Mobitel, a leading Sri Lankan mobile service provider has come together with Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University to launch the first of its kind mobile MBA for aspiring Sri Lankan executives. This new MBA programme allows students to follow lectures in an interactive virtual classroom and will be delivered via Mobitel’s mLearning platform. The online degree will be on par with other Edinburgh Napier University MBA degrees enabling busy executives to graduate with a UK qualification. Further, students will also have the option to spend a semester at the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
As per reports, Professor George Stonehouse, Dean of Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School, has said that they are delighted to extend one of their post graduate programmes to Sri Lanka as well. The unique feature about pursuing one’s studies via the mLearning platform is that all environments have been created to promote interactivity among students and lecturers whilst enhancing a student’s learning experience without requiring physical presence in the university. He further added that the most important fact is that due to its design and unparalleled functionalities, ambitious students with the thirst to broaden their knowledge can now confidently do so with the help of Mobitel’s mLearning platform.
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel’s Senior General Manager, Corporate Planning & Marketing Mr. Janaka Jayalath has reportedly said that through Mobitel’s mLearning platform, they have harnessed the education pertaining to many industries in their nation, via partnerships with prominent educational institutes. Their partnership with a reputed university such as the Edinburgh Napier University, will enable students to pursue their higher studies at their own convenience by bridging the gap between time and accessibility, via mLearning.
The handset is priced at US$94.31.
Mobitel has launched Nokia C5-03 on its network. The smartphone is available in two colors, white aluminum and black aluminum, along with various two-year packages at prices ranging between US$1.40 and US$139.39 or without any contractual obligation at US$308.35.
The handset is based on the latest Symbian OS. It features a 3.2″ screen with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. The touchscreen is resistive and supports handwriting recognition. It is powered with a 600MHz ARM processor and also has 128MB of RAM. Email and Instant messaging services are also available and can be used via a 3G, GPRS or Wi-Fi network. The flash is also supported with Flash Lite 3.0.
Sri Lanka’s largest fixed access provider, Sri Lanka Telecom has stated that it is increasing capital expenditure which had flagged during a recent downturn to modernize its network, build broadband capacity and expand into former war torn areas.
According to Chief Executive Greg Young, declining depreciation was indicating that its network was ageing, signaling need to accelerate modernization to meet explosive data growth and broadband demand. SLT is state joint venture with Malaysia’s UT group.
SLT is changing over to a ‘next generation network’ which can handle both data and voice through packet based transmission.
Yong added that already almost 20% of their customers are served by this technology, with plans to increase this to over 40% by end 2011.
The move will cut costs and improve quality and reliability of the network.
He added that despite this customer growth, call usage of fixed telephones has continued to decline, consistent with the expected trend towards mobile services, but this has resulted in strong growth in mobile calls observed in our Mobitel subsidiary. Business customers continue to show a strong preference for fixed services due to clarity, quality, safety and prestige, while our CDMA customer base and call usage has fallen as a result of customer migration to mobile services.
The firm’s broadband ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) customers had grown 36.4% to 213,000 by the end of 2010. Mobitel also had 90,000 broadband users.
The firm had increased investments in new copper access lines to cater to broad band data demand and its PeoTV service.
Telekom Slovenia Group has reported its first nine months results and as per them the company’s revenues declined by 1% to US$842.16 million. The net profit of the company dropped to US$8.73 million from US$50.26.
The operating revenue in Telekom Slovenia and Mobitel, dropped by 4% in this period, and remained level in other Slovenian companies. In Kosovo and Macedonia, the group recorded an increase in revenue. At the end of September, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) stood at US$ 262.50 million, which is 4% less than in the same period last year. EBIT dropped by 43% to US$48.53 million.
In the first nine months of the year, the group invested over US$93.08 million in the construction, upgrades and development of the network and services.
According to the Supervisory Board chairman TomaÅ¾ Berginc, it is important that the group largely managed to stop the negative trends despite tougher operating conditions on all markets. The announced necessary radical organizational changes, which are needed, should give the operations new impetus in the future and result in a considerable rebound to the positive. The Supervisory Board is unanimous about this.
According to Ivica Kranj?evi?, the Telekom Slovenia Management Board president, in the past, the company has accomplished a lot regarding cost control, and now the demanding task of increasing the revenue awaits them. There is certainly some more space in the Slovenian market, where their job and mission are not concluded yet, while at the same time we need to pay attention to the growth of their key investments in Kosovo and Macedonia, and they will be especially focused on the new converged and multimedia services and cloud services in the future.
The Central Bank issued a ruling in August that it must oversee credit remittances – which includes the money transfer services provided by mobile networks.
The Cellcard Cash service was launched in September without Central Bank oversight after the network operator interpreted the regulations as not being applicable to its service.
At the time, the mobile network’s operations manager Kay Lot stated that the company did not consider mobile-money transfers to be banking.
The GSMA, which helped fund the service, was reported last month to have suspended grant payments, worth up to US$5 million, until the situation is resolved.
Cambodia’s Mobitel has signed a deal with Chinese banks to refinance US$591 million of debt, which will enable, The Royal Group, the parent company to refinance a US$421 million loan used to buy out a majority stake in Mobitel from Millicom International last year. The Bank of China acted as the main lender.
According to Mark Hanna, chief financial officer for The Royal Group, the new loan deal was much longer term than the previous arrangement with ANZ, Standard Bank and Leopard Capital, among others. Securing refinancing some six months before the loan was due meant international banks would gain confidence in lending large amounts to firms in the Kingdom. The newly acquired financing would be put towards refinancing debt and funding Mobitel’s costs for capital expansion.
Mobitel, Nigerian WiMAX license holder, has launched its network after investing US$70 million on rolling out its initial coverage in the city of Lagos. The company intends to spend around US$350 million over the next two years expanding its network, which is also being designed with an upgrade route to LTE in the future.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel, Mr. Johnson Salako, Mobitel’s mission is to deliver the best customer experience in all aspects of telecommunication service delivery as Africa’s most successful 4G network.
Mobitel had acquired a 2.3GHz license from the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) in March 2010, after an earlier license awarded in 2009 were cancelled due to controversy about the tendering process.
The company initially awarded its network contract to Alvarion, although deployment was delayed while the regulatory situation was resolved.
The National Bank of Cambodia has warned that it will take action after local mobile network; Mobitel launched a mobile banking service without applying for permission from the Central Bank. The Central Bank had issued a ruling in August that it must oversee credit payments – which includes the money transfer services provided by mobile networks.
According to reports, Mobitel’s Cellcard Cash service was launched on September 20 without the filing of an application. The money transfer service is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Central Bank director general Tal Nay Im declined to comment on what action the central bank was considering, she did not rule out legal action against the mobile network operator. She said she cannot tell anything yet but the company has to do something.
According to Mobitel’s operations manager Kay Lot, the company did not consider mobile-money transfers to be banking.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Mobiltel Bulgaria’s music service has been transitioned by Real Networks to the Real platform on March 10. â€˜all-you-can-eat’ function has also been added to continue its strong momentum across Europe. Subscribers are provided with flexibility and choice for downloading music to their mobile devices due to Mobitel’s migration to RealNetworks’ music platform.
Mobitel subscribers can download and sync music to their mobile phones from the PC by subscribing to the Music Unlimited package for 9.90 Bulgarian Lev (£4.64) per-month. Music can also be downloaded through WAP or web stores, or from native apps residing on their handsets.
According to Karakanovsky, Marketing Data Director for Mobiltel Bulgaria, RealNetworks is a global leader in mobile music and with its strong presence in Eastern Europe, is a perfect fit for MAG and Mobiltel and its subscribers will be more likely to utilize mobile music due to the increased simplicity and elegance of the interface, and dual download capability.