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28 May 2015

WIRELESS

LG Uplus launches VoLTE roaming using Syniverse’s IPX network

US-based Syniverse has announced that it is enabling South Korea’s LG Uplus to launch what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) roaming service, featuring HD voice.... more

Italy’s regulator approves L-Band use

The Italian telecoms regulator Agcom has approved the use of L-Band frequencies between 1452MHz and 1492MHz for wireless broadband services. The spectrum is currently designated for digital radio broadcasts in... more

StarHub, Nokia Networks demo 600Mbps LTE-A

Singapore’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers StarHub has demonstrated Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in partnership with equipment vendor Nokia Networks of Finland. The demo, carried out at the... more

365 Media requests amendment to LTE concession

Icelandic telecoms regulator the Post and Telecommunication Administration (PTA) has launched a public consultation on a proposed amendment to 365 Media’s authorisation to offer 4G services in the 800MHz band... more

Globacom subscribers near 30m mark

Nigerian mobile network operator Globacom has revealed that its mobile subscriber base is approaching the 30 million mark, local newspaper Vanguard cites the company’s national sales coordinator for North West... more

Mexico slashes investment target for 700MHz wholesale network

The Mexican government has cut the estimated investment required for a wholesale mobile broadband network by almost a third, to USD7 billion, a senior government official informed Reuters this week.... more

MVNO subscribers pass 5m mark

Chinese mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) signed up around 5.42 million users by the end of March this year, a substantial improvement from two million at end-2014, C114 reports. Sector... more

NCC could mediate on 4G roaming deal

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that it could act as an arbitrator should Taiwan Star Telecom and Taiwan Mobile fail to reach a 4G roaming agreement. According to... more

Telekom Malaysia and U Mobile ink ‘collaborative’ backhaul deal

Telekom Malaysia will reportedly provide fibre mobile backhaul connectivity that covers Central, Southern, Eastern & Northern Malaysia to local mobile network operator U Mobile, the latter has announced. The cellco... more

Astelit announces strategic partnership with Ericsson, Huawei

Ukrainian mobile operator Astelit (life:)), which earlier this month launched its 3G W-CDMA/HSPA+ network in Lviv, has announced a strategic partnership with two leading equipment providers, Huawei and Ericsson, for... more

Etisalat completes CAT-9 LTE-A trial

Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has completed live testing of CAT-9 Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) technology on its network, paving the way for the introduction of downlink... more

BROADBAND

UQ Communications has 10m WiMAX subscribers

Japanese broadband provider UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX joint venture with Intel Capital, has announced that it has passed the ten million subscriber milestone on 30 April 2015. The operator disclosed... more

Govt provides USD346m funding for regional broadband programmes

The Peruvian government has signed contracts to finance regional broadband development projects in four areas, namely Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Lambayeque. In total, the four programmes cover the deployment of... more

Belgian regulator proposes cut to cable access fees

The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) is proposing a 34% cut in charges for wholesale access to the cable networks of Telenet, Numericable/Coditel and Brutele. Under the draft... more

WIRELINE

EC investigates Lithuania's approach to fixed call termination market

The European Commission (EC) has opened an investigation into the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT’s) proposed analysis of the wholesale market for fixed call termination. Brussels launched a ‘Phase II’ investigation... more

Axtel, Telefonica bury the interconnection hatchet

Mexican wireline operator Axtel has confirmed that it has reached an agreement with Telefonica Mexico (Movistar) to end disputes related to interconnection agreements between 2005 and 2011. The two companies... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Carlyle examining possible sale of Telecable stake?

Private equity firm Carlyle is said to have hired Goldman Sachs to advise it with regards to the possible sale of its controlling stake in Spanish cableco Telecable, according to... more

TTCL recapitalised at USD45.5m; telco clears debts

The Tanzanian government has recapitalised incumbent Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) to the tune of TZS96.4 billion (USD45.5 million), Agence Ecofin writes, citing comments by Deputy Minister for Communication, Science... more

Indosat lurches into IDR455.6bn first-quarter loss

Indonesian operator PT Indosat, a 65%-controlled subsidiary of Ooredoo Asia, booked a net loss of IDR455.6 billion (USD34.5 million) in the three months ended 31 March 2015, reversing a net... more

Wind, 3 Italia could seek IPO after merger; Wind close to Metroweb deal

Hutchison Whampoa and Vimpelcom are considering launching an initial public offer (IPO) in their combined Italian telecoms businesses should their merger negotiations reach a successful conclusion, Bloomberg reports, citing ‘two... more

TeliaSonera vows to be ‘open and transparent’ after media scrutiny of Azercell deal

Sweden’s TeliaSonera has taken steps to respond to reports by Swedish news agency TT and state-run broadcaster SVT, which have suggested that the group’s purchase of a stake in Azerbaijan’s... more
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