Tele2 Q3 profits boosted by Russian growth

Tele2 Q3 profits boosted by Russian growth
(Telecompaper) Tele2 reported third-quarter sales of SEK 9.998 billion, up from SEK 9.829 billion a year earlier. EBITDA improved to SEK 2.751 billion from SEK 2.441 billion, boosting the margin to 27 percent from 25. Net profit rose to SEK 2.484 billion from SEK 2.233 billion. Tele2 attributed the higher profits to better-than-expected performances in Russia and Croatia and improving conditions in the Baltics and Austria. Russia contributed the bulk of the 1.297 million new customers added in the quarter, and also saw its EBITDA nearly double from a year earlier as two more regions turned EBITDA positive. Overall, Tele2 gained 1.404 million mobile customers in Q3, of which 1.170 million were in Russia. Fixed broadband subscribers rose by 15,000, led by Sweden and the Netherlands, and mobile broadband customers rose by 40,000, while the fixed telephony base declined by 122,000. Tele2 lowered its capex budget for the full year to SEK 4.0 billion, from an earlier estimate of SEK 4.2-4.4 billion. Capex in the first nine months of the year was SEK 3.125 billion.[Lees verder]

HP unveils webOS 2.0, Palm Pre 2
(Telecompaper) HP unveiled the latest version of the Palm mobile OS, rebranded as HP webOS 2.0. The first device to run webOS 2.0 will be the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone, launching 21 October with French operator SFR. The phone features a gigahertz processor, 5-megapixel camera and streamlined design with slide-out keyboard. The Pre 2 will launch in the coming months in the US from Verizon Wireless and in Canada. A webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to existing Palm customers in the coming months, with exact timing to be announced at a later date. Developers will be able to purchase unlocked UMTS versions of the Pre 2 in the US in order to build apps for the new OS. New features on the OS include multi-tasking; unified messaging; ‘just type’ to allow users to start an email, SMS or search without opening the relevant app; HP Synergy for automatic updates of Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts; and Exhibition for running phone apps while the device is in the charging dock. New software on webOS 2.0 phones includes Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, Skype Mobile with Verizon Wireless, the Facebook 2.0 app, and a web browser with HTML5 features, including geolocation support. The OS will also feature a redesigned Palm App Catalog.[Lees verder]

Tele2 Q3 profits boosted by Russian growth
(Telecompaper) Tele2 reported third-quarter sales of SEK 9.998 billion, up from SEK 9.829 billion a year earlier. EBITDA improved to SEK 2.751 billion from SEK 2.441 billion, boosting the margin to 27 percent from 25. Net profit rose to SEK 2.484 billion from SEK 2.233 billion. Tele2 attributed the higher profits to better-than-expected performances in Russia and Croatia and improving conditions in the Baltics and Austria. Russia contributed the bulk of the 1.297 million new customers added in the quarter, and also saw its EBITDA nearly double from a year earlier as two more regions turned EBITDA positive. Overall, Tele2 gained 1.404 million mobile customers in Q3, of which 1.170 million were in Russia. Fixed broadband subscribers rose by 15,000, led by Sweden and the Netherlands, and mobile broadband customers rose by 40,000, while the fixed telephony base declined by 122,000. Tele2 lowered its capex budget for the full year to SEK 4.0 billion, from an earlier estimate of SEK 4.2-4.4 billion. Capex in the first nine months of the year was SEK 3.125 billion.[Lees verder]

HP unveils webOS 2.0, Palm Pre 2
(Telecompaper) HP unveiled the latest version of the Palm mobile OS, rebranded as HP webOS 2.0. The first device to run webOS 2.0 will be the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone, launching 21 October with French operator SFR. The phone features a gigahertz processor, 5-megapixel camera and streamlined design with slide-out keyboard. The Pre 2 will launch in the coming months in the US from Verizon Wireless and in Canada. A webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to existing Palm customers in the coming months, with exact timing to be announced at a later date. Developers will be able to purchase unlocked UMTS versions of the Pre 2 in the US in order to build apps for the new OS. New features on the OS include multi-tasking; unified messaging; ‘just type’ to allow users to start an email, SMS or search without opening the relevant app; HP Synergy for automatic updates of Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts; and Exhibition for running phone apps while the device is in the charging dock. New software on webOS 2.0 phones includes Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, Skype Mobile with Verizon Wireless, the Facebook 2.0 app, and a web browser with HTML5 features, including geolocation support. The OS will also feature a redesigned Palm App Catalog.[Lees verder]