Arcep issues Free spectrum


French telecoms regulator the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) issued a license that authorizes domestic cellco Free Mobile to use 5MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band throughout Metropolitan France (excluding Paris, Nice and Marseille) beginning in January, TeleGeography CommsUpdate reported. The wireless operator will be awarded an additional 5MHz […]

POTRAZ works on broadband plan


The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) will work on a new National Broadband Plan in 2015 to boost the country’s high speed internet sector, TeleGeography CommsUpdate reported. The regulator said it will produce a draft after studying the development of internet markets globally, before giving local telcos and internet service providers (ISPs) […]

Amdocs gets SingTel’s call


Southeast Asia’s largest telecoms group by subscribers, Singapore Telecom (SingTel), selected Amdocs to carry out a billing project in Singapore and Australia to “enhance and differentiate” its customer experience, Telecom Lead reported. Under the plan, Amdocs will migrate the carrier’s disparate billing and customer support systems for retail, enterprise and government users onto a single […]

Haitian judge blocks arbitration demand


Haiti’s Eastern District Judge Jack Weinstein blocked an arbitration demand relating to a license dispute between Telecommunications d’Haiti (Teleco) and now defunct CDMA operator Haitel, the New York Law Journal reported. The dispute relates to the use of spectrum in the 1900MHz band. TeleGeography CommsUpdate noted Teleco entered an agreement with Haitel in June 1998, […]

ICE to launch FTTH in Costa Rica


State-owned utility firm Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), which offers telecoms services under the Kolbi brand, is to launch its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in mid-2015, El Financiero reported. Kolbi’s network is expected to pass 150,000 homes at launch, although prices will be determined closer to that time, ICE’s head of infrastructure Adolfo Arias was quoted […]