Mobile operator strategies - 19/01/08

Publié le par Jean Arnal

Telefonica will cut by as much as 40% mobile data services when roaming. Consumers in Spain, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic will benefit from the new tariff.

Google updated its iPhone applications, allowing its users to switch between applications more easily and access pre-configured, personalized information via the iGoogle application.

SK Telecom (S. Korea) will invest $700m to upgrade and expand its mobile phone network.

ViaMichelin stops its GPS terminal business (due to severe competition and in spite of a relatively good market share in France (14% and N°2)), but continues developing its portal and the provision of touristic and traffic content.

China Mobile announced it has ended talks with Apple regarding launching the iPhone in China.

Megafon (Russia) said it will increase its capex by 31% in 2008 to $1.7bn, of which $250m in 3G deployment.

Oger (Saudi Arabia) has bought Telemobile (Romania).

Reliance (India) is preparing a huge GSM tender for the supply of between 80-100m GSM lines.

BSNL (India) plans investing $500m in launching launch a CDMA network of its own.

Jazeera Airways will allow its travelers to use their mobile phones during flights in 2009.

AIS (Thailand) will deploy 3G services, even without a specific operator license, over its 900MHz spectrum.

Telus (Canada) is considering switching from CDMA to GSM.

Orange applies for French mobile broadcast TV licenses.

Orange and Yoigo (Spain) have signed a 5-year agreement to share network infrastructure in Spain.

Maroc Telecom has launched commercial 3G service in the main cities in Morocco.

SFR (France) is launching a low-cost bundle, including a Asus' UMPC and its 3G+ key, to boost mobile internet usage. The offer is priced €199. SFR targets 10,000 units sold in 3 months.

HT Mobile (Vietnam) has been granted a GSM license, and consequently will migrate its CDMA network on a GSM platform.

HiTs Telecom (Uganda) has been awarded a GSM operator license in Burundi.

Telstra has not been allowed to close its CDMA network in favor of its Next 3G network on January 28th . Closure is postponed to end-April.

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