Majority stake in HOT up for sale?: A stake of up to 75% in Israeli telecoms provider HOT Telecommunications Systems is reportedly set to…
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WIRELESS
AT&T Mexico 2G switch-off imminent, report says
 Mexico  
AT&T Mexico has revealed that it plans to switch off its legacy 2G network in ‘the coming months’, as it seeks to repurpose the spectrum to support its 4G LTE... more
NBTC approves draft rules for 700MHz spectrum auction
 Thailand  
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) board has approved a draft document containing the auction conditions for the 700MHz spectrum auction, The Bangkok Post writes. The regulator will tender... more
Robi trialling VoLTE; 100,000 users switch operators since MNP launch
 Bangladesh  
Bangladeshi mobile network operator Robi Axiata has launched a non-commercial trial of VoLTE technology, in partnership with an unnamed technology and equipment vendor. Robi’s head of corporate and regulatory affairs... more
Minister: ‘highly unlikely’ that Digicel’s LTE licence will be revoked despite Flow’s legal action
 Grenada  
Gregory Bowen, Grenada’s Minister of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities and Energy, has reacted to the decision of Flow (Grenada) to take the ministry and several other parties to court to... more
Towercos asking for USD6.3m in exit fees from Vodafone Idea
 India  
Mobile tower firms Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers have demanded a combined total of INR45 billion (USD6.3 million) from Vodafone Idea in exit fees for vacating tower tenancies ahead of... more
Freedom Mobile now covers 43% of Canadians with LTE network
 Canada  
Freedom Mobile – Canada’s fourth largest cellco by subscribers – has reported that its 4G LTE network now covers nearly 16 million people, or roughly 43% of the population, whilst... more
Ooredoo Palestine inks software upgrade, support deal with Optiva
 Palestinian Territory  
Canada-based software provider Optiva Inc. has announced that Palestinian mobile network operator Ooredoo Palestine, formerly Wataniya Mobile Palestine, has contracted it for a software upgrade and multi-year support agreement. Commenting... more
Ugandan President criticises MTN licence fee
 Uganda  
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he is ‘astonished’ that the local telecoms regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), has renewed the operating licence of MTN Uganda at a lower... more
BROADBAND
Zimbabwe restricting internet access during protests
 Zimbabwe  
The government of Zimbabwe has ordered ISPs to shut off access to the internet in an effort to restrict social media usage during a three-day national protest over fuel price... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
Majority stake in HOT up for sale?
 Israel  
A stake of up to 75% in Israeli telecoms provider HOT Telecommunications Systems is reportedly set to be offered for sale at a cost of between ILS5 billion and ILS7... more
Movistar Mexico offloads fibre assets to Even Telecom, Neutral Networks
 Mexico  
Movistar Mexico sold off certain non-core fibre-optic assets at the end of 2018, El Economista reports. The business daily notes that Movistar subsidiary Pegaso PCS quietly transferred unspecified network assets... more