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Reliance Communications Starts Nationwide GSM Service (India)

Reliance Communications Ltd., India’s second-largest mobile-phone company, started nationwide wireless services based on the global system for mobile communications, or GSM, to gain customers.

Reliance Communications, which operates services based on the code division multiple access, or CDMA, standard, will initially cover 11,000 towns and 340,000 villages with its GSM service, Chairman Anil Ambani told reporters in Mumbai today. The operator has completed most of the capital spending on the second network and has spent 100 billion rupees ($2.1 billion), he said.

Ambani will use the network based on the popular GSM standard, which accounts for about 75 percent of India’s 336 million wireless users, to help Reliance Communications catch up with Bharti Airtel Ltd. and keep ahead of rivals such as Vodafone Group Plc and NTT DoCoMo Inc.

“We see no reason why we shouldn’t have a 100 million customers,” Ambani said. The operator had almost 60 million customers at the end of November, while Bharti had 83 million and Vodafone’s Indian unit had almost 59 million users.

Reliance Communications gained 7.2 percent to 228.15 rupees in Mumbai trading, the most since Dec. 10. The stock was the second-best performer today on the benchmark Sensitive Index, which rose 1.9 percent.

3G Services

India, the world’s second-largest mobile-phone services market after China, added more than 10 million subscribers for the third straight month in November and is set to attract more operators as it prepares to auction licenses for starting high- speed wireless services next year.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman Nripendra Misra said in October, operators in the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy and Australia may bid for permits to offer the so-called third-generation, or 3G, services, further increasing competition.

Reliance may spend between 20 billion rupees and 40 billion rupees on 3G gear, Ambani said.

DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest mobile-phone operator, considers Asia its biggest priority for expansion, President Ryuji Yamada said on Nov. 18, a week after the company agreed to pay $2.7 billion for 26 percent of India’s Tata Teleservices Ltd. The purchase is aimed at giving the Tokyo-based company entry into the world’s fastest-growing major wireless market and is its largest acquisition in about eight years.

Tata Teleservices will spend $2 billion in the next two years to provide GSM-based wireless services, the Press Trust of India reported in August. Tata Teleservices, which currently offers CDMA mobile-phone services plans to start the GSM services by the end of the year in India, Press Trust said at the time, citing Anil Sardana, the company’s managing director.

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December 31, 2008 at 12:36 Leave a comment

ETK’s Subscriber Base Exceeds 2Million (Krasnoyarsk Krai)

The customer base of ETK, the leading telecommunications company of Krasnoyarsk Krai and the Republic of Khkassia, has exceeded 2 million subscribers. Fully owned by Siberia’s largest telecommunications company Sibirtelecom and with 40% of the local market, ETK is the leading company in Krasnoyarsk Krai, far outpacing its federal competitors. Today, it runs GSM-900/1800 and IMT-MC 450 networks.

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December 31, 2008 at 12:25 Leave a comment

Pakistan sees mobile user base drop to 90.41 million

Pakistan ended November with 90.41 million mobile phone users decreasing by 0.1 percent compared with 90.51 million in October, according to figures from market regulator PTA. Mobilink was the market leader with 30.06 million customers, losing 827,000 customers during November, followed by Ufone with 19.1 million. Telenor was in third place with 18.88 million subscribers, followed by Warid with 16.66 million subscribers. Zong‘s subscribers reached 5.39 million, while Instaphone subscribers remained steady at 321,134. Mobile teledensity stabilised at 56.20 percent in November.

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December 31, 2008 at 12:21 Leave a comment

Russia’s MTS Brand Expands into India

India’s Shyam Telelink, which is controlled by Russia’s Sistema has announced plans to use the brand-name of the Russian mobile network operator, MTS in the Indian market. MTS is itself 52.8% majority-owned by Sistema. Sistema guaranteed US$520 million of the total US$630 million that Shyam Telelink paid for obtaining its operating licenses. The company  recently used a call-option to increase its shareholding in India’s Shyam Telelink from 51% to 72% – just shy of the 74% which is permitted under Indian laws.

At STL, our endeavour is to provide world class affordable mobile services to the customers, said Mr. Vsevolod Rozanov, CEO, Shyam Telelink Limited. Coming to market with a fully developed and globally recognized brand will give us a clear competitive advantage in the marketplace. The MTS brand offers Shyam Telelink a valuable portfolio of marketing guidelines that will provide time and cost advantages. The universality of MTS’ brand values and the simplicity of its design will resonate well among potential customers in India, and we are confident that the brand will aid in the expansion of our business.

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December 31, 2008 at 12:17 Leave a comment

AT&T mobile service back to normal (USA)

An AT&T wireless spokesman said this morning that virtually all service traffic in the Midwest is operating normally after mobile services were disrupted on Sunday in several states, including Wisconsin.The problem began about 9:30 a.m. Sunday when a power failure knocked out an AT&T facility in suburban Detroit.The situation resulted in intermittent disruption of mobile services for customers in some Midwest states, the spokesman said.Backup power was restored later Sunday, and the Michigan facility was restored to service Sunday afternoon.There are still some areas of Michigan without service, the spokesman said. 

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December 31, 2008 at 12:12 Leave a comment

India to auction 3G spectrum on 30th Jan’09

The 3G spectrum auction will take place on 30th January’09. Govt has postponed it by 15 days. According to Telecom Secretary, Siddartha Behura, In view of the large number of requests from the potential bidders, it is only fair that they should be given some time. Accordingly, it is decided that the auction process be shifted by a fortnight. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs decision will be available by then. After the decision, we will have a clear mandate to proceed according to their decision.

New Revised Timeline:

Jan 9: Applications will be invited
Jan 15: Final date for submitting the application
Jan 20: Bidder ownership compliance certificate will be given for the 3G auction
Jan 22: Prequalified bidders will be shortlisted
Jan 27-28: Mock auction
Jan 30: Auction will take place

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December 30, 2008 at 13:17 Leave a comment

Motorola launches M-Com solutions for consumers

Motorola announced that the company has launched a mobile commerce solution for financial and retail merchandising needs.

The solution, according to the company, consisting of an M-Wallet and back-end management platform, has been deployed by Union Mobile Pay (UMPay), a mobile payment company established by China Mobile Communications Corp. (CMCC) and China UnionPay.

Motorola said that the fmobile commerce deployment in China marks a significant milestone in its global M-Commerce initiatives.

According to the company, Motorola’s M-Wallet solution provides enhanced user interface with secured and reliable service as compared to existing technologies based on Short Message Service (SMS), Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). Consumers can personalize financial needs such as account inquiries, money transfers, bill payments, utility payments and e-ticketing on their mobile phones, which will eliminate the need to go to banks or carry bank cards. In addition to mobile banking, the platform also provides business-to-consumer (B2C) solutions for merchants that include merchant membership cards, electronic couponing and prepaid cards.

In addition to the end-user mobile solutions for banking and merchandising needs, Motorola’s mobile commerce offering also includes a back-end management platform. The back-end management platform, part of the Motorola’s Service Delivery Framework called GAMA (Global Application Management Architecture), is interoperable with back-office network elements for OSS/BSS for mobile network operators, financial institutions and merchants, the company said.

“The M-Commerce market is rapidly evolving,” said T.K. Ng, General Manager of Motorola Global Services, Home & Networks Mobility, Motorola China. “Solutions like M-Wallet provide network operators, financial institutions and merchants with distinct advantages, giving customers convenience, speed and simplicity, allowing them to shop or perform bank transactions whenever and wherever they want. The M-Wallet solution deployment for UMPay underscores our commitment to making M-Commerce a reality. Not only does our flexible end-to-end solution simplify end users’ day-to-day tasks, but it also streamlines electronic transactions and optimizes the customer management processes for service providers, financial institutions and retailers.”

“We are the leader in offering a mobile payment platform in China, and we see tremendous value in our relationship with Motorola to further strengthen our position in the market,” said Zhang Bin, Managing Director of UMPay. “With Motorola’s expertise and experience in M-Commerce, we can create new solutions and services that address the needs of customers, bringing easy to use, secure and reliable services to them.”

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December 30, 2008 at 13:14 Leave a comment

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