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8 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

UAE to get second new mobile service

Following the launch earlier this week of the first MVNO service in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Virgin Mobile, running on the network of Du, rival firm Etisalat has... more

Vodafone seeking 4G licence, NCA reluctant to drop spectrum price

Ghana’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Vodafone is in ‘constant talks’ with telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) over its application for a 4G licence, according to GhanaWeb. Vodafone... more

MTS Belarus to switch on 4G in a further 49 areas

Mobile operator MTS Belarus is looking to add an additional 49 locations across Belarus to its LTE services footprint this autumn, Providers.by reports the firm as saying. The cellco is... more

Altice appeals against Viva’s ‘irregular spectrum use’

The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) has confirmed that it has accepted an appeal filed by Altice Group – which owns local operators Orange and... more

BROADBAND

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Mauritius-based *IOX Cable Ltd* has announced that its planned submarine cable linking South Africa with India, via landings in Mauritius and the autonomous outer island of Rodrigues, will also connect... more

PT Portugal now covers 4m homes with fibre

PT Portugal (MEO) has announced that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network now passes four million homes, equivalent to around 66% of all Portuguese residences. Alexandre Fonseca, PT's chief technology officer, noted... more

Senate committee recommends adopting NBN-related tax proposal

Australia’s Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has recommended that the government pass proposed legislation that would introduce a tax to help subsidise rural National Broadband Network (NBN) connections, according... more

Operators call for urgent revision of Telecommunications Act

A group of nine Swiss telecom service providers and industry stakeholders has issued a joint statement urging the Federal Council to urgently revise the Telecommunications Act (TCA) to prevent the... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

South Sudan approves increase in telecoms service tax

The government of South Sudan has approved the 2017/2018 budget which will see taxes increased for the country’s telecoms operators. The East African quotes Finance Minister Stephen Dhau as saying... more

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