Earnings of CJ Cheiljedang and CJ HelloVision expected to improve in 2017

CJ HelloVision CJ Group’s key unit CJ Cheiljedang Corp. and cable channels operating arm CJ HelloVision Co. are expected to see their earnings recover this year after they disappointed the market with poor performance last year due to falling prices of core products and a one-off cost. The food manufacturing unit of the group, CJ…

Regulated roaming ‘unambiguously bad’ for regional Australia, Telstra CEO says

roaming, Australia, Telstra Penn repeats warning over potential hit to regional mobile investment Any decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to regulate domestic mobile roaming would be “unambiguously bad for regional Australia,” Telstra CEO Andy Penn told a half-year results briefing this morning. The ACCC announced in September that it had launched an…

Thirteen companies interested in becoming TOT’s 4G/2.3 GHz partner

TOT THIRTEEN companies have picked up the documents required to make a proposal to be TOT’s partner in providing 4G service on the state agency’s 2.3GHz band, said Rungsun Channarukul, TOT’s senior executive vice president/mobile unit. TOT made the documents available last Friday, with yesterday as the deadline for picking them up. Among the 13…

MNF says strong growth in six months to end-2016

MNF Communications specialist MNF Group has increased its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the six months to 31 December by 22% to $10 million. Net profit after tax went up by 21% to $4.9 million, while revenue rose 9% to $91.4 million. The domestic retail segment gained from recent government contracts, with…

Austrian MVNO Spusu heads to court because of German market entry

Austrian, MVNO, Spusu Spusu, a small mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) from Vienna, wants to operate on the German market and considers itself subject to discrimination, reports Die Presse. Telefonica, known under the brand O2, will not allow Spusu access to its German network. Spusu is of the opinion that it is obliged to do…

Thai MNO, TOT terminates M Consult Asia for 3G MVNO Broadband

Tot, M Consult Asia, MVNO TOT Plc has finally terminated a business contract with M Consult Asia to provide 3G mobile broadband service on the state telecom enterprise’s network under the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model, one year after the company’s default. The state telecom enterprise is also in talks with Samart I-Mobile (SIM)…

French Regulator; ARCEP publishes Q4’16 Stat: MVNO decrease, while M2M grows

ARCEP, MVNO, M2M Arcep, the French regulator has published its Q4 2016 Quarterly Observations, with MVNO decrease and M2M growth MVNO connections recorded negative growth over the three-month period after two positive quarters, while MNO net additions continued to improve sequentially, reaching 526,000. The French mobile market saw M2M net additions improve for the third…

MNOs will lose 5G rewards to new entrants if they will not share networks

5G Even in rural Australia, sharing is resisted Analysis The advantages of network sharing seem glaringly obvious in a world where the mismatch between mobile data demand and mobile data ARPU is rushing MNOs’ profits. The need to reduce the cost of delivering those rising tides of data is urgent, but many operators are ready…

Vodafone’s Berroeta wants ACCC action on mobile roaming

Vodafone Vodafone Australia boss Inaki Berroeta has warned the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission not to kick the can down the road on regulated ­domestic mobile roaming, urging it instead to take decisive action and ensure stronger ­competition for regional users. With the competition regulator expected to release a draft determination on the issue in…

Key Takeaways From Sprint’s Q3 Earnings

Sprint Sprint ( S ), the smallest of the four U.S. nationwide carriers, published its Q3 FY’16 results on Tuesday, indicating that its turnaround continues to gain momentum. The carrier posted its strongest postpaid phone subscriber growth in about four years, while continuing to cut costs and bolster revenues. However, the quarterly loss was slightly…

Goood launches Social enterprise MVNO in Austria, Germany

Goood, MVNO, Austria, Germany MVNO Goood will launch on 01 February in Germany and Austria, with the promise of donating 10 percent of all tariff prices to charity. Goood operates in the O2/Telefonica network with technical processing offered by Drillisch Online. Customers can choose from 150 projects in six categories to support with their monthly…

Communications Authority of Kenya calls out Telkom Kenya for declaring over 2m ‘ghost’ subscribers

Communications Authority of Kenya, Telkom Kenya Telkom Kenya is on the spot for exaggerating its subscriber base by nearly double, according to an audit by the industry regulator. Communications Authority of Kenya said Thursday the telco had a subscriber base of 2.9 million customers for the quarter to September 2016 against the firm’s claim that…

South Africa’s latest MVNO with its own Social Messaging System

South Africa, MVNO South Africa is about to get yet another virtual network operator from a rather unlikely source. Nope, it’s not a retailer, an Austrian beverage company, or even a bank. Instead, it’s Malawi-born church leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who’s entering the market with his own, eponymous network. The alternatively-titled Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB)…

Virgin Mobile to launch as MVNO in Ecuador in second half of 2017

Virgin Mobile Virgin Mobile has secured a licence to operate as an MVNO in Ecuador, reports local business daily El Comercio, citing the company’s lawyer Daniel Pino. Ecuadorian regulator Arcotel granted the licence last month and the operator will begin to offer services in the second half of the year, said Pino, adding that Virgin…

Italy’s Linkem to shut down MVNO activity

Linkem Italian operator Linkem has announced that it will be winding down its activity as an MVNO to concentrate on its fixed wireless offering. Subscribers to the “Sempre Con Te” plan of Linkem Mobile will have their line deactivated on 30 April, after which they will no longer be able to make or receive calls…

Virgin Mobile Poland adds postpaid plans to its offerings

Virgin Mobile Polish MVNO Virgin Mobile has introduced a postpaid service on the back of the launch of a modern IT platform, said Grazyna Piotrowska-Oliwa, CEO of Virgin Mobile Poland. Users can tailor their subscription by choosing renewable packages of minutes, SMS and data. They can change them upwards or downwards after a completed billing.…

Fingerprint ID mandatory to register SIMs, MVNOs not exempted despite requests

MVNOs Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) will have to use an online fingerprint ID system for new prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card registrations by March without exception, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). An MVNO is a company that provides mobile service but does not have its own mobile network. MVNOs have…

Truphone launches global SMS recording to fix Blackberry migration problem, reports US tier 1 bank win

Truphone Truphone, a supplier of regulatory-compliant mobile recording, has launched a new solution: SMS recording on all devices. Truphone also reported that a US Tier 1 investment bank has implemented the solution across its global operations. The new solution addresses a major challenge for many financial institutions that are transitioning away from BlackBerry to iOS…

Telefónica selects Huawei to build large scale virtual EPC network in 13 countries as part of its UNICA program

Telefónica announced today its cooperation with Huawei in virtual enviroments. The two companies are building a large scale virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), a framework for providing converged voice and data on 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks, in Latin America and Europe. This vEPC network will cover eleven countries in Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay,…

Tvilight Selects Teleena as Global Connectivity Partner

Tvilight The companies will work together for the international rollout of Tvilight’s embedded smart-city and IoT solutions. Teleena, a global IoT and MVNO enabler, and Tvilight, European market leader in professional end-to-end street lighting control solutions, announced that the companies are expanding their current partnership into the international realm, with Teleena becoming a preferred global…

Congstar, Fonic top German mobile rankings – ServiceValue

Congstar, Fonic A study by market researcher ServiceValue has identified prepaid provider Congstar and postpaid provider Fonic as the best mobile service providers. For the ServiceAtlas Mobile Phone 2017 study, around 2,630 customer opinions were given on 20 general and brand-specific service features for 13 prepaid and 15 postpaid providers. Congstar was named the best…

Dozen companies to launch mobile services in Brazil

Brazil is set for a new phase in the development of its telecommunications sector as a dozen companies are considering launching mobile telephony and internet services, reports O Globo. The list, according to market experts, includes small pay-TV operators, as well as leading global operators such as Vodafone, which already includes regional operator Cemig and…

Gamma accelerates partner marketing support

Gamma Gamma has announced the launch of two new marketing initiatives; Accelerate, a self-serve online marketing portal for its channel partners, and the expansion of its partner programme. Gamma is a technology-based provider of communications services to the UK business market, with services such as Cloud PBX, Inbound Call Control Services and SIP Trunking designed…

Slovak MVNO Tesco Mobile reaches 250,000 customers

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Slovak MVNO Tesco Mobile, operating on the network of O2 Slovakia, has reached 250,000 clients, reports MobilMania.sk. The LTE network of O2, covering 70 percent of the population, is already available to all clients of Tesco Mobile.

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