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24 Jul 2017

WIRELESS

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

Education-focused US MVNO *Kajeet* has stopped activating new consumer accounts and will terminate its service for existing customers on 23 August, it has been confirmed. A statement posted by the... more

Singtel to roll out 800Mbps LTE-A in Orchard Road

Singapore telco Singtel has announced plans to roll out ‘near-gigabit’ mobile services using pre-5G technology, initially targeting 800Mbps LTE-A services in the Orchard Road area. Working in partnership with Ericsson,... more

Eir Group to stop offering services under Meteor brand

Ireland’s Eir Group is set to discontinue the ‘Meteor’ brand this September, with all of the company’s mobile offerings to be marketed under the ‘eir’ banner from that date. According... more

Orange Mali secures new licence allowing introduction of 4G services

Mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Mali has reportedly been awarded a new concession which will allow it to commercialise 4G services, according to Agence Ecofin. With the cellco’s existing 2G/3G... more

PM rubber stamps CityCell’s licence cancellation

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, who also heads the posts, telecommunications and information technology ministry, has given her approval to cancel Pacific Bangladesh Telecom (CityCell’s) mobile licence over... more

Entel pledges to double LTE investment

Chilean telecoms group Entel has announced plans to double the investment in its 4G network rollout to USD200 million. Entel is required to install 660 LTE base stations nationwide under... more

BROADBAND

NATCOM warns it will impose 20% reduction in internet tariffs

Sierra Leone’s regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has warned that it will take steps to impose a 20% decrease in tariffs if the country’s internet providers – cellcos Africell... more

TIM contracts Cisco for network upgrade

Italian telco TIM has kicked off a project with Cisco to upgrade its Optical Packet Metro (OPM) network. The modernisation contract will see Cisco deploying its ASR 9000 router technology,... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Mobily reports SAR353m net loss in 1H17

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017, reporting a 15% decrease in revenues year-on-year to SAR5.719 billion... more

Maroc Telecom’s profit up 5.7% y-o-y in H1 2017

Maroc Telecom (IAM), the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017, reporting a 2.8% decrease in revenues,... more

DIGI acquires Invitel’s retail business

Hungarian fixed network operator Invitel Group has announced that its retail and SME business is being acquired by cableco DIGI Group for HUF43 billion (USD164 million). The sale of its... more

ER-Telecom acquires Kraftsvyaz

Russian telecoms group ER-Telecom has agreed to acquire Novosibirsk-based regional ISP Kraftsvyaz for an undisclosed sum, local news outlet ksonline.ru reports. Once the takeover is completed, Kraftsvyaz is expected to... more

Hong Kong regulator approves i-Cable plan, issues new licence

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority has approved the takeover of local broadband and pay-TV provider i-Cable, while also renewing the firm’s operating licence. In May this year i-Cable shareholders voted to... more
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