Category: Operator

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 […]

G1 Android phone gets updated after one day

Just one day after the launch of the first Android-based phone in the US, official G1 carrier T-Mobile USA has already started pushing out updates. The official T-Mobile forums for the G1 have been a hive of activity this week, not least because of the revelation of a new software update which was made available […]

Blyk brings in NSN to help with expansion

Ad funded MVNO Blyk announced plans to expand into Belgium on Thursday, tapping Nokia Siemens Networks to host its core network. Blyk, which launched its first services in the UK just over a year ago, is unusual no just in the fact that it has an ad funded business model, but also in that it […]

Fring brings true VoIP over 3G to Austria

Mobile VoIP player Fring made wave on Wednesday, announcing a partnership with leading Austrian mobile operator, mobilkom. Under the agreement, mobilkom austria, which offers products under the popular A1 brand, will give customers access to a dedicated version of the Fring mobile client. The fact that this service will use proper VoIP over 3G, rather […]

iPhone subsidies hit AT&T profits

US carrier AT&T said Wednesday that iPhone 3G subsidies had taken a $900m chunk out of its pre-tax third quarter profits. Given that the device is selling like hot cakes – Apple shifted 6.9 million units in the last quarter – AT&T warned that earnings dilution associated with the iPhone 3G is likely to run […]

DoCoMo to build HSUPA chip

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo had teamed up with electronics manufacturers Fujitsu and Sharp and semiconductor firm Renesas Technology to co develop and HSUPA platform. DoCoMo said the SH-Mobile G4 single chip LSI device, will support HSUPA1/HSDPA2/WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The technology is due for completion by the first quarter of 2010. The SH-Mobile G4 will be […]

T-Mo USA beefs up 3G ahead of Android launch

US GSM operator T-Mobile USA is expanding its 3G network ahead of the launch of the much hyped Google phone, the G1. Based on the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA) Android operating system, the G1 will go on sale at T-Mobile stores on Wednesday, costing $179 with a two year voice and data agreement. This week, […]

France Telecom expands into Uganda

French carrier France Telecom has expanded its African footprint under a deal with Ugandan new entrant Hits Telecom. Under the agreement signed at the weekend, France Telecom will take majority ownership of a new entity, Orange Uganda, which will control Hits Telecom’s existing GSM network and telecom assets. Hits Telecom Uganda acquired a GSM 900/1800 […]

Germans get Voda, O2 backed m-payment service

German wireless operators Vodafone and O2 launched an m-payment service Friday, allowing users to make direct debit payments from their handset. The mpass service can be tied to a user’s debit account, so they can make online purchases just by entering their mobile number and PIN. Before the purchase is cleared, users will receive a […]

3 unveils homegrown budget web phone

The newly inaugurated handset design unit that emerged from the incubator of Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa this week, has shown off the first fruits of its labour. Unfortunately, all we could get our hands on was an image of the forthcoming device. INQ Mobile has not yet confirmed any other info. We know that the […]

Verizon launches Moto touchscreen gadget

Troubled vendor Motorola spiced up its listless handset portfolio Tuesday with the release of its latest touchscreen device, the Krave. Available exclusively on US carrier Verizon Wireless’ network, the Krave features not one, but two touch sensitive screens. The transparent outside surface of the clamshell handset offers users access to services including V Cast Mobile […]

Aircel invests $400m in new kit

Indian operator Aircel has sigend a deal worth $400m with Chinese infrastructure vendor ZTE to expand its GSM coverage. Aircel, majority owned by Malaysia’s largest telecoms operator Maxis, has an estimated 13.6 million subscribers according to Informa Telecoms & Media making it the country’s fifth placed carrier. Aircel has ten operational networks running in India, […]

Grameenphone extends all-IP network

The leading Bangladeshi operator by subscriber numbers, Grameenphone, will extend the capacity of its all-IP core network. The Telenor Group company says the decision to add capacity comes about as a result of “tremendous” growth in subscribers over the past year and the resulting increase in traffic over the network. Informa Telecoms & Media estimates […]

ZTE banned from Telenor supplier list

Norwegian carrier Telenor has banned Chinese vendor from all of its equipment tenders for six months for an unspecified breach of the carrier’s code of conduct policy, the firm has said. “We have suspended ZTE from participating in tenders and new business opportunities for a period of six months ending March 3 next year,” said […]

PCCW abandons disposal plan

Hong Kong’s leading operator PCCW said this week that it has abandoned plans to offload a 45 per cent stake in its newly founded quad play unit, HKT Group, as a result of the economic crisis. The Hong Kong firm said it had received “substantial interest and formal proposals from several bidders” for the acquisition […]

Sprint finds buyer for iDEN unit?

US operator Sprint Nextel is understood to have received significant interest in its iDEN push to talk operation originally set up by Nextel. Sprint bought up Nextel for around $36bn in 2005, giving it a solid enterprise customer base. But the flagging operator has been haemorrhaging subscribers of late and more recently shifted its evolution […]

Voda makes offer to boost stake in Vodacom

UK-based operator Vodafone said Friday that it has made a Rand22.5bn ($2.5bn) bid for a further 15 per cent stake in South African operation Vodacom. If successful, Vodafone would then own 65 per cent of an attractive asset with strong market positions in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania. Vodacom is […]

KT plots path for WiBro growth

Korea’s fixed-line incumbent is looking to discounted bundled offers, increased network coverage, more devices and Wave 2.0 kit to spur WiBro take-up.

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