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23 Jul 2014

WIRELESS

Telstra aims for 2G switch-off by end-2016

Telstra, Australia’s leading mobile network operator in terms of subscribers, has unveiled plans to close its 2G GSM network by the end of 2016. With a view to realising its... more

Hormuud, Somtel, Nationlink sign interconnection deal

Three of Somalia’s largest telecoms operators have signed a cooperation agreement to pave the way for interconnection between their networks, local news source Dalsan Radio reports. In a press conference,... more

US round-up: AM quashes T-Mobile takeover talk; MVNO ROK targets 1m subs; nTelos, DISH expand fixed-wireless LTE tie-up

America Movil (AM) does not have any plans to acquire a US carrier, the company's management clarified during the Mexican firm’s second-quarter earnings call. This week rumours have swirled that... more

Vodafone UK launches rural ‘notspot’ programme

Vodafone UK has announced a national programme under which it aims to offer up to 100 rural communities the opportunity to apply for mobile access with a view to enhancing... more

OUR to delay decision on VoIP blockade

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) will examine more closely whether the provision of over-the-top (OTT) voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services constitutes illegal bypass before ruling on LIME and Digicel’s decision... more

Ericsson sole LTE provider for Claro Costa Rica

Swedish vender Ericsson has announced that it has been selected by Claro Costa Rica to be the sole supplier of the cellco’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network. Under the... more

BROADBAND

Nokia Networks upgrades Algerie Telecom’s network to IP/MPLS

Algerie Telecom (AT), the country’s incumbent fixed line provider, has enlisted Nokia Networks to modernise its transport network with a highly flexible seamless Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) platform, which is... more

Parkview residents mulling FTTH upgrade

Residents of Parkview, an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg covering around 1,100 households, have kick-started the process of building a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in their neighbourhood, under an initiative dubbed ‘iParkview’,... more

Blizoo offers access to VOYO TV platform

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo has announced that it has started offering access to exclusive TV content through the VOYO platform. According to a company press release, users can sign up... more

Liquid Telecom increases VSAT capacity with Eutelsat deal

Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of South Africa-based Econet Wireless Group, and satellite operator Eutelsat have inked a five-year multi-transponder contract for satellite capacity, which will enable Liquid to deliver premium... more

Macau looks to expand free Wi-Fi

The Macau government has launched a final tender for the operation of the state-sponsored ‘Wi-Fi Go’ free wireless access system, as the existing contract is nearing expiry, with the aim... more

Rural communities invited to grab Connecting Canadians broadband funds

Canada’s government yesterday (22 July 2014) invited rural and remote communities that lack high speed internet access to submit claims for a portion of the CAD305 million (USD284 million) broadband... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telenor revises EBITDA margin forecast for FY14 on the back of solid second quarter results

Norwegian telecoms group Telenor has released its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2014, reporting data growth and margin expansion for the period under review. In the... more

Bahamian telco poised for expansion pending takeover approval

Bahamas-based operator IP Solutions International (IPSI) has set aside BSD40 million (USD39.79 million) to invest in infrastructure over the next two years, if its acquisition by Limitless Mobile Holdings is... more

Net Servicos reports revenues, profits up in Q2

America Movil (AM)-owned Brazilian internet service provider (ISP) Net Servicos has reported a 20.8% year-on-year increase in revenue for the three months ended 30 June 2014, to BRL2.864 billion (USD1.212... more

Brazilian antitrust agency Cade approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV ‘without restrictions’

Brazilian newspaper Teletime reports that Brazil’s antitrust regulator the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (or Cade), has approved ‘without restrictions’ US telecoms operator AT&T’s USD48.5 billion takeover of Latin American... more

Verizon Q2 revenues up 5.7% to USD31.5bn

US telecoms giant Verizon Communications has reported revenues of USD31.483 billion for the three months ended 30 June 2014, an increase of 5.7% year-on-year. Consolidated operating income for Q2 was... more

Vodafone Qatar continues to narrow its losses

Vodafone Qatar, backed by the UK’s Vodafone Group, has posted a net loss of QAR27.4 million (USD7.52 million) in the three months ended 30 June 2014, an improvement on the... more

DoT to fast-track Loop deal to avoid loss to state coffers

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to fast-track permission for Bharti Airtel to purchase Loop Mobile’s assets, despite objections from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) the Economic... more

Vectra submits fresh offer for Netia stake

Reuters writes that Polish cableco Vectra has increased its bid for a 33% stake in triple-play provider Netia to PLN5.41 (USD1.76) per share. Under the offer, Vectra will pay PLN5.41... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Locally assembled handsets launched with OK Mobile

OK Mobile, a US-registered handset manufacturer which previously expanded to China, has launched a Bangladesh-based mobile device assembly business in collaboration with state-owned Telephone Shilpa Sangstha, the Dhaka Tribune reports.... more

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