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Telenor taps Ericsson for Myanmar network

Telenor has called on infrastructure vendor Ericsson to provide network equipment and managed services for its network in Myanmar

Operator group Telenor has called on infrastructure vendor Ericsson to provide network equipment and managed services for its network in Myanmar. The two firms have signed a five year contract which sees Ericsson implementing equipment in a multivendor environment as well as provide managed services for the network.

GSMA’s Bouverot sends operator-backed open letter to Kroes calling for European reform

Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA

The director general of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot, has sent an open letter to EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes calling for policy reform that will encourage investment in Europe’s telecoms sector. Bouverot secured endorsements from the CEOs of ten European operators with a combined European mobile customer base of almost three quarters of a billion subscriptions, according to data from Informa’s World Cellular Investors service.

Mystery operator wins Norwegian LTE spectrum

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The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has announced the winners of its latest spectrum auction, and one of the three successful bidders is an unknown company whose identity has become the focus of much speculation. Challenger Tele2 came away empty-handed and must look to address the holes in its spectrum portfolio.

AsiaInfo claims first European deal with Telenor Denmark transformation project

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Chinese telecoms software provider AsiaInfo Linkage has announced a supply deal with Telenor Denmark, the vendor’s first European mobile operator win since its launch in the region last year. AsiaInfo described the project as a BSS transformation, which will include the provision of its proprietary billing, CRM and real-time analytics solutions, including its Veris BSS product.

Telenor, DNB bring NFC to Norway

The launch follows the success of the Tap2Pay pilot project in Oslo in 2011

Norwegian carrier Telenor has teamed up with DNB, the country’s largest bank, and identity management specialist Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to introduce Norway’s first commercial NFC project.

Telenor moves for Tele2′s Swedish broadband and TV operation

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Norwegian operator Telenor is moving to consolidate its position in the Swedish broadband and television services sector with the acquisition of Tele2 Sweden’s fiber and cable business for SEK775m ($121.4m). Tele2 has some 370,000 households connected with fiber and cable, including 125,000 fixed broadband customers, 75,000 digital TV customers and 220,000 cable TV customers.

Grameenphone readies 3G network launch

Grameenphone has said it will launch its 3G network at the beginning of October

Bangladeshi operator Grameenphone will launch its 3G network beginning of October, according to local news reports, after it spent $210m on 10MHz of spectrum in the country’s recent 3G auction.

Myanmar awards Telenor and Ooredoo mobile licences

Myanmar's government has selected Ooredoo and Telenor as winners of its telecoms licences

Myanmar’s government has selected Norwegian operator group Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) as the two successful applicants for its nationwide telecommunications licences.

Commercial challenges greater than technical for LTE roaming

Technology executives at some of Scandinavia’s biggest carriers told the audience at LTE World Summit today that, while technical hurdles are easy to overcome, more complex commercial issues mean a single mobile market without roaming borders is still some years away.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison is looking to drive further consolidation in Europe.

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

Telenor to invest €500m in fibre broadband

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Norway’s telecoms incumbent Telenor has committed itself to investing NOK 4bn (€500mn) in fibre-optic broadband services for businesses, citing the rise in enterprise demand for cloud and video services.

Firefox mobile OS draws significant operator backing

Handsets running Firefox OS are expected on the market in early 2013

The chief executives of Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telefónica, America Movil and Deutsche Telekom were all on hand at a Mozilla press conference on Sunday evening in Barcelona to voice their enthusiasm for the Firefox browser developer’s new HTML5-based smartphone OS.

Telenor cuts its losses in Mumbai

Telenor did not bid for spectrum in Mumbai in the November 2012 when the 2G licences were reauctioned

Norwegian operator group Telenor will cease operating in Mumbai, after being told by India’s Supreme Court to shut down its operations in the city. The operator’s Indian subsidiary, Uninor, will lose around 1.84 million customers as a result.

Russia ends VimpelCom legal action

Russia's FAS has withdrawn legal action against Telenor

The Russian government has decided to withdraw legal claims against Norwegian operator group Telenor, signaling an end to the long-running dispute over the ownership of affiliate firm VimpelCom. The move allows the international operator, headquartered in Amsterdam but of Russian extraction, to distribute dividends to investors including Russian conglomerate Altimo.

Telenor posts stable results for Q3

Telenor posts Q3 financial update

Norwegian operator group Telenor has seen a three per cent increase in organic revenue, during 3Q12. Revenue stood at NOK25.25bn ($4,39bn), up from NOK24,63bn in the same period a year earlier. Adjusted operating profit also grew year on year, from NOK5.36bn to NOK4.49bn.

Telenor launches LTE in 11 Norwegian cities

Oslo is one of 11 cities to get LTE coverage from Telenor's first deployment. (Photo: Nancy Bundt)

Norwegian incumbent Telenor has announced the launch of its LTE network in 11 towns and cities in the country. Telenor said it would continue rollout across the country “at a rapid pace”, pledging to have one third of the Norwegian population covered by its LTE network by the end of the year. The firm aims to have 90 per cent population coverage by 2015, said CEO Berit Svendsen in a statement.

Telenor attempts to auction off Indian business

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Nordic operator Telenor is attempting to auction off its business in India, as it seeks to cut ties with its JV partner Unitech. The operator owns 67 per cent of Uninor, with the remaining stake owned by Indian real estate firm Unitech. In February this year, the JV lost the 2G licences it won in the country’s 2008 spectrum auction after India’s Supreme Court cancelled the licenses amid allegations of corruption.

Dutch operator KPN sees drop in profit

KPN's profits have slipped in 1H12

Dutch operator group KPN has announced that its net profit for the first half of 2012 has fallen by a staggering 40 per cent. The figure stood at €603m ($729m), compared to the €1.01bn the firm recorded in 1H11. Revenue from the half dropped by 2.2 per cent to €6.38bn compared with the €6.52bn the firm generated in the same quarter a year earlier.

Operators told to reinstate Indian services until cancellation date

India's regulator has told operators to continue offering services until the official cancellation date

Despite already having closed their services in India, announcing that they will cease doing business in the country and notifying their subscribers to move to a different network, operators S Tel and Etisalat have been told by India’s telecoms regulator that they must continue offering services until the license cancellation date. Loop Telecom has also announced that it will be exiting the market but must continue offering services until June 2, 2012.

India and the Spectrum Scandal

BSNL is locked in disputes with operators and has refused to comply with telecoms authorities

India’s 2G spectrum scandal has cast a cloud over the country’s telecoms sector so dark that former Telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja is said to feel safer in prison than he does walking down the street. He has been sat in a cell for over a year, refusing to post bail and stands accused of taking bribes to sell spectrum to firms at discounted rates.

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