Mobile operator strategies - 16/12/06

Publié le par Jean Arnal

MegaFon (Russia) has completed its Moscow EDGE network upgrade.

The three French mobile operators (Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom) were fined €534m for breaking antitrust laws and conspiring to undermine competition.

Russia would announce conditions for tendering 3G licenses on Xmas Day. The auction should take place in April 07.

China Mobile and China Unicom sign agreements with China Central Television for mobile TV content.

America Movil plans to invest abour $3.3bn in capex next year. It has raised its offer for TIM Participacoes in Brazil to $10bn.

Brazil' s telecom regulator Anatel has unveiled the rules for 3G mobile services. Brasil Telecom will study the technical feasibility of implementing a 3G network using the 1.8GHz frequency band. Anatel should auction 3G spectrum licenses in the first half of 2007, according to Qualcomm.

T-Mobile will cut its tariffs for calls within Europe by 14%.

Yoigo (ex- Xfera/ Teliasonera in Spain) has signed up 17,000 3G customers in first two weeks of operation.

Cingular Wireless prepares for HSDPA upgrade to increase data transfer speeds to 7.2MBit/s.

Vodafone Greece has been fined (€76m) for its role in a wiretapping scandal earlier this year.

Azercell Telecom (Azerbaijan) plans to invest $130m in 2007.

BSNL was again barred, by an Indian court, from awarding mobile contracts to Ericsson, Nokia and ITI. BSNL is short in capacity (24m lines and 23m subscribers) and is adding 1m new customers per month. That means that BSNL will lost market share to competitors in the short term and cost it millions of dollars next year.

Chile will tender a 3G mobile licence in 2007.

Digitel (Philippines) plans to invest $200m in its mobile network in 2007.

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