Tata Teleservices awards 3G contract to Nokia Siemens

Tata Teleservices awards 3G contract to Nokia Siemens
(Telecompaper) Tata Teleservices ( TTSL) has awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks for rolling out its 3G network. The network, based on WCDMA 3G and including HSPA+, will allow TTSL to offer mobile broadband with the frequency licences it won in May. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, network implementation and managed services as well as its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimise the 3G/HSPA+ network, and supply other operational support systems. Nokia Siemens Networks said it can rapidly deliver 3G in India, thanks to its in-country 3G manufacturing facility at Chennai and its Global Network Solutions centres located in Noida and Chennai. The company has already set up 3G test labs in India, trained more than 3,200 India-based 3G technology experts and carried out site surveys for 3G network deployments.[Lees verder]

Samsung’s mobile Wimax services reach 200 mln users
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics’ mobile Wimax networks have reached 200 million people around the globe. Samsung mobile Wimax is expected to accommodate more than 300 million people by the end of this year. Samsung is providing equipment to 56 mobile Wimax operators in 34 countries including operators such as Clearwire in US, UQ Communications in Japan and YTL Communications in Malaysia. Samsung estimates that the number of mobile Wimax subscribers using its technology exceeded 3 million in July and will reach 8 million by the end of the year. As several operators plan to launch commercial mobile Wimax services in the second half of this year, the number of subscribers is expected to grow further. Samsung forecasts the total number of mobile Wimax subscribers across the industry will exceed 20 million this year and 45 million in 2011. The mobile Wimax coverage and number of subscribers will be increased if India enables mobile Wimax. More than 70 percent of mobile Wimax operators are newcomers such as greenfield operators, wireless ISPs, broadcasters and service providers.[Lees verder]

RIM rolls out BlackBerry App World 2.0
(Telecompaper) Research In Motion has rolled out the commercial version of BlackBerry App World 2.0, an update to its applications store. The new version is available for download in 65 countries. The portal features a new interface listing the top 25 apps and top apps in certain categories. Customers can also link a credit card or PayPal account to their App World account to pay for apps, in addition to carrier billing where supported. With BlackBerry ID, users will be able to transfer apps purchased to new devices. For developers, BlackBerry is also now offering price points of USD 0.99 and USD 1.99 for apps.[Lees verder]

Vodafone to roll out mobile Wi-Fi device worldwide
(Telecompaper) Vodafone is rolling out its own mobile Wi-Fi device worldwide. The R201 allows up to five Wi-Fi devices to share a mobile broadband connection as well as digital content using the embedded DLNA software. Vodafone said the device will prove attractive for small businesses, with embedded Samba Software allowing the device to be used as a mini Linux server once an SD memory card is inserted. The device supports SD memory cards of up to 32GB. The device, already available in the UK, will be available in various countries where Vodafone operates during 2010. The device features an onboard display which allows the user to monitor connectivity information, as well as battery strength, signal strength and the number of active connected devices. It also has the Twonky Application, developed by PacketVideo, for digital media sharing.[Lees verder]

Google to restart Street View imaging in France
(Telecompaper) Google said it would start collecting Street View mapping information and images in France, but will no longer have access to “accidentally collected” controversial Wi-Fi detection equipment, Le Monde reports. Google told AFP that the detectors were meant to locate free access hotspots and that the data collected consisted of fragrments of e-mails and pictures and fit on a single hard drive. Street View, launched in 2007, is now present in some 20 countries. It provides panoramic 3D imagery of street scenes, homes and buildings. Google said that mapping services with pictures get 20 percent higher footfall. French data protection authority Cnil is one of 10 or so national authorities which have taken action regarding Street View and Latitude.[Lees verder]

Turk Telekom names Kanafani as group CEO
(Telecompaper) Turk Telekom appointed Hakam Kanafani as Turk Telekom Group CEO and K. Gokhan Bozkurt as Turk Telekom CEO, effective immediately. Kanafani currently serves as Oger Telecom’s Chief Business Development & Synergy Officer and has been with Oger Telecom since 2006. Kanafani will be reporting to the Turk Telekom board of directors and Turk Telekom Executive Committee. Bozkurt currently serves as the VP of Human Resources at Turk Telekom. His new role will be leading the Turk Telekom Group’s Fixed Network operating entity.[Lees verder]

Digicel launches Wimax network in Jamaica
(Telecompaper) Digicel has launched its Wimax network in Jamaica. Overall investments in the broadband network launch reached JMD 2 billion, the company said. Customers can now access the Digicel 4G Broadband service via a wireless modem, after they have registered at the operator’s website. Customers can opt for a prepaid 7-day, 14-day or 30-day plan or a monthly postpaid plan. To mark the service launch, Digicel has rolled out a mobile data promotion. Subscribers will receive the double amount of data usage included on their 14-day and 30-day prepay cards until 30 September. The Digicel 4G Broadband service is available across all fourteen Jamaican parishes covering 60 percent of the population and 200 communities, and the operator plans to gradually expand the service coverage. Around 410,000 households in Jamaica will be able to take up Digicel’s wireless broadband service. Prepay customers can acquire the wireless modem for JMD 3,950, while contract subscribers will receive it free of charge. Customers can also top up their mobile data account. Top-up cards are available at over 30,000 locations across Jamaica.[Lees verder]

Chinese operators end July with 9.26 mln mobile subs
(Telecompaper) China’s communications firms added a combined 9.255 million mobile customers in July, ending the month with a total of 794.779 million mobile users, according to figures from the operators. China Mobile led in mobile subscriber adds in July as the company added 4.886 million new customers to bring its customer base to 558.928 million. Of the total, 11.834 million are 3G customers. China Telecom signed up 2.80 million new mobile subscribers in the month to bring its total to 77.32 million. However, the carrier continued shedding fixed-line customers and saw its customer base fall by 960,000 fixed-line users to end the month with a total of 180.11 million local access lines in service. China Telecom gained 900,000 broadband subscribers in June to hit a total of 59.23 million. China Unicom ended June with a total of 158.531 million mobile customers, which comprises 150.030 million 2G subscribers and 8.501 million 3G customers. Unicom gained a total of 1.569 million new mobile subscribers in the month. However, the company lost 317,000 fixed-line customers to bring its total to 100.535 million, but gained 759,000 broadband customers in July, reaching a total of 44.518 million.[Lees verder]

Nokia to acquire mobile analytics company Motally
(Telecompaper) Nokia has signed an agreement to acquire US-based company Motally. Motally’s mobile analytics service offers in-application tracking and reporting, and aims to enable developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage. The service offering is planned to be adapted for Qt, Symbian, Meego and Java developers, and Nokia plans to continue serving Motally’s existing customer base. Via the Motally acquisition, Nokia plans to deliver in-application and mobile web browsing analytics to Ovi’s global eco-system of developers and publishers, enabling partners to better connect with their customers, as well as optimize and monetize their offering. Motally currently has eight employees. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is scheduled for completion in the third quarter.[Lees verder]

Tata Teleservices awards 3G contract to Nokia Siemens
(Telecompaper) Tata Teleservices ( TTSL) has awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks for rolling out its 3G network. The network, based on WCDMA 3G and including HSPA+, will allow TTSL to offer mobile broadband with the frequency licences it won in May. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, network implementation and managed services as well as its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimise the 3G/HSPA+ network, and supply other operational support systems. Nokia Siemens Networks said it can rapidly deliver 3G in India, thanks to its in-country 3G manufacturing facility at Chennai and its Global Network Solutions centres located in Noida and Chennai. The company has already set up 3G test labs in India, trained more than 3,200 India-based 3G technology experts and carried out site surveys for 3G network deployments.[Lees verder]

Samsung’s mobile Wimax services reach 200 mln users
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics’ mobile Wimax networks have reached 200 million people around the globe. Samsung mobile Wimax is expected to accommodate more than 300 million people by the end of this year. Samsung is providing equipment to 56 mobile Wimax operators in 34 countries including operators such as Clearwire in US, UQ Communications in Japan and YTL Communications in Malaysia. Samsung estimates that the number of mobile Wimax subscribers using its technology exceeded 3 million in July and will reach 8 million by the end of the year. As several operators plan to launch commercial mobile Wimax services in the second half of this year, the number of subscribers is expected to grow further. Samsung forecasts the total number of mobile Wimax subscribers across the industry will exceed 20 million this year and 45 million in 2011. The mobile Wimax coverage and number of subscribers will be increased if India enables mobile Wimax. More than 70 percent of mobile Wimax operators are newcomers such as greenfield operators, wireless ISPs, broadcasters and service providers.[Lees verder]

RIM rolls out BlackBerry App World 2.0
(Telecompaper) Research In Motion has rolled out the commercial version of BlackBerry App World 2.0, an update to its applications store. The new version is available for download in 65 countries. The portal features a new interface listing the top 25 apps and top apps in certain categories. Customers can also link a credit card or PayPal account to their App World account to pay for apps, in addition to carrier billing where supported. With BlackBerry ID, users will be able to transfer apps purchased to new devices. For developers, BlackBerry is also now offering price points of USD 0.99 and USD 1.99 for apps.[Lees verder]

Vodafone to roll out mobile Wi-Fi device worldwide
(Telecompaper) Vodafone is rolling out its own mobile Wi-Fi device worldwide. The R201 allows up to five Wi-Fi devices to share a mobile broadband connection as well as digital content using the embedded DLNA software. Vodafone said the device will prove attractive for small businesses, with embedded Samba Software allowing the device to be used as a mini Linux server once an SD memory card is inserted. The device supports SD memory cards of up to 32GB. The device, already available in the UK, will be available in various countries where Vodafone operates during 2010. The device features an onboard display which allows the user to monitor connectivity information, as well as battery strength, signal strength and the number of active connected devices. It also has the Twonky Application, developed by PacketVideo, for digital media sharing.[Lees verder]

Google to restart Street View imaging in France
(Telecompaper) Google said it would start collecting Street View mapping information and images in France, but will no longer have access to “accidentally collected” controversial Wi-Fi detection equipment, Le Monde reports. Google told AFP that the detectors were meant to locate free access hotspots and that the data collected consisted of fragrments of e-mails and pictures and fit on a single hard drive. Street View, launched in 2007, is now present in some 20 countries. It provides panoramic 3D imagery of street scenes, homes and buildings. Google said that mapping services with pictures get 20 percent higher footfall. French data protection authority Cnil is one of 10 or so national authorities which have taken action regarding Street View and Latitude.[Lees verder]

Turk Telekom names Kanafani as group CEO
(Telecompaper) Turk Telekom appointed Hakam Kanafani as Turk Telekom Group CEO and K. Gokhan Bozkurt as Turk Telekom CEO, effective immediately. Kanafani currently serves as Oger Telecom’s Chief Business Development & Synergy Officer and has been with Oger Telecom since 2006. Kanafani will be reporting to the Turk Telekom board of directors and Turk Telekom Executive Committee. Bozkurt currently serves as the VP of Human Resources at Turk Telekom. His new role will be leading the Turk Telekom Group’s Fixed Network operating entity.[Lees verder]

Digicel launches Wimax network in Jamaica
(Telecompaper) Digicel has launched its Wimax network in Jamaica. Overall investments in the broadband network launch reached JMD 2 billion, the company said. Customers can now access the Digicel 4G Broadband service via a wireless modem, after they have registered at the operator’s website. Customers can opt for a prepaid 7-day, 14-day or 30-day plan or a monthly postpaid plan. To mark the service launch, Digicel has rolled out a mobile data promotion. Subscribers will receive the double amount of data usage included on their 14-day and 30-day prepay cards until 30 September. The Digicel 4G Broadband service is available across all fourteen Jamaican parishes covering 60 percent of the population and 200 communities, and the operator plans to gradually expand the service coverage. Around 410,000 households in Jamaica will be able to take up Digicel’s wireless broadband service. Prepay customers can acquire the wireless modem for JMD 3,950, while contract subscribers will receive it free of charge. Customers can also top up their mobile data account. Top-up cards are available at over 30,000 locations across Jamaica.[Lees verder]

Chinese operators end July with 9.26 mln mobile subs
(Telecompaper) China’s communications firms added a combined 9.255 million mobile customers in July, ending the month with a total of 794.779 million mobile users, according to figures from the operators. China Mobile led in mobile subscriber adds in July as the company added 4.886 million new customers to bring its customer base to 558.928 million. Of the total, 11.834 million are 3G customers. China Telecom signed up 2.80 million new mobile subscribers in the month to bring its total to 77.32 million. However, the carrier continued shedding fixed-line customers and saw its customer base fall by 960,000 fixed-line users to end the month with a total of 180.11 million local access lines in service. China Telecom gained 900,000 broadband subscribers in June to hit a total of 59.23 million. China Unicom ended June with a total of 158.531 million mobile customers, which comprises 150.030 million 2G subscribers and 8.501 million 3G customers. Unicom gained a total of 1.569 million new mobile subscribers in the month. However, the company lost 317,000 fixed-line customers to bring its total to 100.535 million, but gained 759,000 broadband customers in July, reaching a total of 44.518 million.[Lees verder]

Nokia to acquire mobile analytics company Motally
(Telecompaper) Nokia has signed an agreement to acquire US-based company Motally. Motally’s mobile analytics service offers in-application tracking and reporting, and aims to enable developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage. The service offering is planned to be adapted for Qt, Symbian, Meego and Java developers, and Nokia plans to continue serving Motally’s existing customer base. Via the Motally acquisition, Nokia plans to deliver in-application and mobile web browsing analytics to Ovi’s global eco-system of developers and publishers, enabling partners to better connect with their customers, as well as optimize and monetize their offering. Motally currently has eight employees. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is scheduled for completion in the third quarter.[Lees verder]