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In Brief: Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat acquire 4G licences 

All three of Egypt's foreign-owned mobile operators have now acquired 4G licences after resolving the disagreement between them and the country's regulator.
Vodafone and Etisalat were the last two to sign deals with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA),joining Orange Egypt, which bought a licence last week, and incumbent Telecom Egypt, which bought its licence in August.
Etisalat and Vodafone agreed to pay $535.5 (€488 million) and $335 million respectively. Both paid an additional $11.3 million each for virtual fixed-line licences as well.

***French telecoms watchdog Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep)has announced that a total of 20 operators have been awarded 4G licences in the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe,Martinique,French Guiana,Saint-Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Reunion and Mayotte.The regulator disclosed that it will now discuss the proposed spectrum allocations with the successful candidates in order to determine the preferred positioning in the frequency bands. The spectrum will be awarded in the following weeks, with a view of launching 4G services on 1 December 2016.

***Reliance Jio Infocomm has accused rivals Idea Cellular and Vodafone India of unlawfully delaying the release of additional points of interconnection (PoIs).
India's 4G newcomer demanded that the two operators to make available more PoIs, in accordance with directions issued last week by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).The watchdog has given mobile operators until October 17 to resolve the dispute, which kicked off when Jio began offering free calls and very cheap mobile data across the country, leading to problems for Jio customers placing calls to other networks.

***The Italian Council of State has dismissed another attempt by broadband operator Fastweb to suspend the tenders to build a national high-speed broadband network launched by state-owned infrastructure firm Infratel.The company submitted an urgent pre-trial request to suspend the procedure on 14 October after the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio rejected a similar request on 06 October.Fastweb is one of the six pre-qualified candidates for the tenders to roll out the networks in the regions of Abruzzo,Molise,Emilia Romagna, Lombardy,Tuscany and Veneto,with bids due for submission by 17 October.

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