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24 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

British cellcos win appeal over annual licence fee increase

An appeal by British mobile network operators (MNOs) over local telecom regulator Ofcom’s decision to sharply increase annual licence fees in September 2015 has been upheld by the Court of... more

Azur temporarily closed by Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications

Azur RCA (Centrafrique), the Central African Republic’s fourth largest cellco by subscribers, has been shut down on a temporary basis by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), reports Journal... more

Netherlands to evaluate 3.5GHz mobile licensing prospects

In 2018 the government of the Netherlands will evaluate the potential for opening up the 3.5GHz frequency range to mobile services, reports Dutch-based Telecompaper, quoting a brief to parliament from... more

Idea to bolster 4G capacity in Maharashtra with new spectrum

Idea Cellular will expand its 4G capacity in Maharashtra by adding an extra 5MHz FDD carrier in the 1800MHz band alongside the rollout of 2300MHz TD-LTE in the circle, the... more

BROADBAND

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

The *Samoa Submarine Cable Company*-backed *Tui-Samoa* undersea link has been brought onshore at Wallis – one of the islands that makes up the French collectivity of Wallis and Futuna, Radio... more

Telekom deploys 40,000km of fibre this year, 60,000km to follow in 2018

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), is accelerating its rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks and expects to lay 40,000km of fibre-optic cables this... more

TRA revokes licences of Bahrain Broadband, Northstar Technology Company

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has withdrawn all telecommunications licences of Bahrain Broadband (Greenisis), and cancelled Northstar Technology Company's International Telecommunications Facilities Licence. No reason was given for Bahrain Broadband’s... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

People on the pitch: footballers shoot for stake in Swazi Mobile

Swaziland’s Swazi Observer reports that football club Mbabane Highlanders is looking to buy a stake in new network operator Swazi Mobile. The newspaper quoted the team’s chairman Zweli Jele saying:... more

Altice seeks EUR3bn for Dominican Republic unit

Netherlands-based Altice Group seeks to raise up to EUR3 billion (USD3.6 billion) from the planned sale of its Altice Dominicana unit, Reuters reports, citing two sources with knowledge of the... more

Belize govt pays final instalment of Ashcroft settlement

The Government of Belize reportedly paid USD78 million to British politician and businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft and his affiliates on 10 November, as a final settlement for the 2009 acquisition... more

Atlant, TeleSat and velcom consolidated into unified enterprise, VELCOM

Belarusian fixed network operator Atlant Telecom and its subsidiary TeleSet, both of which were purchased from ZUBR Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) by A1 Telekom... more

TIM seeking advisors for possible network separation

Telecom Italia (TIM) is considering a plan to spin off its network operations into a separate division in order to allay government fears that its largest shareholder – Vivendi of... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt agree to end raft of legal disputes

Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt have reached a final settlement agreement over ongoing disputes between the duo related to interconnection, infrastructure and international gateway services. Confirming the development via press... more

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