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Telecom Italia denies latest Brazil asset sale rumour
Brazilian press report claims America Movil, Telefonica and Oi will offer ?10 billion for TIM Brasil.
Level 3 closes TW Telecom acquisition
Merger bolsters Level 3's metro network credentials; combined companies boast 50,000 customers worldwide.
Android creator quits Google
Andy Rubin leaves Internet giant to work on technology hardware incubator.
Softbank sends tech chief to Sprint
Junichi Miyakawa to head up network and technology operations at U.S. mobile operator.
Japanese operators required to unlock phones from mid-2015
Government rules smartphones and tablets must have SIM cards unlocked if customers wish.
Yes, no and maybe: ongoing M&A mania in telecoms
Lenovo buys Moto and Level 3 closes TW Telecom buy, but other industry takeovers are still up in the air.
Yes, no and maybe: ongoing M&A mania in telecoms
Lenovo buys Moto and Level 3 closes TW Telecom buy, but other industry takeovers are still up in the air.
Yes, no and maybe: ongoing M&A mania in telecoms
Lenovo buys Moto and Level 3 closes TW Telecom buy, but other industry takeovers are still up in the air.
Yes, no and maybe: ongoing M&A mania in telecoms
Lenovo buys Moto and Level 3 closes TW Telecom buy, but other industry takeovers are still up in the air.

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Kenya: Liquid Telecom's U.S. $4.5 Million Fibre Network Connects Kenya's 25 A...
[CIO]Liquid Telecom Kenya has installed a Kshs 400 million (US $4.5 million) fibre optic network which connects 25 Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) centres, enabling the country's agricultural research institutions to use technology to bolster its research progress.
Tanzania: Minister Endorses ICT Outsourcing in Public Services
[Daily News]A BUSINESS processing outsourcing framework which will be used by different public service delivery agencies including in digitising documents is in the pipeline.
Kenya: Speech By PS Mr. Joseph Tiampati During the Launch of Techno Brain Hea...
[Govt of Kenya]Nairobi -Distinguished Guests,
Rwanda: More Persuasion Needed to Embrace Digital Payments
[New Times]Rwanda, on Wednesday, joined Better than Cash Alliance, an international organisation that facilitates transition from cash to electronic payments, as the country inches ever closer to a cashless economy. The development came in the same week Rwanda is marking the World Savings Day.
Malawi: TNM Disappoints, Unceremoniously Wipes Calling Credit From Phones
[Malawi24]Some subscribers of Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) were yesterday let down by the service provider as they had airtime wiped from their lines without use.
Zimbabwe: Econet Internet Revenue Grows
[Zimbabwe Independent]ZIMBABWE'S largest mobile network provider, Econet Wireless (Econet) says broadband revenue contribution has grown 69,7% to US$56 million in the first half of its financial year to August, up from US$33 million the previous year as more subscribers adopt internet use.
Kenya: Kenya's Mobile Money Users Decline By 0.5 Percent
[CIO]The number of mobile money transfer subscriptions declined by 0.5 per cent to stand at 26.6 million subscriptions down from 26.7 million (indicating a drop of 100,000 subscribers) recorded last quarter according to the Communications Authority of Kenya's (CAK) Quarterly Sector stats report for April-June 2014.
East Africa: Equity Bank Transition to Equity 3.0 to Leverage More On Technol...
[CIO]Equity bank plans to transition from Equity 2.0 where it was viewed as an East African Bank to Equity 3.0 where it is set to transform to a pan-African Bank. As Equity 3.0, the bank is set to leverage more on technology and innovation.
Kenya: Airtel Kenya Shops to Stock Iphone 6, Iphone 6 Plus From November 14
[CIO]Airtel Kenya has announced that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available from its shops from November 14, 2014.
Kenya: Airtel Kenya to Stock Iphone 6 and Iphone 6 Plus
[Capital FM]Nairobi -Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with over 300 million customers across operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa has announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning November 14, 2014.
Angola: Network of Digital Libraries to Introduce Distance Courses in 2016
[ANGOP]Soyo -The Network of Digital Libraries of Angola hopes to introduce in 2016 a graduation distance courses, in partnership with other national and international educational institutions, according to the secretary of State for Information Technologies, Pedro Sebastião Teta.
Ghana: Ghana Commended for Its Active Participation in ITU
[Ghana Govt.]The Out-going Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, has commended Ghana for her active participation and important contribution to the ITU.
Nigeria: Improving Airport Information Technology for Travellers' Experience
[Guardian]AS passengers traffic continues to increase at airports across the world, there have been need to improve on the information technology such as mobile apps, social media and other intelligent services to make passenger travel experience better.
South Africa: Experts Divided Over Death of AV Software
[CAJ News]Johannesburg -A senior information and computer technology official rejected recent declarations of the demise of antivirus (AV) software.
South Africa: MTN Announces New International Call Rates
[CAJ News]Johannesburg -MTN South Africa announced the launch of a new international calling promotion that would enable customers the opportunity to call selected destinations from as little as 79 cents per minute.

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Daily news on every market in the global telecommunications industry.

Cable compendium: a guide to the week?s submarine and terrestrial developments
Romeo Montenegro, the director of investment for the Philippines Mindanao Development Authority has divulged details on a proposed new regional submarine cable, which he says will boost the island of Mindanao?s position an ICT hub. The 5,092km *Brunei-Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines Submarine Terrestrial (BEST)* cable system is expected to deliver onwards connectivity to Guam and the United States. BEST will have an initial capacity of 2.4Tbps and is expected to be ready for service in 2018.*The *US Federal Communications Commission (FCC)* has granted a cable landing licence to *Emerald Networks Holding Limited (Emerald)* for its planned transatlantic submarine cable, the *Emerald Express Cable Network*. The cable will directly link Shirley, New York (US) with Molvik, Iceland and Kilalla Bay, Ireland. In the US, the cable will land at an existing *AT&T*-owned facility, while Emerald intends to construct and operate new landing stations in both Ireland and Iceland. An Irish corporation, Emerald is majority-owned subsidiary of UAE-based Aqua Ventures International, which controls more than 70% of the company. The sole, indirect owner of Aqua Ventures is Christopher Paul Bake, a Dutch citizen.*The *Solomons Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC)* has revealed that it expects to have a trio of inter-island submarine cable links up and running by March 2016. The three-pronged deployment will involve a connection to capital Honiara ? ahead of a planned international link ? with further connections to Auki in Malaita Province and Noro in Western Province. Radio New Zealand International quotes SOCC CEO Robin Russell as saying that around ten major international vendors have registered their interest in the tender, with bidding set to close on 12 December. Construction work has been earmarked to start in March 2015, and the project has been valued at around USD70 million. The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund and *Our Telekom* are bankrolling the initiative, with additional funding coming from the Asian Development Bank.*Australia?s *Megaport* has announced a demerger, spinning-off its fibre assets to launch a new dedicated infrastructure company called *Superloop*; its initial network is expected to go live in Australia in January 2015. Superloop says its mission is to drive innovation to the fibre infrastructure layer in key Asia-Pacific regions, with the company expecting to have a network of dark fibre options between Global Switch and Equinix facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Australian network of NextDC data centres by January 2015. Singapore will also be a key focus, with Megaport securing 150km of duct throughout the city-state, and expects services to be available there by July. Company founder Bevan Slattery commented: ?We are building the only independent, pan-Asian fibre infrastructure provider which is something rather special and unique, so much so that based upon early customer demand I expect Superloop to be break even in its first full year of operation.?*The World Bank-funded *Central African Backbone (CAB)* programme, may run out of money before it is completed, according to a government report originating from the *Republic of Congo*. The evaluation document states that 53 of the 66 planned CAB deployments have been completed satisfactorily, but a budget review is necessary to prevent funds from being exhausted before the overall programme is concluded. Around 25% of the budget has been spent on the mostly small-scale rollouts to date, and the Brazzaville authorities are unsure as to whether the remaining budget will be sufficient to cover the major work that is still outstanding. **Liquid Telecom Group* has announced UGX2 billion (USD729,376) of investment in its Ugandan subsidiary *Infocom Uganda*, to extend its pan-African fibre cable infrastructure across Kampala?s Central Business District (CBD) and to multiple rural towns, including Mukono, Jinja, Masaka, and Mbarara.*The government of *Malta* is in the process of issuing a tender for a feasibility study into the deployment of a fibre-optic submarine cable linking the mainland to the Mediterranean archipelago of Gozo, the Times of Malta reports. The information was revealed by investment minister Chris Cardona during a parliamentary question time.**Pacnet* has officially opened its new data centre in Tianjin, China (TJCS1) to address the growing demand for data centre and managed services in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The facility is strategically located in the Gaocun Science & Technology Innovation Park of the Tianjin Wuqing District in China.*We welcome your feedback about the Cable Compendium. If you have any questions, topic suggestions, or corrections, please email *editors@commsupdate.com*
Softbank to play hardball with AT&T for AM's Mexican assets?
Japanese telecoms giant Softbank Corp has reportedly enlisted Marcelo Claure, the chief executive of its US wireless subsidiary Sprint Corp, to gather information on the Mexican telecoms assets that America Movil (AM) is planning to sell, ahead of a potential bid. According to the Wall Street Journal, despite Mr Claure?s involvement, any deal for the assets would be orchestrated through Softbank itself and will likely not involve Sprint directly. People familiar with the matter noted that Claure?s ?examination? of the assets is still at an early stage, and Softbank is unlikely to make a decision on whether to proceed with a bid until late next month. Industry insiders have long noted that the appointment of Bolivian-born Claure as Sprint CEO earlier this year was a sign that Softbank owner Masayoshi Son was keen to expand his reach into Latin America; Claure is the founder of mobile phone distributor Brightstar Corp (itself taken over by Sprint in October 2013), which boasts a considerable reach in Latin America. *As previously reported by TeleGeography?s CommsUpdate, AM owner Slim is ready to sell off parts of his Mexican telecoms business in an effort to cut his company?s market share across the sector to below the 50% mark, thus avoiding regulations that apply only to dominant players, and cease being a so-called ?preponderant economic agent?. Last month it was reported that AM had contacted four potential suitors ? AT&T, Softbank, Bell Canada and China Mobile ? with a view to selling off selected parts its Telmex and Telcel businesses in a deal worth up to USD20 billion. AT&T is the nominal front-runner in the race, but the US giant is likely to face a rough ride from the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel), which has already raised questions regarding the longstanding ties between AM and its former minority shareholder AT&T.
MIC orders Japanese cellcos to unlock phones from 2015
Japan's telecoms industry regulator the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has announced that from next year, the country?s mobile network operators (MNOs) must sell smartphones and tablets with the SIM card unlocked, if a customer requests it. The lifting of restrictions on which network a subscriber can use marks a sea change for the Japanese cellular market where, until now, consumers have been tied to two-year contracts, with an option to sign up for an alternative plan. With mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) generally offering less expensive voice and data plans, the MIC?s edict will force the big three MNOs ? NTT DOCOMO, KDDI (au) and Softbank Corp ? to introduce more competitive pricing.*As previously reported by TeleGeography?s CommsUpdate, in July this year the MIC revisited plans to impose obligations on the country?s cellcos to unlock their handsets and map out the procedure details by the end of the fiscal year (ending 31 March 2015). Previously, the MIC formulated guidelines for removing SIM locks in 2010, but little progress was made, as the unlocking procedure was not deemed obligatory.
PPF Group ups O2 Czech Republic stake to 83.15%
Investment group PPF, owned by the Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, has increased its stake in domestic fixed and mobile operator O2 Czech Republic to 83.15% (voting rights), according to a central bank filing published yesterday. A separate filing showed that UniCredit Bank reduced its O2 Czech Republic holding to 0.13% from 5.68%.*PPF Group agreed a deal to purchase a 65.90% stake in the Czech operator from Telefonica of Spain in January this year and subsequently acquired an additional 7.16% via a buyout of minority shareholders in July. Its latest increase moves Kellner?s firm closer to the 90% threshold he needs to enforce a mandatory squeeze out of the remaining minority shareholders.
Burundian govt, Onatel and Huawei commission Bujumbura MAN project
The government of Burundi, working with national PTO Onatel and Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei, has officially commissioned a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project for the capital Bujumbura, ITNewsAfrica reports. The project is the result of a grant from the Chinese government to Burundi, and will see Huawei installing the MAN throughout Bujumbura with the aim providing basic infrastructure for interconnecting government institutions. The MAN project will use fibre-optic and other (wireless) infrastructure to provide broadband connectivity in the city and will reduce costs and improve service delivery to end users.
Private equity firms circle Portugal Telecom
Private equity firms Apax Partners and Bain Capital are both said to be weighing bids for Portugal Telecom (PT), the Financial Times has reported, putting pressure on Luxembourg-based telecoms group Altice, which reportedly entered into preliminary discussions regarding a potential takeover earlier this month. PT?s ongoing merger with Brazilian telecoms giant Oi SA was thrown into doubt recently, when Oi SA CEO Zeinal Bava ? the architect of the elaborate tie-up ? resigned amid speculation that the long-gestating shareholder pact would be unravelled. While Oi SA has confirmed that non-core assets including cell towers, real estate and its interest in the Africatel unit are up for sale, company officials are adamant that they want to hang on to PT, which has been valued at EUR7 billion (USD8.8 billion).
Manx Telecom to open 4G network to pre-pay users
Isle of Man communications service provider Manx Telecom has announced that from early 2015, its pre-paid mobile customers will be allowed to access its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Having launched the Isle of Man?s only 4G network in July this year, initially for post-paid users only, David Smith, Manx Telecom's marketing director, said: ?4G for all has always been our goal, so we're delighted to be able to bring 4G to our pay-as-you-go customers early next year. This will allow even more customers to experience superfast 4G mobile broadband speeds for themselves.?
Regulator announces KPN to continue wholesale access to its network, acquire ...
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has delivered two-pronged news to Dutch telecoms giant KPN ? the company must continue to provide wholesale access to its copper and fibre-optic network for the next three years, and it has the regulator?s approval to acquire a further 9% share in fibre-optic company Reggefiber, of which the Dutch operator already owns a 51% stake. ACM wants to ensure competition in the fixed telecommunication market in order to provide consumers and businesses with choice; once KPN has a 60% ownership of Reggefiber (the transaction is scheduled to take place on 3 November 2014), alongside the recently-approved Ziggo-UPC merger, there will effectively be two major fixed broadband networks for Dutch consumers, the watchdog reasoned in its decision. ACM assures KPN that wholesale access requirements will be adjusted in such a way that the incumbent will be able to modernise its network and compete effectively with Ziggo/UPC, while allowing continued access to its infrastructure for other providers, thereby maintaining competition in the market. Member of the regulatory board, Henk Don, further explains: ?Thanks to competition on the telecommunication networks, consumers and businesses annually save at least EUR250 million [USD315 million] because prices for telecommunication services remain competitive ? KPN and UPC/Ziggo are challenged by their competitors to continue to invest in their networks and to innovate. As a result, faster and better connections become available in the Netherlands.?
MTS constructs Far East and Eastern Siberia WiMAX network
Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has commercially launched a WiMAX network in the Far East and Eastern Siberia, offering wireless broadband access at speeds of up to 300Mbps, while also allowing the operator to provide fixed-wireless services to corporate clients in areas where there are no equivalent speed fibre-optic links. According to the MTS press release, the new WiMAX network, presumably based on the WiMAX 2 802.16m specification, is now live in Khabarovsk, Blagoveshchensk, Irkutsk, Stones and Artem, with plans to add the areas of Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Arsenyev, Belogorsk and Angarsk by the end of the year.
MegaFon reports falling Q3 profits, but revenues climb
Russia's second largest mobile operator by subscribers, MegaFon, sales third-quarter net income slumped by 16.5% to RUB12.792 billion (USD295.4 million) from RUB15.300 billion in 3Q13, due in part to the negative impact of the revaluation of the carrier?s US dollar-denominated obligations. However, the profit was slightly above the RUB12.6 billion forecast in a poll conducted by Reuters. Further, MegaFon noted that a rise in depreciation and amortisation charges related to its ongoing network rollout programme and the acquisition of mobile internet provider Scartel also contributed to the decline in profit. Nonetheless, a bullish Ivan Tavrin, MegaFon's chief executive officer, commented: ?We are looking to the future with confidence ... Our operational profit is growing and once the rouble stabilises, the net profit will return to its average levels?. *MegaFon said third-quarter revenue rose 4.5% year-on-year to RUB81.066 billion, fuelled by a 37% increase in mobile internet revenue and an almost 30% increase in revenue from sales of equipment and accessories ? partly because of increased sales of Apple's devices, the carrier said. Operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) climbed 5.3% y-o-y to RUB37.3 billion; OIBDA margin was 46.0% up from 45.6%, helped by an improvement in cost efficiency and reduction in operating expenditures. CAPEX for the quarter increased 31.4% y-o-y to RUB14.268 billion as the cellco closed out September with a total of 71.5 million mobile customers (+4.7%), including 69.1 million in Russia, and the subscribers of its subsidiaries: TT Mobile (Tajikistan), Aquafon (Republic of Abkhazia) and Ostelekom (Republic of South Ossetia).
TDC revenues down 4.8% in Q3 2014
Danish telco TDC, the country?s leading operator in terms of subscribers, has published its financial report for the three months ended 30 September 2014, reporting a 4.8% year-on-year decline in revenue to DKK5.64 billion (USD952.27 million), down from DKK5.93 billion in 3Q13. The company attributed the negative development to tougher regulation of international roaming charges and mobile termination rates (MTRs) and a decline in revenues from domestic landline services and mobile handsets. Meanwhile, EBITDA dropped 3.1% from DKK2.59 billion in 3Q13 to DKK2.51 billion in the third quarter of 2014, while gross profit declined by 4.3% to DKK4.18 billion. However, profit for the period surged up to DKK712 million, an 18.7% improvement y-o-y, due to the non-recurring positive impact on deferred taxes in Q3 2013 resulting from the reduced Danish corporate income tax rate. *In operational terms, TDC reported 2.116 million residential mobile revenue generating units (RGUs) at end-September 2014, down from 2.280 million reported in 3Q13, while broadband RGUs reached 629,000, up from 627,000 at end-September 2013. Mobile APRU decreased marginally to DKK119 in the period under review, while broadband APRU increased to DKK183.*Carsten Dilling, president and CEO at TDC, said: ?Through the acquisition of Get, and the strategic partnership with Trefor, the TDC Group has, within the last months, taken a significant step to expand its future business potential? The acquisition of the Norwegian cable TV company Get has expanded our network by more than 700,000 homes passed in the high ARPU consumer segments (including ~500,000 existing customers), and given us access to advanced fibre-based business solutions? The TDC Group results for Q3, show that the organic revenue development (-2.8%) improved compared with H1. However, the challenges in the domestic mobile market continued with an unsatisfactory net loss of 23,000 residential mobile subscribers in Q3, while business mobile ARPU continued [to suffer] under pressure, with a y-o-y reduction of 12%.?
Brazil round-up: Algar rebuffs takeover interest; BT Brasil unveils Jaguariun...
Brazilian operator *Algar Telecom* has attracted takeover interest from competitors, but is not interested in a deal in the short term, company president Divino de Souza has told Reuters Brasil. The regional operator expects to invest around BRL400 million (USD162.2 million) in 2015, broadly in line with its level of investment for 2014. According to de Souza, Algar will invest approximately BRL43 million in the utilisation of its recently acquired 700MHz frequencies, of which BRL20 million will be used to ?clean up? the spectrum. The official also noted that it has expanded its coverage to 40 new cities so far this year, taking the total number of locations covered to 192; a further 40 cities will be added to its footprint in 2015. Going forward, Algar Telecom also has plans to go public, but is waiting for a ?window of opportunity?.*Britain?s *BT Group* has announced that it has improved its satellite network resilience in Brazil by investing in a new teleport to provide site backup in situations where transmission at the main teleport might deteriorate due to adverse meteorological conditions. The new teleport has been established in Jaguariúna, 30km from *BT Brasil?s* main teleport site in Hortolandia. In the event of ?link degradation? at the primary site, data traffic will automatically switch over to the secondary site, minimising data loss and ensuring continuity of service. The two sites are connected via a fully duplicated fibre-optic connection. BT notes that its Hortolandia teleport mainly carries traffic for corporate customers over VSAT links. BT currently connects over 40,000 sites across the Sao Paulo region, and its customers range from government agencies to multinational companies.*Israeli firm *Gilat Satellite Networks* has announced the successful deployment of its CellEdge small cell-over-satellite solution at 20 rural sites in Brazil, as part of an agreement with *TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil)*. TIM selected Gilat to provide a full turnkey solution of 3G coverage to the most remote regions of Parana state, which was delivered within a two-month time frame. *Brazil's *Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica (Council for Economic Defence, Cade)* has approved, without restrictions, the acquisition of *BR Tower* by *American Tower do Brasil*, a process which was started in June this year. The transaction is valued at BRL2.1 billion. Founded by GP Investments in 2012, BR Towers operates more than 4,300 towers across the country, including assets acquired from service providers Vivo and Oi. According to Cade, the deal does not affect free competition because the two companies together only hold around 20% of the telecoms infrastructure in Brazil.*Finally, Telefonica-backed *Vivo* has said that it intends to boost investments in the three main states in northern Brazil (Amazonas, Para and Roraima), spending around BRL32.1 million to improve its transmission network and other infrastructure. The investment plan was revealed by director general Paulo Cesar Teixeira.
Sky Deutschland beefs up OTT offering
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has launched 'Sky Online', a new comprehensive over-the-top (OTT) platform enabling access to premium linear TV and on-demand services over any internet connection or through a mobile application for Apple iOS devices, available to users in Germany and Austria. Expansion to various other devices is planned in the short-term, to include Android-based mobile devices, Smart TV sets, the Xbox One console and the upcoming Sky Online TV Box developed in conjunction with US streaming company Roku. Broadband TV News reports that the monthly-terminable Sky Online packages offer access to linear TV channels as well as video-on-demand (VoD) content, including current films, series and live sports such as domestic German league football. The 'Sky Starter' package and the 'Sky Film' package cost EUR9.99 (USD12.60) and EUR19.99 per month respectively, with content including access to the whole library of Sky's existing online VoD portal 'Sky Snap', while OTT customers can also sign up for the Sky Supersport day pass (EUR19.99).
SIGET issues number portability regulation
El Salvador?s telecoms regulator, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET), has reportedly issued regulations that will govern the introduction of fixed and mobile number portability (NP) project in the country, domestic news source El Mundo reports, citing SIGET?s head Blanca Noemi Estrada Coto. The official said that the cost of the process will be absorbed by the recipient operator, and will not be passed on to users. Ms Coto disclosed that a technical committee tasked with defining the basis for the tender to contract a database management company will be selected this week; the search for a portability administrator will take place before the end of 2014. Further, Ms Coto revealed that telcos must adopt the number portability software in January 2015, with the service set to launch commercially the following month. *According to TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database, legislation calling for the introduction of NP was first passed in June 2010, but SIGET subsequently postponed its implementation, stating that domestic telecoms operators were not prepared for the change, while a lack of consensus over who will fund the process has led to further delays. In July 2014 it was reported that SIGET planned to finally introduce number portability, with a tender to be launched in August to select a portability administrator; the regulator however missed this self-imposed deadline.
Orange France signs fibre agreement with Angers Loire Habitat
French telco Orange has signed a five-year fibre agreement with housing provider Angers Loire Habitat, which will see 11,000 social housing units in Angers Loire connected to the telco?s fibre network. Under the deployment plans, around 600 homes will be connected in early 2015, with an additional 1,500 homes to be passed every six months for five years. Orange will deploy fibre to every building, with residents given the option to select their service provider. *TeleGeography notes that under a national fibre agreement, Orange is responsible for deploying fibre-optic networks in the Maine-et-Loire Departement; the deployment of cable in the area started in earnest in July 2013, with the network currently passing 40% of all homes in Angers Loire. The telco plans to reach 60% of households (i.e. 15 million homes) in France with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology by 2020, with an interim target of ten million households set for 2015.

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