Turkcell moves into Belarus

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell announced Wednesday that it has snapped up an 80 per cent stake in Belarusian carrier BeST. Turkcell will pay the Belarusian government $500m for the stake, with the option of an additional payment of $100m to be made when BeST records a full year positive net income for the first time. [...]

BT leaps on Ribbit

UK carrier BT said Tuesday that it has acquired Silicon Valley start up Ribbit for a total of $105m in cash. BT said the acquisition of the VoIP firm will help it catch the ‘Telco 2.0′ bandwagon, by accelerating its “strategy to transform itself into a next- generation, platform-based, software-driven services company.” Ribbit is an [...]

Wireless patches fixed line shortfall for Verizon

US carrier Verizon Communications reported Monday that its fixed line division lost ground during the second quarter, although the carrier’s wireless business managed to help close the gap. Net income jumped from $1.68bn in the second quarter of last year, to $1.88bn this year, while operating revenues increased from $23.3bn to $24.1bn over the same [...]

AT&T tries to rain on Clearwire’s parade

Leading US wireless operator AT&T is seeking to put a crimp in Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire’s plans to merge assets and form a nationwide WiMAX network. Late last week the carrier filed a petition with US communications regulator the FCC, requesting that the authority refuse the merger. In June, the new Clearwire, which is to be [...]

Avoiding greenwash

Avoiding greenwash

Environmental awareness is on the rise. Marketers have been quick to recognise and seize upon the Zeitgeist. The trouble is, some green claims just don’t wash.

Vodafone in buy back scheme

Global carrier Vodafone announced its intention to buy back £1bn of its own shares on Wednesday, following a 14 per cent drop in the share price to a 20-month low. Shares dipped to £129.5 on Tuesday this week after the firm issued its interim results, projecting full year revenue at the bottom end of the [...]

Vodafone’s African expansion blocked

The Ghanaian government has blocked Vodafone’s £450m purchase of a controlling stake in the state-owned Ghana Telecom. At the start of the month Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, announced that it had effectively gazumped France Telecom by agreeing to acquire 70 per cent of the Ghanaian carrier with the government set [...]

China Telecom in $4bn CDMA expansion

    Chinese carrier China Telecom, which as part of recent restructuring moves in the nation’s communications sector is assuming control of China Unicom’s CDMA network, has announced an expansion tender worth US$4bn.  The firm has indicated that the money will be spent expanding the mobile network - China’s smallest - to rural areas, rather than being [...]

BT soups up broadband

UK telecoms incumbent BT has announced plans to roll out fibre-based, super-fast broadband to as many as 10 million homes by the time the Olympics rolls into London in 2012. The £1.5bn programme will deliver a range of services with top speeds of up to 100 Mb/s with the potential for speeds of more than [...]

Chunghwa 3G upgrade

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom is upgrading its 3G network to the tune of Euro72m. The carrier will trial Nokia Siemens Networks’ Internet High Speed Access (I-HSPA) network. The trial will pave the way for a migration to an flat all-IP architecture. NSN will deploy its Flexi Base Station and mobile softswitching solutions, along with a high [...]

Ten ways for operators to cut costs

Ten ways to cut costs

The pressure has long been on operators to squeeze cost out of their businesses, while at the same time broadening their service portfolios and growing their footprints to boost turnover.

Rogers caves over iPhone criticism

Canadian GSM operator Rogers Wireless inadvertently fuelled rumours that it had displeased Apple boss Steve Jobs on Wednesday, by coming out with a ‘special’ tariff for early iPhone 3G adopters. All week, the web has been ablaze with reports that Jobs was “disgusted” with the tariffs Rogers was offering to accompany the iPhone 3G. Some [...]

VimpelCom sets up Vietnamese operation

Second placed Russian mobile operator VimpelCom said Tuesday that it has successfully set up its Vietnamese joint venture first announced last year. Under an agreement with local state run player Global Telecommunications Corporation and one of its subsidiaries, VimpelCom will set up GTEL-Mobile. The Russian firm will take 40 per cent of the new company [...]

MTN, Reliance extend merger talks

Pan African operator MTN said Wednesday that it has agreed to extend merger discussions with Indian carrier Reliance Communications until later this month. In a joint announcement to the Johannesburg and Bombay stock exchanges Wednesday morning, the companies confirmed an extension on the talks until July 21, as they look for a way to create [...]

Telstra separation ‘could hurt Australian market’

Further separation of Australian carrier Telstra’s retail business and access network division could cause “serious damage” to the Australian market, an analyst has warned. There have been increasing calls for operational separation of Telstra as the deadline for bids to build a national fibre network rumbles ever closer. But David Kennedy, research director at Ovum, [...]

O2 puts iPhone hype machine into overdrive

UK mobile operator O2 is teasing the British public with warnings of limited availability of the iPhone 3G, when it launches on Friday. On Tuesday the carrier confirmed that excessive traffic to its web site on Monday caused the order system to fall over after it started taking pre-orders for the device. The entire stock [...]

Vodafone wins major tax battle

The world’s largest mobile operator by revenues has won a landmark victory, after the UK High Court ruled that it will not have to pay corporation tax on its Luxembourg-based subsidiary. The tax battle was a hang over from Vodafone’s 2000 acquisition of Germany’s Mannesmann. Vodafone Investments Luxembourg Sarl (VIL) was set up as an [...]

MTS brings MySpace to Russian mobiles

Leading Russian mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has teamed up with social networking site MySpace to launch a social platform for mobile internet users. Together the companies plan to create an exclusive WAP-portal for the more than 60 million subscribers of the service. The venture should also allow MTS to investigate new marketing initiatives, such [...]

Vodafone buys into Ghana

Still recoiling from its failed bid for TeliaSonera, France Telecom was struck another blow on Thursday as Vodafone picked up a controlling stake in Ghana Telecom, which the French firm was known to be eyeing. Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, said that it has agreed to acquire 70 per cent of [...]

MVNO market ‘in good shape’ despite US failures

Despite its relatively modest share of the global mobile market, the MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) sector remains robust. Statistics released by industry analyst and telecoms.com parent Informa Telecoms & Media on Wednesday predict that MVNO subscriptions will reach 150 million worldwide by 2013, with 42 per cent coming from Western Europe. Overall, MVNO subscriptions [...]