Category: Operator


The ninth largest international cellular operator in the world, Telenor’s expansionist ambition is undimmed. But the firm has not always had an easy time with M&A activities. Norway is a country steeped in the history of mobile communications; it was a Norwegian university solution that won the CEPT competition in Paris in 1987 to determine […]

Telstra gains advantage with fibre proposal

Australian incumbent Telstra and its biggest rival Optus lodged bids on Wednesday for the rollout of a nationwide fibre network designed to bring broadband connectivity to at least 90 per cent of the population. The bids mark the next stage of a multi-billion dollar investment in the country’s infrastructure that has been continually delayed by […]

UK operator demos dual-band WiMAX handover

UK WiMAX operator, Freedom4, claims it has achieved the world’s first seamless mobile WiMAX session handover between base stations operating at two different frequencies: 2.5GHz and 3.6GHz. Working with its network partners Airspan Networks, Starent Networks and Bridgewater Systems, Freedom4 says it has built the underlying network architecture enabling it to deliver high capacity wholesale […]

T-Mobile gets Macedonian 3G licence

Macedonian communications regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) this week awarded a 3G licence to T-Mobile, after an auction process in which T-Mo was the only bidder. Deutsche Telekom’s Macedonian operation snapped up the 3G licence for Eur10m, and should get its hands on the spectrum this year. The regulator has an eye to […]

Verizon staff suspended for snooping on Obama

A handful of Verizon Wireless employees have been suspended for snooping on US president elect Barack Obama’s mobile phone records. Verizon’s president and CEO Lowell McAdam issued a public apology to Obama on Friday, after it emerged that “a number of” Verizon staff had accessed the president elect’s account. McAdam said the account in question […]

Mobile web favoured by youth

The mobile operator community has been raving about mobile broadband and the rapid adoption of dongles all year. And analyst figures released Monday show that in the UK at least, the mobile web is growing eight times faster than fixed web access. The figures, released by research house Nielsen on Monday, are unsurprising. Between the […]

IPCS backs down over Clearwire JV – for now

IPCS has withdrawn its request for a temporary injunction against the proposed New Clearwire joint venture, comprising Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX business unit (Xohm) and Clearwire. Shareholders of Clearwire and Sprint Nextel are due to vote on the deal Thursday but IPCS, an affiliate of Sprint, thought this would be premature since it is starting court […]

Operators call for contactless payment support

On Tuesday, a number of mobile operators from around the globe called on handset vendors to implement contactless payment functionality in devices from mid-2009 in a bid to drive adoption of mobile payment services. At a GSM Association (GSMA) event held in Macau, China this week, the mobile carrier community called for full NFC (Near […]

Millicom grabs third Rwandan licence

Luxembourg-based carrier Millicom International Cellular (MIC) said Monday it has been awarded the third national mobile licence for Rwanda. Millicom, which operates in a variety of emerging markets including neighbouring African countries Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, said it will own 87.5 per cent of a newly created joint venture firm in partnership […]

Telefonica income drops 50%; news not all bad

Spanish carrier Telefonica gave further indication of the state of the European telecoms market on Friday, reporting revenue for the third quarter that climbed 5.7 per cent year on year to Eur14.99bn while net income dropped 50 per cent year on year to Eur2bn. But the previous year’s income was boosted by the sale of […]

Telekom Austria jumps on femto bandwagon

The mobile division of Austrian carrier Telecom Austria said Friday it has started the first femtocell pilot in Central Europe. Mobilkom has rolled out the technology with 35 selected residential and business customers throughout Austria, using kit from Chinese vendor Huawei. As the carrier explains, a femtocell effectively creates an individual indoor 3G network connected […]

BT to axe 10,000

In the wake of its shock earnings warning earlier this month, UK telco BT has announced plans to axe 10,000 staff. On Thursday, the carrier said EBITDA for the quarter to the end of September dropped 1 per cent year on year to £1.39bn, while revenues climbed 4 per cent year on year to £5.3bn. […]

Telekom Austria to axe 1,500 workers

Austrian carrier Telekom Austria won market approval this week, for its decision to shed 1,250 jobs over the course of 2009. On Wednesday, the operator reported a 6.2 per cent year on year decline to Eur163m during the third quarter, while revenues for the period were up 4 per cent year on year to Eur1.33bn. […]

Clearwire only has eyes for mobile WiMAX

Clearwire has dramatically scaled down its marketing efforts for its fixed and nomadic services, which is based on ‘pre-WiMAX’ equipment from Motorola, as it focuses on mobile WiMAX rollout. “We focused our resources on the strategic priorities of preparing our upcoming mobile WiMAX markets for launch as well as successfully completing a proof of concept network […]

EC investigates VoIP blocking in mobile ops

The European Commission is understood to be probing the practices of mobile operators who block or restrict internet telephony (VoIP) applications on their networks. The EC has sent questionnaires to a number of unidentified European carriers asking for information on their tools and techniques for filtering and blocking VoIP traffic. The assumption is that the […]

DoCoMo spends $2.7bn on Indian takeaway

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo struck a deal Wednesday to acquire 26 per cent of India’s sixth largest cellco, Tata Teleservices, for $2.7bn. In addition, DoCoMo said it also expects to make a further offer for up to 20 per cent of the outstanding common shares of Tata Teleservices Maharashtra. The move will give DoCoMo, which […]

Voda results show carriers can’t dodge downturn

The world’s biggest operator in terms of revenue and arguably the most important bellwether of the global carrier market, demonstrated Tuesday that telecoms might not be as resistant to the economic downturn as everyone thought. Vodafone reported a 34 per cent drop in profits for the first half of the year, to £2.17bn, while revenues […]

Vodafone Malta amends WiMAX mistake

Due to “human error” Vodafone Malta gave the wrong WiMAX subscriber data to regulator MCA (Malta Communications Authority). As a result, the MCA stated in its Communications Market Review, January-June 2008, that the number of subscribers to Vodafone Malta’s WiMAX service was actually fewer in 2Q 2008 than the previous quarter, going from 2,867 to […]

Sprint posts bruising third quarter

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is losing more customers and more money than most analysts expected. During 3Q 2008, Sprint’s subscriber base shrank by 1.3 million, of which 1.1 million were post-paid subscribers closing their accounts. According to five analysts surveyed by Reuters, the average expected post-paid subscriber loss for […]

Austrian carriers blast roaming rate caps

The mobile operators in Austria’s highly competitive market took a break from bitter rivalry on Friday to jointly release research demonstrating the damage done by the EU’s caps on roaming voice prices. The study, commissioned by mobilkom austria, T-Mobile Austria and Orange Austria, claims that the three carriers have experienced a total EBITDA decline of […]


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