Oi SA likely ‘breakup’ candidate


The superintendent of competition at Anatel, Carlos Baigorri, says the regulator considers Oi SA – the country’s most indebted telco – as the weakest domestic operator and a candidate for breakup if it fails to secure licenses at the upcoming wireless frequency auction, Bloomberg reported. “What will happen with market consolidation will depend on the […]

ACCC begins consultation on pricing


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a discussion paper seeking views on setting primary prices for the regulated fixed line services supplied using incumbent Telstra’s copper network, TeleGeography CommsUpdate reported. The consultation forms part of the regulator’s inquiry into making final access determinations for the seven regulated fixed line services: unconditioned local […]

Eutelsat, Liquid sign capacity deal


Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of South Africa-based Econet Wireless Group, and satellite operator Eutelsat signed a five-year multi-transponder contract for satellite capacity, which will enable Liquid to deliver premium coverage of sub-Saharan Africa, TeleGeograpy CommsUpdate reportd. Under the deal, Liquid will obtain additional capacity on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite, with plans to ramp-up its bandwidth […]

Bulgarian telcos plan increased spending


Bulgarian telcos are planning to invest BGN624 million in their respective networks this year to improve their services, the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) revealed in its annual report for 2013, TeleGeography CommsUpdate wrote. According to the report, the combined planned investment represents a 19 percent increase year-on-year on the BGN524 million spent on deployments and/or […]

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 […]