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21 Oct 2014


EC directs German telecoms regulator to alter MTR proposal

The European Commission (EC) has called on the Federal Network Agency (FNA, also known as Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA), Germany’s telecoms regulator, to amend or withdraw its current mobile termination rate... more

MTT launches MVNO services in Tajikistan over Babilon-M network

Russian long-distance operator Multiregional Transit Telecom (MTT) has launched mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services in Tajikistan under the Aiva Mobile brand, using the network of local cellco Babilon-Mobile (Babilon-M),... more

BSkyB mulling MVNO options?

Alternative British multiservice provider BSkyB is said to have held talks with some of the country’s leading mobile network operators with regards to a possible mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)... more

PLDT notches 400 TD-LTE cell sites; total 4G base stations reach 1,800

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has confirmed that it expanded its Time-Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network to more than 400 cell sites as of 30 September, more... more

Ericsson deploys Telefonica Germany’s VoLTE solution

Telefonica Germany, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, says it selected Ericsson as the main supplier of equipment for its voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) upgrade, adding that it is... more

ZTE bags Mobile, Telecom contracts

Chinese vendor ZTE has secured contracts with China Telecom and China Mobile to supply equipment for the pair’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, the supplier announced in press releases this... more

Central America catch-up: Xinwei targets North Atlantic region rollout; Conatel publishes new 700MHz timetable

The enigmatic Chinese telco *Xinwei* is finally poised to launch operations in Nicaragua – in January 2015 – but the scale of its deployment is vastly reduced from that set... more

New mCash services for Etisalat and Sri Lankan pensioners

Sri Lankan mobile operator Etisalat Lanka has signed up to use rival Mobitel’s ‘mCash’ mobile money platform. Subscribers to the United Arab Emirates-backed operator now have the chance to pay... more

3 Italia offers unlimited data via Wi-Fi in partnership with FastWeb

The Italian cellular operator 3 Italia has partnered with fibre-based broadband provider FastWeb to launch a new mobile Wi-Fi service. The new offering, dubbed 3 Wi-Fi, combines the cellco’s 3G... more


Kacific bringing broadband to Kiribati's remote islands; telecoms privatisation still on cards

People on all of the 33 Pacific islands and atolls of Kiribati will be offered high speed satellite-based broadband services from 2017, via an agreement struck yesterday between the Kiribati... more

Beltelecom to connect 100,000 Minsk apartments to GPON by 2015

Belarusian national PTO Beltelecom says that by next year, it will have connected 100,000 apartments in the capital Minsk to its Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON). According to Dmitry Doroshko,... more

Angola Cables gets USD260m bank guarantee for cables; Movicel expands 4G

Angolan banks have approved a USD260 million bank guarantee for the Angola Cables consortium, earmarked for building the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) undersea fibre-optic cable connecting the African country... more


Ukrtelecom closes Sevastopol branch

The supervisory board of Ukrainian PSTN operator Ukrtelecom has decided to close the company's Sevastopol branch, the telco disclosed in a statement released via the National Commission on Securities and... more


AM raises Telekom Austria stake to 59.7%; EUR1bn capital increase on the cards

Mexican telecoms giant America Movil (AM) has raised its stake in Telekom Austria Group to 59.7%, the Vienna-based firm has confirmed. Via its subsidiary Carso Telecom, AM acquired 38.437 million... more

DiGi highlights increased mobile internet uptake as revenues rise in 3Q14

Malaysia’s DiGi Telecommunications has revealed that efforts to bolster its network coverage and extend mobile internet access helped boost subscriber numbers in the quarter ended 30 September 2014. At the... more

China Mobile profits take a hit, despite strong 4G expansion

China Mobile has booked a 3.9% year-on-year increase in turnover for the nine months ended 30 September 2014, with the group noting that it has experienced a further slowdown in... more

Idea Cellular treads water as data growth offsets declines elsewhere

Idea Cellular, India’s third largest mobile provider by subscribers, has booked stable results for Q2 FY2015, ended 30 September 2014, registering a minor increase in revenues and small decreases to... more

Mobistar Belgium reports declines in 3Q revenues

Orange Group’s Belgian cellular operator Mobistar has reported total consolidated turnover of EUR304.4 million (USD388.5 million) for the three months to 30 September 2014, down from EUR347.5 million in the... more

Tele2 denies corruption at Kazakh operation

The chief executive of Sweden’s Tele2 group has denied allegations of corruption relating to the firm’s subsidiary operation in Kazakhstan. Mats Granryd has issued a statement responding to an article... more


EU drops anti-dumping case against China

The European Union (EU) has ended a long-standing battle with China over the import of telecoms equipment, abandoning threats to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese vendors, Reuters writes, citing the... more

‘Historic’ Arsat-1 satellite sees successful launch

Argentina successfully launched its first domestically designed and developed geostationary communications satellite late last week, an event that government officials described as ‘historic’. Seven years in development, the Arsat-1 platform,... more
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