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Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced in a press release that it has completed the implementation of a 3G network expansion for Telefonica that increases coverage, improves service quality, and reduces costs of the operator’s Spanish network. Via the project, coverage has been improved by ‘more than 25%’ in dense urban areas, whilst other improvements have been made to energy efficiency and environmental impact. With the implementation of NSN’s 3G Flexi Base Station, Telefonica expects to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 9,500 tonnes per year. NSN also provided network and services managing, monitoring and analysing.
China Unicom and Telefonica have signed a framework cooperation agreement on the development of 3G in the People’s Republic. The agreement aims at enhancing cooperation in the mobile communications, W-CDMA, broadband application, international business, marketing and corporate services arenas.
Telefonica’s interest in Unicom is by virtue of the Chinese company’s recent merger with China Netcom, in which the Spaniards had a 7.22% stake. In September 2008 Telefonica announced that it would boost its stake in China Netcom by 2.7% for EUR368 million, prior to Netcom merging with China Unicom. The Spanish firm subsequently purchased an additional 3.03% stake of the unified company for between EUR392 million and EUR434 million from AllianceBernstein. Telefonica now owns more than 5.5% of the combined China Unicom-China Netcom, and is the company’s single largest private investor.
Telefonica Chile has reported preliminary results for the year ended 31 January 2008 which show a 1% fall in revenues to CLP685.27 billion (USD1.14 billion). Operating profit for the twelve month period slipped by over a quarter, from CLP76.8 billion to CLP57.1 billion, while net profit rose from CLP11.82 billion to CLP17.6 billion.
In a separate but related announcement Chile’s anti-monopoly regulator, the Tribunal for the Defence of Free Competition (TDLC) said it rejected a lawsuit brought by Telmex alleging monopolistic practices by Telefonica Chile. The TDLC said it rejected the lawsuit because there was no evidence that Telefonica had taken actions meant unequivocally to impede, restrict or obstruct freedom of opportunity.
Mexican mobile operator Iusacell plans to invest around USD 400 million this year to build a GSM network, alongside its existing CDMA network, local paper Excelsior reports, citing company officials. The deployment of a parallel network based on a different platform is expected to enable Iusacell to enhance its presence on the prepaid mobile market segment. Over 90 percent of Mexico’s mobile customer base are prepaid users, and nearly 92 percent of the overall mobile base uses GSM services. Another player on the local mobile market, Nextel Mexico, is also considering adopting new platforms such as GSM or CDMA. According to Gustavo Cantu, vice president of new business development at Nextel, the adoption of new platforms will largely depend on new blocks of radio spectrum coming available. Iusacell had around 4.71 million customers or 5 percent of the local mobile market at the end of the third quarter of 2008, being the only company in Mexico which operates a CDMA platform. Nextel, which leverages iDen technology, saw around 2.58 million in the same period, covering 3 percent of the market. Using GSM networks, Telcel and Telefonica served 54.38 million and 14.66 million subscribers at end-September 2008, according to data provided by the companies.
Venezuelan GSM mobile operator Digitel expects to announce the commercial launch of 3G services by the end of the first quarter of this year, reports BNamericas, quoting its commercial vice president Luis Perez, who was speaking to local press. The VP also said that the cellco expected to add 1.5 million new mobile lines during 2009 to reach a total of around 7.5 million, and expected the launch of 3G to play a significant part in achieving this aim. Subscribers in greater Caracas alone are expected to total 2.8 million by year-end, with a total of 1.3 million customers in the Centro region and a further one million in the Centro Llanos region also predicted. According to AIKresearh’s database, Venezuela’s largest cellco by subscribers, state-run Movilnet, has tentatively scheduled the rollout of 3G UMTS services for late 2009, following its limited rollout of a GSM-based network in December 2008, whilst second-place operator Movistar Venezuela, owned by Spain’s Telefonica, launched 3G/3.5G W-CDMA/HSDPA services earlier in the same month. Both Movilnet and Movistar have reported high levels of demand for their 3G EV-DO-based data/internet services, both of which were launched in 2005.
Venezuelan mobile operator Movistar has launched commercial 3G/3.5G services based on W-CDMA/HSPA technology in the greater Caracas area, the company said in a statement, quoted by BNamericas. The cellco, a subsidiary of Spain’s Telefonica, is initially focusing on HSPA-based mobile broadband internet and data transmission services, but plans to increase the number of value added services on offer as well as expand HSPA coverage nationwide. Movistar Venezuela has invested VEB55 million (USD25.6 million) in the first phase of the 3.5G rollout and plans to spend a further VEB225 million in spreading the service across the country, its vice president of networks, Juan Comerma said. To provide nationwide coverage, Movistar expects to deploy approximately 1,000 UMTS base stations. Movistar Venezuela launched commercial 3G services based on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology in 26 of Venezuela’s biggest urban areas in December 2005, and expanded 3G coverage to over 55% of the population and more than 30 cities by the end of 2007, in response to high demand for mobile internet/data access in the country. In December 2006 it soft launched a GSM network in selected areas, with wider commercial GSM coverage achieved in the first quarter of 2007. Since then, it has seen rapid client migration from its CDMA2000-based platforms to GSM-based services. Movistar currently offers the following UMTS 3G-capable mobile devices: the BlackBerry Bold 9000; Palm Treo 750; Nokia N95, N95 8GB, N78, 3120, 3555, 5610, 5320, E71, 6555i; Motorola Z9 and V9 Ferrari; HTC TNT II; Sony Ericsson K850i, W760, Z750a; and Apple’s iPhone 3G.