China Telecom reports 2007 results (China)

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China’s largest fixed line operator China Telecom has reported that operating revenues rose by just 1.7% in 2007 to RMB178.6 billion (USD25.5 billion), while EBITDA was virtually unchanged at RMB89.2 billion. Net profit for the year ended 31 December 2007 fell to RMB23.7 billion, from the previous year’s figure of RMB27.2 billion. Voice revenues for the year were down 7.9% …

EditorChina Telecom reports 2007 results (China)

Vivo increases 2008 CAPEX to BRL6.07bn (Brazil)

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Brazilian mobile operator Vivo has announced a tripling of its planned investment for 2008 to BRL6.07 billion (USD3.48 billion), up from BRL1.92 billion in 2007. It is not clear, however, if the proposed capital expenditure for the current year includes the BRL1.3 billion acquisition of rival carrier Telemig. Vivo’s CAPEX is considerably higher than the figures announced by rivals TIM …

EditorVivo increases 2008 CAPEX to BRL6.07bn (Brazil)

Zain interested in Turkish 3G licence (Turkey)

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The Kuwaiti telecoms group Zain says it is interested in acquiring a 3G mobile licence in Turkey when they are reoffered by the government. Three UMTS concessions were put up for sale last year but they attracted just one bid, from the country’s largest mobile operator, Turkcell. The government cancelled the sale, saying there was insufficient competition for the process …

EditorZain interested in Turkish 3G licence (Turkey)

Celcom first to deploy common core network for GSM and W-CDMA (Malaysia)

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Celcom claims to have become the first operator in Malaysia to establish a single core network platform for its GSM and W-CDMA networks, using a Mobile Softswitch solution from Ericsson. The deployment also marks the first step for Celcom in migrating its core network to an all-IP architecture. Upon completion, Celcom will benefit from having a single, common infrastructure that …

EditorCelcom first to deploy common core network for GSM and W-CDMA (Malaysia)

Cuba goes mobile (Cuba)

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CUBA’S Government will allow all Cubans to buy and use mobile phones for the first time in the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods. Mobile phone services have been restricted until now to foreigners and government workers. Many Cubans have for long wanted mobile phone access and hoped it would be among the …

EditorCuba goes mobile (Cuba)

Ericsson selected by Celcom to deploy a common core network (Sweden)

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Celcom today became the first operator in Malaysia to establish a single core network platform for both GSM and WCDMA technology with the deployment of Mobile Softswitch solution from Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), in its network. The move is in line with Celcom’s continuous focus to modernize its network to deliver classic telephony services over a more modern and cost efficient …

EditorEricsson selected by Celcom to deploy a common core network (Sweden)

Mobiles ‘may be riskier than smoking’

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MOBILE phones are set to become more dangerous to people’s health than asbestos or smoking, according to a leading Australian neurosurgeon. Research by the Canberra Hospital’s Vini Khurana found that in the next four years, the full impact of mobile phone-caused brain tumours would be revealed. Dr Khurana’s report, Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours A Public Health Concern, made headlines …

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Cubans finally become upwardly mobile (Cuba)

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THE President of Cuba, Raul Castro, has lifted restrictions on personal mobile phone ownership, a move that could increase the flow of political ideas and news in the country. The decision, announced on Friday in an understated manner in the Communist Party daily Granma, adds to a range of developments indicating that Mr Castro, 76, after decades of working in …

EditorCubans finally become upwardly mobile (Cuba)

Castro opens new era by lifting mobile phones ban (Cuba)

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Cubans are to be allowed mobile phones in the latest step by the new President, Raul Castro, to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of mobile use in Latin America, and the service had been restricted to foreigners or government officials and employees. The Cuban telecommunications monopoly Etecsa, a joint venture with Telecom Italia, said it …

EditorCastro opens new era by lifting mobile phones ban (Cuba)

Cubans to be allowed to buy mobile phones (Cuba)

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It did not quite answer calls for freedom and change, but the reform announced yesterday did at least offer freedom from change for calls. Cuba’s government lifted restrictions on the ownership and use of mobile phones, marking a small but significant step away from the Fidel Castro era. A decree published in the Communist party newspaper, Granma, said the public …

EditorCubans to be allowed to buy mobile phones (Cuba)