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24 Apr 2014

WIRELESS

Pakistan spectrum auction nets USD1.1bn, Zong secures only 4G licence

Pakistan has completed the long-awaited auction of third- and fourth-generation (3G and 4G) concessions, awarding 3G licences to Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak/Zong) and Pakistan Telecommunications Mobile Ltd... more

Entel signs up 2,000 LTE subscribers in first week of offering service

Oscar Coca, the general manager of Bolivia’s state-owned telco Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel), has announced that just seven days after launching commercial LTE-based services at the start of this... more

Telecoms giant PLDT on course to reach 100% 3G coverage by 3Q14

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), through its mobile divisions Smart Communications and Digitel (Sun Cellular), is on course to achieve 100% coverage of the country by the third quarter... more

NBTC issues warning for True’s 2G 1800MHz switch-off

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has reiterated a final deadline of 15 September 2014 to mobile operators True Corp and Advanced Info Service (AIS) to shut down the... more

GloBul commences 2G/3G upgrade project in Pernik

Cosmo Bulgaria (GloBul), the country’s second-largest cellco in terms of subscribers, will start the implementation of its 2G/3G upgrade project in the town of Pernik today, with subscribers expected to... more

Telecom to launch handsets ahead of rumoured FD-LTE licensing

Marbridge Daily writes that third-placed cellco China Telecom is planning to launch eight new 4G smartphones on 1 May amidst rumours that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)... more

Ten million Orange Money customers in 13 countries

Orange Group has announced the milestone of ten million customers of its Africa-Middle East mobile money service ‘Orange Money’, which is now available in 13 countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire,... more

BROADBAND

MTN SA, Vodacom reveal FTTH plans

South African telco MTN has announced plans to commercially launch a 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service in its domestic market on 1 June 2014, TechCentral reports. According to the article,... more

Go team! GrameenPhone and ISPs jointly launch ‘Go Broadband’ WiMAX

Bangladesh’s largest mobile operator by users, GrameenPhone, has launched a fixed WiMAX-based internet service in Dhaka and Chittagong in partnership with two ISPs, ADN Telecom and Agni Systems. The WiMAX... more

BT, Viva Bahrain establishing interoperability hub

UK-based telecoms firm BT Group and cellco Viva Bahrain, backed by Saudi Telecom Company, have signed an agreement to build a Global Internet Protocol Exchange (GIPX) interoperability hub in Bahrain.... more

Macau Cable TV licensed for internet services, loses pay-TV exclusivity

Macau’s government has given the green-light to the territory’s sole CATV network operator Macau Cable TV to provide internet access services, Macau Business Daily reports. The permission, which was given... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodafone could bid for Yoigo depending on EC’s stance on mergers

UK-based Vodafone Group may consider a bid for Spanish alternative operator Yoigo once it becomes clear how strict the European Commission (EC) might be with regards to such a merger,... more

MTN reports 210.1m subscribers at end-March

MTN Group, a leading emerging market mobile operator, reported a ‘satisfactory performance’ in the first quarter of 2014, with subscriber growth of 1.1% quarter-on-quarter pushing the group’s total to 210.065... more

AM confirms Telekom Austria shareholder agreement with OIAG

America Movil (AM), acting through its wholly owned subsidiary Carso Telecom, has entered into a shareholders' agreement with Austrian state holding company Osterreichische Industrieholding AG (OIAG), with respect to their... more

TEO posts 7.2% fall in Q1 revenue

Lithuania’s incumbent fixed line operator TEO LT has reported revenue of LTL169.452 million (USD67.6 million) for the first three months of 2014, down 7.2% from LTL182.666 million in the year-ago... more

SITC shareholders to receive SAR1.05bn in compensation

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has reportedly issued a Royal Decree instructing the relevant authorities to pay compensation worth SAR1.05 billion (USD279.98 million), equivalent to SAR30 per share, to stakeholders of... more

Bakrie Telecom swings into profit in Q1

Indonesian CDMA operator Bakrie Telecom (BTel) has posted a net profit of IDR201.7 billion (USD17.34 million) for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reversing a net loss of IDR97.5... more

European Commission expected to rule on Hutch’s O2 Ireland bid by June

The European Commission (EC) is expected to issue a final ruling on Hutchison Whampoa’s bid for O2 Ireland – as well as for a separate plan for Telefonica to merge... more

Angolan shareholders claim right to buy out Portugal Telecom from Unitel

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos and the other local shareholders of Angola’s largest cellco Unitel have told fellow shareholder Portugal Telecom (PT) that they intend to ‘exercise their rights’ to... more

MIC smartphone sales drive subscriber growth, hit bottom line

Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which provides wireless and broadband services across Africa and Latin America under the ‘Tigo’ brand name, has registered a 4.0% annual increase in turnover for... more

MISCELLANEOUS

LAP Green subscriber growth 'across the board’ in 1Q14

LAP Green Network, the telecoms holding company owned by the Libyan African Portfolio (LAP), has reported ‘subscriber growth across the board’ for 1Q14, without breaking out specific customer metrics. As... more

Protests against TeleEm, UTS merger continue as government acknowledges Curacao-based company in ‘prominent position’

Protests against the rumoured takeover of Sint Maarten-based TelEm Group by Curacao-based United Telecommunication Services (UTS) rumbled on last week, with a large group of workers hand-delivering a letter stating... more

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