Mobile operator strategies - 10/08/07

Publié le par Jean Arnal

PCCW (HK) rolls out its multi-function SIM card-only services.

Portugal will auction new GSM mobile license in December.

In spite of China Mobile denies, Terra Firma Capital Partners has initiated a $4.8bn bid for EMI on behalf of China Mobile.

Verizon Wireless continues expansion. It took over Rural Cellular (USA) for $ 2.7bn.

Telenor wins an arbitration case in New York against the Alfa subsidiary, Storm, accused of being in breach of the founding shareholders' agreement. As a result, Strom must sell its stake in Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar within 120 days or reduce its holdings in two other Ukrainian telecom companies (Turkcell and Ukrainian High Technologies). Alfa, however, dismissed the New York ruling on the grounds that only Ukrainian courts have jurisdiction in the case. To be continued....

China Mobile plans to launch BlackBerry mobile phone email service in September.

The Macedonian telecom regulator, AEC, has invited bids for 3G UMTS radio spectrum assignments.

Vivo (Brazil) will buy 23% of Telemig and 19% of Tele Norte Leste (both in Brazil) for about €465m, and increased its market share to about 33% and its customer base to over 35m. It will also launch voluntary tender offers for up to 33% of the preferred shares in the same companies in order to get over 58% of Telemig and 54% of Amazonia. Overall, Vivo will spend €1.1bn.

LG Telecom will launch 3G CDMA 2000-EV-DO services next month in S. Korea after installing some 1,900 base stations in big cities.

Afghanistan plans a CDMA network.

Telecom Italia and Wind (Italy) have been fined for abuse of dominant position on the wholesale market. The will respectively pay €20m and €2m.

MTNL (India) plans to invest $370m in FY 2007-2008 to expand its GSM network and broadband capacity.

Telstra (Australia) is forced to maintain its CDMA network open (planned to be closed in Jan- 08) until its transitional network next-G provides equivalent or better coverage.

KDDI (Japan) will ask the help of its top shareholder Kyocera in order to win a 2.5 GHz bandwidth license for next-generation, high-speed data services.

Megafon (Russia) plans to launch 3G services in 16 regions and invest $1bn building networks by 2009.

Brazil plans to reduce the number of telecom licenses from 20 to 5.

TOT (Thailand) buys 42% stake in Thai Mobile from CAT, for $80m.

Reliance (India) has sold 5% stake in its tower business to several investors, including G. Soros.

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