Walmart launches Family Mobile service with T-Mobile

Walmart launches Family Mobile service with T-Mobile
(Telecompaper) Retailer Walmart has launched a postpaid mobile service in the US. Walmart Family Mobile uses the T-Mobile USA network and will be available in over 2,500 Walmart stores from 20 September. The first line costs USD 45 per month for unlimited calls and texts, and each additional line costs USD 25 per month. The offering comes with a wide range of phones from Samsung, Motorola and Nokia, including phones with Android, qwerty keyboards and touch screens. No annual contract is required. Walmart offers a free 100MB data with each line and customers can add additional data to be shared across the family lines with WebPaks. The prepaid data bundles offer unlimited validity and can also be used to make international calls to several countries from USD 0.05 per minute.[Lees verder]

Paetec to buy Cavalier Telephone for USD 460 mln
(Telecompaper) US operator Paetec has agreed to acquire Cavalier Telephone for USD 460 million cash from its majority owner M/C Venture Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston. The acquisition will add nearly 17,000 fiber-route miles to Paetec’s footprint, as welll as increase its colocation sites by 95 percent to 1,178. Cavalier’s wholly owned subsidiary Intellifiber Networks operates the intercity network spanning the Midwest and Eastern US, which includes almost 4,700 route miles throughout several existing Paetec metro areas. After the deal, Paetec will have a presence in 86 of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the US. The combined company will have USD 1.950 billion in annual revenue and USD 381 million in adjusted EBITDA based on pro forma results for the twelve months ended 30 June. Paetec expects USD 30 million in annual synergies from the second year after the merger. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Cavalier will become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Paetec. The companies expect that the transaction will close within four to six months, pending regulatory approval. Paetec has agreed USD 240 million in financing from a consortium of banks for the deal. The company said the acquisition will not have a major impact on its net debt- to-adjusted EBITDA ratio, which is expected to remain at around 3.4. Cavalier’s net debt of USD 336 million will be repaid at closing. After the closing, Cavalier CEO Danny Bottoms plans to join Paetec’s executive team.[Lees verder]

Nokia smartphone chief resigns
(Telecompaper) Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia’s Mobile Solutions division, is resigning. Mobile Solutions was created in May to group the company’s high-end mobile computer and smartphone activities. It includes devices based on the MeeGo and Symbian software platforms. Vanjoki, an executive VP and member of the Nokia group executive board, has a six-month notice period and will continue working for the time being, Nokia said. He said he “felt the time has come to seek new opportunities”.[Lees verder]

GoDaddy.com goes up for sale – report
(Telecompaper) Web domain register GoDaddy.com has put itself up for sale in an auction that could fetch more than USD 1 billion, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Qatalyst Partners, run by veteran technology banker Frank Quattrone, has been hired to shop the Go Daddy Group, which runs the world’s largest domain name registrar. Private-equity firms are expected to bid for the company, which currently has more than 43 million domains under management. GoDaddy.com and Qatalyst representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the WSJ. Based in Arizona, GoDaddy.com is owned by Bob Parsons, who founded the company in 1997 and is its chief executive. In addition to registering domain names, GoDaddy.com sells e-commerce, security and other services to people and businesses looking to manage their online presence. The company posted revenue between USD 750 million and USD 800 million in 2009, according to the paper’s sources.[Lees verder]

Vietnam allows 5 operators to test 4G technologies
(Telecompaper) The Vietnamese ICT ministry has granted five telecommunications companies permission to test 4G technology. The companies – VNPT, Viettel, FPT Telecom, CMC, and VTC – will be allowed to conduct 4G tests for a year. Following the tests the companies can participate in a licence auction to obtain frequencies for new services, VietNamNet Bridge reports. Meanwhile, the ICT ministry also gave permission to Viettel, MobiFone, and VinaPhone to withdraw 50 percent of their deposits for their 3G networks, equivalent to VND 3.57 trillion. The ministry has inspected the companies’ 3G networks and verified that they fulfilled their first phase roll out commitments. The companies will now begin the next roll out phase and will be allowed to withdraw the remaining 50 percent of their deposit in three years.[Lees verder]

Android to rank second on mobile OS market in 2010
(Telecompaper) The worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8 percent of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to a study by Gartner. Symbian is expected to remain at the top of Gartner’s worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia’s volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 position will be contested with Android. Communication service providers’ marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will push the platform to the second-largest platform rank, following Symbian, by year-end. Gartner also forecasts that manufacturers such as Samsung will launch many new budget Android devices in the second half of this year, driving Android into mass market segments. Other players, such as Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola, are expected to run a similar strategy. This trend is expected to help Android become the top OS in North America by end-2010. The study further anticipates that, by 2014, open-source platforms will continue to dominate more than 60 percent of the market for smartphones. Single-source platforms, such as Apple’s iOS and Research In Motion’s OS, will increase in unit terms. However, their growth rate will be below market average and not enough to sustain share increase. Windows Phone will be drop to the sixth position, behind MeeGo in the worldwide OS ranking by 2014.[Lees verder]

Svyazinvest CEO resigns
(Telecompaper) Evgeniy Yurchenko, the CEO of Russian telecommunications holding company Svyazinvest, has submitted his resignation to the company. Representatives of Svyazinvest confirmed the information, reports Prime-Tass. Earlier Kommersant, citing two unnamed sources close to Svyazinvest’s board, reported that Yurchenko had said in the resignation letter he was stepping down because of “principal disagreement with Rostelecom managers on the development strategy of the united company”. Svyazinvest is in the process of merging national fixed operator Rostelecom with its fixed and mobile regional operators. Yurchenko has served as Svyazinvest CEO since early 2009.[Lees verder]

Walmart launches Family Mobile service with T-Mobile
(Telecompaper) Retailer Walmart has launched a postpaid mobile service in the US. Walmart Family Mobile uses the T-Mobile USA network and will be available in over 2,500 Walmart stores from 20 September. The first line costs USD 45 per month for unlimited calls and texts, and each additional line costs USD 25 per month. The offering comes with a wide range of phones from Samsung, Motorola and Nokia, including phones with Android, qwerty keyboards and touch screens. No annual contract is required. Walmart offers a free 100MB data with each line and customers can add additional data to be shared across the family lines with WebPaks. The prepaid data bundles offer unlimited validity and can also be used to make international calls to several countries from USD 0.05 per minute.[Lees verder]

Paetec to buy Cavalier Telephone for USD 460 mln
(Telecompaper) US operator Paetec has agreed to acquire Cavalier Telephone for USD 460 million cash from its majority owner M/C Venture Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston. The acquisition will add nearly 17,000 fiber-route miles to Paetec’s footprint, as welll as increase its colocation sites by 95 percent to 1,178. Cavalier’s wholly owned subsidiary Intellifiber Networks operates the intercity network spanning the Midwest and Eastern US, which includes almost 4,700 route miles throughout several existing Paetec metro areas. After the deal, Paetec will have a presence in 86 of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the US. The combined company will have USD 1.950 billion in annual revenue and USD 381 million in adjusted EBITDA based on pro forma results for the twelve months ended 30 June. Paetec expects USD 30 million in annual synergies from the second year after the merger. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Cavalier will become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Paetec. The companies expect that the transaction will close within four to six months, pending regulatory approval. Paetec has agreed USD 240 million in financing from a consortium of banks for the deal. The company said the acquisition will not have a major impact on its net debt- to-adjusted EBITDA ratio, which is expected to remain at around 3.4. Cavalier’s net debt of USD 336 million will be repaid at closing. After the closing, Cavalier CEO Danny Bottoms plans to join Paetec’s executive team.[Lees verder]

Nokia smartphone chief resigns
(Telecompaper) Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia’s Mobile Solutions division, is resigning. Mobile Solutions was created in May to group the company’s high-end mobile computer and smartphone activities. It includes devices based on the MeeGo and Symbian software platforms. Vanjoki, an executive VP and member of the Nokia group executive board, has a six-month notice period and will continue working for the time being, Nokia said. He said he “felt the time has come to seek new opportunities”.[Lees verder]

GoDaddy.com goes up for sale – report
(Telecompaper) Web domain register GoDaddy.com has put itself up for sale in an auction that could fetch more than USD 1 billion, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Qatalyst Partners, run by veteran technology banker Frank Quattrone, has been hired to shop the Go Daddy Group, which runs the world’s largest domain name registrar. Private-equity firms are expected to bid for the company, which currently has more than 43 million domains under management. GoDaddy.com and Qatalyst representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the WSJ. Based in Arizona, GoDaddy.com is owned by Bob Parsons, who founded the company in 1997 and is its chief executive. In addition to registering domain names, GoDaddy.com sells e-commerce, security and other services to people and businesses looking to manage their online presence. The company posted revenue between USD 750 million and USD 800 million in 2009, according to the paper’s sources.[Lees verder]

Vietnam allows 5 operators to test 4G technologies
(Telecompaper) The Vietnamese ICT ministry has granted five telecommunications companies permission to test 4G technology. The companies – VNPT, Viettel, FPT Telecom, CMC, and VTC – will be allowed to conduct 4G tests for a year. Following the tests the companies can participate in a licence auction to obtain frequencies for new services, VietNamNet Bridge reports. Meanwhile, the ICT ministry also gave permission to Viettel, MobiFone, and VinaPhone to withdraw 50 percent of their deposits for their 3G networks, equivalent to VND 3.57 trillion. The ministry has inspected the companies’ 3G networks and verified that they fulfilled their first phase roll out commitments. The companies will now begin the next roll out phase and will be allowed to withdraw the remaining 50 percent of their deposit in three years.[Lees verder]

Android to rank second on mobile OS market in 2010
(Telecompaper) The worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8 percent of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to a study by Gartner. Symbian is expected to remain at the top of Gartner’s worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia’s volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 position will be contested with Android. Communication service providers’ marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will push the platform to the second-largest platform rank, following Symbian, by year-end. Gartner also forecasts that manufacturers such as Samsung will launch many new budget Android devices in the second half of this year, driving Android into mass market segments. Other players, such as Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola, are expected to run a similar strategy. This trend is expected to help Android become the top OS in North America by end-2010. The study further anticipates that, by 2014, open-source platforms will continue to dominate more than 60 percent of the market for smartphones. Single-source platforms, such as Apple’s iOS and Research In Motion’s OS, will increase in unit terms. However, their growth rate will be below market average and not enough to sustain share increase. Windows Phone will be drop to the sixth position, behind MeeGo in the worldwide OS ranking by 2014.[Lees verder]

Svyazinvest CEO resigns
(Telecompaper) Evgeniy Yurchenko, the CEO of Russian telecommunications holding company Svyazinvest, has submitted his resignation to the company. Representatives of Svyazinvest confirmed the information, reports Prime-Tass. Earlier Kommersant, citing two unnamed sources close to Svyazinvest’s board, reported that Yurchenko had said in the resignation letter he was stepping down because of “principal disagreement with Rostelecom managers on the development strategy of the united company”. Svyazinvest is in the process of merging national fixed operator Rostelecom with its fixed and mobile regional operators. Yurchenko has served as Svyazinvest CEO since early 2009.[Lees verder]

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