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24 Apr 2015

WIRELESS

Three UK targets September VoLTE launch

British mobile network operator Hutchison 3G UK, which offers services under the Three banner, has revealed that it expects to introduce voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology commercially in September 2015.... more

HKT, Huawei demo 450Mbps LTE-A ahead of 2016 launch

Hong Kong’s largest full-service telecoms operator HKT (including CSL) has demonstrated 450Mbps-capable LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services using tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) in partnership with Huawei Technologies, which supplied its IP-RAN technology.... more

Orange, Airtel authorised to test 4G

The Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya has given mobile operators Airtel and Telkom Kenya (Orange) approval to start testing 4G technology using their current spectrum allocations, Business Daily reports. Safaricom,... more

Spectrum agency sets new 700MHz schedule: auction by end-year

Oscar Leon Suarez, director of Colombia’s National Spectrum Agency – Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE) – stated this week that the 700MHz frequency band will be cleared for 4G cellular... more

President enacts mobile infrastructure sharing law

A law dictating new standards on mobile infrastructure deployment and sharing, the ‘Antenna Law’ (Law 13,116 / 2015), has entered into force having been signed by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff... more

Niel swaps citrus for Salt as Orange starts rebranding programme

Orange Switzerland has begun re-branding to its new moniker ‘Salt’, following its acquisition by French billionaire Xavier Niel in February this year. The cellco’s name has officially been changed but... more

Peru streamlines rules on infrastructure installation

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has published new legislation governing the installation of telecoms infrastructure aimed at speeding up and streamlining the process. The new Law for the... more

Orange France wants to cover all underserved rural areas this summer

Orange Group’s chairman Stephane Richard has disclosed that while Orange France is in favour of a national agreement between operators to address the so-called ‘white areas’ currently not covered by... more

CNMC set to fine Movistar and Yoigo over network sharing agreement?

Spanish mobile network operators Movistar and Yoigo are reportedly facing a fine from sector regulator the Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), according to Expansion over a... more

3G licensees near final hurdle: frequency conversions approved

Ukraine’s National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR) adopted a decision at its meeting of 22 April 2015 on the harmonisation of technical specifications for the... more

Velcom hopes free trial of mobile Voka TV will prove a tonic

Belarusian mobile operator Velcom, a fully consolidated subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, has announced a free trial of its mobile TV service, Mobile TV Voka, which allows users to... more

T-Mobile Netherlands expects to hit nationwide 4G coverage target by Oct 2015

T-Mobile Netherlands now expects to offer nationwide coverage (95% of the population) via its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by October 2015, sooner than the year-end date originally scheduled.... more

NTT launches Thai corporate data MVNO

Japan's NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business of the NTT group, has launched a mobile data-only service for corporations in Thailand under a mobile... more

BROADBAND

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

US-based undersea capacity-based network solutions provider *AquaComms* and its vendor partner *TE SubCom* have begun construction work on the *America-Europe Connect (AEConnect)* submarine cable system, which will stretch from the... more

Tele Columbus launches 400Mbps broadband in Potsdam

German cable network operator Tele Columbus has begun offering internet access at maximum download speeds of 400Mbps in Potsdam, the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. The new high... more

NAGRA TV division to boost staying power of StarHub IPTV

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, says it supplied Singapore broadband and pay-TV provider StarHub with a... more

Telkom Wholesale to cut tariffs by up to 63% from 1 May

Telkom South Africa's wholesale division has announced a 63% price reduction on its IP Connect (IPC) product offering with the new price to take effect from 1 May 2015. From... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Comcast set to abandon USD45bn TWC deal

Comcast is set to pull out of a potential USD45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to reports from Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The... more

America Movil Q1 profits slump 42% on weak Brazilian real

Mexican telecoms giant America Movil (AM), which is controlled by the family of the billionaire Carlos Slim, has reported a 42.1% slump in net profits to MXN8.227 billion (USD533.8 million)... more

MTN Group reports 16.7% increase in Q1 data revenue, although subscriber growth weakens

South Africa-based wireless operator MTN Group, which is present in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East, yesterday reported that its consolidated subscriber base rose at its slowest rate... more

Tigo to invest USD100m in El Salvador ops in 2015

Tigo El Salvador, the local unit of Millicom International Cellular (MIC), has earmarked investment of around USD100 million for 2015, La Prensa Grafica quotes the firm’s CEO Marcelo Aleman as... more

Mobistar reports increase in EBITDA, net profit for Q1 2015

With Belgium’s Mobistar having published what it called a ‘solid’ set of financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2015, it said it was leaving its outlook for... more

Unicom books first decline in mobile users, profit slides 4.2%

Chinese full service provider China Unicom has booked annual declines in revenue and profit of 2.8% and 4.2% respectively for the first three months of 2015, as the operator reported... more
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