Kcell

Kcell Offers Free Access to Twitter

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, has introduced access to the mobile version of Twitter free over smartphones. Kcell claims the offer is a first among Kazakhstan mobile operators. The free access is possible for subscribers of Kcell, Activ and Vegaline networks of the operator using a special application for Android-powered smartphones.

Kcell

Kcell Drops Unlimited Internet Over Opera Mini

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, 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.

Tcell

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.

Tcell

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.

Nokia

Nokia Announces Finnish and Saudi LTE-A Rollouts

Nokia Networks has claimed advancements in LTE-A network deployment by demonstrating live network speeds and data transmission rates of up to 300 Mbps on TeliaSonera’s LTE network in Helsinki. By utilizing FDD/TDD technology, it is claiming carrier aggregation of the 1800 and 2600 MHz frequency bands for the Finnish operator.

It has also announced carrier aggregation cooperation with Saudi Arabian telco STC, with compatibility with commercial chipsets, on the same frequency bands.

Carrier aggregation is a key enabling technology for LTE-A as it allows operators to utilize available spectrum more efficiently. Albeit limited, the roll-out of LTE-A in selected parts of Helsinki has the potential to achieve data transmission speeds faster than a lot of fixed, residential broadband infrastructure.

Due to ever-increasing customer demand for mobile data services on the move, TeliaSonera Finland’s CTO, Kaley Reiljan believes LTE-A can help future-proof telco’s network for demand in the coming years.

“We want to offer the fastest possible data speeds to our customers. Over 60% of Finns use smartphones and generate more data traffic than customers using older devices. With LTE-Advanced we make sure our network can address these capacity changes now and in the future.”

He said.

Nokia’s Head of the STC Customer Team, Hani Dib, concurs with Reiljan’s conclusion that ever-increasing customer data consumption is a core motivator for moving towards LTE-A. However, Dib believes spectrum efficiency and maximum utilisation should be the primary consideration for operators.

“We believe that the optimal use of spectrum is key to satisfying ever-increasing subscriber demand for network capacity and speed. Our achievement with STC will encourage other operators globally to look at this kind of spectrum convergence to save costs and increase throughput.”

He said.

Kcell Nominates New Executive Director

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, has nominated Arti Ots the new executive director of the company. Ots will start after clearance from the state, a final agreement from Ots and approval by the management board of the company. Ots currently works as vice-president for commercial and business development at TeliaSonera Eurasia. He was previously the CEO at Estonian operator Elion.

Kcell CFO Resigns

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, controlled by the TeliaSonera group, said that CFO Baurzhan Ayazbayevis has told the company of his resignation, with immediate effect. The company plans to start searching for a new candidate soon.

Omnitel 4G Network Reaches Four New Cities

Omnitel, Lithuania’s largest mobile operator by subscribers has expanded its 4G LTE network to the cities of Marijampole, Simnas, Kalvarija and Lazdijai. The TeliaSonera-owned operator’s LTE network is available to more than 40% of the population; by the end of the year Omnitel is aiming to increase this to 50%, while also hoping to provide 3G coverage to the whole of the country.

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