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28 Jul 2014

FEATURE

WAN Summit London Early Registration Ends Soon

TeleGeography’s WAN Summit London will bring together corporate WAN strategists and service providers on September 10 to discuss common challenges, gain new perspectives, and to build business relationships with potential... more

WIRELESS

KPN follows LTE-A launch with VoLTE trial

Dutch telco KPN has announced the introduction of a voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) trial, in association with its technical partners Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung and Mavenir Systems. Rather than inviting its existing... more

Telecom Italia stages LTE-A trial in Turin

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has staged its inaugural Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) trial in Turin, achieving downlink transmission speeds of up to 180Mbps. The trial network, which has been... more

Anatel reports 3.27m 4G/LTE connections at end-June, up from 2.08m at end-March

According to data from telecoms regulator Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel), the country was home to a total of 3.27 million fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile connections at 30... more

Ireland announces review of radio frequency spectrum policy

Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has published a spectrum policy consultation paper, marking the first step in a comprehensive review of the country’s radio frequency spectrum policy... more

Bharti expands 4G network

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has launched 4G services in Nagpur, the Economic Times writes. The launch makes Nagpur the second city in the Maharashtra circle to... more

T-Mobile extends LTE network for festival

T-Mobile Montenegro, the wireless arm of fixed line incumbent PTO Crnogorski Telekom, activated a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for this year’s Lake Fest in Niksic, which ran from 25-27... more

Polkomtel ‘pirouette’ backed by UKE

Local news portal Rpkom writes that Orange Poland has received a ruling from the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) overturning a previous decision in which it had approved the transfer... more

BROADBAND

Jazztel issues update on FTTH network deployment

Alternative Spanish broadband provider Jazz Telecom (Jazztel) has announced that it expects to have passed a total of 2.2 million households with its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network by the end of... more

Arcep launches public consultation on use of open spectrum

French telecoms watchdog, the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep), has opened a public consultation on the use of ‘free frequencies’ (not requiring prior authorisation) by... more

Algerie Telecom to deploy 20,000km of fibre by end-2015

Mehmel Azouaou, CEO of Algerian fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT), has announced that the company is planning to deploy an additional 20,000km worth of fibre-optic cables by the end... more

WIRELINE

Tigo urges regulator to enable fixed number portability

Tigo El Salvador has called on telecoms regulator Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET) to implement number portability (NP) for fixed line telephony users as well as for mobile... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

EE’s 4G sign-ups continue to rise as it reports latest financial results

EE, the UK’s leading mobile network operator in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2014, revealing that its adjusted EBITDA margin... more

Altice acquires a 34.6% stake in Numericable from Carlyle and Cinven

Luxembourg-based Altice Group has announced that its wholly-owned holding company Altice France has acquired a 34.6% share in domestic broadband provider Numericable from private investment firms Carlyle Group and Cinven,... more

Telkom Indonesia books 8.4% rise in first-half revenue on strong broadband growth

The state-controlled telco PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has reported revenue of IDR43.54 trillion (USD3.76 billion) for the six months to 30 June 2014, up 8.4% from IDR40.16 trillion in the... more

Vodafone Ireland sees subs base fall 1.6% in Q2

Ireland’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Vodafone Ireland, saw its base dip by 1.6%, or a net 34,000 users, in the second quarter of this year, to close out... more

CITIC to make a bid for RCOM cable business

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

B-Mobile rebranded Progresif Cellular following takeover

Brunei-based mobile operator B-Mobile Communications has been acquired by investment firm Darussalam Assets for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was effective as of 1 July 2014, and the cellco has... more

Batelco’s H1 revenues up 14% y-o-y

For the first six months of 2014 Bahrain-based telecoms group Batelco reported consolidated net profit of BHD24.9 million (USD66.0 million), down slightly from BHD25.3 million for the corresponding period in... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Telecoms operators concerned over new draft law

Cambodia’s telecoms operators have allegedly voiced opposition to a draft law from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Cambodia (MPTC) which states that no company can operate infrastructure assets and... more
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