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13 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

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

In Argentina, the *Camara de Cooperativas de Telecomunicaciones (Catel)*, which represents 31 telecoms cooperatives across the country, has signed a wholesale agreement with *Movistar Argentina*, which will allow its members... more

NCC planning 700MHz, 2600MHz spectrum auctions for 4G LTE

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) plans to hold auctions for spectrum in the 700MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands, in a bid to boost the availability of high speed internet services... more

Afrimax closes Vodafone-branded business in Cameroon

Afrimax Cameroon has announced that it has ceased operations effective 10 November 2017, following the withdrawal of its licence by the local regulatory authorities in September. The company, which operated... more

Indotel to auction 30MHz block of AWS spectrum

The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) has confirmed plans to re-auction a 30MHz block of 1700MHz/2100MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum that went unsold in 2014.... more

Ericsson, MTN South Africa to trial 5G in 1Q18

Ericsson and MTN have announced plans to commence a 5G trial in South Africa in the first quarter of 2018, following the inking of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to... more

Ukrainian regulator moves ahead with 1800MHz LTE conversion

In an announcement on 10 November Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatisation (NCCIR) has officially adopted a decision to convert licensed GSM 1800MHz mobile frequencies to... more

VEON Armenia completes widescale mobile network upgrade

Armenian fixed and mobile services provider VEON Armenia (Beeline) has successfully completed the large-scale mobile network modernisation programme it first announced earlier this year. In a press release, VEON Armenia... more

MTN Benin hit with USD238m arrears demand

Benin’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications & Post (ARCEP) has opened a sanction procedure against mobile operator MTN Benin for non-payment of spectrum usage fees totalling XOF134.4 billion (USD238 million),... more

T-Mobile US to acquire 700MHz spectrum from Silver Star Telephone

T-Mobile US has requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to acquire 700MHz Lower Band spectrum from regional operator Silver Star Telephone Company, Fierce Wireless reports. The frequencies cover... more

BROADBAND

Estonia plans EUR20m rural internet rollout

The government of Estonia is looking to conduct a tender to find a private operator to connect sparsely populated rural areas to high speed internet networks. With the country’s private... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

South African gov’t identifies potential Telkom buyers

The South African government has identified potential buyers for its 39.3% stake in telecoms operator Telkom, with CEO Sipho Maseko disclosing to TechCentral: ‘[the government] has communicated that they have... more

Vodafone, Idea agree tower sale to ATC; Idea revenue down 19.6% y-o-y

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have signed separate agreements to sell their standalone telecom tower operations, comprising around 20,000 sites, to American Tower Corporation (ATC) for a combined total of... more

Omantel completes 12.1% Zain stake purchase, becomes second largest shareholder

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) announced on 12 November 2017 that it has won its bid to acquire 12.1% of the issued share capital in Zain Group, making Omantel the second... more

CRAN blocks government MTC buyout plan

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has blocked a plan by the government to buy the remaining 34% stake in cellco Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) it does not currently own,... more

NTT Corp H1 net income climbs 10.8%

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corp) reported Friday (10 November) that its net profit for the six months ended 30 September 2017 stood at JPY527.505 billion (USD4.647 billion) up... more

One-off charges hit Telecom Italia profit

Telecom Italia Group, which trades in Italy and Brazil under the TIM brand, has reported revenues of EUR4.91 billion (USD5.77 billion) for the third quarter to 30 September 2017, up... more

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