Bouygues Telecom (France) is testing Paris train transport ticketing (metro, RER and Transilien) with a mobile phone.
Turkey's Cukurova sold almost 6% of stake in Turkcell for $592m (buyer unknown). Turkcell is another hot point between Teliasonera (37% in Turkcell) and Alfa Group (Russia), which own 49% stake in Cukurova and therefore an indirect control of 13% in Turkcell.
SFR (France) announced progressive upgrade of its 3G network to HSDPA at 3.5Mbit/s vs its current speed of 1.8Mbit/s. Its 3G network will be fully HSDPA by the end of the year.
Debitel (pan-European mobile operator) plans to close its non-Germany operations in France, Denmark, Holland and Slovenia. Debitel is an MVNO in five countries. The Danish unit should be sold for $222m max; Teliasonera, Telenor and three other operators are bidding.
DT is considering a potential entry in the Brazilian market whith the acquisition of TIM Brazil from Telecom Italia.
3 Denmark has activated its HSDPA network.
Vodafone UK has bought Aspective and Isis Telecommunications Management, and signed a 3-year deal with Fibrelink, in moves aiming to boost its « Mobile + » strategy, bolster its position in the enterprise market and position it in the emerging market for secure mobile working.
Vimpelcom (Russia) announced that fixed-to-mobile calls were up 50% following the launch of the Calling Party Pays (CPP) principle.
FCC has started preparing for a 2007 spectrum auction on some 38 licenses for broadband and personal communications service (PCS) applications.
China Unicom wil help Vietnam's Hanoi Telecom deploying a CDMA network. Unicom will supply data cards, devices and spare parts, and provide roaming. HT Mobile is running on a trial basis and expects to begin commercial operation soon.
Hutchison Whampoa denies it wants to sell its 3G operations in Europe.