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25 Jul 2017

WIRELESS

TIM Brasil launches VoLTE; Vivo boosts 4G coverage; Nextel stake sale concludes

Brazilian wireless giant TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has announced that it has switched on what it claims is ‘Latin America’s first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service’, in Brasilia. Going forward, the service... more

Number portability provider tender launched in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has invited providers of mobile number portability (MNP) services to submit applications in a tender to be decided via a beauty contest method –... more

Siminn’s LTE network covers 98% of population

Icelandic telecoms operator Siminn has revealed that its 4G LTE network now covers 98% of the population, following the deployment of new telecoms towers in Hellissandi, Rifi, Bildudalur, Sudureyri, Laufasi... more

Airtel/Orange, Africell upgrading networks in underserved areas

Mobile operators Airtel Sierra Leone (acquired by Orange in July 2016) and Lintel SL (Africell SL) have revealed that they are engaged in a 'major operation' to improve their respective... more

Uzmobile aiming for nationwide LTE coverage by end-2018

State-owned mobile provider Uzmobile is planning to roll out 4G LTE services to all regions of Uzbekistan by the end of next year, Sputnik news writes, citing the operator’s director... more

Slovenian cellcos meet coverage targets

Slovenia’s Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) says mobile operators Telekom Slovenije, A1 Slovenia (formerly Si.mobil) and Telemach (formerly Tusmobil) have fulfilled the... more

BROADBAND

Go with the Flow: BVI telco launches IPTV

Pan-Caribbean telco Flow has launched IPTV in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), with packages starting at USD25 per month (TV Essentials), rising to USD45 per month (TV Plus), and USD60... more

TIM suspends rural rollout plans

Italian telco TIM is reportedly putting on hold a plan to deploy fibre broadband networks in rural areas of the country after the government expressed concern that the rollout would... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

CCI approves Idea/Vodafone merger; Nextra denies ACT acquisition claims

The planned merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular has been approved by the nation’s antitrust watchdog the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the Economic Times reports. The tie-up will... more

Virgin, Vodacom join list of rumoured 9mobile investors

Virgin Group and Vodacom are the latest telecoms groups to be named as potential buyers for Nigerian cellco Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), following Etisalat Group’s decision to pull out... more

Wataniya Mobile Palestine reports net loss on Gaza launch plan costs

Palestinian mobile operator Wataniya Mobile Palestine has reported revenues of USD21.3 million for the three months ended 30 June 2017, representing year-on-year growth of 2%. Turnover for the first half... more

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