Algeria to Award 3G Licenses Shortly

¬Algeria plans to award 3G licenses, once it has settled an agreement over the ownership of the country’s largest mobile network, Djezzy with its current owner, Vimpelcom/Orascom Telecom.
Algeria’s Minister of Post, Information and Communication Technologies, Moussa Benhamadi told the state radio service that the government expects to secure a deal to buy a 51% stake in Djezzy within the next few weeks.
Once the sale is completed, the Ministry will work on allocating 3G licenses to the country’s three mobile networks.
He also confirmed that there are no plans to award a fourth mobile operator license, saying that the three networks are adequate. There is some doubt as to whether a foreign investor would want to buy a fourth-license anyway due to the way the government has pressured Djezzy over taxes and regulations.

Source: Cellular-News

Qualcomm and MT2 sign MoU

Qualcomm and Mobile Technology Tomorrow (MT2) have announced the signing of an MoU which is in line with both the firms’ interest in expanding the ME pool of software developers.

This partnership is aimed at the availability of new and innovative apps specifically created for the ME consumer. The MoU points out areas where Qualcomm can assist MT2, such as in value-added services and ecosystem management.

Ziad Matar, head of the ME and Central Asia, Qualcomm, said: “Middle East consumers and businesses are eager for applications that appeal to their interests, language and culture. MT2 is engaging this opportunity directly with plans to offer a variety of innovative applications. We are delighted with this opportunity to assist MT2 in extending the reach of their creative applications.”

Naji BouHabib, chairman at MT2, added: “Qualcomm is one of the leading providers of next-generation mobile technology and has taken a leading role in converging the region’s software developers, handset manufacturers, mobile operators and other key ecosystem players. MT2 has many promising upcoming projects and concepts that will enrich and be of high benefit to the telecommunication service industry. In fact, apps2you, our internal mobile apps development firm, are working on several projects using Qualcomm’s developer tools. This timely agreement opens the door to a variety of new opportunities for our companies, the region’s mobile industry and consumers.”

Somtel expands 3G network coverage

Somaliland based telecoms operator Somtel has expanded its 3G network to Erigavo in the Sanag region and Las-Anod in Sool, SomalilandPress reports. The launch will enable subscribers to access a range of services, including video streaming, as well as surf the internet at increased data transmission rates. Somtel commercially launched operations in Somaliland in March 2010.

Source: TeleGeography

Amazon expands Kindle Touch 3G sales worldwide

Amazon.com has started taking pre-orders for its Kindle Touch 3G e-reader for shipping to customers in over 175 countries. The Kindle Touch 3G comes with free 3G mobile data access for downloading e-books and shopping on Amazon. The e-reader is available in seven languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and American or British English. The Kindle Touch 3G will ship to customers beginning 27 April. The 3G version sells for USD 189/EUR 189/GBP 169 and the Wi-Fi-only Kindle Touch for USD 139/EUR 129/GBP 109. The devices are available for order at www.amazon.com/kindletouch3Gintl or Amazon’s local sites in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

Source: TelecomPaper

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

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