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ZTE 2009, revenue increase 36.08%, Net profit increases 48.06%

ZTE announced its FY2009 results. Followin are the highlights:

Based on HKFRS, ZTE recorded a revenue of approximately USD8,820.7million in 2009, representing an increase of 36.08% against 2008. Net profit was USD359.7 million, representing an increase of 48.06% against 2008. Basic earnings per share were USD0.21. In 2009, net cash flow from operating activities per share was USD0.28.

Wateen Telecom in Pakistan goes public

Wateen goes public with following issue details:

Present Issue consist of 110,000,000 ordinary shares of PKR 10 each (20.85% of the enhanced paid up capital of PKR 5,274,746,200) with a Greenshoe option of up to additional 90,000,000 ordinary shares (14.58% of the enhanced paid up capital of PKR 6,174,746,200) in case of over-subscription at an Issue price of PKR 10/- per

IPO details can be found below:

http://www.wateen.com/AboutUs.aspx

France Telecom may spend upto EU7B in Middle East, Africa

Business Week reports that France Telecom Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said that France Telecom may spend upto Eur7B in Middle East Africa, to double its revenues. Full story is below:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-07/france-telecom-may-spend-eu7...

Google Nexus One appears on Bouygues website

Google's nexus one appeared on Bouygues website, which indicates Boygues will launch the android phone in france.

India crosses 1 B mark in mobile web traffic on AdMob

As per telecom yatra report, mobile web traffic from India crossed the 1B mark. India has seen explosive growth with mobile web traffic increasing by ~100% in the last 12 months.

Full report is below:

http://telecomyatra.afaqs.com/news/?sid=721_Mobile+web+traffic+from+Indi...

CAT to take over Hutchison CDMA business

Thai state owned company CAT will take over CDMA business of Hutchison as reported by Reuters India. Full story is below:

http://in.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idINSGE63603W2010...

Chinese telecom operators core business revenue up in Jan-Feb by 5% YoY

News at Alibaba reports that chinese operators revenue grew 5% YoY in Jan-Feb to RMB 133.33B

Full story is below:

http://news.alibaba.com/article/detail/business-in-china/100273013-1-chi...

“Net Neutrality” Court Ruling could allow firms like Comcast and AT&T to decide how bandwidth is allocated

ETFdb reports that the ruling could allow firms like Comcast and AT&T to decide how bandwidth is allocated and which sites customers can use freely thus potentially permitting telecom firms to better manage their bandwidths without having to invest in costly infrastructure and network upgrades.

Readers would remember that AT&T hinted that company may manage iPhone data usage in the near future when the traffic was extensively used by few iphone users.

Full story by ETFdb is below:

http://etfdb.com/2010/net-neutrality-court-ruling-puts-telecom-etfs-in-f...

Wireless healthcare a new growth area for the operators

BusinessWeek has been tracking large operators, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, AT&T, France Telecom's Orange, Vodafone, Sweden's Doro and, from Japan, NTT DoCoMo and KDDI on their mobile healthcare strategy. Vodafone's venture fund two years ago bought a stake in t+Medical which is a wireless monitoring technology company.

The well entrenched large players such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips and Intel are also developing technology and devices for m-Health
Full story is below:

France Telecom will take over the management of Ethiopian Telecom Corporation

Infoworld reports that France Telecom will take over the management of ETC. As per Infoworld Ethiopia is the only country in East Africa with less competitive telecom sector after Eritrea due to monopolistic policies by the Ethiopian government. Full story is below:
http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/france-telecom-takes-ov...

Huawei continues to work with US government security to increase its presence

Fierce Telecom reported that Huawei is working with US security for potential acquisition of with potential acquisitions of Motorola and other U.S.-based telecom vendors. Full story is below

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/huawei-u-s-expansion-ambitions-face-g...

Virtualization contract between VoIP & Digital Telecom Inc and Shandong Leveagin Healthcare Chain Co

Virtualization contract between VoIP & Digital Telecom Inc and Shandong Leveagin Healthcare Chain Co will help the customer to improve server utilization rates and enhance data center security, reported, PR Newswire. The full story is below:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-voip--digital-telecom-inc-...

Jersey Telecom launches new text service that warns subscribers after 2 MB data usage

IFCfeed.com reports that

Jersey Telecom (JT) has announced the launch of a free text warning service, that will help customers keep their data roaming charges to in check when they are using their mobile phone or handheld device abroad.

Jersey Telecom will send an automatic text message as soon as 2MB of data has been used while roaming. Operators globally are offering similar services.

Full story is below:

http://www.ifcfeed.com/jersey-articles/Jersey-Telecom-launches-new-text-...

KT and France Telecom come together to provide digital home services in Korea

IPTV News reported that KT and France Telecom have signed a preliminary agreement to jointly develop digital home services in Korea

France Telecom will provide expertise in software technology from the SoftAtHome initiative (formed by Orange, Thomson and Sagem) to KT.
-The key features are use of PC Web browsers and content on IPTV services
-Enable the free and easy exchange of content from PCs, phones and smartphones with wired and wireless networks

Full story is below:

http://www.iptv-news.com/iptv_news/april_2010/kt_and_france_telecom_team...

Skype will have to wait further in UAE

ITP.net reported that TRA UAE has taken a decision that VOIP calls are a regulated activity and anyone using the software will be legally liable. The announcement meant that the operators, Etisalat and Du can offer a wider range of services in Dubai. The other companies keen on providing these services will have to partner with the existing licensees. The full story is below:

http://www.itp.net/579605-tra-says-skype-users-in-uae-are-legally-liable

Telecom outsourcing will continue to grow

In a story reported by Viva News, Nokia Siemens Networks Indonesia Head of Services, Dharmesh Malhotra said that “Right now, there have been a lot of telecommunication operators considering to outsource their resources,” According to him, managed services allow telecommunication companies to focus on marketing and understanding customers’ demand.
Read the full story below:
http://en.vivanews.com/news/read/141857-telecom_outsourcing_to_grow_stil...

China mobile will invest $300M in Pakistan

China mobile will invest $300M in pakistan primarily to expand its infrastructure. Pakistan has a cellular mobile density of ~58% and has ~95M subscribers. Full story below:

http://www.ciol.com/Global-News/Global-News/News-Reports/China-Mobile-to...

Top 10 US listed Chinese telecom equipment stocks April 2010

China analyst rates following stocks as the top 10 US listed chinese stocks as at April 04 2010.
Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN)
Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL)
EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering (USA) (NASDAQ:EXFO)
Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM)
Oplink Communications, Inc (NASDAQ:OPLK)
Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVBD)
Alvarion Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:ALVR)
Ixia (NASDAQ:XXIA)
EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELMG)
InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC)

Full story is below:

Mock auction of 3G bids in India on 4 April 2010

Mock auction of 3G bids in India to happen today on 4th April. The idea is that bidders could get accustomed to the new system. Full story below:

http://www.livemint.com/2010/04/04222335/Mock-auction-of-3G-spectrum-to....

Wateen telecom in pakistan to go public

SECP has approved the Initial Public Offering of Wateen Telecom Limited. The IPO will be one of the biggest in Pakistan with a size of ~2 B rupees.

Full story as published in Daily time below:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010%5C04%5C04%5Cstory_4-4...

India, Telecom Subscription Data as on 28th February 2010 published in March

Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 600.69 Million
o Wireless subscription reaches 563.73 Million
o Wireline subscription declines to 36.96
18.76 Million new additions in wireless
Wireline subscription declines by 0.04 Million
Overall Tele-density reaches 51.05
Broadband subscription is 8.59 million

Download full report from the attachment section

Telecom firms want a pie of mobile healthcare

Several telecom companies wish to get a pie of the mobile health care market. As reported by ihealthbeat, services that they target are several including:

1) from text messaging
2) remind people to take medications to implants that monitor heart patients.

Full story here:

http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2010/4/2/telecom-firms-looking-to-jo...

HTC is expecting to sell 1M smartphones in Taiwan in 3 to 4 months

HTC is expecting to sell 1M smartphones in Taiwan in 3 to 4 months

In Taiwan, the HTC Smart will be sold exclusively by Chunghwa Telecom Co. Read the full story here:

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=20100402...

Global roaming charges may come down

Global roaming charges may come down in future.
Charges may be high as per Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ). Full story below:

http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/ringing-up-global-roaming-charges-3446479

Verizon vs. AT&T: They're both losers

The tech world's been aflutter all week with speculation about whether Apple will finally unveil an iPhone for Verizon Wireless and what that will mean for AT&T, currently the exclusive iPhone carrier in the U.S.

But guess what? This may matter little to investors. The two big telecom stocks, which lagged the market's big rally in 2009, have fared even worse so far this year.

Nokia wins China deals worth more than $2 bln

The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia said Thursday it had renewed cell phone contracts worth more than two billion dollars with two distributors in China, one of its key markets.

"China PTAC is expected to purchase mobile devices valued at more than one billion dollars (741 million euros) from Nokia in 2010," the Finland-based company said in a statement, adding it had also renewed a similar agreement with Telling Telecom Holding.

"Telling is expected to purchase mobile devices valued at more than one billion dollars from Nokia in 2010," Nokia said.

How google wants to change telecom

Google says it doesn't want to be your Internet service provider; rather, it wants to make your ISP behave in a more Google-friendly manner.

What the U.S. can learn from international net neutrality, broadband policies

Orange, T-Mobile create Magenta Telecom

Orange and T-Mobile today announced that the new branding for their UK joint venture will be called "Magenta". Although the switchover to the new name won't be complete until sometime next year, both T-Mobile and Orange intend to familiarise customers with the new branding immediately.

In an exclusive interview with Mobile Gazette, joint branding directors Jess Kidden and Jina Linaloundwa explained the reasoning behind the new name.

MIIT Announces February 2010 Telecom Statistics

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its February 2010 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the month were as follows:

Telecom operating revenues were RMB 69.6 bln (USD 10.2 bln), bringing the cumulative year-to-date total to RMB 140.6 bln (USD 20.6 bln), up 6.0% over the same 2-month period of 2009. Core services accounted for RMB 133.2 bln of the cumulative total, up 5.0% YoY.

Bharti announces launch of cable link between Japan & US

Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel said a global consortium of which it is a part has launched an undersea cable between Japan and
the west coast of the US, providing high-capacity bandwidth access across the Pacific.

Besides Bharti Airtel, the other partners of the Unity consortium includes Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corp, Pacnet and SingTel.

Construction of the 9,620 km submarine cable system was first announced in February 2008. The cable system was built at a cost of USD 300 million, Bharti said in a communication to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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