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5 Feb 2016

WIRELESS

ACMA concludes 1800MHz auction; four secure new spectrum

Four companies secured 1800MHz spectrum in an auction process which closed yesterday, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced. Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Australia and TPG Telecom all bagged... more

Vodafone India gears up for Mumbai 4G launch

Vodafone India plans to launch 4G service in Mumbai on 10 February and in Bengaluru on 11 February, the Economic Times reports. 4G SIM cards have been on sale in... more

Celcom plans additional investment to boost coverage, improve network quality

Malaysian mobile network operator Celcom Axiata is reportedly planning to spend an extra MYR1 billion to MYR2 billion (USD232 million-USD465 million) over the next ten years, according to The Star... more

Bangladesh regulator targets 1800MHz/2100MHz auction ‘by June’

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has set a new target for launching its delayed mobile spectrum auction in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands by the end of June this... more

Halotel to cover 1,800 villages between May and Oct 2016

Viettel Tanzania (Halotel), the country’s newest cellco, plans to install telecommunication infrastructure in 1,800 villages nationwide between May and October 2016, reports Tanzania Daily News, citing the Minister for Works,... more

BROADBAND

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

*Sri Lanka Telecom (STL)* has unveiled the local landing station for the in-deployment *SeaMeWe-5* submarine cable, which will link the Middle East with South East Asia and Western Europe when... more

Liquid to offer Hai-branded retail fibre services in Kenya

Pan-African ISP Liquid Telecom has completed the deployment of a metro network in Nairobi, as it moves towards offering last-mile fibre internet connections to homes and businesses through its retail... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telenet gets thumbs up for BASE jump

The European Commission (EC) has approved Belgian cableco Telenet’s EUR1.33 billion (USD1.48 billion) acquisition of local mobile operator BASE Company from KPN of the Netherlands. The deal, which was first... more

Vodafone India: IPO unlikely to take place this year

Vodafone India’s long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) is unlikely to take place this year, the Hindu Business Line reports, citing comments by the UK-owned firm’s management team. In October last... more

NTT books 34% increase in 9M net income; operating revenue up 4%

Japan’s biggest telecoms carrier by subscribers and revenue, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), has published its financial results for the nine months ending 31 December 2015. The group reported... more

The future is Orange for Mobistar

Belgian mobile operator Mobistar is to move to its parent company’s Orange brand by the end of 2016. Mobistar CEO Jean-Marc Harion said in a statement: ‘The adoption of the... more

TDC reports 4.4% increase in revenues to USD3.65bn in 2015

Danish telco TDC, the country’s leading operator in terms of subscribers, has published its financial report for the twelve months ended 31 December 2015, reporting a 4.4% year-on-year increase in... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Ghana cancels plans to scrap 20% smartphone tax

State plans to abolish a 20% import duty tax on smartphones have been withdrawn, according to Citi Business News. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December 2014 the government... more
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