ProInversion to award wireless licence on 30 June (Peru)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news:ProInversion, Peru’s agency for promoting private investment, has reportedly confirmed 30 June as the date for the award of 25MHz of spectrum in the 1900MHz band. The government is believed to be expecting to raise USD150 million from the sale of the 20-year concession period. Today is the last date for companies to present prequalification documents and technical and economic …

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T-Mobile and NAVIGON sign strategic partnership for mobile-phone navigation and mobile services (Germany)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: From the second half of 2009, a variety of the GPS-enabled Smartphones on offer from T-Mobile Deutschland GmbH will be equipped with MobileNavigator 7 navigation software. This will allow Smartphones with integrated GPS-receivers to be transformed into hand-held navigation systems. With their strategic cooperation, T-Mobile and NAVIGON are ushering in a new era in mobile-phone navigation. This will allow …

EditorT-Mobile and NAVIGON sign strategic partnership for mobile-phone navigation and mobile services (Germany)

Vodafone launches 3G in north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge (New Zealand)

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According to Vodafone, it has completed its launch of 3G coverage to towns north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Coromandel Peninsula, a month ahead of schedule. The telco further said that it is still on track to extend 3G coverage to 97% of the places New Zealanders live, work and play by 31 May 2009”. Recently, Vodafone made …

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MTN South Africa eyes 60% share in Telecel Zimbabwe

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: MTN, South African mobile operator is reportedly eyeing a 60% shares in Telecel Zimbabwe. “We have always said we are looking for value-enhancing opportunities and Zimbabwe presents us with one. Zimbabwe is our neighbour sitting there waiting. The Government is embarking on a reinvention of itself and has opened up to South African companies to go in and operate …

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Telco CallPlus & Vodafone ink network usage deal (New Zealand)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Telco CallPlus has inked a wholesaling deal with Vodafone to offer mobile phones in New Zealand. Under the agreement, CallPlus will go live as a MVNO in August, operating of Vodafone’s network. Mark Callander, general manager of CallPlus’ Slingshot brand, said the mobile deal built on an established wholesale relationship in the broadband market. “We’ve managed to get a …

EditorTelco CallPlus & Vodafone ink network usage deal (New Zealand)

Virgin Mobile launches VJazz mobile phone in India

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Virgin Mobile, the Indian mobile service provider, has launched VJazz music phone, which offers unlimited downloads of music tracks for one year. The handset is priced at INR 4250 and features a 1.3 megapixel camera, 1000 SMS and phonebook storage space. The handset is being offered with a 1GB SSD card.

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France Telecom posts a drop of 4.4% in Q1 net profits

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: France Telecom (FT) has posted a drop of 4.4% in the first quarter profit. The drop is driven by costs related to buying programme content for its new TV service in France. EBITDA of the group plunged from EUR4.63 billion (USD6.04 billion) in Q1 2008 to EUR4.3 billion a year later, on sales which drop 2.6% to EUR12.69 billion …

EditorFrance Telecom posts a drop of 4.4% in Q1 net profits

Airtel & Alcatel likely to ink a JV to manage fixed line operations (India)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Bharti Airtel is considered to form a Joint Venture with Alcatel-Lucent which will result in the latter managing Airtel’s network for the entire fixed line operations including broadband and value added services. The value of deal is estimated to be in the range of $ 200-300 million spread over two years. The operator has reportedly taken in-principle decision on …

EditorAirtel & Alcatel likely to ink a JV to manage fixed line operations (India)

Axiom Telecom & LG in a retail partnership

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Axiom Telecom, mobile distributor of Middle East has inked a strategic retail partnership with LG that sees the company house a dedicated LG retail space in all UAE outlets. Axiom will act as a primary Middle East Vendor to sell LG’s flagship phone for 2009, the Arena KM900. The LG ‘shop-in-shop’ concept will be used to showcase the latest …

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TRA fines Etisalat for Dh400,000, sets 16 May as deadline (UAE)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Etisalat, country’s largest mobile operator, will be fined Dh400,000 for failure to comply with fair-competition rules demanded by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The country’s two operators were asked to introduce carrier pre-selection service, which enables landline telecom users to choose between the operators. According to the regulator, the deadline was given to both the operators in June’08, the …

EditorTRA fines Etisalat for Dh400,000, sets 16 May as deadline (UAE)

3 introduces BlackBerry Bold for its subscribers in UK

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: 3 has brought the Blackberry Bold smartphone for its subscribers. It’s audio and display features allow access to 3’s multi-media offerings such as 3 on Demand, Books on the Go and the 3MusicStore. The subscribers are also allowed emailing multiple accounts, unlimited Windows Live Messenger access, and GPS. The phone is priced at GBP 30 a month with 500 …

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Mundo Startel plans investment of $55Mn in Angola

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Mundo Startel, the Angolian telco, a part of Telecom Namibia, intends to make an investment of nearly USD55 million to install 100,000 wireless in the local loop (WiLL) telephone lines providing voice, data and internet services in the capital and other areas as a part of its expansion project in the medium- to long-term. Mundo also plans to construct …

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