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20 Mar 2017

WIRELESS

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

UK-based *Lycamobile Group* is poised to launch a new MVNO in South Africa, over the *Cell C* network, it has been revealed. The development was shared by Cell C CEO... more

Taiwan aiming to discontinue 2G by end-August

Taiwanese authorities are hoping that the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs) will have completely stopped offering 2G connectivity by the end of August 2017, the Taipei Times reports. Local telecoms... more

FICORA to support 5G testing with flexible trial licences

With a view to being ‘one of the world leaders in the development and deployment of the next generation wireless broadband’, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has said it... more

Ericsson, Mobitel sign ‘5G Island of Innovation’ MoU

Ericsson of Sweden and Sri Lankan mobile network operator Mobitel, a Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) subsidiary, have formally signed the ‘5G Island of Innovation Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) in Colombo,... more

Viettel ramps up LTE rollout in preparation for 4G launch

Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel has rolled out nearly 18,000 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in preparation for the commercial launch of its LTE service nationwide. Local press outlet ictnews reports... more

BROADBAND

First phase of Telecom Namibia TD-LTE rollout complete

Telecom Namibia (TN), in conjunction with Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies, has reportedly completed the first phase of its anticipated time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) deployment. All Africa quotes TN managing... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Idea and Vodafone agree to merger, set to create India’s largest mobile provider

India’s second and third-largest mobile providers by subscribers, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, have agreed to a ‘merger of equals’, through which the two will create a combined entity with... more

RCOM/Aircel merger passes CCI hurdle, Airtel in talks for TDN’s 2300MHz spectrum

The planned merger of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Aircel has been approved by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the Economic Times reports. The tie-up has already been greenlit by... more

Bell MTS division launched in Manitoba

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has officially launched its Bell MTS division following the completion of its CAD3.9 billion (USD3.1 billion) acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), which delists its shares... more

Elisa’s buyout of Starman cleared by regulators

Elisa has confirmed that the Estonian Competition Authority (ECA) has cleared its acquisition of local pay-TV and broadband operator Starman. Finland-based Elisa announced in December that its Estonian unit would... more

MoC approves network sharing, hosting agreements between Cellcom and Electra

Hot on the heels of gaining approval from Israel’s Antitrust Commissioner earlier this month, Israel’s Cellcom has now confirmed that its proposed network sharing and hosting agreement with Electra –... more

M1 shareholders mulling disposal options

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation and Axiata Group, which between them collectively control a roughly 60% stake in Singaporean telco M1, are reportedly considering options to sell... more

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