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27 May 2015

WIRELESS

Ofcom launches consultation on 2.3GHz/3.5GHz spectrum auction plans

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published an update on plans to release spectrum which it says could be used to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services, claiming that... more

Vodafone modernises over 70% of network

Vodafone Germany has revealed that so far around 73% of its network has been upgraded across the country as part of its nationwide EUR4 billion (USD4.4 billion) infrastructure modernisation programme,... more

South Africa to launch digital migration process in 2Q15; signs bilateral agreement with Botswana

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) will launch a ‘massive public awareness campaign’ on the forthcoming digital migration process in the next four weeks, in order to initiate the long-belated... more

Indonesian govt considers increasing tax on 2G to drive 4G take-up

The government of Indonesia is reportedly considering a plan to increase the tax levy on 2G handset sales in order to engineer a swifter migration to 4G over the next... more

MegaFon unveils Chita as fifth LTE-A region

Russian mobile giant MegaFon has added a fifth region to its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) footprint, namely Chita Oblast, which is situated in the Trans-Baikal Territory. The cellco claims that... more

Econet claims to be owed USD26m by state telcos

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s mobile market leader in terms of subscribers, says it is owed USD26 million in interconnect fees by the state-run telcos NetOne and TelOne. A report... more

T-Mobile activates 900MHz band for LTE in Amsterdam; Utrecht to follow this month

T-Mobile Netherlands (T-Mobile NL) has announced that it has switched on its 900MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Amsterdam, augmenting its existing 1800MHz 4G coverage. The use of 900MHz... more

BROADBAND

HISPASAT, GlobalSat team up for Mexican broadband project

Spanish satellite provider HISPASAT has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Mexican telecom firm GlobalSat to provide broadband access to more than 8,700 public spaces in rural... more

MICT to clear up iPSTAR status with new Thaicom contract

Thailand’s Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT) plans to draw up a new public-private joint venture contract with Thaicom in a bid to end any legal uncertainty surrounding the... more

UPC Poland upgrades CRM with CoralTree

Cable operator UPC Poland has contracted UK-based software vendor CoralTree to provide its Renaissance customer relationship management (CRM) solution to increase operational efficiencies across its customer service and sales functions.... more

WIRELINE

T-Mobile, Alca-Lu complete 400G data transmission trials

Fixed and mobile operator T-Mobile Czech Republic and equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent have successfully completed 400G data transmission trials over the former’s network infrastructure. The move forms part of plans to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Orange Group secures Spanish regulatory approval for Jazztel acquisition

Hot on the heels of the revelation last week that Orange Group’s proposed acquisition of alternative Spanish broadband provider Jazztel had been given the go-ahead by the European Commission (EC),... more

Charter confirms dual acquisition of TWC, Bright House

Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have entered into a definitive merger agreement which values the latter at USD78.7 billion. Under the deal, Charter will provide USD100.00 in cash... more

ATH completes acquisition of Kiribati’s TSKL

State-backed Fijian telecoms company Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) has formally completed the takeover of Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd (TSKL), Kiribati’s sole operator of mobile, fixed line and broadband services. Local... more

United Internet gets green light for purchase of Drillisch stake

Germany’s antitrust authority the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has approved United Internet’s plans to purchase a roughly 9.1% equity stake in mobile service provider Drillisch, Reuters reports. Following the completion... more

Telefonica sells shops to Drillisch to reduce overlap following E-Plus deal

German mobile service provider Drillisch has agreed to purchase up to 301 shops from Telefonica Deutschland, Germany’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers. Telefonica Deutschland decided to sell the shops... more

Seasoned veteran steers Salt to a positive Q1 2015

Swiss mobile operator Salt, which was rebranded from Orange Switzerland last month after changing hands earlier this year, has registered a 3.3% annual increase in turnover for the first quarter... more

2degrees reduces losses in 2014, while Spark continues 700MHz 4G rollout

The New Zealand cellular operator Two Degrees Mobile, which trades as 2degrees, has reported a 6.7% reduction in net losses for calendar 2014 to NZD33.6 million (USD24.5 million), down from... more

Tanzanian govt close to finalising TTCL acquisition

The Tanzanian government is working towards completing its acquisition of Bharti Airtel’s 35% stake in national PTO Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL), Reuters reports. The source cites January Makamba, Deputy... more

MISCELLANEOUS

NTT Com’s Arcstar Universal One Virtual platform goes global

NTT Corp of Japan’s ICT solutions and international communications business, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), has announced the global launch of Arcstar Universal One Virtual, a platform which it says... more

Telecom Italia looking to double fibre and 4G user bases this year

The chief executive of Telecom Italia (TI) has said his company is hoping to double the number of customers on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and fibre broadband networks... more
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