be thinking beyond the next 1 billion subscribers and looking towards a time when GSM coverage reaches out over 90 per cent of the world’s population. That was the message delivered to delegates by a panel of leading CEOs at the 3GSM World Congress keynote address this week in Singapore. It took […]

3GSM Asia: Indian growth to be driven by content

In terms of net adds per month, India is the world’s fastest growing mobile market, but cut throat competition in the voice telephony space has left operators seeking new ways to drive revenues. In a country with a large youth population, India’s leading operators see mobile content of all kinds as a strong channel for […]

Mobile broadband adoption finally here?

It is no secret that 3G uptake has been pretty disappointing for operators and bemoaning the slow uptake of mobile broadband and content has become a theme for 2006. But industry analyst Jupiter Research thinks that the trend might change in 2007, thanks to a renewed drive by the operator community. Ealier this week Vodafone […]

Moto records 45 per cent drop in Q3 profit

The world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola, saw its share price plummet by 9 percent Wednesday after the company reported a 45 percent drop in Q3 profit and missed its sales forecast. The sharp drop is the biggest for Motorola in almost four years. The earnings met Wall Street’s estimates however sales of the company’s […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

SFR subs get Happy Zone

French operator SFR launched “Happy Zone”, a home zone cellular service on Thursday, allowing users to benefit from flat rate unlimited calls to domestic fixed lines. The service works much like T-Mobile’s @Home offering, which allows subscribers to make cheaper calls from the network cell their home resides in. The Happy Zone for SFR customers […]

ESPN bails out of MVNO space

Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) ESPN Mobile has called it a day, after failing to get a strong enough foothold in the US market. The service provider, which some analysts said was one of the most promising MVNO launches of the last year, targeted a specific market with unique sporting content. But the operator appears […]

Chunghwa raises $985m in ADR sale

Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom raised $985m (£527m) through a sale of American Depository Receipts (ADRs), the company said Thursday. The company sold 56.43 million ADRs, mostly on behalf of Taiwan’s Ministry of transportation and Communications (MoTC) and Taiwan Mobile. The move will reduce the MoTC’s stake in Chunghwa Telecom to 36.12 per cent from 42.21 […]

DT rejects Vivendi’s PTC bid

German incumbent Deutsche Telekom has rejected the offer from Vivendi to buy DT’s 49 per cent stake in Polish mobile operator Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). As reported by telecoms.com Tuesday, Vivendi put Eur2.5bn on the table to take control of PTC, but reports in the German press state that DT is not prepared to sell […]

Amena joins FreeMove

France Telecom’s Spanish unit Amena, announced plans to join the FreeMove Alliance on Monday. The Alliance already includes founding members Telecom Italia Mobile, T-Mobile and Orange, with Nordic operator TeliaSonera joining earlier this year. With a policy of only allowing one operator per country to join the Alliance, Amena seized an opportunity which opened up […]

Orange brings converged service to table

The first competition in the convergence space is likely to kick off in November, with both BT and France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange introducing similar products at the same time. Mobile operator Orange gave details on its forthcoming fixed mobile convergence service Monday, which will allow its customers to use a mobile handset to make […]

African satellite in trouble

Global satellite operator Intelsat said late Thursday that one of its satellites, IS-802, has “experienced a sudden and unexpected anomaly”. The operator said that its control center is communicating with the satellite and the satellite is under control and accepting commands, but the company has had to go through the process of making alternative capacity […]

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