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29 Nov 2016

WIRELESS

Tower Talk: a guide to the latest major cell site developments

*Idea Cellular*, India’s third largest mobile provider by subscribers, is planning to sell 100% of its tower arm, switching tack from its previous plan to offload a minority stake in... more

Mobilis granted permission to offer LTE in 14 provinces

Algeria’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has granted its permission to cellco Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) to deploy 4G... more

XL Axiata 3G footprint now extends to 350 cities

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has announced that its 3G network now encompasses some 350 towns and cities across the country, with recent service expansion coming largely as... more

Flow BVI launches LTE, LTE-A

Flow has announced the simultaneous launch of LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE) technology across the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The 4G network, which supports download speeds of up to 35Mbps, is... more

Telcel to acquire 2.5GHz spectrum from MVS

America Movil (AM) has announced that its mobile subsidiary Radiomovil Dipsa (Telcel), has entered into an agreement with Mexican media conglomerate Grupo MVS to indirectly acquire approximately 60MHz of spectrum... more

Smart move: telco still seeking 4G licence

Nepalese limited mobility wireless network operator Smart Telecom says it has resubmitted its application for a licence to offer 4G LTE services. The telco had previously had its application turned... more

HK mobile users oppose price rises

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) says consumers in the territory do not agree with government proposals to raise mobile spectrum utilisation fees (SUFs). The PCCW-owned telco has conducted research which shows... more

BROADBAND

TDC, Nokia partner for Vplus upgrade

Danish telecoms provider TDC (operating as YouSee) has teamed up with Nokia to upgrade its copper-based networks by deploying Vplus (VDSL2 35b) technology, building further on its existing VDSL2 Vectoring... more

WIRELINE

Ofcom to order legal separation of Openreach from BT

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that it is proceeding with a formal notification to require the legal separation of Openreach from BT, after the latter ‘failed to offer voluntary... more

Globe, PLDT agree to slash fixed and mobile interconnect rates

Filipino telecoms giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom have inked an agreement to reduce their interconnection rates for fixed and mobile voice telephony calls by 38% to PHP2.50 (USD0.05) per... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Cellcom to file liquidation request against Golan Telecom

Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom has confirmed the filing of a request to appoint an interim liquidator to Golan Telecom, following the latter’s failure to pay due amounts for national... more

MTS Ukraine pulls out of TriMob purchase; leaves Ukrtelecom in financial danger?

Mobile operator MTS Ukraine (Vodafone Ukraine) has cancelled its proposal to acquire TriMob, the 3G mobile subsidiary of fixed line incumbent Ukrtelecom, the Russian-backed company’s press department confirmed. MTS has... more

MTN meets with Nigerian SEC to discuss share sale

South African telecoms firm MTN Group has held discussions with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria to discuss the potential initial public offering (IPO) of its local unit,... more

Altice to increase Dominican Republic spending

Netherlands based telecoms group Altice says it plans to increase its investment in its Dominican Republic operations by 20%, to DOP20 billion (USD429 million) over the next three years. The... more

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