Africa gets borderless calling with One Network

Pan-African operator Celtel International has extended the reach of the ‘borderless’ One Network, giving almost half of Africa’s population the ability to make calls at local rates across 12 countries throughout the continent. Celtel, a subsidiary of the Zain Group, has extended the borderless mobile network to Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan. […]

MTN deploys WiMAX in Cameroon

Pan-African carrier MTN confirmed it interest in WiMAX on Wednesday, tapping kit vendor Redline Communications to build a 12 city WiMAX network in Cameroon. Christian de Faria, MTN’s vice president for the West and Central Africa Region, confessed his interest in the wireless broadband technology earlier this year, telling that the company was looking […]

Voda upsets German Apple cart

Californian cool peddler Apple, has had a spanner thrown into the works of its German iPhone strategy and could be forced to sell an unlocked version of the device in the country. On Tuesday it emerged that Vodafone Germany had won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell […]

Vivendi calls Saudi talks off

French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has called off discussions with Middle Eastern company Saudi Oger regarding an investment in Oger Telecom. Vivendi did not give a reason for the breakdown in talks and only said it will continue to pursue an acquisition strategy “with the emphasis on value creation at an acceptable price, […]

More spectrum reserved for wireless broadband

The World Radiocommunication Conference, which took place in Geneva last week, concluded with the adoption of an international treaty to increase the spectrum available for mobile broadband services. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) adopted a proposal led by African Governments to identify a swathe of UHF spectrum for the provision of mobile broadband services in […]

Voda seeking to increase Chinese presence

Vodafone, “the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue”, has plans to use the government led restructuring of the telecoms market to increase its presence in the country. The Chinese government is planning to shake up the local telecoms market as part of the roll out of 3G in country. And Vodafone intends to use its […]

France Telecom eyeing Kenya, C&W?

Cable & Wireless was being ground through the rumour mill on Friday morning, with abundant speculation that France Telecom was in the picture to buy out the carrier. Earlier in the week, the carrier had posted a profit of £134m for the six months to the end of September, compared to an income of £58m […]

Mobile internet remains largely unexploited

The market for mobile internet services remains largely untapped, according to industry analysts which claim that operators and service providers could be raking in as much as $66bn per year, instead of the $9.5bn they are taking at present. Industry analyst the Yankee Group warned that the full extent of the mobile internet services opportunity […]

Malaysia gets the message

Two Malaysian operators, Digi and Maxis, have announced the availability of interconnected mobile instant messaging (IM) services. Meanwhile, the country’s third operator, Celcom, is thought to be on the brink of launching its own IM service. When that happens Malaysia will be the first country in the world to have full IM interconnect between carriers. […]

EU telecoms review meets with mixed response

On the whole, the Telecoms Reform Package presented by the European Commission on Wednesday, was met with a warm welcome. As many industry watchers anticipated, the scheme is a far reaching reform, proposing both new regulation and the removal of old regulation where competition is already considered effective. By far the most contentious issue is […]

Vodafone turns a profit; improves outlook

Vodafone, the “world’s biggest carrier in terms of revenue”, recorded a profit of £3.3bn during the six months to September 30, compared to a loss of £5bn during the same period last year. The Big V also kept its monster revenues up, increasing sales by 9 per cent year on year to reach £17bn, driven […]

EC unveils super regulator, consumer champion

The European Commission courted controversy Tuesday afternoon, after unveiling plans to create a European “super regulator” for the region’s telecoms market. Although it had been highly anticipated, the proposal masterminded by the European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, looks certain to cause disruption among the operator and regulator communities. The planned European […]

O2 notes shift to postpay contracts as iPhone launches

The iconic Apple iPhone went on sale in the UK and Germany on Friday evening, marking the start of a new wave of operator competition in some of the world’s most mature mobile markets. It’s too early to tell whether the device will be a boon to UK partner O2, but on Monday, the Telefonica-owned […]

EU ready to unveil super regulator plans

The European Commission is expected to push forward with proposals to create a single European telecoms regulator this week. Still buoyant from her victory over mobile roaming charges, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, is expected to detail plans for greater powers for the EC in the form of an independent Europe-wide […]

BT to lose 5,000 managers as profits slip

UK incumbent telco BT said Thursday it expects to lose around 5,000 management positions this year under its restructuring programme. The group’s transformation programme led to costs of £182m during the quarter to end September 30, principally relating to the jobs cuts. This triggered a 31 per cent drop in profits during the quarter, with […]

Finns roll out 3G in 900MHz band

Finnish mobile operator Elisa said Thursday that it has launched what it claims to be the world’s first commercial WCDMA 3G network in the 900MHz spectrum. Local kit maker Nokia Siemens Networks supplied its WCDMA Frequency Refarming platform for the project, which has been in trial for over a year. Elisa claims to be the […]

Virgin Media stems subscriber losses

UK quad play operator Virgin Media was upbeat on Wednesday after releasing a financial report that showed it had reigned in customer departures following its public spat with Sky over content rights. Virgin recorded a return to customer growth during the third quarter, reporting 13,000 net additions to its cable network as churn reduced slightly […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

O2 hiring extra staff to deal with iPhone rush

Mobile operator O2 UK is hiring an extra 1,427 people to help it cope with demand for the Apple iPhone when it launches in the UK on Friday evening [at 6.02pm]. The operator said Tuesday that 700 new jobs will be added to its customer services team, while another 727 people are being recruited in […]

Brits send 4,000 text messages every minute

Brits sent an average of 1.2 billion text messages every week during the month of September, equivalent to the same number of messages sent during the whole of 1999. Industry body the Mobile Data Association (MDA) said Monday that a total of 4.825 billion messages were sent during September 2007, highlighting a 25 per cent […]


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