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16 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

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

Thai MVNO *The WhiteSpace Co*, which trades as *Penguin SIM*, has signed an agreement to offer services over *TOT's* 2100MHz network, in addition to its existing 850MHz wholesale deal with... more

Congolese telecoms minister gives cellcos until December to improve services

Leon Juste Ibombo, the Republic of the Congo’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, has called on the nation’s cellcos to improve their services, Agence Ecofin reports. It... more

Vodafone to shut down M-Pesa mobile money service in December

Vodafone Group has decided to abandon its M-Pesa mobile money service in Romania on 1 December, reports the Ziarul Financiar. Vodafone selected its Romanian operation for the European debut of... more

DT debuts ‘Europe’s first’ 5G antennas in Berlin

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that Europe’s first 5G antennas have begun transmitting in the German capital Berlin. Claimed to be the first antennas in Europe with a live 5G... more

PLDT informs Sun users of improved LTE coverage

Filipino telecoms giant PLDT Inc. has urged users of its Sun Cellular brand services to upgrade to 4G LTE SIM cards following the recent announcement that the technology is now... more

BROADBAND

nbn confirms three million premises have now been activated

nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced another milestone, revealing that three million premises have now been activated on the in-development infrastructure. The... more

Up and coming AlmaTel unifies branding

Russian triple-play operator AlmaTel has unified the branding of its services, previously offered under the 2Kom and Digital-1 banners, now under the AlmaTel umbrella in Moscow city, Moscow region, Tver,... more

Uganda improves international connectivity via WIOCC

State-controlled fixed and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) has signed a partnership agreement with the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) designed to improve data capacity and boost internet... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Axtel considering sale options; AT&T Mexico linked with deal

Axtel, one of Mexico’s largest alternative telecoms operators, is said to be exploring a number of strategic options, including a potential sale. Sources familiar with the matter have informed Bloomberg... more

Lawsuit filed in relation to Mobily’s accounting errors

Saudi Arabia's Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has revealed that the public prosecution has filed a lawsuit in the Committee for the Resolution of Securities Disputes (CRSD) against individuals from the... more

Omantel 9M net profit down 37% on higher royalty fees

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has announced its preliminary unaudited financial results for the first nine months of 2017, reporting revenue of OMR406.8 million (USD1.0 billion),... more

TIM could be forced to separate network assets

The Italian government is studying the possibility of pushing incumbent operator Telecom Italia (TIM) to spin off its network assets into a separate company. Reuters reports that authorities in Rome... more

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