Archive for December 29, 2008

Phone users in Uganda reach 7Mn driven by liberalisation and competition in the market

The subscriber base of phone users in Uganda has reached the mark of 7million, reports Minister of Information, Dr Ham Mukasa Mulira. The Minister says the growth is driven by liberalisation of communication sector and then coming of competition among the private entrants to the market.

Dr Mulira commended the government for having liberalised fully the communications sector. “I am pleased to inform you that the policy adopted has yielded extremely positive results with penetration growing from 5 to 6 per cent in 2006 to over 20 per cent in just over two years,”.

Over the years, the rise in numbers has been driven by slashing calling rates, aggressive marketing and product innovation by both the existing and latest phone companies. At the start of the year, there were about 5.4 million subscribers but the number tremendously rose with the commercial entry of Warid Telecom on February 7 this year.

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December 29, 2008 at 14:09 Leave a comment

Zain shifts focus on high-end mobile phone subscribers

In order to lure more subscribers to its data and productivity services, Zain has launched the first of a range of high end mobile phones.

“About 5% of our post paid customers are already Blackberry customers. We want to increase that number and also provide the market with innovative new products that will help people work better,” said Michael Okwiri, Zain Corporate Affairs Director.

This move marks a new shift in the telecommunications firms strategy to lure new subscribers. Since, last six months, Zain is targeting younger and less affluent user, which has augmented its subscriber base and gives tough competition to the new entrants such as Telkom’s Orange Mobile and Econet’s Yu.

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December 29, 2008 at 14:08 Leave a comment

Zain Sudan posts a subscriber base of 5Mn, aims 7Mn by 2009 end

Zain Sudan, one of Sudan’s leading mobile operator, has reportedly exceeded the subscriber base of 5million in nearly 22 months of its commercial operations in the country. According to the Managing Director of Zain-Sudan, Elfatih Erwa, the telco aims to raise this number to 7million by 2009 end.

The Sudanese telco has also been a key driver in country’s economy, injecting $3.5 billion in the country over the past three years.

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December 29, 2008 at 14:04 Leave a comment

AT&T offers iPhone 3G for $99

AT&T, USA largest mobile service provider, unviels it plans to sell the pile of pre-owned iPhone 3Gs with a brand new price tag of $99. These iPhones will be available under the contract plans like  Nation 450 w/Rollover Minutes – which offers 450 anytime minutes, 5000 night and weekend minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile minutes, no extra charge for long distance or roaming calls, $0.45 per minute for additional minutes. The activation fee is $36.00, and the user will have to pay $39.99/month (for two years) for all the benefits listed above.

There are other cheaper plans like, the $15.00/month plan, the iPhone Text Messaging 1500 contract which offers the user 1500 SMS (or text) messages to send or receive in the U.S.

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December 29, 2008 at 14:01 Leave a comment

3G auction likely to be postponed, CCEA yet to approve the policy

The much-awaited auction of 3G spectrum is likely to be postponed by at least a few weeks as the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) may not get the Cabinet’s approval on vital proposals relating to the services — a move that could delay the start of high-end mobile services like high-speed wireless internet in India.

According to senior DoT officials, the auctioning of 3G spectrum slated for January 16 may be delayed, as the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is yet to approve the policy. The DoT had decided to take the Cabinet’s approval on higher 3G spectrum charge and number of blocks to be auctioned in each circle.

The Telecom Commission had discussed the issue in its meeting on December 19, the officials said, adding that the decision to go to the Cabinet was taken as a precaution in view of the allegations during the allocation of 2G spectrum and new licences in January this year. Sources, however, pointed out that in case the approval was delayed beyond January 2009 the entire process of auctioning of 3G spectrum and the start of high-end mobile services may get derailed due to the general elections.

The DoT had last week held a pre-bid conference of the potential 3G players and had noticed the absence of foreign players, sources said. This could be another reason for the government to delay the process as this may not fetch the expected revenue, they said.

Union IT and Communication Minister A Raja had earlier estimated that the government may garner about Rs 35,000-40,000 crore from the auction of 3G spectrum.

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December 29, 2008 at 13:57 Leave a comment

DoCoMo-Tata open offer delays, regulator’s clearance awaited

NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile-phone operator, and Tata Sons have postponed their joint open offer for up to 20 per cent of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd as it is yet to be cleared by the market regulator. 

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December 29, 2008 at 13:51 Leave a comment


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