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8 Feb 2017

WIRELESS

Blue Arcus selected for LTE rollouts in Tokelau, Marshall Islands

Blue Arcus Technologies has announced that it has been selected by Telecommunications Tokelau Corporation (Teletok) to roll out its 4G LTE/voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) solution across all three atolls of the island... more

Orange sets aside USD16.3m for Malian unit in 2017

Orange Group is planning to invest XAF10 billion (USD16.3 million) this year in its Malian subsidiary, Agence Ecofin reports, citing comments made by the French group’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer... more

Regulator suspends Telecel interconnection amid XAF600m tax dispute

Central African Republic-based mobile network operator (MNO) Telecel-RCA has had its international calling capacity suspended by the Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications, ART), with the watchdog... more

Tigo Paraguay to cover 127 districts with 4G by end-2017

Raul Ibanez, manager of Tigo Paraguay, has informed La Nacion that the mobile operator is in the process of extending its 4G LTE network to 96 new districts, as it... more

Tuvalu to get 4G this year

The tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is to see its first 4G LTE services via a partnership between state-owned monopoly cellco Tuvalu Telecommunication Corporation (TTC) and US-based solutions provider... more

Corruption agency ‘denounces’ Libercom mismanagement

The Republic of Benin’s Front of National Organisations Against Corruption (Fonac) has made a public announcement to the press identifying failures in the management and performance of struggling state-owned mobile... more

T-Mobile CR reports five-fold rise in LTE-A base stations in 2016

Deutsche Telekom-controlled T-Mobile Czech Republic says it quintupled the number of cell sites provisioned with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology last year, upgrading 969 transmitters in the process, adding that by the... more

BROADBAND

NBN now available to more than four million premises

nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced a significant milestone, revealing that more than four million premises are now classified as Ready for... more

Wi-Tribe to launch LTE-A by May

WiMAX provider Wi-Tribe is planning to launch Pakistan’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network by the end of May 2017, ProPakistani writes, citing the company’s chairman Shahid Malik. The ISP has signed... more

Vega highlights its GPON, DWDM and IP progress

Ukrainian telco Vega – a sister company of Ukrtelecom – has given an update on its network development in 2016. In the twelve-month period the operator said it added 70... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Euskaltel closing in on Telecable?

Euskaltel may be close to reaching an agreement with UK-based Zegona Communications to take over the latter’s Spanish unit, Telecable. According to local press outlet Expansion, cableco Euskaltel and Zegona... more

Wari Group agrees USD129m takeover of Tigo Senegal

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that it has sold its Tigo Senegal unit to local financial services company Wari Group for a fee of USD129 million. Kabirou Mbodje, CEO... more

Little deal on the Prairie: TDS exploring Sun Prairie Utilities takeover

The management teams at TDS Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, and Sun Prairie Utilities (SPU) in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LoI)... more

UTL losing up to UGX500m a month

A parliamentary investigation into Uganda’s state-backed fixed and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) has discovered that the firm has racked up debts of around UGX700 billion (USD193 million). According... more

SoftBank records 100% increase in 9M net income

SoftBank Group Corp, which owns a majority stake in US operator Sprint, has released its consolidated financial report for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2016, highlighting a 99.9% increase... more

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