China Mobile said it is mulling buying minority stakes in foreign telecom companies in emerging markets. It also plans to provide 15,000 3G TD-SCDMA handsets to the Beijing Olympics organization committee during the Games. It plans to create a new unit focused on mobile internet under its controlled ASPire Technologies division.
Telstra has confirmed it will shut down its CDMA network from the end of April.
Vodafone Essar may have secured a deal to sell the iPhone in India, with a potential launch in next Sept.
India's Quippo Telecom Infrastructure (QTIL) plans to invest$ 3bn in mobile infrastructure, through doubling the number of towers it operates to 10,000 in one year and sign a deal with Tata Teleservices (as Tata Teleservices plans to raise $1bn in selling 15-30% stake). It also plans to venture into active infrastructure sharing to speed up cellular coverage in rural areas and reduce tower density in urban areas.
Zain has dropped roaming charges for customers across four of its networks in the Middle East (Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan), duplicating what it did in Africa with One Network.
Telecom Italia has no plan to merge with Telefonica. The management team has been approved at the recent AGM.
Vodafone has joined the race for buying Tiscali, but targeting the whole group and not just the two UK and Italian branches.
UK: Coffee Republic will offer free WiFi services to their customers.
O2 UK is planning a price cut for the iPhone in the UK.
BT plans to lay a multi-billion pounds high-speed fiber optic network, but wants Ofcom first to ease its Universal Service Obligation (USO).
SFR (France) is partnering with MTV for offering new 3G mobile packages with unlimited SMS, streaming TV, MTV programs and of course a 3G handset.
Portugal Telecom will use powerline technology for its multi channel IPTV service.
Telefonica is reportedly talking with Smart Telecom (Ireland) for potential taking over.
Swisscom will launch its new mobile TV DVB-H based service on May 13.
MTS (Russia) could be in talks to buy Vavilon Mobile (Tajikistan), ans is said to be planning a bid for Euroset Russia's biggest retailer.
Verizon Wireless has followed Sprint in introducing unlimited messaging plans for mobiles. Under a $30-per-month plan, the VW user user can access unlimited e-mail and mobile internet.
ICO has successfully launched the ICO G1 GEO satellite to support the launch of DCB-HS based mobile TV services in North America.