RCom gets $1.92 bn loan from China Development Bank (India)

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Reliance Communications (RCom) has finalized a $1.93 billion Chinese loan which will help it save millions of interest. The loan, the largest ever between the two Asian giants, comes amid often frosty relations. According to Reliance, it will use $1.33 billion to refinance pricey 3G spectrum fees and the rest for imports of Chinese telecom equipment from Huawei and ZTE. …

EditorRCom gets $1.92 bn loan from China Development Bank (India)

3/4 of Finns own a Nokia phone (Finland)

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According to a recent survey by Finnish mobile network, DNA and Nokia, only half of Finns actively use all the features of their smartphones. In addition to calling and text messaging, phones are mostly used as a calendar and for taking pictures. Around half of smartphone owners utilize the features of their smartphones for, for example, Internet browsing, e-mail, navigation …

Editor3/4 of Finns own a Nokia phone (Finland)

KPN selects ZTE for HSPA+, LTE trials in Belgium, Germany (Netherlands)

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Dutch operator, KPN has announced a joint development programme with ZTE focusing on the application of LTE technology in Germany and Belgium. KPN Mobile International and ZTE have scheduled a field trial program for 2011 to investigate the capabilities of ZTE’s commercial equipment. The co-operation gives KPN the flexibility to upgrade quickly its network equipment to LTE in the future, …

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Telefonica with ZTE launches Movistar Prime Android handset

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Telefonica in partnership with ZTE has launched Movistar Prime Android handset. The device will be commercially available in 12 Latin American markets where Telefonica operates starting with the second quarter of this year. Users will be able to access multiple types of applications and services, including email and office applications, as well as social networks, instant messaging, and GPS. Customers …

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Hutchison plans to launch LTE for Austrian network

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Hutchison 3G Austria (3) has upgraded half of its network to HSPA+, enabling theoretical peak download rates up to 42Mbps. By autumn 2011, the entire network will offer HSPA+ coverage to 94% of the Austrian population. Furthermore, 3 is preparing the network for LTE based 4G services, whose launch in urban areas will start later this year. According to 3 …

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EU to end Chinese telecom probe despite subsidies

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The European Union will drop its inquiry into whether China is giving illegal aid to two of its leading telecom firms, even as the EU’s executive cites evidence of massive subsidies, according to EU Commission documents. The Commission will propose ending two investigations into illegal export pricing by and state aid to Chinese wireless modem producers after the withdrawal of …

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Apple, RIM and HTC win big in 2010 mobile handset race

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In nearly all parts of the world, consumers’ appetite for purchasing the very latest handsets has not abated. Quite the reverse: research estimates 390 million handsets and smartphones were shipped in 4Q-2010, up 15.6% year-on-year. Overall, that takes the 2010 total of handsets shipped to 1.36 billion. This is a remarkable turnaround given that just one year ago, 2009 shipments …

EditorApple, RIM and HTC win big in 2010 mobile handset race

Du to select LTE providers for network launch (UAE)

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Du is reportedly in the process of choosing the provider of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. According to Hatem Bamatraf, the Dubai-based firm’s Senior Vice President for network development, they have agreed with a number of suppliers to do testing and… test under a number of scenarios. Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks, Sweden’s Ericsson and Chinese firms Huawei and …

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Vibo Telecom to set up HSPA+ network in Taiwan

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Vibo Telecom will establish HSPA+ (3.75G) infrastructure in Taiwan as soon as possible this year and has signed an MOU with Palau Mobile Corporation for seven-year cooperation to set up a HSPA+ network in the Pacific island nation. According to the company, it has submitted an application to the government for procuring HSPA+ equipment consisting of a core network and …

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Ericsson, ZTE disqualified from 3G contract tender (Thailand)

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Ericsson and ZTE have complained about the tender process being accomplished by Thailand’s state-owned telco, TOT over its US$650 million 3G network contract. The TOT had issued a preliminary statement that ruled the two companies out of the bidding. Ericsson was barred from bidding for seemingly failing to submit catalogues for antenna-related products and concerns that any dispute would have …

EditorEricsson, ZTE disqualified from 3G contract tender (Thailand)

Unicom to target 50m new 3G subscribers (China)

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China Unicom is planning to attract 50 million new 3G subscribers this year, and has started a marketing push to reach its goal. According to sources, the company has started localized 3G marketing at two of its branches and is preparing new 3G services to help it meet its ambitious targets. But Unicom, which signed up a consistent 1 million …

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ZTE India appoints Cui Liangjun as CEO

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Telecom equipments provider ZTE Telecom India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZTE Corporationhas has appointed Cui Liangjun as the new chief executive officer (CEO). According to the company, current CEO Huang Dabin would continue working with ZTE at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Prior to his new role, Liangjun was the Vice General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of ZTE Telecom …

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