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3 Jul 2015

WIRELESS

‘One nation, one number’ comes into effect

India has launched full national mobile number portability (MNP) – also known as ‘One nation, one number’ – today, allowing mobile subscribers to continue using the same number when they... more

Bharti Airtel earns USD1.3bn from African tower sales; more transactions pending

Bharti Airtel has earned more than USD1.3 billion from the sale of its telecoms towers in five African countries, according to local press reports, with the proceeds set to be... more

Vodafone CR trials tri-band carrier aggregation, paper says

Vodafone’s Czech mobile unit is reported to be testing tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) to achieve peak speeds of 350Mbps/50Mbps (down/uplink) on its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network. According to an unconfirmed story... more

Du partners Huawei for mobile broadband network development

Dubai-based telecoms operator Du has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei for the development of a next generation mobile broadband network in the UAE. Under... more

BROADBAND

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

The 17,000km *Africa Coast to Europe (ACE)* international submarine cable, which is currently in the second phase of its rollout, has landed in Cotonou (Benin) and Tenerife, in the Canary... more

Claro to launch fixed-wireless TD-LTE service

Claro Peru has unveiled plans to use Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology to provide broadband in remote areas, where fixed connections are not feasible. Gestion writes that the... more

Minister unveils 2020 fibre, 4G, 5G plans

Lebanon’s telecoms minister Boutros Harb has revealed a five-year plan to deploy high speed fibre-optic broadband infrastructure across the country by 2020. Harb announced on Wednesday: ‘Fibre-optic networks will be... more

viNGN explores Virgin territory with Gigabit launch

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has announced that businesses and residences in Frydenhoj, Red Hook and Smith Bay on St Thomas, Christiansted and Gallows Bay on St Croix,... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

NTC green-lights Globe’s Bayan takeover

Filipino telecoms watchdog the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved a joint application from Globe Telecom and Bayan Telecommunications (Bayan) for the conversion of the latter’s USD423.3 million of debt... more

Numericable snaps up Wolu TV

Altice Group-backed cableco Numericable has acquired smaller Belgian rival Wolu TV for EUR18.0 million (USD19.9 million) from the municipal council of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. According to local press sources Numericable outbid rival... more
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