RIM makes lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II

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Research In Motion and the BlackBerry Partners Fund have announced that RIM is making a lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II, a new US$150 million independent venture capital fund, focused exclusively on mobile computing. BlackBerry Partners Fund II is expected to launch in June 2011 and will have a broader international mandate than the first Fund. According to Jim …

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HOT violated ISP licence terms: NetVision (Israel)

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Israeli telco NetVision has reportedly claimed that HOT Telecommunication Systems, which last month was granted an internet service provider (ISP) licence by the Israeli Ministry of Communications (MoC), has violated the conditions of its new concession. According to reports, NetVision has handed over documentation to the regulator which it alleges demonstrate that HOT has not only violated the structural separation …

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Bezeq’s Pelephone to host virtual mobile operator

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Israeli cellco Pelephone has agreed to allow an MVNO to operate over its network. The move follows efforts by the country’s Communications Ministry to boost competition and lower rates for consumers, including the issuing of licences for several MVNOs. Pelephone has no pre-paid business and so was widely assumed to be the most likely candidate to host the country’s first …

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Sequans, Nokia Siemens Networks bring commercial TD-LTE closer

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Succeed in interoperability testing across all available bands, proving maturity of the TD-LTE ecosystem Marking a defined step forward in TD-LTE commercialization, Sequans, a leading chipset platform provider, and Nokia Siemens Networks have successfully conducted interoperability trials of the technology in the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands. The demonstration tested the interoperability of Nokia Siemens Networks’ …

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Israeli hospital provides doctors with Hebrew language Apple IPads

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¬≠An Israeli hospital has started giving Apple iPads to its doctors for use both on and off-site so that they can check patient records, test results, X-rays and CT scans, report on patient progress and plan ongoing treatment. According to Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center (MYMC), it has invested in the latest iPad version 4.2, customized for use in Hebrew. The …

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DoT rejects Liberty group bid for ITI takeover (India)

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The department of telecom (DoT) has reportedly rejected the Liberty Group’s bid for attainment of telecom equipment maker- Indian Telephone Industries (ITI). The Liberty Group which is known for its footwear brand was the only company to have raised a bid for attaining ITI after the fourth deadline to find a buyer for the ailing state-owned firm expired in August …

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Ugandan market gets a new telecom operator

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A new mobile telecommunication and internet service providing company, ECI Telecom has entered the Ugandan market. According to Mr Matthias Nass, the Vice President Field marketing, they will improve utility services and help service providers to provide cheaper Internet to Ugandans in their first phase of operation. They are now developing a fibre optic cable network for Uganda. He added …

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Israel to ban the use of SIM locking on handsets

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¬≠Israel’s Knesset Economics Affairs Committee has approved plans to ban the use of SIM locking on handsets sold by the mobile networks in the country. The ban on SIM locks is considered by the Ministry of Communications as vital, if new mobile networks and MVNOs are to compete in the market. Presently, the mobile networks lock their handsets to their …

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Israel sees growth with 4G and Multiplay Services

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As the Israeli telecom market is more mature than other AME countries, growth will rely heavily on a combination of new services and new networks rather than on increasing penetration as growth slightly increases from $6.9 billion in 2010 to $7.1 billion in 2015, according to a new report from Pyramid Research. According to Kerem Arsal, Analyst at Pyramid Research, …

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Israeli communications minister urges antitrust regulation of cellcos

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Moshe Kahlon, the Israeli communications minister, has called on Antitrust Authority Commissioner Ronit Kan to consider whether the country’s mobile network operators should face additional regulation after recent activities. According to reports, the move was prompted by recent price hikes made by the cellcos, with Ministry of Communications (MoC) spokesperson Yechiel Shabi noting that the minister believes it is in …

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