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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.
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.
Telecel Globe, a subsidiary of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom, has announced its objectives to develop the mobile network of its newly acquired Namibian subsidiary Cell One by ‘investing hundreds of millions of Namibian dollars, expanding network coverage to reach 90% to 95% of the population in one and a half years, and doubling retail presence over the next year.’ Telecel bought 2G/3G cellco Powercom (trading as Cell One) for around USD59 million earlier this month, from a consortium including Norway’s Telenor.
Reuters is reporting that Norwegian telecoms group Telenor has withdrawn plans to carry out a share issue to fund investment in Indian cellco Unitech Wireless. Telenor has announced it will instead raise funds for the mobile operator through cash flow and net debt, also revealing that it has signed a USD1.2 billion three-year loan agreement. The company has also proposed that there will be no dividend payout in 2008 or 2009. Commenting on the development a statement from the operator noted, ‘Closing of the Indian transaction is subject to certain conditions being fulfilled…(and) Telenor anticipates that this will take place during the first quarter of 2009.’
In separate but related news, Unitech Wireless is reportedly in talks regarding a tower sharing arrangement with Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Tata Teleservices (TTSL). A tower sharing agreement is one of the preconditions of the Telenor acquisition of a 60% stake in Delhi-based Unitech Wireless.
Pannon, Hungary’s second-largest mobile service provider and member of the Telenor Group, has chosen Alcatel-Lucent’s Remote Access Network (RAN) mobile backhaul solution to accommodate the growing demand for Pannon’s mobile internet services, including 3G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA).
“By consolidating all services over a single packet-based network, the Alcatel-Lucent solution gives Pannon more bandwidth and scalability at lower operational costs, and permits fast time to market for new and future services,” Alcatel said in a press release.
Pannon serves almost 3.5 million customers and controls about 34% of the Hungarian mobile market. Today, Pannon’s high-speed 3G/HSPA network enabling video telephony is available in over 360 towns and villages across Hungary, meaning mobile Internet service is available to 65% of the country’s population. In response to the growing demand, Pannon needed to find a MPLS-based, cost optimized and future proof solution.
Alcatel-Lucent is delivering the industry’s most comprehensive and integrated mobile solution, from the IP backbone through to the cell tower.
Pannon joins a list of more than 250 service providers in more than 100 countries that have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio. During the third quarter of 2008, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its No. 2 position in the Service Provider IP Edge according to Ovum RHK, Infonetics and Synergy.