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1 Sep 2014

WIRELESS

Far EasTone granted approval to offer 1800MHz LTE services

Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has reportedly obtained approval from the National Communications Commission (NCC) to offer LTE-based services using spectrum in the 1800MHz band, according to the... more

Nakhtel plans 4G rollout in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan

Nakhtel, a mobile CDMA network operator in the autonomous region of Nakhchivan, is seeking a licence to provide GSM services in Azerbaijan, reports Azernews. Farid Hajiyev, head of press at... more

Nepal’s NTA renews Ncell's GSM mobile licence

The government of Nepal has renewed the mobile operating licence of privately-owned carrier Ncell allowing it to operate GSM services for the next five years. This is the first licence... more

Ericsson awarded BTC Mobile network expansion deal

Botswanan wireless operator BTC Mobile, which operates under the beMobile brand, has selected Ericsson for the expansion of its network infrastructure. According to a report by Mmegi Online, the project... more

Aftel connects Zabul with fibre, mobile networks

Afghan Telecom (Aftel) has inaugurated its Salaam-branded 2G and 3G mobile services in Zabul province, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has announced. The state-backed telco also connected... more

NK to deactivate tourist SIM cards following duration of visit

The North Korean authorities have moved to close a loophole relating to mobile phone usage by foreign nationals – imposing a new law under which tourists will now have their... more

BROADBAND

INEA takes control of regional fibre project

Polish triple-play cableco INEA has taken a 74.68% stake in Wielkopolska Broadband Network (Wielkopolska Sieci Szerokopasmowej, WSS), a company which is rolling out a fibre-optic backbone/distribution network in the Wielkopolska... more

UCOM picks Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade Armenian fibre infrastructure

Alternative fixed telephony and broadband services provider UCOM LLC has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its national network infrastructure with the deployment of the vendor’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). In... more

Zeop achieves 400Mbps download speeds in tests

Reunion-based fibre-optic broadband provider Zeop has achieved downlink transmission speeds of up to 400Mbps, online portal Dom-Tom-ADSL reports. Zeop, which offers a 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) package for EUR100 (USD135.90) per... more

WIRELINE

Rime of the ancient operator: GT&T looking to remove fixed line albatross with price hike

Fixed line incumbent Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has appeared before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to justify a proposed series of price hikes to its fixed line services.... more

MPT taps Dialogic for fixed line upgrade

State-backed operator Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has selected Dialogic’s intelligent call control solutions, the vendor announced in a press release. Under the deal, MPT will deploy Dialogic’s ControlSwitch System,... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Negotiations continue on PT/Oi stake in Unitel; target price ‘USD2bn’, sources claim

Brazilian telecoms operator Oi, which is in the process of merging with Portugal Telecom (PT), is in talks to sell a 25% stake in Angola’s leading cellco Unitel to other... more

Viva Kuwait gets nod for local stock exchange listing

Viva (Kuwait Telecom Company) is said to have received regulatory approval to list on the local stock exchange, almost six years after the company completed an initial public offering (IPO).... more

Eircom looks to forge ahead with EUR3bn stock market flotation, paper says

Irish PTO Eircom is expected to forge ahead with a EUR3 billion (USD3.94 billion) stock market flotation, possibly as early as October, even as ‘interest from trade buyers and private... more

Telefonica expects to complete GVT acquisition by mid-2015 if all goes to plan

BNAmericas writes that Telefonica is confident it will complete the takeover of Brazilian fixed operator Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi by mid-2015 – if all goes to plan. The... more

Iliad reports 10% rise in H1 sales, but profits edge down

French telecoms operator Iliad, which is currently considering a plan to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom, has reported a 10.4% year-on-year increase in revenue to EUR2.02 billion (USD2.65 billion)... more

EC gives Telefonica/E-Plus deal final approval

Telefonica Deutschland has received final clearance for its EUR8.55 billion (USD11.9 billion) acquisition of Dutch telecom operator KPN’s German mobile unit E-Plus, after the European Commission (EC) confirmed that the... more

TDC and private equity duo expected to bid for Get

Norwegian cableco Get expects to receive binding offers from Denmark-based TDC and two private equity funds, with the sale process likely to value the company at around EUR1.4 billion (USD1.84... more

TI extends Telecom Argentina sale deadline again?

Telecom Italia (TI) has further extended the deadline to complete the sale of Telecom Argentina to investment company Fintech, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the matter. Last... more

VIPnet’s takeover of Bjelovar cableco approved

Croatian regulator HAKOM has given permission to integrated mobile and fixed telecoms group VIPnet (including B.net) to acquire a local cable TV network operator, Dastin. The target company was founded... more

America Movil enlists Bank of America to sell surplus assets; AT&T, Softbank linked with bids

America Movil (AM), the international telecoms group controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, has hired Bank of America Corp to sell certain domestic telecoms, Bloomberg reports. As previously reported by... more

Essar confirms approval of USD120m Kenya sale; deal likely to conclude in 4Q14

Essar Telecom Kenya (ETK) has sold its ‘yu’-branded telecoms business to larger rivals Safaricom and Airtel Kenya for around USD120 million, Indian parent company Essar Capital has confirmed. Under the... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Digicel applies for pay-TV concession in T&T

Trinidad & Tobago-based mobile operator Digicel has applied for a pay-TV licence, the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (TATT) has confirmed. The application for the concession, technically named a... more
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