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Venezuelan regulator assigns more spectrum bands to Movistar, Movilnet and Digicel

Looking to increase operators’ network capacity, Venezuelan telecom regulator Conatel has assigned additional spectrum to the state-run Movilnet, to Telefónica subsidiary Movistar and to the domestically-owned Digicel in the 1.8 GHz and 1.9 GHz bands. Conatel noted that the additional spectrum is aimed at...

Venezuela’s Movilnet, Movistar and Digitel apply for 1.7/2.1 GHz auction

Venezuela’s three mobile network operators – state-run Movilnet, Telefónica subsidiary Movistar and domestically-owned Digitel – have responded to last month’s invitation to participate in a tender for three blocks of mobile spectrum in the 1710 MHz-2170 MHz mobile frequency bands, the National Telecommunications Commission...

Starent wins EV-DO gateway contract with Movilnet

TEWKSBURY, Mass.-Venezuelan operator Movilnet has chosen Starent Networks to provide its ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway for data service access on Movilnet's CDMA2000 1x and 1x EV-DO network.The ST16 acts as a gateway between the wireless network and core Internet Protocol network.One of the keys...

Qualcomm pens CDMA deals, Venezuela to launch DO

SAN DIEGO-Qualcomm Inc. said it has entered into CDMA2000 agreements with two companies, while a carrier has launched CDMA2000 EV-DO technology in Venezuela. The CDMA proprietor said it entered separate licensing agreements with BenQ Corp. of Taiwan and Axesstel Inc. here to develop, manufacture...

Qualcomm pens CDMA deals, Venezuelan carrier launches DO service

SAN DIEGO-Qualcomm Inc. said it has entered into CDMA2000 agreements with two companies, while a carrier has launched CDMA2000 EV-DO technology in Venezuela.The CDMA proprietor said it entered separate licensing agreements with BenQ Corp of Taiwan and Axesstel Inc. here to develop, manufacture and...

Business Briefs

Lucent Technologies Inc. says carrier Movilnet has launched its cdma2000 1x voice and data network using its equipment, software and services. "Movilnet's subscribers will be able to access the cdma2000 network with cdma2000 1x cell phones or personal digital assistants and laptop PCs equipped...

Movilnet launches cdma2001 1x with Lucent equipment

CARACAS, Venezuela-Lucent Technologies Inc. says carrier Movilnet has launched its cdma2000 1x voice and data network using its equipment, software and services."Movilnet's subscribers will be able to access the cdma2000 network with cdma2000 1x cell phones or personal digital assistants and laptop PCs equipped...

Movilnet launches ‘virtual’ service in Venezuela

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-The Venezuelan cell-phone operator Movilnet presented a new service that allows new clients to receive mobile-phone messages without actually owning their own cellular phones.The "Virtual Cellular" service offers a message box to each new customer, allowing the user to check messages from...

DatumCom joins with Movilnet for location services in Venezuela

BOCA RATON, Fla.—DatumCom Corp. announced it will join with Movilnet to provide AVL/GPS location services in Venezuela.The companies plan to combine a systems platform and operational services and support with a range of location-based applications, allowing them to manage location data from GPS technology...

Movilnet to offer location services

BOCA RATON, Florida, United States—Venezuelan mobile operator Movilnet plans to provide global positioning system (GPS) services through an agreement with U.S.-based DatumCom. The agreement includes using GPS technology to provide a variety of location-based applications.Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Venezuelan TDMA operator selects cdma2000 migration

DENVER, United States—Venezuela's leading operator, Telecommunicaciones Movilnet, signed a US$150 million contract that will allow Lucent Technologies to build a nationwide third-generation (3G) cdma2000 wireless network to complement its existing TDMA digital network.Lucent did not announce the timeline for the launch of the network,...

Infrastructure Awards

AlcatelChina. With China Mobile for GSM network expansion contracts by Shanghai Mobile and Jilin Mobile.Value: US$70 millionMalaysia. With Telekom Cellular to expand its existing GSM 1800 MHz capacity and ready it for GPRS.Value: US$85 millionPhilippines. With Digitel to roll out its mobile network by...

Movilnet to test TSI SMS solution

TAMPA, Fla.—TSI Telecommunications Services announced Venezuelan wireless operator Movilnet has agreed to test the company's short messaging service (SMS) Message Manager Solution.TSI said the product provides SMS routing and interoperability translations between disparate networks.

Latin America’s wireless Internet future lies in devices, content

With a population hungry for services, Latin America is challenging telecom and Internet companies to tap their imaginative resources to provide the devices, killer applications, high-speed networks and customized content, which will be the pathway to a robust wireless Internet industry there in the...

EDGE commitments received from carriers in the Americas

CHICAGO, United States-One of the first commercial deployments of Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) technology could be in Mexico next year based on presentations and interviews at the PCIA GlobalXchange event in late September. Mexico's largest wireless carrier, Telcel, plans to roll...

EDGE commitments received from carriers in the Americas

CHICAGO-One of the first commercial deployments of EDGE technology could be in Mexico next year based on presentations and interviews at the PCIA GlobalXchange event. Mexico's largest wireless carrier, Telcel, plans to roll out commercial EDGE service in the country's three largest cities in...

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...

CELLSTAR SELLS PREPAID ASSETS TO MOVILNET

CARROLLTON, Texas-CellStar Corp. said it has agreed to sell its Movil Amigo prepaid operation in Venezuela to Movilnet, the cellular operator subsidiary of CANTV.As part of the sale, CellStar said it was awarded an exclusive two-year contract under which it will provide Movilnet with...

VENEZUELA PCS TENDER ON HOLD AGAIN

More legal issues have fallen in the way of Venezuela's plans to tender a personal communications services license earlier this month.Conatel, Venezuela's telecom regulatory agency, was set to tender a license by Nov. 4, but protests from three cellular operators have stalled the process...

`NO ONE, BUT NO ONE’ IS MARKETING PREPAID TO AMERICANS

NEW YORK-Domestic wireless carriers "now have prepaid (services) fully introduced throughout their geographic territories," but they lag behind their peers abroad in fully tapping its potential, said Scott R. Cassell, president of Globalnet Communications, an Indianapolis consulting firm."It's exciting to see prepaid take off...

PREPAID SERVICES INCREASINGLY VIEWED AS COST MANAGEMENT OPTION

Prepaid services continue to advance in the United States and overseas as the market moves increasingly away from the credit-challenged and more toward individuals and companies that see prepaid as a way to manage costs.According to a report published by Baskerville Communications, the global...

ERICSSON WINS VENEZUELA CONTRACT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden-L.M. Ericsson signed a $200 million framework agreement with Telecommunicaciones Movilnet in Venezuela to expand its wireless network using Time Division Multiple Access Interim-136 technology. Movilnet is the only operator in the country offering digital wireless services. The carrier already has introduced digital...

VENEZUELAN TELECOM MONOPOLY ISSUES U.S. PUBLIC STOCK OFFER

NEW YORK-Compania Anonima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela, the country's monopoly telecommun-ications conglomerate, was scheduled to become a publicly traded company Nov. 22 with an offering outside the country of 34.2 million American Depository Shares.The IPO, lead managed by Lehman Brothers, New York, was expected...

CALLING PARTY PAYS RAISES CELLULAR USE, SAY CARRIERS

"Calling party pays" cellular, already a reality in Europe, Japan and Australia, is a growing trend throughout Latin America.In most places in Latin America, the cellular subscriber still pays for the airtime on incoming as well as outgoing calls. But this is changing as...

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