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2 Oct 2014

WIRELESS

beCloud to launch LTE in Minsk in 2015

Start-up operator Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) is planning to launch a 4G LTE network in the capital Minsk next year, reports the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA), citing an interview with... more

Ice.net to lease 5MHz block of 900MHz spectrum from Tele2 Norway

Norwegian mobile network operator Ice.net has entered into an agreement to lease a 5MHz block of 900MHz spectrum from Mobile Norway, which is owned by Tele2 Norway. As per the... more

Lycamobile representatives meet with Pakistan telecom regulator ahead of prospective launch

UK-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) group Lycamobile has set its sights on Pakistan as part of its ongoing international expansion drive. According to the Express Tribune, Minister of State... more

T-Mobile US extends Nokia partnership to encompass LTE-A

T-Mobile US has enlisted Finnish vendor Nokia Networks to provide it with Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) equipment and support its deployment of 4G technology using the 700MHz and 1900MHz bands.... more

Cell C to launch nationwide LTE network?

Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has hinted at the possible commercial launch of a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, BusinessTech reports. Speaking at a conference in Midrand, the... more

NCC data shows FET leading 4G market at end-August 2014

Taiwan’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly revealed that at the end of August 2014 Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) had signed up 254,000 4G... more

TIM, Oi extend 2500MHz network sharing pact

Brazilian mobile giants TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and Oi are set to extend their pre-existing Long Term Evolution (LTE) network sharing pact in the 2500MHz band, online journal Telesintese.com.br reports.... more

Alfa Mobile TV launched using Argela platform

Lebanese state-owned, Egyptian-managed mobile network operator Alfa has launched the Alfa Mobile TV service, enabling its users to watch live TV channels and video-on-demand (VoD) content on smartphones and tablets... more

DTAC to build 3,000 LTE sites by March

Thailand’s second largest mobile operator DTAC has announced a budget of THB10 billion (USD308 million) to expand its 3G and 4G LTE networks by a total of 6,500 cell sites... more

Vodacom Tanzania to focus on M-Pesa for business expansion

Vodacom Tanzania, a subsidiary of South Africa’s Vodacom, plans to concentrate on mobile data and M-Pesa, its mobile money service, to increase revenue in the east African country, as earnings... more

Virgin proves increasingly popular in Colombia as user base passes 1m; MVNO sector in rude health

Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile Colombia has posted significant gains in recent quarters, with its subscriber base reaching 1.235 million as of 30 June. According to data from... more

LMT increases LTE network coverage

Latvia’s largest wireless operator by subscribers, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), continues to expand its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, with its number of LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) now... more

BROADBAND

Windstream commences second phase of 100G long-haul express network

US telco Windstream has started work on phase two of its 100Gbps long-haul express network, which leverages Infinera’s optical transport platform. The second phase of the 100G rollout covers around... more

Australian government rules out NBN Co shake-up for now, despite Vertigan recommendations

With the cost benefit analysis led by Dr Michael Vertigan into the National Broadband Network (NBN) project having now been completed, Australia’s federal government has reportedly rejected recommendations from the... more

Globalstar to deploy satellite gateway in Botswana with BBi

The satellite communications provider Globalstar has established a partnership with Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi) to construct a satellite gateway in the capital city Gaborone. The gateway is expected to be... more

CV Movel installing 14 public ICT access centres

CV Movel, the largest cellco in Cape Verde, located some 570 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, has installed its third ‘multimedia centre’, providing public internet/computing access and other... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

RCOM to launch 4G next year, cut debt to under INR200 billion in two years

India’s Reliance Communications (RCOM) has outlined plans to cut its debt to below INR200 billion (USD3.2 billion) within the next two years, while also confirming that it intends to both... more

State-owned bank sells 1.9% stake in Orange Group for EUR584m

State-owned investment bank Bpifrance Group has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Bpifrance Participations (formerly Fonds Strategique d'Investissement) has sold a 1.9% stake (around 50 million shares) in the country's... more

Blue Label in acquisition talks with unnamed suitor

JSE-listed pre-paid airtime provider Blue Label Telecoms has revealed that it had received an acquisition offer from an unnamed company. According to a Stock Exchange News Service (SENS) announcement from... more

PM confirms Telekom Slovenije sale

Slovenia’s recently elected prime minister, Miro Cerar, has confirmed that his new government is to push ahead with the privatisation of 15 state-owned firms, including the incumbent PSTN operator Telekom... more

TeliaSonera sets CAPEX targets

Swedish telecoms heavyweight TeliaSonera has set its level of annual CAPEX at 15% of service revenue in both 2014 and 2015, up from 14.3% in 2013 and 14.6% in 2012,... more
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