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In Brief: Vodafone India expanding 4G from nine to 17 circles 

Vodafone India has revealed that it will expand its ‘SuperNet’ 4G LTE mobile broadband network services from a current presence in nine regional telecoms circles to a total of 17 circles by March 2017. The UK-backed cellco added that it will soon make the LTE network available in 2,400 towns. The additional circles to receive Vodafone’s 4G coverage between now and March have been named as Assam & North East, Maharashtra & Goa, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) and Uttar Pradesh (West), expanding the existing SuperNet footprint which includes Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. The country’s second-largest cellco by users – commercially launched its 1800MHz LTE service in December 2015, which reached coverage of five circles (Mumbai, Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata and Delhi) within its first six months, augmenting Vodafone’s 2G and 3G services which are available across all 22 Indian telecoms circles.

***Ericsson warned that its current travails in the network infrastructure market will continue next year.In an investor update, the Swedish kit maker said it expects the addressable market for its networks division – which accounts for the lion's share of the company's revenue – to see an annual CAGR of -2%-0% in 2016-2018."The negative industry trends from the first half of 2016,due to weaker demand for mobile broadband, are expected to prevail short-term," Ericsson warned.

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***With its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria's 1.5 million, Angola stood in September this year, for seven running months, at the head of the African oil producing countries.The information from OPEC states that Nigeria led the African ranking in 2016 with its 1.8 million barrels a day, against Angola's 1.7 million, but recorded a drop to 1.4 million in May this year, caused by terrorist attacks, armed groups and internal political instability. Angola is faced with an economic crisis since 2014, as a result of the fall in the oil price on the world market, dropped from more than Usd 100 a barrel in the first semester of that year to Usd 36, against 45 the Government expected to yield, in line with the 2016 State Budget predictions, which led the Government into amending the budget putting the barrel price at Usd 41. In August this year, according to a Finance Ministry's report, the Angolan Oil Company (Sonangol) secured 65 percent of Angolan State's revenues, through the export of crude oil, totalling Usd 467 million.

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