China Mobile said it has already begun working with Vodafone and another unnamed operator on next-generation TD-SCDMA, called TD-LTE.
DT is buying 20% of Greek incumbent OTE for €2.5bn.
T-Mobile USA is using cellular/ WiFi dual mode technology to help grow its subscriber base.
63% of Urktelecom (Ukraine) is for sale. The government expects to raise about $7bn from the sale.
Saudi Telecom has earmarked $15bn to acquire overseas firms and licenses during 2008.
Telco (including Telefonica) has raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 24.5%, up 0.9%.
Verizon Wireless has unveiled the details of how it will open its network to devices sold outside its standard distribution channels. ATT did the same approach last week.
Verizon will activate the Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) submarine system by July. It has also big projects in Australia (national long distance network and MPLS nodes), in Canada (fiber optic network), in Europe (network expansion by 51,500km) and in the US (+2000 ultra long haul miles). In addition, its 40Gbit/s links will be enhanced to 100 Gbit/s by 2009.
Sprint Nextel will connect its VPN network with that of China Telecom. China is an appealing market and no one wants to stay outside (i.e. Vodafone and Telefonica).
Etihad Atheeb Telecom (Atheeb) plans to launch services in S. Arabia by year-end.
China Mobile will launch a commercial TD-SCDMA trial next month. It is a step moving further towards full scale deployment, and 3G licensing.
Videocon (India) is preparing a $3bn tender for 40m mobile lines over five years. Videocon is the parent company of Datacom that was granted UAS licenses in the beginning of the year.
Cellfish and Bouygues Telecom will offer ad-funded free mobile games in France.
CAT Telecom (Thailand) plans to be MVNO in an association with True Move and DTAC.
Turkcell, through Kibris Mobile Telecom (KKTCell) has won a 3G license in North Cyprus.
Etisalat Nigeria has launched its network and commence GSM services.
America Movil is re-branding its subsidiaries in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to Claro
Neuf Cegetel, Free and Numericable (all in France) have filled a bid for Alice (Telecom Italia assets in France). The value would be now around €800m.
Neuf Cegetel (France) is launching a new package for SMEs, including unlimited fixed (ADSL at 20Mbit/s) and mobile internet (3G/3G+ and WiFi) access for €99 a month until July 1st (then €144 a month).
Malawi Telecom plans to invest $25m in a new fiber optic project.
FT plans to launch triple play in the UK.
TOT (Thailand) plans to deploy a FTTH network around Phuket, the first town in Thailand to have a FTTH network.
Broadband Infraco (S. Africa) will own a 26% interest in a new submarine system linking S. Africa to Europe and India. S. Africa has signed a MoU to finance this $700m submarine cable.
Laos-based ETL plans to deploy a fiber optic network to increase coverage and backhaul services.
Comcast (USA) has tested 100 Gbit/s optical fiber network provided by Nortel.
BSNL (India) plans to invite bids for 8m DSL modems.
Reliance (India) is planning to go international with the launch of WiMAX networks across 50 countries in the next three years, plans to buy a European WiMAX operator, as well as Yipes in the US.