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DoCoMo to expand i-mode to Greece

TOKYO-NTT DoCoMo Inc. has expanded its European i-mode reach to Greece with a partnership agreement with mobile operator Cosmote. DoCoMo is licensing Cosmote to launch i-mode services, the Japanese operator's highly successful mobile Internet service in Greece.Cosmote will offer its i-mode service on its...

AT&T Wireless to sell stake in Far EasTone

REDMOND, Wash.-AT&T Wireless Services Inc. said it signed an agreement to sell its ownership stake in Taiwanese mobile carrier Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. to the carrier's majority shareholder, Far Eastern Group, for $330 million in cash.Earlier this month, Far EasTone and KG Telecommunications, another...

AT&T Wireless to dispose of stake in Taiwanese operator

AT&T Wireless Services Inc. said it signed an agreement to sell its ownership stake in Taiwanese mobile carrier Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. to the carrier's majority shareholder, Far Eastern Group, for $330 million in cash.Earlier this week, Far EasTone and KG Telecommunications, another Taiwanese...

DoCoMo agrees to mobile merger in Taiwan

TOKYO-Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. looks to have stepped in to revive a merger between two Taiwanese mobile operators that was speculated to have fallen through. DoCoMo said it had agreed to a deal in which KG Telecommunications Co. will become a 100-percent controlled...

Taiwan market sees further consolidation

TAIPEI, Taiwan-Two Taiwanese mobile operators have agreed to merge, marking continuing consolidation in Taiwan's mobile market.Far EasTone Telecommunications said it will acquire KG Telecommunications for about $877 million.KGT shareholders will be offered to convert one KGT share into 0.46332 Far EasTone share plus 20...

DoCoMo mulls tie-up with SingTel, KTF

TOKYO-NTT DoCoMo, the largest mobile operator in Japan, said it is in talks with KTF of South Korea, and with Singapore Telecommunications as potential partners in Asia. NTT DoCoMo has been seeking another Asian partner through which it can promote its popular i-mode and...

Taiwan 3G auction nets $1.4B

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Taiwan awarded its five third-generation licenses following a 19-day auction that saw bid totals much higher than analysts had expected. Total bids in the auction—Asia's first 3G auction—reached $1.4 billion, up nearly 50 percent over the state-set minimum prices.The auction ended after 3GO...

Taiwan’s 3G auction under way

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Taiwan's third-generation (3G) license auction is under way, with the five licenses offered expected to bring just above the minimum bids. The auction is the first in Asia to attract more bidders than available licenses.Six companies have showed interest in the five licenses,...

KG Telecom to begin i-mode-like services next year

TOKYO—NEC said it will supply a mobile Internet platform to Taiwan's KG Telecom, which will begin its i-mode-like mobile Internet service in mid-2002. The contract value is 1 billion yen (US$8.2 million).NEC said its platform consists of gateway and service systems that provide service...

KG Telecom to begin i-mode-like services next year

TOKYO—NEC said it will supply a mobile Internet platform to Taiwan's KG Telecom, which will begin its i-mode-like mobile Internet service in mid-2002. The contract value is $8.2 million.NEC said it platform consists of gateway and service systems that provide service similar to i-mode,...

NTT DoCoMo to up Taiwan stake, push i-mode services

TOKYO-NTT DoCoMo said it will increase its stake in Taiwan's KG Telecommunications by purchasing a maximum of more than 62.36 million new shares from existing shareholders and employees at the end of June. KG Telecom will issue a total of 187.3 million new shares...

NTT DoCoMo steps up global strategy

TOKYO-NTT DoCoMo has been gearing up its global strategy, concluding one investment agreement after another. Since December 1999, it has invested in carriers in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Britain.At the end of November 2000, DoCoMo announced another big deal with a U.S. carrier,...

KDDI expands international roaming services: Other Japanese operators restricted by technology

TOKYO-KDDI, the sole cdmaOne operator in Japan, has been expanding its international roaming services, fully using its universally standardized cdmaOne technology.In January, KDDI launched international roaming services in Canada in cooperation with Telus Mobility, a major Canadian carrier. Canada will become the fifth country...

Nokia GPRS solutions used by 10 operators

HELSINKI, Finland-Nokia Corp. announced 10 operators around the world now have commercial GPRS services based on Nokia solutions up and running.The company said the next step will be to optimize GPRS networks for transporting WAP and other content.The companies launching GPRS services are Fujian...

Nokia, KG Telecom to cooperate on 3G services

HELSINKI, Finland-Nokia and KG Telecom agreed to cooperate on the development of third-generation (3G) mobile networks and applications. The memorandum of understanding includes cooperation on the definition and creation of 3G and mobile Internet Protocol services.The companies will also work together on network technology...

Bell Canada sells stake in KG Telecom

MONTREAL-Continuing its efforts to divest its Asian telecommunication properties, Canadian communications company Bell Canada International Inc. signed a definitive share purchase agreement with Taiwan Cement Corp. to sell its 20-percent interest in Taiwanese personal communications services provider KG Telecom for $533.9 million.BCI expects to...

Infrastructure deals

Alcatel.Benin. With Office des Postes et Telecommunications (OPT) for a GSM network, along with fiber-optic and switching equipment.Value: US$32.8 millionKenya. With KenCell for a 50,000-subscriber capacity GSM network.Value: UndisclosedMorocco. With Maroc Telecom for mobile switching centers.Value: UndisclosedPortugal. With Portugal Telecom's TMN for a GPRS network.Value: UndisclosedQatar. With Q-Tel...

Inktomi, Nokia team on mobile network software

HELSINKI, Finland-Inktomi Corp., a developer of scalable Internet infrastructure software, and Nokia Networks have agreed to deliver carrier-class infrastructure software to mobile network operators.According to Nokia, the deal will enable to companies to deliver next-generation mobile data services and applications to both current and...

Infrastructure deals

AlcatelCameroon. With Societe Camerounaise de Mobiles (SCM) for a GSM network for the area between the cities of Yaounde, Douala and Bafoussam.Value: US$21.15 millionChina. With Post and Telecommunications Administration of Hubei province for DECT wireless local loop systems.Value: US$20 millionMozambique. With Telecomunicacoes Moeis de Mocambique for...

News Briefs

Omnipoint Communications began a trial of high-speed wireless data technology using L.M. Ericsson's General Packet Radio Services solution. Ericsson's GPRS equipment is installed at network facilities in Wayne, N.J., serving Omnipoint's New York metro area. Omnipoint said it plans to extend the scope of...

WORLD BRIEFS

BrazilClariti Wireless Messaging, a division of Clariti Telecommunications International, announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Acme Paging, one of the largest paging providers in Latin America. Under terms of the MoU, Acme Paging will sell Clariti's digital voice pagers and wireless voice...

INFRASTRUCTURE DEALS

EricssonBrazil. With Tele Norte Celular for upgrade and new TDMA.Value: US$50 millionChile. With Entel PCS for GSM 1900 equipment.Value: UndisclosedChina. With Liaoning Post & Telecommunications Administration for its GSM network.Value: US$150 millionCroatia. With VIP-Net to supply base station subsystems for its new GSM network.Value: UndisclosedUkraine. With Digital Cellular...

TECH BRIEFS

Lucent Technologies announced three technical initiatives designed to increase capacity in TDMA equipment. The company announced a series of software enhancements developed by Bell Laboratories to increase frequency re-use; as well as new PCS Minicell growth hardware designed to provide higher capacity for traffic-intensive...

NOKIA TO DELIVER KG TELECOM GPRS SOLUTION

HELSINKI, Finland-Nokia announced an agreement to supply its General Packet Radio Service network solution to KG Telecom in Taiwan.KG Telecom will be able to provide mobile Internet access to its subscribers using the GPRS network. Nokia will deliver Internet Protocol core network infrastructure, including...

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