Israeli mobile interconnection fees slashed 73%

Israeli mobile interconnection fees slashed 73%
(Telecompaper) Israel’s telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile operators to cut interconnection fees by nearly 73 percent. Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon said interconnect fees will drop to ILS 0.0687 a minute at the start of 2011 from ILS 0.251 currently. Fees will decline further to ILS 0.0634 per minute from the start of 2012, to ILS 0.0591 from 2013 and to ILS 0.0555 in 2014. Termination fees for text messaging will also fall sharply, from ILS 0.0284 now to ILS 0.0016 from 1 January 2011, to ILS 0.0015 in 2012, to ILS 0.0014 from 2013 and to ILS 0.0013 at the start of 2014. The reduction is based on the final recommendations by Nera Economic Consulting, which examined the cost pricing model of mobile network components. The cuts to mobile termination rates could have been deeper as the ministry initially said it planned a reduction to as low as ILS 0.0414. Kahlon said reducing interconnection fees will save the public about ILS 1 billion a year, significantly lower the price of a call from landlines to mobile phones and increase competition to support the entry of new mobile companies. Market leader Cellcom said the cuts would reduce its annual EBITDA next year by ILS 420 million and net profit by ILS 320 million. Partner Communications predicted a negative impact of ILS 30-40 million per month on EBITDA and ILS 20-30 million on net profit. Both companies said they will consider legal action against the decision.[Lees verder]

Fastweb brings 100 Mbps internet to 2 million households
(Telecompaper) Italy’s Fastweb is launching Fibre 100, a new offer that will permit about 2 million households and small businesses to use the internet at symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps. The service will reach the cities of Milan, Rome, Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Naples and Bari, in areas already covered by fibre optics. From October the service will be extended to all those who are already Fastweb customers. Fibre 100 will be sold as an additional option for internet subscribers, at EUR 15 per month plus a EUR 100 activation fee.[Lees verder]

ETB’s investor search fails over lack of bidders
(Telecompaper) Colombian state-controlled operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) has stopped its investor search. ETB was planning to sell a controlling stake of 36.6 percent in the company to a new partner in a public auction scheduled for 15 September. Prequalified bidders had until 1 September to submit their offers. However, ETB received no bid, the company said in a filing to the Colombian stock exchange market regulator. “The company will keep on working to add value for its shareholders,” ETB said. At the beginning of July, Colombia’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) authorized Telefonica to bid for the ETB stake. ETB did not release a complete list of interested parties. However, besides Telefonica, Millicom International Cellular and Telmex were also reported to have shown interest in the acquisition.[Lees verder]

Telstra plans SouFun IPO
(Telecompaper) Telstra has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the planned IPO of its SouFun stake. The company expects the initial public offering of American Depositary Shares to be completed on 30 September. Telstra will sell the ADS at USD 40.50 to 42.50 which values the entire company at around USD 810 to 850 million. Telstra intends to sell down its entire 50.5 percent stake in the Chinese online property site, which the company acquired in 2006 for USD 254 million. On 13 August, Telstra said it would sell shares that it is not selling at the IPO to private equity firms Apax Partners and General Atlantic, along with two other SouFun shareholders. Should the IPO not be completed within the specified time frame, the parties will buy Telstra’s entire shareholding.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Germany unveils LTE tariffs, roll-out planning
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Germany plans to cover more than 1,000 municipalities in Germany with mobile broadband via LTE technology by the beginning of December of this year. The first phase of deployment starts at the end of September with several hundred municipalities in regions, where currently no broadband services are offered. For 2011, Vodafone plans to cover 1,500 municipalities by May and by the end of the year, the operator ensures that no municipalities will be without broadband coverage. The operator also unveiled its LTE tariffs called LTE Zuhause (LTE At Home). Customers can choose between three subscriptions: 7.2 Mbps with 10 GB data included for EUR 39.99 per month; 21.6 Mbps with 15 GB for EUR 49.99 per month and 50 Mbps with 30 GB for EUR 69.99 per month. When the included data is used, the download speeds is automatically reduced to UMTS levels (384 Kbps) until a new month begins. The LTE tariffs cost EUR 10 per month less for existing Vodafone postpaid customers.[Lees verder]

Vimpelcom Q2 revenues up 23% on Kyivstar merger
(Telecompaper) Russia and CIS operator VimpelCom reported second-quarter revenues up 23.1 percent year-on-year to USD 2.64 billion, helped by its merger with Ukraine’s Kyivstar. Adjusted OIBDA rose 16 percent to USD 1.26 billion, while net profit fell 52 percent to USD 334.7 million. Kyivstar was acquired from 21 April. On a pro forma basis, the company’s revenues were up 8.9 percent and OIBDA rose 0.5 percent from a year earlier, while capex increased 89 percent to USD 445.3 million and operating cash flow was up 9 percent to USD 1.03 billion. On an organic basis, VimpelCom said it had a strong quarter, with Russia reporting record revenues in rubles and other markets benefiting from the economic recovery.[Lees verder]

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics has launched its Android-based tablet PC, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, at the Ifa trade show in Berlin. The tablet will be available from mid-September in Europe, and in other markets including Korea and the US in the coming months. Vodafone said it will offer the device from October in its European markets and through several parter networks. The 380g Galaxy Tab features a 7-inch touch screen, Cortex A8 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and access to Samsung’s new Media Hub for music, video and e-book downloads. It comes with HSPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, includes 16 or 32GB internal memory plus a card slot for up to another 32GB, and can operate as a deskptop speakerphone or mobile phone with a Bluetooth headset. Users have a front-facing camera for video calls and 3 megapixel back camera for taking still photos and video. The content services will include a Readers Hub with Samsung’s e-reading application and access to a digital library, as well as a Media Hub for films and videos and Music Hub for a wide range of music tracks. The device includes a 4,000mAh battery, which Samsung says can support up to seven hours of video playback.[Lees verder]

Sony unveils VoD, cloud music services
(Telecompaper) Sony is expanding its video-on-demand service to Europe. The Video On Demand powered by Qriocity service has been available in the US since April and will launch this autumn in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Available from Sony’s 2010 models of Bravia connected TVs and Blu-ray players, the VoD service offers film rentals from 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGMa, NBC Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney and Warner Bros, as well as content from top local studios. Sony also announced plans to introduce ‘Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity’, a cloud-based digital music service. Available by year’s end, the service will give users access to “millions” of songs, stored and synchronized through the cloud. Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will initially be available across Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled Bravia TVs, Blu-ray disc players and home theater systems, the PlayStation 3 and Vaio and other PCs, and will later be added to a range of Sony’s portable devices. Going forward, Qriocity will be the name for Sony’s online services, offered over its networked devices.[Lees verder]

Canadian operators to refund CAD 311 mln to customers
(Telecompaper) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission directed the country’s largest telecom operators to refund CAD 310.8 million to their urban landline customers. At the same time, the CRTC approved a plan for the deployment of broadband internet service to 287 rural and remote communities. The money for the refund and broadband expansion comes from the operators’ deferral accounts. Created in 2002 at the request of the CRTC, the accounts collect a portion of fees paid by urban customers, and the industry has been discussing for several years how to use the accumulated money. Under the CRTC decision, the four largest fixed operators will invest CAD 421.9 million in expanding their networks to the remote areas: Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Regional Communications will connect 112 communities in Ontario and Quebec; Telus will connect 159 communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec; and MTS Allstream will connect 16 communities in Manitoba. The CRTC has ordered the companies to rebate the remaining funds to their existing customers residing in urban areas. The rebate must be credited within the next six months and will range from approximately CAD 25 to 90 per subscriber. In addition, the companies are already investing CAD 35 million from the deferral accounts in initiatives designed to make telecommunications services more accessible to Canadians living with disabilities. The CRTC decision follows a court ruling confirming the plans, after the operators challenged the use of the funds. Bell said it was disappointed by the CRTC’s decision to opt for DSL in the broadband expansion, rather than the operator’s suggestion of HSPA.[Lees verder]

Israeli mobile interconnection fees slashed 73%
(Telecompaper) Israel’s telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile operators to cut interconnection fees by nearly 73 percent. Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon said interconnect fees will drop to ILS 0.0687 a minute at the start of 2011 from ILS 0.251 currently. Fees will decline further to ILS 0.0634 per minute from the start of 2012, to ILS 0.0591 from 2013 and to ILS 0.0555 in 2014. Termination fees for text messaging will also fall sharply, from ILS 0.0284 now to ILS 0.0016 from 1 January 2011, to ILS 0.0015 in 2012, to ILS 0.0014 from 2013 and to ILS 0.0013 at the start of 2014. The reduction is based on the final recommendations by Nera Economic Consulting, which examined the cost pricing model of mobile network components. The cuts to mobile termination rates could have been deeper as the ministry initially said it planned a reduction to as low as ILS 0.0414. Kahlon said reducing interconnection fees will save the public about ILS 1 billion a year, significantly lower the price of a call from landlines to mobile phones and increase competition to support the entry of new mobile companies. Market leader Cellcom said the cuts would reduce its annual EBITDA next year by ILS 420 million and net profit by ILS 320 million. Partner Communications predicted a negative impact of ILS 30-40 million per month on EBITDA and ILS 20-30 million on net profit. Both companies said they will consider legal action against the decision.[Lees verder]

Fastweb brings 100 Mbps internet to 2 million households
(Telecompaper) Italy’s Fastweb is launching Fibre 100, a new offer that will permit about 2 million households and small businesses to use the internet at symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps. The service will reach the cities of Milan, Rome, Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Naples and Bari, in areas already covered by fibre optics. From October the service will be extended to all those who are already Fastweb customers. Fibre 100 will be sold as an additional option for internet subscribers, at EUR 15 per month plus a EUR 100 activation fee.[Lees verder]

ETB’s investor search fails over lack of bidders
(Telecompaper) Colombian state-controlled operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) has stopped its investor search. ETB was planning to sell a controlling stake of 36.6 percent in the company to a new partner in a public auction scheduled for 15 September. Prequalified bidders had until 1 September to submit their offers. However, ETB received no bid, the company said in a filing to the Colombian stock exchange market regulator. “The company will keep on working to add value for its shareholders,” ETB said. At the beginning of July, Colombia’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) authorized Telefonica to bid for the ETB stake. ETB did not release a complete list of interested parties. However, besides Telefonica, Millicom International Cellular and Telmex were also reported to have shown interest in the acquisition.[Lees verder]

Telstra plans SouFun IPO
(Telecompaper) Telstra has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the planned IPO of its SouFun stake. The company expects the initial public offering of American Depositary Shares to be completed on 30 September. Telstra will sell the ADS at USD 40.50 to 42.50 which values the entire company at around USD 810 to 850 million. Telstra intends to sell down its entire 50.5 percent stake in the Chinese online property site, which the company acquired in 2006 for USD 254 million. On 13 August, Telstra said it would sell shares that it is not selling at the IPO to private equity firms Apax Partners and General Atlantic, along with two other SouFun shareholders. Should the IPO not be completed within the specified time frame, the parties will buy Telstra’s entire shareholding.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Germany unveils LTE tariffs, roll-out planning
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Germany plans to cover more than 1,000 municipalities in Germany with mobile broadband via LTE technology by the beginning of December of this year. The first phase of deployment starts at the end of September with several hundred municipalities in regions, where currently no broadband services are offered. For 2011, Vodafone plans to cover 1,500 municipalities by May and by the end of the year, the operator ensures that no municipalities will be without broadband coverage. The operator also unveiled its LTE tariffs called LTE Zuhause (LTE At Home). Customers can choose between three subscriptions: 7.2 Mbps with 10 GB data included for EUR 39.99 per month; 21.6 Mbps with 15 GB for EUR 49.99 per month and 50 Mbps with 30 GB for EUR 69.99 per month. When the included data is used, the download speeds is automatically reduced to UMTS levels (384 Kbps) until a new month begins. The LTE tariffs cost EUR 10 per month less for existing Vodafone postpaid customers.[Lees verder]

Vimpelcom Q2 revenues up 23% on Kyivstar merger
(Telecompaper) Russia and CIS operator VimpelCom reported second-quarter revenues up 23.1 percent year-on-year to USD 2.64 billion, helped by its merger with Ukraine’s Kyivstar. Adjusted OIBDA rose 16 percent to USD 1.26 billion, while net profit fell 52 percent to USD 334.7 million. Kyivstar was acquired from 21 April. On a pro forma basis, the company’s revenues were up 8.9 percent and OIBDA rose 0.5 percent from a year earlier, while capex increased 89 percent to USD 445.3 million and operating cash flow was up 9 percent to USD 1.03 billion. On an organic basis, VimpelCom said it had a strong quarter, with Russia reporting record revenues in rubles and other markets benefiting from the economic recovery.[Lees verder]

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics has launched its Android-based tablet PC, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, at the Ifa trade show in Berlin. The tablet will be available from mid-September in Europe, and in other markets including Korea and the US in the coming months. Vodafone said it will offer the device from October in its European markets and through several parter networks. The 380g Galaxy Tab features a 7-inch touch screen, Cortex A8 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and access to Samsung’s new Media Hub for music, video and e-book downloads. It comes with HSPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, includes 16 or 32GB internal memory plus a card slot for up to another 32GB, and can operate as a deskptop speakerphone or mobile phone with a Bluetooth headset. Users have a front-facing camera for video calls and 3 megapixel back camera for taking still photos and video. The content services will include a Readers Hub with Samsung’s e-reading application and access to a digital library, as well as a Media Hub for films and videos and Music Hub for a wide range of music tracks. The device includes a 4,000mAh battery, which Samsung says can support up to seven hours of video playback.[Lees verder]

Sony unveils VoD, cloud music services
(Telecompaper) Sony is expanding its video-on-demand service to Europe. The Video On Demand powered by Qriocity service has been available in the US since April and will launch this autumn in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Available from Sony’s 2010 models of Bravia connected TVs and Blu-ray players, the VoD service offers film rentals from 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGMa, NBC Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney and Warner Bros, as well as content from top local studios. Sony also announced plans to introduce ‘Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity’, a cloud-based digital music service. Available by year’s end, the service will give users access to “millions” of songs, stored and synchronized through the cloud. Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will initially be available across Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled Bravia TVs, Blu-ray disc players and home theater systems, the PlayStation 3 and Vaio and other PCs, and will later be added to a range of Sony’s portable devices. Going forward, Qriocity will be the name for Sony’s online services, offered over its networked devices.[Lees verder]

Canadian operators to refund CAD 311 mln to customers
(Telecompaper) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission directed the country’s largest telecom operators to refund CAD 310.8 million to their urban landline customers. At the same time, the CRTC approved a plan for the deployment of broadband internet service to 287 rural and remote communities. The money for the refund and broadband expansion comes from the operators’ deferral accounts. Created in 2002 at the request of the CRTC, the accounts collect a portion of fees paid by urban customers, and the industry has been discussing for several years how to use the accumulated money. Under the CRTC decision, the four largest fixed operators will invest CAD 421.9 million in expanding their networks to the remote areas: Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Regional Communications will connect 112 communities in Ontario and Quebec; Telus will connect 159 communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec; and MTS Allstream will connect 16 communities in Manitoba. The CRTC has ordered the companies to rebate the remaining funds to their existing customers residing in urban areas. The rebate must be credited within the next six months and will range from approximately CAD 25 to 90 per subscriber. In addition, the companies are already investing CAD 35 million from the deferral accounts in initiatives designed to make telecommunications services more accessible to Canadians living with disabilities. The CRTC decision follows a court ruling confirming the plans, after the operators challenged the use of the funds. Bell said it was disappointed by the CRTC’s decision to opt for DSL in the broadband expansion, rather than the operator’s suggestion of HSPA.[Lees verder]

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