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In Brief: Seven apply for Indian spectrum auction 

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) revealed that seven telcos, including disruptive newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm, have applied to take part in its upcoming spectrum auction.
Market leader Bharti Airtel appears on the list, as do Vodafone and Idea Cellular. Tata Teleservices has applied to take part, as have both Reliance Communications and Aircel, which agreed to merge their mobile businesses.

***MTN South Africa closed down its mobile money service because it was no longer commercially viable.
The telco launched MTN Mobile Money in 2012 and attracted more than 2 million users. In a statement, MTN's chief consumer officer Larry Annetts said "the operating costs of providing a mobile money platform have become prohibitive."
That does not mean MTN South Africa is pulling back from financial services altogether though.

***Mobile network operator Orange Madagascar is reportedly aiming to introduce commercial 4G services by the end of this year, according to Agence Ecofin, which cites comments made by Bruno Mettling, Orange Group’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Operations in Africa and the Middle East (MEA). With a view to launching such connectivity, it was suggested that Orange Madagascar could look to partner with fixed line incumbent Telma to use the latter’s fibre-optic backbone network.

***Russian national operator Rostelecom has completed works its Safe City project in the republic of Kabarda-Balkaria. The project was carried out under a state contract concuded by the national operator with the regional committee for transport and communications. Under the deal, 76 road traffic video-surveillance systems, 198 other video-surveillance systems in socially important or state-owned objects and other elements have been deployed.

***Japanese operator SoftBank has started what it called the first commercial operation of a spatial multiplexing mobile technology called massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) today. As one of the core 5G technologies, massive MIMO provides mobile communications services simultaneously for multiple end users by deploying a large number of antennas at base stations, says SoftBank, which is working with associate company Wireless City Planning (WCP) for the project.