MTN Benin wins 3G licence for USD99m

South African-backed MTN Benin has announced that it is the first to receive a 3G mobile operating licence amongst the five GSM operators in the West African country. The Benin government has granted MTN a universal (technology and service neutral) licence allowing 3G, 4G (LTE or mobile WiMAX), public Wi-Fi as well as VoIP services. The company’s CEO Eric Tronel confirmed that MTN Benin was the first in the country to win a 3G/4G licence, adding that the concession ‘presents a great opportunity to improve business communication solutions and other services to our customers, both in the consumer and the corporate sectors. Customers are already eagerly waiting the launch of new services using the new technology, and MTN Benin is working hard to ensure that our customers are not disappointed.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that 3G data services based on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A technology are offered in Benin by the Kanakoo division of Benin Telecoms, marketed as a fully mobile internet access service, although the actual extent of 3G-speed mobile coverage is not clearly stated by the state-owned company.


Source: TeleGeography

Tunisiana in line for 3G concession

Tunisian wireless operator Tunisiana, which is majority owned by Qatar Telecom (Qtel) through Kuwait-based Wataniya, has announced plans to participate in the nation’s upcoming 3G licence auction. According to African Manager, the cellco is hoping to use the concession to augment its existing wireless internet offerings.


Source: TeleGeography

ZTE Wins Telenor Pakistan Network Upgrade Contract

ZTE has been selected by Telenor Pakistan to provide an array of equipment to assist in the construction of a turnkey national network upgrade and extension project.

As part of the project, ZTE will provide 18,000 network stations and corresponding core networks, VAS, bearer network, power and supporting facilities.

The project will also swap the existing 7,500 GSM stations for 1,500 new GSM base stations, 7,000 HSPA base stations and 2,000 LTE base stations. Construction will take place between 2012 and 2017.

In 2012, ZTE will begin expanding and enhancing TP’s wireless network with the goal of achieving GSM, UMTS and LTE network upgrades and integration within 5 years.

ZTE will also provide full network operation management and end-to-end service network optimisation services.

Financial terms for the contract were not disclosed.

Ufone Introduces Huawei Horizon (Snapdragon 1.4 GHz)

We had been hearing about Huawei showing interest in Pakistani market for its android devices, however, it has decided to partner with Ufone to introduced Huawei Horizon which is actually Huawei Honor in Pakistan with a price tag of Rs. 28,999 only and it comes network locked. Specifications suggest that Huawei Horizon is powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, cloud services and 1900 mAH battery. Additionally it is equipped with sharp 4 inches LCD and 8 mega pixels camera.

Huawei Horizon Specifications

  • CPU: 1.4GHz Snapdragon; Adreno 205 GPU; Qualcomm MSM 8255Т chipset;
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 1GB storage, microSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • Display: 4.0″ LCD display of FWVGA (854 x 480) resolution; 245ppi pixel density
  • Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with geotagging and HDR; HD (720p@30fps) video recording, LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • OS: Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with custom Huawei launcher
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n; hot-spot and DLNA connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS; Digital compass
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Stereo FM radio
  • Active noise cancellation with secondary mic
  • Office document viewer
  • 1900 mAh Li-Po battery
  • Standby: Up to 380 h
  • Talk time: Up to 6 h 40 min
  • Network Locked: Yes, on Ufone
  • Price: Rs. 28,999
  • Standard 12 months warranty will be provided by Huawei

Dtac to Reach 5,000 3G Base Stations by End of This Year

­Thailand’s Dtac has announced that it will be expanding its 3G network with the addition of a further 3,000 base stations by the end of this year.

The company said that it will reach 2,000 base stations, covering 45 provinces nationwide in March, 2012. The expansion will take its 850Mhz based 3G base station total to over 5,000 towers by the end of the year.

Source: Cellular-News

Dtac to Reach 5,000 3G Base Stations by End of This Year

­Thailand’s Dtac has announced that it will be expanding its 3G network with the addition of a further 3,000 base stations by the end of this year.

The company said that it will reach 2,000 base stations, covering 45 provinces nationwide in March, 2012. The expansion will take its 850Mhz based 3G base station total to over 5,000 towers by the end of the year.

Source: Cellular-News

Bangladesh Inches Closer to 3G License Tender

­Bangladesh’s telecoms regulator has finalised the details for the country’s 3G license auction, and will send the proposals to the government for approval later this week.

The proposals call for a total of four 3G licenses to be awarded, which would leave three of the incumbent mobile networks without a license.

The state-owned Teletalk will be granted an automatic licenses, and three other licenses will be granted – one to a new entrant, and two to the incumbent operators.

PTCL introduces new Packages for 3G EVO Tab

Pakistan Telecommunication company limited, PTCL has introduced new prepaid packages of its 3G EVO Tab to ensure that customers stay connected to network wherever they go.

Package validity shall depend on the prescribed volume consumption or the number of days; whichever comes first.

In case of new sale, customer will have to pay the bundled charges as per the desired package at the time of sale.
EVO Tab Device Price: Rs.25,000

3G EVO Tab New Packages:

Package Price Validity Bundle Cost
Evo Tab Unlimited Rs.2000 1 Month Rs.26,000
Evo Tab 5 GB Rs.1000 3 Months Rs.26,000
Evo Tab 15 GB Rs.2000 6 Months Rs. 27,000


 EVO Tab Recharge Options


Package Price Volume Validity
Monthly Unlimited Rs.2000 Unlimited 30 Days
Evo Tab 5 GB Rs.1000 5 GB 90 Days
Evo Tab 15 GB Rs.2000 15 GB 180 Days


Afghanistan’s 1st 3G licence issued to Etisalat

The Afghan government on Sunday awarded the first-ever licence for activating the Third Generation (3G) system worth $25 million (1.2 billion afghanis) to Etisalat telecommunication company.
A contract to the effect was signed between representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) and the United Arab Emirates telecom giant in Kabul.
An improved system compared to digital and analogue regimes, the 3G technology provides a high-speed Internet facility for mobile phones. The system has the capability of face-to-face video calls on mobile phone sets.
Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin said the Afghan government had issued the first-ever 3G licence to the Etisalat.
He hoped the move would lead to improved services in the field of information technology. The 3G system came to Afghanistan six months ago.
Sangin added the Etisalat would start providing the service for its clients next month. The service will be extended to all areas over the next two years.
Four other licences will be also issued to Roshan, Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), MTN and Afghan Telecom in coming weeks. The government will earn $100 million from the licenses.
Sangin said the 3G system would enable mobile users to get access to high-speed Internet, watch videos and have voice and video chats.
Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal, who called the system an important step, said that it was an advanced technology that was yet to be used by Afghanistan’s neighbours.

Qualcomm First to Support HSPA+ Release 10, LTE Advanced with LTE Carrier Aggregation

Qualcomm today announced that its next generation Gobi modem chipsets, the MDM8225, MDM9225 and MDM9625 chipsets, will begin sampling in Q4 2012 and will be the first to support both HSPA+ Release 10 and the next-generation of the LTE mobile broadband standard, LTE Advanced.

The MDM9225 and MDM9625 chipsets are also the first to support LTE carrier aggregation and true LTE Category 4 with data rates of up to 150 Mbps.

Implemented in a 28nm manufacturing process, the chipsets are said to feature significant improvements in performance and power consumption from previous generations.

LTE carrier aggregation is an important technology that combines multiple radio channels within and across bands to increase user data rates, reduce latency and enable Category 4 capabilities for operators without 20 MHz of continuous spectrum. The MDM9225 and MDM9625 chipsets are the only mobile broadband chipsets currently supporting carrier aggregation that allow OEMs to build devices that can take full advantage of LTE Advanced networks.

The MDM9225 and MDM9625 chipsets are Qualcomm’s third generation of LTE modem chipsets. In addition to supporting both LTE Advanced (LTE Release 10) and HSPA+ Release 10 (including 84 Mbps dual carrier HSDPA), they are backward compatible with other standards.

“Our newest generation of Gobi modem chipsets will allow mobile device OEMs to design products that can operate on nearly any mobile broadband network worldwide,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm. “In addition to supporting the latest mobile broadband technologies, these chipsets improve over Qualcomm’s previous 7-mode 28nm LTE chipsets (MDM9x15) by offering a reduction in power consumption and overall board area, enabling OEMs to design smaller, sleeker devices with longer battery life.”

The MDM8225 chipset supports UMTS only devices, the MDM9225 chipset supports LTE and UMTS devices and the MDM9625 chipset supports LTE, UMTS and CDMA2000 devices. All three chipsets are expected to begin sampling in Q4 2012.

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