Global telecom services revenue reached $1500bn in 2006 (up 7.4%), but CAGR over the 2006-2011 period is poised to slow to 4.2%.
The EU Commission targets to modify billing rules for abroad calls. Today, the billing system invoices on a minute base. Commissioner V. Reding wants that calls are invoiced on the real call length (on average 20% less billing). She also said that SMS tariffs and mobile data transfer are scrutinized.
FCC announced that 214 applicants are qualified to bid in the 700 MHz auction set to begin Jan. 24.
BSNL (India) considers a $10bn IPO.
Indian Essar has bought a 49% stake in Econet Wireless International, which holds 70% of Econet Wireless Kenya (Kenya).
BT announced that it has acquired marina Wi-Fi network operator, Square Mile Marina (UK).
3 Ireland is interested acquiring its rival Meteor.
GrameenPhone (Bangladesh) plans IPO.
Telefonica has raised its stake in China Netcom to 7.2% (up 2 points) for €309m.
T-Mobile UK and Yahoo are partnering to offer targeted graphical mobile ads for users of the Web'n'walk service.
Vivendi (France) hopes to buy Vodafone' s minority stake in mobile operator SFR.
KDDI (Japan) has agreed to buy more than 80% of Chubu Electric' telecom arm.