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In Brief:CNMC to probe market collusion among Spanish IT firms 

Spain's anti-trust regulator CNMC announced the launch of an investigation into possible market collusion against 11 Spanish IT services firms. The companies Cibernos Consulting, Software AG Espana, Indra, Gesein, IBM, Atos Spain, Connectis ICT Services, Informatica El Corte Ingles, Next Computer Services, Axpe Consulting and Everis Spain stand accused of infringing EC competition laws, with the CNMC already having carried out preliminary investigations at the offices of several of the companies involved following a tip-off from the tax authorities. The investigation will last a maximum of 18 months, said the CNMC.

***Mexico based America Movil is considering selling its minority stake in Dutch KPN, less than three years after it failed in a bid to takeover the company. America Movil launched a bid for KPN, building up a 21 percent stake in the company as part of a wider attempt to build up a European presence, but the move was blocked.America Movil's 21 percent stake is valued at about USD3.6 billion. KPN is working with America Movil to find investors who would be willing to buy the stake.

***The Nigerian government will postpone any further negotiations regarding South African telecoms group MTN’s NGN780 billion (USD3.9 billion) fine until parliament concludes an investigation into the matter, Reuters cites the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, as saying. Last month the House of Representatives launched a probe into whether Nigeria can reduce the fine further; it originally totalled NGN1.04 trillion but was cut by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to NGN780 billion in December 2015. ‘As soon as the ongoing [parliamentary] investigations are concluded we will sit down with them [MTN],’ Shittu told reporters last week.

***Ukrainian operator Kyivstar has received the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) status. The operator said it will offer its business subscribers the opportunity to use Office 365 under favourable conditions. The CSP programme from Microsoft enables its partners to sell Microsoft cloud solutions directly.

***Bangladeshi mobile SIM and RUIM cards which remain unregistered after a 30 April deadline will be deactivated ‘shortly’ afterwards, according to State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim.. ‘At first, the unregistered SIMs will be deactivated for three hours on 1 May and those will be deactivated permanently in a very short time,’ she announced at an awareness event about biometric SIM registration. Tarana urged all users to complete the re-registration of their SIMs/RUIMs through the biometric system, whilst disclosing that only around 54% of SIM (GSM) and RUIM (CDMA) cards had so far been re-registered with their owners’ confirmed identities in the programme, which was deemed necessary due to previous unsuccessful pre-paid mobile registration attempts. The junior minister also highlighted the expected benefits of full registration in preventing criminal activities, particularly in the crackdown on the illegal VoIP-based unlicensed call routing sector.