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In Brief:Cambodia to hold 800MHz, 2600MHz auction 

Cambodia to hold 800MHz, 2600MHz auction ***The Cambodian government to hold a public auction for two 4G LTE concessions in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, after the original licence holders failed to utilise them, the spokesman for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications Cambodia (MPTC), said the government will give telecoms companies the chance to bid for the licences under a new ‘comparative tender process’ that will also take into account how the companies intend to utilise the frequencies. Previously, the government sold spectrum licences on a first-come, first-served basis. The official said: ‘This is the first time to open licences to a public bid for all mobile operators, as we want to expand the quality of service (QoS) to the consumer .This is a new model that allows us to get more revenue for the state, and we will no longer be selling frequencies on a first-come, first-served basis, as before.’ Mobile network operators will have until 1 December to submit their bids, with all successful shortlisted bidders scheduled to be notified by the end of the year.

***NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) has launched the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable network, connecting nine Asian nations (Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand). With a total length of 10,400km, the APG network leverages 100Gbps optical transmission capabilities and digital coherent technology to deliver a capacity of more than 54Tbps. The cable is owned and operated by a multi-national consortium, which includes: NTT, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation, StarHub, LG Uplus, China Mobile, Viettel, Vietnam Telecom International, Global Transit, Facebook and TIME dotcom.

***Omantel is planning to link China and Africa via Pakistan through a unique redundant route, which avoids the Indian Ocean and Singapore. To achieve this, the operator will interconnect the Gulf to Africa (G2A) and Silk Road Gateway-1 (SRG-1) cable systems via undersea cable infrastructure. When completed in Q4 2016, the 1,500km G2A will connect Salalah in Oman to Berbera and Bosaso (Somalia), with onward connectivity to Ethiopia, Kenya, Mogadishu (Somalia) and South Africa likely to be available in later phases. The 1,030km SRG-1 system – which is scheduled to be ready for service (RFS) in Q4 2017 – will connect Muscat (Oman) to Gwadar and Karachi (both Pakistan), with onward connectivity to Afghanistan, China, Iran, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

***Vodafone Netherlands has agreed to sell its fixed business to T-Mobile, meeting a condition for regulatory approval of its planned merger with cable operator Ziggo. Vodafone has around 150,000 consumer fixed broadband customers in the Netherlands. It expects to complete the sale in December. The acquisition sees T-Mobile re-entering the fixed market, after it sold ISP Online.nl in 2013 and attempted a mobile-only strategy. With the merger of Vodafone-Ziggo, the Dutch market will have two fully converged operators, and competition is expected to focus increasingly on fixed-mobile bundling, an area where incumbent KPN has been growing its share.

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