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19 Feb 2018

WIRELESS

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

*America Movil (AM)* has reported that its US MVNO operations, which include *Tracfone* and a number of other brands, finished 2017 with 23.132 million subscribers – down 1.3% from 26.070... more

DICT publishes draft guidelines for selecting third telco

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Philippines today published its draft proposal on how it intends to select a third ‘major’ telecoms player to compete with... more

PTS to award spectrum for 5G use in 2019

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has opened a public consultation on its plans to allocate spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 26.5GHz-27.5GHz bands for 5G services... more

Expresso launches mobile money service

Expresso Telecom, Senegal’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has launched its ‘E-Money’ mobile financial service, writes Orbit. Expresso’s rivals Orange and Tigo already offer mobile money products... more

AT&T to bid for Brazilian 700MHz spectrum, report says

US telecoms giant AT&T Inc. is considering bidding for LTE-suitable 700MHz frequencies in Brazil's planned spectrum auction, local newspaper O Globo has reported. AT&T – which already owns a majority... more

FAS drops national roaming case against Beeline

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has terminated a case against cellco Beeline regarding domestic mobile roaming charges, as the operator voluntarily eliminated violations of antimonopoly legislation, TelecomDaily reports. Beeline may... more

BROADBAND

Altron secures ZAR585m broadband deal

JSE-listed technology group Altron has secured a ZAR585 million (USD50.2 million) deal to roll out broadband in the Limpopo province, TechCentral writes. The local government, through state-owned Limpopo Connexion, has... more

PLDT to blanket six million homes with ultra-fast broadband by 2020

Amid the threat of fresh competition in the shape of a potential new third operator in the Philippines, dominant player PLDT Inc. has announced plans to expand its ultrafast broadband... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Omantel FY revenue up 45% following Zain stake acquisition

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has announced its preliminary unaudited financials for full-year 2017, which include the results of Zain Group for the period from 15... more

Maroc Telecom reports 4.4% increase in net income in 2017

Maroc Telecom (IAM), the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017, reporting a 0.8% decrease in revenues,... more

Telekom Slovenije to acquire 100% of Kosovo’s IPKO

Telekom Slovenije has announced an agreement buy out the remaining minority shareholders of Kosovan cellco and ISP IPKO Telecommunications and take a 100% stake in the company. The Slovenian operator... more

Ukrtelecom reports stable 2017 performance

Ukrainian nationwide fixed network operator Ukrtelecom reports that its total annual revenues for 2017 reached UAH6.654 billion (USD245 million), up 0.3% from UAH6.636 billion in 2016. Of the total revenue,... more

Meszaros interested in Telenor Hungary

Portfolio.hu reports that Hungarian holding company Konzum, backed by businessman Lorinc Meszaros – an ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban – is interested in acquisitions in the local telecoms sector,... more
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