Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments: The *South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)* connecting Africa and South America has landed at the port…
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WIRELESS
Anatel to stage new 700MHz auction in 2H18
 Brazil  
Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) is set to stage a tender for previously unsold 700MHz spectrum in the second half of 2018. According to local press... more
DICT lets third telco auction deadline slide amid concerns there could be no bidders
 Philippines  
Rappler quotes the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Eliseo Rio Jr, as saying that it has decided to move the deadline for the auction... more
Elisa starting 5G-ready upgrades in Turku
 Finland  
Finnish mobile network operator (MNO) Elisa plans to begin upgrading its existing infrastructure in Turku and its surroundings in March 2018 with a view to making it ready for 5G... more
PTI acquires 215 mobile towers from Digicel Antilles-Francaise Guyane
 French Guiana   Guadeloupe   Martinique  
Phoenix Tower International (PTI) has acquired the ownership and management rights of 215 telecoms towers from Digicel Antilles-Francaise Guyane – which comprises a trio of cellular units in French Guiana,... more
Rain optimising LTE sites to alleviate congestion
 South Africa  
South African wireless LTE service provider Rain is working to optimise its LTE sites which are experiencing congestion, MyBroadband writes. The operator said: ‘Currently, Rain has 1,880 active sites in... more
WOM eyeing 25% market share by 2023
 Chile  
Chilean cellco WOM plans to invest around USD350 million over the next two years, having spent nearly USD600 million since mid-2015, CMO Sebastian Precht said in an interview with Pulso.... more
Digicel’s Turks & Caicos repairs will also bring LTE upgrade
 Turks and Caicos Islands  
Digicel is implementing a major repair and upgrade operation in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), where its networks suffered 94% damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, the... more
BROADBAND
Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments
 Angola   Brazil   India   Lebanon   Uganda  
The *South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)* connecting Africa and South America has landed at the port of Pecem in the city of Fortaleza (Brazil). Construction work on the 6,300km cable... more
Orange inks a fibre-optic deal with SPL BFC Digital
 France  
Societe Publique Locale (SPL) Bourgogne Franche-Comte Numerique (SPL BFC Digital), a local public company tasked with the construction of fibre-optic networks in five departments (Saone-et-Loire, Cote-d'Or, Yonne, Nievre and Jura),... more
Post Luxembourg teams up with Nokia to provide faster broadband
 Luxembourg  
Post Luxembourg, the country’s largest ISP by subscribers, has united with Finnish equipment vendor Nokia to bring faster broadband speeds to apartment buildings in Luxembourg. G.fast technology is being deployed,... more
Huawei, Telus announce 2Gbps WTTx trial
 Canada  
Huawei has announced the launch of an end-to-end user trial for wireless-to-the-home (‘WTTx’) services using a specially-designed CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) unit ‘compliant with the global 5G 3GPP standard’ in... more
WIRELINE
Minsvyazi proposes raising fixed line tariffs
 Belarus  
The head of the Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (Minsvyazi) of Belarus, Sergey Popkov, says that he will propose an increase in tariffs for fixed communications services, adding though that... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
Telefonica considering LatAm stake sale, report says
 Argentina   Colombia   Mexico  
Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is considering selling a stake in part of its combined Latin America business in an effort to put a dent in its USD50 billion debt pile,... more
Turkcell’s annual revenues, net profits leap 23.4%, 32.6%
 Turkey  
Turkish operator Turkcell has posted a 32.6% jump in annual net profit to TRY1.979 billion (USD524 million) on consolidated revenues which climbed by 23.4% to TRY17.632 billion in January-December 2017.... more
Etisalat registers 1.3% drop in sales in 2017
 United Arab Emirates  
UAE-based Etisalat Group has reported a 1.3% drop in annual revenue for 2017 to AED51.67 billion (USD14.07 billion), down from AED52.36 billion the year before. The negative result was mainly... more
RCOM shareholders greenlight asset monetisation plan
 India  
Reliance Communications’ (RCOM’s) shareholders have approved an asset monetisation plan that will reduce the operator’s debt pile from INR450 billion (USD7 billion) to around INR200 billion. The loss-making cellco exited... more
Appeal against KPN’s 2014 Reggefiber takeover quashed by apex court
 Netherlands  
The apex administrative court in the Netherlands, the Trade & Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven, CBb), has given a final verdict dismissing an appeal against incumbent... more
Italian watchdog investigates telco billing
 Italy  
Italy’s Competition Authority (Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, AGCM) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into possible collusion between the country’s four main telcos, Telecom Italia... more