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MetTel enhances its presence in Canada, brings service to four regions

MetTel, an emerging competitive provider, is taking on the Canadian market, announcing that it has expanded its coverage into four regions.

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Irish telecoms company, ding* provides its mobile top-up service to 37 countries, including Nigeria

Dublin-based, ding*, the world’s largest international mobile top-up provider, today announced the expansion of its mobile operator network adding 62 operators in 37 countries, including Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. According to CEO, Mark Roden in a statement: “This expansion means we will be making our service available to a further 566 million recipients. […]

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Energy-efficient set-top boxes cut consumer energy costs by $168M, says NCTA report

While the debate over how much energy set-top boxes consume will continue, a new National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) report revealed that energy-efficient set-top boxes helped consumers save $168 million in energy costs last year. 

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Connecticut regulators deny Frontier’s AT&T wireline acquisition

Frontier Communications has hit what may be one of the largest snags in completing its proposed acquisition of AT&T’s Connecticut wireline business as the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) denied a settlement the telco reached with state officials.

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Austria starts competition probe after mobile price rises

(Telecompaper) Austrian competition regulator BWB announced plans to investigate the developments in mobile prices since the market was reduced to three operators by 3 Austria’s takeover of Orange’s operations. The telecom regulator RTR signaled already earlier this year that prices were increasing. The BWB said it would conduct a thorough review of the “highly concentrated” market in order to ensure consumers are not disadvantaged by any anti-competitive behaviour, no commercial practices are distorting or restricting the market, and fair and transparent competition is ensured. As the issue goes beyond just competition law, the BWB said it was also working with the federal cartel prosecutor, consumer association, labour chamber and RTR on the investigation. The review has started already by requesting further information from the mobile operators. T-Mobile Austria confirmed it had received such a request and was cooperating. The operator said in a statement that its pricing was based entirely on its own commercial considerations and costs. It reiterated that the high prices in the recent spectrum auction in Austria led to a substantial increase in costs, as had the higher energy prices in Austria and the continued investment in the network to meet the strong increase in demand for data services. T-Mobile said service revenues had been falling since 2006, and the tough competition was only set to intensify with the expected entry of new MVNOs in the coming months. 

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Deutsche Telekom turns up vectored VDSL in 20 local networks

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has activated vectored VDSL for 20 initial local towns in its territory, a move that will allow it to raise VDSL speeds to 100/40 Mbps, reports Teltarif.de.

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Zayo unveils new cloud connectivity platform, extends network to AWS, Softlayer

With the debut of its Connect to the Cloud platform, Zayo is joining the growing crowd of service providers offering their network as a conduit for business customers to access third-party cloud providers. Zayo’s program offers connectivity to over 500 data centers worldwide.

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Namibia: Microsoft trials largest TV white spaces project

Back in June 2014, Microsoft successfully launched the implementation phase of the TV White Space (TVWS) pilot project in Limpopo. The pilot project was part of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative and its end goal was to help ignite Africa’s economic development and improve its global competitiveness through innovation, world-class skills and affordable access. Fast forward

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Taiwan Star Cellular owner set to acquire cableco CNS for USD2.4bn

Taiwan’s Wei family is set to take control of China Network Systems (CNS), one of Taiwan’s largest cable TV operators in a USD2.4 billion deal, Reuters reports. Current owner, private equity firm MBK Partners, acquired its 60% stake in 2007, and its previous attempts to offload the unit have been hamstrung by regulatory red-tape.

The Wei family is best known for controlling Hong Kong-listed noodle maker Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding Corp via its Ting Hsin International Group, but the group is diversifying into telecoms and media, and its 4G mobile division Taiwan Star Cellular officially launched its LTE network this week. A Ting Hsin International executive commented: ‘We hope to create an environment where 4G services and the cable TV business can work together. Digital convergence is the future for us.’

Taipei-based CNS, which was founded in 2001, also offers broadband internet via its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable and fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) networks. While the company boasts more than one million cable TV users, its broadband user base has not been disclosed.

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