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1 Aug 2014

WIRELESS

Rwanda concludes analogue TV switch-off

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) switched off over 51,000 analogue TV sets on 31 July 2014, as it concluded the migration process from analogue TV transmission to digital broadcasting,... more

T-Mobile US claims nationwide VoLTE footprint; ‘Wideband’ LTE now live in 17 metro areas

T-Mobile US, which notched up its 50 millionth subscriber in 2Q14, has announced that it has deployed voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology across its entire network footprint. Just two months... more

Vodacom relaunches m-pesa service in South Africa

South African mobile operator Vodacom has relaunched its mobile financial platform, dubbed m-pesa, in its domestic market, following encouraging take-up in Tanzania and Kenya. According to a press statement, ‘Vodacom... more

EE launches 4G in Cornwall

EE, the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, has announced another coverage milestone in its LTE network rollout, revealing that it has made its 4G services available in Cornwall for the... more

CRTC rules Rogers discriminated unjustly in domestic roaming agreements

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) yesterday issued a judgement (Telecom Decision CRTC 2014-398) asserting that the country’s largest cellco by users Rogers Communications has been treating certain domestic... more

Government fighting to reopen 3G roaming dispute

The government is attempting to challenge a ruling from the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) which allows 3G providers to offer services outside of their licensed area via... more

BROADBAND

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

China’s *CITIC Telecom International* is planning to acquire *Reliance Communications’ (RCOM’s)* submarine cable unit, *Global Cloud Xchange (GCX, previously known as Reliance Globalcom)*, for up to USD1 billion. According to... more

Smile signs capacity deal with MainOne

West African telecom services and network solutions provider MainOne has announced the signing of a long-term capacity agreement with Smile Communications, a supplier of 4G LTE broadband services in Nigeria.... more

CRC delays introduction of RITEL

Colombian telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it has delayed the implementation of new rules governing internal telecom networks until December. The legislation, dubbed Technical Regulations... more

WIRELINE

Regulator withdraws TEO’s call transit obligations

Lithuania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) has removed certain restrictions on the provision of call transit services that were imposed on the country’s fixed line incumbent TEO LT. Until now, these... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Fibre broadband uptake boosts BT’s retail revenues

British fixed line incumbent BT Group has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2014, revealing a 2% year-on-year decline in both adjusted and reported revenues to... more

Anatel approves AM fixed, mobile unit integration

Brazil’s telecoms regulator, Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel), has approved the amalgamation of America Movil’s (AM’s) three local businesses – mobile operator Claro Brasil, cable TV company Net Servicos de... more

French connection? Iliad tables surprise USD15bn bid for 56.6% of T-Mobile US

French telecoms firm Iliad has responded to widespread media speculation by confirming that it has made an indicative proposal to the board of directors of T-Mobile US, offering to buy... more

Belgacom claims to have ‘continued its solid commercial traction’ in 2Q14

Belgacom registered a minor decline in revenues in the three months ended 30 June 2014, with the company reporting a total turnover of EUR1.568 billion (USD2.15 billion), down 0.9% against... more

KKR seeking up to EUR1bn for Versatel?

US private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) is seeking up to EUR1 billion (USD1.3 billion) from the potential sale of German telecoms company Versatel, according to TMT Finance.... more

Covage up for sale; owners seeking EUR200m

French fibre network operator Covage, a 50/50 joint venture between Luxembourg-based equity fund Cube Infrastructure and Axia NetMedia Corporation of Canada, is reportedly up for sale. TMT Finance reports that... more

Vivendi mulling disposal of GVT

French media group Vivendi, which recently agreed to sell its domestic telecoms unit SFR to Numericable and its Luxembourg-based parent Altice Group, has reportedly reached out to sale advisers with... more

Shaw buying data centre firm ViaWest in USD1.2bn deal

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications yesterday agreed to purchase US-based data centre provider ViaWest for USD830 million plus USD370 million debt from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners, the Wall... more

ATH boosts revenue by 4%, swings to net profit in FY 2013/14

Fiji’s largest telecoms group Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) has published its audited financial results and annual report for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 (FY 2013/14) in which it... more

MTS drops litigation to re-enter Uzbek market through govt JV

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has signed a settlement agreement with Republic of Uzbekistan, under the terms of which the company will resume offering mobile services in Uzbekistan through a joint... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Nokia Networks to acquire portion of Panasonic’s wireless business

Finnish equipment vendor Nokia Networks has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Panasonic System Networks Company of Japan with a view to acquiring a... more
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