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14 Nov 2017

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EC opens investigation into Romanian call termination rates

The EC has announced that it will conduct an in-depth investigation into the prices of wholesale voice call termination rates offered by Romanian fixed and mobile operators set by the... more

Slovakia passes two million LTE users

A report from Slovakia’s Office for Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Regulacny Urad, RU) shows that the country was home to 2.09 million LTE users at the end of June... more

MTN Cyprus completes EUR23m network expansion project

MTN Cyprus has expanded its 4G LTE mobile coverage to 93% of the population and 75% of the territory, following the completion of a EUR23 million (USD26.8 million) expansion project.... more

RTR updates on planned 5G spectrum auction

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, RTR) is continuing preparations for the award of frequencies in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz range, which is planned to take place... more

Uzmobile reaches a million GSM users

Uzbek cellco Uzmobile, a subsidiary of national fixed operator Uzbektelecom, has announced that it reached the milestone of one million GSM network subscribers in the first week of November 2017.... more

SPRK extends LMT spectrum rights

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija, SPRK), has chosen to extend the duration of spectrum rights for frequencies in the 2100MHz band held by Latvijas... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodafone reports EUR1.2bn net profit in H1 2018

British telecoms giant Vodafone Group has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 (H2 2018), reporting that group revenue was down 4.1% year-on-year at EUR23.1... more

Fastweb boss in favour of TIM and Open Fiber merger

The managing director of Italian ISP Fastweb says he is in favour of a merger between Telecom Italia (TIM) and wholesale network operator Open Fiber. Alberto Calcagno told Il Sole... more

BTel first-half turnover drops 98% to IDR1.52bn

Indonesian CDMA operator Bakrie Telecom (BTel) generated revenues of just IDR1.52 billion (USD29.7 million) in the first six months of 2017, down 97.6% year-on-year from IDR64.87 billion in 1H16, IndoTelko... more

PLDT to meet ‘increasing expectations and criticisms’ with CAPEX boost

Filipino telecoms heavyweight PLDT Inc. has revealed it is considering upping its capital expenditure budget for FY 2018 to above that set out currently in its 2017 guidance – PHP46... more

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