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25 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

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

*Telefonica’s* multi-country sub-brand *Tuenti* has reached the one million subscriber milestone across its five active markets, it has been announced. TeleGeography notes that social network-turned-MVNO Tuenti was launched in Spain... more

Orange authorised to use 2100MHz band for LTE

French telecoms regulator Arcep has adopted a decision authorising mobile operator Orange to use the 2100MHz band for LTE services, following the cellco’s July 2017 request to allow technological neutrality... more

MTN Irancell carries out 5G network test

Iran’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, MTN Irancell, has conducted its first full network tests of 5G technology in conjunction with Ericsson. Trials of a complete end-to-end network consisting... more

Big three cellcos test MNP ahead of launch by year-end

Vietnam’s three largest mobile network operators (MNOs) by subscribers, Viettel, MobiFone and VNPT-Vinaphone, have begun testing mobile number portability (MNP) on their networks, bringing a launch of the long-delayed service... more

DNA and Omnitele ink contract extension

Finnish multi-service operator (MSO) DNA Finland has signed an extension contract with Omnitele on network design, optimisation and analytics services, covering all mobile network technologies including 5G. In a press... more

Sutel declares wireless market competitive

Costa Rican telecoms watchdog the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has completed its analysis of the wireless market and deemed the sector to be competitive, removing certain restrictions... more

61.3% of cell sites down on USVI, FCC reports

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that 61.3% of cell towers on the US Virgin Islands (USVI) are out of service, in the wake of the devastating Category 5... more

Globe Telecom increases CAPEX by USD100m to boost mobile data expansion

Ayala-led Globe Telecom has increased its 2017 capital expenditure budget by USD100 million to accelerate the expansion of its mobile data network. The revision boosts total spending for this year... more

Bangla cellcos selling SIMs to refugees ‘face prosecution’ says minister

Bangladeshi mobile operators will face legal action if they are found to be involved in selling SIM cards to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, declared State Minister for Post & Telecommunications... more

Glo Benin must settle arrears, meet other commitments to renew licence

The government of the Republic of Benin issued a decision on 20 September rejecting the proposed terms of Nigerian-owned cellco Globacom Benin (Glo Mobile) to renew its operating licence, Agence... more

BROADBAND

Bouygues to offer services over Covage's Public Initiative Networks

Bouygues Telecom has signed a Public Initiative Network (PIN, locally known as Reseaux d'Initiative Publique, or RIP) agreement with French infrastructure provider Covage-Tutor, under which Bouygues will gain access to... more

Nkom reveals 80% of households now have access to 100Mbps connectivity

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that 80% of the country’s households had access to broadband at speeds of at least 100Mbps at mid-2017. Citing the impact... more

CAJUTEL looking to use virtual crowdfunding to support broadband network rollout

Swiss-owned Guinea-Bissau start-up CAJUTEL has laid down ambitious plans to deploy a solar-powered high speed broadband internet network across Guinea-Bissau and neighbouring countries. The company plans to finance the rollout... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

NCA grants conditional approval to Tigo and Airtel merger

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has granted conditional approval for the merger of Millicom International Cellular (MIC) and Bharti Airtel’s Ghanaian subsidiaries, reports Reuters. In March MIC’s mobile arm Millicom... more

China Mobile interested in Oi takeover, report says

China Mobile is reportedly in preliminary talks with Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) regarding the potential acquisition of the mobile phone assets owned by debt-wracked telco... more

Vivendi could face TIM fine of up to EUR300m

The Italian government is considering handing a fine to French firm Vivendi for failing to notify authorities when it took control at Telecom Italia, which trades as TIM. According to... more

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