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Nokia 3Q08 results

Nokia reported a 30% drop in 3Q08 net profit to €1.1bn, while sales were down 5% to €12.2bn. The operating profit was down 21% to €1.5bn, but the operating margin remains strong at 12% (still 19% in the device unit). Devices and services sales amounted...

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Global broadband

According to In-Stat, there were 452m broadband subscribers worldwide at the end of Sept. 08. About 80m new users were added in past 12 months, with DSL as the leading technology accounting for 55% of total broadband connections. By 2012, In-Stat forecasts...

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Sony Ericsson 3Q08 results

The handset maker reports a net loss of €25m, down from a net profit of €267m a year ago, gross margin fell 9pp to 22% due to fierce competition and slowing market growth in mature markets. Sales dropped 10% to €2.8bn, following the decline in average...

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Crisis impact

Day after day, more news confirm tough times for coming months. From financial, the crisis is now economical, and the telecom industry is not out. With the credit crunch, planned merger and acquisitions are questioned: Verizon Wireless and AllTel, TDC...

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Top African markets

Change among top African markets, with Nigeria passing over S. Africa as continent leader. Nigeria had 51.7m mobile subscribers while S. Africa stood at 42.1m. Where S. Africa has almost 100% mobile penetration rate, Nigeria has yet plenty room to grow...

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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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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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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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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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