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23 Sep 2016

WIRELESS

Egypt could offer 4G licences to international buyers after rejection by incumbent cellcos

Egyptian authorities are expected to consider offering 4G licences to international companies via auction, after all three of the nation’s existing cellcos opted not to take up the concessions. According... more

T-Mobile US, Nokia test 5G using 28GHz spectrum

Nokia and T-Mobile US have announced the establishment of a ‘pre-standards 5G test network’ in the United States. The 5G air interface lab test used T-Mobile's 28GHz spectrum and Nokia's... more

MNP auction suspended in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has suspended its auction for providers bidding to implement the country's mobile number portability (MNP) system, which was scheduled to be held on 28... more

Telecel expands 3G network

Telecel, the smallest of Zimbabwe’s three mobile operators in subscriber terms, has announced that it is carrying out an expansion of its 3G network. 44 new sites have already been... more

TOT, AIS ink six-month 2100MHz roaming deal

Thailand’s state-owned telecoms firm TOT and Advanced Wireless Network (AWN), a subsidiary of mobile market leader Advanced Info Service (AIS), have signed a six-month contract that will see AWN roam... more

BROADBAND

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

The Indian government has approved a USD150 million project to deploy a fibre-optic submarine cable across the Bay of Bengal, linking the city of Chennai – the capital of the... more

Vodafone, Afrimax extend partner market agreement to Cameroon

The UK’s Vodafone Group and Afrimax Group, a 4G LTE operator in sub-Saharan Africa, have announced a new non-equity Partner Market agreement for Cameroon. The two companies will launch LTE... more

Czech altnet FAYN rolls out ADSL/VDSL services

FAYN Telecommunications, which offers an MVNO service and also claims to have been the first VoIP operator in the Czech Republic, having launched there in 2002, has added a new... more

Ooredoo ordered to stop obstructing access to QNBN

The Gulf Times reports that Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has ordered Ooredoo Qatar to ensure it provides unhindered access to its fibre duct infrastructure to passive network operator Qatar... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Marathon is sole Golan bidder after rival suitor withdraws

Following reports last week that two companies had shown a strong interest in up-for-sale Israeli telco Golan Telecom, an unnamed group of investors has withdrawn from the process, with local... more

Vodafone gets USD7bn infusion from parent

UK-based Vodafone Group has injected INR477 billion (USD7.14 billion) into its Indian division, halving the cellco’s debt and priming it for the upcoming spectrum auction, the Economic Times writes. The... more

DT to merge service areas of domestic unit

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has revealed plans to restructure the business of its domestic unit, Telekom Deutschland. In an announcement on its website, the Bonn-based telco said that... more

Knockout! Com Hem’s Boxer takeover approved by comptroller

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) has approved cableco Com Hem’s acquisition of pay-TV operator Boxer. The takeover had already received approval from the government on 1 September, and Com Hem... more

SWAN Mobile gets new investor while parent considers BENESTRA partnership

Slovakia’s newest mobile network operator (MNO) SWAN Mobile, which operates under the ‘4ka’ brand, is to strengthen its partnership with the national post office Slovenska Posta. The state-owned postal firm... more
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