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24 Oct 2014

WIRELESS

Vodafone Italy extends LTE network to 2,400 municipalities

Vodafone Italy has announced that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network now covers 2,400 municipalities nationwide, equivalent to around 72% of the Italian population. Of the total, around 400... more

Taiwanese 4G subscribers reach 1.7 million

Taiwanese operators have signed up a total of 1.7 million 4G subscribers since services were first launched in the country back in May 2014. According to the Digitimes, which cites... more

T-Mobile CR announces VoLTE pilot, paper says

Wireless operator T-Mobile Czech Republic has announced the launch of a voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) pilot trial – a first for the country. According to Telecompaper the cellco, which is... more

UPC launches Dutch voice/data MVNO

Cableco UPC Netherlands has launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) voice and data service, initially offering a range of three SIM-only subscriptions under the UPC Mobile brand. The company’s... more

Vimpelcom makes a beeline for Grozny with LTE commercial launch

One of Russia’s so-called ‘big four’ mobile operators, Vimpelcom (Beeline), has launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) commercially in Grozny, noting that currently its 4G signal covers 80% of the Chechen... more

South Africa round-up: Vodacom completes ZAR1bn upgrade; Telkom’s CTO outlines LTE deployment challenges; BCX, Telkom deal awaiting regulatory approval; Vox Telecom said to be courted by three bidders

South African telecoms operator *Vodacom* has completed a ZAR1 billion (USD91.2 million) investment aimed at increasing the speed, capacity and range of its networks in the Western Cape, Business Tech... more

Vodafone Germany selects NewNet’s IP Short Message Gateway

Vodafone Germany has selected NewNet’s IP Short Messaging Gateway (IPSMGW) for integration within its voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) network. The IPSMGW allows for seamless availability and capability of sending and receiving text... more

Ooredoo trials LTE-A in the Maldives

Ooredoo Maldives, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has successfully tested LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. The company began offering commercial 4G LTE services for mobile handset users in Male... more

Olo to invest USD88m on LTE rollout

WiMAX provider Olo has unveiled plans to invest USD88 million over the next five years on the construction of 1,000 Long Term Evolution (LTE) base stations, El Comercio writes. The... more

4.5 million Kyrgyz SIMs remain unregistered

Since the introduction of compulsory SIM registration in Kyrgyzstan in March 2014 – requiring mobile users to enter personal ID when activating a new SIM card – the number of... more

Brazil round-up: Anatel delays 1800MHz decision until November; Nextel frequencies extended; Oi increases PNBL coverage to 4,327 municipalities

The *Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel)* has reportedly postponed its decision on the renewal of the 1800MHz licences held by *TIM Brasil* and *Oi SA* from 30 October to 4... more

BROADBAND

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

A consortium of international telecoms operators, including *Chunghwa Telecom* of Taiwan, *KT Corporation* of South Korea, an as-yet unnamed US company, and ‘the major carriers from China’ has come together... more

Sequalum loses Hauts-de-Seine contract

The Hauts-de-Seine Conseil General has rescinded a EUR422 million (USD533 million) agreement with Sequalum, a 95/5 joint venture between French broadband provider Numericable and telco SFR, to deploy a high... more

Unitymedia KabelBW set to boost broadband speed to 200Mbps

Unitymedia KabelBW, the German cable operator owned by US media company Liberty Global, will begin offering broadband internet access at download speeds of up to 200Mbps across its network footprint... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

MTN Group reports 219m subscribers at end-September; data revenue now accounts for 17% of turnover

MTN Group chief executive officer Sifiso Dabengwa says his company closed out September 2014 with a consolidated mobile user base of 219.2 million, up 2% quarter-on-quarter, while revenue derived from... more

Unicom revenues tumble as subscriber growth slows

Chinese GSM and W-CDMA network operator China Unicom has registered a 26.1% year-on-year increase in net profits for the first three quarters of 2014 as savings from changes to its... more

Rogers’ revenue inches up 1%, although cable declines 1%

Canadian quadruple-play operator Rogers Communications’ consolidated revenue increased 1% in the third quarter of 2014 to CAD3.252 billion (USD2.896 billion), reflecting revenue growth of 2% year-on-year in mobile operations and... more

MobiNil narrows net loss in 3Q 2014

Egyptian Company for Mobile Services, which offers services under the MobiNil banner, is said to have recorded a net loss of EGP390 million (USD54.5 million) in its unaudited consolidated financial... more

FCC pauses ‘shot-clock’ on AT&T, DirecTV review

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has paused its informal ‘shot-clock’ deadline on the review of the proposed USD48.5 billion takeover of pay-TV giant DirecTV by AT&T Inc. The watchdog,... more

Telenet’s 9M14 net income slumps on non-cash loss on derivatives

Belgian cableco Telenet has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2014, revealing a 53% decline in net profit for the period to EUR71.4 million (USD96.8... more

SoftBank Corp, Sequoia Capital invest USD100m into Tokopedia Indonesia

Japanese telco Softbank Corp and investment group Sequoia Capital have announced investment of USD100 million into Indonesia’s leading e-commerce marketplace, PT Tokopedia, according to statement published on Wednesday. The investment... more

Kuwait Investment Authority to offload stake in Zain Group

Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has announced that it would sell its stake in Kuwait Investment Co (KIC) in 1H 2015, while its share in telecoms... more

Positive customer intake maintained by Tele2 NL in Q3 results

Majority Swedish-owned operator, Tele2 NL, saw its Dutch mobile customer base grow by 24,000 in the three months ended 30 September 2014, taking the total to 791,000 and displaying an... more

MISCELLANEOUS

2015 action plan published for comment

Romanian telecoms watchdog the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has published for public consultation its draft action plan for 2015. ANCOM highlighted in a release on... more
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