www.WirelessFederation.com/news: An HSPA+ data call with peak throughput of 42 Mbps over a standards based 3G network has been conducted by Nokia Siemens Networks and Deutsche Telekom at the CeBIT 2010 fair held in Hannover, Germany.
Dual Cell HSPA+ platform based on Nokia Siemens Networks’ commercial Flexi Multiradio Base Station and USB modems using Qualcomm’s MDM8220 chipset was used to make the 42Mbps data call.
The method to increase existing base station capacity with a simple software upgrade has been highlighted in Nokia Siemens Networks’ demonstration. The method will enable mobile operators to offer an improved user experience through doubling the average user’s connection speed.
According to Thomas Jul, head of the Customer Business Team Deutsche Telekom at Nokia Siemens Networks, the HSPA+ innovation of the company can bring higher speeds and improved network efficiency and will greatly improve the experience for consumers using smart devices and data cards as they will be able to enjoy advanced broadband services.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The recent speculations regarding the grant of conditional approval for the merger between the UK subsidiaries of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom has been confirmed by the European Commission (EC).
Under the conditions for the deal, Orange UK and T-Mobile UK are required to enter into a joint network sharing agreement with Hutchison 3G UK in order to â€˜ensure there remains sufficient competitors in the market’.
A quarter of combined spectrum in the 1800MHz band is also required to be sold by the new enlarged company.
However, consumer rights groups have opposed the approval citing it to be too quick and without the involvement of the UK regulator.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: In order to integrate its fixed line and mobile operations in Germany, the domestic brand of German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom (DT) will be renamed to â€˜T’. T-Home brand is currently used by DT for its domestic fixed line operations and markets its German mobile services under the T-Mobile moniker.
2.5 million to three million subscribers has also been targeted by DT to its IPTV service, dubbed â€˜Entertain’, by 2012, besides an additional 600,000 customers by the end of this year.
Until, December 31 2009, DT had just over 850,000 Entertain subscribers.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Over the last three years, an average growth of 45% in the revenue has been recorded by 16 leading service providers. The wireless service providers in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, India and China achieved the highest growth.
MTN, Bharti and Zain have doubled their revenues in the last three years, thus leading the growth charge. Even larger companies like America Movil, China Mobile and Vodafone have recorded growth in the 45%-70% range.
Collectively generating over 55% of their revenues from beyond their home markets, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have all taken great strides in the past to build businesses beyond their home countries.
Deutsche Telekom has proposed a 2009 dividend at â‚¬0.78 that will produce a â‚¬3.4bn pay-out. A dividend of at least â‚¬0.70 during 2010, 2011 and 2012 are due to be received by the investors, supplemented by share buy-backs. France Telecom reported â‚¬45.9bn of revenue for 2009, down 3.7 per cent on 2008, as a combination of economic and regulatory pressures hit sales.
According to Ren© Obermann, Deutsche Telekom’s chief executive, investors should receive annual remuneration of â‚¬3.4bn ($4.6bn) through a combination of dividends and share buy-backs between 2010 and 2012 while Stephane Richard, France Telecom’s incoming chief executive hoped that the company could at least match its proposed â‚¬1.40-a-share dividend for 2009 in 2010 and 2011.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: 0.6 percent increase in the Q4 revenue has been reported by Deutsche Telekom reaching EUR 16.20 billion. The rise has been attributed to the takeover of OTE which helped offset a slide in revenues in its home market Germany.
However, revenues in Germany were down 3.1 percent to EUR 6.40 billion. Due to negative currency effects and competitive pressures US sales declined 15.7 percent to EUR 3.66 billion and the weak results in the UK and Poland led to the revenues from Europe fall 11.5 percent to EUR 2.47 billion.
Group EBITDA improved 8.6 percent to EUR 5.07 billion and the lower impairment charges narrowed the net loss to EUR 3 million from EUR 730 million. According to DT, its save for Service cost-cutting programme has generated savings of EUR 5.9 billion, and will contribute another EUR 4.2 billion in cost reductions by 2012.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: After receiving assurances of continuing to have access to cellular networks, one objection has been dropped by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.’s 3 mobile- phone unit to the merger of Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA’s U.K operations.
The number of mobile-phone towers will be increased as a result of the agreement which can be used by 3, the U.K.’s smallest mobile-phone operator. France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom can also win regulatory approval to combine their Orange and T-Mobile units with the help of this agreement, thus creating the U.K.’s biggest mobile operator.
Failure to secure continued access to T-Mobile networks would also mean that 3 would have a much tougher timeâ€ competing in the U.K. market.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Rapid regulatory approval from European Commission is expected by Orange and T-Mobile for a merger of the UK mobile phone businesses, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom.
France Telecom’s Orange UK and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile UK are planning to combine to form Britain’s largest mobile operator, with 29.5m customers.
The number of UK mobile network operators in UK will be reduced from five to four after this transaction as Telef³nica’s O 2 UK subsidiary will be overtaken by the combined Orange/T-Mobile entity.
The matter of concern for the regulators is the fact that whether the three telecom operators, which has never reported a pre-tax profit, could compete effectively after consolidation in the mobile market.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A part of the combined radio spectrum has been offered to be sold by Deutsche Telekom AG and France T©l©com SA besides providing some network-sharing guarantees to allay competition concerns over their U.K. mobile joint venture.
Instead of facing a lengthy antitrust probe by U.K. regulators, the companies consider European Commission’s antitrust clearance a preferred option.
The key players in the U.K. mobile sector have been asked by the commission to see whether the proposals reduce rivals’ concerns over their impact on competition.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Increased integration with mobile apps and content stores as a key part of mobile internet strategy has been announced by Deutsche Telekom. Delivery of the widest choice of mobile apps and content and creation of an environment that is easy to use regardless of what brand of phone its customers are using is the main aim of the telco.
Operator billing option will also be launched as a part of this approach allowing T-Mobile customers to download apps from the key stores and have them charged back onto their mobile phone bill, removing the need to pay with a credit card.
The partnership between Deutsche Telekom and Nokia to roll-out a T-Mobile billing option for content and applications purchased in the Ovi Store is the first step towards this goal.