NextWave continues shopping spree

US wireless broadband player NextWave said late Friday that it is to become the major shareholder in Japanese wireless operator IP Mobile. Under the deal, NextWave will acquire 69.2 per cent of shares in the Japanese firm from Mori Trust for an undisclosed sum. It looks like NextWave, which is developing proprietary chipsets and related […]

Vodafone rebels win support in US

Rebel Vodafone shareholders demanding a shake up of the operator’s capital structure are understood to have made some headway with their demands in the US. US-based shareholder advisory group, Glass Lewis, is believed to have recommended that US investors in Vodafone lend their backing to the majority of the proposals submitted by activist investment group […]

Benin regulator interrupts service

Nearly one million subscribers in the West African nation of Benin have lost service. The regulator of the Gold Coast country has forced two of the country’s four operator to cease operations in a dispute over unpaid licences. Customers of MTN and Atlantique Telecom are without cellular connections as their network operators have not signed […]

MTC shows impressive first half

First half revenues at Kuwait’s Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) increased 49 per cent from $1.855bn to $2.77bn, while Ebitda grew from $871.5m to $1.19bn, an increase of 36 per cent. The carrier’s customer base increased 42 per cent compared to H106. MTC now has over 32.145 million active customers in 20 countries in the Middle […]

DoCoMo trials “Super 3G”

Japan’s number one mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is to beginning testing an experimental “super” 3G system. The carrier hopes to achieve a downlink transmission rate of 300Mbps. This compares with current HSDPA deployments now at between 1.8 Mbps and 14.4Mbps. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is currently discussing standardization of […]

Trouble in Argentina

Argentina’s six telco unions have called for a 72-hour strike from July 11-13. During the last three months there have been several strikes in different industries in Argentina and not just in the telecoms sector. The main reason for these strikes is the increase of the salaries, according to the Price Index. In the case […]

Motorola: we are all doomed

Motorola’s crisis shows no sign of letting up. The world’s second-biggest mobile phone manufacturer today revised down its sales forecast for the second quarter of 2007 from $9.4bn to between $8.6-8.7bn, with the firm making another loss in the quarter. Moto no longer expects its mobile division to make a profit this year. So far […]

HSPA set to exceed 50 million by end-2008

Informa Telecoms & Media predicts a staggering uptake of HSPA connections over the next 18 months. The analyst firm states that there were 7.25 million HSPA subs at the end of Q107 and that this figure will grow to over 50 million by the end of 2008. Strong growth in North America as well as […]

Strong Q2 for Sony Ericsson

Handset vendor Sony Ericsson has reported another strong quarter, shipping 24.9 million units in 2Q07, a 59 per cent increase on the same period in 2006. And, while the firm’s average selling price (ASP) is on a downward trend, its sales for the quarter – at EUR3.1bn – were up 37 per cent year on […]

GSMA lobbies Bangladesh on tax

The GSM Association today published a study it commissioned from consultants CRA International and lawyers Gilbert & Tobin, which apparently shows that Bangladesh would do well to cut its taxes on the mobile phone industry. Currently, there are duties payable on capital equipment, handsets, and even SIM cards. There is also a peculiar set of […]

IP.Access dangles femtocells afore Softbank

IP.Access is to supply Softbank with its UMTS femtocell solution, as well as another major carrier. According to CEO Stephen Mallinson, the Cambridge-based vendor’s devices are ready to ship, and telecoms.com got a look at one. The form factor is similar to essentially any other cable modem, home router, WLAN device or set-top box, but […]

Visto and Seven play nicely

At least one of the industry’s long running IPR disputes has been settled, as mobile email software rivals Visto and Seven have reached an agreement that will see Seven licence Visto’s patents. The firms have been court-bound for three years now as a series of battles have dragged on over Seven’s refusal to acknowledge the […]

US regulator wants open wireless broadband

Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for the winners of the forthcoming 700 MHz radio spectrum auction in the US to provide “truly open” access, resulting in a wireless broadband internet model that mirrors the fixed-line world. The proposals, which were aired in an interview with American newspaper USA Today, will […]

Vivo not for sale

Portugal Telecom CEO, Henrique Granadeiro, is reported to have told Portuguese daily newspaper Diario Economico that PT is not willing to sell its Brazilian mobile operation Vivo to Spain’s Telefonica. Today’s announcement follows a story that broke yesterday that suggested Telefonica had tabled a Euro3bn bid in conjunction with an August deadline for decision. A […]

Irish government backing IMS

The Irish Ministry for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has established a Euro2.45m research programme for the development of mobile data services. The programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland, brings together 23 Irish telecommunications firms with researchers from the Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group at Waterford IT. In a statement Minister Michael Martin said: “Irish consumers and […]

Secret plan to end the war in WiMAX?

SK Telecom today denied that it was scheming to buy all or part of Sprint-Nextel, after a rumour surged the price of S/N shares. It was always a slightly unlikely suggestion – Sprint is about three times as big by market capitalisation, but it was suggested they might gear up with the help of private […]

August deadline for Vivo?

Spanish super telco Telefonica has issued an August deadline to Portugal Telecom for a response to its bid of Euro3bn for full control of Brazilian mobile operator Vivo, according to reports. It’s no secret that Telefonica has been chasing full control of Vivo, which with 28 million subscribers is the largest MNO in South America. […]

Telenor acquires Talkmore

Acquisitive Nordic telco giant Telenor has purchased Norwegian mobile network operator Talkmore for NOK135m (Euro17.5m). Talkmore’s revenues in 2006 were NOK178m. Talkmore will remain a separate brand and the company will continue as an operational entity with the same market focus. All employees will receive offers of continued employment in the company. “Talkmore operates within […]

TeliaSonera expands Eurasian footprint

Nordic operator TeliaSonera is to acquire US firm MCT, which has controlling interests in three Eurasian GSM carriers and a minority stake in Afghan operator Roshan. TeliaSonera expects the deal to close during Q3 this year. As well as Roshan, TeliaSonera will gain presence in Uzbekistan, through third placed operator Coscom and Tajikistan, through Indigo-Tajikistan […]

Telekom Austria: roaming regs no problem

Telekom Austria updated its forecast for EBITDA growth out to 2010 on Monday, including the predicted impact of EU roaming price caps. The key point is that the impact is not going to be particularly significant, despite the widespread predictions of disaster. TA estimates that its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation will rise […]

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