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31 Oct 2014

WIRELESS

MIC orders Japanese cellcos to unlock phones from 2015

Japan's telecoms industry regulator the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has announced that from next year, the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) must sell smartphones and tablets with... more

Manx Telecom to open 4G network to pre-pay users

Isle of Man communications service provider Manx Telecom has announced that from early 2015, its pre-paid mobile customers will be allowed to access its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.... more

SIGET issues number portability regulation

El Salvador’s telecoms regulator, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET), has reportedly issued regulations that will govern the introduction of fixed and mobile number portability (NP) project in the... more

Zong passes one million ‘Super 3G’ milestone

China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), which operates under the ‘Zong’ banner, has signed up one million subscribers to its 3.5G dual carrier (DC)-HSPA+ service ‘Super 3G’, Dispatch News Desk Pakistan writes.... more

Entel calls for ‘substantial’ reduction in MTRs

Chilean backed cellco Entel Peru, which was recently rebranded from its previous moniker ‘Nextel del Peru’, says that mobile termination rates (MTRs) should be ‘substantially reduced’ to encourage competition. Gestion... more

Telenor launches in capital, no shortage of SIMs

Norwegian-backed cellco Telenor Myanmar has inaugurated mobile services in Yangon, having temporarily delayed the launch in the capital to complete network optimisation following its commercial launch in the nation’s second-largest... more

BROADBAND

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

Romeo Montenegro, the director of investment for the Philippines Mindanao Development Authority has divulged details on a proposed new regional submarine cable, which he says will boost the island of... more

Burundian govt, Onatel and Huawei commission Bujumbura MAN project

The government of Burundi, working with national PTO Onatel and Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei, has officially commissioned a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project for the capital Bujumbura, ITNewsAfrica reports. The... more

Regulator announces KPN to continue wholesale access to its network, acquire 60% of Reggefiber

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has delivered two-pronged news to Dutch telecoms giant KPN – the company must continue to provide wholesale access to its copper and... more

MTS constructs Far East and Eastern Siberia WiMAX network

Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has commercially launched a WiMAX network in the Far East and Eastern Siberia, offering wireless broadband access at speeds of up to 300Mbps, while also... more

Orange France signs fibre agreement with Angers Loire Habitat

French telco Orange has signed a five-year fibre agreement with housing provider Angers Loire Habitat, which will see 11,000 social housing units in Angers Loire connected to the telco’s fibre... more

South Africa round-up: FTTH competition heats up in Parkhurst; MTN street light antenna project on hold; no Wi-Fi on trains ‘anytime soon’

Following the announcement earlier this week that South African start-up *Vumatel* has lit its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in the upscale Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, rival broadband operator *Telkom South Africa* has... more

Jazztel wholesale in-building fibre access rates to equal Telefonica’s

Spanish telecoms regulator the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC) has ordered broadband provider Jazztel Telecom to charge rival altnet Vodafone Spain the same wholesale rates as those levied... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Softbank to play hardball with AT&T for AM's Mexican assets?

Japanese telecoms giant Softbank Corp has reportedly enlisted Marcelo Claure, the chief executive of its US wireless subsidiary Sprint Corp, to gather information on the Mexican telecoms assets that America... more

PPF Group ups O2 Czech Republic stake to 83.15%

Investment group PPF, owned by the Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, has increased its stake in domestic fixed and mobile operator O2 Czech Republic to 83.15% (voting rights), according to a... more

Private equity firms circle Portugal Telecom

Private equity firms Apax Partners and Bain Capital are both said to be weighing bids for Portugal Telecom (PT), the Financial Times has reported, putting pressure on Luxembourg-based telecoms group... more

MegaFon reports falling Q3 profits, but revenues climb

Russia's second largest mobile operator by subscribers, MegaFon, sales third-quarter net income slumped by 16.5% to RUB12.792 billion (USD295.4 million) from RUB15.300 billion in 3Q13, due in part to the... more

TDC revenues down 4.8% in Q3 2014

Danish telco TDC, the country’s leading operator in terms of subscribers, has published its financial report for the three months ended 30 September 2014, reporting a 4.8% year-on-year decline in... more

T-2 may continue services uninterrupted, court decides

The Ljubljana District Court has ruled that Slovenian alternative quadruple-play operator T-2, which entered receivership last month, may continue its operations in accordance with the proposed business plan under its... more

Losses widen for Digicel as financing costs bite

Irish-owned pan-Caribbean telecoms group Digicel has seen losses for the three months ended 30 June 2014 widen to USD49.3 million from USD10.8 million in the corresponding period of 2013, the... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Brazil round-up: Algar rebuffs takeover interest; BT Brasil unveils Jaguariuna teleport; Gilat deploys small cells for TIM Brasil; tower co merger approved

Brazilian operator *Algar Telecom* has attracted takeover interest from competitors, but is not interested in a deal in the short term, company president Divino de Souza has told Reuters Brasil.... more

Sky Deutschland beefs up OTT offering

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has launched 'Sky Online', a new comprehensive over-the-top (OTT) platform enabling access to premium linear TV and on-demand services over any internet connection or through... more

Bell's new streaming product aims to rival Shomi

Bell Media, part of the Bell Canada telecoms group, has announced plans to launch a new online video streaming service devoted exclusively to television content, apparently in response to the... more
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