BCE to buy out Bell Aliant


Canadian telecoms group Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) announced it will buy out public minority shareholders in its associated subsidiary telco Bell Aliant for CAD3.95 billion, TeleGeography CommsUpdate reported. Minority shareholders will receive cash and BCE common equity for a combined value of CAD31 per share in a transaction which the company said was unanimously recommended […]

SingTel launches MiFi


Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) launched a commercial 300Mbps 4G service using Huawei’s E5786 mobile MiFi device, claiming a world first, TeleGeography CommsUpdate reported. The telco reported the device is compatible with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks, which can deliver ultra-high data speeds of up to 300Mbps. It is available in retail outlets and online. SingTel’s Vice President of […]

Nokia to aid AT modernize network


Algerie Telecom (AT), the country’s incumbent fixed line provider, has enlisted Nokia Networks to modernize its transport network with a highly flexible seamless multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) platform, which is expected to help deliver significantly improved broadband services to subscribers, TeleGeography CommsUpdate reported. Under the five-year contract, Nokia Network’s Global Services project management and network […]

Nokia appoints president of technologies group


Nokia announced the appointment of Ramzi Haidamus, a technology-licensing expert with proven business leadership skills and a strong innovation background, as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team, effective September 3. A trained engineer, Haidamus has spent most of his career with Dolby Laboratories, which he helped to grow from […]

AT&T takes over DirectTVBrazilian


Brazil’s antitrust regulator the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (or Cade) approved “without restrictions” U.S. telecoms operator AT&T’s USD48.5 billion takeover of Latin American pay-TV operator DirecTV, Brazilian newspaper Teletime reported. The Latin American pay-TV operator has 18.1 million subscribers across the region. To gain regulatory approval for the deal, AT&T needed to relinquish its […]