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12 Apr 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Catch-up: M2M/Internet of Things developments

Thailand’s *National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)* has proposed using the vacant 920MHz-925MHz band for unlicensed IoT access, as part of its spectrum roadmap which will be finalised in June,... more

TPG confirms mobile network rollout plans as ACMA names winners of 700MHz auction

Australia is set to gain a new mobile network operator (MNO) after TPG Telecom emerged as one of the two winning bidders in an auction for previously unsold 700MHz frequencies.... more

Airtel, Vodafone increase pressure over Jio freebies

Disruptive 4G startup Reliance Jio Infocomm’s (Jio’s) new Dhan Dhana Dhan plans have provoked a backlash from incumbent cellcos, which say that the tariffs are near identical to the ‘Summer... more

UMS rolls out 150 new base stations in 1Q17

State-owned mobile provider Universal Mobile Systems (UMS), has installed more than 150 new base stations in the first three months of the year, UzDaily writes. Of the new sites, five... more

BROADBAND

Internet Solutions said to be in talks to acquire Dark Fibre Africa

Remgro, the parent company of South African wholesale provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), is reportedly in negotiations to sell the unit to Internet Solutions (IS), TechCentral writes, citing three people... more

CMA publishes ruling on dark fibre pricing appeals

Determinations regarding appeals by alternative operators TalkTalk and CityFibre over leased line charges have been published by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). CityFibre and TalkTalk had previously lodged... more

Digicel Play gets 20,000 Barbadian customers

After just over a year of operations, Digicel Barbados’ triple-play fibre broadband, IPTV and telephony service ‘Digicel Play’ has announced signing up its 20,000th customer, the Barbados Advocate reports. The... more

Smile plans USD46m investment in Uganda

Ugandan wireless ISP Smile Communications says it is investing UGX167 billion (USD46 million) to strengthen and expand its network infrastructure in the 15 districts where it is already active. According... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

RCS&RDS to float 25% stake on stock market next month

Further to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate report in March, Digi (Romania Cable Systems [RCS&RDS]) has announced in a company press release its intention to list 25% of its business on the Bucharest... more

Altice USA notifies SEC of formal IPO plans

Altice Group has announced that Altice USA – the holding company in charge of US cable operators Cablevision Systems and Suddenlink – has filed a registration statement with the US... more

Wave Broadband owners considering USD2bn sale

The private-equity owners of WaveDivision Holdings, parent company of Washington-based cable company Wave Broadband, are reportedly looking to sell the company for more than USD2 billion. According to Reuters, citing... more

Smartfren full-year losses spiral to USD149 million

Struggling Indonesian mobile operator Smartfren Telecom booked losses of IDR1.974 trillion (USD148.6 million) in 2016, up from IDR1.565 trillion in FY 2015. In a filing to the Indonesia Stock Exchange... more

Etisalat yet to agree Nigeria debt deal with lenders

Etisalat Nigeria, the local mobile unit of UAE telecoms group Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), is still in talks with banks on a deal to restructure a USD1.2 billion loan, Reuters... more

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