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5 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

Australian government announces decision on spectrum limits for upcoming auction

With the Australian authorities set to auction off spectrum in several bands later this year, it has now been confirmed that the government will follow advice from the Australian Competition... more

Three UK confirms filing of legal challenge related to Ofcom’s spectrum auction plans

British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK has followed through with its previously announced plans and formally filed a challenge with the UK courts against regulator Ofcom’s proposed auction of... more

TNM unveils LTE-A network

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s second largest wireless operator by subscribers, has announced the launch of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network. The Times Group cites the firm’s chairman George Partridge... more

TelCell launches LTE in Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten-based TelCell, part of the TelEm Group, launched its long-awaited 4G LTE network on 1 September. The telco notes that the new service ‘has been through a series of... more

Trio fined USD1.35m for poor QoS

Sierra Leonean mobile operators Airtel Sierra Leone (Orange), Lintel SL (Africell) and Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (Sierratel) were fined a total of USD1.35 million (to be paid by 7 September)... more

Kenya invites comments on draft wireless broadband spectrum policy

Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology has launched a public consultation on its Draft Wireless Broadband Spectrum Policy Guidelines. According to the Ministry, the new policy framework proposes a... more

Claro Brasil to deploy 9,000 LTE-A BTS by end-2017

Claro Brasil has disclosed plans to deploy a total of 9,000 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) base transceiver stations (BTS) by the end of the year. CEO Paulo Cesar Teixeira told TeleSintese that... more

SES Networks to support 4G upgrade for Rarotonga and Aitutaki

Bluesky Cook Islands, the Pacific island nation’s monopoly operator, has raised its satellite capacity provided by SES Networks to support the upcoming launch of ‘4G+’ services for Rarotonga and Aitutaki.... more

More QoS problems for Mauritania’s cellcos

Mauritania’s three cellular network operators, Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel, have once again been warned by the country’s telecoms watchdog about poor quality of service (QoS). The Autorite de Regulation (ARE)... more

BROADBAND

NAGRA delivers IP network transition for StarHub

NAGRA, a provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, has completed the end-to-end integration of Singapore-based fixed, mobile, broadband and pay-TV provider StarHub’s multi-network pay-TV services into the operator’s... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Altice files a buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out for SFR Group

Amsterdam-listed Altice Group (Altice NV, headed by French entrepreneur Patrick Drahi) has filed a buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out for the remaining SFR Group shares for a price of... more

MITC to enforce exclusive use of soms under new currency rules

Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (MITC) has issued new regulations to implement Presidential Decree No UP-5177 ‘On Priority Measures for the Liberalisation of Monetary Policy’, which stipulates that... more

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