Mobily (Saudi Arabia) will invest $1.1bn over the next two years for upgrading its mobile 3G and WiMAX networks.
Sprint Nextel is pressured by the FCC to complete its public safety re-banding on time, unless it would have to turn over the spectrum in markets where re-banding has not been completed. Nextel was using spectrum also used by many police and fire departments radios, causing interferences. The deadline to fix the issue is June 2008. Sprint Nextel claims that the job is more difficult than anticipated, but has already completed 95% of Phase 1 and reached agreement with 50% of licenses in Phase 2.
India has again rules that Vodafone is required to pay $2bn tax liability for its Hutchison Essar stake purchase.
Telecom NZ upgrades its network to CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A . to cover 80% of the country.
In Philippines, there were no bidders for a stake in the oldest telecom operator Eastern Telecom.
The Wall Street Journal indicates that Google is preparing alone for the forthcoming 700-MHz spectrum auction. Google wants to go mobile alone!!
Telekom Austria completes the acquisition of the Belorussian mobile operator MDC for €730m.
Indosat (Indonesia) plans to spend $1.2bn in 2008 in GSM network expansion.
MTN (S. Africa) raises its stake in MTN Rwanda to 55% from 40%.
Celtel has expanded its roaming free service, called One Network, to 12 African countries.
Orange France is covering 98% of the French population with its EDGE network and 65% of the population with its EDGE network and 65% of the population with its 3G network.
China Mobile has almost completed its EDGE upgrade of its GSM network.