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Telstra tests 300 Mbps LTE-A
Australian incumbent taps Ericsson software; aims to use digital dividend spectrum as basis for LTE-Advanced.
Norway spectrum auction sees three winners, but Tele2 miss out
Sweden-based Tele2 says it will seek to obtain frequencies in 1800-MHz band.
Telefonica Digital, Telstra invest in cloud storage provider Box
New and existing investors together stump up $100 million to fund Box's global expansion.
Number of live LTE networks reaches 244
Research firm expects number of commercial LTE networks to reach 260 by end of 2013.
Apple, China Mobile sign deal to offer iPhone
Sources claim Apple smartphone to be announced when operator unveils a new brand for its 4G services.
America Movil, Televisa in eye of Mexico regulator
IFT warns telcos they could be declared dominant and subjected to actions to curb their market power.
Alcatel-Lucent raises ?956.7m in capital increase
Funds will be used to cut vendor's debt, finance its turnaround plan.
PLDT plans $342m fixed-rate bonds in 2014
Filipino operator to use funds to improve services, refinance debt.
SeaChange swings to profit on lower costs, but revenue falls
Shares down 17% after multiscreen video specialist's guidance falls well below expectations.
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Kenya: Airtel Wins African Operator of the Year 2013 Award
[Capital FM]Nairobi -Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa, was recognised as the African Operator of the Year at the CommsMEA Awards 2013.
Africa: ICANN Issues Advice to IT Professionals On Name Collision Identificat...
[CIO]ICANN has issued comprehensive advice to IT professionals worldwide on how to proactively identify and manage private name space leakage into the public Domain Name System (DNS) and thus, eliminate the causes of name collisions as new Top Level Domains (TLDs) are added to the DNS.
South Africa: Multichoice Launches Nelson Mandela's Memorial Channel On Dstv.
[CIO]As the world mourns the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an African icon and one of most celebrated global leaders, Multichoice has announced the launch of a Memorial channel on DSTv as a way to pay tribute to the former South African leader who died yesterday at the age of 95.
Nigeria: MediaReach May Resign Etisalat's Account
[This Day]Strong indications emerged at the weekend that MediaReach OMD, a media independent specialist firm, may resign its Etisalat Nigeria media planning and buying account as a result of global realignment in the business interests of its global affiliate, OMD Media.
Nigeria: Minister Decries Inadequate Local Content Devt in ICT
[This Day]The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has lamented the low usage of local content materials from Nigeria in the development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Nigeria: MTN Launches Latest Mobile Phone Cinema, MTN Dobox
[This Day]MTN Nigeria has partnered Do Media to launch the MTN DoBox in Lagos, designed to allow subscribers gain access to the latest and most exclusive movies on their mobile phones.
Africa: New Website Lets Users Check If Their Online Credentials Were Exposed...
[CIO]A new website allows Internet users to check if their usernames and passwords were exposed in some of the largest data breaches in recent years.
Zimbabwe: E-Learning in Rural Schools Vital
[The Herald]Government needs support in their endeavor to transform and uplift rural education standards to move in tandem with the current digitalized ways of learning, a cabinet minister has said."
Nigeria: Phone Doctors Repair Nokia Phones Free At Gloworld
[Vanguard]Globacom has redefined customer service delivery in the telecommunications industry by providing a rare opportunity for all telephone subscribers, irrespective of their network of choice, to repair their smartphones free at the various Gloworld shops in the country.
Zimbabwe: Artists Ditch ZBC, Promote Works Online
[New Zimbabwe]THE coming in of new Information Communication Technologies has greatly harmed the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) with artists now resorting to ICTs to market and reach out to their audiences , a celebrated comedian has revealed.
Zimbabwe: Netone Violates Tender Law in U.S.$251 Million Upgrade
[Zimbabwe Independent]NETONE, Zimbabwe's smallest mobile phone operator by subscriber base, could have violated sections of the State Procurement Act when it awarded a US$251 million network upgrade tender to Huawei Technologies without the nod of the State Procurement Board (SPB), businessdigest can reveal.
Zimbabwe: Information and Communications Technology Takes Agriculture to a Ne...
[Africa Renewal]Information and communications technology takes agriculture to a new level in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe: Technology Good, but . . .
[The Herald]Beatrice Tonhodzayi -Zimbabweans, being very techno savvy and brand conscious, have latched onto smartphones and tablets as if not having one is not acceptable.
Botswana: Orange and Mascom to Rollout Wimax-Molefhi
[Government of Botswana]According to the International Telecommunication Union, the Fourth Generation (4G) standard or international Mobile Telecommunication-Advanced (ITM-Advanced) comprises Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-Advanced) and WirelessMAN-Advanced (WiMAX).
Egypt: Minister of Communications - Sector to Grow By 20 Percent in Next Thre...
[Egypt Online]Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Atef Helmy said that the targeted growth by the sector reaches nearly 18-20 percent during the next three years, thus equaling 6 percent of GDP.
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*GlobeNet*, an international wholesale provider of submarine capacity, has announced that it has completed the extension of its subsea network. The anchor tenant on this new express route, from its landing on Colombia?s Atlantic coast to Miami, Florida, is *UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones*, a full-service telecoms operator in Colombia. The build is a direct extension from GlobeNet?s existing subsea cable system connecting the United States, Venezuela, Brazil and Bermuda, and addresses the increased demand for high capacity in Colombia.*Kenyan mobile leader *Safaricom* has acquired a 10% stake in *The East Africa Marine System (TEAMS)* submarine cable from rival operator *Essar Telecom Kenya (yu)*, raising its stake in the venture to 32.5%. Essar Telecom Kenya CEO Madhur Taneja commented: ?This bandwidth had always been idle since we acquired it five years ago?. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.**NEC*, *NTT Communications* and *Sumitomo* have completed a major fixed telecoms upgrade in Myanmar. The infrastructure built by the consortium will improve internet connectivity and support greater economic development. A 30Gbps core optical transmission network connects the cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw. This is in addition to the deployment of 50 Long Term Evolution (LTE) base stations, optical transmission networks capable of 10Gbps internet connectivity and backbone routers in each city. The construction project was conducted under an agreement between the consortium and *Myanmar?s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)*.**AT&T* has unveiled a new strategic interconnection agreement with India?s *Bharti Airtel*, in a move likely to benefit multinational corporations (MNCs). Current AT&T MNC customers have access in five parts of the country ? Delhi/National Capital Region, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad ? via eight network nodes. Through this new Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI) agreement, customers will be able to access connectivity in more than 100 cities across India, via over 130 of Bharti Airtel's MPLS-enabled IP network nodes.**Alcatel-Lucent* and Australian network services provider *Nextgen*, have concluded a successful field trial of 400Gbps data transmission in Australia, over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic. The trial was conducted over a 350km route between Sydney and Canberra, using Nextgen?s newly commissioned high-capacity 100Gbps transport network.*Russian national operator *Rostelecom* plans to construct an undersea fibre line from Sakhalin to Kamchatka and Magadan, with work set to start in the second quarter of 2015. The operator is currently looking for equipment vendors and construction partners for the project, while engineering works have already been completed on the sea floor. The deployment will mean that 80% of the population in the Far-East Federal District is connected to Rostelecom?s fibre network. *A memorandum of understanding regarding the implementation of the *Trans-Eurasia Information Superhighway (TASIM)* project has been signed in Baku, Azerbaijan. The memorandum was signed by five operators representing members states of TASIM consortium: *China Telecom* (China), *KazTransCom* (Kazakhstan), *Rostelecom* (Russia), *Turk Telekom* (Turkey) and *Azerbaijan?s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology*. The document reportedly sets out the responsibilities of the operators, as well as financial liabilities and legal status.**ADVA Optical Networking* has deployed its 100G metro product for regional German operator *Inexio*. The contract covers regional connectivity in both Germany and Luxembourg. **The BT Group* has renewed and extended its network equipment hosting contract with Germany's *Telefonica Deutschland*. BT will provide hosting capacities in 17 locations throughout Germany. The contract covers capacity to host some of the network equipment, such as routers and servers, that form the core of Telefonica's German network.*Optical transport systems vendor *Xtera Communications* has demonstrated transmission speeds of 100Gbps and 400Gbps on *Verizon?s* Dallas-area network, using its XWDM coherent transmission approach.
PSRC awards additional 3G frequencies to Orange Armenia to expand network cov...
Armenia?s telecoms regulator the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) has awarded domestic mobile operator Orange Armenia additional radio frequencies to support its rollout of 3G services across the country. Arka news reports that the PSRC has awarded the cellco ten-year licences in the frequency bands 11095MHz-11135MHz/11585MHz-11625MHz, 18250MHz-18635MHz/19260MHz-19645MHz, 37128MHz-37324MHz, and parts of the 38388MHz-38584MHz band. The licences expire on 19 November 2013 and cover areas of the capital Yervan, as well as key districts in the municipalities of Ararat, Gegharkunik Lori, Kotayk, Syunik and Tavush. It is understood the authorisations also cover six village districts on the borders, not presently covered by any Armenian cellco.
Telebras and TIM Brasil agree deal to transfer 2,208km of fibre-optic
State-owned Telebras has signed a mutual agreement with fellow Brazilian operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) to swap fibre-optic infrastructure totalling a length of 2,208km. Under the plan, TIM will cede Telebras infrastructure on the Tucuri link joining Para, Manaus (Amazonas) and Tucuria (Macapa), the state-controlled provided has agreed to pass optical fibre links to TIM Brasil in strategic areas of the North , Southeast and Northeast regions, as well as two sections in Belo Horizonte - Victoria, and Teresina Tucuri - Bethlehem - Juazeiro - Petrolina - Paulo Afonso. The deal will strengthen the provision of broadband service in remote locations across Brazil as part of the national broadband programme (PNBL).*In the wake of the announcement, TIM Brasil has said it plans to deploy a total of 65,000km of fibre by 2016, aided by a BRL11 billion (USD4.7 billion) CAPEX in the period 2014-2016.
NPT announces winners of 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency auction
The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT) has revealed the identities of the winning bidders in its sale of spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. With the first phase of the auction process having closed, the regulator has confirmed that three companies will be awarded new frequencies, namely Telenor, TeliaSonera (which operates in Norway under the NetCom banner) and Telco Data. Notably, the market?s third mobile network operator Tele2 Norge (including Network Norway) missed out on spectrum in the aforementioned bands.
In terms of the spectrum that each company will receive, the NPT confirmed that both Telenor and NetCom will be awarded 2x10MHz in the 800MHz, 2x5MHz in the 900MHz band and 2x10MHz in the 1800MHz band. Newcomer Telco Data successfully bid for a slightly larger batch of frequencies, meanwhile, and will gain 2x10MHz in the 800MHz band, 2x5MHz in the 900MHz band and 2x20MHz in the 1800MHz band. In the wake of announcing the sale results, the NPT noted that all available spectrum in the 800MHz and 900MHz band has been allocated, while in the 1800MHz band three 2x5MHz blocks went unsold.
With regards to the 800MHz spectrum, which contains a coverage obligation, all three companies will be required to fulfil a usage obligation to provide mobile broadband services offering average access speeds of at least 2Mbps to 40% of the population within four years of the award of licences. In addition, with NetCom having bagged the ?A2? block in the 800MHz band it has undertaken the obligation to ensure that 98% of the population has access to mobile broadband services offering average access speeds of at least 2Mbps, and such services should be provided primarily through the utilisation of 800MHz spectrum; this obligation must be fulfilled within five years from the award of the licence.
With the first phase of the auction determining the winner(s) of spectrum, the NPT has confirmed that the specific frequency position of the blocks in each band will be decided in the final phase of the auction through a second bidding round. This will be conducted on 9 December, while the final auction result, including details regarding the prices to be paid by the winners, will be published by 10 December.
Orascom freezes investment in North Korea
Egypt-based telecoms group Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) has reportedly halted investment in its 75%-owned North Korean subsidiary CHEO Technology (Koryolink), amid claims that the local authorities have blocked remittance of the profit to Egypt, Chosun Media reports citing sources close to the matter. According to the article, Orascom has invested USD200 million in the mobile operator to date, but has reportedly seen no returns.
According to TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database, CHEO Technology was established by Orascom Telecom Holding (now Global Telecom Holding) and state-owned Korea Post & Telecoms Corporation (KPTC, 25%), but as a result of the 2011 merger between Orascom and Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom, certain Orascom assets were excluded from the merger and spun off into a new company, OTMT, including the majority stake in Koryolink. The North Korean cellco generated revenues of USD66.4 million in the twelve months ended 31 December 2010, representing an increase of 156% compared to the USD25.95 million posted in 2009. In 9M11 (latest available figure) Koryolink generated sales of USD102.7 million. OTMT reported net revenues of USD871 million for the twelve months ended 31 December 2012, but did not indicate how much of this figure was generated by Koryolink.
Gamtel signs USD33m contract with Huawei to transform national backbone
State-run incumbent Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel) has signed a USD33.2 million contract with Chinese network equipment provider Huawei Technologies for the implementation of Gambia?s component of the ECOWAS Wide Area Network (ECOWAN) project. As reported by the Gambian Observer newspaper, project coordinator Pa Modou Gassama explained that the ECOWAS Regional Infrastructure and E-governance Platform Programme was adopted in July 2010, while in June 2011 the Gambian government signed a Financing Agreement from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to implement the domestic portion of the project, with the funds made available in February 2012, comprising a loan of USD3.63 million and Istisna?a loan of USD23.69 million, whilst the Gambian government/Gamtel is providing financing of USD5.91 million. Detailing the scope of the project at the national level, Gassama disclosed that a new 48-pair fibre network is to be laid on the North Bank and also to replace the existing three-pair fibre cable on the South Bank. The 947km backbone fibre-optic network is to be implemented in multiple rings ? Greater Banjul Area, West Brikama, ?East Ring A? and ?East Ring B? ? for added security, while all of Gamtel?s existing TDM switching and transmission network is to be replaced with an all IP-based Next Generation Network (NGN), he added. The project specification also includes the provision of last mile wireless access through the deployment of a standalone 4G LTE network to 300 government and ECOWAS offices within the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) as well as nomadic access to up to 2,500 senior government officials within the GBA, it was announced. Finally, the upgraded domestic backbone network will connect to Gambia?s new link to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, enabling the provision of high speed broadband services throughout the country.
The multinational ECOWAN project has objectives including the development of an 8,000km terrestrial fibre network (Regional Backbone Infrastructure) and wireless broadband (e.g. WiMAX/LTE) last mile solutions to connect government nodes in all 15 ECOWAS member states. After two years of the Gambian project?s implementation the country is expected to be interconnected with all 15 ECOWAS member states, with the aim of ?harmonising governance and financial policies,? according to the project presentation.
Acting managing director of Gamtel, Sulayman Susso, claimed that Gambia was in the forefront in terms of progress on the ECOWAN project. He added that the implementation of the project will enable the transformation of the national telecoms infrastructure, for ?every citizen? to benefit from ICT initiatives that the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure is promoting. ?I believe that we are on the right track ? for the country to benefit fully from the project in line with the advent of [the] ACE landing station,? he stated.
Viettel Cameroon plans March launch
Viettel Cameroon, which was announced as the winner of the country?s third mobile licence in December last year, has delayed its potential launch date from January to March 2014, Agence Ecofin writes. The operator, a joint venture between Vietnam?s Viettel Global and Bestinver Cameroon, requires additional time to deploy its 2G and 3G network infrastructure across the country?s ten regions, according to the report. TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database notes that Viettel fought off rival bids from the likes of Maroc Telecom, Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel and Technologie et Systeme d?information for the licence, after pledging to invest nearly XAF200 billion (USD400 million) in the rollout of a mobile network that will cover 81% of Cameroon?s territory from launch. In June 2013 President Paul Biya signed a decree approving the award of the concession to Viettel and the following August IBM revealed that Viettel was using its Smarter Computing solution to enable its 3G infrastructure and provide high speed mobile data and voice services. Viettel Cameroon will join South Africa-based MTN Cameroon and France?s Orange Cameroun, which had respective mobile subscriber bases of 8.16 million and 5.89 million at the end of September 2013.
Telecom Egypt to finally get unified concession within the next few weeks?
Following a number of delays, it has been suggested that Egypt?s telecoms regulator is close to issuing a unified telecoms licence to fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt in the coming weeks, according to Reuters. Hesham el-Alaily, head of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) was cited as saying that the licence is close to being ready at an economic conference in Cairo that the concession was almost ready to be handed over, noting: ?We are in the final stages.?
SK Broadband utilising ARRIS? E6000 Converged Edge Router to enable 1Gbps ser...
US-based hardware vendor ARRIS has announced that South Korea?s SK Broadband is deploying its E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER), which will enable the operator to launch it a new 1Gbps broadband service, as well as other ?enhanced entertainment experiences?.
Commenting on the development, Richard Kim, SK Broadband?s team leader of Network Planning HQ and Access Network Engineering Team, noted: ?As we prepare to launch our new 1Gbps data service we looked for a solution that can scale to deliver these higher speeds, but with an eye on cost and space requirements ? We have a long-standing relationship with ARRIS, and we can trust ARRIS to deliver? the E6000 meets our needs today and has the scalability we need for the future.?
China Mobile to take a slice of the Apple pie
China Mobile is close to striking a deal with Apple for the sale of the US-based firm?s iPhone handsets. Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the development, reported that a deal had been finalised, although this has since been denied by the cellco, with AFP quoting a spokesperson for the operator as saying: ?Talks between China Mobile and Apple on cooperation are still going on and we currently do not have anything to announce.?*If finalised, the agreement is expected to help kick-start China Mobile?s new 4G services, whilst giving Apple a boost in the largest mobile market in the world. China Mobile is expected to commercially launch its 4G networks and new 4G brand, ?He? - meaning ?harmonious? in Chinese ? on 18 December. The pact has been made possible by the recent licensing of Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) networks by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), as several versions of the US manufacturer?s devices are compatible with the technology. The two companies have long been unable to reach an agreement, as Apple is reluctant to develop a handset compatible with China Mobile?s home-grown TD-SCDMA 3G platform, which is only used in China and Taiwan. China Mobile?s rivals, China Unicom and China Telecom already offer iPhone handsets and have successfully leveraged that advantage to take a substantial slice of the 3G market. According to TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database, at the end of September 2013, China Mobile had signed up 169.5 million of its 755.19 million wireless subscribers to 3G services, representing around 44.9% of the wireless data segment ? compared to its 62.5% share of the total wireless market. By comparison, Unicom had 111.63 million 3G users, or 29.5% of the 3G space whilst Telecom controlled a 25.6% 3G market share with 96.48 million subscribers.
Telstra records 300Mbps speeds in LTE-A technology trials
Australia?s Telstra has announced that it achieved download speeds of 300Mbps, having used Carrier Aggregation technology over its live 4G network. In a blog post detailing the development, the operator?s director of networks Mike Wright confirmed that the trial was conducted using a commercial test device and aggregating 20MHz bandwidth within the 1800MHz spectrum band and 20MHz bandwidth within the 2600MHz band. The executive did, however, highlight the fact that while such speeds were ?impressive?, downlink rates available to consumers are likely to be lower. Nonetheless, Mr Wright pointed to the importance of the tests with regards to a commercial deployment of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, saying: ?These trials are important for another reason as they build on our earlier LTE-A work and set us up to continue to deliver a reliable network experience and more reliable speeds into the future. We have all seen around the world what happens when operators can?t keep up with customer demand. Without a strong, multi-year strategy the rapid rate of data growth would quickly swamp any new network rollout.?
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2013 Swedish vendor Ericsson claimed that Telstra had become the first to use the LTE-A Carrier Aggregation technology on 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network. Noting that milestone was actually achieved on 31 July 2013, it was revealed that Telstra at that date transferred data across its live network on a number of sites in Queensland (Australia) carrying commercial traffic.
Oi SA strikes USD645m deal to sell mobile towers to SBA
Brazil?s Oi SA has struck a deal to sell at least two thousand mobile towers to US-based tower network operator SBA Communications for around USD645 million. The deal will also see the Brazilian telco entering into a long-term leasing agreement with SBA for the use of antenna space on each site. It is understood that the sites in question currently number 1.6 tenants per location ? including Oi SA ? and include standing leasing agreements with all of Brazil?s leading wireless operators. The deal follows a similar agreement struck in November this year with Oi SA for rights to use 2,113 of its sites in the country. Upon completion of the transaction, the US tower firm will own more than 5,000 sites across Brazil.
Bulgaria against a single EU telecoms market
Bulgaria?s Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communication (MTITC) has expressed its opposition to the establishment of a single telecoms market with common rules for all European Union (EU) member states, due to the different levels of preparedness of the countries and the extra expenses which the measure will require. Local news agency Novinite reports that during a conference in Brussels, IT minister Danail Papazov pointed out that Bulgaria had detected a discrepancy between one of the stipulated goals ? to build a single telecoms network ? and the time frame for its implementation. The minister also said that the integration of the telecoms market within short deadlines would not be possible, unless fragmentation between different EU states, and indeed at the national level, was overcome. Papazov also said: ?The development of common rules will lead to a substantial change to the existing regimes, which will undoubtedly incur additional expenses.? The Bulgarian stance on the proposal for changes to the EU Regulation was presented at a meeting of the Council of the EU and received approval.
Mauritius to install 144 additional Wi-Fi access points
The Mauritian government is planning to extend the footprint of the nation's Wi-Fi network by installing 144 additional access points throughout the country, including the island of Rodrigues, local news agency Business Mega reports. According to the article, the new terminals will be placed in private schools, post offices and public beaches, as well as at: Bagatelle, Jumbo Riche Terre and Phoenix, La Croisette and Caudan, Ebony, Idrice Goomany centre, L'Escalier, Jeetoo hospital and Jeetoo airport. *According to TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database, in November 2012 the regulator, ICTA, announced plans to expand the ?Wi-Fi Mauritius Project? to 20 new regions across the country. The government-backed scheme offers free Wi-Fi internet connectivity and the expansion is the result of the success of phase one of the project, which delivered services to eleven regions. The first facilities were implemented by the state via the Universal Service Fund (USF) created in 2008, into which domestic telecom operators pay a portion of their monthly income. It is understood that a total of MUR4 billion (USD137 million) has so far been spent on such projects.
Altice secures financing for Dominican acquisitions
Luxembourg-based private equity fund Altice Group has announced that it has implemented bond-heavy financing worth USD1.685 billion to back its parallel acquisitions of Orange Dominicana and an 88% stake in local telecoms provider Tricom. According to TMT Finance, Altice?s subsidiaries Altice Finco SA and Altice Financing will respectively issue USD400 million and USD1.285 billion in senior and senior secured dollar and euro bond notes. Further, Goldman Sachs is rumoured to be one of the likely underwriters of the process.*As previously reported by TeleGeography?s CommsUpdate, in November 2013 Altice Caribbean, a subsidiary of Altice Group, signed an agreement to acquire Dominican integrated telecoms services provider Tricom from its current owner Hispaniola Telecom, a company controlled by Amzak Capital Management and Inversiones Bahia, for an undisclosed sum. In addition, towards the end of the month, Paris-based Orange Group agreed to sell its Orange Dominicana unit to Altice for EUR1.1 billion (USD1.435 billion). Successful completion of the acquisition is subject to approval from Dominican telecoms watchdog Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel), and the transaction will be considered by Orange Group?s board of directors during the week commencing 9 December 2013.
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Now Apple complains that its OWN lawyers are too expensive.
One of the characters in Bleak House, published in 1852, says, "I wants it done, and over. I wants a end of these liberties took. I wants an end of being drawed like a badger". In 2013 those words fit Apple to a T. By Martyn Warwick
Canadian government stands firm on Mobilicity takeover
The saga of Canadian mobile operator, Mobilicity, continues with the news that the government would actively block any sale to one of the larger Canadian networks. By I.D. Scales.
Box limbers up with $100 million funding
Box, the cloud, collaboration and storage company, has gathered together some hefty and interesting backers, including Telefonica and Telstra, for a $100 million funding round and a $2 billion valuation. By I.D. Scales.
An unlikely pairing: Deutsche Telekom and Twitter share a perch
The two companies have agreed to form a strategic partnership - although the relationship seems to involve little more, for the time being, than both being nice and helpful to each other. By I.D. Scales.
Goods as a Service, that déjà vu feeling
Guy O?Connor relives his childhood and predicts the widespread return of the ?rental? model for retail goods.
"Mulally as Microsoft CEO? This story is bunk!" says Ford chairman.
With rumours that Alan Mulally, the CEO of the Ford Motor Company, is prime candidate to take over from Steve Ballmer at Microsoft now reaching a crescendo, Ford has broken silence to deny the stories. By Martyn Warwick.
Huawei: Out of the US on suspicions of spying - but allowed to run a cyber se...
In a move that some commentators are equating with placing a big notice outside your house saying "We are on holiday, come on in, have a rootle around and help yourself to the family jewels", the British government is flying in the face of received wisdom from allies overseas and is to permit Hauwei to run an expanded cyber-security facility on UK soil. Martyn Warwick reports.
Orange purple with rage as Free throws French LTE market into turmoil...
Let's not beat around the bush, France's three incumbent mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange France and SFR have a deep, abiding and bitter animosity to upstart disruptor Free Mobile.That's because it is eating their breakfast, lunch and dinner. By Martyn Warwick.
...Meanwhile 3 in the UK rolls out LTE at no extra charge to a deafening silence
It could be the best strategy - after all Orange has now successfully marketed Free?s low prices for it just three weeks before Christmas. Silly old Orange. By I.D. Scales
My way or the highway: Neelie Kroes goes retro
EU Information Commissioner Neelie Kroes and her publicity team, are turning up the volume as the European parliament mulls her Connected Continent proposals for the straight-forward and binding ?Regulation? it?s being asked to pass. Now the film. I.D. Scales reports.
Modems still matter. (Part 1)
Modem technology is venerable - it's just there, trusted, a given, a constant, but, because it is neither flashy, trendy nor new, it is largely taken for granted and, if not quite completely ignored, then at least widely disregarded by the world at large. Martyn Warwick reports.
Home automation on the rise
There is a significant buzz around home automation. More evidence. By I.D. Scales.
All change, 2G terminates there
LTE is going to cause massive change in the global M2M modules market as low-priced LTE-only modules create a virtuous cycle say analysts. I.D. Scales reports.
Do we have a trans-Atlantic net neutrality accord?
It would be astounding if what are arguably the world?s two most powerful telecoms regulators - the FCC chairman and the EU?s information commissioner - didn?t put their heads together to try to reach common policy positions where they could. They seem to have done so over net neutrality. By I.D. Scales.
Huawei admits defeat and exits US market
Huawei, the Shenzhen, China-headquartered manufacturer of telecoms equipment is throwing in the towel and will no longer spend time, effort and money on trying to extend its limited presence in the US. The decision was announced by the usually elusive CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, during an interview he gave to the French news site Les Echos. Talk about Chinese whispers! By Martyn Warwick.
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