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30 Oct 2014

WIRELESS

Movistar launches LTE in Guatemala following USD100m investment

Movistar Guatemala announced yesterday (29 October) that it has switched on its 1900MHz 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in ‘the capital city, provincial capitals and some tourist sites’. Humberto... more

EE begins offering commercial LTE-A services in London

EE, the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, has reportedly launched commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services in the capital, London. Initially the upgraded network will be available in ‘large parts’ of central... more

Argentina round-up: SeCom publishes draft MVNO legislation as part of long-awaited overhaul; Clarin could throw spanner in 4G works

Argentina’s Secretaria de Comunicaciones (SeCom) has published resolution 68/2014, effectively laying down the rules and procedures for the provision of services by mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). The entry of... more

DOCOMO picks Oracle router for LTE roaming

Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO has successfully deployed Oracle’s diameter signalling router in its 4G network to speed up the planned launch of Long Term Evolution (LTE) roaming services. The... more

Tigo clarifies intention to deploy LTE using 1700MHz/2100MHz bands, not 2600MHz

Tigo Paraguay, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has confirmed that it intends to wait until it secures 1700MHz/2100MHz AWS spectrum in Conatel’s imminent frequency auction before rolling out... more

Tigo to launch 4G in Guatemala City in 2Q15

Tigo Guatemala, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, intends to commercially launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology during the second quarter of 2015, company official Emerson Gonzalez has... more

TRAI urges DoT to act on metro spectrum issue

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has criticised fellow regulator the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for washing its hands of any service disruptions in the metro circles,... more

True releases expansion plans; shares infrastructure with DTAC via fund

The True Telecommunications Growth Infrastructure Fund (TRUEGIF), established by Thai quadruple-play group True Corp, has signed a three-year network sharing deal with mobile rival Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC), The... more

Alfa fined for network outage

Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reports that telecoms minister Boutros Harb has levied a USD150,000 fine against state-owned, Egyptian-managed mobile operator Alfa over a service outage in north Lebanon earlier... more

Safaricom embarks on USD335m upgrade plan

Ventures Africa reports that Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by users, has revealed plans to invest KES30 billion (USD335 million) in upgrading and expanding its infrastructure to improve its voice... more

BROADBAND

CenturyLink taps Alca-Lu for upgrade

US telco CenturyLink has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to meet the growing data and video demands of its nationwide customer base. The introduction of the new software... more

Bouygues Telecom to offer 1Gbps FTTH from 17 November

French telco Bouygues Telecom has announced that it will increase the maximum download speeds available over its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 1Gbps from 17 November. The operator revealed that all... more

Digicel offers businesses fibre access in Trinidad & Tobago

The Trinidad Express reports that mobile operator Digicel’s enterprise division has launched a direct fibre broadband access service under the ‘Fibre to the Business’ banner. CEO John Delves conformed at... more

UPC Romania launches FON-like ‘Wi-Free’

UPC Romania, the country’s second largest cable network operator, announced on Tuesday that its 400,000-plus broadband internet customers can now access Wi-Fi internet hotspots on mobile devices for free at... more

Magyar’s shock at Hungarian internet tax proposal

Hungary’s largest internet service provider (ISP) by subscriber base, Magyar Telekom, has expressed concerns for the planned internet tax implementation which has caused both operator and consumer protests. Following reports... more

KPN IPTV growth, despite overall revenue decline

Despite the 4.9% fall in revenue revealed by Dutch PSTN operator KPN’s 3Q14 report this week, its IPTV sector displays positive results, showing its IPTV subscriber base to have risen... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Maroc Telecom buy helps drive Etisalat results

Etisalat, the UAE-based telco with operations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has reported a 38% rise in revenues for its third quarter to 30 September 2014, to AED13.24... more

BT reports stagnant revenues, EBITDA

British fixed line incumbent BT has published its financial results for the three- and six-month periods ended 30 September 2014, reporting a marginal increase year-on-year in its key measure of... more

XL Axiata books IDR901.2bn net loss in 9M14 on rising costs and currency fluctuations

Indonesia’s second largest mobile operator XL Axiata says net losses for the nine months to 30 September 2014 climbed to IDR901.2 billion (USD75.8 million), compared to a net profit of... more

GO Telecom 1H14 profit on the rise following STC deal; Mobily requests temporary suspension of share trading

Saudi Arabian fixed line and broadband operator Etihad Athleeb Telecom (GO Telecom) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2014 (1H 2014), announcing a net... more

Jazztel third quarter results reveal it has surpassed 100,000 FTTH subscribers

In publishing its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2014, alternative Spanish broadband provider Jazz Telecom (Jazztel) has revealed that it has signed up more than 100,000 customers... more

CompCom recommends approval of MTN, Afrihost deal

South Africa’s Competition Commission (CompCom) has recommended to the country’s Competition Tribunal the unconditional approval of MTN South Africa’s proposed acquisition of internet service provider (ISP) Afrihost, TechCentral reports. The... more

Govt still planning to sell Telekom

Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic has confirmed that the government is looking for an investment partner in Telekom Srbija and intends to privatise the telco through a public and transparent tender,... more

Data pushes Du to double-digit growth in third quarter

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Du has posted net profits of AED558.7 million (USD152 million) for the three months to 30 September 2014, an 18% jump from a year... more

Batelco reports y-o-y 40% Q3 profit growth, 5% customer base increase

Bahrain-based Batelco Group revealed consolidated net profit for the nine-month period to end-September 2014 of BHD40.9 million (USD107.8 million), up 11% from BHD36.7 million for the same period in 2013,... more
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