Operator News in Brief - 30th Nov 2009
Published on: 1st Jan 1970: 1:33am
The former CEO of Russia's VimpleCom, Alexander Izosimov has been named as
the head of the newly enlarged Bermuda registered VimpleCom Ltd., which now
includes the combined Ukrainian assets of Telenor and Altimo
China Unicom has entered into a mobile banking partnership with China's sole payment service network, China Unionpay. The two firms will develop e-commerce services in addition to enabling Unicom subscribers to access Unionpay's platform for making payments and transfers to participating banks.
The Telekom Austria Group has tapped Ericsson to upgrade its networks in Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Serbia and Slovenia, according to market needs. Rollout has already started, which includes an IP-based microwave transmission network, a management system and related integration and support services.
Croatia's Vipnet says that it has expanded its HSPA+ network to cover the city of Osijek. In addition, this is the first city to be fully covered by a HSPA+ upgrade, which offers a theoretical download speed of up to 21 Mbit/s.
South Africa's Cell C has a launched a competition based promotion to encourage prepay customers to register their details with the operator in compliance with new laws. Every registered user goes into a prize draw and will win a cash sum equivalent to their own phone number - e.g. R8,431,266.10.
Moldova's Moldtelecom has announced the sucessful testing of its WCDMA based 3G network. The operator's General Manager, Vitalie Iurcu said that the network would aim to launch in the first quarter of next year. The network will initially cover Chisinau and Balti, and then expanded to other cities.
Israeli network, Pelephone has shut down its old analogue network after securing permission from the Ministry of Communications. The Motorola supplied NAMPS network was some 25 years old and had just 300 customers remaining on it.
Bell Canada has announced the launch of the MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless. The MiFi 2372 operates on Bell's new HSPA network and offers simultaneous Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices or users.