Ucell Uzbekistan to Expand 3G 4G Networks Across the Country

Ucell Uzbekistan to Expand 3G 4G Networks Across the Country

Uzbekistan mobile operator Ucell to expand its network across the country. For extending its services, Ucell installed eight 3G base stations and 11 LTE base stations across the country from 7 to 20 August.

Megafon Restored 4G Night Mobile Internet Package

Megafon Restored 4G Night Mobile Internet Package

Tajikstan Telecom operator Megafon has restores its ‘4G Night’ mobile internet package. Megafon announces different packages for giving its subscribers a quality service experience.


Dhiraagu Expands 3G Footprint to 21 Additional Islands

Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu), the Maldives’ incumbent telecoms operator, has revealed that it has expanded coverage of its 3G network to an additional 21 islands since the start of this year. High speed data services are now available on the islands of Thoddu, Himandhoo, Dhigurah, Goidhoo, Hithaadhoo, Maaeboodhoo, Hulhudheli, Bilehdhoo, Vashafaru, Finey, Neykurendhoo, Dhiffushi, Raimandhu, Dhiggaru, Maakurathu, Bilehffahi, Narudhoo, Kandoodhu, Buruni, Rakeedhu and Fulidhoo. The telecoms operator is aiming to provide broadband coverage to all inhabited islands of the Maldives by the end of the year.

“This is the most important project for the year and all works are being carried out at expedited speeds, as a result we have already launched services in 21 islands since beginning of this year. We have now completed over 25% of the project work and we are certain to complete the full project before end of the year.”

Dhiraagu’s Director of Networks, Mohamed Musad, said. 

The company claims that its 3G and 4G LTE networks provide a combined population coverage of 96%.

Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan Launches Affordable 3G-Enabled Handsets

In line with its commitment to build an ecosystem to further facilitate 3G and internet uptake in the country, Telenor Pakistan has announced the launch of Telenor Devices comprising of affordable 3G-enabled handsets. The announcement was made during an interactive media event today in Karachi.

Telenor Devices portfolio so far include; Telenor Easy 3G – 3G-enabled feature phone with front camera functionality and pre-loaded social media apps (Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp); and Telenor Smart 3G – one of the most affordable 3G smartphones preloaded with Telenor Music , Telenor Appstore, Viber, Skype and social media apps. With Telenor Devices, Telenor Pakistan aims to bring 3G phones within the affordability range of people belonging to low and middle income groups

With the launch of these devices Telenor Pakistan brings 18 months warranty for its customers, which is the first time in Pakistan that any handset comes with an extended warranty. Additionally Telenor Pakistan’s customers can avail a balance of PKR 600 and 3GB data over the first six months with these handsets.

The two handsets will be available from 15th April 2015 on all Telenor Sales & Service Centers and franchises as well as in selected mobile shops across Pakistan. In order to enhance the reach of these devices to the customers, Telenor Pakistan has appointed i2 Pakistan as the distribution and warranty partner with over 800 collection points.

On this occasion, Irfan Wahab Khan, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan said:

“We are witnessing higher demand for 3G and healthy uptake in across all segments but especially in rural and low income segments. The launch of affordable 3G-enabled handsets is yet another manifestation of our philosophy that the internet is something for the mass population of Pakistan, and not just the select few. We will continue to strengthen our device portfolio and network reach and stay committed towards building an ecosystem to further facilitate internet growth in the country.”

With a 3G subscriber base of over 3.7 million in 78 cities and towns, Telenor Pakistan continues to maintain its leadership as the largest and fastest growing 3G network in the country. During the current commercial rollout phase, Telenor 3G services were launched in Karak, Tank, Dera Allahyar, Shangla, Gambat, Chakwal and Barkan. Free trial of 3G services will be offered to Telenor Pakistan’s customers in these areas for two weeks. The subscribers will be notified about the end of free 3G trial service via SMS and Telenor Pakistan’s official website. Under the free 3G trial offer, customers can enjoy 50 MBs of free data every day. Data services on 2G will be charged as usual.


ArmenTel (Beeline) Boosts GSM/3G Coverage in Yerevan

Fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner of its Russian parent Vimpelcom, has completed works designed to improve its GSM and W-CDMA networks in the Armenian capital Yerevan. In a press release the operator said it has deployed new base transceiver stations (BTS) for both 2G and 3G services in the central parts of the city, covering Komitas and the Nork-Marash administrative district. The upgrade work is intended to meet growing demand for mobile internet data as the cellular division continues to increase its subscriber base.


French Telcos Asked to Address 2G/3G Rural Coverage Gaps within 18 Months

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the country’s telecoms operators to address the existing gaps in 2G/3G network coverage in rural areas, domestic newspaper Les Echos reports. Mr Valls was cited as saying:

“All white areas should be gone in 18 months. But I wish that we go beyond what was intended by including in the law the obligation for all operators to provide access within the same timeframe, not just to 2G but also to 3G.”

The Prime Minister revealed that a total investment of EUR1 billion (USD1.06 billion) has been earmarked for addressing public services issues in underserved locations.


Beeline Launches New Base Stations in Karakalpakstan

Beeline, largest communication operator of Uzbekistan, expanded coverage area and capacity of its 2G and 3G networks in the West Regional Branch, serving subscribers in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region.

Director of Western Regional Branch of “Unitel” LLC Refat Nizamutdinov said that:

“Beeline constantly modernizes and optimizes network to provide quality services to consumers. The company’s priority is to provide reliable communication services to population in the region and increase capacity of the network to keep leadership in mobile market of Karakalpakstan.”

Installation of additional equipment helped to improve signal quality in several areas of the Republic of Karakalpakstan: Shumanay (Shumanay), Nukus (Akmangit), Kegeyli (Kegeyli), Kanlikul (Kanlikul), The Amu Darya (the village of Clichbay, Dorman) and Alikkalin (village of Kilchenok).


HD Voice

Beeline Uzbekistan Launches HD Voice in Regions

Mobile operator Beeline Uzbekistan has introduced its HD Voice service to subscribers in the Tashkent, Syrdarya, Samarkand and Andijan regions, as well as in the city of Kokand. The service was launched on the basis of the Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband technology and works on the 3G network of the operator.


Airtel Selects Ericsson for 3G Rollout in Niger

Airtel Niger, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has selected Ericsson for the deployment of a 3G end-to-end network to deliver high speed mobile broadband service to the cellco’s customer base. The network, which extends across the country, comprises radio base stations based on the Swedish vendor’s latest multi-standard radio access portfolio, RBS 6000; the RNC 3280 radio network controller; and the latest core technology, which will boost the capacity of the network and transform it with IP functionality. Ericsson says the RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base station substantially reduces power consumption, lowering operational expenditure for Airtel and reducing the long-term environmental impact.

“3G was a must in our strategy in Niger where data penetration is still very low. As a leader in Niger’s telecoms market, Airtel’s ambition is to bring innovative data products and services that will help people and businesses to unlock their potential. Internet connections will never be the same with Airtel 3G service.”

Commented Airtel Niger CEO Raymond Mendy, adding:

Airtel Niger, the local cellular unit of Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel, was awarded a 15-year licence for the establishment and operation of a 3G network in July 2014. At the same time, the West African country also agreed to renew Airtel’s existing 2G concession, for a total consideration of XOF34 billion (USD69.8 million).


Kyivstar Prepares for 3G

Ukraine’s largest cellco Kyivstar has disclosed that it has made tender guarantees for its participation in the country’s upcoming auction for licences in the UMTS (3G) 2100MHz band, while commencing tests of 3G equipment in anticipation of winning an operating concession when the tender results are revealed on 16 February. A release on its website read:

“The company has made tender guarantees in the amount of 10% of the starting price of each lot for taking part in the tender for 3G frequencies. We are fully prepared for the most rapid introduction of 3G – technologically, organizationally and financially.”

Kyivstar is bidding alongside MTS Ukraine and Astelit for three 3G licences of 2×15MHz nationwide bandwidth each, with individual starting prices of UAH2.7 billion (USD105 million). Another release on its website reveals that Kyivstar has begun 3G base station tests in partnership with Swedish technology giant Ericsson at the cellco’s headquarters in Kiev under a permit from the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (UCRF), in which it claims to have achieved a ‘sustained’ 4Mbps-plus data speed.

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