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6 Mar 2015

WIRELESS

Telefonica, Liquid object to spectrum auction rules

Liquid Broadband and Telefonica Germany (O2) have submitted separate complaints to the Administrative Court of Cologne regarding the rules of Germany’s upcoming spectrum auction, stating that the process is discriminatory... more

Orange 4G set for expansion to Francistown, Maun, Palapye

Orange Botswana, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has installed 25 live 4G LTE sites in Gaborone, and is set to increase the total in the capital to... more

Ooredoo reaches 100m customers; focuses on B2B growth

Qatar-based telecoms group Ooredoo has announced that its customer base exceeded 100 million across its footprint in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia by the end of... more

ArmenTel reports rising mobile subs in 2014 as data revenues climb

Armenian fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner of its Russian parent Vimpelcom, says its cellular subscriber base climbed by 11.9% last year to over 770,000,... more

NetCom launches limited LTE-A offering

NetCom, the Norwegian subsidiary of Sweden’s TeliaSonera, has announced the introduction of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology on a limited basis. In a blog post confirming the development, the cellco disclosed that... more

Don’t Look Now: TIM activates LTE-A service in Venice, network reaches 171 cities

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has confirmed that its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network has been extended to Venice and three other cities in the north-eastern Veneto region, taking its ‘4G... more

Wind launches 4G in Athens; linked with Cyta Hellas takeover

Full-service Greek operator Wind Hellas has launched 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Athens, covering 75% of the capital at launch, joining Greece's two other cellcos Cosmote and Vodafone... more

Telekom Slovenije passes 80% LTE coverage, aims for 92% in 2015

Telekom Slovenije, which operates cellular services in Slovenia via its Mobitel division, has disclosed that its 4G LTE network now covers more than 80% of the population and 200 towns,... more

DTAC 4G covers all Bangkok districts; 1,200 nationwide sites by end-March

Thailand’s second-largest cellco by subscribers DTAC yesterday confirmed it has rolled out 4G LTE services in all districts of Bangkok, while it will deploy 1,200 LTE cell sites nationwide by... more

Spectrum bids cross USD10bn mark

After a second day of bidding in India’s ongoing spectrum auction, the government has received bids totalling around INR650 billion (USD10.42 billion). Bidding was less fierce than the first day... more

Movistar picks Huawei for 700MHz LTE rollout

Movistar Chile has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 700MHz band across 13 regions to augment the operator’s existing 2600MHz 4G platform. In addition,... more

Et TU, Movistar? Peruvian cellco launches OTT app

Movistar has launched its over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen TU Go app in Peru, allowing subscribers to use their Movistar number to send text messages and make calls over Wi-Fi networks via... more

ZTE, Qualcomm and China Mobile show off 3x CA TD-LTE

Chinese vendor ZTE has demonstrated Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) with three carrier aggregation (3x CA) technology in collaboration with China Mobile and Qualcomm Technologies, marking an important step... more

Africell DRC inks interconnection agreements with Orange, Vodacom

Africell’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)-based subscribers are able to make calls to Vodacom and Orange customers for the first time in more than two years, BizTech Africa reports. Highlighting... more

BROADBAND

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

*Telekom Malaysia (TM)* and * TIME dotCom (TdC)* have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a new submarine cable, tentatively named *Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1Malaysia (SKR1M)*,... more

Algerie Telecom selects ZTE for LTE project

Algerie Telecom (AT) has contracted equipment vendor ZTE Corporation of China for the deployment of stage two of its fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) project. As previously reported by CommsUpdate,... more

Virgin Media hits halfway point in East London expansion programme

British cableco Virgin Media has reportedly reached the halfway mark in a project announced last year, under which it will extend its network to around 100,000 premises in East London.... more

CRTC orders cheaper Northern internet

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ordered Northwestel – part of the Bell Canada group and the dominant operator in the Far North – to lower the rates... more

WIRELINE

Singapore’s fixed line penetration passes 101% in Dec-14; mobile subs reach 8.093m and fixed broadband base tops 1.45m

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has released its latest update on telecoms services in the city-state for the month of December 2014, showing that fixed line household penetration... more

FCC selects Telcordia to administer portability database

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Wireline Competition Bureau has circulated a draft order signalling its intention to initiate contract negotiations with Telcordia, which it has selected to become its Local... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Altice to sell Reunion, Mayotte mobile operations to Hiridjee Group

Luxembourg-based investment fund Altice Group has entered into exclusive talks with Hiridjee Group, the majority owner of Madagascar telecoms operator Telma, for the sale of its mobile operations in French... more

Isabel dos Santos interested in Telecel

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of president Eduardo dos Santos, is reportedly interested in acquiring telecoms operator Telecel Zimbabwe, The Independent reports. Dos Santos, who has fortune worth... more

Telekom Srpske reports revenue, net profit increases in 2014

Banja Luka-based Telekom Srpske, which offers services using the m:tel brand across Bosnia and Herzegovina, recorded a 6.2% increase in net profit in the year ended 31 December 2014, according... more

MISCELLANEOUS

NTRA and GSMA will work together to boost digital inclusion

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has inked an agreement with the GSMA under which the duo have established ‘a framework of cooperation designed to promote Egypt’s mobile economy, recognising... more

NCA: Ghana will not achieve digital migration deadline

Ghana is unlikely to make the previously announced 17 June 2015 deadline for the switchover of analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT), the National Communications Authority (NCA) has confirmed.... more
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