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Telecoms, Mobile Phones, 5G etc.

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 6:02 pm
by kennynah
the highlight here is not so much on Ericsson, but on the fact that Brasil Telecom is getting stronger...Brasil Telecom is listed as an ADR in NYSE under ticker (BTM)


07 May 2008 09:40 GMT
Ericsson wins 3G, IMS order from Brasil Telecom
STOCKHOLM (Thomson Financial) - LM Ericsson AB said it has won an order from Brasil Telecom for a WCDMA/HSPA network and the deployment and systems integration of their IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

The move will boost network capacity and manage increased traffic growth, paving the way for the introduction of advanced broadband and multimedia services, Ericsson said.

No financial details were disclosed.

Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 6:06 pm
by kennynah
07 May 2008 09:59 GMT

France Telecom Says In Talks With Apple For More iPhone Deals
PARIS -(Dow Jones)- France Telecom SA (FTE) is in talks with Apple Inc. (AAPL) to sell the U.S. company's iPhone handset in other countries, Chief Financial Officer Gervais Pellissier said Wednesday.

France Telecom is in talks regarding "more than just two countries," Pellissier said in response to a question during a conference call about whether the company was hoping to secure the rights for the iPhone in Spain and Poland. "It's in discussion...we'll see what the results are," he said.

Pellissier said France Telecom is pleased with the success of its exclusive agreement with Apple to distribute the iPhone in France, where the company has sold over 100,000 handsets.

Pellissier said he expects the coming release of the 3G iPhone handset to give sales a boost in France, where the company has exclusive rights for another two and a half years.

Apple said Tuesday that the iPhone will be offered in Italy later this year by both Telecom Italia SpA (TI) and Vodafone Group PLC (VOD). Vodafone intends to sell the iPhone in nine other countries as well.

Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 6:46 pm
by kennynah
07 May 2008 10:43 GMT
Clearwire, Sprint Nextel to form wireless communications co.
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - Clearwire and Sprint Nextel are planning to merge their wireless broadband units to create a new $12 billion wireless communications company.

The new company, to be named Clearwire, will receive a $3.2 billion investment from Intel Corp., Google Inc., Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Brighthouse Networks(this is not publiclisted).

Sprint Nextel Corp. will be majority owner with a 51 percent equity stake.

Clearwire, which will concentrate on rolling out a mobile WiMAX network, will also receive an investment from John Stanton-led Trilogy Equity Partners.

The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.

Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 7:04 pm
by kennynah
07 May 2008 11:00 GMT
EU Launches Consultation On Telecom Roaming Caps
BRUSSELS -(Dow Jones)- The European Commission Wednesday launched a consultation process on its recently implemented telecom roaming rules, to examine whether they are having the desired effect on Europe's telecom markets.

The commission said it is particularly keen to evaluate whether further rules are necessary to cap the prices that operators can charge for data roaming and SMS services.

The European roaming regulation was launched in June 2007 in essence to cap the charges that mobile phone operators were allowed to impose on phone calls made within the region but outside of operators' home markets, forcing several operators to bring down their prices per minute.

The European regulator aims to find out whether the rules have had the desired effect and whether the price caps should be limited to voice calls and expire in June 2010, or be extended.

The commission is also keen to find out the impact of the 2007 caps on involuntary roaming, when consumers use their mobile phone close to the border of a neighboring country and are connected to a foreign network.

In addition, it said it is interested in the effect of the regulation on smaller operators and domestic prices.

HK & China

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 3:02 pm
by winston
China Tells Telecom Companies to Merge in Industry Overhaul

By Janet Ong

May 24 (Bloomberg) -- China told its six telecommunications companies to merge their assets, allowing fixed-line carriers to expand into wireless services and creating three operators that will offer phone and Internet connections to 1.3 billion people.

Under the plan, the parent of China Telecom Corp. will buy a mobile-phone network from China Unicom Ltd.'s parent, which in turn will merge with the company that controls China Netcom Group Corp., the Ministry of Industry and Information said in a statement today. China will issue three third-generation wireless licenses after the overhaul is completed, it said.

The revamp will help China Telecom and Netcom expand their operations to compete against China Mobile Ltd. in the world's biggest wireless and Internet market by users. The $105 billion industry has room to expand because six out of 10 people still don't own mobile phones and 84 percent of the population lacks Web connections.

``Everyone has been waiting for it for over three years and now it is here,'' said Kelvin Ho, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Nomura International Ltd., referring to the reorganization plan. ``Creating three full-service phone companies offering both fixed and mobile services will help the fixed-line phone companies.''

The reorganization is designed to foster ``healthy market competition and prevent a monopoly,'' according to the statement, which didn't give a timeframe for the plan or financial details.

Jacky Yung, a spokesman at China Telecom, said the company may issue a statement tomorrow or May 26. Officials at China Unicom, China Mobile and China Netcom either declined to comment or weren't immediately available.

$12.8 Billion Evaporates

China Mobile, the world's largest phone company by users, fell the most in two months in Hong Kong trading yesterday after a report from the official Xinhua News Agency triggered speculation that China was poised to announce its overhaul plans for the industry. The drop wiped out $12.8 billion in market value on concern the company would face increased competition.

China Mobile Communications Corp., the state-owned parent, will take control of fixed-line operator China Tietong Telecommunications Corp., Xinhua reported yesterday. Executives at the country's largest carriers will be reshuffled, it said.

Shares of China Unicom, China Telecom and China Netcom surged in Hong Kong before trading was halted. The three companies requested a suspension of their stock, pending ``price- sensitive'' information. The shares will probably be suspended until more financial details are disclosed, according to Wendy Liu, a Hong Kong-based analyst at ABN Amro Holding NV.

China Telecom, the nation's biggest fixed-line company, will acquire Unicom's smaller mobile-phone network, which provides services to 43 million customers based on the code-division multiple access technology used in Japan and South Korea, according to the statement. China Telecom will also get China Satellite Communications Corp.'s phone assets, the statement said.

$16 Billion Network

Unicom's CDMA network and its subscribers are worth about 111 billion yuan ($16 billion), according to Goldman, Sachs & Co. estimates in March. CDMA is the smaller of Unicom's two wireless networks.

China Network Communications Group Corp., Netcom's parent, will merge with Unicom's parent
to offer fixed-line and mobile- phone services based on the global system for mobile communications technology that's used in most of the world, according to the statement.

Unicom had 125.4 million GSM customers as of the end of April, according to the company. Netcom, the nation's second- largest fixed-line company, had 108.7 million phone users.

China Mobile will take control of unlisted Tietong,
the statement said, confirming yesterday's Xinhua report. Tietong, which means ``railway'' in Chinese, had assets of 55.3 billion yuan as of the end of 2006, according to the company's Web site.

China Mobile, with 399.6 million customers as of April 30, posted profit of 87.1 billion yuan last year, more than double the combined total at the nation's three other phone operators.

Bigger Than Microsoft

The company's dominance of China's wireless market helped its stock triple in the past two years, overtaking General Electric Co. and Microsoft Corp. to become the world's fourth- largest company, with a market value of $321 billion.

Chinese regulators aim to boost competitiveness at fixed- line operators and provide capital resources to the reorganized companies as the nation prepares to roll out 3G high-speed wireless services, which will require billions of dollars in investments for network equipment. The government has said it plans to offer 3G services during the Olympic Games in August.

China had 583.5 million mobile-phone subscribers at the end of April, exceeding the combined populations of the U.S. and Japan.

``The industry restructuring is not a choice, it must be carried out,'' said Chen Haofei, an analyst at China International Capital Corp. in Beijing. ``After this is completed, the phone companies have more freedom to focus on the future.''

Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:07 pm
by winston

China Mobile Phone Subscribers Pass 600 Million Mark

The number of mobile phone subscribers in China reached 601 million at the end of June, according to government figures.

The nation added 8.63 million new users in June, for an official total of 53.5 million new subscribers so far this year, according to China's Ministry of Information Industry. The figures also show that China and India are racing neck and neck in monthly subscriber additions.

Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:11 pm
by winston
Mobile subscriptions tipped to reach 4 billion

The number of mobile phone subscriptions in the world will reach four billion by the end of the year, driven by growth in developing economies, the International Telecommunications Union said.

``Since the turn of the century, the growth of mobile cellular subscribers has been impressive,'' the ITU said.

It stressed, however, that its estimate does not mean that four billion individuals each have their own mobile phone, as many people in developed countries have more than one.

The ITU said the number of mobile phone subscriptions topped 3.3 billion by the end of 2007.

Continued progress in 2008 is chiefly due to the growth in major developing markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China.


Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:08 am
by winston
Thanks to speculation that 3G licenses will be issued before the year-end, China's top mobile operator China Mobile (0941) rose 2.5 percent to finish at HK$72.05 while China Unicom (0762) leaped 5 percent to HK$8.96.

Wireless coverage equipment makers benefited as well, with Centron Telecom (1155) climbing 14 percent, Comba Telecom Systems bouncing 29 percent and China Wireless (2369) soaring 41 percent.

Re: Telecoms Sector

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:02 pm
by winston
China approves long-awaited 3G licences

BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) - China's state council, or cabinet, said on Wednesday it had approved the issuance of long-awaited licences for next generation (3G) mobile networks, opening the door to $41 billion in spending for equipment.

Licences will be issued for TD-SCDMA, a standard backed by Beijing, and two globally accepted standards, WCDMA and CDMA 2000, the cabinet said on the central government website

The website did not specify which companies were awarded specific licences. However, the government had said earlier this month that China Mobile (0941.HK) would get a licence for TD-SCDMA, China Unicom (0762.HK) one for a WCDMA network and China Telecom (0728.HK) one for CDMA 2000 technology.

China's state-run firms have already spent billions of dollars to develop TD-SCDMA to promote domestic industries and avoid expensive royalties demanded by the foreign firms that control the patents behind the global standards, WCDMA and CDMA 2000.

Technology Sector

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:42 pm
by financecaptain
Exciting development in the tech sector.
China is the world's largest mobile market with the most number of subscribers. They are also early adopters of technologies and trends.
With 3G to be implemented in China, you will find next generation of killer applications in mobile and wireless internet.

China issues 3G licences

SHANGHAI - CHINA will issue long-awaited third-generation mobile phone licences on Wednesday, a government official said, a move that will see tens of billions of dollars invested in new networks.
'We will issue the licences today,' Wang Lijian, a spokesman with the spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told AFP on Wednesday morning, without giving more details.

Li Yizhong, the industry and information technology minister, said last month that market leader China Mobile would get a licence for TD-SCDMA, China's domestically developed 3G standard.

He said China's number two mobile operator, China Unicom, would receive a licence for the WCDMA standard and China Telecom will handle CDMA 2000, proven international standards that require additional charges to foreign developers.

Third-generation, or 3G, networks enable advanced services such as wide-area wireless calls, web surfing and video.

Mr Li has said the carriers were expected to invest about US$41 billion ( in 3G networks over the next two years, with at least 29 billion dollars to be spent in 2009.

The government has said the spending that will accompany the launch of 3G services as an important part of efforts to battle the slowdown caused by the global economic turmoil. -- AFP