Oman Mobile contracts NSN for upgrades

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Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has inked a deal with Oman Mobile to upgrade 90% of the cellco’s network. The contract, worth between USD80 million and USD100 million, will see 90% of the company’s base stations and core connectivity replaced, and take 18 months to complete.Oman Mobile had 1.48 million subscribers at the end of 2007, equivalent to a 59.7% market …

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GSM-K ups network investment

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Kazakhstan’s largest cellular operator by subscribers says it plans to invest USD264 million this year, up from USD223 million in 2007, as it pushes ahead with the expansion of its network. GSM Kazakhstan (GSM-K), which offers services under the K-Cell brand, is set to install 310 new base stations by the end of the year, Interfax reports. GSM-K is 49%-owned …

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Safaricom launches mobile TV (Kenya)

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Kenya’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, Safaricom, has launched the country’s first mobile TV service. Under a partnership with pay-TV operator DSTV and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, customers can access ten local channels plus content from international broadcasters such as CNN and the BBC. At launch services are available only to customers in the capital, Nairobi. With a DVB-H handset priced …

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Prepaid Mobile Broadband from M-Tel Bulgaria

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M-Tel* has launched ‘M-Tel Free Surf’ a prepaid 3G tariff available to ‘Prima’ customers (prepaid). The tariffs which can be ordered via SMS text to read 250 MB” or 25 MB  – are as follows:            Tariff                           Cost per             Included               Cost per           Validity                                              month                                        extra Mbyte    M-Tel Free Surf 25                9.90                  25 MB                  2.56               30 …

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China Telecom sees capacity challenge as broadband demand grows

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Chinese operator is first customer for Huawei’s core router cluster system, which claims to lower TCO by up to 60%. The cost and complexity of increasing network capacity to cope with the growth in broadband customers and changing usage patterns presents a significant challenge to telecoms carriers, according to China Telecom. “[There has been a] rapid and huge increase in …

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Telenor eyes merger with TeliaSonera

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Creation of Nordic super-operator on the cards once again, but competition issues would likely derail any deal. Telenor is considering a tie-up with TeliaSonera and has hired advisors to look at a possible deal, the newswires reported Tuesday, citing Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The paper, which did not name its sources, said the Norwegian incumbent has appointed Nordea and JP …

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Etisalat targets entry into India and Egyptian fixed line licence

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Etisalat has told Reuters that it is considering a move into India’s telecoms market. ‘The market value for shares (in India) has gone down a little so it’s a good time for us to consider entry,’ said Mohammed Omran, chairman of Etisalat. ‘We could spend in the range of USD1 billion to USD3-4 billion; that depends on the opportunities and …

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Omantel posts record net income for first quarter (Oman)

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Omantel has posted record net income of OMR38.4 million (USD99.7 million) for the first quarter of 2008, up 60% year-on-year and comfortably ahead of analyst expectations. The result reflects a 15% increase in revenue to OMR98.2 million for the three months, and a 3% fall in operating expenses to OMR57 million. Shares in the company jumped almost 7% to their …

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Zain launches network in southern Sudan

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Zain Sudan has launched a GSM network in southern Sudan as part of a USD150 million plan to provide services in the formerly embattled region. The cellco has already spent over USD500 million in Sudan, although the bulk of the expenditure has been directed towards the north of the country. ‘We now have a vastly improved service … with 50 …

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Movilnet GSM network 600 BTS-strong (Venezuela)

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Venezuelan state-owned mobile operator Movilnet has now installed 600 GSM base stations across the country, the company said in a statement. Movilnet president Jacqueline Faria said that the company will launch commercial GSM-based services once the quality of service on the new network and the level of staff expertise matches the levels of its existing CDMA services. Faria added that …

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DTAC goes it alone in 3G race (Thailand)

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Thailand’s second largest cellco, GSM operator DTAC, has shelved plans to form a joint venture with state-run CAT Telecom to roll out 3G services, and is instead going it alone in upgrading 2G networks to UMTS standard under a THB5 billion (USD160 million) plan, reports the Bangkok Post. CEO Sigve Brekke said DTAC expected to roll out commercial 3G services …

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Neotel soft launches consumer services (South Africa)

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South Africa’s second national operator (SNO), Neotel, has launched its first voice and internet services for residential users. The SNO is offering a CDMA-based fixed wireless service called NeoConnect to users in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The initial launch is for users who have already registered an interest with Neotel; a full commercial launch is scheduled for next month. …

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