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29 Aug 2014

WIRELESS

EE's 4G network now covers 75% of the population

EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator in terms of subscribers, has announced yet another expansion of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure, with 13 ‘large towns’ added to its... more

Africell DRC poised to launch 3G before end-2014

Fast-growing Congolese mobile operator Africell expects to upgrade its cellular networks with 3G technology before the end of 2014, BizTechAfrica reports, citing a company insider who wishes to remain anonymous.... more

Eeny meeny miny MVNO; Netia to pick sole mobile partner

Polish full service provider Netia has revealed that under a new strategy it will select either Polkomtel or P4 to be its sole mobile partner, rather than maintain its current... more

Unicom, Telecom to expand 4G trials

China Unicom and China Telecom have been given approvals to extend trials of their hybrid 4G networks from 16 cities to 40, Reuters reports. The duo both began testing networks... more

BROADBAND

Cable compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

A consortium of seven global telecoms operators have agreed to cooperate in the construction and operation of the new 15,000km, USD250 million *Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US)* submarine cable system. The... more

Vectoring goes live in 20 Telekom exchanges

Telekom Deutschland has launched commercial VDSL2 Vectoring services in 20 local exchanges, Telecom Handel reports, offering speeds of up to 100Mbps/40Mbps (down/upload) to more than 200,000 potential subscribers in Hilden,... more

WIRELINE

NBN Co lodges appeal over inflation adjustment start date decision

A legal tussle between Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra and NBN Co, the company overseeing the National Broadband Network (NBN) project, continues to rumble on. ZDNet Australia reports that NBN... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Axiata CEO denies China Mobile offer claims; no plans to divest Multinet in Pakistan

Following claims earlier this month that China Mobile Communications Corporation had discussed the possibility of acquiring a minority stake in Malaysia-based telecoms group Axiata, the latter has denied such rumours.... more

DT will consider T-Mobile US sale if offered USD35 per share

Deutsche Telekom (DT), the parent company of T-Mobile US, is willing to discuss the potential sale of the US unit if it receives an offer that values the cellco at... more

Vivendi enters into exclusive talks with Telefonica for GVT

French media group Vivendi announced yesterday that it has entered into exclusive talks to sell its Brazilian broadband, pay-TV and fixed telephony operator Global Village Telecom (GVT) to Telefonica for... more

Eircom reports rising losses in year to 30 June 2014 on restructuring costs

Ireland’s Eircom has reported its full year and fourth quarter results to 30 June 2014, noting that whilst the group’s financial performance ‘continues to stablise’ (it now reports eight consecutive... more

SFR’s revenues down 4.7% in H1; sale price for telco falls

French full-service telecoms operator SFR – part of the Vivendi group – posted total fixed and mobile revenues of EUR4.909 billion (USD6.476 billion) in the first half of 2014, a... more

MWEB in talks with Dimension Data over sale of telecoms units, report says

According to an unconfirmed report from MyBroadband, speculation is mounting that South African internet service provider (ISP) MWEB is holding talks with technology group Dimension Data, a subsidiary of Japanese... more

Price cuts bite into Orange

Matterhorn Mobile, which trades under the Orange Switzerland banner, has booked a 2.7% drop in turnover for the first six months of 2014 compared to the year-ago period, due primarily... more

Swisscom cements PubliGroupe takeover

Swisscom, Switzerland’s largest telco and fixed line incumbent, has announced that its bid to acquire marketing and media group PubliGroupe through a public takeover bid has been successful. Swisscom increased... more

Telecom Liechtenstein, Mobilkom merger completed

State-owned Telecom Liechtenstein has confirmed on its website that on 27 August 2014 it completed the previously announced merger with Mobilkom Liechtenstein (FL1), the local mobile subsidiary of the Telekom... more

Taiwan Star Cellular owner set to acquire cableco CNS for USD2.4bn

Taiwan’s Wei family is set to take control of China Network Systems (CNS), one of Taiwan's largest cable TV operators in a USD2.4 billion deal, Reuters reports. Current owner, private... more
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