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Ancel subscribers top 1.5 million (Uruguay)

Uruguayan state-owned telecoms operator Antel has announced its mobile unit Ancel has reached 1.5 million subscribers. Ancel is closing the gap between itself and rival cellco America Movil-owned Claro Uruguay, which had 1.459 million wireless subscribers at 31 March 2009. Ancel launched a GSM-1800 network including GPRS in Montevideo April 2004, with an EDGE upgrade initiated in the following October. Ancel first trialled 3G services in September 2005, in partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei. 3.5G services were launched in July 2007 in Montevideo and a year later its 3G network was available nationwide. Ancel plans to invest USD81 million in 2009, mainly to expand its GSM and 3G coverage.

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May 15, 2009 at 23:08 Leave a comment

Thailand’s True Move to sell iPhone 3G?

Apple is talking to every operators in Thailand about iPhone 3G, but seems True Move will be the first to seal the deal. True Move, the country’s third largest, said in its statement, “True Move has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to Thailand in the coming months.”

Yet, no official date is revealed. Currently, Thailand has not ready yet for 3G network, as it is being tested. Thai users may use available EDGE or GPRS for data connection. True Move has 13 million subscribers, while country’s largest, AIS, has 26.8 million subscibers.

If this condition is true, Thailand will be third country in the region, after Singapore and Philippines, that officially sell the Apple phone. Previously, Singapore and Philippines were joining other countries to sell iPhone 3G starting August 22.

FYI, there are tons of pirated iPhones available in Bangkok’s MBK centre. The US-original phone is offered around 29,500 bath (US$ 842), while Hongkong-original phone–offers easier way to insert the SIM card–is sold for 35,000 baht.

So, when will Malaysia and Indonesia join the legion to sell iPhone 3G?

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December 22, 2008 at 09:39 Leave a comment

3G: What’s That?

As the magic of 3G begins to seep into the country, Indian folks will finally get to utilize those fancy-schmancy features on their so called smart phones.

Surely, many of you have burning questions about 3G and everything related to it. So, read on; a few common 3G-related questions have been answered to demystify it for you.

What is 3G?

3G, or 3rd generation mobile telephony, is the generic name for the next generation of mobile networks that will combine wireless mobile technology with high data rate transmission capabilities.

What you’ve been using until now is 2G/2.5G (2nd generation mobile telephony), which offers speeds between 64-144kbps. With the availability of 3G in India, users will be able to enjoy speeds of 144kbps-2mbps on their mobile phones.

What can 3G offer you?

Simply put, 3G will offer mobile phone users faster Internet speeds.

This, in turn, will provide mobile users with higher data transfer rates, with support for a variety of services such as high-resolution video streaming, mobile TV, high-speed interactive gaming, and other multi-media features, in addition to voice, fax, and conventional data services.

If you are an avid surfer of the Internet on your mobile phone with the current 2.5G connection, you must have experienced the irritants of slow browsing speeds and video lag. With 3G, Web pages will load faster, there will be little or no video lagging, and downloads will be faster too!

Utilizing the full potential of 3G, you can turn the mobile phone into a device that bundles infotainment and electronic commerce (e-commerce) services together.

When will you be able to use 3G services?

The state-owned telecom operators have already begun to soft-launch 3G services in the metros. The services (for trial) have already commenced in Delhi, with Chennai and Mumbai in line. The commercial launch will happen in a couple of months’ time – this is when users will be able to subscribe to the data plan(s) offered by the telecom operators.

BSNL has said that it will offer 3G services across the country by mid-2009.

Post mid-2009, we will see private players jumping into the 3G bandwagon. This is when competition will set sail and 3G-penetration across India will really start to materialize.

How much will 3G services cost?

No tariff has been declared by MTNL for its 3G Jadoo services; neither has any governing body given out specifics for the same.

J. Gopalan, MTNL’s (Mumbai) executive director, had said that 3G services will be affordable for the common man . We’ll soon learn whether this is true when the 3G services are commercially launched.

However, rest assured that 3G services are going to cost you more than what you pay for your GPRS connection.

Post the spectrum auctions, depending on the price the private telecom operators are willing to pay to be able to offer 3G services, the tariff scenario will heat up.

How much will 3G-capable phones cost?

Currently, 3G-capable phones available in India cost anywhere between Rs. 7000 to 50,000 (approximately most phones in the upper price range category are 3G capable).

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December 12, 2008 at 16:56 Leave a comment


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