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    Xiaomi To Buy Stake In Software Firm Kingsoft From Tencent

    China’s Xiaomi Inc has agreed to buy about 3 percent of software firm Kingsoft Corp Ltd from Tencent Holdings Ltd for HK$527 million ($67.99 million), according to a Kingsoft filing on Monday. The deal with Xiaomi, the world’s third-biggest smartphone maker, is expected to close on January 30, the filing to the Hong Kong exchange…

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    Tata-led Neotel Takeover In South Africa Under Regulator Scrutiny

    The proposed buyout of Tata-led telecoms operator Neotel in South Africa is not aimed at taking over the lucrative spectrum licenced to it, the country’s leading cellular company Vodacom told telecoms regulator ICASA. The deal came under scrutiny at Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for two days as various stakeholders commented on the…

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    Airtel Business Eyes Major Slice Of Video Collaboration Market

    Airtel Business, the enterprise services arm of Bharti Airtel, is targeting a major slice of the Rs 400-500 crore video collaboration market through its plan to offer a telepresence room or space for high-end videoconferencing mainly to banking and financial services, IT and IT-enabled services industry, and small and medium enterprises. “Being the first to…

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    China Telecom Picks Second-phase FDD Vendors

    China Telecom has selected five vendors for the FDD component of its hybrid FDD-TDD LTE network trials via a competitive tender process. The company has named Huawei, ZTE, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and Ericsson as its main vendors for the second-phase of its LTE trial rollout, C114 reported. Sources close to the tender told the…

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    Ofcom Seeks Advice On High Frequencies For 5G

    Ofcom on Friday called on industry players to provide their considered opinion on the feasibility of using frequencies above 6 GHz for 5G services. The U.K. telco watchdog is seeking answers to 14 questions covering various topics, such as the practicalities of achieving very high data rates using this spectrum; whether operators would seek to…

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    India’s Trai Slams Government’s Auction Plan

    Indian telecom regulator Trai has admonished the telecom ministry for its plan to auction just 5MHz of 2.1-GHz spectrum during an auction scheduled for next month. The decision to include only 5MHz of 2.1-GHz 3G spectrum in the first of the planned auctions could restrict competition, unfairly benefit incumbents and discourage future investments in the sector, Trai said in…

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