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Orange, OpenX To Challenge DoubleClick

InformationWeek reports OpenX Technologies has partnered with with France Telecom's Orange to launch Orange Ad Market, which could threaten to Google's DoubleClick ad unit.

Orange will use OpenX's platform to reach the 343 million users of its Ad Network service.

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Mobile Number Portability: the Wait Lengthens

It was supposed to be implemented by March 31, 2010 - however India's wait to see the much awaited Mobile Number Portability option for mobile subscribers seem to be only lengthening as each day passes.

In the latest scenario, the government has decided to delay the introduction of MNP to June. This is because of the operators' claim that they need more to upgrade their networks so that they can enable MNP on their networks.

France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom merge in UK

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA say they have completed the merger of their British mobile phone units to create the country's biggest operator and shake up an intensely competitive market.

France Telecom, owner of Orange UK, and Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, announced the proposed combination in September.

The new company will be led by the former head of Orange UK, Tom Alexander, the companies said Thursday.

The 50-50 joint venture would have about 28 million customers, making it the largest player in the U.K. with a 37 percent market share.

Ericsson scores trio of international deals

Telecom infrastructure giant Ericsson said it has signed a $1.3 billion contract with Indian operator Bharti Airtel to expand and upgrade the carrier’s wireless network in 15 telecom circles in India.

U.K. Regulator Calls for Cut in Mobile-Phone Charge

U.K. communications regulator Ofcom on Thursday proposed new caps on the price mobile operators can charge to transfer calls from other networks, meaning lower revenue for the major mobile firms but potentially improved deals for customers.

Ofcom proposed that mobile termination rates—the wholesale charges that operators make to connect calls to each others' networks—fall from around 4.3 pence (6.5 U.S. cents) a minute to 0.5 pence a minute by March 2015.

Motorola launches Milestone

Motorola has introduced Milestone, the first Android 2.1-powered phone for India. Powered by Android 2.1, it offers the ability to use multiple applications at once and one of the world’s thinnest Qwerty sliders. Milestone also boasts a hi-resolution, pinch and zoom display. A suite of Google mobile applications including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube are also integrated onto the device. Plus users have access to thousands of apps and widgets from android market.

--Financial Chronicle

India is where the US was a decade ago in retail and internet products

He is one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capitalists finding mention in the Forbes Midas List of top investors for nine years in succession. In India, Promod Haque has led investments in over half-a-dozen India-based start-ups, including software product company Persistent Systems, travel portal Yatra, classifieds company Sulekha and Appnomic Systems. Earlier on Wednesday, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), the 49-year-old investment firm, in which Haque is a managing partner, made the lead investment in a $6-million round of funding in internet classifieds company Quikr.

India to switch cell phone towers from diesel to solar

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India is set to create a mandate that all telecom operators power their cell phone towers with solar panels, instead of the diesel generators currently being used.

The new mandate is likely to be incorporated into India’s National Solar Mission which aims at setting up 20,000MW of solar power capacity by 2022.

Such a move would not only help the government achieve this ambitious goal but would also allow the ministry to get subsidies for the telecom and tower operators for installation of solar power systems.

Huawei slips past Alcatel-Lucent to No. 2

Huawei Technologies Ltd. looks to have captured the No. 2 spot worldwide amongst wireless telecom vendors more than doubling its profits in 2009 to $2.7 billion compared with $1.15 billion posted in 2008, and revenues increasing from $18.3 billion in 2008 to $21.8 billion in 2009.

The results pushed the company past Ericsson ($1.6 billion) as the most profitable telecom vendor and past Alcatel-Lucent ($20.4 billion) into the No. 2 spot in total sales. Ericsson posted $29 billion in sales in 2009.

Telefonica, Telecom Italia Deal Is Unlikely, Credit Suisse Says

Telefonica SA, Europe’s second- largest telephone company, will probably not bid for Telecom Italia SpA, Credit Suisse Group AG said.

“We see a Telefonica bid for Telecom Italia as both unlikely and a relatively high-risk move for limited returns as far as Telefonica shareholders are concerned,” David George, a London-based analyst at Credit Suisse, wrote today in a report.

Huawei's 2009 net profits up more than 130%

Huawei Technologies, China's privately-owned telecom giant, saw its net profit in 2009 rise 133 percent to reach 18.3 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) from 7.8 billion yuan in 2008, according to the audited report released by the company Wednesday.
Also, according to the report, in the past year, the firm's revenues rose 19 percent to 149.1 billion yuan and its operating profit margin was 14.1 percent.
Despite the economic downturn, the company's cash flow from operating activities jumped 237 percent to 21.74 billion yuan, the report shows.

Orange, OpenX Set Out To Build Pan-European Ad Exchange Ecosystem

France Telecom/Orange is partnering with OpenX to launch Orange Ad Market, a brand new online advertising marketplace tailored to the European digital industry.Orange Ad Market will be operated by Orange and powered by OpenX in exchange for a share on every transaction that is made through the platform. The marketplace will allow all classes of buyers to compete for targeted impressions in real-time auctions and help sellers of online display advertising inventory from all over the globe maximize revenue.

Chunghwa Telecom to spend NT$30 billion this year

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest telecom operator, will have capital expenditure of over NT$30 billion this year, an increase of 20 percent from last year, the firm's chairman Lu Shueh-chin said, yesterday. Lu made the remarks during the firm's investors' conference in Taipei.

About 50 percent of the spending will be on fiber optics, while 40 percent on mobile and submarine cable operations, he said.

The company also announced a plan to reduce capital by 20 percent. Chunghwa has held a capital reduction program for four years in a row.

Telecom M&As in Mena area may hit $30bn

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the Middle East and North African (Mena) telecom sector have the potential to reach $30bn this year.
“There is a range of telecom assets worth up to $30bn being considered for sale in the Mena region and plenty of aggressive buyers from the Gulf and Asia with the appetite and the capital to make the deals happen,” said Dominic Lowndes, the editor of Telecom Deal Alert, the organiser of TMT Finance Middle East, which begins on April 26.

Telecom Infrastructure Services Market Declined to $70 Billion in 2009

Global suppliers of services for telecom operators saw revenue decline nearly $4 billion, or 5%, from 2008 to 2009, as a global slowdown in new network equipment investments led to a marked decrease in deployment-related services.

Ericsson Wins USD1.8bn Orders from China Telecom Carriers

Ericsson announced on March 29, 2010 that it inked USD 1.8 billion worth of network construction and maintenance framework agreements with China Mobile Ltd. (SEHK: 0941 and NYSE: CHL) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (NYSE: CHU, SEHK: 0762 and SHSE: 600050).

The world-leading telecommunications equipment provider will execute the two agreements within 2010.

Airtel to launch 3G services by year-end

Country's leading telecom service provider Bharti Airtel will launch the 3G services by the year-end.

"Our core network is 3G ready, billing, application and content ready. Once bids are through services will take six to eight months after that," Bharti Airtel CEO (India and South Asia) Sanjay Kapoor said while launching a HTC smartphone exclusively on Airtel network.

Bharti shares edge up on expected Zain deal signing

Shares in top Indian mobile firm Bharti Airtel edged higher Tuesday on reports it will sign a 10.7-billion-dollar deal to acquire the African telecom assets of Kuwait's Zain later in the day.

Officials at New Delhi-based firm declined to comment, citing confidentiality rules, but Kuwait's Al-Watan daily reported the signing would take place Tuesday at the headquarters of Zain Africa in Amsterdam.

Shares of Bharti Airtel rose nearly one percent to 313.75 rupees on the Mumbai stock exchange at midday, outpacing an overall weaker market, on the back of the reports.

Teledensity in India touches 51.05 percent

India's telecom density has risen to 51.05 percent after 18.76 million new phone connections were added in February this year, the telecom regulator said here Monday.

In January, the teledensity was 49.50 percent.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in the statement that the number of telephone connections reached 600.69 million in February from 581.97 million a month before.

'With this, the overall tele-density in India reached 51.05 percent,' TRAI said.

Brasil Telecom Jumps on JPMorgan ‘Overweight’ Boost

Brasil Telecom SA gained for the first time in nine days after JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised the Brazilian phone company taken over by Telemar Norte Leste SA to “overweight” from “neutral.”

Brasil Telecom jumped 3.3 percent to 11.76, the biggest gain in more than two weeks.

Mobile data surpasses voice

Global mobile data traffic surpassed voice during December of 2009, after growing 280 per cent during each of the last two years. According to Swedish vendor Ericsson, which published the figures, global mobile data traffic is forecast to double annually over the next five years.

Nokia to acquire mobile browser firm Novarra

Nokia has signed an agreement to acquire mobile web browser and platform maker Novarra for an undisclosed sum. Skip related content
The move will allow Nokia to use Novarra's capabilities to deliver an enhanced browsing experience on its own mobile devices.

Nokia said that it expects a new service taking advantage of the acquired technology to be made available within the year.

Wireless broadbank bids may hit Rs. 5500 crore

With 11 companies filing for pre-qualification in the auction of the only two available slots of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in each circle, the price bids could see stiff contest.

According to an ABN Amro equity research report, “Participation by global players like Qualcomm could intensify the BWA bidding. The higher competition could drive the BWA bid price to $1.2 billion (Rs 5,500 crore).” This will be way above the reserve price of Rs 1,750 crore that the government has fixed.

Verizon Wireless releases Motorola Devour

Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced that Motorola DEVOUR is available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores today for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

DEVOUR is the second Android-powered smartphone from Motorola to run on Verizon Wireless' 3G Network. The phone comes with MOTOBLUR, Motorola's unique content delivery service created to make wireless phones more personal and customizable. Additional features and specifications of Motorola DEVOUR can be found by visiting .

RCom to offer free talktime on March 28

Telecom major Reliance Communications (RCom) will offer free local and STD calling on its network on March 28 as it celebrates the 100-million subscriber base.

As part of the offer, RCom customers would be able to avail 24 hours of free local and STD calling across the Reliance network on March 28, RCom said in a statement today.

The one-day offer will be available to all new and existing Reliance customers across CDMA, GSM and Hello (fixed wireless) services, it added.

Vodafone India launches IPhone 3GS in India

Telecom major Vodafone Essar said on 26 March it will launch Apple iPhone 3GS in the country beginning, priced at Rs 29,500 onwards. The handset also provides access to Apple’s App Store, which has more than 1.5 lakh applications ranging from games to social networking.

Vodafone Essar will offer three plans - a prepaid plan of Rs100 and two post paid plans with Rs 799 and Rs 999 as rental respectively

Execution risk looms large for Bharti in Africa

Now comes the hard part for Bharti Airtel. On its third attempt in two years, Bharti is poised to become No. 2 in Africa. Bharti's management and finances will be stretched.

At 10 times enterprise value to EBITDA Bharti is paying a rich price for a group of loss-making assets on a continent full of operational challenges, from corruption and political instability to inadequate electricity and theft of equipment.

Global Telco Vendors must hire Indians

Global telecom gear makers like Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and others, which maintain and manage mobile networks of cellphone companies here, must only employ Indian engineers, a government directive said.

“The operation and maintenance of telecom networks should be entirely by Indian engineers and dependence on foreign engineers should be minimal or nil within a period of two years,” the communications ministry said in a notification posted on its website. The government said it would amend licence conditions soon to add the new norms.

Airtel may take 2 years to turn Zain Africa profitable

The entry of India’s largest service provider Bharti Airtel in the African mobile market is likely to be marked with a number of challenges. Analysts say Bharti may take 15-24 months to turn around the loss-making operations of Zain Africa, apart from tackling the regulatory hurdles that may come across while operating in the African countries.
-- Business Standard

Due diligence on Zain assets over, says Bharti

India’s biggest telecom services provider Bharti Airtel Ltd said on Thursday that it had completed due diligence on the African assets of Kuwait-based Mobile Telecommunications Co. KSC, better known as Zain.

“Bharti is now working with Zain towards finalizing the definitive agreements, which will address all key terms and findings arising out of the due diligence,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement. “Definitive agreements are expected to be signed soon. Upon signing, the parties will move towards obtaining any required approvals.”

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