Category: Operator

Sprint commits to iDEN, Moto rejoices

US mobile operator and WiMAX pioneer, Sprint, said it intends to rejuvenate its ageing iDEN network after failing to find a buyer for the unit. The carrier, which acquired the iDEN network along with Nextel in 2005, said it has extended its long term partnership with Motorola, the creator of the proprietary push to talk […]

BT warns over poor Global Services performance

UK carrier BT has issued a profit warning, blaming the weak performance of its international services division. The company said that for the quarter that ended September 30, group revenue is forecast to be ahead of expectations but EBITDA and earnings will be slightly below expectations.  The retail, wholesale and Openreach units are expected to […]

Rogers chief admitted to hospital

The chief executive of Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has been admitted to hospital for treatment for an existing heart condition, the company has announced. As a result, Ted Rogers has temporarily relinquished his responsibilities and Alan Horn, chairman of the board will run the company in his place for an indefinite period. Last week, Rogers […]

Hong Kong considers fixed mobile number portability

The Hong Kong communications regulator has issued a request for comments over the proposed implementation of Fixed Mobile Number Portability (FMNP). At the moment, fixed line subscribers may port their numbers to another fixed network operator and mobile subscribers may port their numbers to another mobile network operator, but cross platform number portability between fixed […]

Zain takes control of Iraqi operator

Middle Eastern carrier Zain has increased its ownership stake in Zain Iraq from 30 per cent to 62 per cent, the company said over the weekend. Zain increased its stake through a pre-agreed call option with the owners of Athir National in Bahrain, which is one of the three founders of Atheer Telecom Iraq, now […]

UK users get cheaper mobile broadband

UK service providers have started a price war over mobile broadband, after one carrier claimed that 10 per cent of users are mis-sold packages. On Friday, Telefonica’s UK operation, O2 UK, announced that research it had carried out revealed that one in ten mobile broadband users feel they were mis-sold on what it offered. The […]

Ghana: poised for growth

The West African nation of Ghana is poised for further growth, but increased competition is bound to make things challenging. Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, is under close scrutiny at the moment. Despite raging growth in recent years, mobile penetration remains relatively low and countries across the region are seen as an attractive option in the […]

“Let the buying begin,” says telecoms analyst

Despite the economic chaos, telecoms firms should not let a sensible attitude of caution turn into a bunker mentality. For those with tangible resources available, analysts say a more aggressive strategy is advisable. This week, industry analyst Ovum predicted that the financial crisis will force a sea change in the telecoms landscape, largely outdating the […]

France Telecom posts reassuring figures

French carrier France Telecom reassured investors on Thursday with financial results that bode well for the European telecoms sector, according to analysts. The French incumbent posted a gross operating margin (equivalent to EBITDA) for the third quarter of Eur5.09bn, flat against the same period last year. Consolidated revenue climbed 2.3 per cent on a comparable […]

Vodafone takes brand into Russia, CIS

Russia’s leading mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has partnered with Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenues, to bring the Big V’s brand to Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia. On Thursday, Voda announced that it has struck a strategic, non-equity partnership with MTS, giving the Russian operator access to products, services and […]

Telenor moves into India as profits slide

Norwegian carrier Telenor said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy 60 per cent of Indian mobile licensee Unitech Wireless, for just over $1bn. Mobile start up Unitech has spectrum licences for all 22 telecom circles, and plans to launch services mid 2009. The attraction of the Indian telecoms market is no secret. The country […]

TeliaSonera posts 13% drop in earnings

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera on Tuesday published a 13 per cent drop in third quarter profit, which came to SEK5.4bn (Eur541m), compared to SEK6.2bn in the same period last year. Despite the global turmoil, the company still managed to boost revenues for the three month period by 4 per cent annually, to SEK25.8bn. TeliaSonera’s total subscriber […]

VimpelCom shares frozen in Siberia

Confusion continues to reign over the ownership of second placed Russian mobile operator VimpelCom. On Monday, Norwegian carrier Telenor said that it had received notice that a Siberian appeals court has arrested Telenor and Altimo’s (Alfa) shares in VimpelCom, amounting to almost 63 per cent of the company. Using a ruling it obtained in Khanty-Mansiysk […]

CDMA players bet on LTE, WiMAX

An unusual announcement came through from the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Tuesday morning, claiming that CDMA operators will be among the first to roll out LTE and Mobile WiMAX. Pitching a 4G strategy based on cooperation with other industry organisations is a dramatic turnaround for the CDG, whose conflicts with lobby groups for competing 2G […]

DoCoMo taps NSN, Fujitsu for LTE core

Setting the pace for adoption of next generation wireless broadband technology, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu and Nokia Siemens Networks for an LTE core network. According to an announcement released Monday, DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu to implement NSN’s core Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform, which the Japanese operator also calls Super 3G. The […]

Verizon delivers results without iPhone effect

US carrier Verizon beat the crunch during the third quarter, reporting a hefty 31.3 per cent rise in net income to $1.7bn, compared to $1.3bn in the same period last year. On Monday, the company posted a strong performance, thanks largely to its wireless division, showing AT&T that it can keep pace even without the […]

CenturyTel snaps up Embarq

US operator CenturyTel said Monday that it is to acquire ex-Sprint fixed line operation, Embarq, for around $5bn in stock. Upon closing of the transaction, which reflects an enterprise value of approximately $11.6b, including $5.8bn in debt, Embarq shareholders will own approximately 66 per cent of the company and CenturyTel shareholders are expected to own […]

PCCW wins Oman fixed line licence

A consortium including Hong Kong operator PCCW and a local investor has won a fixed line licence for Oman, the country’s communications regulator said over the weekend. The Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority announced the award to Awaser Oman Consortium, which achieved the highest marks in the technical and commercial evaluation as well as the financial […]

EU telcos say soft regulation will offset credit crunch

Europe’s leading telecoms operators have called for a softening of regulation across the sector, to encourage investment in next generation infrastructure in the face of the credit crunch. On Friday, some of the carrier community’s leading lights gathered in Venice for the annual general assembly of ETNO (the European Telecommunications Networks Operators’ association). In the […]

Telefonica puts WiMAX on trial in Brazil

Telefonica, in cooperation with Motorola and Intel, has started a mobile WiMAX trial in Sao Paulo. The pilot, which involves around 150 users, is using the 2.5GHz frequency band and is aiming to provide 2Mbps on the downlink and 600Kbps on the uplink. The trial partners reportedly want to make the WiMAX service commercially available […]

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