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23 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

Ooredoo adds 70 new locations to Omani 4G footprint

Ooredoo Oman, the country’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has expanded its 4G LTE network to 70 new locations. Areas that have recently been added to Ooredoo’s... more

TT awarded white spot project

Tunisie Telecom (TT) has been awarded a contract to deploy 3G/4G networks to so-called white spots (areas that are currently uncovered) by the Ministry of Communication Technology and the Digital... more

Tall order: regulator converting Giraffe spectrum for 4G

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatisation (NCCIR) has decided to begin the process of converting the 2300MHz frequency band to 4G LTE usage, reports Liga.net. WiMAX... more

Pinging in the Rain: mobile broadband venture in Alpha trial

Mybroadband.co.za reports that South African broadband group Rain (previously Wireless Business Solutions [WBS]) has launched an Alpha trial of its new mobile LTE-A venture ‘Rain Mobile’. In June this year... more

BROADBAND

Sonatel launches Senegal’s first FTTH network

Orange Group-owned, incumbent Senegalese telco Sonatel has announced the launch of a fibre-optic broadband network this week. Senegal’s first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service has been initially deployed in the areas of... more

Passive broadband infrastructure bill passed by MPs, includes mobile sites

The Netherlands’ House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) has passed a bill on passive broadband infrastructure to amend the Telecommunications Act in line with European regulatory directives, mandating all owners/administrators of... more

Euskaltel inks FTTH deal with Orange

Spanish regional provider Euskaltel has unveiled a five-year expansion plan that will see it target around 500,000 new potential client homes in Navarra, Leon, Cantabria and La Rioja. The expansion... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Axiata boosts turnover, cites ‘strong contribution’ from major subsidiaries

Malaysia-based telecoms group Axiata has reported an almost 14% year-on-year increase in revenues for the quarter ended 30 September 2017, attributed in large part to a ‘strong contribution’ from all... more

Altice considering Dominican Republic sale, report says

Just days after it completed the operational merger of its Orange Dominicana and Tricom business units – creating Altice Dominicana – Netherlands-based Altice Group is said to be planning a... more

Holding out for a hero: HeroTel acquires another regional ISP

Stellenbosch-based HeroTel – which claims to be the largest provider of wireless broadband services in South Africa – has acquired a 25th wireless internet service provider (WISP) as it seeks... more

GO CEO warns against Vodafone-Melita merger

The CEO of the Maltese telco GO has warned that the proposed merger between rivals Vodafone Malta and Melita could hamper future investment in the country’s telecoms infrastructure and create... more

TIM will not resist government ‘golden power’ requests

The CEO of Telecom Italia (TIM) says the telco intends to fully comply with any requests made by the Italian government under its so-called ‘golden powers’. Reuters cites Amos Genish... more

Cellcom points to impact of cellular competition as revenues fall in 3Q17

Citing continued competition in the Israeli cellular sector, Cellcom has reported a total turnover of ILS975 million (USD276 million) for the quarter ended 30 September 2017, down from ILS992 million... more

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