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Operator Corner (1) - 13/10/08

Etisalat announced it plans to buy a Middle-Eastern telecom operator and enter the Iraqi telecom market. TDC cancels its plan to sell Hungarian Telephone and Cable Corporation (HTCC). OTE launches an IPTV trial. FT/ Orange has been awarded a 3G license...

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Operator Corner (2) - 13/10/08

Vodafone Australia cut its 1 GB mobile broadband plan by 33% in anticipation of lower consumer confidence. KT (S. Korea) will work with Apple to combine the iPhone and its high-speed internet WIBRO services. SingTel plans to increase its fixed line rates...

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Financial Performance - 13/10/08

Analyst Corner: CSFB lowered by 10% ATT' share price to $34, due to wireline concerns. RBC lowered ALU price by 40% to $3, due to economical slowdown and credit crisis; ALU share price is down 60% from January 1. Ericsson price was also cut by 25% by...

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Regulation Corner - 13/10/08

The Chinese Government has required telcos to share and jointly build infrastructure. This mainly concerns towers and ducts. This will mainly benefit to China Telecom and China Unicom, accelerate their mobile service roll-out and cut capex. Pakistan cut...

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People - 13/10/08

Eduardo Montes, from Siemens, will resign from the Board of Directors of NSN. Siegfried Russwurm will replace him. Sonus has terminated the employment of Chuba Udokwu, VP of engineering.

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GSM increases its dominance in APAC too

In 2Q08, the GSM technology was chosen by over 97% of new connections in APAC, surpassing the current share of 80% of all cellular customers in the region – 1.24bn GSM-based customers vs 191m CDMA subscribers. Despite its own advantages, CDMA seems have...

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Water in wine!

For the past thirty years, everywhere in the world, the key words were: deregulation, market and competitive forces, and light regulation when necessary. The success today is certainly not yet at the expected level 30 years ago, but the strategy has brought...

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China overview

According to MII, China telecom sector generated $216bn (+24%) in revenues in the first 8-mo period in 2008. Mobile segment accounted for 54% (+3.5%) and fixed telecom for 34% (down about 6%). There were at the end of August 616m mobile customers and...

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The Millenial generation: the Future

It is the new fashionable commercial target for operators and specially for MNOs. In two words, it is the segment of consumers born between 1980 and 2000, made of several hundreds million consumers, not yet with enough income, but they will be in some...

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Mind the flaw!

Finnish firm Outpost 24 has revealed a flaw in the IP protocol that can disrupt any computer or server. Only by sending special TCP/IP packets, attackers can damage computers and servers, and firewall are useless in this case. After the DNS case, it another...

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