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27 Mar 2015

FEATURE

Presenting the 2015 Middle East Telecommunications Map!

Presenting the 2015 Middle East Telecommunications Map!
TeleGeography’s 2015 Middle East Telecommunications Map, sponsored by Gulf Bridge International, is now available. The map depicts 47 active and 4 planned submarine cable systems, as well as 8 terrestrial... more

WIRELESS

India wraps up USD17.5bn auction

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has revealed the provisional results of its spectrum auction for frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, confirming that the government stands to... more

Bouygues Telecom to launch IoT network in June

Following trials conducted in Grenoble in partnership with Semtech, Sagemcom, Eolane, Adeunis and Kerlink, French telecoms operator Bouygues Telecom is planning to launch what it claims to be ‘the first... more

SK Telecom handed business suspension for offering illegal subsidies

In addition to a financial penalty for offering illegal subsidies, SK Telecom (SKT), South Korea’s largest cellco by subscribers, will be barred from signing up new subscribers for a seven... more

Vodacom SA to hike mobile subscription plans from 1 May

South African mobile operator Vodacom has revealed that some of its mobile subscription plans will increase from 1 May, TechCentral reports. The operator will revise its Vodacom Smart, uChoose Smart,... more

VHA inks four year managed services deal with Nokia Networks

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has selected Nokia Networks to manage its network operations for the next four years. In a press release announcing the deal it was noted that under... more

Claro joins Tigo in Honduran LTE sector; Hondutel plots summer launch

Honduran regulator Comision Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) has staged a ceremony to celebrate the launch of the country’s second commercial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, by Claro Honduras. According... more

CTM lays out 4G battle plan

Fixed line and mobile operator Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM), one of the four newly 4G licensed operators in the territory, announced on Wednesday that it will invest up... more

50MHz spectrum cap proposed; auction delay to Q4 on cards?

Thailand’s ICT Ministry and the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) have reached an agreement that all private sector and state-owned telecoms operators should have their mobile spectrum bandwidth usage... more

RU issues interim directive to allow SWAN roaming

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (known as Regulacny Urad, RU) on 25 March 2015 issued an interim measure setting the conditions for the provision of... more

BROADBAND

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

Construction work on Phase Five of the *Central African Backbone (CAB)* deployment (referred to as ‘CAB5’) was officially launched by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) earlier this month, BizTech... more

CityFibre completes first phase of FTTP rollout in York

UK-based pure fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in the City of York, which it... more

United Internet could purchase more fibre-optic assets

Germany’s United Internet, which provides internet services under the brand 1&1, could purchase more fibre-optic assets to add to its recently-acquired Versatel network, Reuters cites the firm’s chief executive, Ralph... more

Google Fiber adds Salt Lake City to ‘design phase’ list

Google Fiber has confirmed that Salt Lake City (Utah) will join Atlanta (Georgia), Nashville (Tennessee) and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham (both North Carolina) on its list of prospective metropolitan markets. Salt... more

Telefonica deploys Cisco routers for metro Ethernet; IP backhaul

Telefonica has deployed Cisco’s ASR 9000, ASR 901 and ASR 903 routers in a number of Latin American markets, as part of its Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) project, which will... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Trinidad approves CWC’s Columbus takeover

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has given its conditional approval to the acquisition of triple-play operator Columbus Communications (Flow) by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) as part... more

Vodafone, BTC ink Partner Market agreement

Vodafone Group has announced the signing of a new Partner Market agreement with Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC), enabling the latter to enhance its customer proposition in Botswana with Vodafone’s... more

QSC decides against sale of DSL network

After announcing in December 2014 that it would be reviewing various options for the use of its DSL network, including a potential sale, QSC has now revealed that it will... more

RCS&RDS continues aggressive Romanian M&A strategy; divests Czech pay-TV unit

Romania’s leading broadband internet provider by users, quadruple-play operator RCS&RDS, is continuing its aggressive expansion strategy based on acquisitions of local cable/fibre operators, and has acquired close to 100,000 new... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Ofcom set outs priorities for 2015/16

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its Annual Plan for the 2015/16 period, setting out its priorities for the year, while also detailing other work it intends to conduct. Having... more

US telecoms delegation visits Cuba for talks

A delegation of US telecommunications officials has concluded a three-day visit to Cuba as part of efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries, writes Cuban News Agency. The... more
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