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1 Oct 2014

WIRELESS

700MHz spectrum auction underwhelms; two lots go unsold

The auction of 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable spectrum in Brazil concluded yesterday, watchdog Anatel has announced, generating a total of BRL5.85 billion (USD2.39 billion) – well below the regulator’s... more

Out of the Loop

Indian cellco Loop Mobile has been instructed to notify remaining subscribers of the closure of its services in Mumbai as of 28 November 2014 when its 20-year licence in the... more

Acquisition of Neotel 'will not solve Vodacom’s spectrum needs'

Shameel Joosub, CEO at Vodacom Group, has revealed that although Neotel’s spectrum would give the operator ‘some breathing room’, it would not solve Vodacom’s spectrum needs, BusinessTech reports. The executive... more

Cell C likely to challenge ICASA’s final MTRs in court

Jose Dos Santos, CEO of South African wireless operator Cell C, has revealed that the company is likely to challenge telecoms regulator ICASA’s final decision relating to mobile termination rates... more

XL Axiata to sells towers to Solusi Tunas for USD460m

XL Axiata, Indonesia's second largest cellco by subscribers, has confirmed it has agreed to sell off 3,500 telecommunication towers to Solusi Tunas Pratama for INR5.6 trillion (USD460 million), according to... more

Singapore likely to need 1GHz of spectrum for mobile broadband by 2020

Aileen Chia, deputy director general at Singapore’s telecoms watchdog the Info-communications Development Authority (IDA), has highlighted that the country may require as much as 1GHz of additional spectrum for mobile... more

SingTel plans to shut 2G network within three years

SingTel has announced plans to shut down its 2G mobile network within the next two-to-three years in order to amalgamate its infrastructure and free up the spectrum for re-use. Speaking... more

TriMob switches off Sevastopol mobile services

TriMob, the 3G mobile network operating division of Ukrainian incumbent national telco Ukrtelecom, has stopped providing mobile services in Sevastopol, following on from the ‘involuntary termination’ of the fixed line... more

Bite Latvia subscribers exceed 500,000

Bite Latvia, the country’s third largest mobile operator, has announced that its customer base has exceeded half a million, up from the 461,000 subscribers reported at mid-2014 and 452,328 six... more

Tele2 completes Baltic network modernisation

In a press release, Swedish telecoms group Tele2 announced that it has completed its mobile network modernisation project across its three Baltic units, representing the company’s largest investment – EUR50... more

Sferia's 800MHz usage postponed to January

Polish CDMA network operator Sferia, which had been promised 800MHz band 4G-suitable mobile frequencies to become valid for use from 1 October 2014, has had the permitted launch date postponed... more

BROADBAND

Bolt! from the blue: TD-LTE start-up claims 750,000 users

Indonesian TD-LTE wireless broadband start-up Internux, trading under the ‘Bolt! Super 4G’ brand, has signed up 750,000 customers in the ten months since its commercial launch in Jakarta, its CTO... more

Telstra to switch on trial Wi-Fi locations in November

Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra has announced that its plans to create what it claims will be the country’s largest Wi-Fi network are a step closer to being realised, with... more

Swisscom teams up with SES to serve unserved 2% with satellite broadband

Luxembourg-based satellite firm SES has announced that it has signed an agreement with Swisscom to provide its always-on two-way satellite ‘Astra Connect’ service in Switzerland. The Swiss incumbent, which provides... more

NetAachen rolls out 50Mbps to Brand

NetAachen, a joint venture between NetCologne and accom, has expanded its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) infrastructure to Brand, a district of Aachen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Customers are now able... more

WIRELINE

Telmex fined USD3.7m for monopolistic practices

Mexican telecoms regulator the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) has fined America Movil (AM)-owned Telmex for monopolistic practices in the long-distance call termination market. As such, the watchdog imposed a... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telefonica Deutschland closes E-Plus acquisition

Telefonica Deutschland, which provides fixed and mobile services under the brand O2, has announced the completion of its EUR8.55 billion (USD11.9 billion) acquisition of Dutch telecom operator KPN’s German mobile... more

Sawiris to divest MobiNil stake

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has announced plans to sell off the 5% stake he holds in mobile network operator Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS, operating as MobiNil) via Orascom... more

TM completes P1 investment

Telekom Malaysia has confirmed that it has completed the investment agreement for its partnership with Green Packet Berhad and SK Telecom (SKT) under which the three will share in the... more

Alcatel-Lucent sells Enterprise unit to China Huaxin

French equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has divested a 85% stake in its subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, a business communications and networking solutions provider with more than 500,000 customers worldwide, to industrial investment... more

Cgates snaps up smaller regional operators

Lithuanian cable network operator Cgates has increased its competitive position with the acquisition of a number of smaller regional companies in late June, writes Verslo Zinios, citing the cableco’s CEO... more

Sawiris reiterates interest in TI… but only if it hangs onto Brazilian unit

Egyptian telecoms tycoon Naguib Sawiris has admitted that he is still keen to invest in Telecom Italia (TI), as long as the company retains its stake in Brazilian mobile operator... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Haiti’s transition to digital TV could cost up to USD30m

Jean-Marie Guillaume, the director general of Haiti’s telecoms watchdog the Conseil National des Telecommunications (Conatel), has announced that the transition process from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT) could... more
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