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20 Oct 2014

WIRELESS

Antel held 50% of mobile market at end-June

Uruguay’s telecoms regulator, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), has reported that the country ended June 2014 with 5.358 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 4.5% from 5.128 million... more

Oi hires Barclays to sell PT towers

Oi SA is working with Barclays to explore the sale of around 3,000 Portugal Telecom (PT) cell towers, people with knowledge of the matter have informed Bloomberg. Companies including Spain’s... more

GrameenPhone aims for 50m internet users in five years

GrameenPhone, the Bangladeshi mobile market leader, last week announced reaching the milestone of 50 million network users, and declared that its number of internet users alone will match this figure... more

Arcep threatens non-operational trio with licence revocation

French telecoms regulator Arcep has confirmed that it has opened ‘pre-trial proceedings’ against the trio of licensees owned by Curacao-based mobile group United Telecommunication Services (UTS), namely: Guyane Telephone Mobile... more

Turkcell loses case against Iranian government

The International Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands has delivered a ruling against Turkcell in its six-year case against the Iranian government over the revocation of a GSM licence in... more

Trio pledge to expand 4G coverage; Sutel to lower price ceiling for internet services

Costa Rica’s trio of mobile network operators – ICE (which offers services under the ‘Kolbi’ name), Claro and Movistar – have confirmed that they intend to continue expanding coverage of... more

Mincom ready for MVNOs, but no takers

Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Information Technology and Communication (Mincom) has confirmed that it completed all preparations for issuing concessions for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services in... more

Loop looking for leeway whilst DoT considers takeover

Loop Mobile has sought to delay an order instructing it to inform its customers of the cellco’s imminent closure until 31 October, in the hope that the Department of Telecommunication... more

BROADBAND

Rostelecom launches triple-play offer

Russian telco Rostelecom has launched a triple-play – broadband internet, TV and voice telephony – offer and will ultimately offer quad-play packages, Vedomosti reports. The operator aims to deliver cellular... more

There goes the Fiberhood: Google pinpoints December launch for Austin network

Google Fiber is poised to launch its latest 1Gbps network in Austin, Texas in December this year, US technology site GigaOm reports, citing information disclosed at a media gathering at... more

Batelco upgrades fibre broadband packages

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has increased the download speeds of fibre broadband packages at no additional cost, while increasing upload speeds as well as the speeds provided when monthly data... more

Southern Kyrgyzstan backbone complete

Kyrgyzstani state-owned telecoms operator Kyrgyztelecom has announced completion of a 945km fibre-optic backbone link connecting the cities of Bishkek, Osh and Batken, which will ensure faster internet speeds for those... more

NBN Co announces first 140 suburbs to receive FTTN

Australian government-backed broadband provider NBN Co has revealed 140 suburbs which are to have fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology introduced over the next twelve months on the National Broadband Network, according to... more

Manx Telecom to offer 80Mbps connectivity via ‘VDSL Plus’ from Feb-15

Manx Telecom has outlined plans to offer downlink transmission speeds of up to 80Mbps via its new ‘VDSL Plus’ infrastructure, from February next year. According to a report by IsleofMan.com,... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vimpelcom-controlled GTH sells off Burundi, CAR operations to Econet Wireless

Egypt-based Global Telecom Holding (GTH), a 51.9%-owned subsidiary of Russian group Vimpelcom, has announced the sale of its 100% stake in Telecel Globe Limited – which itself owns 100% of... more

LinkNet shareholders seeking up to USD667m through sale

CVC Capital Partners, PT First Media – the media arm of Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group – and other shareholders in internet service provider (ISP) PT LinkNet, are looking to raise... more

M1 reports 1.1% rise in revenue, net income up 9.7% for 9M14

Singapore’s third largest telecoms operator by subscribers M1 Limited (M1) has released its unaudited group results for the nine months ended 30 September 2014, reporting that service revenue increased 1.1%... more

Telefonica Deutschland seeks EUR5bn in synergies from E-Plus merger, plans to shed 18% of workforce by 2018

German telco Telefonica Deutschland, which closed out the EUR8.55 billion (USD11.9 billion) takeover of Dutch telecom operator KPN’s German mobile unit E-Plus at the start of this month, has announced... more

TI says enforced networks sale would be illegal

The chairman of Telecom Italia (TI) says the firm will resist any moves by the government to force it to spin off its networks business, saying such a move would... more

Telemach buys Slovenian cellco Tusmobil

Slovenian cellular operator Tusmobil has been acquired by domestic cable TV provider Telemach. While the purchase price has not been disclosed, it is thought that the cableco paid previous owner... more

Lattelecom books slight increase in turnover

Full service provider Lattelecom Group booked turnover of EUR141 million (USD179.86 million) in the nine months to end-September 2014, up 2% year-on-year, The Baltic Course writes, citing a company spokesperson.... more

I believe I can fly: Telenor gets its Telewings

Norway’s Telenor Group has taken full control of its Indian subsidiary, Telewings – which trades under the Uninor brand – completing its acquisition of the 26% stake that it did... more
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