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Swedish regulator the PTS is launching a public consultation on a draft decision for the allocation of GSM 900MHz frequencies. The proposal states that all existing GSM-900 licences will be renewed, but that in addition, all of the available spectrum space in the 900MHz band will be allocated, to allow 3G-only cellco Hi3G Access Sweden (3) to gain access to 2G spectrum for the first time. 3, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, currently uses third-party roaming to provide its users with full nationwide 2G/3G services. Current GSM-900 licences of TeliaSonera, Tele2, Telenor and Swefour expire at the end of 2010. The draft decision will be published on the PTS’s website next week.
MagtiCom, Georgia’s second largest cellco by subscribers, has launched an HSDPA network in the country, according to Reuters. MagtiCom, which is 50.1% owned by US-based Metromedia International Group, said the 3.5G technology will provide its customers with faster internet browsing and video and music downloads. It hopes the launch will make it more competitive in the wireless market and help to close the gap in market share between itself and nearest rival Geocell, a subsidiary of TeliaSonera, which launched its HSDPA platform in July 2008. At the end of September 2008 MagtiCom had a market share of 41.87%, compared to Geocell’s 46.89%.
Comverse announced today that UCell Uzbekistan will begin offering new products and services to derive more revenues from voice calls and also improve the experience of mobile phone users with expanded prepaid billing features and ringback tones.
“Comverse’s solutions provide us with the features we need to handle new growth and enrich the user experience with choice, convenience, control and fun,” says Helge Raitanen, Chief Technical Officer at UCell, which is owned by TeliaSonera and managed by the Fintur Holdings B.V. (a joint venture of TeliaSonera and Turkcell).
UCell subscribers now can find out who tried to call them when they were unreachable, even though a message was not left. In a similar fashion, another Comverse service can notify the calling subscriber as soon as the unreachable party becomes available in the network, eliminating the need for repeat dialing. In both cases, free text messages notify subscribers.
Comverse, the world’s leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based billing and value-added messaging and content services, developed the two services, aptly known as “Who Called” and “Notify Me,” to address the fact that roughly 30 percent of calls go unanswered. These services comprise a part of the Comverse Total Call Completion Solution, whose goal is to bring each call to a satisfactory and billable conclusion.
The new prepaid billing features offer more account management capabilities to UCell subscribers, such as providing balance notifications at the end of calls and the ability to replenish their balances via various services. Comverse Fun Dial™ Ringback Tone service lets users select music and other content for their callers to hear while waiting for calls to be answered.
Comverse’s real-time billing capabilities support UCell’s expanding portfolio of value-added services. “UCell is a forward-thinking operator that realizes just as value-added services can increase user satisfaction and generate growth, the correct billing approach helps turn billing and customer care into new opportunities for revenue and growth,” said Dror Bin, President of Comverse Products Group. “We look forward to broadening our longstanding relationship with UCell.”
TeliaSonera has selected Ericsson for the initial 4G city network in Stockholm and Huawei for the initial 4G city network in Oslo. The 4G services in Stockholm and Oslo are slated for commercial launch in 2010. In Stockholm, Ericsson will perform network implementation services and will manage the network during the initial operation period. The agreement between Ericsson and TeliaSonera also includes a long-standing partnership where both parties will jointly evolve the way consumers use mobile broadband with LTE. The new 4G networks will offer about 10 times higher data rates compared to today’s mobile broadband network. The contract between TeliaSonera and Ericsson is Ericsson’s first for commercial deployment of LTE. Under the agreement with Huawei, the Chinese equipment maker will provide LTE base stations, core network and OSS covering Oslo. Huawei will also provide services including network design, implementation, systems integration and support.
Spanish mobile operator Xfera Moviles (Yoigo) has announced that it has reached one million subscribers. The operator, which launched services in December 2006, also revealed that it has deployed 2,500 mobile antennas across the country since it began operations. Commenting on the milestone Yoigo CEO, Johan Andsjo, said, ‘The market has changed incredibly in two years, and we have been a cornerstone of this change.’ Yoigo is 76% owned by Nordic telecoms group TeliaSonera, and according to AIKresearch’s database the cellco had a market share of just 1.40% at the end of September 2008, some way behind its three rivals Telefonica Moviles, Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana.