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Brief:Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar Signed a Network Expansion Agreement 

Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar have signed a three year agreement under which Nokia will upgrade and expand Ooredoo's existing mobile broadband network across the country.Ooredoo is already using Nokia's LTE-A carrier aggregation technology to offer subscribers with compatible mobile devices up to 375 megabits-per-second speeds in busy areas of Doha,Qatar's capital and most populous city.The companies achieved peak data rates close to 600 Mbps. Under the new agreement,Nokia will deploy its radio and core network technologies and services expertise.

***Senegalese telecom regulator ARTP has set up an IT system that operators can use to check in real time a database of customers that have already been indentified and to check the reliability of information given by customers during the identification process. The regulator,file automation department and operators will sign an agreement covering the new solution on 10 May.The ARTP ordered all operators to block the Sim cards of unidentified users by 1 October 2015.

***Guyanese cellcos Guyana Telephone and Telegraph(GTT)and Digicel Guyana have both activated their respective high speed mobile broadband networks after receiving conditional licences and additional spectrum.Although the two new networks are being marketed by the cellcos as ‘4G’,the systems utilise HSPA+,a 3G evolution or ‘3.5G’ technology.The concessions were allocated ahead of the anticipated introduction of a new Telecommunications Bill later this month in order to allow GTT and Digicel to launch the services in time for the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s independence. The details of the new legislation have not yet been made public, but the Bill is widely expected to cover the liberalisation of the sector.

***Indonesia's XL Axiata has secured regulatory approval to raise up to USD651 million by selling fresh shares to the public. USD500 million will be used to pay down debt to its majority shareholder, Malaysia's Axiata Group.As Axiata Group owns 66.4% percent of the Indonesian mobile network, and doesn't want its stake diluted, it will be buying shares worth US$432.5 million in the offering.USD500 million in debt repayment, most of it comes from the parent company as a payment to itself.

***Vodacom said the strong banking sector in South Africa meant that it was no longer feasible to continue marketing M-Pesa mobile money services in this market, although it stressed that other M-Pesa markets would not be affected.The Vodafone-owned company said that it will discontinue its M-Pesa product in South Africa with effect from 30th June 2016.The move means that M-Pesa will now be available in 10 markets rather than 11.Vodafone said in April that the M-Pesa mobile money increased its user base by 27.1% to 25.3 million active customers in the 12 months to 31 March,driven by launches in Albania and Ghana.