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In Brief:Days are numbered for Azur Telecom 

Azur Telecom,which offers mobile services in Gabon,the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR),faces an uncertain future,AfricTelegraph.com reports.The stricken mobile group owes money to Chinese the Republic of Congo it can no longer afford to pay employees’wages. The company is said to be owned by Congolese businessman Jean Bruno Obambi,who purchased it from Lebanon-based BinTel Ltd ‘for a small fee’,without informing the relevant regulatory authorities.Further,the report notes that Monaco Telecom – which signed a three year strategic partnership with the group in June 2014–has now backed out the agreement after being made aware of the perilous state of Azur’s finances.

***Philippines operator PLDT has introduced an enterprise-grade virtual conferencing platform to promote telecommuting among enterprises.In partnership with Tata Communications,PLDT’s Unified Collaboration platform,powered by Jamvee,is an enterprise cloud-based service that allows users to set up a secured collaboration experience on any or multiple devices using any operating system. With its HD content sharing feature,attendees can share images, videos, audio, and presentations.It also enables instant messaging access among individuals or groups. Its virtual meeting rooms can accommodate up to 100 participants simultaneously.

***Interoute now offers dual entry into Europe through France and Italy from the world’s newest submarine cable,South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5).Interoute will connect digital traffic from Africa,Asia and the Middle East via its point of presence (PoP)in Marseilles,France and OHM Data Centre in Palermo (where Interoute is located),Sicily to its pan European network.This dual entry proposition means Interoute can deliver up to nx100G of capacity between on-net routes in as little as 4 weeks to customers. Furthermore,Interoute is able to provide large scale capacity and protected routes to customers,from its wholly owned fibre optic network.

***In a joint press release,the city state of Singapore’s three mobile network operators(MNOs),Singtel,StarHub and M1,have announced that any new pre-paid SIMs sold from 15 November will no longer support 2G handsets.The move is designed to enable a swift migration to more advanced services ahead of the planned switch-off of Singapore’s 2G networks in April 2017.The MNOs’ statement adds that while existing pay-as-you-go SIMS are not affected by the plan, they would urge all customers still using GSM-based handsets to upgrade to a 3G or 4G-enabled device as soon as possible.‘A wide range of 3G and 4G handsets are available at retailers across the island to enable customers to make the transition to 3G or 4G networks,’the telcos said.

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