SFR (France) launches three MIDs with 3G/3G+ and WiFi connectivity.
Darty (Electronics retailer in France) will offer a fiber-based broadband access at 100Mbit/s.
Etisalat (UAE) will upgrade its mobile network to HSPA+ in 2009.
France Telecom launches its Orange mobile brand in Uganda. It will miss its target of 1m FTTH customers by the end of 2008, blaming regulatory problems due to Arcep regulator.
Partner (Israel) and Palcel (Palestine) plan to link Palestine to Jordan via fiber optic connectivity.
O2 and Vodafone (both in Germany) are launching a mobile payment service, branded as mpass.
Telefonica has signed a deal to become a member of the Boingo Roaming Network, opening its 2600 hotspots to Boingo users.
Portugal Telecom had 12m African subscribers by the end of June.
Orascom will buy back almost 23.6m of its shares (2.3% of all shares) until early 2009.
T-Mobile is said by the FCC to own over 20% (perhaps 30%) stake in T-Mobile USA. Divestment or re-organization is required.
Vodafone bought another 4.8% stake in Polkomtel for €176m, to bring its stake to 24.4%. It also bought a further 15% stake in Vodacom from Telkom for $2.3bn, less debt. Vodafone will have 65% stake in Vodacom. Vodafone allows customers to change the text font in their mobile phones. It entered into a non-equity agreement with Russian MTS to resell its services in Russia.
Altimo (Russia) receives assistance from the Russian government in the way of a $2bn loan.
Telenor buys 60% of Indian start-Up Unitech Wireless for $1bn. Unitech holds licenses in all 22 circles.
Zain has increased its stake in Zain Iraq to 62% for $35m.
Turkcell plans to invest about $600m in 2009 in 2G GSM.