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Subscriber Stats - 22/09/08

Reliance (India) added 1.75m new wireless subscribers in August, bringing its total subscriber base to over 54m, of which some 8m are GSM. India added 6.3m new GSM subscribers in August to reach a total of 226m, of which Bharti Airtel accounts for 74.7m,...

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Vendor Corner - 22/09/08

Cisco introduced a new version of its mobile wireless router, the MWR2941. It bought presence and messaging applications specialist Jabber for an undisclosed sum. Genband is buying fixed-mobile-convergence (FMC) specialist NextPoint Networks. It also...

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Awards - 22/09/08

ALU got the order to deploy Azerbaijan’s first commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e) network for Delta Telecom. It has deployed its OmniPCX Enterprise platform and OmniTouch Contact Center Premium software in the NEC Group exhibition venue and Center...

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Operator Corner - Americas - 22/09/08

Americas: ATT cuts its push-to-talk service monthly cost by 50% to $5. T-Mobile USA is planning to launch the world's first mobile phone to be powered by Google' s Android software. It will expand its 3G coverage in the US to 27 major markets. Leap Wireless...

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Operator Corner: EMEA - 22/09/09

EMEA: Vodafone has received Qatar's second landline telecom license. The service would start in 2009. Vodafone Spain is claiming €670m from Telefonica for abusing its market position in Spain between 1995 and 1999. FT has revamped its strategy and now...

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Operator Corner : APAC - 22/09/08

APAC: Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has expanded its FTTB network to additional areas of the nation. DoCoMo is reportedly in talks to buy about 25% stake in Tata Teleservices for around $1.5bn. MobileOne (Singapore) will launch its free new mobile music and...

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Financial performance - 22/09/08

Nortel announced that its revenues will fall by 2%-4% in 2008, due to lower carrier capex and a global economic downturn. It forecasts now 3Q08 revenues of $2.3bn, vs $2.7bn before. It is now reviewing its business in order to find ways to cut costs and...

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Regulation Corner - 22/09/08

DoT (India) decided to allow foreign telcos to participate in the auction of 3G spectrum, but admitted that it would be impossible for foreign telcos and new players to launch 3G services with a mere 5 MHz of spectrum. The only solution to enter the market...

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People - 22/09/08

HP will slash 25,000 jobs as the merger with EDS proceeds. Most of the jobs would be in the USA. Ericsson plans to cut 200 jobs in Spain, as part of the saving costs program targeting 4000 jobs losses. Telefonica plans to lay off 700 people as part of...

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Good Birthday Laser!

The laser is born 50 years ago, thanks to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes of Bell Telephone Labs. But where basic physics and semiconductor research are going there, as ALU is re-aligning Bell Labs to research for product development? Is a page of...

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