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20 Jan 2017

WIRELESS

CTU threatens to revoke licences if O2, Vodafone refuse to cut wholesale LTE prices

The Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky telekomunikacni urad, CTU) has called on mobile network operators (MNOs) O2 and Vodafone to reduce wholesale access prices charged to MVNOs to access their 4G... more

You know when you’ve been Tangoed: SpeedNet taps Irish vendor for CDMA-GSM switch

Belizean mobile operator SpeedNet Communications, which trades as Smart, has enlisted Limerick-based solutions vendor Tango Telecom to deploy its Subscriber Interaction Manager platform as part of an upgrade deal. According... more

Tigo eyes Costa Rican mobile spectrum

Cable broadband and TV provider Tigo Star Costa Rica has registered its interest in entering the mobile market via the upcoming spectrum auction, and has provided comments on the regulator’s... more

Rules take effect requiring subscriber ID verification and limiting multiple SIM ownership

Rules set down by the Hungarian telecoms regulator which tighten procedures for mobile subscriber identification and limit the number of pre-paid mobile SIM cards registered to a single subscriber entered... more

Nepal Telecom signs 41,000 4G users in two weeks

Nepal Telecom (NT) says it signed 41,000 4G LTE subscribers in its first 15 days of service following its launch on 1 January. While the new network is currently only... more

Vodafone and TDC renew strategic partnership agreement for Denmark and Norway

UK-based Vodafone Group and and Denmark’s TDC Group have agreed to renew a strategic partnership covering Denmark and Norway, building on what was described as a ‘successful 15-year relationship that... more

BROADBAND

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

*NEC Corporation* has inked a contract with *RTI Connectivity* for the supply of a high-capacity fibre-optic submarine cable for a new system connecting Hong Kong and Guam. The 3,900km *Hong... more

Virgin to crank up Irish rollout; Enet in EUR100m backhaul bonanza

In an interview with the Independent, Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway has shed light on the cableco’s future expansion plans, noting that the Liberty Global-backed operator seeks to... more

Mediacom unveils 1Gbps service in Iowa

US cable company Mediacom Communications has announced the launch of a 1Gbps broadband internet service across its entire Iowa network footprint. Nearly one million households in over 300 communities passed... more

Orange faces bill for 450MHz renewal in Poland

Polish fixed and mobile operator Orange Polska has been told it must pay PLN115 million (USD27.5 million) to renew its licence in the 450MHz band for a further 15 years.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telia Company said to be mulling a bid for TDC

Swedish telecoms operator Telia Company (previously TeliaSonera) is reportedly planning to place a bid for Denmark's leading telco by subscribers YouSee (TDC), Reuters writes. According to unnamed sources, Telia would... more

Airtel considering offloading African units, acquiring Telenor India

India-based telecoms giant Bharti Airtel is considering mergers or stake sales at several of its African subsidiaries as part of its ongoing effort to cut back its roughly USD12 billion... more

Globe sets USD750m CAPEX target for 2017

Ayala-led Globe Telecom expects its capital expenditure budget to reach approximately USD750 million in FY2017, as it focuses on further strengthening and expanding its data networks across the country. In... more

ER-Telecom aims to buy Novosibirsk operator Novotelecom

Russian multi-regional cableco ER-Telecom is looking to buy a 100% stake in Novotelecom, which operates under the Electronic City brand in the city of Novosibirsk, for a price between RUB1.1... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Ofcom fines EE GBP2.7m for overcharging customers

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has fined mobile network operator (MNO) EE GBP2.7 million for overcharging tens of thousands of its customers. The penalty, the watchdog said in a press release,... more

Batelco expands global presence with new PoPs

Bahrain’s largest wireless operator by subscribers, Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), has announced further extensions to its worldwide network footprint with new points of presence (PoPs) added across the globe. The... more
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