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16 Apr 2014

WIRELESS

LG Uplus inks deal with Huawei for deployment of OTN for LTE-A CPRI backhaul

South Korea’s LG Uplus has contracted Chinese vendor Huawei in a deal which it claims will see it ‘take the lead’ in using wavelength-division multiplexing/optical transport network (WDM/OTN) technology for... more

Canal Plus linked with approach for Reunion mobile licence

According to online journal Challenges.fr, Vivendi-owned broadcaster Canal Plus is considering staking a claim for a mobile licence in Reunion, ahead of anticipated anti-trust scrutiny of Altice Group’s acquisition of... more

TIM Brasil looking to sell telecoms towers

The Wall Street Journal reports that the board of Brazil carrier TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil), the local unit of Telecom Italia (TI), has authorised the company to start evaluating the... more

M-Tel renews GSM licence for EUR30.6m

Bulgarian network operator MobilTel (M-Tel), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, has renewed its GSM authorisation to use 2x11.2MHz blocks in the 900MHz frequency band and 2x10MHz blocks... more

Furious finance minister may scrap 3G auction over poor turnout

Officials from Pakistan’s Ministry of Information, Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) have estimated that the ongoing spectrum auction for 3G and 4G frequencies will raise no more than USD850 million for... more

Movistar spends GTQ42.4m to improve coverage in tourist areas

Movistar Guatemala has invested GTQ42.4 million (USD5.4 million) to improve its network coverage in key tourist resorts such as Lake Atitlan, Rio Dulce, Antigua, Retalhuleu and the beaches on the... more

LTE spectrum for Claro, Movistar anticipated this year

Ecuador’s telecoms minister Jaime Guerrero said on Monday (14 April 2014) that he hoped negotiations on the award of licensed 4G LTE mobile spectrum blocks for Claro Ecuador, owned by... more

Entel Movil deploys Ulticom’s Diamater Signaling Controller

Bolivia’s Entel Movil has signed a deal with US-based signalling solutions provider Ulticom under which the latter will deploy its Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) in the cellco’s mobile network. The... more

Kyivstar initiating refarming of 900MHz, 1800MHz bands

Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar has made a detailed proposal to its cellular rivals and the regulator NCCIR to reallocate existing spectrum in the licensed 900MHz/1800MHz GSM frequency bands in order to... more

BROADBAND

TalkTalk, BSkyB and CityFibre partner for FTTP network rollout in York

Alternative British broadband providers BSkyB and TalkTalk have announced a partnership under which they will join forces with CityFibre to create a new company that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services... more

Swaziland establishes domestic IXP

Swaziland has established the first domestic internet exchange point (IXP) in the country, which will result in the faster and more secure exchange of intra-country traffic and eliminate the country's... more

eAccess to trial 4G in 1700MHz and 3400MHz-3600MHz bands

Japanese broadband operator eAccess has applied to telecoms regulator the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for a temporary licence to trial 4G services using in the 1700MHz and 3400MHz-3600MHz... more

Orange signs agreement to offer FTTH services in Ain

French telco Orange has signed an agreement with Syndicat Intercommunal d’Energie et de e-communication de l’Ain (SIEA), which operates a public initiative fibre network in the Ain Department, which is... more

NBN Co achieves 105Mbps download speeds in FTTN technology tests

NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has announced that the first in-premises test of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology has delivered raw download speeds of 105Mbps and... more

WIRELINE

Zong snaps up fixed licences

China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), which operates under the ‘Zong’ brand, has purchased fixed local loop (FLL) licences for all 14 of Pakistan’s regions, Pro Pakistani reports. FLL licences entitle providers... more

ABS-CBN to switch off bayanPHONE WiLL service in May

ABS-CBN Convergence, the telecoms arm of ABS-CBN, a commercial TV broadcaster in the Philippines, has announced that it will stop offering its wireless in the local loop (WiLL) service bayanPHONE... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

EC rubber stamps DT’s acquisition of GTS Central Europe

Deutsche Telekom (DT) yesterday secured official approval ‘without conditions’ from the European Commission (EC) for its acquisition of GTS Central Europe, first announced in November 2013. The transaction is expected... more

Ziggo reports ‘solid start’ to 2014, with Q1 growth fuelled by internet and business bundles

Dutch cable TV and broadband provider Ziggo has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reporting a 1.7% year-on-year increase in revenue to EUR394.2 million... more

Orange Group formally notifies Kenyan govt of Telkom sale plan, paper says

Orange Group has reportedly put its 70% stake in Telkom Kenya up for sale, with a deal anticipated as early as June this year. According to the Daily Nation, the... more

SIC approves Tigo/Une merger

The planned merger between state-owned broadband provider Une-EPM and Millicom International Cellular (MIC)-backed cellco Tigo Colombia has received regulatory approval, antitrust authority the Superintendencia Industria y Comercio (SIC) announced in... more

Kalaam-bam-boom: Lightspeed takeover approved in a flash

Bahraini enterprise-focused alternative telco Kalaam Telecom has announced the successful acquisition of rival altnet Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Jordan Telecom (part of the Orange Group), following regulatory approval. Gulf... more

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