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21 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

EE launches its legal appeal over 5G spectrum auction plans

Following in the footsteps of rival Three UK, British mobile network operator (MNO) and BT subsidiary EE has officially launched its own legal challenge against regulator Ofcom’s proposed auction of... more

Vodafone considering bid for Zambian mobile licence?

UK-based telecoms giant Vodafone Group is reportedly considering a bid for a mobile network operator (MNO) licence in Zambia that would allow it to offer voice services in addition to... more

UCC hails 98% success rate for SIM registration scheme

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has reported a 98% success rate for its recently completed SIM re-registration scheme. There had previously been fears that millions of users could face being... more

Mobily, Zain pay first instalments for 1800MHz concessions; CITC lifts OTT VoIP ban

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi Arabia have announced that they have paid the first instalments (30% of the total sum) for the acquisition of additional spectrum in the 1800MHz... more

T-Mobile seeks permission for 3.5GHz tests in Las Vegas, Texas

T-Mobile US has applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to conduct wireless tests with vendor duo Ericsson and Nokia using the 3550MHz-3700MHz band. According... more

BROADBAND

Ooredoo Oman expands TD-LTE network to 60 new areas

Ooredoo Oman, the country’s second largest fixed broadband operator by subscribers, has expanded its TD-LTE network to more than 60 wilayats (provinces). Coverage of the firm’s ‘Fast Home Broadband’ service... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telenor selling a further 5.1% of VEON

Telenor of Norway is offering a 5.1% stake in Amsterdam-headquartered, Russian-backed telecoms group VEON (formerly VimpelCom) to raise approximately USD373.5 million and reduce its remaining shareholding to 14.6%. The move... more

Telekom Austria Group to roll out A1 brand across all markets

Telekom Austria Group has announced a decision to gradually roll out the A1 brand – currently used in its domestic market and Slovenia – across all of its operations. The... more

EQT negotiating further Dutch acquisition

Swedish investment fund EQT is in takeover talks with Dutch fibre/cable triple-play services operator CAIW (Caiway), sources have told Netherlands-based Telecompaper. The potential deal would see EQT expand its Dutch... more

TIM confirms appeal over Vivendi position

Telecom Italia, which offers fixed and mobile services under the TIM brand, has confirmed that it will appeal against a regulatory ruling that says French firm Vivendi has de facto... more

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