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AT&T wins license in Dominica

DENVER, United States-AT&T Wireless confirmed that it has won a license to offer mobile services on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The U.S.-based operator will compete against Cable & Wireless, which saw its shares plunge about 42 percent early this week following news of...

T-Mobile sheds One 2 One name, announces MMS plans

DUBLIN, Ireland—One 2 One unveiled its multimedia messaging (MMS) plans for the United Kingdom at the same time that the name One 2 One was consigned to history as the company formally changed its name to T-Mobile. The company will launch its MMS service...

Hutchison pushes for 3G mast sharing

OXFORD, United Kingdom—In an effort to reduce its market entry costs as a greenfield third-generation (3G) operator, Hutchison 3G is negotiating with U.K. operators mmO2 and One 2 One about mast sharing. Deutsche Telekom-owned One 2 One and mmO2 have already agreed to share...

MmO2 agrees to 3G network sharing

OXFORD, United Kingdom—Hutchison has signed a crucial network sharing deal with British Telecommunications' former wireless division, mmO2. The agreement will allow Hutchison's subscribers to make and receive calls using mmO2's second-generation (2G) network when out of range of its own third-generation (3G) network. The...

T-Mobile adds 1.7 million subscribers

FRANKFURT, Germany—Deutsche Telekom's wireless unit T-Mobile added 1.7 million net subscribers during the third quarter, bringing the carrier's worldwide wireless customer base to 45.6 million subscribers.VoiceStream Wireless, T-Mobile's U.S. division, added 370,000 net subscribers, well below T-Mobile's previous estimates of 650,000 customer additions. VoiceStream...

Legal battle to continue over 3G fees, says BT

OXFORD, United Kingdom—Despite losing a legal appeal over the timing of its third-generation (3G) license payments, British Telecommunications (BT) said it will instigate a fresh court action restating that it and Deutsche Telekom-owned One 2 One were treated unfairly by being forced to pay...

Oftel imposes U.K. price controls

LONDON—U.K. telecom regulator Oftel imposed price controls on the country's four mobile operators, saying British consumers would save $1.2 billion during the next four years. The controls will reduce revenues for the carriers by about $884 million, Oftel said.The controls are less stringent than...

Hutchison pins mobile hopes on 3G success

HONG KONG-On the face of it, Hutchison Whampoa is a great success story. The company is among the leading international wireless operators and part of the giant Cheung Kong (Holdings), which in May announced after-tax profits of US$8 billion on a market capitalization of...

Vodafone slips to third in U.K.

LONDON-A major shift has occurred in the U.K. mobile market, with Vodafone Group plc, the market leader in terms of subscriber numbers for several years, falling two spots to No. 3 following the release of second-quarter subscriber numbers. Orange, owned by France Telecom, claimed...

BT, DT to share 3G networks in U.K., Germany

BT Wireless and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile International said their operating companies in the United Kingdom and Germany plan to cooperate on the rollout of third-generation networks.The agreement includes coordinated rollout of 3G infrastructure and sharing of new and existing base stations, including sites, masts...

U.K. wireless phone penetration reaches 68 percent

LONDON-About 44 percent of all U.K. households had a mobile phone in 2000, but this year, 68 percent of U.K. households have a mobile phone, according to the "2001 U.K. Mobile Telephone Customer Satisfaction Study" from J.D. Power and Associates.Nearly one in 10 households...

Nokia gains credibility as total supplier

Amid the frenzy over a flagging economy and road bumps to the next generation of technologies, Nokia Corp. won a series of third-generation infrastructure contracts that gives the handset vendor coveted status as a network provider.The deals, including a $1.3 billion deal to supply...

Vodafone, One 2 One to cut handset subsidies

LONDON-Britain's mobile carriers are beginning to do away with handset subsidies, with both Vodafone U.K. and One 2 One announcing plans to sharply increase the cost of their cheapest phones.Both of the carriers' cheapest prepaid handsets are increasing to about $100 from about $56....

U.S. wireless regulator spreads the word about auctions

WASHINGTON-The chief wireless regulator in the United States has been spreading the message of auctions as a key licensing tool in various overseas trips during the last year."You are struck when you travel that people are interested in the perspective of the U.S. government....

U.K. operators quietly slip 3G timescales

OXFORD, United Kingdom-While many of the public statements from the U.K. cell-phone operators have always mentioned early 2002 as the commercial deployment date for third-generation (3G) services, the four existing players have all let it be known very late 2002 or 2003 is a...

DT adds Powertel to wireless bounty

It was no surprise. Powertel Inc., one of the last major U.S. regional carriers, will fold operations with VoiceStream Wireless Corp. Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG, which weeks ago announced plans to buy VoiceStream, has agreed to purchase Powertel for around $5.89 billion.Analysts speculated on...

Virgin Mobile coming to United States

DENVER, United States-One of the world's most savvy and chic brand names is coming to the U.S. mobile-phone market next year.Virtual network operator (VNO) Virgin Mobile USA said it plans to ink an agreement with a carrier here and offer nationwide service by the...

One 2 One selects Phone.com server

LONDON-British carrier One 2 One has chosen Phone.com Inc.'s UP.Link Server Suite to launch WAP-based wireless Internet services in the United Kingdom. This is the second U.K.-based carrier to launch WAP services using the Phone.com platform. BT Cellnet was the first in March.

Virgin Mobile coming to America

One of the world's most savvy and chic brand names is coming to the U.S. mobile-phone market next year.Virtual network operator Virgin Mobile USA said it plans to ink an agreement with a carrier in the United States and offer nationwide service by the...

DT justifies price for VoiceStream

Deutsche Telekom AG executives found themselves justifying the price the German company paid for Voice-Stream Wireless Corp. as it detailed the new deal to analysts last week."The price is fair," said Kai-Uwe Ricke, chief executive officer of T-Mobil International, DT's mobile carrier arm. "Traditional...

Nortel leader calls Europe dominant in wireless data

PARIS-Lloyd Carney knows U.S. carriers hate him for saying it, but the facts speak for themselves."Europe is the dominant player in the wireless data space," he said last week in Paris. "The U.S. lags behind."As Nortel Networks' president, wireless Internet, Carney used his company's...

Sukawaty says goodbye to Sprint

WASHINGTON-Andrew Sukawaty, president and chief operating officer of Sprint PCS and recently installed chairman of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, said Friday he is leaving the nationwide mobile-phone carrier to pursue a new, unnamed opportunity."This is the fourth start-up venture in which I've been...

World Briefs

Hong KongCable & Wireless HKT Mobile Services and Nokia Corp. successfully completed their third-generation trials and the provision of a commercially available 43.2 kbps high-speed circuit switched data service in Hong Kong. Nokia noted that the recently completed second phase of 3G trials involved...

Operators can resell 3G services instead of owning network

Dear Editor,In writing in the April 24 issue on the absurdly high bids for U.K. 3G licenses, "U.K. Prices: Up, up and away," RCR states: "But the United Kingdom's four incumbents must win a license at any cost. If they lose, they face destroyed...

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