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2 Sep 2014

WIRELESS

O2 UK highlights level of data carried over 4G network in first year

British mobile network operator O2 UK has claimed that the uptake for its 4G offerings in the first year of service is double the level of use exhibited over its... more

Vinaphone, Vodafone ink cooperation deal

Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone has announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with UK-based Vodafone Group, in order to promote international business between the two companies. Vinaphone spokesperson Doan... more

EC proposes to refarm 700MHz spectrum for wireless broadband within six years

The European Commission (EC) has proposed to hand radio spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band over to wireless broadband providers within six years under new Digital Agenda proposals published yesterday... more

ONE switches on 4G network in Macedonia

Macedonian mobile operator ONE, a unit of Telekom Slovenije, launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country on 29 August, offering subscribers a bouquet of three tariff... more

MegaFon Tajikistan boosts coverage, speeds in Sughd province

MegaFon Tajikistan has announced the deployment of more than 500 new base stations across the Sughd province. With the company saying it has rolled out the new infrastructure with a... more

MNP starts February 2015

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (TATT) has announced that mobile number portability (MNP) will be launched commercially on 26 February 2015 with the introduction of mobile-to-mobile number porting,... more

AIS deploying 3,000 small cells to meet capacity demands

Thailand’s largest cellco by subscribers AIS disclosed to Thai newspaper The Nation that it is deploying around 3,000 small cells to quicken its mobile broadband network expansion to meet demand... more

Central America catch-up: Sutel to auction 70MHz of spectrum in CR; Yota licence terms refreshed; Telcor installs rural infrastructure; Tigo Star goes live in Guatemala; Honduran MNP stats revealed

*Costa Rica’s Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel)* is preparing to hold a new spectrum auction, and has not ruled out licensing a fourth player for the mobile sector. Allan Ruiz, the... more

SKT, KT and LG Uplus reduce new mobile customer registration charges

All three of South Korea's mobile operators have reportedly reduced the registration fee charged to new customers by 50%, in line with a previously agreed government strategy, according to Telecom... more

Turkcell Europe to transfer German subs to DT

Turkcell has revealed that its German mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) subsidiary Turkcell Europe has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (DT) which will modify a current... more

All four cellcos fined by regulator

Niger’s telecoms regulator, Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et de la Poste (ARTP), has fined the West African country’s four mobile operators for failing to adhere to their licence conditions... more

Sutel simplifies roaming costs

Costa Rican telecoms watchdog the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) has established new regulations to minimise unexpected costs to end-users for international roaming services. Under the new rules, operators must immediately... more

Ooredoo to hold on post-paid offerings

The CEO of Qatari-backed cellco Oooredoo Myanmar has told Reuters that the company will continue to focus its efforts on the pre-pay market for the moment, but may introduce post-paid... more

Ericsson and Polkomtel trial LTE Broadcast technology

The Polish mobile operator Polkomtel, which offers services under the Plus brand, has completed a live trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Broadcast technology in conjunction with Ericsson. The two... more

NT looks to add 2.25 million net new users in 2014/15

State-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) has revealed that it expects to sign up 2.25 million net new fixed and mobile customers in its financial year to mid-July 2015. The firm currently... more

Iran’s 3G plans face criticism from conservative opposition

The Iranian government is facing criticism over its decision to award further licences for 3G mobile services. Conservative politicians and religious leaders are condemning the expansion plans, saying the technology... more

BROADBAND

Italy's government considers broadband incentives

The Italian government is considering the introduction of tax breaks of up to 30% for companies looking to deploy broadband internet infrastructure in unserved and under-served areas of the country,... more

Telkom’s first FTTH suburbs live by end-2014

Telkom South Africa has begun rollout of 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in a number of suburbs in Gauteng (including Johannesburg), the Western Cape and Durban in its first-phase rollout of... more

Free internet access launched in Luanda

Angola’s National Centre for Information Technology (NITC) has launched a project offering free public internet access in parks and squares in the capital city Luanda. The ‘Angola Online’ project was... more

Tele Columbus upgrades cable broadband speeds

German cable operator Tele Columbus has increased the maximum download speed of its broadband tariffs for new customers. The connection rates of standalone broadband plans have increased from 32Mbps to... more

ProInversion lines up four fibre projects

Peru’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (ProInversion) has begun the process of selecting operators for four fibre-optic network rollout projects. The agency has opened a tender for four projects to provide... more

DoT urges state authorities to relax RoW charges for NOFN deployment

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has strongly called for all state governments to waive right-of-way (RoW) charges relating to the deployment of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in an... more

WIRELINE

ArmenTel cuts fixed telephony charges

Armenian incumbent PTO ArmenTel, trading as Beeline, has announced a price cut to its fixed line telephony services effective 1 September. Following a 29 July decision from the industry watchdog,... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Iliad plotting improved offer for T-Mobile US

French billionaire Xavier Niel’s Iliad unit is talking to a number of private equity firms with a view to teaming up to make an improved offer for Deutsche Telekom’s (DT’s)... more

ICE, Telefonica amongst those linked with possible Hondutel investment

According to the newspaper El Heraldo citing the head of the national regulator Conatel, Ricardo Cardona, Costa Rica operator Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE) and Telefonica of Spain are... more

NTT Corp renews international push

Japan’s largest telecoms operator by revenue, NTT Corp, has resurrected efforts to build up its overseas presence, reportedly earmarking ‘billions of dollars’ of investment abroad to build corporate IT systems... more

Liquid looking for USD150 million for network development

Mauritius-based Liquid Telecom Group, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Group, is seeking a five-year USD150 million loan by mid-September to fund developments for its international network, Global Capital reports. Standard... more
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