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VimpelCom and Dhabi Group - completion of Mobilink and Warid merger 

VimpelCom and Dhabi Group announce completion of Mobilink and Warid merger
The merger of Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Mobilink) and Warid Telecom has been completed, their respective shareholders have announced. The combined company now has over 50 million customers. The shareholders, VimpelCom, GTH and Dhabi Group announced the agreement to combine their Pakistan telecommunication businesses. The completion of the transaction follows regulatory approval from all the relevant authorities and the subsequent exchange of shares. Mobilink has completed the acquisition of 100 percent of Warid's shares, and the Dhabi Group Shareholders have acquired 15 percent of the shares of Mobilink.

*** The EU's digital economy minister has welcomed the '5G manifesto' put forward by a group of 17 major European telecoms players, saying that it will help inform the bloc's strategy for developing and rolling out the next generation of mobile technology.
The manifesto calls for coordinated action on standardisation, spectrum allocation,network deployment,and ecosystem development spanning multiple industry verticals.It is endorsed by the CEOs of BT,Deutsche Telekom,Orange,Telefonica,Vodafone,Telecom Italia,as well as vendors Ericsson and Nokia, among others.
It also suggests the EU consider allocating funds for 5G research and large-scale trials, and forms policies that encourage the investment in, and streamline the rollout of, 5G networks and technologies.
***Iliad took the French mobile market by storm when it launched Free Mobile at the start of 2012, thus it is tempting to assume that it could have the same impact in Italy, presuming the European Commission gives the go-ahead to the 3 Italia/Wind tie-up that will give it the assets it needs to become the country's fourth mobile network operator, that is.But the situation in Italy is very different to that faced by Iliad in its home market four and a half years ago. Establishing itself as a credible fourth player will not be easy, irrespective of Brussels' views on the need for facilities-based competition to ensure the health of national mobile markets across Europe.

***Benin’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Post (ARCEP) has ordered cellcos MTN and Globacom Benin (Glo) to repay their customers XAF176.17 million (USD298,000) in phone credit as compensation for poor quality of services, according to Beninwebtv.com.MTN and Glo were found in non-compliance with quality of service(QoS)standards by the regulator,which has also sanctioned the pair by issuing a temporary ban on launching new value added services or developing new SIM card services on their networks, which will be lifted only if QoS standards are improved over the three-month period June-August.During this period an independent firm selected by ARCEP will check levels of QoS improvement.

***The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has – as requested by the government last week – submitted an amended frequency policy to the Ministry of Information and Communications to allow the country’s mobile operators to utilise their existing 1800MHz spectrum holdings for 4G LTE services.The annual spectrum fee for the 1800MHz band will be increased from NPR8 million (USD75,500) per MHz to NPR19 million, according to a report from the Kathmandu Post. 1800MHz frequencies are currently being used for 2G services in Nepal, but the government is looking to encourage operators to launch 4G technology.