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Partnerships & Alliances: VZW selects Spirent for LTE testing solution

Verizon Wireless said it has chosen Spirent Communications to provide testing solutions for certification of devices that will operate on its 4G LTE network. Spirent will provide hardware, test simulators, system simulators and software for test automation, said the companies. Spirent is the...

Partnerships & Alliances: VZW selects Spirent for LTE testing solution

Verizon Wireless said it has chosen Spirent Communications to provide testing solutions for certification of devices that will operate on its 4G LTE network. Spirent will provide hardware, test simulators, system simulators and software for test automation, said the companies. Spirent is the...

Infrastructure awards wrap-up: Nokia Siemens Networks

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular, Wi-Fi, and WiMAX industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available.Miscellaneous--Germany: T-Mobile Germany has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to implement...

Weekly infrastructure awards wrap-up

Welcome to a new weekly feature at RCR Wireless News! Every week we will collect all the important equipment agreements across the cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX industries, plus any others that catch our fancy. We hope you enjoy it! The following list details infrastructure...

Virgin to launch MVNO service in South Africa with GSM carrier Cell C

LONDON-United Kingdom-based mobile virtual network operator Virgin Mobile Group plc reported plans to extend its brand into South Africa through a 50/50 venture with South African GSM network operator Cell C. The Virgin Mobile-branded enterprise will operate as an independent service operator on the...

Virgin to launch MVNO service in South Africa

LONDON-United Kingdom-based mobile virtual network operator Virgin Mobile Group plc reported plans to extend its brand into South Africa through a 50/50 venture with South African GSM network operator Cell C.The Virgin Mobile-branded enterprise will operate as an independent service operator on the Cell...

RIM shares fall slightly on financial results, outlook

Research In Motion Ltd.'s stock faltered again following the company's third-quarter results, with investors expecting a more bullish fourth-quarter outlook from the company. Some analysts, however, continued to remain relatively positive on the BlackBerry maker and its prospects despite the company's lower-than-expected forecasts and...

RIM shares fall slightly on financial results, outlook

Research In Motion Ltd.'s stock faltered again following the company's third-quarter results, with investors expecting a more bullish fourth-quarter outlook from the company. Some analysts, however, continued to remain relatively positive on the BlackBerry maker and its prospects despite the company's lower-than-expected forecasts and...

Vodacom to offer 3G services in South Africa

LONDON-South African wireless carrier Vodacom intends to be the first African carrier to offer third-generation services through a deal announced with Vodafone Group plc, which is an owner of Vodacom. The South African company said it plans to market Vodafone's 3G services, particularly the...

Vodacom to offer 3G services in South Africa

LONDON-South African wireless carrier Vodacom intends to be the first African carrier to offer third-generation services through a deal announced Wednesday with Vodafone Group plc, which is an owner of Vodacom. The South African company will market Vodafone's 3G services, particularly the 3G Vodafone...

Siemens signs two GSM contracts

MUNICH, Germany-Siemens AG has announced two contracts, one in Russia and another in South Africa.The German wireless supplier signed a $73 million GSM contract to expand the network of Russian carrier MegaFon.The contract will cover the delivery and installation of GSM switches and base...

South African mobile operators face revenue slice

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-South Africa's two leading mobile network operators, MTN and Vodacom, could face a cut in revenues if the third entrant, Cell C, is successful in its bid to have them declared dominant players by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).The...

Mozambique mobile tariffs under pressure

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-The Mozambique Transport and Communications Minister Tomas Salomao has lashed out at claims that the government is placing pressure on the publicly owned telecommunications company, TDM, and its mobile phone-subsidiary, M-Cel, to double their tariffs.The statement comes after South African mobile network...

MTN South Africa seals new interconnection deal

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-South African mobile network operator MTN and fixed-line operator Telkom announced they have renegotiated aspects of their interconnection agreement, which is expected to translate into a reduction of call costs between Telkom and the mobile operator.In terms of the agreement, MTN will...

South African networks gear up for Cricket World Cup

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-The mobile network operators in South Africa will be expecting a boost in traffic as the Cricket World Cup 2003 gets under way.MTN South Africa, one of the event sponsors, said it has made significant changes to its existing infrastructure in anticipation...

Tanzanian mobile market beckons MTN

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-Mobile network operator MTN may soon be entering a new African market if it accepts the license offer made by the Tanzanian Communications Commission.The offer is based on the fact that one of the mobile operators in Tanzania, Tritel, a joint venture...

Vodacom reshuffles shares

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-South African investment company VenFin has committed itself to purchasing the remainder of what U.K. cellular company Vodafone does not buy of Hosken Consolidated Investments' (HCI) 5-percent stake in mobile company Vodacom.A spokesman for VenFin said the company had reached an agreement...

Gambia’s Africell extends roaming coverage

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-Gambian mobile network operator Africell has announced the company has entered into roaming partnership deals with four major mobile operators in the world-Vodafone U.K., Vodacom South Africa, Hutchinson Telecom Hong Kong and Emtel Mauritius. The roaming agreements were established after an initial...

Siemens enables Vodacom’s MMS service in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-Siemens Telecommunications recently announced it has been awarded a 1 million Euro contract to supply South Africa's mobile service provider, Vodacom, with the infrastructure and applications for its new multimedia messaging services (MMS).In terms of the contract, Siemens is required to integrate...

Vodacom to implement MMS from Openwave via Siemens

MUNICH, Germany-Siemens said African operator Vodacom will install Openwave Systems Inc.'s multimedia messaging service platform as part of the operator's GSM/GPRS network. Vodacom licensed Openwave's equipment through Siemens, which is responsible for the overall project management and integration of the MMS solution into Vodacom's...

Vodacom stops blacklisting stolen phones

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-South African mobile network operator Vodacom announced it has stopped the practice of "blacklisting" stolen handsets and instead has moved toward what it refers to as "greylisting."The blacklisting practice uses a handset's unique identity number to bar it from use on any...

Venfin considers HCI’s 5% stake in Vodacom

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-Technology and telecommunications holding group Venfin announced that it would not be prepared to spend more than 1.5 billion rand (US$143.4 million) for the 5-percent stake in mobile network operator Vodacom. The share has been offered by finance and insurance group Hosken...

Cell C maintains tariffs

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-South African mobile network operator Cell C announced it will not increase its call tariffs in the near future as it strives to gain market share from the incumbent operators Vodacom and MTN.Talaat Laham, chief executive of the company, said the operator...

Vodacom helps bridge the ‘digital divide’

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-Mobile network operator Vodacom announced it will assist students in schools throughout South Africa and the region to become computer literate following the opening of the E-Learning Resource Center in Soweto.The center was opened by Vodacom Foundation Chairman Mthobi Tyamzashe and is...

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