Croatia set to get its first MVNO

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A new operator Telcro and T-Mobile Hrvatska have signed a contract as a result of which Croatia will get its first MVNO. The services are set to launch during the summer of 2009. The company has funding from twenty investors of which the bulk are Croatian and the remainder based in the USA. According to company director, Kre…¡imir Profaca, …

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SLT experiences a 31% fall in Q3’08 net profits (Sri Lanka)

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Sri Lanka Telecom reports a fall of 31% in its Q3’08 net profits on a y-o-y basis, driven by inflation and higher costs. The Sri Lankan operator says that its ended Q3’08 with a net income of $11.2 million, dip by $0.016 million since 2007, even the Q3 revenues grew by 4% since last year to $0.106 million. ‘High costs, …

EditorSLT experiences a 31% fall in Q3’08 net profits (Sri Lanka)

Turkcell grabs 3G licence in Turkey

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Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile operator grabs the 3G licence in the country. Turkcell offered $462 million for an A-type 3G mobile phone license, the highest bandwidth out of four auctioned, leaving behind its rivals Avea and Vodafone. Vodafone and Avea won the lower bandwiths worth $320.67 million and $274.39 million respectively. Turkcell reports to start its 3G operation by mid-2009. …

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Ericsson grabs the 3G network management deal with MBNL (UK)

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Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), the 50:50 joint venture formed by 3UK and T-Mobile UK to manage the integration of both operators’ 3G radio access networks (RAN), has awarded Ericsson a four-year managed services contract for the operation and maintenance of the consolidated network. T-Mobile and 3 formed their infrastructure sharing agreement in January 2008 with the aim of creating …

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World’s first commercial 3G Femtocell Service (Singapore)

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Mobile and MaxOnline hubbers are set to enjoy even greater benefits as StarHub launches ‘Home Zone’, the world’s first commercially-available 3G femtocell service. 3G femtocell is a portable cellular access device that connects a user’s 3G mobile phone directly to a MaxOnline-enabled router in the home so that users can make voice and video calls and send SMS over StarHub’s …

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Telekom Slovenia earns profits of $92.34 million from Jan-Sept 2008 (Slovenia)

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Telekom Slovenia, the Slovenian telco, expects a stangnant profit of $114.4 million in 2008, same as in 2007. It further reports a 4% dip in net profits to $92.34 million and revenues grew by 10% to $827.81 million. “Our goal to reach the same group net profit as in 2007 is still achievable,” Telekom Slovenia said in a statement. Telekom …

EditorTelekom Slovenia earns profits of $92.34 million from Jan-Sept 2008 (Slovenia)

Chunghwa expects a raise in subscribers & revenue with the launch of 3G iPhone (Taiwan)

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With the launch of third-generation iPhone in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest telecom service provider in terms of revenue is hoping to pull more subscribers and enhance revenue. CHT will begin selling iPhones from Dec. 13. Executive Vice President Lin Jen-Hon said, “We hope our revenue and subscribers will increase after the launch of iPhone.” He further said Chunghwa will …

EditorChunghwa expects a raise in subscribers & revenue with the launch of 3G iPhone (Taiwan)

O2 UK launches the 8 megapixel LG KC910 Renoir (UK)

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LG’s highest specification camera phone to date has now been released on a second UK network operator, after an initial launch on Orange consumers can now connect the new LG Renoir to a range of O2 pay monthly tariffs which almost doubles the number of packages available for this 8 megapixel camera phone. The LG KC910 Renoir is seen as …

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Western Union trials mobile payments in Hawaii and UAE

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Western Union has initiated piloting a mobile money transfer scheme for Phillipino workers in Hawaii and the United Arab Emirates, both countries with significant financial flows to the Philippines, where many users’ handsets are equipped with mobile wallet capabilities. The uniqueness of this trial is the degree to which the Philippines has retail and business structure where m-wallets can be …

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Zain introduces pre-registration drive for new subscribers (Ghana)

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Zain Ghana launches a drive of pre-registration of numbers for the new subscribers on its network. The launch was mainly meant for mdia personnels, who were presently using other networks minus the network code, registered with the Zain 026 code. Mr Philip Sowah, Country Manager of Zain Ghana, noted that the drive was a nationwide one designed to make it …

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Oman Mobile grants resale rights to firms using its infrastructure (Oman)

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Oman Mobile, the state-owned incumbent of Oman, becomes the very first company in Middle East region to grant resale rights to firms using its infrastructure. The telco has signed contracts with Renna and FRiENDi Mobile allowing them to resell mobile services to subscribers across Oman using their own brands and marketing and sales channels. The deal will also enable the …

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Qatar Telecom concurs on PT Indosat’s original price (Qatar & Indonesia)

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Qatar Telecom is ready to pay original price offered by PT Indosat, Indonesia’s second-largest telephone company. Chairman of the Capital Market Regulator, Ahmad Fuad Rahmany, said, Qatar agreed to buy the stake at $0.6 a share as was announced in June after buying a 40.8 % stake in Indosat. On Oct. 28, Qatar Telecom said, it would pay $0.5 a …

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