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13 Feb 2017

WIRELESS

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

Belgium’s *Telenet Group* has announced that it has sold its *Ortel Mobile* MVNO subsidiary to domestic virtual operator *Lycamobile Belgium*. Telenet claims that the combined entity will account for a... more

Airtel Malawi embarks on a nationwide network upgrade project

Airtel Malawi, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, plans to upgrade its voice and data networks across the county to improve coverage and quality of service... more

FCC 600MHz auction draws to a close after bidding reaches USD19.63bn

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that Stage Four of its 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) has now concluded, bringing the lengthy bidding process –... more

Cellcom and Xfone agree to modify network sharing and hosting agreement

Israeli mobile network operator (MNO) Cellcom has confirmed that a district court has dismissed a request for an interim injunction against the completion and execution of its network sharing and... more

Three UK and Nokia partner to deploy next generation cloud native core network

Finnish vendor Nokia and British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK have announced that they will jointly deploy what they claim will be the world’s first fully integrated cloud native... more

MTS Belarus’ LTE base tops 520,000; urban coverage at 75%

Mobile operator MTS Belarus has announced that it has more than 520,000 people using its 4G LTE offering, adding that the service – carried over the networks of Belarusian Cloud... more

Libercom head forced out under anti-corruption pressure

The Director General of Benin state-owned mobile operator Libercom was relieved of his duties on 9 February 2017, following fierce criticism of the company’s ‘mismanagement’ by the Front of National... more

Agility files for arbitration over dispute with govt

Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility has filed for arbitration over a USD380 million dispute with the Iraqi government over its investment in the nation’s telecommunications sector. Reuters writes that Agility has... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone Ghana launches fibre broadband

Vodafone Ghana, the country's leading fixed broadband operator by subscribers, has announced the launch of its Vodafone Fibre Broadband fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, Ghana Business News reports. At launch, the FTTH... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Liquid Telecom finalises Neotel acquisition; Share listing on the cards

Pan-African telecoms operator Liquid Telecom has finalised the ZAR6.5 billion (USD484 million) acquisition of South African SNO Neotel from India’s Tata Communications. Liquid Telecom now holds 70% of the equity,... more

MTN closing in on Iran ISP

South Africa’s MTN Group is close to signing an agreement to acquire a 49% interest in Iranian state-owned ISP Iranian Net. Bloomberg cites two people familiar with the matter who... more

PCCW in USD1.1bn HKT share sale

Hong Kong-based telecoms group PCCW has announced plans to sell HKD8.534 billion (USD1.1 billion) of share stapled securities in HKT Trust and its telecoms provider subsidiary HKT. The sale will... more

Competition and spectrum liberalisation costs drive RCOM into the red

A combination of ‘unprecedented competitive intensity’ following the launch of aggressive newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) and the closure of its CDMA business has led Reliance Communications (RCOM) to register... more

GO Telecom recommends 60% capital cut to cover losses

The management board of Etihad Atheeb (GO Telecom) has proposed cutting the company’s capital by 60% to SAR630 million (USD167 million) from roughly SAR1.6 billion, according to a statement on... more

Newcomer’s freebies hit Idea bottom line

India’s embattled third-placed cellco Idea Cellular has registered a net loss of INR3.856 billion (USD57.6 million) for its fiscal Q3, ended 31 December 2016, noting in a press release that... more

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