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India spectrum auction ends, falls well short of target
India's biggest ever spectrum sale concluded by falling well below expectations.The government had set a target of raising a minimum of 5.44 trillion rupees (€71 billion) from the process, but according to provisional results published by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) the sum raised was INR657.9 billion (€8.8 billion).Around 2,200 MHz of spectrum was up for grabs, spanning the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands.According to various local news reports, more than half the available frequIencies went unsold.

***Virginia-based independent wholesale operator Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) – which provides services across Virginia and neighbouring areas via an open-access fibre network covering 2,500km – will connect the MAREA and BRUSA submarine cables to a Microsoft data centre in Virginia. The 6,605km MAREA subsea system will link Virginia Beach (US) with Bilbao (Spain) in Q1 2018 and will be owned and operated by Edge Cable Holdings (Edge USA – a direct subsidiary of Facebook), Microsoft Infrastructure Group, Telefonica International Wholesale Services America (TIWS America) and Telefonica International Wholesale Services USA (TIWS USA). The US landing station will be owned by Edge USA (25%), Microsoft (25%) and TIWS (50%); Microsoft will serve as the landing partner.

***Twitter shares fell sharply as reports claimed Disney and Google are not planning to bid for the company.Despite rumours to the contrary, sources said Google is not about to make a move for Twitter. Separate sources cite by the same outlet said Disney does not want to bid either.That leaves Salesforce as the only company still potentially in the running for Twitter, and even then, its interest is unconfirmed.

*** The European Commission has intervened in an attempt to defuse tensions over a telecoms deal between Belgrade and Pristina. The EU-facilitated action plan for telecoms was one of the agreements on key issues reach between the two countries in August 2015, but a dispute has broken out over infrastructure in Kosovo that was formerly owned by Telekom Srbija. The deal proposes that telecoms infrastructure, which is located in Kosovo capital city Pristina, is handed over to the Kosovo government. The two countries are also negotiation conditions under which Kosovo will be given an international dialling code,On 5 October, the director of the office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić said Belgrade has been given until Sunday (9 October) to make a decision about the "grotesque draft agreement on telecommunications."

****News in very brief:
•EC intervenes in Kosovo and Serbia dispute over telecoms infrastructure
•Altice USA introduces faster connection speeds
•Cleareon Fiber Networks goes live with Tri-State PoPs
•Fastweb fails with bid to postpone broadband tender
•Indian spectrum auction raises almost $10bn of bids
•Flexenclosure strikes Myanmar deal with Golden 11
•Global Capacity announces new PoP in Toronto, Canada
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