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22 Apr 2014

WIRELESS

China Mobile and Huawei verify TD-LTE-A technologies

China Mobile and domestic vendor Huawei have verified a number of key technologies for Time Division Long Term Evolution Advanced (TD-LTE-A) in field tests conducted at Chengdu Electronic Technology University.... more

Warid looks to side-step spectrum auction with LTE launch

Pakistan’s fifth-placed wireless provider Warid Telecom plans to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in five cities, The News International cites an unnamed senior company official as saying. Warid,... more

Altel contracts Huawei for 4G platform

Altel Communications has reportedly inked a deal with Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies for the installation and commissioning of its 4G infrastructure, which will be rolled out alongside that of its... more

Huawei rolls out first base station for ZICTA’s rural expansion project

Huawei Technologies has reportedly deployed the first of 169 base stations that will be rolled out to provide mobile voice services to rural communities in Zambia, according to AllAfrica. As... more

Fitel’s PHS coverage shrinks as its switches off base stations to reduce costs

Taiwan’s sole Personal Handyphone Service (PHS) provider First International Telecom (Fitel) is said to have grown frustrated with its efforts to turn around its flagging business, Digitimes reports. According to... more

Perfectum to launch EV-DO Rev. A shortly

CDMA provider Perfectum Mobile, Uzbekistan’s smallest wireless operator by subscribers, is planning to begin offering 3G services and has slated a commercial launch of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A in the... more

Jio inks tower deal with ATC

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecoms division of Petrochemical giant Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has signed an agreement to utilise the mobile towers of American Tower Corporation’s (ATC’s) Indian unit, Business... more

Rogers switches on 700MHz services; wireless revenue falls 2% in Q1

Canadian quadruple-play group Rogers Communications has reported that its consolidated operating revenue fell slightly year-on-year in Q1 2014, to CAD3.020 billion (USD2.740 billion), down from CAD3.027 billion in the same... more

NBTC finalises 1800MHz minimum bids at USD359m

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed that its telecom committee has accepted the recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and finalised the minimum bids for 1800MHz... more

True reaches quarter of a million LTE users, targets 1m this year

Thailand's third largest cellular network operator True Corp has reached the milestone of 250,000 4G LTE mobile network users, since launching its 2100MHz dual 3G/4G infrastructure in Bangkok in May... more

BROADBAND

AT&T ramps up 1Gbps fibre coverage with 21 metro areas pinpointed

AT&T has announced plans to expand its 1Gbps ‘GigaPower’ broadband service to around 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The 21 metro area candidates... more

ArmenTel launches IPTV service with SPB TV; plans mobile TV

Armenian fixed and mobile provider ArmenTel (trading as Beeline) has launched an IPTV service in the country in partnership with SPB TV, a leading provider of end-to-end over-the-top (OTT) TV,... more

Fixed broadband subs exceed 20,000

The Communications Authority of Maldives has reported that fixed broadband subscribers reached 20,232 across the island nation at the end of March 2014, up from 19,594 twelve months earlier. Mobile... more

WIRELINE

Injunction request by AM to be heard by Federal Judicial Council

A Mexican court has said it will examine an injunction request from Mexico-based telecoms giant Movil (AM) against recent rulings regarding the dominance of the company’s local fixed and mobile... more

Senate expected to green light bill to build Mauritanian fibre-optic cable

Agence Ecofin reports that the government of Mauritania has thrown its full weight behind plans to develop a land-based communications cable, designed to bolster communications in the country, by authorising... more

Vonage launches consumer VoIP service in Brazil with Datora

Voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) provider Vonage has launched a new consumer-based IP telephony service in Brazil, thanks to a tie up with start-up Datora Telecom, as it looks to increase its... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Algerian government acquires 51% stake in Djezzy

The Algerian government has acquired a 51% stake in domestic mobile giant Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), which operates under the Djezzy GSM brand, for a total consideration of USD2.643 billion.... more

STC doubles profit to SAR2.4bn by end-March 2014

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014 on the Saudi Stock Exchange’s... more

Zain sued for USD4.5bn over 2007 Iraq deal

Zain is being sued for USD4.5 billion over its 2007 acquisition of Iraqi mobile operator Iraqna, Reuters reports, citing a statement released by the Kuwaiti bourse on Sunday. Zain bought... more

Zain Group reports 4% increase in 1Q14 revenue to USD1.1bn

Kuwait-based telecoms giant Zain Group has announced its consolidated financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reporting a 4% annualised increase in its revenues, to KWD311.1 million... more

Beltelecom says net profit reached USD84.2m in FY13; not planning to alter the cost of internet access this year

Belarusian national operator Beltelecom has reported that net income for the full year to 31 December 2013 reached BYR801 billion (USD84.2 million), an increase of BYR65 billion year-on-year, on revenue... more

Mobily’s revenue up by 12% to SAR6.2bn in 1Q14

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Saudi Arabia’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reporting 12% annual revenue growth, to... more

GO Telecom reports net loss of SAR67.6m in 1Q 2014

Saudi Arabian fixed line and broadband operator Etihad Athleeb Telecom (GO Telecom) has published its interim results for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reporting a net loss of... more

Comcast, TWC meet to discuss cable carve-up plans

Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have reportedly entered into talks to determine how to sell off up to five million subscribers to Charter Communications, Fierce Cable reports. The divestment,... more

Mobile growth drives up Unicom profits by 73.9%

China Unicom, China’s second largest mobile and broadband provider by subscribers, has booked revenues of CNY76.47 billion (USD12.37 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2014, up 8.3% year-on-year.... more

Telus proposes Mobilicity takeover for third time

Financially stricken Canadian cellco Mobilicity has announced that larger national rival Telus has agreed terms to acquire the company for CAD350 million (USD317.56 million) in a transaction to be implemented... more

Vodafone calls local partner’s EUR1.4bn lawsuit ‘fanciful’

Vodafone Greece spokesperson Simon Gordon has confirmed that the local Papistas Group has made legal claims worth EUR1.37 billion (USD1.89 billion) following the UK-owned cellco’s termination of a long-standing commercial... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Federated States of Micronesia moves towards telecoms liberalisation

Manny Mori, president of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), formally signed the country's Telecommunication Liberalisation bill on 3 April 2014, the government has announced. Hailed a significant breakthrough and... more

VNPT applies for cable TV licence

Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT), the country’s state-owned national PTO, has submitted an application for a licence to provide nationwide cable TV services, the Saigon Times reports. The move follows... more

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