Mobile operator strategies - 02/03/08

Publié le par Jean Arnal

Qwest announced it is looking to re-negotiate its current mobile partnership (with Sprint Nextel), but Verizon Wireless said it has been in talks with Qwest about a possible wholesale agreement.

3 Australia plans expanding 3G coverage with network-sharing or roaming agreement.

Digicel Fiji has been granted a mobile license to operate services in Fiji.

America Movil has launched its 3G network in 15 cities in Mexico, and plans to extend coverage to 350 cities by the end of the year.

Vodacom (S. Africa) plans to spend $325m in the next five years for expanding in S. Africa, mainly in broadband and landline networks.

Sprint Nextel has joined the US pack with a $100- a-month unlimited bundled services, Simply Everything.

Vietnam MIC would start selecting 3G operators in March.

DOT in India started issuing telecom licenses to new players Datacom, idea Cellular and Swan Telecom.

French MVNO TEN is entering the UK market.

O2 UK failed to meet its 3G license obligation to cover 80% of the U.K. population could be fined €55m, according to a warning issued by OFCOM.

China Mobile plans to invest $800m in CMPak, its new Pakistan operations.

DoCoMo will offer 24-hour free calls between family members to try to keep users from switching carriers, while Softbank entered a price war, and KDDI launched a similar offer.

Vodafone is in talks to buy 30% of Bangladeshi Aktel for about $300m.

French regulator ARCEP has allowed Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR to offer 3G services in the 900MHz band.

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