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3 Feb 2017

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TRAI sides with Jio on controversial promotions

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has determined that newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm’s (Jio’s) ‘Happy New Year Offer’ is not an extension of its previous ‘Welcome Offer’... more

Dutch operators begin refarming 3G spectrum for LTE; T-Mobile testing VoLTE

Mobile network operators (MNOs) in the Netherlands have begun deploying 3G spectrum for use on their LTE networks, representatives of the companies have informed Dutch publication Telecompaper. KPN has already... more

You’ve got to Smile: Digicel Fiji launches SIM with unlimited on-net usage

The Fiji Times reports that domestic mobile operator Digicel has launched a new mobile phone service called ‘Smile’ for customers in the Western and Northern divisions. The new service costs... more

MTS deploys multi-standard Ericsson Radio System supporting FDD/TDD LTE-A Pro

Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced its first commercial deployment of the new generation multi-standard Ericsson Radio System in the city of Ufa, as it prepares to roll out... more

BROADBAND

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

*Orange Group’s* CEO Stephane Richard has revealed that his company will deploy a new submarine fibre-optic cable linking a number of French overseas territories (departements d’outre-mer, DOMs) in the Caribbean,... more

Entel Bolivia to launch fibre-based triple-play next month

Bolivia’s state-owned fixed and mobile operator Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) says it will launch its first fibre-based triple-play internet, telephony and TV services next month. The firm says its... more

ACCC extends wholesale ADSL regulation to 2022; publishes latest NBN wholesale market report

Wholesale ADSL services will be regulated for another five years, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has confirmed. As per its decision - which will extend the declaration until... more

MobinNet launches TD-LTE

Iranian ISP MobinNet has launched its first services using time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) technology. The firm has migrated its 3.5GHz WiMAX networks in four cities – Tehran, Karaj, Mashhad... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

America Movil 2016 revenues up 9.1%; net profit plummets 75.3% after poor Q4 performance

Carlos Slim-backed America Movil (AM) has reported revenues of MXN975.412 billion (USD47.300 billion) for the twelve month period ended 31 December 2016, representing an improvement of 9.1% year-on-year. EBITDA for... more

TPG seals double deal for RCN, Grande Communications; TDS acquires InterLinx, Tonaquint

TPG Capital, the global private equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, has confirmed that it has closed its previously announced acquisitions of RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications Networks,... more

SK Telecom revenues flat in 2016, net profit boosted by POSCO, LOEN stake sales

SK Telecom (SKT), South Korea’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has published its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2016, revealing an increase net profit despite... more

TDC Group’s profit surges to DKK3bn in 2016

Danish group TDC has published its financial report for the twelve months ended 31 December 2016, recording a 4.1% year-on-year decrease in revenue to DKK21.031 billion (USD3.1 billion), down from... more

KDDI sees solid growth in 9M profit, revenue

Japan’s KDDI has released its financial results for the nine months ending 31 December 2016 (1-3Q 2017) with net profit climbing by 15.4% to JPY471.4 billion (USD4.2 billion) from JPY408.486... more

Bell Canada’s profits jump 14.6% in 2016

Canada’s largest telecoms group, Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), has reported that its total revenues grew 1.0% to CAD21.719 billion (USD16.686 billion) in full-year 2016, whilst adjusted EBITDA rose 2.8% to... more

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