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20 Aug 2014

WIRELESS

DNA and Sonera unveil plan to cooperate on joint network rollout in northern, eastern areas

Finnish mobile network operators DNA and TeliaSonera Finland have inked a major cooperation agreement under which they will construct a joint network in the northern and eastern parts of the... more

All clear for OTT operators

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided not to regulate providers of over-the-top (OTT) services, such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. The Economic Times writes that cellcos are... more

Vodafone Australia calls on Ericsson for network evolution

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has contracted Swedish vendor Ericsson as the sole supplier to replace and upgrade the cellco’s complete core network for its national network. Under the terms of... more

Maz Tiempo to join Mexican MVNO skirmish

Maz Tiempo will become the latest company to enter Mexico’s increasingly crowded mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market when it launches in Mexico City tomorrow (21 August). The company will... more

Cafe Mobile drops off the grid

Fears have emerged regarding the future of Aircom (Cafe Mobile), the Cote d’Ivoire’s sixth mobile operator, with Ivorian telecoms watchdog L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications/TIC de Cote d’Ivoire (ARTCI) omitting... more

Vodacom to invest ZAR1bn in Gauteng network upgrades

South African telco Vodacom has announced that it is planning to invest ZAR1 billion (USD93.8 million) in order to upgrade its wireless network infrastructure in the province of Gauteng, TechCentral... more

Airtel Tanzania extends coverage to Uvinza district

Tanzania’s Daily News reports that mobile operator Airtel Tanzania has expanded its GSM network coverage with the launch of a new communication tower in the village of Sigunga, in Uvinza... more

Progresif Cellular seeks vendor for two-phase 3G network overhaul

Progesif Cellular, the Brunei-based operator previously known as B-Mobile, has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a vendor to stabilise its 3G mobile network in a two-phase network improvement... more

3G deadline missed; no official explanation

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers failed to comply with a Presidential Decree which set a 15 August deadline to implement a set of urgent measures on the conversion of 2100MHz band... more

Thai regulator ‘not guilty’ of collusion

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has been found innocent of charges of ‘collusion’ by the anti-corruption commission operating under the country’s military-run administration, the National Council for Peace... more

BROADBAND

Surfline launches TD-LTE services in Accra, Tema

Ghanaian operator Surfline Communications has launched Ghana's first commercial 4G Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in Accra and Tema, Business Ghana reports. Rosa Fynn, marketing director for Surfline,... more

Zoom Wireless launches Wi-Fi internet access in northern Uganda

The Ugandan internet service provider (ISP) Zoom Wireless has launched Wi-Fi internet services for business and residential customers in parts of northern Uganda, beginning with the city of Gulu. Zoom... more

ICTA approves new wholesale IPLC tariff reduction

Mauritian telecoms watchdog, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), has approved a proposed reduction in the bilateral half-circuit charges of incumbent operator Mauritius Telecom’s (MT’s) International Private Lease Circuits... more

WIRELINE

CBL upgrades REVOICE service

Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) has invested USD3 million over the last year on the installation of a new Metaswitch-supplied phone switch and software that will allow the cableco to provide... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Sudatel posts H1 net profit of USD24m; agrees sale of Ghanaian unit

Sudatel Telecom Group (STG) has announced its preliminary results for the first half of 2014, reporting consolidated EBITDA of USD75 million, an increase of 17% year-on-year and reflecting an improved... more

Italy’s UniCredit bank takes stake in O2 Czech Republic

The Italian banking group UniCredit has purchased an almost 6% stake in fixed and mobile operator O2 Czech Republic (formerly O2 Telefonica Czech Republic), having successfully snapped up shares from... more

Bakrie Telecom reports sharp drop in revenue, profit in 1H14

Indonesian CDMA operator Bakrie Telecom (BTel) booked gross revenue of IDR928 billion (USD79.53 million) in the first six months of this year, down sharply by 28.9% from IDR1.31 trillion in... more

Unitel valued at USD7bn; PT stake USD1.31bn

Angola’s leading cellco Unitel has been valued at USD7 billion, and Portugal Telecom's (PT's) minority stake at USD1.31 billion, according to a report released by Brazilian operator Oi, which is... more
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