KDDI to launch dual 3G/WiMAX service in December
Japanese mobile operator KDDI plans to launch a dual 3G/WiMAX service before the end of the year, reports Telecompaper, citing an article in the Nikkei.
VinaPhone to launch 3G services
Vietnamese mobile operator VinaPhone will launch 3G services on 12 October, reports Telecompaper. The company will be the first of the 3G licensees to offer 3G services, one month after being granted the licence.
Telecom NZ hits 200,000 XT subs
Telecom New Zealand claims to have signed up over 200,000 subscribers to its new XT network based on HSPA technology, notes Dow Jones Newswires.
Cellular News reports that Singapore’s MobileOne (M1) has announced a further upgrade of its HSPA+ network to support theoretical peak download speeds of up to 28Mb/s in selected areas.
iSuppli: Windows Mobile to retake second spot
A report from iSuppli notes that while Windows Mobile is expected to fall to the No. 3 position among worldwide smartphone operating systems in 2009, appearing on 27.7 million smartphones, that number is expected to climb to 67.9 million smartphones by 2013, boosting Windows back into the No. 2 spot by 2012.
Adviser recommends EU court upholds roaming caps
A Wall Street Journal report notes that a legal adviser to Europe’s highest court today recommended the court uphold a Europe-wide law forcing mobile operators to cut the rates they charge for using a mobile phone abroad.
TDC in deal to sell Invitel for EUR700M
The Financial Times reports that TDC, the Danish telecoms group, has taken an important step towards a planned share sale by its private-equity owners next year by agreeing to sell Invitel.
TeleGeography, citing a Reuters report, notes that Moroccan GSM operator Meditel has responded to local newspaper reports of a possible stock market listing by saying that it has no immediate plans for a flotation.
Bharti blames SA government for MTN deal failure
India’s Bharti and South Africa’s MTN have cancelled their US$23 billion merger plans for the second time in two years, with Bharti blaming the South African government for the collapse. “Bharti and MTN have decided to disengage from their discussions when the exclusivity period ends on September 30, 2009,” Bharti said in a statement yesterday.
Report: Symbian to maintain OS dominance
A new report from Juniper Research finds that recent concern over the future health of the Symbian platform may be ill-judged, with the analyst firm predicting that it will remain the dominant mobile operating system (OS) for the next five years.