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8 Feb 2016

WIRELESS

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Self-styled ‘multi-ethnic’ MVNO *Ringo Mobile* has disclosed plans to enter the Senegalese telecoms market under the *Ringo Africa* brand. The news was revealed by Egyptian-born Ramy Berbesh, the chairman of... more

Ifetel approves Telcel, AT&T participation in AWS spectrum auction

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Ifetel) has approved the participation of AT&T Mexico (registered as AT&T Comunicaciones Digitales) and Telcel (registered as Radiomovil Dipsa) in the government’s... more

Mali set to offer fourth mobile licence

With Alpha Telecom Mali, which secured the country’s third mobile network operator licence back in 2012, still to launch commercial services, Les Afriques reports that the government is preparing to... more

ProInversion sets reserve price for 700MHz auction

Peru’s Agency for the Promotion of Private Investment (ProInversion) has reportedly set a minimum price of USD248.7 million for each block (2x15MHz) of 4G-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz band, TeleSemana... more

HK watchdog consults on 900/1800MHz spectrum

Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has launched a public consultation into the future of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands which is currently assigned to the... more

AIS agrees roaming with DTAC as it scrambles to secure services for remaining 2G users

Thailand’s largest cellco by users Advanced Info Service (AIS) has reached an agreement with rival Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) to allow AIS’ 2G subscribers to roam on DTAC’s 1800MHz... more

Swedes consult on spare 1800MHz block

Swedish telecoms regulator PTS is conducting a consultation on its plans to assign a 2x5MHz block in the 1800MHz band (block ‘14’) through a spectrum auction, with a preliminary auction... more

BROADBAND

AT&T launches GigaPower in parts of Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago

AT&T has extended its GigaPower fibre-optic network to residential and small business customers in four major metropolitan markets. According to a series of press announcements, new areas covered by the... more

Digicel Jamaica hits 10,000 fibre subs

Digicel Jamaica has announced that its fibre-based multi-play TV, internet and telephony offering ‘Digicel Play’ has attracted more than 10,000 subscribers in the first few months since its launch. Introduced... more

Bell Canada ‘on track’ to expand 1Gbps fibre to 3m homes this year

Bell Canada has told investors that it is on track to meet a fibre broadband expansion target of approximately three million homes passed with 1Gbps services by the end of... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Etisalat challenges MTN’s acquisition of Visafone

Etisalat Nigeria has launched legal action against mobile market leader MTN Nigeria, over its acquisition of CDMA operator Visafone, arguing that the move will consolidate the South African firm’s dominance... more

Orange to acquire Millicom’s DRC unit

France-based Orange Group has signed an agreement with Millicom International Cellular (MIC) to acquire its Tigo subsidiary in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following regulatory approval. In a press... more

State plans auction of Megacom shares, bids to start from USD241m

The government of Kyrgyzstan is planning to auction off its shares in Alpha Telecom, which operates under the Megacom brand, with a starting price of KGS18 billion-KGS19 billion (USD241 million-USD254... more
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