Mirs will reportedly pay US$206.27 million and 018 Xfone US$204.82 million, after beating Golan Telecom and Select Communications in the bidding.
Golan Telecom is controlled by Xavier Niel, the founder of French operator Free, and Michael Boukozba, former CEO of Free. Mirs was the only existing operator allowed to bid. The new licences are expected to boost competition in the mobile sector.
Radwin has introduced the Radwin 5000 HPMP, a high-capacity OFDM/MIMO point-to-multipoint platform for last mile enterprise connectivity.
According to the company, the Radwin 5000 HPMP offers a range of highlights including high base station capacity for the best user experience, greater spectrum efficiency for faster ROI (5bps/Hz), superb performance in harsh conditions in both licensed and unlicensed sub 6GHz bands and small form factor MIMO subscriber units that are easy to deploy.
The Base Station and Subscriber Radio Units support a range of multiband frequencies, all in the same unit for flexible radio planning. Carriers can also leverage the high-capacity capabilities to backhaul wireless and landline access systems such as Wi-Fi hot spots and DSLAMs. In addition, the Radwin 5000 HPMP offers wireless broadband infrastructure for government and enterprise networks for applications such as high-resolution video surveillance, broadband inter-office connectivity and other critical applications.
Peoplenet will launch new rates for international calls from 10 April.
Calls to fixed and mobile networks in Russia, Israel, Canada, China and the US will cost US$0.12 per minute.
Calls to Belarus cost US$0.25 and to the other CIS countries and Georgia, US$0.34 per minute. Calls to mobile networks of most European countries will be offered at US$0.60, while calls to fixed networks in Europe cost US$0.77 per minute.
MIND provides Pelephone with an integrated billing and customer care system for full support of its MVNE (mobile virtual network enabler) operations.
Since December 2010 Pelephone has been chosen as network supplier by a number of new carriers.
Alvarion has stated that it has deployed a municipal WiMAX network in the USA city of Huston. Based on the WiMAX network, the city is currently introducing traffic control in more than 3,500 locations throughout the city.
City of Houston also plans to connect 400 water utility locations with the network, covering an area of approximately 640 square miles.
The city will also make excess bandwidth available to enable free Internet service for more than 300,000 residents in underserved, underprivileged
Alon Holdings Blue Square announces signing of Mou with Partner Communications for launching MVNO services (Israel)
Alon Holdings Blue Square – Israel Ltd. announces that in connection with the Company’s plans to enter the cellular communication market by becoming a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (“MVNO”), on March 23, 2011 - Alon Cellular Ltd. (“Alon Cellular”), a joint- venture company in which the Company holds indirectly 70.1%, signed an MOU with Partner Communications LTD. (“Partner”) for launching cellular services in an MVNO model, which will enable Alon Cellular to offer cellular services and become a major player in Israel’scommunication market.
At this stage, there is no certainty that Alon Cellular will eventually operate such business, and the Company cannot assess at this stage the conditions and costs of such operation.
Alon Holdings Blue Square- Israel Ltd. (hereinafter: “Alon Holdings”) is the leading retail company in the State of Israel and operates in four reporting segments: In its supermarket segment, Alon Holdings as pioneer of modern food retailing, Alon Holdings, through its 100% subsidiary, Mega Retail Ltd., currently operates 210 supermarkets under different formats, each offering a wide range of food products, “Near Food” products and “Non-Food” products at varying levels of service and pricing. In its “Non-Food” segment, Alon Holdings, through its 100% subsidiary BEE Group Retail Ltd., operates specialist outlets in self-operation and franchises and offers a wide range of “Non-Food” products as retailer and wholesaler. In the Commercial and Fueling Sites segment, through its 78.38% subsidiary, which is listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange. Dor Alon Energy inIsrael (1988) Ltd is one of the four largest fuel retail companies in Israel based on the number of petrol stations and a leader in the field of convenience stores. Dor Alon operates a chain of 188 petrol stations and 177 convenience stores in different formats in Israel. In its Real Estate segment, Alon Holdings, through its TASE traded 78.26% subsidiary Blue Square Real Estate Ltd., owns, leases and develops yield generating commercial properties and projects.
Cellcom has reportedly offered to acquire its sister company, fixed line voice and broadband operator NetVision, for approximately US$421 million in cash. Both companies are subsidiaries of the IDB Holding conglomerate.
According to Cellcom, NetVision has not responded yet to their proposal and they can provide no assurances that they will enter into any transaction. If an agreement is reached, they intend to fund the purchase price, in whole or in part, with new debt financing arrangements. Should NetVision agree to the deal it would be subject to approval by a majority of those shareholders in both the companies that are not affiliated with IDB Holding, while it would also require a nod from the relevant regulatory authorities.
13% of first-generation immigrants currently own a tablet device, representing approximately five million Americans, according to a survey by mobile VoIP network, Rebtel.
According to a survey, the iPad reigns supreme as the preferred tablet device, with two-thirds of tablet owners choosing the device. French Americans claim the highest percentage of tablet owners (17%), followed by Mexican-Americans (15%), Nigerian-Americans, and Ghana-Americans at 14% respectively rounded out by Ethiopian-Americans at 8% and Cuban-Americans at 7%.
Among the different demographics, there were some wide disparities concerning whether or not they would buy a tablet in the near future. Ghanese (62%) and Indian Americans (58%) topped the list among immigrant populations looking to buy a tablet device, while Ethiopian (31%) and French Americans (34%) ranked last.
In terms of brand preference broken down by ethnicity of users, Apple’s iPad has a particularly strong foothold among Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans and Nigerian-Americans, which account for the highest affinity marked by 83%, 80%, and 75% respectively.
Concerning the highest percentage of respondents who said that they would most likely buy an iPad in the near future, a whopping 87% of Kenyans claimed they would do so, with French immigrants coming in second at 81%. The Kindle was a popular second choice as a tablet device, with 9% of the overall population saying they are most likely to buy it, with Ethiopian immigrants leading the way at 24%.
Out of the immigrants in the study hailing from Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and UK currently residing in the US, all segments ranked the iPad as their tablet of choice.
The development comes after Pelephone became the first cell comapny to sign an agreement with a virtual operator in December 2010, when it agreed to allow a company called Free Telecom to use its network.
Under the terms of the latest deal, Rami Levi will sell mobile phones and cellular services at its supermarkets from the third quarter of 2011.
According to Pelephone Chief Executive Gil Sharon, his company views MVNO deals as the only way to grow. He noted that Pelephone’s business strategy in the context of MVNOs is ‘co-opetition’, which is a combination of competition with cooperation in infrastructure; with the understanding that’s where the world is going … The MVNO is another way for them to increase profits in a changing marketplace, while maximizing the capabilities of Pelephone’s advanced network.
Research In Motion and the BlackBerry Partners Fund have announced that RIM is making a lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II, a new US$150 million independent venture capital fund, focused exclusively on mobile computing.
BlackBerry Partners Fund II is expected to launch in June 2011 and will have a broader international mandate than the first Fund.
According to Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion, they are very pleased with the positive impact of the first Fund on their mobile ecosystem, they are looking forward to BlackBerry Partners Fund II bringing additional resources and support to mobile innovators in a broader range of international markets.
As per John Albright, Co-Managing Partner of BlackBerry Partners Fund, they are very fortunate to have RIM as an anchor investor and partner in their Fund and greatly anticipate expanding their reach and the geographical scope of Fund II.
The first BlackBerry Partners Fund was established in 2008 in collaboration with Research In Motion, Thomson Reuters, Royal Bank of Canada and a roster of high profile investors. The Fund has made 13 investments to-date in mobile start-ups in Canada, the United States, Israel and Ireland.