Telekom Austria Group and América Móvil on Friday unveiled a deal that proposes to create one of the world’s largest fibre networks, with a joint footprint with 200 Points of Presence (PoP) within 47 countries, through the interconnection of networks offering voice, roaming, data and mobile services.
IP interconnect provider XConnect and Malaysian and Indonesian ICT specialist Extol this week launched the Asian Interconnect Exchange (AIX), giving local service providers access to an IP hub where they can exchange IP traffic and services.
Poor old Mobistar. The Belgian operator was probably bristling with pride this week after becoming the first in its market to complete a test of LTE Advanced technology. In partnership with Huawei it aggregated 1800MHz and 800MHz spectrum to drive throughput of more than 200Mbps. The firm’s chief network officer heralded “the future of high-speed mobile” upon the trial’s completion.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.
Belgian operator Mobistar claims to have become the nation’s first to successfully test an LTE-A network, claiming mobile data throughput of over 200Mbps.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has appointed Michael Patrick Foley as CEO for its Pakistan operation. Foley currently serves as chief commercial officer at the Canadian State Lottery and will assume the role on July 1st, 2014.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has seen its revenue in 1Q14 grow 7.2 per cent year on year to reach NOK26.5bn ($4.48bn), up from NOK24.7bn in 1Q13. The group’s adjusted operating profit also grew 11.9 per cent year on year from NOK4.99bn in 1Q13 to NOK5.58bn in 1Q14.
Spanish carrier Telefónica on Tuesday announced that it has made a €725m bid for 56 per cent of Distribuidora de Televisión Digital, a Spanish pay-TV provider that operates under the Digital Plus brand.
UK operator group Vodafone has extended its partnership with France’s SFR for a further four years. Vodafone will continue to use the French operator’s network to provide multinational enterprises with fixed and mobile services in France.
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has launched a mobile wallet service in its domestic market. The operator also plans to extend the offering to further markets; to Slovakia in mid-May and in Hungary later this year.
Singapore’s telecoms regulator has imposed a financial penalty of S$6m ($4.8m) on mobile operator SingTel following a service outage that lasted nine days and affected almost 270,000 customers.
Czech mobile operators O2 and T-Mobile have agreed to share their LTE networks in a bid to accelerate coverage improvements in the market this year. The deal follows a similar agreement signed between the two operators relating to their 2G and 3G networks in November last year.
Algerian incumbent operator Algérie Télécom has launched North Africa’s first LTE network, to boost its broadband offering as well as offer VoLTE services. Swedish vendor Ericsson, which supplied the network, said it would help alleviate problems caused by demand for fixed broadband services among Algérie Télécom’s user base.
Emirates-based Etisalat has signed an agreement to sell its holdings in Benin, the Central African Republic, Gabon, the Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo, to Maroc Telecom for $650m. The units all operate under the Moov brand but the agreement also covers Ivory Coast-based IT services provider Prestige Telecom.
European operator group Tele2 has signed a national roaming agreement with Telenor Norway for 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity. The operator said in March that it was evaluating its strategic options in Norway after failing to win any spectrum in the country’s latest frequency auction.
China’s three mobile network operators are in talks to set up a joint venture to manage the construction of network towers, the country’s regulator has confirmed.
African operator group MTN has sold all of its 1,269 mobile network towers in Rwanda and Zambia to independent mobile infrastructure provider IHS Holding for an undisclosed amount. IHS subsidiaries will own and manage 550 towers in Rwanda and 719 towers in Zambia.
European operator group TeliaSonera has continued ringing the changes, appointing Swisscom executive Henriette Wendt as its head of group corporate development. Wendt currently serves as Swisscom’s head of corporate strategy and participation management and will assume her new role in August.
US operator T-Mobile has claimed to have taken “virtually all of the industry phone growth” in 1Q14 winning market share from its competitors in the process, reporting total net subscriber additions of 2.4 million. However, the operator recorded a $154m loss in the quarter, compared to a $106m profit in the first quarter of 2013.
UK regulator Ofcom has outlined its approach for managing wireless spectrum over the next decade. The regulator’s Spectrum Management Strategy is part of the Government’s plan to double the amount of money it raises annually from spectrum services to £100bn by 2025.