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14 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

Regulator suspends activities of Vodafone Cameroon?

Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications – ART) has reportedly suspended the activities of 4G LTE provider Vodafone Cameroon, part of the Afrimax Group. According to a... more

CITC to lift ban on OTT VoIP by 20 September

Abdullah Al-Sawah, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and IT, has announced that the ban on over-the-top (OTT) VoIP calls will be lifted in Saudi Arabia within a week, the Saudi... more

Onatel secures USD30m loan from Huawei to fund ONAMOB network modernisation

The government of Burundi has revealed plans to modernise the network of ONAMOB, the mobile arm of state-owned incumbent operator Office National des Telecommunications (Onatel), via a USD30 million loan... more

Bangladesh 4G auction 'by December'

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is proceeding with the launch of a 4G mobile spectrum licence auction in three frequency bands ‘by December’ after receiving final clearance for the... more

Telefonica, Nokia to evaluate 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies

Telefonica and Nokia have signed an agreement to evaluate new technologies which will enable an efficient network evolution to 5G, in line with the Spanish group’s business objectives. The vendor... more

Gabon to boost rural mobile coverage

The government of Gabon has launched a ‘Universal Service Fund’ programme in order to bring mobile and data services to around 3,000 rural locations nationwide, reports Developing Telecoms. WTL Vivada... more

Tatarstan gears up for 5G football kick-off

5G pilot plans are being advanced in Tatarstan (Russian Federation), TDaily reports, quoting Deputy Minister of Communications of Tatarstan, Dmitry Vandyukov, who disclosed that ‘communications operators submitted applications for allocating... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone UK examining options for full-fibre investment

Vodafone UK is said to be considering its options for investing in full-fibre broadband connections, on the proviso it can find partners to share the costs, Reuters reports, citing the... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Regulator: Vivendi has de facto control of TIM

Italy’s financial markets regulator Consob (Commissione Nazionale per le Societa e la Borsa) has ruled that French firm Vivendi does have de facto control of fixed and mobile operator Telecom... more

RCOM faces disruption from Ericsson petition; drives migration to 4G in Gujarat

Swedish vendor Ericsson has filed an insolvency petition with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against wireless provider Reliance Communications (RCOM) and two of its subsidiaries – Reliance Infratel and... more

Bids due for Cyta Hellas

The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) has given prospective buyers until 27 September to make an offer for its loss-making Greek arm Cyta Hellas. A report from Kathimerini has named rival... more

eir’s underlying revenue, EBITDA up in FY 2017

Irish multi-service operator eir has published its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2017, revealing that underlying revenue increased by 1% year-on-year to EUR1.32 billion (USD1.57 billion). However,... more

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