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24 Jul 2014

WIRELESS

SingTel launches commercial 300Mbps 4G service with Huawei mobile MiFi device

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has announced the launch of a commercial 300Mbps 4G service using Huawei’s E5786 mobile MiFi device, claiming a world first. The telco says the device is compatible... more

Anatel superintendent sees Oi as ‘breakup candidate’ if it fails at wireless auction

Bloomberg reports the superintendent of competition at Anatel, Carlos Baigorri, as saying that the watchdog considers Oi SA – the country’s most indebted telco – as the weakest domestic operator... more

Tigo sets date for 3G/4G launch

Tigo Chad has successfully tested 3G and 4G mobile network technologies and now plans to begin offering the services commercially from September or October this year, Jeune Afrique writes. Tigo,... more

Moov subscribers diagnosed with the Flooz

Atlantique Telecom has reportedly introduced the ‘Flooz’-branded electronic money transfer service for its Gabonese unit, Moov. According to online journal GabonLibre.com, the service was unveiled by director general Abdoulaye Cisse... more

Orange deploys LTE-A in Strasbourg and Toulouse

Orange France has kick started the deployment of its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network in selected locations. According to the operator's website, as of this month, residents of Strasbourg and... more

Airtel Niger secures 3G licence

Airtel Niger, the local cellular unit of Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel, has been awarded a 15-year licence for the establishment and operation of a 3G network, Reuters reports, citing... more

Maldives mobile broadband subs up 34%

The Communications Authority of Maldives has reported that fixed broadband subscribers totalled 19,993 at the end of June 2014, down slightly from 20,308 twelve months earlier. Mobile customers in the... more

Beeline boosts Andijan network

Beeline Uzbekistan, part of the Russian-owned Vimpelcom Group, has expanded its 2G and 3G networks in the Andijan region, UzDaily writes. The cellco has installed new base stations in Andijan,... more

MPT to drop lottery for SIM sales

Local news outlet Eleven Myanmar writes that state-backed telco Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) will soon stop its practice of selling SIMs via a lottery system, a strategy it adopted... more

BROADBAND

Turk Telekom taps Alca-Lu to overhaul core IP network

Turk Telekom has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 Extensible Routing Platform (XRS) in its core IP network, the French-US vendor has announced. The new routers, deployed in three major locations in Istanbul... more

Vodafone Group confirms updated FTTH deal with Orange Espana in wake of ONO purchase

UK-based Vodafone Group has announced the agreement between its Spanish subsidiary and local rival Orange Espana related to the rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology has been updated. The development comes... more

PTA adopts new bitstream pricing; consults on terminal equipment for Vectoring

Icelandic telecoms watchdog the Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) has adopted its Decision 17/2014, which approves wholesale network operator Mila’s wholesale tariffs for bitstream access via Route Option 1 and... more

WIRELINE

ACCC launches consultation on pricing for Telstra's fixed line and transmission services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a discussion paper seeking views on setting primary prices for the regulated fixed line services supplied using fixed line incumbent Telstra’s... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

BCE taking Bell Aliant private in USD3.7bn move

Canadian telecoms group Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) announced yesterday that it has decided to buy out public minority shareholders in its associated subsidiary telco Bell Aliant for a total consideration... more

Ooredoo revenues, EBITDA slide 3%, 10% in H1

Qatar-based telecoms group Ooredoo has posted a 3% year-on-year fall in first-half 2014 consolidated revenues to QAR16.504 billion (USD4.530 billion), as it reported that strong performances in Qatar, Oman and... more

TalkTalk records sixth consecutive quarter of revenue growth

Alternative British broadband provider TalkTalk has reported its sixth consecutive quarter of year-on-year revenue growth, generating a total turnover of GBP434 million (USD730 million) in the first quarter of its... more

AT&T revenues up 1.6% to USD32.6bn in 2Q14

US telecoms giant AT&T Inc has reported consolidated revenues of USD32.6 billion for the three months ended 30 June 2014, a rise of 1.6% year-on-year. Wireless sales accounted for the... more

Costa Rica’s ICE mulling investment in Hondutel

Jesus Mejia, the CEO of Honduran fixed line incumbent Empresa Hondurena de Telecomunicaciones (Hondutel), has revealed that Costa Rican operator Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE) is interested in investing... more

Vodacom’s revenue up by 4.3% to ZAR18.3bn in 2Q14

South Africa-based Vodacom Group, part of the Vodafone Group, has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2014, reporting an 4.3% year-on-year increase in revenues, to... more

Du quarterly revenues exceed AED3bn for first time

United Arab Emirates telecoms operator Du has announced revenue of AED3.024 billion (USD823 million) for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 13.7% from AED2.660 billion in the year-ago... more

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