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AT&T Offering Phones, BlackBerrys On Rural Spectrum (USA)

AT&T announced that the 1.5 million subscribers it will acquire from Verizon Wireless will be shifted from Verizon’s CDMA network to AT&T’s GSM network within 12 months of the deal’s completion. The assets were previously owned and managed by Alltel, which was acquired by Verizon Wireless earlier this year for $28.1 billion. AT&T, which will pay $2.35 billion for the assets, said it will spend another $400 million on the switchover. The AT&T-Verizon deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2009, AT&T said. Subscribers in the mostly rural regions will be able to receive mobile broadband on AT&T smartphones, including iPhones and BlackBerry Bolds, after the transition is completed, the company indicated in an announcement late Friday. In a smaller deal in the wireless-infrastructure musical chairs exercises between the two largest U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T said it will sell some wireless assets of Centennial Communications to Verizon Wireless.

Wireless Industry News

May 13, 2009 at 20:31 1 comment

Al Jazeera Mobile launches in South Africa

Al Jazeera Mobile delivers global news headlines and updates to South African subscribers via SMS messages. As an alternative to conventional international news channels, with a news focus on key stories from the Southern hemisphere, Al Jazeera Mobile is well positioned to enter the dynamic South African market. Al Jazeera’s English-language television news channel is already broadcast to over 140 million homes globally, which includes 25 million households in Africa. The total number of mobile subscribers in South Africa is set to increase from 49 million in 2008 to 55.3 million in 2010, making the country a priority market for Al Jazeera Mobile. Mobile users are now able to choose from Al Jazeera Mobile’s Politics, Sports, Economics and Breaking News services for key updates straight to their mobile phones or PDA’s.

Wireless Industry News

May 11, 2009 at 23:14 Leave a comment

AT&T to acquire mobile assets from Verizon Wireless (USA)

AT&T has agreed to acquire mobile assets from Verizon Wireless for USD 2.35 billion in cash. AT&T will acquire mobile properties, including licences, network assets and 1.5 million current subscribers in 79 service areas, primarily in rural areas across eighteen states. Verizon Wireless is required to divest these properties as part of the regulatory approvals granted for its purchase of Alltel earlier this year. The states represented are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming. While the transaction primarily represents former Alltel assets, but it also includes assets from Verizon Wireless and the former Rural Cellular. AT&T expects integration costs for network conversion, amortisation of intangible assets and subscriber migration to result in dilution to EPS of approximately USD 0.06 per share in the first year after closing and to improve thereafter. Network conversion from Verizon’s CDMA network to GSM technology and transition of the operations to AT&T is expected to take no longer than 12 months from the date the transaction closes and to result in an additional planned capital investment of approximately USD 400 million over 2009 and 2010. The transaction is contingent upon regulatory approval and is expected to close in the fourth quarter. AT&T has also agreed to sell certain mobile assets of Centennial Communications to Verizon Wireless for USD 240 million.

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May 11, 2009 at 23:11 Leave a comment

NZ Communications rebrands as 2degrees Mobile

NZ Communications has rebranded as 2degrees Mobile ahead of its launch as New Zealand’s third mobile network operator in August. 2degrees CEO Mike Reynolds said that the mobile network will provide 97 percent population coverage in New Zealand with its Huawei-built 3G network. The new brand “pays homage to the closeness of Kiwi connections”, the company said. Building on the notion of six degrees of separation between each person in the world, the company claims New Zealanders have a much shorter connection of just two degrees with each person in the country. 2degrees is inviting customers to pre-register for its service at the company’s website.

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May 11, 2009 at 23:03 Leave a comment

Telenor acquires Danish mobile service provider Bibob

Telenor Denmark acquired mobile service provider BiBoB for DKK 93 million. The acquisition strengthens Telenor’s position via its subsdiary Sonofon on the Danish mobile market, adding 69,000 customers. The acquisition will not affect BiBoBs customers or employees, and BiBoB will remain a separate brand focussing on low-cost mobile services. The acqusition does not need approval from the Danish competition authority and has been completed. Sonofon had 1.833 million mobile customers on 31 March of this year.

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May 11, 2009 at 23:00 Leave a comment

Pre-paid users required to register from April (Mexico)

A requirement for pre-paid mobile phone users in Mexico to register their details with network operators has become law this week, coming into effect from April. Last September the Senate passed a bill saying that service providers have one year to register their existing customer base and collect proof of identity for all new sales. The move, largely an anti-crime measure, has been implemented in many other countries, often resulting in as much as a 10% fall in the overall subscriber base.

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February 11, 2009 at 16:53 Leave a comment

MVNOs to enter Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s assistant minister for communication, Zeljko Knezevic, has announced that mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) will ‘soon’ be allowed to enter the country’s telecoms market, according to local news source Nezavisne Novine. A new telecoms policy (‘2008–2012’), which comes into force today, stipulates that the regulator must define licence conditions for MVNOs by the end of 2010.

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February 10, 2009 at 19:19 Leave a comment

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