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17 Apr 2014

WIRELESS

StarHub ends ‘free’ 4G; plans to implement charges from 1 June

Singapore fixed and mobile operator StarHub has revealed plans to begin charging for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) ‘4G Speed Boost’ service on most ‘SmartSurf’ tariff plans from 1 June... more

Hungarian mobile subscriber base falls again in Q1

Hungarian telecoms regulator the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH) has published its latest ‘flash report’ for the domestic mobile market, for the month ending 31 March 2014, reporting that... more

TIM Brasil board recommends bid for 4G 700MHz spectrum

The board of Brazilian wireless carrier TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has set out its stall to actively participate in the forthcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700MHz band suitable... more

Zain to launch 4G before year-end

Zain Jordan, the nation’s largest cellco by subscribers, has secured 4G and 3G frequencies for a total of JOD192 million (USD270.2 million) and plans to launch 4G Long Term Evolution... more

MTS Belarus secures fourth channel to boost 3G bandwidth

Belarusian mobile operator MTS Belarus has reportedly been allocated a fourth mobile radio frequency (RF) channel (of 5MHz) to boost its 3G/3G+ mobile bandwidth capabilities, ahead of the country hosting... more

Megacom added 200 base stations to footprint in 2013

Kyrgyz mobile network operator Megacom has revealed that it deployed more than 200 new base stations across the country in 2013, extending its network to a total of 85 agglomerations.... more

Cellcom inks deal with NSN for 4G network rollout

Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom has announced that it has selected Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the supply of its 4G network. In announcing the deal, financial... more

South Korean cellcos agree registration shutdown policy with KCC

South Korea’s three mobile network operators – SK Telecom (SKT), KT Corp and LG Uplus – are all said to have reached an agreement with the Korea Communications Commission (KCC)... more

Telecom Egypt to pay 6% of annual mobile revenue to NTRA under unified licence terms

Following the announcement earlier this month that Telecom Egypt (TE) would be required to pay EGP2.5 billion (USD360 million) for a unified telecoms licence allowing it to enter the wireless... more

Virgin France launches LTE over SFR, Bouygues networks

French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile has introduced Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the country, with domestic cellcos SFR and Bouygues Telecom acting as network hosts, La... more

Econet targeting Beitbridge for 4G LTE rollout

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has reportedly revealed plans to deploy its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Beitbridge, a border town in the province of... more

Movistar Venezuela pulls plug on CDMA

Movistar Venezuela, a subsidiary of Spanish giant Telefonica, has switched off its 2G/3G CDMA mobile and fixed-wireless voice and data network nationwide to focus on its 2G GSM, 3G UMTS... more

BROADBAND

Cable compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

*TIME dotCom* of Malaysia has confirmed its participation in the previously announced *Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1)* submarine cable project. The 25,000km subsea system, which was unveiled in January 2014, will... more

KDDI, Softbank oppose NTT discount bundle deregulation

Japanese telecoms companies KDDI (au) and Softbank Corp have reiterated their opposition to a possible lift of the ban currently installed on Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to offer a... more

Ooredoo, Cisco sign smart city, cloud and managed solutions MoU

Qatari telecoms group Ooredoo and US-based technology provider Cisco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the provision of ‘smart city’, cloud and managed services solutions to... more

WIRELINE

ACCC publishes report on fixed line service regulation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its final report into the regulation of fixed line telecommunications services, revealing that it will continue to regulate wholesale services supplied... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Zain Saudi limits net loss to SAR318m in 1Q14

Zain Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Kuwait-based telco Zain Group, has published its consolidated financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reporting a net loss of SAR318... more

Competition watchdog to conduct ‘thorough’ examination of SFR-Numericable merger

Bruno Lasserre, the president of France’s competition watchdog, the Autorite de la Concurrence, has reportedly disclosed to local media that the antitrust regulator is planning to conduct a comprehensive study... more

Telecom Liechtenstein looks to offset revenue decline

State-owned Telecom Liechtenstein has reported that its annual net revenue fell in 2013 to CHF45.883 million (USD52.112 million), down by CHF4.658 million from CHF50.541 million in 2012, which was mainly... more

Une-EPM/Tigo tie-up to go ahead in Q2; Une LTE footprint reaches 44 cities

Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has revealed that the planned merger between its Tigo-branded Colombian unit and state-backed telco Une-EPM is being considered by the regulatory bodies for TV –... more

DoT mulling USD58m fine for Uninor

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may impose a fine of up to INR3.5 billion (USD57.94 million) on Uninor for failing to secure the watchdog’s approval when it combined seven separate... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Indonesian round-up: Indosat to reduce debt; Biznet boosts metroNet; Telkom to complete tower sale

Alexander Rusli, the CEO of Indonesia’s number two telecoms provider by subscribers PT Indosat, says his company plans to repay debts totalling IRD2.3 trillion (USD201.1 million) in fiscal 2014, using... more

Blue sky thinking: Google swoops on US drone internet firm after Facebook buzzes off to UK

A 'battle of the Titans' appeared to be won by US internet giant Google this week when it acquired a US-based maker of solar-powered drone aircraft, Titan Aerospace, apparently beating... more

CommsUpdate back on 22 April

Please note that CommsUpdate will take a short break from tomorrow (18 April 2014) and will return on 22 April.... more

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