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12 Jan 2018

WIRELESS

CA fines MNOs for failing to meet QoS standards for fourth year in a row

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has fined three mobile operators a total of KES311 million (USD3.0 million) for failing to meet quality of service (QoS) standards for the 2015/2016... more

Govt increases telecom taxes to 9%

The Chadian government has increased the annual fees paid by mobile network operators from 7% of annual revenue to 9%, Agence Ecofin reports. The higher levy came into effect from... more

Airtel employs Huawei solution to use 900MHz for GSM, UMTS and LTE

Indian mobile market leader Bharti Airtel has begun using 900MHz spectrum across three technologies – GSM, UMTS and LTE – using Huawei’s CloudAIR solution, the Chinese vendor has confirmed in... more

Vodafone Australia to improve pre-paid SIM registration process after breaching rules

Vodafone Australia will ‘significantly improve’ its processes for verifying the identity of pre-paid mobile subscribers under an enforceable undertaking accepted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Announcing the... more

Ooredoo added 750 LTE locations during 2017

Ooredoo Oman, the Sultanate’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that it added 750 new 4G locations to its network in 2017. The company plans to... more

Philippines' third telco launch going backwards; govt now hopes to ‘name’ new player by March

President Rodrigo Duterte’s ambitious plan to fast-track a third operator into reality by March 2018 by ordering the swift approval of its licence application seems to be unravelling with the... more

BROADBAND

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

A consortium comprising *Aqua Communications (AquaComms)*, *Bulk Infrastructure*, *Facebook* and others, has awarded a contract to *TE SubCom* to act as the system supplier for the *HAVFRUE* cable system. The... more

Nkom announces new EU-funded Wi-Fi project

Norwegian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced the launch of a new EU-funded support scheme. In a press release the watchdog revealed that under the... more

Econet Wireless plans Wi-Fi expansion

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless says it is looking to deploy 2,000 public Wi-Fi zones and in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspots this year. The cellco and ISP currently offers Wi-Fi at 570 sites, including... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Searchlight Capital takes 49% stake in Italy’s EOLO

Investment group Searchlight Capital Partners is acquiring a 49% stake in the Italian fixed-wireless ISP EOLO from existing shareholders Luca Spada and Elmec. According to a statement from EOLO, the... more

Flow Jamaica aiming to buy out minority shareholders

Cable & Wireless Jamaica (CWJ), which trades as Flow Jamaica, is offering JMD4.35 billion (USD34.9 million) – or JMD1.45 per stock unit – to buy out its minority shareholders, Loop... more

Govt claims transfer of Airtel unit from TTCL was illegal

An investigation by the government of Tanzania has alleged that Bharti Airtel’s 60% ownership of the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers is illegal, writes Bloomberg. According to a... more

Rostelecom aiming to acquire Avantel

Nationwide Russian fixed network operator Rostelecom has received approval from the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) to make a purchase offer for B2B-focused operator Avantel, ComNews reports. Avantel has more than... more

Bahamas govt seeks to conclude ALIV stake sale by April

The Bahamian government expects to conclude the sale of its strategic 51.75% stake in mobile operator ALIV by April this year, Tribune 242 reports. Government adviser Gowon Bowe told the... more

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