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Operator News in Brief - 21st Jun 2010

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South Africa's Vodacom has started a limited trial of an LTE network. A commercial launch will however be dependent on the terms for a forthcoming LTE spectrum auction.

T-Mobile Czech Republic says that the availability of 3G in Prague will significantly increase in the next two weeks and the UMTS network will be rolled out in Brno and Plzen. The next thirty major towns in the Czech Republic and their close surroundings will follow by the end of this year. T-Mobile reckons that 3G network coverage will be made available to the residents of 500 towns and cities in 2011-2012.

Vodafone has launched its M-PAiSA mobile money transfer service in the Pacific island nation of Fiji.

Singapore's Singtel has scrapped incoming call charges for its prepaid subscribers.

Russia's MTS says that it plans to launch a suite of Vodafone sourced mobile content services, to be branded as "360 from MTS". The commercial launch is planned for the 4th quarter of 2010.

WING, an ANZ Bank-owned mobile-payments service available on several Cambodian mobile networks, said customers in Phnom Penh and Kandal provinces can now pay Electricite du Cambodge bills using their mobile phones. The firm said it has 150,000 customers across Cambodia's 24 provinces.

Red Mobile - the brand owned by Smart Communications subsidiary Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprises (Cure) - says that it has reached 1 million subscribers since the brand was relaunched in March this year.

Middle-East based MVNO, Friendi Group says that it has now launched its services in Jordan, following a launch in Oman in Q2 2009.

Mosaic Telecom, a rural service provider in the United States is to start offering Nokia Siemens Networks' femtocell network solution and Airvana's 3G HSPA femtocell to its subscribers.

Canada's Telus has invested $250,000 to enhance its wireless coverage in the southern Gulf Islands. The network operator turned on a new cellsite on Saturna Island this week that will provide enhanced coverage to the western part of Saturna as well as much of Pender Island, Mayne Island, and the surrounding water.

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