Newsletter February 2015

EDITORIAL

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Dear Readers,
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with Islamabad Police and mobile application developer Pure Push has developed Mobile Emergency Alert System for Schools (MEASS) to ensure effective security of schools and hospitals situated in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Warid Telecom has launched a LTE service offering for it’s prepay and postpaid customers. Warid Telecom ended November with 12.46 million mobile telephony subscribers. The government of Pakistan has agreed in principle on waiver of sales tax on replacement of SIMs for the period from 12 January to 28 February. Mobilink has launched an offer dubbed ‘Minute Back on Call-Drop’ to compensate its customers for dropped calls.

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has now launched 3.75G services in Kabul. Tele2 Kazakhstan has launched its online video portal, in partnership with the online cinema Megogo.net. Sky Mobile has significantly reduced roaming service rates in Kazakhstan under a promotion which will run until the end of March. Sky Mobile has also introduced new ‘VIP Dialogue’ and ‘VIP Internet’ services. Kazakh telecom has introduced a new SMS service for subscribers to restore their passwords for access to operator’s online portal. Beeline has confirmed that its international voice roaming service is available at the networks of 483 operators in 184 countries around the world.


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Industrial News

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Afghan Wireless Launches 3.75G+ Services in Kabul

Afghanistan based Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) says that it has now launched 3.75G services in Kabul.
Source: Cellular-news

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Tele2 Kazakhstan Launches Online Video Service

Mobile operator Tele2 Kazakhstan has launched its online video portal, in partnership with the online cinema Megogo.net. Unlimited access to films, series and other video content is offered on the portal for a daily subscription fee of KZT 40. Downloads of video files isn’t possible from the portal.
Source: TelecomPaper

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Tcell Launches ‘Annual Unlimited’ Option

Tajikistan mobile operator Tcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, has introduced its new ‘Annual Unlimited’ option. Unlimited on-net calls are offered under the option until the end of this year, as well as monthly bundles including 100 SMS and 100 MMS to Tajikistan networks and 100 MB mobile internet traffic. Activation costs TJS 240, and the offer is valid for subscribers of Salom, Salomi Nav+, Achoyb, Avvalin, Foydanok and Bale tariffs.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Sky Mobile Starts Roaming Promotion in Kazakhstan

Mobile operator Sky Mobile, working under the Beeline Kyrgyzstan brand, has significantly reduced roaming service rates in Kazakhstan under a promotion which will run until the end of March. Incoming calls from Kazakhstan will cost KGS 12 per minute, while outgoing costs will be priced at KGS 0.50 per minute, a reduction of more than 99 percent.
Source: TelecomPaper

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Sky Mobile launches new VIP services

Mobile operator Sky Mobile, working under the Beeline Kyrgyzstan brand, has introduced new ‘VIP Dialogue’ and ‘VIP Internet’ services. Unlimited on-net calls can be had under the ‘VIP Dialogue’ service for KGS 1,500 per month. A traffic bundle of 15 GB is available under the ‘VIP Internet’ service for KGS 2,000 per month.
Source: TelecomPaper

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Warid Telecom Ends November with 12.46 mln Mobile Subs

Pakistani mobile operator Warid Telecom ended November with 12.46 million mobile telephony subscribers, according to data from Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). By the end of October, the operator had 12.45 million subscribers. The operator has recently launched LTE services in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. Warid plans to invest around USD 500 million over the next five years to expand its network across the country.

Source: TelecomPaper

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UzCaseService Develops Cooperation with Beeline Business

Beeline expanded its cooperation with one of the leading companies in the field of maintenance and repair of European agricultural and construction equipment – UzCaseService. Deputy General Director of UzCaseService Timur Khakimov said that the company has been cooperating with Buzton and later with Unitel for 14 years. He said that in 2014, UzCaseService subscribed to single corporate network virtually, which allowed to establish a permanent and reliable communication with staff at a favorable rate, significantly reducing costs.
Source: UzDaily

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Mobile Emergency Alert System for Schools

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with Islamabad Police and mobile application developer Pure Push has developed Mobile Emergency Alert System for Schools (MEASS) to ensure effective security of schools and hospitals situated in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). In this regard a training session for police officers including SPs, DSPs, SDPOs and SHOs was held at Police lines Islamabad which was attended by Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan and AIG Islamabad Sultan Azam Temuri.

Source: Phone World

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Kazakhtelecom Launches SMS Password Restoration

Kazakhstan national operator Kazakhtelecom has introduced a new SMS service for subscribers to restore their passwords for access to operator’s online portal. They must send a SMS containing their telephone number to a special premium number. The SMS costs KZT 7 under the service.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Warid Launches Free LTE Trail Offering

Pakistani mobile operator Warid Telecom has launched a LTE service offering for it’s prepay and postpaid customers. Users who acquire a new LTE SIM will receive a free 7-day LTE trail with a data allowance of 500MB. The free trial offering is currently available in six cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Faisalabad.
Source: TelecomPaper

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Tcell Launches New Music Service

Tajikistan mobile operator Tcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, has introduced its new ‘Music Player’ service. The service was launched in cooperation with content provider Intersolar-T. New popular songs are accessible for TJS 0.30 per day subscription rate, and are free for the first three days of service.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Pakistan to Waive Sales Tax on SIM Replacement

The government of Pakistan has agreed in principle on waiver of sales tax on replacement of SIMs for the period from 12 January to 28 February. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman chaired a meeting with representatives of mobile phone operators, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ministry of IT, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Interior regarding the re-verification of mobile phone SIMs, with particular focus on fiscal aspects of the issues faced by the telecom sector.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Mobilink Offers 1 Free Voice Minute per Dropped Call

Pakistani mobile operator Mobilink has launched an offer dubbed ‘Minute Back on Call-Drop’ to compensate its customers for dropped calls. The free minute will be available within the next 4-5 hours. The service is activated free of cost for all Mobilink customers and is available with no subscription or services charges. The Minute Back on Call Drop offer is available for prepay and postpaid customers. A customer can receive up to 10 free minutes per day.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Eugene Klyuchev Appointed Technical Director of Beeline

Largest communication operator Beeline appointed Eugene Klyuchev to the position of Technical Director. He replaced the previous Technical Director Denis Kotlyarenko, who completed his work in the company on 20 October 2014.
Source: UzDaily

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Beeline Roaming is Available in 184 Countries around the World

Largest communication operator Beeline said that its international voice roaming service is available at the networks of 483 operators in 184 countries around the world.
Source: UzDaily

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VivaCell-MTS Expands 4G LTE Coverage to 45.7%

Armenia’s VivaCell-MTS launched 4G LTE services in the towns of Armavir and Vagharshapat in Armavir region at the end of 2014, taking overall coverage to 45.7% of the Armenian population. VivaCell-MTS, which is still the only mobile operator in Armenia providing 4G services on a commercial basis, said it deployed six 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in Armavir and seven BTS in Vagharshapat to ensure 100% coverage in both areas.

Source: TeleGeography

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Zong enhances its Customers’ Data Protection through Symantec’s First Class Backup Appliances and Software Solutions

Zong has announced that it has selected Symantec Netbackup Appliances and Software solution to enhance its customers’ data protection. Being one of the largest Telecom operator in Pakistan, Zong was looking for a robust, unified and scalable solution to deal with data expansion challenges and at the same time to achieve stringent RTO and RPOs.

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Megacom Launches New Roaming Packages

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Megacom has introduced new mobile interent roaming packages, saying customers can save 35-70 percent with them. The line comes with 30 MB, 50 MB and 100 MB weekly deals and is available for subscribers of ‘Postpaid Roaming’ and ‘GPRS Roaming’ services.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Telenor Chair, CEO Face Parliamentary Hearing Over Vimpelcom

Telenor board chairman Svein Aaser has told a parliamentary hearing that the company has not found any proof of corruption by Vimpelcom in Uzbekistan. Telenor has a sizeable minority shareholding in Vimpelcom. Aaser told committee leader Martin Kolberg that as he had told the press before, the company cannot guarantee that it did not occurr, but its investigations have found no clear proof.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Kcell Introduces iPhone 5c Pack

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, has introduced for subscribers of its Activ network a package including the iPhone 5c smartphone. The package contains 2,400 minutes of on-net calls, 6 GB mobile internet traffic and the smartphone with 16 GB memory for a total KZT 59,990. The price with the 32 GB version of the Apple smartphone is KST 79,990.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Beeline Uzbekistan appoints new CEO

Mobile operator Unitel, working under the Beeline Uzbekistan brand, has appointed Vladimir Petrov as its new CEO. Petrov has previously worked in the position of CEO at Laos-based mobile operator Vimpelcom Lao, working under the Beeline brand. Alexander Vorobyov, the former CEO at Beeline Uzbekistan, has taken the decision to continue his carrier outside the Vimpelcom group.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Megacom launches new roaming packages

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Megacom has introduced new mobile internet roaming packages, saying customers can save 35-70 percent with them. The line comes with 30 MB, 50 MB and 100 MB weekly deals and is available for subscribers of ‘Postpaid Roaming’ and ‘GPRS Roaming’ services.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Sky Mobile starts unlimited access to social networks

Mobile operator Sky Mobile, working under the Beeline Kyrgyzstan brand, has introduced a new service, providing subscribers with unlimited access to social networks via handsets. Customers have been offered five unlimited tariffs with access to one of five social networks. The sixth tariff enables customers to use Mail.ru, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki, Facebook, and Instagram social platforms. The service with access to Facebook costs KGS 3 per day, the one with access to Odnoklassniki and Mail.ru costs KGS 6 per day while the one giving access to Instagram costs KGS 8 per day. The deal giving access to the Vkontakte social network costs KGS 10 per day. The tariff with all five services is priced at KGS 20 per day.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Nar Mobile launches new product in Nakhchivan

The fastest growing mobile operator of Azerbaijan Nar Mobile made a presentation of a new product Nar Home in partnership with BBTV in the city of Nakhchivan of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic on Jan.14. Mr. Rovshan Mammadov, Minister of Communications and New Technologies of Nakhchivan and other high ranking officials participated at the ceremony.
Source: Trends

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15th ITCN Asia International Exhibition & Conferences

15th ITCN Asia International Exhibition & Conferences (www.itcnasia.com), with the support of Government of Pakistan, Ministry of IT & Telecom and Pakistan Telecom Authority will take place from 15th to 17th September 2015 at Karachi Expo Centre.

Source: Itcnasia

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About 20m people use mobile services in Uzbekistan

Almost 20 million people in Uzbekistan are using mobile communication services, the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov said at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan on 16 January 2015.
Uzbek leader said that due to launch of over 500 new base stations of mobile communication, number of subscribers of modern high technologic communication system reached almost 20 million people, while the volume of rendered services to them grew almost by 26%.
Source: UzDaily

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CLICK Users Now Can Pay Taxes

Users of CLICK system in Uzbekistan now can pay some taxes for individuals and individual entrepreneurs. The company said that individuals and individual entrepreneurs can pay such taxes as property tax, land tax, income tax for individuals, fixed tax and insurance fee. Users of CLICK system can pay these taxes in real time mode with help of their mobile phones.
Source: UzDaily.com

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Beeline Expands its GPRS-Roaming in the Hong Kong

Beeline Uzbekistan expanded its GPRS roaming geography. The cooperation agreement was signed with the company “China-mobile” (Hong Kong).
Source: UzDaily

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Kazakhstan to get MNP this year

Mobile number portability (MNP) is finally expected to be implemented in Kazakhstan by the middle of this year, with legislation to pave the way for the scheme currently proceeding through parliament. Tele2 Kazakhstan said that the country’s larger operators ‘will be forced to engage in a real fight for the customer by reducing tariffs and improving the quality of service’. Tele2 sits in third place in the Kazakh mobile sector behind TeliaSonera-backed K’cell and Vimpelcom subsidiary KaR-Tel (Beeline), while the market is rounded out by number four provider Altel, which is owned by Kazakhtelecom.

Source: TeleGeography

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Bakcell claims lead in number porting

Azerbaijan mobile operator Bakcell announced that over 62 percent of subscribers using the Mobile Number Porting (MNP) service have chosen the network of Bakcell. Over 12,000 customers have used the service, and 7,500 subscribers have switched to Bakcell. The subscriber base of the operator grew by 6.6 percent in 2014.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Mobilink Begins Free 3G Trials on Motorway (M-2) and in Taxila

Mobilink has expanded its 3G network to provide free 3G trial to consumers in Taxila and four rest-areas of the motorway (M-2) including Kalar Kahar, Bhera, Sial and Sukheki. Mobilink subscribes will be able to enjoy free 3G services in these locations till 9th February 2015.

Source: Mobilink PR

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About 20m people use mobile services in Uzbekistan

Almost 20 million people in Uzbekistan are using mobile communication services, the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov said at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan on 16 January 2015. Uzbek leader said that due to launch of over 500 new base stations of mobile communication, number of subscribers of modern high technologic communication system reached almost 20 million people.
Source: UzDaily

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Megacom upgrades network; achieves 98% population coverage

Kyrgyz mobile operator Megacom has upgraded its network in rural areas, expanding coverage to 98% of the population. According to an unverified report by Telecompaper, twelve villages – Prigorodnoye, Choko-Dobo, Zhay-Terek, Nooshken, Kashkalak, Kelte, Orto-Tokoy, Oruktu, Oruktusay, Cholok-Tuma, Aral and Chertak-Tash – and two towns (Kogoy and Mayluu-Suu) in the Jalal-Abad province, as well as two villages in the Talas district (Amanbayevo ad Kara-Say) have benefited from improved connectivity.

Source: TeleGeography

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Takom Offers New Credit for Data Services

Mobile operator Takom, working under the Beeline Tajikistan brand, has introduced its new DataCredit service, allowing subscribers to use the ‘Mobile Unlim’ internet package even if they have no prepaid credit. The service is accessible for one day and can be activated over the USSD menu. The service can be used by prepaid subscribers active for at least 90 days, and they must make a top-up of at least TJS 15 within 90 days. The price of the package is TJS 1.70, and the use of the credit costs TJS 0.30.

Source: TelecomPaper

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VivaCell Introduces New White-Label USB Modem

Armenian mobile operator VivaCell, a subsidiary of Russian mobile operator MTS, has started selling the white-label MTS Connect E3351 USB modem. The modem enables access of up to 42.2 Mbps and is optimized for Skype use. The device is free when subscribing to ‘MTS Connect Student’, ‘MTS Connect Unlim’ or ‘MTS Connect Unlim+’ tariffs for 12 months. The price of the device totals AMD 50,000 when taken with a contract without subscription term. Activation of the Skype service costs AMD 500.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Nar Mobile Launches Promotion with Book Retail Chain

Azerbaijan mobile operator Nar Mobile has launched a joint promotion with the ‘Ali & Nino’ bookshop retail chain. Subscribers who take packages from the operator’s Turbo line for handsets or tablets have been offered a discount at the bookshops. Subscribers of Turbo S, Turbo M and Turbo L packages will get discounts of 25 percent, 30 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Kar-Tel Appoints New Personnel Head

Mobile operator Kar-Tel, working under the Beeline Kazakhstan brand, has appointed Olga Berezhnaya the chief director for organizational development and personnel management at the company. Berezhnaya earlier worked as personnel director at mobile operator MTS Ukraine.

Source: TelecomPaper

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O! Expands Network in Jalal-Abad

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Nur Telecom, working under the O! brand, has expanded the coverage of its network in the Jalal-Abad region. New base stations were deployed in the Toguz-Toro, Aksy and Ala-Buka municipalities in the region, and mobile services were launched in the villages of Nichke-Say, Sary-Kashka and Baymak.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Pakistan Adds 11 mln New Mobile Phone Subscribers in 2014

Pakistan added 11.04 million new mobile phone subscribers in 2014. By comparison, in 2013, the overall number of mobile telephony subscriber additions stood at 8.8 million, Pakistan Today reports, citing data released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Zong attracted the largest number of mobile phone customers in 2014, by adding 6.15 million new subscribers, followed by Telenor with 3.05 million customers increase and Mobilink (1.64 million user adds). Pakistan had 139.9 million active SIMs at 30 June 2014, up from 128.25 million in June 2013.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Nur Continues Expansion of 3G Network Coverage

Kyrgyz cellco Nur Telecom, which provides services under the ‘O!’ banner, has expanded its 3G network coverage in the districts of Toguz Torouskom, Aksy and Ala-Buka in the Jalal-Abad province, via the deployment of additional base stations. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the mobile service provider has improved 3G coverage in the provinces of Naryn, Talas and Chuy over the course of the last three months.

Source: TeleGeography

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Orange Armenia Gets Additional Spectrum

Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) allowed the mobile operator Orange Armenia to use additional radio frequencies, Arka news agency reports. The company will use the additional spectrum to expand the coverage and improve the quality of services in a number of regions, as well as to provide services to some villages in Vayots Dzor, Tavush and Kotayk regions, which still are out of Orange Armenia’s coverage.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Megacom Launches New Roaming Packs

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Megacom has introduced new voice roaming packages for use in Russia on the Megafon and Tele2 Russia networks, as well as in Kazakhstan with Kcell and Tele2. The packages offer 20 minutes of calls for KGS 665, 30 minutes for KGS 985 and 50 minutes for KGS 1,615. The prices represent a discount of up to 21 percent in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Source: TelecomPaper

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PTA to Launch Fresh Spectrum Auction

Sector watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has begun looking for consultants to aid the process of selling off spectrum in the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands for next generation mobile services (NGMS). The previous frequency sale, in April 2014, had left the 850MHz airwaves previously held by Instaphone as well as a 10MHz tranche of 1800MHz spectrum unsold. The PTA will select consultants for the tender by 12 March 2015.

Source: TeleGeography

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Clock ticking on SIM Re-verification Process

Pakistan’s mobile providers have begun the gargantuan process of re-verifying around 103 million pre-paid SIMcards under the government’s National Action Plan to combat terrorism. Under the plan, Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, Ufone, Zong and Warid have 90 days to re-verify all pre-paid SIMs using the Biometric Verification System (BVS) introduced last year, which uses a thumbprint scanner to confirm the identity of customers, and any un-verified SIMs left at the end of that period will be blocked.

Source: TeleGeography

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Uzbekistan to Create State Open Data Portal

The single interactive state services portal published a draft regulation on the state open data portal. The portal is created to provide single platform for storage of open date, provide access to users to open data via internet and ensure collaboration of users with open data suppliers.
Source: UzDaily

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Uzbektelecom Cuts Tariffs for Internet Services for ISPs

Uzbektelecom Joint Stock Company cut tariffs for internet services (external channel) for internet service providers up to US$251.94 per 1 Mbps from 22 January 2015, the press service of the company said.
Source: UzDaily

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Ucell Extends Validity of ‘Convenient’ Packages

Uzbekistan mobile operator Ucell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, has prolonged the validity of the ‘Convenient’ packages until 16 December. The packages are offered for subscribers in the Fergana, Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions. The range includes daily and monthly packages, as well as a package for 15 days, with subscription rates of USD 0.75, USD 15 and USD 3, respectively. Calls, SMS and mobile internet services are included in the packages.
Source: TelecomPaper

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Punjab Police Launches Emergency Alert System in Collaboration with Ufone

In view of the overall security situation of the country, Punjab police in collaboration with Ufone has launched a single click Emergency Alert System (EAS) to facilitate the operations of the Police department, which the former would extend to schools throughout Punjab for security purposes. The best thing about this system is that it is free of cost, so no alarm would ever be declined due to shortage of balance, additionally, it would work on any cell phone, not requiring high-end smart phones by using Ufone SIMs.

Source: Ufone PR

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ZONG to Launch 3G/4G Compatible Devices Soon

Following 4G LTE, Zong is going to launch 3G/4G compatible devices in Pakistan very soon. Zong has also appointed Muller and Phipps (MNP) as its devices distributor.

Source: Zong PR

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Megafon Tajikistan Upgrades Network in Shakhristan Tunnel

Mobile operator Megafon Tajikistan has deployed a new base station in the 5 km long Shakhristan tunnel in the Sogdi region. Mobile services are now become accessible in the whole tunnel which follows the Dushanbe-Khodzhand motorway connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.

Source: TelecomPaper

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MTS Turkmenistan Modifies Smart Tariff Prices

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan plans to modify the conditions of its Smart tariff from 28 February. The price for internet traffic under the tariff will go to TMT 1.80 per day instead of 0.95.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Armentel Upgrades Services Management App

Mobile operator Armentel, working under the Beeline Armenia brand, has upgraded the online version of its ‘My Beeline Armenia’ services management application. Detailed bills for voice, SMS/MMS and mobile internet services are now accessible over the Personal Office section on the operator’s corporate online portal.

Source: TelecomPaper

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O! Launches Smart Mobile Internet Line

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Nur Telecom, working under the O! brand, has introduced a new Smart mobile internet package line. The line includes the ‘Smart 300’ package with 300 MB, the ‘Smart 1000’ package with 1 GB, as well as the Smart Unlim package with unlimited mobile internet services. The line also provides unlimited on-net calls and SMSs. Outside the bundle, each MB costs KGS 0.25. The maximum monthly rate for the service totals KGS 990.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Armentel Signs Contracts with Large Corporate Subscribers

Mobile operator Armentel, working under the Beeline Armenia brand, has won a number of tenders to provide telecom services for large corporate subscribers. Within the last few months, the operator has signed contracts with the Armenian Office of the UN Development Programme, the Armenian Presidency Bureau, the Ministry of Environment, the Audit Chamber, the National Security Service, the Ministry of Culture, the Constitutional Court and other institutions and entities. The operator now has over 800,000 mobile subscribers, and around 150,000 fixed broadband subscribers.

Source: TelecomPaper

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MTS Turkmenistan Launches ‘Super Platinum’ Numbers

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan has introduced its new ‘Super Platinum’ premium number service, available from 03 February. Activation of the service will cost TMT 3,500, and the Platinum telephone number will also cost TMT 3,500.

Source: TelecomPaper

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MTS Turkmenistan starts China Option for Business Subs

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan has introduced its new ‘Favourite Country. China’ service to subscribers of its ‘Business’ tariff line. Activation of the service costs TMT 1 and offers outgoing calls to China for TMT 6.66 per minute under the service.

Source: TelecomPaper

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ArmenTel (Beeline) to Expand Wireless Broadband Coverage to 376 Rural Locations

Armenian fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which trades as Beeline, intends to roll out wireless broadband internet access to 376 rural communities across the country this year, Arka News reports an official at the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) as saying. PSRC boss with oversight for telecoms, Gevorg Gevorgyan, confirmed that under the terms of its licence ArmenTel is required to upgrade or replace telecoms infrastructure in remote and rural areas with modern fixed-wireless technologies capable of delivering broadband internet services.
Source: TeleGeography

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Zong Launches iPhones 6 & 6 Plus with 6GB Free 4G LTE for First 6 Months

Zong, the only 3G and 4G LTE operator in Pakistan officially launched the latest IPhones 6 & 6 Plus to allow its valued customers to experience and enjoy the amazing speeds of Zong 4G LTE on these popular smartphones. iPhones are premium LTE capable smartphones and hence form a perfect combination with speedy Zong 4G LTE internet. Zong 4G LTE is unique owing to not only its speed and efficiency but also its coverage, for it can be enjoyed in 7 major cities of Pakistan. This means that those purchasing this offer will be able to enjoy 4G LTE internet that is unparalleled in the market in terms of both speed and coverage.
Source: Zong PR

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Kcell Drops Unlimited Internet Over Opera Mini

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell has said it plans to stop providing unlimited mobile internet services over the Opera Mini browser. The service will be provided until 14 January. No reasons for the stop were given.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Nar Mobile Offers Unlimited Tariff

Nar subscribers joining this tariff will enjoy unlimited on-net minutes and 100 SMS per day. It also offers a great variety of choice and best value for its internet packages and a single price for each roaming zone. Nar Mobile is proud to be an Official Mobile Telecommunications Service Provider of the Baku 2015 European Games.
Source: NarMobile PR

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CDMA Uzbekistan Offers Promo on Artel C226 Handset

Mobile operator CDMA Uzbekistan, working under the Perfectum Mobile brand, has extended its ‘Careless Communication’ promotion. Subscribers buying the Artel C226 handset in branded shops of the operator can connect to the ‘Tell It Everybody’ tariff. The offer is valid in the city and region of Tashkent. The daily subscription to the tariff costs USD 0.04, outgoing on-net calls is USD 0.025 per minute, and calls to other Uzbekistan networks cost USD 0.03 per minute. Incoming calls are free.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Altel Expands GSM Network

Kazakhstan operator Altel, a subsidiary of the national operator Kazakhtelecom, announced that it has expanded the coverage of its GSM network. The network is now available for subscribers of the City network in the cities of Pavlodar, Kyzyl-Orda and Taraz.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Acer in talks to produce notebooks in Azerbaijan

Acer is thinking of producing notebooks in Azerbaijan. Production would take place at Kur, a PC factory, based in the city of Mingyachevir. Kur is a joint venture founded by state-owned company Teleradio and IT company Sinam. Negotiations on the issue are still ongoing and are expected to finalise at the end of January. Leading Azerbaijan IT companies are expected to cooperate with the project. The notebooks would use processors from Intel.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Bakcell Claims Lead in Number Portings

Azerbaijan mobile operator Bakcell announced that over 62 percent of subscribers using the Mobile Number Porting (MNP) service have chosen the network of Bakcell. Over 12,000 customers have used the service, and 7,500 subscribers have switched to Bakcell. The subscriber base of the operator grew by 6.6 percent in 2014.
Source: TelecomPaper

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Vodafone UK head says priority is 4G reliability, not speed and coverage

Vodafone UK’s chief executive Jeroen Hoencamp has been cited as saying that his company is focused on ensuring its 4G network is strong and reliable, rather than it looking to compete with the likes of market leader EE in terms of coverage.
Source: TeleGeography

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Kazakhstan to get MNP this Year

Mobile number portability (MNP) is finally expected to be implemented in Kazakhstan by the middle of this year, with legislation to pave the way for the scheme currently proceeding through parliament. Local website quotes a spokesperson from Tele2 Kazakhstan as saying that the country’s larger operators ‘will be forced to engage in a real fight for the customer by reducing tariffs and improving the quality of service’.

Source: TeleGeography

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Vantage Health Rebrands as Vantage mHealthcare

Mobile healthcare technology company Vantage mHealthcare has officially changed its corporate name to Vantage mHealthcare. The move is designed to better align Vantage’s strategic direction within the mobile healthcare technology sector, the company said.

Source: TelecomPaper

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Location Platform Revenues Will Grow to € 470 Million Worldwide in 2020

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global market for mobile location platforms will show steady growth in the next few years. Total location platform revenues are expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 11.5 percent between 2013 and 2020, reaching &euro 470 million at the end of the forecast period.
Source: Cellular-news

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EE 4G Subscriber Base hits 7.7mn at End-2014

EE, the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, has revealed that it ended 2014 with a total of 7.7 million 4G subscribers on its books, far ahead of the target of six million it had set itself for that date. With the operator noting that it had signed up a total of 5.7 million customers to its LTE-based services in the twelve months to end-2014, it highlighted the fact that 1.7 million of those were added in the last two months of the year alone; such growth, it claimed, meant that it had added more 4G customers in the year than any other European operator.

Source: TeleGeography

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Etisalat Nigeria Expands mobile money services with Firstmonie tie-up

Etisalat Nigeria has expanded the range of services available on its existing EasyWallet mobile money application – available to all Etisalat SIM card users in Nigeria – via a tie-up with FirstBank’s Firstmonie mobile money service. Firstmonie enables users to access financial and other value added services (VAS) through their mobile phones, and gives additional options for Etisalat customers registered with EasyWallet, which the cellco describes as a secure and convenient mobile money platform, enabling financial transactions such as peer-to-peer transfers, bill payments and airtime top-ups via cellphone.

Source: TeleGeography

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ITU Launches \Ebola-Info-Sharing\ Mobile Application

The ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak. The “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis and offers the general public access to the latest Ebola news from official sources, including an interactive map on Ebola.
Source: Cellular-news

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Tele2 Lithuania 4G coverage passes two-thirds of population; LTE devices reach 10% of user base

Tele2 Lithuania has announced in a press release that its 4G LTE network now covers 65% of the country’s territory and over 66% of the population, providing mobile data speeds of between 20Mbp and 100Mbps for LTE handset, tablet and modem users at no additional cost. Tele2 Lithuania added that its 4G network currently consists of more than 200 LTE base stations, using the 800MHz frequency band for wide coverage across urban and rural/highway zones, alongside the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands to meet coverage and capacity demands in cities.

Source: TeleGeography

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Vodafone UK head says priority is 4G reliability, not speed and coverage

Vodafone UK’s chief executive Jeroen Hoencamp has been cited as saying that his company is focused on ensuring its 4G network is strong and reliable, rather than it looking to compete with the likes of market leader EE in terms of coverage. Vodafone UK’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure is now available to around 50% of the country’s population – compared to the more than 80% EE announced earlier this week – while it has signed up around 1.4 million subscribers, far fewer than its rival’s 7.7 million customer base. However, Mr Hoencamp has highlighted the fact that Vodafone UK’s use of low level 800MHz spectrum will allow it to offer superior indoor coverage, while pointing out that it will only ever declare a location as ‘4G ready’ once it can serve the entire population, and not just a town or city centre.

Source: TeleGeography

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Mobile Phone for Muslims Offered In Russia

A mobile phone designed for Muslims has gone on sale in Russia. The chairwoman of Russia’s Female Muslims’ Union, Nailya Ziganshina, said on January 8 that the phone features the text of the Koran in Arabic and Russian. It reminds the owner about prayer times, and shows the direction to Mecca.
Source: Cellular-news

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Ofcom invites comments on high frequency bands for 5G

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has called for industry stakeholders to weigh-in on the potential use of frequencies in spectrum bands above 6GHz for future mobile communication services. Ofcom’s Call for Input notes that although fifth-generation (5G) technology is still in the early stages of development, it is understood that in order to provide faster mobile broadband speeds than current 4G networks, 5G platforms will need to use large blocks of spectrum. However, frequency blocks of the necessary size are ‘difficult to find’ in lower bands and, as such, the regulator is inviting comments from industry stakeholders to help it ‘understand the advantages and disadvantages of different bands above 6GHz, taking account of other existing and potential users of the spectrum.’ The closing date for responses is 27 February and the results of the consultation will be published in Q2 2015.

Source: TeleGeography

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Etisalat Contracts Alcatel-Lucent for NFV Deployments

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it is to deploy its virtualized radio network controller in Etisalat Group’s access network in both the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka. The vendor says the deployment will enable Etisalat to benefit from the greater flexibility and efficiency in its radio access network (RAN) operations afforded by network functions virtualization (NFV), lowering operational costs while meeting escalating demand for data from its subscribers. Under Etisalat’s network modernization program, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 9771 Wireless Cloud Element (WCE) Radio Network Controller in the UAE and Sri Lanka. The WCE platform has already been deployed at Etisalat’s subsidiary in Saudi Arabia, Mobily.

Source: TeleGeography

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SIM Card Market Reaches 5.2 Billion Units in 2014-LTE, NFC, M2M Gaining Momentum

ABI Research forecasts that global SIM card shipments will reach 5.2 billion units in 2014, marking a revitalizing 5.32% increase from 2013. LTE, NFC, and M2M have successfully paved their way into the industry and are considered the trends for the next few years.
Source: Cellular-news

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Some 390 Houses Connected to Uzbektelecom’s FTTB Network

Branch of Tashkent city telecommunication network of Uzbektelecom Joint Stock Company continues to connect subscribers to its FTTB technologies. According to Uzbekteelcom, over 390 houses were connected to the FTTB network of the operator.

Source: UzDaily

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Claro, Movistar reach 4G agreement with government

America Movil-backed Claro Ecuador and Telefonica subsidiary Movistar Ecuador have reached an agreement with the Ecuadorian government on granting nationwide 4G LTE mobile frequency licenses, with telecoms minister Augusto Espin stating that all necessary conditions have been agreed on. The minister indicated that a document containing the negotiated conditions now needs to be approved by the cabinet and president before contracts are signed with the operators, a process estimated to take two weeks.

Source: TeleGeography

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Orange Jordan bags second 4G license

Orange Jordan expects investment in 4G technology to reach USD250 million in 2014 and 2015. The cellco last week secured the nation’s second 4G license, paying JOD71 million (USD99.93 million) for 2×10MHz in the 1800MHz range. Orange plans to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the capital in the first half of the year, before gradually extending coverage to the rest of the Kingdom by the end of 2015.

Source: TeleGeography

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5G Frenzy: ‘Massive’ Announcements from Singtel/Ericsson, ZTE; while ETSI Talks millimetres

China’s ZTE has announced a ‘world first’ by completing a pre-commercial field test of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) base station, ‘setting new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency.’ Using ZTE’s proprietary ‘pre5G’ multi-user/multi-stream spatial multiplexing technology, with user handsets based on existing 4G standards, the company’s Massive MIMO base station demonstrated peak data throughput that is more than three times that of traditional base stations, and average data throughput that exceeds conventional systems by at least five times.

Source: TeleGeography

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Monaco Telecom Launches LTE-A; Targets Full Coverage in 2015

Monaco Telecom has launched an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in the Principality under the ‘4G+’ banner, adding 800MHz frequencies to its existing 2600MHz network to deliver peak (theoretical) speeds of 223Mbps using carrier aggregation (CA) technology. The Xavier Niel-controlled operator says that at launch the service is available in the port area of Port Hercule, and that it will cover the whole of the Principality with 4G+ services this year.

Source: TeleGeography

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Court Orders SKT to Halt Adverts Claiming First Commercialization of Tri-band LTE-A

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has been ordered not to run advertising in which it claims to be the first of the nation’s cellcos to have commercialized tri-band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services, following a court ruling. With KT Corp having filed a case in which it alleged that its rival was engaging in deceptive advertising, the court considering the matter has agreed.

Source: TeleGeography

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Telefonica unlocks 4G for all contract customers

Telefonica Germany, which provides fixed and mobile services under the brand O2, has revealed that it has unlocked access to its LTE mobile network for all contract customers with immediate effect. The LTE activation for existing customers of O2 post-paid tariffs will occur automatically and free of charge, enabling customers to benefit from better LTE performance and additional network capacities when using mobile data in 4G coverage areas. Telefonica claims that its 4G network currently covers 60% of Germans, though coverage can reach up to 90% in urban areas.

Source: TeleGeography

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TeliaSonera Selects Ericsson to Manage Field Operations in Sweden

TeliaSonera has renewed and expanded its contract with Ericsson, which was initially signed back in 2010. Ericsson will now perform field operation services for the operator’s fixed and mobile networks.
Source: Cellular-news

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Mobile Broadband Overtakes SMS as Largest Generator of Mobile Data Revenue

Worldwide mobile service revenue barely budged in the first half of 2014 (1H14), up just 0.5% from the same period a year ago, to $385.5 billion, according to Infonetics Research. Gains in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA), Asia Pacific, and North America together offset a high double digit decline in EMEA.
Source: Cellular-news

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Orange and Ericsson Complete Live LTE-A FDD Trial in the 3.4-3.6GHz Band

Orange and Ericsson have successfully used the 3.4 3.6 GHz (3.5 GHz) frequencies for testing data speeds, coverage and FDD carrier aggregation. This live LTE Advanced FDD trial, which was authorized by the French regulator ARCEP, was carried out in October November 2014 on Orange’s network in Bordeaux using Ericsson’s pre commercial equipment.
Source: Cellular-news

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SK Telecom Introduces Tri-band LTE-A Commercially

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has launched what it claims is the world’s first commercial tri-band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, offering downlink speeds of up to 300Mbps by aggregating three component carriers in three different frequency bands. As noted in a press release issued by the cellco to reveal the development, it is using 20MHz in the 1800MHz band, 10MHz in the 800MHz band and 10MHz in the 2100MHz band in order to offer the higher speeds.

Source: TeleGeography

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Zain, Asiacell Launch 3G in Quick Succession

Zain Iraq, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, reportedly turned on its 3G network on 31 December, making it the first cellco in the country to achieve a commercial 3G launch. The development follows a series of preview announcements on the company’s Facebook page, which culminated with Zain claiming that it had performed Iraq’s first ever video call over a 3G network.

Source: TeleGeography

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Mobitel Awarded 800MHz 4G Licence

The Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) has confirmed that it has sold a 4G spectrum licence to Mobitel (Beeline) for around GEL50.782 million (USD26.9 million). The Vimpelcom-backed cellco has secured 2×10MHz blocks in the 800MHz band, after agreeing to pay the licence fee of GEL48.364 million and a GEL2.418 million bidding fee.

Source: TeleGeography

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Draft Laws Approved to Remove Regulator’s Powers over Mobile Spectrum

The cabinet of ministers under Thailand’s military-led regime has approved eight draft laws which effectively remove the powers of the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission to assign and manage mobile frequencies, instead handing the reins of spectrum policy to the soon-to-be-established Digital Economy Committee.

Source: TeleGeography

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Happy Talk: Smile Communications Plans VoLTE This Year

Ugandan Long Term Evolution (LTE) network operator Smile Communications has announced that it plans to offer voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology by mid-2015, enabling users to utilize their 4G devices for voice calls as well as data services. The telco launched data-only 800MHz LTE services in Kampala in June 2013, having upgraded its networks from WiMAX technology. Besides Uganda, Smile Communications has operations in Tanzania, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Source: TeleGeography

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Mobile World Congress

The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead. The four day event will take place from 2-5 March 2015 at Barcelona.
Please visit:http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/?utm_campaign=MWCPBN&utm_source=CACF&utm_medium=Banner&utm_term=Website&utm_content=640153

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WebRTC Global Summit

The WebRTC Global Summit will showcase some of these applications and give attendees a great idea on how WebRTC can build on revenue, the technical challenges as well as the solutions. The event will take place on 14 – 15 April 2015 at Hilton Tower Bridge, London.
Please visit:http://webrtc-conference.com/?utm_source=url&utm_medium=CACF&utm_campaign=web

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CommunicAsia2015

At CommunicAsia2015, the latest innovative technologies from Big Data, Business Analytics, Cloud technologies, IoT, to Zigbee will be unveiled. As Asia’s largest integrated ICT event, CommunicAsia2015 is held concurrently with EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 from 2 to 5 June 2015 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Please visit:http://www.magenta-global.com.sg/Iran-Telecom-IT-Global-Summit-2014/

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Fixed Access Networks Summit

The event is taking place from 22-23 April 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin with an aim to Combine the Strengths of the Latest DSL Acceleration, Fibre and Cable Technologies to Deliver Gigabit Broadband. Please visit:http://fixedaccesssummit.com/?utm_source=mp&utm_medium=cacf&utm_campaign=mp

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CONVERGENCE INDIA (21st-23rd January, 2015, New Dehli, India)

Organised and managed by Oman International Trade and Exhibitions and led by the Information Technology Authority of Oman, COMEX has evolved into one of the most recognized and established ICT exhibitions in the Gulf. The event will take place from 27th April 2015-1st May, 2015 at Oman International Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman. Please visit:http://comex.om/2015/en/

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Phone World Magazine

CACF has launched 10th Edition of Phone World Magazine covering the devices and their ecosystem serving to bridge the gap between the OEMs, Operators, Distributors, Retailers, and the Consumers. Phone World 9th Edition is available in Pakistani markets. Pdf is available on www.phoneworld.com.pk . PhoneWorld website has latest local telecom news, handsets and also has blog section. For subscription email to: info@phoneworld.com.pk
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[/column] [column] Name Huawei Ascend Mate7
GENERAL
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
DATA GPRS/EDGE/Speed/WLAN/BLUE TOOTH/ USB/
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 925
CPU Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7

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[/column] [column] Name Sony Xperia Z3
GENERAL
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600
DATA GPRS/EDGE/Speed/WLAN/BLUE TOOTH/ USB/
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
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[/column] [column] Name Microsoft Lumia 535
GENERAL
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
DATA GPRS/EDGE/Speed/WLAN/BLUE TOOTH/ USB/NFC/
Operating System Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

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[/column] [column] Name Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
GENERAL
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (optional)
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 700 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600
DATA GPRS/EDGE/Speed/WLAN/BLUE TOOTH/ USB/
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
CPU Quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450
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Huawei Showcases Full-Range of Integrated Mobile Offerings at CES 2015

Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) has showcased more than one hundred products at CES 2015 including its latest flagship smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, mobile access devices, home access devices, smart home devices, OTT and vehicle-mounted modules. The company also introduced the start of the Hilink era – its strategy to offer fully integrated mobile internet solutions to consumers all around the world – as part of its commitment to bringing the latest technology to consumers and creating extraordinary connected experiences for people everywhere.
Source: Huawei

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Acer, Asus, LG, Lenovo, ZTE all launch smartphones at CES 2015

Acer, Asus, LG, Lenovo and ZTE have all announced new mid- and lower-end smartphones. This flurry of new mobile devices comes just ahead of the CES event commencing in Las Vegas later today, and each of the Far Eastern device makers seemed keen to ensure their new mobiles were getting noticed early. Lenovo announced what it described as a line-up of full featured devices and accessories, including a whole new smartphone in the vendor’s portfolio, the P90. The firm has also launched Vibe X2 Pro, another edition in the Vibe mobile family.
Source: Telecoms.com

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Ericsson Adds Unlicensed Spectrum Support to Small Cells

Swedish network giant Ericsson continued its small cell crusade with the announcement of license assisted access (LAA) to its small cell portfolio. This LTE technology allows users to tap into unlicensed spectrum, typically used by wifi, to augment their cellular performance.
Source: Telecoms.com

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Alcatel-Lucent Appoints Luis Martinez-Amago as CEO of its Flagship Company in China, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Luis Martinez-Amago as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), its flagship company in China, effective January 1, 2015. Based in Shanghai, Mr. Martinez-Amago will be responsible for ASB’s business in and outside of China, as well as its key contribution to the Alcatel-Lucent group’s R&D and global operation supply chain.

Source: Alcatel-Lucent-PR

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Dusseldorf Court Rejects Vringo’s Patent Claims against ZTE

ZTE says that it has welcomed the decisions of the District Court of Dusseldorf which ruled in its favor in a patent litigation with Vringo. The Dusseldorf District Court rejected Vringo’s claims on infringement over two patents (Patents ‘EP 136’ and ‘EP 941’), that allegedly related to hotspot functionality in mobile devices and the use of Google Maps respectively.
Source: Cellular-news

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Ericsson Wallet Platform Becomes First Mobile Money Service to Earn Card Security Standards Certification

Ericsson has announced that Ericsson Wallet Platform 3.0 has obtained certification for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council’s Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA DSS v3.0).
Source: Cellular-news

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Ericsson to Manage Tigo Ghana’s Networks

Ghanaian cellco Millicom Ghana (Tigo) has entered into a partnership with Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson under which the latter will manage and improve Tigo’s network quality and service delivery. Tigo Ghana’s CEO Roshi Motman was cited as saying that the strategic deal will enable Tigo to extend its footprint nationwide and will guarantee network quality and optimisation, which is crucial for customer experience.

Source: TeleGeography

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Ericsson Supports China Mobile Hong Kong’s LTE/EPC Enhancement

China Mobile’s Hong Kong subsidiary has selected Ericsson as the sole supplier to enhance its converged LTE FDD TDD and Evolved Packet Core network.
Source: Cellular-news

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Ericsson Counter-Sues Apple over Patent Infringement

Ericsson has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson’s proposed global licensing fees with Apple.
Source: Cellular-news

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Microsoft Unveils HoloLens Augmented Reality UI

Microsoft has unveiled HoloLens, augmented reality goggles allowing wearers to create holograms by using hand gestures and voice commands. The gadget was announced at the tech giant’s official presentation of its upcoming device-agnostic operating system Windows 10.The software vendor said with Windows 10, which it claimed is the world’s first holographic computing platform, Windows apps can work as three-dimensional holograms enabling HoloLens wearers “to communicate, create and explore in a manner that is far more personal and human,” as Microsoft put it.
Source. Telecoms.com

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Smartphone Shipments in 2014 Total 1.167B with Samsung and Apple Leading

Global smartphone shipments totaled 1.167 billion units in 2014, a year on year increase of 25.9%, with combined shipments of Chinese brands reaching 453.4 million units. Chinese vendors thus managed to encompass almost 40% of the global shipments and represent six of the top ten smartphone brands worldwide.
Source: Cellular-news

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