French Telcos Asked to Address 2G/3G Rural Coverage Gaps within 18 Months

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the country’s telecoms operators to address the existing gaps in 2G/3G network coverage in rural areas, domestic newspaper Les Echos reports. Mr Valls was cited as saying:

“All white areas should be gone in 18 months. But I wish that we go beyond what was intended by including in the law the obligation for all operators to provide access within the same timeframe, not just to 2G but also to 3G.”

The Prime Minister revealed that a total investment of EUR1 billion (USD1.06 billion) has been earmarked for addressing public services issues in underserved locations.


Beeline Launches New Base Stations in Karakalpakstan

Beeline, largest communication operator of Uzbekistan, expanded coverage area and capacity of its 2G and 3G networks in the West Regional Branch, serving subscribers in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region.

Director of Western Regional Branch of “Unitel” LLC Refat Nizamutdinov said that:

“Beeline constantly modernizes and optimizes network to provide quality services to consumers. The company’s priority is to provide reliable communication services to population in the region and increase capacity of the network to keep leadership in mobile market of Karakalpakstan.”

Installation of additional equipment helped to improve signal quality in several areas of the Republic of Karakalpakstan: Shumanay (Shumanay), Nukus (Akmangit), Kegeyli (Kegeyli), Kanlikul (Kanlikul), The Amu Darya (the village of Clichbay, Dorman) and Alikkalin (village of Kilchenok).



Ethiopia Telecom to Invest with Ericsson to Transform its Network in Ethiopia

Ericsson has signed a framework agreement on 2G 3G mobile communication equipment and related services such as design, planning, deployment, tuning, and optimization with Ethio Telecom.

The newly signed framework agreement will allow Ethio Telecom to further improve the capacity and performance of its 2G/3G network. This will consequently ensure improved quality of network coverage, richer and more innovative mobile communication services to subscribers in southern Ethiopia.

The agreement with Ericsson will be used for the procurement of Ericsson products and services and aims to transform the current network and add additional capacity to meet the country’s need to bring connectivity to more than 60 million subscribers nationwide.

Andualem Admassie, CEO, Ethio Telecom, says:

“Ethio Telecom sees this agreement with Ericsson as an important step towards fulfilling the country’s need for communication under the Telecom Expansion Plan. We believe in a long-term partnership with Ericsson.”

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Region Middle East and North East Africa at Ericsson, says:

“Ethiopia’s 3G market is rapidly growing, driven by Ethiopian’s high demand on connectivity. Ericsson is devoted to support the development of Ethiopia’s telecom industry, leveraging our global expertise and technology leadership. Today’s signing of the framework agreement will further solidify our partnership with Ethio Telecom as we will work together to ensure rewarding new user experience for Ethiopian consumers in the new connectivity era and we are fully confident that we will together achieve this objective.”

The signing was hosted by H.E Dr Debretsion, Minister of Telecommunications in Ethiopia, and was attended by key representatives from Ethio Telecom, Ericsson, and local media.

PSRC Says 3G Networks Now Cover 97.7% of Armenia’s Territory, with 2G Coverage at 100%

Gevorg Gevorgyan, the head of telecoms within Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), says that the country’s three mobile network operators – VivaCell-MTS, ArmenTel (Beeline) and Orange Armenia – have now deployed 3G services covering 97.7% of the territory, while 2G coverage stands at 100%. In a statement to the Commission yesterday, Mr Gevorgyan confirmed that as a result of the efforts of the incumbents, 3G now reaches all but 23 of the nation’s 1,001 towns and settlements.

VivaCell-MTS, majority-owned by Russian powerhouse Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has the best 3G coverage, he says, with a live signal in 957 residential areas, and only 44 unserved. Second spot is taken by Orange Armenia with coverage of 773 settlements and 228 still to be upgraded, while Beeline can lay claim to just 346 areas served, and a sizeable 655 that are without 3G.

VivaCell-MTS also claimed the top spot in terms of GSM 2G coverage according to the PSRC, with coverage of 984 settlements (i.e. a deficit of 17), ahead of Beeline with 2G in 853 residential areas (148), and Orange Armenia with 803 (198).

As a result of the operators’ service expansions, all residential areas in the country were served by at least one cellco at 1 January 2014, where it says 8.5% of settlements are served by a single network, 23.0% from two operators and 68.5% from all three.

Ucell Continues to Improve Network Coverage

Ucell, a second largest GSM mobile operator in Uzbekistan, is continuing to install new base stations in the country, including in remote and mountainous areas.

The Ucell has commissioned 3G and 2G base stations in Karakalpakstan, Kashkadarya region, Ferghana region, Namangan region, Samarkand region, Surkhandarya region, Andijan region and Jizzakh region. Quality of services will improve in these regions in the result of launch of new base station.

Technical works were conducted to increase capacity of external internet channel by 16%, which should improve speed, quality and stability of mobile internet, the operator added.

Rodika Verbenyuk, director on corporate communications of Ucell, said:

“The operator studies places and territories, where high load to network exists and this helps efficiently expand and construct new stations.  The operator’s priority is to provide quality services to subscribers.”

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