Porta (Ecuador) will migrate its remaining TDMA subscribers to GSM by end of September. Movistar Ecuador will also migrate its TDMA subscribers to GSM and shut the network on December 31, 2008.
Vodafone targets to get a 51% stake in the new GSM operator in Nigeria MDC that paid $400m for a GSM license in Nigeria. Vodafone would be interested in Telkom (S. Africa) as well, and could be negotiating. Vodafone is interested using Vodacom (Telkom mobile unit) to expand in Africa. Elsewhere, it is planning a huge $1.8bn network coverage expansion in India.
Iusacell (Mexico) plans to expand its network by about 1,200 base stations by next July.
PT Indosat (Indonesia) has decided to increase its 2007 capex by $0.2bn to $1.2bn for expanding its networks (below 20%) and services (over 80%).
CMPak (Pakistan) has acquired cellular licenses in northern areas of the country.
Du (UAE) will offer Nokia' s Intellisync Wireless Email to its customers.
MTS (Russia) is planning buying Armenia' s K-Telecom, the largest cellular network provider.
3 UK will launch UK HSDPA price war starting next month.
Senegal is inviting bids for a third mobile license, combined with internet and fixed line services in the country.
Iraq granted mobile license to Asiacell, MTC and Korek, for a combined $3.8bn.
Bharti Airtel (India) will double the number of its cellphone towers to 80,000 this year.
Optimus (Portugal) is launching mobile HD TV service.
China Netcom is investing $210m in its trial 3G mobile system to ensure its commercial launch before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.