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No nexus one on Verizon this spring

electronista reports that Google will not launch Nexus one for Verizon this spring. Link to full story below:

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems drives for network efficiency with landmark network operations outsourcing deal

Signs with Nokia Siemens Networks for the country’s first full operation and maintenance managed services contract

France Telecom will pay Orascom settlement fee of $300M for Mobinil dispute

France Telecom will pay Orascom a settlement fee of $300M on Mobinil dispute reports Total Telecom. Link to full story below:

Reliance Com to launch its own app store with GetJar

Reliance Comm has tied up with GetJar which has the second largest app store in the world for mobile apps for its 100M subscribers reports Market Watch. Link to full story is below:

India 31 March 2010 wireless data: 20.31M net adds, 584.32M subscribers, teledensity 52.74 perc

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 621.28 Million
Wireless subscription reaches 584.32 Million
Wireline subscription remains at 36.96 Million
20.31 Million new additions in wireless
Overall Tele-density reaches 52.74
Broadband subscription is 8.75 million
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 621.28 Million at the end of March-2010 from 600.98 Million in February-2010, thereby registering a growth rate of 3.38%. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 52.74

Full report attached

Orascom Telecom Suspends Trading on Stock Market Pending Announcement

­Egypt's Orascom Telecom Holding has suspended trading of its securities on the London Stock Exchange pending an announcement later today. There have been rumours that South Africa's MTN is in talks with Orascom Telecom about buying the company's African mobile phone businesses.

According to a report earlier this morning in the Financial Times, the talks initially were limited to discussing Orascom's Algerian subsidiary, which has been causing Orascom considerable headaches over the past year. The talks were later expanded to include most of Orascom's African assets.

Citing consumer interest Swiss regulator blocks France Telecom and TDC merger

Swiss regulators have blocked the merger between TDC and France Telecom citing consumer interests reports tmc net. Link to full story below:

Videoncon to sell 26% stake to foreign partners

Videocon is planning to sell upto 26% stake to foreign partners reports, newscenter. Link to full story below:

Qwest acquired by CenturyTel for $10.6B

CenturyTel acquired Qwest for $10.6B making it the third largest operator in US, reports web host industry review. Link to full story below

Verizon's iPhone 4G release by June 2010

Verizon is planning to launch iPhone 4G by June this year reports Daily Metro News. Link to full story below:

Nokia Q1 results

- Nokia net sales of EUR 9.5 billion, up 3% year-on-year and down 21% sequentially (up 1% and down 21% at constant currency).

- Devices & Services net sales of EUR 6.7 billion, up 8% year-on-year and down 19% sequentially (up 7% and down 19% at constant currency).

- Services net sales of EUR 148 million, down 12% sequentially; billings of EUR 228 million, up 1% sequentially.

- Nokia total mobile device volumes of 107.8 million units, up 16% year-on-year and down 15% sequentially.

Ericsson Q1 results

Ericsson first quarter resultsApril 23, 2010, 07:29 (CEST)
CEO comments"Group sales in the quarter declined -9% year-over-year with lower sales in Networks but with an increase in Global Services," says Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC).
"Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency exchange rate effects and hedging declined year-over-year -16%. Voice related sales, such as 2G, continued to decline in the quarter but were partly offset by increased 3G sales. Sales were also impacted by tight industry component supply conditions.

Ericsson Acquisition of Nortel's stake of the joint venture LG-Nortel

Strengthened ability to serve the Korean market and reach new customers
· Second largest installed base with all leading Korean operators
· Purchase price is USD 242 million on a cash and debt free basis
· New name of the joint venture will be LG-Ericsson
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Nortel's majority shareholding (50%+1 share) in LG-Nortel, the joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel Networks. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Chinese vendor companies Indianising Indian operations management

Chinese vendor companies are fast indianising their management in Indian operations. The move is essentially to change perception in India.

Telecom Italia to cut 6800 jobs through 2012

To improve efficiency and reduce costs Telecom Italia will cut around 6800 jobs by 2012 reports, Daily News. Link to full story is below:

Qatar Telecom choses NSN for LTE

Qatar Telecom choses NSN for its LTE roll outs in future. Link to full story below:

TeliaSonera Net sales drop 3.9% Net Income up 6.4% in Q1 2010

TeliaSonera announced it's results as follows:
Returning to organic revenue growth

• Net sales decreased 3.9 percent to SEK 26,090 million (27,135). Net sales in local currencies and excluding acquisitions increased 2.5 percent.
• The addressable cost base in local currencies and excluding acquisitions decreased 2.9 percent.
• EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, increased 1.6 percent to SEK 8,963 million (8,821) and the margin to 34.4 percent (32.5). The increase in local currencies and excluding acquisitions was 8.8 percent.

Huawei stengthening its presence in North America, 70 people R&D center in Ottawa

In line with Huawei's attempts to strengthen its presence in North America, Huawei opens its R&D center in Ottawa for cluding wireline, wireless, optical and Internet protocol networking. Link to press release is below:

Unitech to form a new company through spin off infra and telecom operations

New center reports that Unitech intends to demerge its infra and telecom operations. Link to full story below:

China Net adds at 10.9M for March 2010. Total subscriber base @756M

As of Mar 31, 2010 Millions

China Mobile:
Number of Customers: 538.887
Net Addition of Customers for the Reporting Month: 5.971
Cumulative Net Addition of Customers for 2010: 16.604M
3G terminals: 7.69M
Link to China mobile data:
China Unicom:

Aggregate 2G Subscribers: 147.263
Net adds: 0.873
Aggregate 3G Subscribers: 4.824
Net adds: 0.759
Aggregate Local Access Subscribers 101.838
Net adds: -0.274

ISAI a new French investment fund worth Euro 24M to invest in Telecom and internet start up

TMC news reports that ~60 French internet and telecommunications entrepreneurs and ~45 internet companies have come together to form ISAI a Euro 24M investment fund. Link to full story below:

Orange to offer broadband services in UK through BT network

Orange has tied up with BT to offer broandband services through BT. Link to full story below:

Ericsson may try to sell CDMA in chinese market

In July 2009, Ericsson acquired Nortel's LTE and CDMA services for $1.13 billion, regaining the CDMA production line. Ericsson had focussed on WCDMA market since 2005 and withdrawn from CDMA market based on its assessment earlier. reports that in a recent CDMA event ericsson hinted that it may return to CDMA market. Link to full story is below:

NZ telecom's financial position, holding it back from becoming a full partner to ultra fast broadband roll out

NZ Telecom's latest financial trouble may undermine New Zealand's economic growth as New Zealand Telecom may not be able to become a full partner to ultra fast broadband roll out, reports Business Spectator. Link to full story is below:

Expect 200M 3G subscribers in next three years in India

An evalueserve report states that India could have as many as 200M 3G subscribers in the next 3 years.
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Etisalat acquires 14% more in Tanzania's Zentel

Etisalat announced that it had acquired 14% more in Tazania's Zantel, reported TMCnet. Link to full story is below:

France Telecom and Orascom to continue to grow Mobinil

France Telecom and Orascom have end their dispute and have pledged to continue to grow Mobinil, reports
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ZTE will launch its own handsets in 2 3 months

ZTE will launch its own handsets in India in 2 3 months reports economic times. Link to full story is below:

ZTE Telecom estimates the size of 3G vendor market at $4B in India

Economic Times reports that ZTE is targeting 15% to 20% $4B 3G vendor market in India. Link to full story is below:

China telecom will invest $11.7B in 3G

China telecom will invest $11.7B in 3G reports TMT China. Link to full story is below:

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