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SingTel eyes 30% stake in Warid June 26, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in Cellular, consumer, Global, GSM, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, telecom, World, Worldwide.

Source: Telegeography

 According to the Financial Times, SingTel is close to securing a 30% stake in Pakistani cellco Warid Telecom, in a deal that would value the country’s third-largest mobile operator at USD1 billion. Citing unidentified people familiar with the situation, the FT said SingTel had emerged as a strong favourite to buy the stake, ahead of MTN and Vodafone. ‘A deal between SingTel and Warid could be signed as early as next month,’ the newspaper quoted one of its sources as saying.

Warid is owned by the private Abu Dhabi Group, which is one of the largest foreign investor groups in Pakistan and owns Bank Alfalah and Wateen Telecom. Warid owns wireless and broadband operations in Bangladesh and Uganda.


Orascom Telecom buys 11% of Mobilink for USD290 million June 26, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in Cellular, Global, GSM, mobile, Paksitan, telecom, World, Worldwide.
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Source: Telegeography

Orascom Telecom Holdings has confirmed it has purchased an 11.3% indirect stake in its Pakistani GSM operation, Pakistan Telecommunications Company (Mobilink), for USD290 million from Saif Telecom. The company said it now owns 100% of the cellco, through direct stakes held by its wholly owned subsidiaries. Orascom said it will fund the acquisition with proceeds from the USD750 million senior notes issuance that closed in February.

At the end of April 2007 Mobilink claimed 25.21 million subscribers from a total 58.39 million wireless users across the country, according to figures compiled by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

COMVU: Live Video from Mobile Phone to Broadcast Control Center Debuts at NAB 2007 May 30, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in 3G, Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, CDMA, Cellular, consumer, DSL, Global, GSM, hotspot, Internet, Internet TV, ISP, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, Trainings, TV, Webcast.
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Just wanted to share this information with all of you … ComVu’s ‘PocketCaster’ has a GREAT potential to penetrate almost all level of users who have access to a Cell Phone with a Camera & an Internet Connection (GPRS, Edge, EVDO/3G etc).

It supports Live Webcast to a Blog/YouTube & creates an archieve to be downloaded / Stored for later use.

 I test the application using a Nokia E50 & a Nokia N95 using GPRS & Edge over Mobilink & Warid networks. It’s just amazing to see the Technological Advancements & how they can be put to positive use.

I would surely recommend to give it a test & amaze yourself 🙂

Read the following New’s item also


Warid to sell off minority stake? May 21, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in 3G, CDMA, Cellular, consumer, Global, GSM, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, Uncategorized, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
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Monday, 21 May 2007

According to industry sources, Pakistan’s third largest cellco by subscribers, Warid Telecom, is in talks with several foreign firms, including SingTel, to sell a minority stake. ‘Warid has been approached by several international telecom companies over the last six or eight months, including those from the Far East, the Middle East and Europe,’ said a source close to the company, before adding, ‘But no final decision has been taken as yet. The picture will become clear by July or August.’ The operator is currently owned by the Abu Dhabi Group of the United Arab Emirates.

Source : Telegeography

Juniper’s program to convert Cisco trained engineers to Junos May 21, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Cable, Cisco, DSL, Global, Internet, ISP, Juniper, Network, Paksitan, routing, Service Providers, Trainings, World, Worldwide.

JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Program

The JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track program is specifically designed to enable Cisco routing certified professionals (CCP)-Cisco Certified Networking Associates (CCNA), Cisco Certified Networking Professionals (CCNP), and Cisco Certified Internetworking Engineers (CCIE)-to become Juniper Networks JUNOS-certified. Between May and December 2007, Juniper Networks will fast track them to maximize their education in the shortest amount of time-at no cost to them.

Networking professionals who achieve multiple certifications are now in greater demand than ever, commanding higher salaries and adding more value to high-end enterprises. Because of this increased need, we are pleased to provide them with this fast tracked way to become Juniper Networks JUNOS-certified. Normally, this certification program would cost them several thousand dollars, so we encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity now.

Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Web Portal
The JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Web Portal contains all the Juniper Networks Education Services courseware, lab guides and diagrams, technical manuals, and the tools the CCP needs to become Juniper Networks JUNOS-certified. Specifically, they have access to the following materials:

    • JUNOS as a Second Language (JSL) eLearning course
    • Operating Juniper Networks Routers in the Enterprise (OJRE) student and lab guides
    • Advanced Juniper Networks Routing in the Enterprise (AJRE) student and lab guides
    • Hardware and software technical documentation
    • Basic installation eLearning courses
    • JNCIA-ER preassessment online exam

Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Program Process

• Step 1: Juniper Networks or J-Partner CAM/SE gives a known CCP a JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Web Portal Access Card (either a physical card or an e-mail version). The access card contains the Web address for the JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Web Portal. • Step 2: The CCP accesses the JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Web Portal authorization page.• Step 3: The CCP completes the registration page and advances to the curriculum page to complete the following activities:
     • Take the JSL eLearning Course.
     • Study the OJRE course material and the JNCIA-ER exam objectives.
     • Review the hardware and software technical documentation and the eLearning installation courses as needed.
• Step 4: The CCP completes the Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate-Enterprise Routing (JNCIA-ER) online preassessment exam. Once he/she passes the preassessment exam, he/she will receive a voucher to take the practical exam at any Prometric
Center worldwide – at not cost to them.
• Step 5: After successfully completing the JNCIA-ER exam, the CCP will receive another voucher to take the Juniper Networks Certified Internet Specialist-Enterprise Routing (JNCIS-ER) exam at anyPrometric
Center worldwide-again at no cost to them! Formore information about the Prometric Testing Centers, please go to http://www.prometric.com

Worldwide 3G Subscribers Base will Grow 56% Annually from 2006 to 2010 May 15, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in 3G, Broadband, CDMA, Cellular, consumer, Global, hotspot, mobile, WCDMA, WiMAX, Wireless, WLAN, World, Worldwide.

Source: http://www.cellular-news.com/story/23725.php

The worldwide 3G subscribers base will grow at a CAGR of 55.93% for the period spanning from 2006 to 2010, where major share is contributed by Asia-Pacific regions, according to the latest research from RNCOS.

Among its key findings include:

  • CDMA2000 and WCDMA market is forecasted to account for 41% of the total worldwide wireless market by 2010.
  • WLAN industry is set for wider acceptance across all industry segments. Particularly, the high growth will come from WLAN home applications.
  • The standard 802.11n, anticipated to be formulated by 2007, will create exceptional uptake of technology as it has improved speed and security features.
  • China presents the major opportunity area, where WLAN customers will increase as prices of WLAN equipment are seeing downward trend.
  • The Indian hotspot market is on the cusp of a period of sustained growth. There are clear opportunities for full-fledged billing, PIN/security administration for hotspot users, and roaming solutions. Also, a more appropriate model around the hotspot (something similar to the Indian STD/ISD PCO or long-distance public calling office) needs to be developed making it a more attractive proposition to run a franchise or manage one.
  • Consumer Electronics and Mobile phones, IT Security market will present new growth opportunities for WLAN industry.

Portability will be major WiMAX revenue generator by 2012 May 4, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in 3G, Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Global, Internet, ISP, mobile, Wifi, WiMAX, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
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The increased take-up of portable and mobile WiMAX services will mean that, starting in 2009, growth in revenues from non-fixed WiMAX services will outstrip growth in revenues from fixed WiMAX services, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media.

The report-‘WiMAX Broadband Convergence: Emerging Fixed, Portable & Mobile Revenue Opportunities’-also says that non-fixed-service revenues will account for almost 80% of total WiMAX service revenues by 2012.

As the first portable WiMAX devices arrive, in the form of PC cards and notebook computers, portable revenues will start to increase strongly and will provide almost half of total revenues by 2012, the report says.

Mobile devices will follow, according to the report, with revenues from mobile users growing even faster, albeit from a small base, to reach 30% of total revenues by 2012, showing the value that will be placed on the ease of use and flexibility provided by a variety of device form factors.

The largest element of WiMAX revenues worldwide will be access charges, growing to US$17 billion in 2012, Informa’s report says. Value-added services for both the consumer and business sectors are forecast to grow significantly faster, reaching about 30% of total revenues in 2012, while advertising is expected to start later but show the fastest growth of the three revenue streams, reaching just under 13% of the total by the end of the forecast period.

WiMAX revenues by service type, 2007-2012 (US$bn)

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Fixed 1.80 2.64 3.65 4.46 5.22 6.01
Portable 0.22 1.06 2.54 4.74 7.57 11.16
Mobile 0.01 0.17 0.66 1.74 3.72 7.16
Global total 2.04 3.86 6.86 10.94 16.51 24.33

Source: Informa Telecoms&Media “The assumption is that WiMAX operators will continue to charge flat-rate fees, similar to wired broadband fees, albeit with usage limits,” says Mike Roberts, a principal analyst at Informa. “This is in contrast to the per-megabyte fees charged by some mobile operators.”


Global Wireless ARPUs May 4, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in 3G, Cellular, Global, GSM, mobile, Paksitan, Wireless, Worldwide.
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New research from TeleGeography’s Wireless Operator Metrics Research Service reveals that monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPU) is declining globally, but the gap between operators with the world’s highest and lowest monthly ARPU remains huge. From a data set of more than 130 mobile operators, between September 2005 and September 2006 ARPU fell by an average of 6.4%.

Not surprisingly, providers with higher ARPU tended to be in countries with relatively high incomes—predominately in Western Europe and the U.S. Surprisingly, tiny BTCI, Turkmenistan’s dominant mobile operator, topped the rankings, with ARPU of USD83, far ahead of any other operators. At the opposite extreme lies Bangladesh’s Banglalink, which generated monthly revenues of only USD3.3 per subscriber.

Highest and Lowest ARPU Worldwide

In saturated markets lower voice tariffs and declining minutes of use contribute to the decline in ARPUs, whereas in fast-growing emerging markets the addition of incrementally less wealthy users to the subscriber base is the main cause behind the fall. TeleGeography analyst Mark Gibson commented, “a trait shared by most high ARPU companies is a low percentage of pre-paid users and high 3G subscriber growth. Growing data revenues are helping these providers to offset declining voice revenue.”


Broadband subscriptions in Middle East and Africa up 38%, says DSL Forum April 26, 2007

Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Cable, DSL, Global, Internet, ISP, mobile.

Source: http://www.telecomasia.net/article.php?type=article&id_article=4231

Users around the world are using their mobile phones for more and more applications as devices become more sophisticated, so it seemed just a matter of time before a quantum leap was made in the type of content being sent.  Now, for better or worse, the age of mobile self-expression and social networking is about to dawn in the mobile world.