Mobile operator strategies - 19/10/06

Publié le par Jean Arnal

T.Mobile UK is considering the UK fixed broadband market, and abandoning its current mobile-only strategy.

Providence Equity Partners bought a 16% stake in India's Idea Cellular for $400m.

MobileTurk (Turkey) is launching mobile Tv services with the help of UK mobile entertainment firm ROK Entertainment.

Orange has signed pan-European mobile phone content agreement with Disney Channel for 1h-2h programming loops. It has also signed a deal with Microsoft to add Microsoft Windows Live Messenger on all Orange handsets.

Vodafone Italy is introducing a children's mobile phone with the help of Disney Italy.Important features are a white list of numbers that can be called and no access to web sites.

Vodafone is preparing Xmas, with the launch of 24 new 3G cellphones, of which six with HSDPA capabilities.

Sprint Nextel is to launch push-to-talk services to its CDMA based customers.

China Mobile will launch an IM (instant messaging) software called Fetion.

MTV is launching mobile service in France, with the help of ModeLabs. The service does not include mobile TV and the handset is GPRS-based only for the moment.

In Brazil, Telecom Italia seems to have solved its ownership overlap between Tim Participacoes, its Brazilian mobile-phone unit, and Brasil Telecom, in which it has an indirect stake. This indirect stake will be transfered to a new company called Brasilco and managed by Credit Suisse Securities. Brazilian regulator Anatel has approved the move.

Romania has issued two new 3G concessions to cable operator RCS&RDS and CDMA450 operator, Telemobil.

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