Etisalat confirms bid for stake in Zain

Etisalat confirms bid for stake in Zain
(Telecompaper) UAE-based operator Etisalat has offered to buy a stake in Middle East mobile operator Zain. Etisalat spokesman Ahmed bin Ali told Reuters the company had submitted a preliminary conditional offer to buy a stake in Zain. He gave no further details. Earlier CNBC Arabiya reported that Etisalat had offered KWD 1.7 (USD 5.96) per share for a 46 percent stake in Zain, which would come to just under USD 12 billion. Zain said its management had not received an official offer. Another news channel, Al Arabiya, said National Bank of Kuwait was an advisor to Etisalat, and BNP Paribas was advising Kharafi Group, a large Zain shareholder.[Lees verder]

3 Austria breaks 1 million customer barrier
(Telecompaper) Hutchison 3G Austria (3 Austria) has broken the one million customer barrier. CEO Jan Trionow said it was very happy to reach this significant milestone. On 4 August of this year, the operator had 973,000 mobile subscribers, including 236,000 pre-paid and 737,000 post-paid customers. The company experienced 20 percent revenue growth in H1 2010 and aims to cover 50 percent of its network with 42 Mbps data speeds by end-2010. Customer numbers grew by 26 percent between August 2009 and August 2010. To celebrate signing up its one millionth customer, 3 is offering 33 prizes to all existing customers, including a week-long trip to Hong Kong for two people, city trips to Rome and Stockholm, 3Superphones and games consoles. In addition, from 01 October to 14 November, all 3 customers can download 15 entertainment films from the 3 video library free of charge.[Lees verder]

Eircom unveils new eMobile brand
(Telecompaper) Eircom has announced the launch of its new mobile service – eMobile. The new service will offer prepaid and postpaid plans and promises to provide simple, straightforward offers. Eircom Group CEO Paul Donovan said he was confident that eMobile offered exceptional value in the market. The Seven 10 prepaid offer gives customers unlimited anytime, any network texts and calls for EUR 10 a week. As a bonus, Eircom customers can also get an additional EUR 60 a year off their mobile bill when they bundle eMobile billpay with their eircom landline and broadband services. It has opened eMobile stores (Dublin – Blanchardstown and Henry Street, Limerick, Waterford and Cork), employing 50 sales staff to work in them. It has also signed accredited dealers as well as partner deals with Carphone Warehouse, Xtra-Vision and Dixon Store Group. The launch of eMobile is supported by an advertising campaign using the theme ‘Meet The Team’. The campaign will introduce the eMobile team members through a series of adverts on billboards, websites, TV, radio and in the newspapers.[Lees verder]

ESPN set to buy Orange Sport – report
(Telecompaper) Disney sports broadcasting subsidiary ESPN will acquire France Telecom’s Orange Sport TV channel at the end of October, reports news website Electron Libre without citing its sources. Under the reported deal, Orange will distribute the sports channel under the ESPN brand in France and internationally. The channel will be entirely managed by ESPN but Orange will continue to transmit French football league matches on mobile phones until 2012. France Telecom top executives have on several occasions said that the operator was looking for partners for its two TV channels, Orange Sport and Orange Cinema Series. French magazine Le Point previously reported that ESPN was in preliminary talks with France Telecom about Orange Sport. It wrote that ESPN did not want to compete directly with the sports offering of major pay-TV operator Canal Plus. France Telecom is still in talks with Canal Plus about a potential partnership for Orange’s film and TV series premium channel. TF1’s sports channel Eurosport told Le Point that it had no interest in Orange Sport because it saw it as a second-tier sports channel which is paying over the odds for content rights. Last year, ESPN bought the English football league rights of bankrupt Irish satellite broadcaster Setanta, which struggled against dominant pay-TV broadcaster Sky.[Lees verder]

Solaris launches mobile broadcast hybrid network in Brussels
(Telecompaper) Mobile satellite services company Solaris Mobile is expanding its network reach to cover Brussels and the surrounding areas, with Alcatel-Lucent and TowerCast. Solaris Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent and TowerCast have built a hybrid network based on complementary satellite and terrestrial mobile technology. Solaris Mobile is providing satellite capacity and spectrum rights, Alcatel-Lucent is managing the system integration and is providing transmission equipment, and TowerCast is providing its sites and antennae installations. The resulting network will provide outdoor coverage from satellite, with terrestrial transmitters complementing indoor coverage and reception. The roll-out of the network in Brussels will enable the delivery of broadcast services to people on the move. The company plans to roll the service out across Europe and plans are underway to launch networks in other European cities supporting different kinds of applications. The new network complements those originally launched in France in November 2009 and in Barcelona in February to demonstrate the broadcast of TV and radio services, to phones and other handheld devices. The French network continues to be fully operational in Paris, Rennes and Nancy. Currently, Solaris Mobile is carrying out trials in Paris, demonstrating the broadcast of TV and radio services to phones, other handheld devices and cars across the city and surrounding areas.[Lees verder]

China Telecom considers overseas acquisitions
(Telecompaper) China Telecom is considering opportunities for overseas acquisitions and is in talks with three Indian telecommunications firms to establish a cable connection between China and India. China Telecom is awaiting approval from the Indian government to establish a representative office in New Delhi, the Wall Street Journal writes citing Deng Xiao Feng, chairman and chief executive of China Telecom’s Hong Kong-based international arm. The company is currently cooperating with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, and Tata Communications to establish a cable connection over land between the countries. The company will further “closely examine” opportunities to expand through acquisition in Asia Pacific.[Lees verder]

Telstra outlines strategy for growth
(Telecompaper) Telstra has detailed its strategy and outlined a programme to grow market share, simplify company processes, reduce operating costs and improve customer service at its investor day. The company will implement a company-wide programme called ‘Project New’, which will be self-funding in 2010/11, and will substantially reduce costs in the following years. The programme involves 500 employees implementing 27 programmes to reduce spending on third parties, improve Telstra’s online customer service, improve field workforce productivity, simplify prices and reduce the company’s operating costs. Telstra aims to achieve a 6 percent improvement in customer satisfaction scores and a 30 percent reduction in complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman in 2010/11. The company also targets a 10 percent increase in retail productivity and 35 percent of customer transactions to be conducted online by end 2012/12. Regarding customer growth, Telstra aims to maintain fixed broadband market share and to grow its wireless broadband market share over three. Furthermore, the company also targets 20 percent of revenue to flow from media, international and network-based applications and services by end 2012/2013.[Lees verder]

Etisalat confirms bid for stake in Zain
(Telecompaper) UAE-based operator Etisalat has offered to buy a stake in Middle East mobile operator Zain. Etisalat spokesman Ahmed bin Ali told Reuters the company had submitted a preliminary conditional offer to buy a stake in Zain. He gave no further details. Earlier CNBC Arabiya reported that Etisalat had offered KWD 1.7 (USD 5.96) per share for a 46 percent stake in Zain, which would come to just under USD 12 billion. Zain said its management had not received an official offer. Another news channel, Al Arabiya, said National Bank of Kuwait was an advisor to Etisalat, and BNP Paribas was advising Kharafi Group, a large Zain shareholder.[Lees verder]

3 Austria breaks 1 million customer barrier
(Telecompaper) Hutchison 3G Austria (3 Austria) has broken the one million customer barrier. CEO Jan Trionow said it was very happy to reach this significant milestone. On 4 August of this year, the operator had 973,000 mobile subscribers, including 236,000 pre-paid and 737,000 post-paid customers. The company experienced 20 percent revenue growth in H1 2010 and aims to cover 50 percent of its network with 42 Mbps data speeds by end-2010. Customer numbers grew by 26 percent between August 2009 and August 2010. To celebrate signing up its one millionth customer, 3 is offering 33 prizes to all existing customers, including a week-long trip to Hong Kong for two people, city trips to Rome and Stockholm, 3Superphones and games consoles. In addition, from 01 October to 14 November, all 3 customers can download 15 entertainment films from the 3 video library free of charge.[Lees verder]

Eircom unveils new eMobile brand
(Telecompaper) Eircom has announced the launch of its new mobile service – eMobile. The new service will offer prepaid and postpaid plans and promises to provide simple, straightforward offers. Eircom Group CEO Paul Donovan said he was confident that eMobile offered exceptional value in the market. The Seven 10 prepaid offer gives customers unlimited anytime, any network texts and calls for EUR 10 a week. As a bonus, Eircom customers can also get an additional EUR 60 a year off their mobile bill when they bundle eMobile billpay with their eircom landline and broadband services. It has opened eMobile stores (Dublin – Blanchardstown and Henry Street, Limerick, Waterford and Cork), employing 50 sales staff to work in them. It has also signed accredited dealers as well as partner deals with Carphone Warehouse, Xtra-Vision and Dixon Store Group. The launch of eMobile is supported by an advertising campaign using the theme ‘Meet The Team’. The campaign will introduce the eMobile team members through a series of adverts on billboards, websites, TV, radio and in the newspapers.[Lees verder]

ESPN set to buy Orange Sport – report
(Telecompaper) Disney sports broadcasting subsidiary ESPN will acquire France Telecom’s Orange Sport TV channel at the end of October, reports news website Electron Libre without citing its sources. Under the reported deal, Orange will distribute the sports channel under the ESPN brand in France and internationally. The channel will be entirely managed by ESPN but Orange will continue to transmit French football league matches on mobile phones until 2012. France Telecom top executives have on several occasions said that the operator was looking for partners for its two TV channels, Orange Sport and Orange Cinema Series. French magazine Le Point previously reported that ESPN was in preliminary talks with France Telecom about Orange Sport. It wrote that ESPN did not want to compete directly with the sports offering of major pay-TV operator Canal Plus. France Telecom is still in talks with Canal Plus about a potential partnership for Orange’s film and TV series premium channel. TF1’s sports channel Eurosport told Le Point that it had no interest in Orange Sport because it saw it as a second-tier sports channel which is paying over the odds for content rights. Last year, ESPN bought the English football league rights of bankrupt Irish satellite broadcaster Setanta, which struggled against dominant pay-TV broadcaster Sky.[Lees verder]

Solaris launches mobile broadcast hybrid network in Brussels
(Telecompaper) Mobile satellite services company Solaris Mobile is expanding its network reach to cover Brussels and the surrounding areas, with Alcatel-Lucent and TowerCast. Solaris Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent and TowerCast have built a hybrid network based on complementary satellite and terrestrial mobile technology. Solaris Mobile is providing satellite capacity and spectrum rights, Alcatel-Lucent is managing the system integration and is providing transmission equipment, and TowerCast is providing its sites and antennae installations. The resulting network will provide outdoor coverage from satellite, with terrestrial transmitters complementing indoor coverage and reception. The roll-out of the network in Brussels will enable the delivery of broadcast services to people on the move. The company plans to roll the service out across Europe and plans are underway to launch networks in other European cities supporting different kinds of applications. The new network complements those originally launched in France in November 2009 and in Barcelona in February to demonstrate the broadcast of TV and radio services, to phones and other handheld devices. The French network continues to be fully operational in Paris, Rennes and Nancy. Currently, Solaris Mobile is carrying out trials in Paris, demonstrating the broadcast of TV and radio services to phones, other handheld devices and cars across the city and surrounding areas.[Lees verder]

China Telecom considers overseas acquisitions
(Telecompaper) China Telecom is considering opportunities for overseas acquisitions and is in talks with three Indian telecommunications firms to establish a cable connection between China and India. China Telecom is awaiting approval from the Indian government to establish a representative office in New Delhi, the Wall Street Journal writes citing Deng Xiao Feng, chairman and chief executive of China Telecom’s Hong Kong-based international arm. The company is currently cooperating with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, and Tata Communications to establish a cable connection over land between the countries. The company will further “closely examine” opportunities to expand through acquisition in Asia Pacific.[Lees verder]

Telstra outlines strategy for growth
(Telecompaper) Telstra has detailed its strategy and outlined a programme to grow market share, simplify company processes, reduce operating costs and improve customer service at its investor day. The company will implement a company-wide programme called ‘Project New’, which will be self-funding in 2010/11, and will substantially reduce costs in the following years. The programme involves 500 employees implementing 27 programmes to reduce spending on third parties, improve Telstra’s online customer service, improve field workforce productivity, simplify prices and reduce the company’s operating costs. Telstra aims to achieve a 6 percent improvement in customer satisfaction scores and a 30 percent reduction in complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman in 2010/11. The company also targets a 10 percent increase in retail productivity and 35 percent of customer transactions to be conducted online by end 2012/12. Regarding customer growth, Telstra aims to maintain fixed broadband market share and to grow its wireless broadband market share over three. Furthermore, the company also targets 20 percent of revenue to flow from media, international and network-based applications and services by end 2012/2013.[Lees verder]