Orange launches Open quad-play plans in France

Orange launches Open quad-play plans in France
(Telecompaper) France Telecom has confirmed the launch of its quad-play offers, recent approved by the market regulator. Branded under the name Orange Open, the plans offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband and TV on a single bill with unified customer service. The packages start at EUR 39.90 per month for Orange mini, which incldues one hour mobile calls and unlimited SMS, broadband, IPTV and unlimited calls to fixed lines in France. The Open 1 package adds a mobile option of unlimited off-peak calls or unlimited calls to three Orange numbers 24/7, for a monthly price of EUR 54.90. An additional three packagses offer 2 or 3 hours or unlimited mobile calls, plus a range of mobile options for unlimited calls to select numbers or international destinations. These are priced at EUR 69.90, 84.90 or 109.90. All of the prices are based on a 24-month contract, plus EUR 3 per month to rent the Livebox for broadband services. Customers can get a 12-month contract for an extra EUR 6 per month. The Open 1-4 packages all come with up to 20Mbps broadband, up to 100 TV channels plus VoD and catch-up TV, unlimited mobile data use with a fair-use policy of 1Gb per month, and the fixed VoIP service with unlimited calls to fixed lines, a number of international destinations and four French mobile lines, plus one hour of calls to mobile lines.[Lees verder]

Cisco orders up despite market uncertainty
(Telecompaper) Cisco reported revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter to July of USD 10.8 billion, up 27.0 percent from the year-earlier period. Net profit rose to USD 1.9 billion or 33 cents a share from USD 1.1 billion or 19 cents per share a year ago. Over the full year, the company’s sales rose 10.9 percent to USD 40.0 billion and net profit improved 26.6 percent to USD 4.8 billion. The profit figures for both periods included impairment charges of USD 120 million. Cisco improved cash flow from operations to USD 3.2 billion in Q2, from USD 2.0 billion a year earlier, and finished July with total cash and equivalents of USD 39.9 billion. Cisco CEO John Chambers said the outlook was still mixed but the company was well-placed to continue growing. “Whether the global economy continues to show mixed signals or not—the strength of our financial model and profit generation serves us well,” he said. Cisco said its book-to-bill ratio in the last quarter was slightly over 1. Orders rose 35 percent year-on-year in emerging markets, 20 percent in Asia-Pacific, the US and Canada and in the mid-20s in Europe, and were flat in Japan. On a customer basis, service provider orders were up in the high teens, consumer orders were flat, commercial sector orders rose in the high 20s and the public sector and enterprise increased 23-25 percent. Cisco said that while business was growing at a strong rate, it still saw an “unusual amount of conservatism and even caution” in the market and among customers. Given the “mixed signals”, the company said “unusual uncertainty” was the best way to term the market. Furthermore the industry was continuing to suffer from component shortages.[Lees verder]

Bharti Airtel revenues up 17.4% after Zain Africa takeover
(Telecompaper) Indian operator Bharti Airtel reported revenues of INR 122.31 billion for its fiscal first quarter to June, up 17.4 percent from a year earlier. The result was helped by the consolidation of the Zain Africa operations, which were acquired from 8 June. Revenues at the company’s operations in South Asia rose 8.2 percent year-on-year to INR 112.73 billion. Adjusted EBITDA improved 5.0 percent from a year earlier to INR 45.12 billion, with a margin of 36.9 percent. That includes a provision of INR 1.04 billion for the planned increase in spectrum licence fees in India, which is currently under legal review. Net profit was down 32 percent from a year ago to INR 16.82 billion, as exchange rate fluctuations led to a loss on derivatives of INR 2.16 billion versus a gain in the year-earlier period. Bharti Aritel spent INR 18.36 billion (USD 394 million) on capital equipment in the quarter, with spending restrained due to the introduction of new security regulations in India. This helped free cash flow grow to a record INR 36.63 billion. The company finished June with a total 176.975 million customers, up 35 percent from March. In India and South Asia, the total rose 7 percent from the previous quarter to 140.613 million. Mobile minutes in India grew by 17.6 billion over fiscal Q4 to 190.4 billion. The company also had 3.244 million digital TV customers at end-June, up 25 percent from three months earlier, and its fixed-line telemedia services counted 3.153 million subscribers, up 3 percent on a sequential basis.[Lees verder]

US mobile data service revenues grow 22% in Q2
(Telecompaper) Mobile data service revenues in the US reached USD 13.2 billion in the second quarter, up 6 percent from Q1 and up 22 percent from a year earlier, according to Chetan Sharma. The market researcher said in its quarterly update that the market is on track to reach its annual forecast of USD 54 billion. Verizon and AT&T accounted for 75 percent of the revenues and 62 percent of the subscribers. Verizon was just ahead of AT&T with 32 percent of total subscribers, versus 31 percent for its rival. Sprint followed with 16 percent and T-Mobile USA had 13 percent. Verizon was also the largest mobile data services provider by revenue worldwide in the first half of 2010, and Chetan Sharma expects AT&T and China Mobile to pass number-two NTT DoCoMo by the end of the year. In terms of ARPU, the US industry saw an increase of USD 0.46 in Q2, reversing the decline of the past three quarters. Voice ARPU was down 13 cents from Q1, while data ARPU grew by 58 cents. Data contributed an average 31 percent of ARPU in Q1, with non-SMS services accounting for an estimated 60-65 percent of revenues. Verizon led the market in data ARPU with USD 17.37, followed by AT&T and Sprint. In H1, the average US consumer was using approximately 230 MB per month of data, up 50 percent in six months. Chetan Sharma said the US is at the forefront of mobile broadband developments, as the higher penetration of smartphones and data cards versus countries such as Japan and Korea drives data consumption. Around 31 percent of US mobile subscribers now have a smartphone, and the market is further supported by the growing number of connected devices on the market. This is driving accelerated roll-outs of 3.5G/4G networks in the country.[Lees verder]

Spain adds nearly 270,000 mobile lines in June
(Telecompaper) Spain added 269,371 mobile lines in June, bringing the total number to 52.83 million, up by 2.2 percent over the same month of 2009, according to the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT. The prepaid segment added around 75,860 lines in the period, while the postpaid segment saw 193,511 lines in June. Over the last three months, Movistar won 38.26 percent of the total new additions, the MVNOs 32.29 percent, Yoigo 29.00 percent, while Orange attracted 12.21 percent of the overall mobile adds, and Vodafone had a negative mobile adds balance of 11.76 percent. Mobile penetration reached 115.6 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 112.1 in June 2009. The M2M sector went up by 20.9 percent over the same period last year, to over 1.94 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 54.77 million. Some 377,6 mobile phone numbers were ported in June, down by 1.9 percent versus the same period last year. Yoigo, the MVNOs and Orange saw a positive balance in portability, while Movistar and Vodafone registered a negative balance. Yoigo won 32,640 users, the MVNOs added 7,086 users, and Orange won 5,716 ported customers. Movistar shed 3,008 users and Vodafone lost nearly 42,434 customers in the month. Spanish operators added 49,804 broadband lines in June, reaching a total base of 10.19 million lines, up by 8.6 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 21.8 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines rose by 46,828 connections or by 9.6 percent over the same period of 2009, reaching a total of 8.28 million lines at the end of June. Some 2,976 cable modem lines were added in the month, reaching a total of 1.90 million lines. The overall number of fixed lines dropped by 26,728, to 19.83 million lines at the end of June. Fixed penetration reached 42.4 lines per 100 inhabitants, down from 42.6 in the year-earlier month. A record 153,215 fixed numbers were ported in June, up by 16.8 percent from 131,131 fixed numbers ported in June 2009.[Lees verder]

Orange launches Open quad-play plans in France
(Telecompaper) France Telecom has confirmed the launch of its quad-play offers, recent approved by the market regulator. Branded under the name Orange Open, the plans offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband and TV on a single bill with unified customer service. The packages start at EUR 39.90 per month for Orange mini, which incldues one hour mobile calls and unlimited SMS, broadband, IPTV and unlimited calls to fixed lines in France. The Open 1 package adds a mobile option of unlimited off-peak calls or unlimited calls to three Orange numbers 24/7, for a monthly price of EUR 54.90. An additional three packagses offer 2 or 3 hours or unlimited mobile calls, plus a range of mobile options for unlimited calls to select numbers or international destinations. These are priced at EUR 69.90, 84.90 or 109.90. All of the prices are based on a 24-month contract, plus EUR 3 per month to rent the Livebox for broadband services. Customers can get a 12-month contract for an extra EUR 6 per month. The Open 1-4 packages all come with up to 20Mbps broadband, up to 100 TV channels plus VoD and catch-up TV, unlimited mobile data use with a fair-use policy of 1Gb per month, and the fixed VoIP service with unlimited calls to fixed lines, a number of international destinations and four French mobile lines, plus one hour of calls to mobile lines.[Lees verder]

Cisco orders up despite market uncertainty
(Telecompaper) Cisco reported revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter to July of USD 10.8 billion, up 27.0 percent from the year-earlier period. Net profit rose to USD 1.9 billion or 33 cents a share from USD 1.1 billion or 19 cents per share a year ago. Over the full year, the company’s sales rose 10.9 percent to USD 40.0 billion and net profit improved 26.6 percent to USD 4.8 billion. The profit figures for both periods included impairment charges of USD 120 million. Cisco improved cash flow from operations to USD 3.2 billion in Q2, from USD 2.0 billion a year earlier, and finished July with total cash and equivalents of USD 39.9 billion. Cisco CEO John Chambers said the outlook was still mixed but the company was well-placed to continue growing. “Whether the global economy continues to show mixed signals or not—the strength of our financial model and profit generation serves us well,” he said. Cisco said its book-to-bill ratio in the last quarter was slightly over 1. Orders rose 35 percent year-on-year in emerging markets, 20 percent in Asia-Pacific, the US and Canada and in the mid-20s in Europe, and were flat in Japan. On a customer basis, service provider orders were up in the high teens, consumer orders were flat, commercial sector orders rose in the high 20s and the public sector and enterprise increased 23-25 percent. Cisco said that while business was growing at a strong rate, it still saw an “unusual amount of conservatism and even caution” in the market and among customers. Given the “mixed signals”, the company said “unusual uncertainty” was the best way to term the market. Furthermore the industry was continuing to suffer from component shortages.[Lees verder]

Bharti Airtel revenues up 17.4% after Zain Africa takeover
(Telecompaper) Indian operator Bharti Airtel reported revenues of INR 122.31 billion for its fiscal first quarter to June, up 17.4 percent from a year earlier. The result was helped by the consolidation of the Zain Africa operations, which were acquired from 8 June. Revenues at the company’s operations in South Asia rose 8.2 percent year-on-year to INR 112.73 billion. Adjusted EBITDA improved 5.0 percent from a year earlier to INR 45.12 billion, with a margin of 36.9 percent. That includes a provision of INR 1.04 billion for the planned increase in spectrum licence fees in India, which is currently under legal review. Net profit was down 32 percent from a year ago to INR 16.82 billion, as exchange rate fluctuations led to a loss on derivatives of INR 2.16 billion versus a gain in the year-earlier period. Bharti Aritel spent INR 18.36 billion (USD 394 million) on capital equipment in the quarter, with spending restrained due to the introduction of new security regulations in India. This helped free cash flow grow to a record INR 36.63 billion. The company finished June with a total 176.975 million customers, up 35 percent from March. In India and South Asia, the total rose 7 percent from the previous quarter to 140.613 million. Mobile minutes in India grew by 17.6 billion over fiscal Q4 to 190.4 billion. The company also had 3.244 million digital TV customers at end-June, up 25 percent from three months earlier, and its fixed-line telemedia services counted 3.153 million subscribers, up 3 percent on a sequential basis.[Lees verder]

US mobile data service revenues grow 22% in Q2
(Telecompaper) Mobile data service revenues in the US reached USD 13.2 billion in the second quarter, up 6 percent from Q1 and up 22 percent from a year earlier, according to Chetan Sharma. The market researcher said in its quarterly update that the market is on track to reach its annual forecast of USD 54 billion. Verizon and AT&T accounted for 75 percent of the revenues and 62 percent of the subscribers. Verizon was just ahead of AT&T with 32 percent of total subscribers, versus 31 percent for its rival. Sprint followed with 16 percent and T-Mobile USA had 13 percent. Verizon was also the largest mobile data services provider by revenue worldwide in the first half of 2010, and Chetan Sharma expects AT&T and China Mobile to pass number-two NTT DoCoMo by the end of the year. In terms of ARPU, the US industry saw an increase of USD 0.46 in Q2, reversing the decline of the past three quarters. Voice ARPU was down 13 cents from Q1, while data ARPU grew by 58 cents. Data contributed an average 31 percent of ARPU in Q1, with non-SMS services accounting for an estimated 60-65 percent of revenues. Verizon led the market in data ARPU with USD 17.37, followed by AT&T and Sprint. In H1, the average US consumer was using approximately 230 MB per month of data, up 50 percent in six months. Chetan Sharma said the US is at the forefront of mobile broadband developments, as the higher penetration of smartphones and data cards versus countries such as Japan and Korea drives data consumption. Around 31 percent of US mobile subscribers now have a smartphone, and the market is further supported by the growing number of connected devices on the market. This is driving accelerated roll-outs of 3.5G/4G networks in the country.[Lees verder]

Spain adds nearly 270,000 mobile lines in June
(Telecompaper) Spain added 269,371 mobile lines in June, bringing the total number to 52.83 million, up by 2.2 percent over the same month of 2009, according to the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT. The prepaid segment added around 75,860 lines in the period, while the postpaid segment saw 193,511 lines in June. Over the last three months, Movistar won 38.26 percent of the total new additions, the MVNOs 32.29 percent, Yoigo 29.00 percent, while Orange attracted 12.21 percent of the overall mobile adds, and Vodafone had a negative mobile adds balance of 11.76 percent. Mobile penetration reached 115.6 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 112.1 in June 2009. The M2M sector went up by 20.9 percent over the same period last year, to over 1.94 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 54.77 million. Some 377,6 mobile phone numbers were ported in June, down by 1.9 percent versus the same period last year. Yoigo, the MVNOs and Orange saw a positive balance in portability, while Movistar and Vodafone registered a negative balance. Yoigo won 32,640 users, the MVNOs added 7,086 users, and Orange won 5,716 ported customers. Movistar shed 3,008 users and Vodafone lost nearly 42,434 customers in the month. Spanish operators added 49,804 broadband lines in June, reaching a total base of 10.19 million lines, up by 8.6 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 21.8 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines rose by 46,828 connections or by 9.6 percent over the same period of 2009, reaching a total of 8.28 million lines at the end of June. Some 2,976 cable modem lines were added in the month, reaching a total of 1.90 million lines. The overall number of fixed lines dropped by 26,728, to 19.83 million lines at the end of June. Fixed penetration reached 42.4 lines per 100 inhabitants, down from 42.6 in the year-earlier month. A record 153,215 fixed numbers were ported in June, up by 16.8 percent from 131,131 fixed numbers ported in June 2009.[Lees verder]

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