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14 Aug 2017

WIRELESS

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

UK mobile operator *Three UK* is set to launch a new budget-priced sub-brand in the form of *SMARTY*. The new operator’s unique selling point is its willingness to give discounts... more

Proximus now offering LTE-A Pro in seven cities

Proximus, Belgium's second largest cellco by subscribers, has extended the reach of its LTE Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro) network, with the technology now confirmed as being available in seven cities,... more

Mobily inks multi-vendor agreements to upgrade mobile network

Saudi telecoms operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has inked three three-year framework agreements with equipment vendors Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson to modernise its mobile network. The implementation of these agreements will... more

GSMA questions SA’s proposed WOAN model

Global mobile association the GSMA has recommended that the South African government embark on a comprehensive consultation with all stakeholders before implementing its proposed award of all future high-demand spectrum... more

Osiptel oversees blocking of 900,000 blacklisted devices

Sector watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has overseen the blocking of 901,931 ‘blacklisted’ mobile devices that had been... more

Kosovo to fully implement +383 code by June 2018, MTS Kosovo launches

Kosovo’s new +383 international dialling code will be come into force in June 2018, from which date the existing +377 and +386 codes will no longer be used, Kosova Press... more

BROADBAND

KT opens up access to 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots

South Korea’s KT Telecom has opened up 100,000 Wi-Fi access points (APs) as part of its participation in a government-led programme which aims to improve the public’s access to free... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Dialog Axiata 2Q17 net income creeps up despite higher taxes, consumer spending slowdown

Sri Lankan mobile, broadband and pay-TV operator Dialog Axiata reported net profit of LKR2.34 billion (USD15.7 million) for the April-June 2017 quarter, up 2.5% from LKR2.28 billion a year ago,... more

Globe ups 2017 CAPEX target to USD800m

The Manila Times writes that Filipino telco Globe Telecom is planning to raise its 2017 capital expenditures target from USD750 million to USD800 million to invest more in its data... more

RCOM books USD190m Q1 net loss

Indian wireless provider Reliance Communications (RCOM) has booked a net loss of INR12.21 billion (USD190 million) for the three months ended 30 June 2017, compared to a net profit of... more

MISCELLANEOUS

NZ regulator warns of Fair Trading Act breaches

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has written to four of the country’s main telecoms service providers to warn them over possible breaches of the country’s Fair Trading Act. The regulator has... more

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