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 …

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