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Global operator strategies - 29/06/05

MTS (Russia) bought a 51-percent stake in Barash Communications Technologies, a mobile operator in Turkmenistan, for $28m. But in the meantime, the regulator has withdraw the GSM license to BCTI. KPN (NL) acquired its domestic mobile rival, Telfort, for...

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Mobile operator strategies - 29/06/05

Verizon Wireless continues to expand the availability of its CDMA2000 1x EV-DO in the US. It now can reach 100m pops and is available in 33 of the nation's top 50 markets. Nigeria : a new GSM operator, Jigawa Public Hand System (PHS), has started operations....

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Subscriber figures - 29/06/05

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced Australia currently has 1.8m broadband subscribers. Partner Communications (Israel) has about 35,000 3G subscribers (gained in about 6 months) and 2.37m GSM subscribers. Pele-Phone (Israel)...

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Fixed operator strategies - 29/06/05

Telecom Italia is testing broadband services of 50 Mbit/s. AOL France is introducing a new package: ADSL + unlimited telephony. Belgacom (Belgium) is launching the country's first digital television service, offering up to 55 channels. Telefonica (Spain)...

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Mobile vendor strategies - 29/06/05

Curitel (Korea) will buy a controlling stake in SK Telecom s handset unit SK Teletech. Motorola will introduce a new EDGE Linux-based handset, the E895. Availability in 4Q05. Motorola and Apple are finally launching iPhone, the first mobile phone with...

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Mobile orders - 29/06/05

Convergys signed a licensing contract with T-Mobile USA for wholesale billing. Lucent will increase the capacity and coverage of Vivo 1x network in Brazil. Access (Japan) is supplying its NetFront full Internet mobile browser in DoCoMo 3G FOMA N901iS...

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Telcos are turning to MPEG4

Telcos are turning to MPEG4MPEG4 is a new video compression standard. Its main advantages are to be cost-effective, better quality than MPEG2 with about half the bit rate of MPEG-2 streams, and able to deliver High Definition quality channels. So it is...

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Global operator strategies - 25/06/05

Telecom Italia has complete merger with Telecom Italia Mobile, its mobile arm. ATT said it is also trying and deploying fixed mobile convergence. Telfort (NL) is for sale for about 1.2bn. Mexico's government has signed an agreement with Microsoft, Intel,...

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