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Google in wireless business, again!!!

Google was the main absent (apparently voluntarily) in the recent 700 MHz spectrum auction in the US. It did not buy any spectrum, in spite of its previously declared interest in mobility. A marketing attitude to lure rivals? Why not? In fact Google is...

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Global wireline market

Ovum posted its 4Q07 analysis of revenue trend market share changes in the wireline infrastructure segment. Equipment sales were up 18% in 2007, with switching and routing, cable TV and optical networking growing over 19% each, but DSLAM segment growing...

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Market corner - 30/03/08

A few set of market information released this week: According to NSN, wind and solar technologies would be used extensively to power remote base stations by 2011. ABI Research forecasts that the fixed-mobile convergence market could grow to 250m users...

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Subscriber figures - 30/03/08

China had 565m mobile subscribers and 362m land-line users by the end of February. China Netcom had about 20m broadband internet users (+37%). South Africa : 1m broadband subscribers of which some 415k are ADSL and 480k are 3G/HSDPA. India : teledensity...

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Vendor corner - 30/03/08

Motorola could be split into two publicly traded companies. The announcement is nevertheless yet too vague. The company's board is just starting to analyze the process and it could not necessarily go to the separation. It could be just a manoeuvre to...

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Awards - 30/03/08

Nortel has secured a 5-year contract with US Cellular for upgrading its CDMA network, and received $100m order from BSNL (India) for additional GSM lines. SkyLink has selected Nortel for the provision of a CDMA 1X EV-DO Rev. A solution in Russia. Ericsson...

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Operator corner (2) - 30/03/08

ATT and NTT join the Trans-Pacific Express Consortium (TPE), to build an 18,000-km fiber-optic submarine system between APAC and the USA (to be completed in early 2010). ATT Mobility will launch its long-awaited mobile TV service (based on MediaFLO technology)...

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Operator corner (1) - 30/03/08

Altimo filed a lawsuit against Telenor for delaying Vimpelcom' s entry into the Ukrainian market. It is just another episode in the several years dispute over the direction of the jointly owned firm. Telecom Italia would reinvest proceeds from the sale...

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Financial Performance - 30/03/08

China Netcom posts 2007 net income of $1.7bn, down 7%, on revenues of $11bn, up 1%. Innovative business revenues (broadband and multimedia) accounted for 35% of revenues in 2007, or $4bn. 3 Group (HK) reports 2007 EBITDA of $154m (vs a loss last year)...

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Regulation corner - 30/03/08

Afghanistan is planning to sell nearly 80% of its telecom unit, Afghan Telecom. OFCOM (UK) will allow airlines to offer mobile communications services on UK-registered aircraft. The US mobile phone industry recommends FCC to license and auction vacant...

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