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18 Sep 2014

WIRELESS

Tesco Mobile Ireland says subs base up 25% to 250,000

Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Tesco Mobile Ireland has revealed that it added a net 50,000 new customers over the past year, and now has more than 250,000 customers. According... more

Movistar Uruguay launches LTE in Montevideo

Movistar Uruguay, the country’s second largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has commercially launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the country, using spectrum in the 1900MHz frequency band, TecnoPortal... more

DiGi hoping to lay claim to additional 900MHz spectrum

Malaysia’s DiGi Telecommunications is reportedly holding talks with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) regarding the possible acquisition of low-frequency spectrum. According to the Sun Daily, the operator expects... more

Buggin’ out: rural telco launches LTE in conjunction with NetAmerica Alliance

The NetAmerica Alliance has announced that Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative (BIT Communications) has launched 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service under the NetAmerica Alliance service brand, Bonfire. BIT Communications, which... more

French overseas territories likely to receive LTE auction details by year-end

A trio of senior French politicians have indicated that the French overseas territories (‘departement d’outre-mer’, DOM) should see the 4G licensing process get underway ‘by the end of the year’.... more

IDA reports on Telecoms Services for end-June: mobile subs up to 8.196m, residential fixed broadband at 1.265m

Singapore’s telecoms industry regulator the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has released an update on market developments for the month ending 30 June 2014, noting that the island-state was home to... more

Airtel Uganda gets IFC backing for mobile money services

Ugandan cellular operator Airtel has agreed a three-year advisory services deal with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, to develop mobile money services and strengthen financial... more

Myanmar suffering from tower shortage

Telenor Myanmar faces challenges in installing enough towers to meet its capacity needs, Eleven Myanmar cites the newcomer’s CEO, Peter Furberg as saying at the Myanmar Connect Forum. The Norwegian-backed... more

Movistar marks rural expansion milestone

Spanish backed cellco Movistar Peru has revealed plans to invest PEN277 million (USD95.54 million) to roll out mobile services to 2,327 rural locations by 2017, extending its network to an... more

USD6.5m spent on six unused towers

US watchdog the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has criticised the State Department and the Department of Defence (DoD) for funding six telecom towers which have not been used... more

7.69m inactive SIMs removed in June says NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has released its Monthly Subscriber Data report, in which it said that the end of June saw total connected telephony lines on all networks stand... more

BROADBAND

Belarus’ Cosmos TV offers 100Mbps for all

Privately owned Belarussian cable television and broadband provider Cosmos TV says its network modernisation programme has now been completed, enabling it to offer all subscribers internet access at speeds of... more

Netflix launches German service through DT tie-up; Vodafone to collaborate too

US-based Netflix, which offers its popular over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service in a number of major markets across the world, has added Germany to its portfolio via the signing of... more

Vodacom reveals FTTB deployment plans, pricing

South African telecoms provider Vodacom has revealed plans to deploy fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology, offering maximum download speeds of 100Mbps to selected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Cape Town, Durban... more

Globe and Alcatel-Lucent sign LTE infrastructure deal

Globe Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a contract for transformation of Globe’s wireless network infrastructure in Visayas and Mindanao from WiMAX to LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technology. The Filipino operator will... more

WIRELINE

GNC-ALFA extends network coverage to 80% of Yerevan

Alternative operator GNC-ALFA, a unit of Russian group Rostelecom which now markets services under its parent’s branding, says it has recently expanded its coverage to over 80% of the capital... more

Telecom Italia continues appeal against Antitrust decision

Italy’s incumbent fixed line operator Telecom Italia (TI) has said it will appeal a EUR103 million (USD133 million) fine handed down by the country’s Antitrust Authority for alleged abuses of... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Rapid Communications acquires 16% stake in Nationlink; receives mobile banking permit

Kenyan e-commerce specialist Rapid Communications has acquired a 16% stake in Somalia-based Nationlink, according to Kenya’s Capital FM. The Nairobi-based firm, which is currently responsible for managing Nationlink’s content management... more

NCC OKs merger of Taiwan Star and Vibo

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has now approved a merger between Vibo Telecom and new player Taiwan Star Cellular, the Taipei Times reports. In confirming it had given the nod... more

Slovenian altnet T-2 enters receivership

Slovenian alternative fixed line, broadband and mobile operator T-2 has entered receivership, but insists that services for its customers will be uninterrupted. The decision by the District Court in Ljubljana... more

TI says not in talks with Oi SA

In the wake of recent media reports saying that Telecom Italia (TI) is considering plans to take control of Brazilian-owned Oi SA, the Milan-based giant has submitted a securities filing... more

Oi approves measures to sell African holdings gained from PT merger deal

Brazilian telecoms operator Oi, which is in the process of merging with Portugal Telecom (PT), issued a statement yesterday (17 September 2014) disclosing that its board of directors has authorised... more

Concerns emerge over Cyta restructuring contract

The Watchdog Committee of Cyprus’ House of Representatives has reportedly demanded more information regarding the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) board’s decision to choose German company Detecon International to conduct a... more

Zain Bahrain IPO period extended

Mobile and broadband operator Zain Bahrain has extended the subscription period for its initial public offering (IPO) until the end of this month, reports Gulf Daily News. The IPO subscription... more
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