Pakistan Telecommunication Mobile Ltd. (PTML) has reportedly received an amount of US$ 182.6 million from parent company, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), for development of the opertaor’s network infrastructure along with improving its marketing efforts.
According to reports, PTML is required to pay back the loan in eight quarterly installments after a period of three to four years. Sources claim that PTML has been losing its share in the market to rival operators Telenor Pakistan and CMPak (Zong). The operator hopes to upgrade its network and offer customers an improved quality of services in the future in an attempt to maintain its stronghold in the market. Further, sources claim that the increase in the operator’s operational costs have also been an added factor for the requirement of additional funds.
Mobile operator Orange France has reportedly upgraded its mobile network enabling speeds up to 42 Mbps in nine cities. According to reports, the operator claims that its coverage area includes the regions of Paris, Grenoble, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseile, Nantes, Nice and Toulon. Further, sources claim that the operator hopes to increase its population coverage from 50 percent to 60 percent by providing Bordeaux, Toulouse and Strasbourg with the upgraded network by 2013.
As per reports, the operator’s Business Everywhere Premier subscribers would automatically be upgraded to the faster download speeds, with the upload speed being increased to 5.8 Mbps. Further, the Business Everywhere customers who currently have access to a download speed of 14.4 Mbps and an upload speed of 2 Mbps will be required to pay an additional charge of US$ 5.3 per month to gain access to the upgraded service.
UAE based telecommunications service provider, Etisalat, has reportedly added seven high definition channels from broadcaster MBC, to its eLife Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) service. According to reports, Rashed Majed Alabbar, Vice President (home product marketing), Etisalat, has said that the company always aims to provide the most engaging, refreshing and relevant content for their eLife customers.
Alabbar said that these new HD channels, which are available for eLife subscribers, will further enrich their HD line-up, offering a truly unparalleled viewing experience. Further, he also said that the majority of these channels from MBC are amongst the top 10 most popular channels on the network, so they are confident this gesture will be well-received by their valued customers.
As per sources, ELife currently delivers over 350 TV channels in 21 languages, across various genres such as sports, films, entertainment, music and children’s channels.
Telenor Norway has reportedly revealed plans to increase its holdings in Unitech Wireless, which offers mobile services in India under the brand name ‘Uninor’, to 74 percent from 67.25 percent. The remaining stake is held by realty firm Unitech. The Norweign operator has reportedly told the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) that it would induct other resident Indian shareholders in the event that its partner refused to support the rights issue.
According to reports, the two partners have been involved in a dispute regarding the US$ 1.6 billion rights issue, as Unitech has reportedly opposed Telenor’s plans for the issue. As per sources, Fredrik Baksaas, CEO, Telenor group, had previously stated that it would look at inducting another partner for its Indian operations if Unitech does not meet its obligations and participate in the rights issue.
Mobile operator DTAC has reportedly launched two new internet SIM cards, the Happy Internet Sim card for feature phones and the Happy Smartphone Sim card for smartphones and tablets, which offers users with internet speeds up to 42 Mbps.
According to reports, the Happy Internet SIM offers users 300 internet minutes per month along with free airtime worth US$ 1.6 per month for a period of four months. Further, customers recharging their account with US$ 9.5 in the month are also provided access to DTAC’s 3G internet service at a speed of 384 Kbps.
On the other hand, consumers using the Happy Smartphone SIM are given 50 MB of data along with free on-net calls worth US$ 1.6 per month for a period of six months, with access to DTAC’s 3G internet service at a speed of 42 Mbps, on a recharge of US$ 9.5 in the month.
Wireless carrier Telefonica is reportedly going to be the first to launch the ‘XtraLine’ solution app by FonYou, a Spanish cloud telephony provider. According to reports, the app will offer customers an additional phone line bundles with services such as advanced voice screening, call registers and video voicemail.
As per sources, Fernando Nunez-Mendoza, CEO, FonYou has said that as long as the competition from external sources increases, operators will look to offer advanced services. He added that users can now effectively download a new number from Telefnica and get high quality, conventional switched voice and text, not VoIP.
Reports reveal that Nunez-Mendoza is also hopeful of adding more partnerships in the next year, hinting towards deals with mid-sized operators.
Samsung Electronics emerged victorious against rival Apple Inc., as the federal court reversed its decision to ban the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs in Australia. According to reports, the court had granted Apple an injunction against Samsung in October, preventing any sale of the Galaxy 10.1 tab in Australia, over a patent infringement dispute.
Apple had alleged that Samsung’s Tab had infringed on its patents regarding touch screen technology and design imitation. Following this, Samsung had counter-sued the iPhone maker claiming patent infringement on wireless transmission in multiple devices.
As per sources, analysts believe that the decision has come at a right time, enabling Samsung to take advantage of the festive season; however, it is still not certain as to how soon Samsung can resume sales. Further, it has been reported that Apple will have to approach the High Court should it choose to extend the injunction.
BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion (RIM) has reportedly come out with a new software solution for its business customers which will enable them to manage different devices running on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android along with BlackBerry devices.
According to reports, Alan Panezic, vice president (platform product management), RIM, has said that the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, as the device-management software is known, will be available in the first quarter and can run alongside or replace the BlackBerry Enterprise Server networks, RIM now operates for companies and government agencies. He added that this is a really, really important strategic move and that RIM is conducting trials with financial- services, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies.
However, as per sources, industry analysts believe that while this is a very good solution for the corporate houses, where the BlackBerry is rapidly being replaced by iPhones and Android powered smartphones, to manage their services from a single web console; the solution may still not address RIM’s primary concern of declining sale volumes.
AT&T, the second largest wireless operator in the U.S. may reportedly be planning to lessen T-Mobile’s subscriber base by as much as 50 percent in an attempt to successfully close the US$ 39 billion merger as well as gain control of the assets including wireless spectrum.
According to reports, with this move, AT&T hopes to address the concerns raised by the Justice Department regarding the significant decrease in competition in the wireless market, should this merger take place. As reported earlier by Wireless Federation, the operator was planning to divest as much as 40 percent of T-Mobile’s assets in a bid to win approval for the deal.
As per sources, industry analysts believe that for AT&T, it is of prime importance to acquire T-Mobile’s spectrum and licences to airwaves that will increase the capacity for wireless traffic. Further, it has also been reported that the deal will still be beneficial to AT&T even if it needs to give up half of T-Mobile’s subscribers.
Reports reveal that the operator hopes to reach an agreement with the Justice Department regarding this merger, post which a trial will be held for the same in February next year.