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Market Corner - 31/08/08

A few set of market information released this week: According to F&S, the eight Asian emerging countries (excluding China) would add some 570m new mobile subscribers by 2012, ringing their customer base to over 1bn. IPTV penetration in the CEI countries...

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GSM technologies in Americas

They are growing in number of subscribers, with a current market share of 67% and 472m GSM/3G users (+31%). More than 115m GSM/3G subscribers were added in twelve months, of which 8.5m were 3G. Most of operators are evolving their networks to HSPA, be...

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Vendor Corner - 31/08/08

Nokia has launched in the US market three new smartphones: N96, N85 and N79. They will not be subsidized by carriers. Motorola has released a new Push to Talk (PTT) solution for CDMA EV-DO Rev. A networks. It reached a settlement with Digital Technology...

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Subscriber stats - 31/08/08

India added 9.2m wireless subscribers (GSM+CDMA+ WLL) in July, bringing its total to 296m. India had 335m telephone connections at the end of July, with a teledensity of 29.1%. Total broadband subscribers base reached 4.6m by the end of July. Colombia...

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Awards - 31/08/08

ZTE, ALU, Huawei and Fujitsu have been awarded a CDMA contract globally worth $1.5bn. ZTE is reportedly given half this contract. Ericsson will expand Siminn' s WCDMA/HSPA network in Iceland. It is helping StarCell (Cambodia) in combining a GSM base station...

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Operator Corner (1) - 31/08/08

DT plans to re-organize its call centers over a 2-year period. It wants to reduce their number to 24 (from 63) in Germany, and move 8,000 workers on a total of 18,000. Elsewhere, It said it is interested in acquiring a 15% holding in Serbia's telecom...

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Operator Corner (2) - 31/08/08

JasTel Network (Thailand, an affiliate of Jasmine), plans to invest $30m to deploy an international undersea cable link. China Telecom buys the stake held by China Unicom in Unicom-BREW, a JV between China Unicom and Qualcomm. DTAC (Thailand) will upgrade...

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Financial performance (2) - 31/08/08

PCCW reports revenues of $1.5bn, down 2%, but mobile revenues growing 27% to $110m. EBITDA fell 5% to $440m. China Telecom announced lower-than-expected results, with a 1H08 net income of $1.8bn, down 8%, on revenues of $13.2bn, up 1%. Its fixed business...

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Regulation Corner - 31/08/08

EU may legislate further and charge mobile operators that charge for voice calls by the minute rather than seconds. New Zealand has invited applications for its $240m Broadband Investment Fund. The deadline for the applications will be on Sept. 30. Iran...

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Financial performance - 31/08/08

ZTE reported unaudited 1H08 results. As reported sales amounted to $2.9bn (+30%), of which $1bn (-2%) in China and $1.9bn (+59%) in export. Sales grew 42% in Asia to $819m, 107% in Africa to $556m and 49% in other regions to $461m. Sales were made of...

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