In Brief:Nepal lays fibre for China Telecom link 

State-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) says it has completed the deployment of a fibre link to the Chinese border, as it looks to strengthen communications ties with its neighbour.The network runs from the capital Kathmandu to the border town of Rasuwagadhi.NT plans to connect with its Chinese counterpart China Telecom. NT will then have a direct connection to data centres in Hong Kong, while there are also plans to develop a connection to Singapore. Nepalese news source Republica cites NT spokesperson Dilliram Adhikari as saying: ‘Nepal can now establish global connectivity through Hong Kong via China, or Singapore via India. Service will become cheaper and faster from June after connecting with both the hubs in Hong Kong and Singapore.

***Philippines-based beer and food conglomerate San Miguel Corp (SMC) said it is holding a series of talks with four foreign telcos, as the firm strives to resurrect plans to launch its maiden telecoms venture, now tentatively scheduled to take place in the third quarter of this year. Earlier this month, discussions between SMC and Australian telco Telstra over a Filipino mobile joint venture (JV) broke down,followed soon after by local press speculation that Norway-based Telenor Group is eager to seek a deal to become SMC’s new foreign partner.Whilst SMC president confirmed that Telenor Group had been in contact,he moved to cool expectations when he noted that he was still‘thinking about it’,suggesting too that,despite its lack of experience,the conglomerate could still look to go it alone.
***TIM Brasil has adopted a sales management application that aims to optimize the work of corporate solutions consultants, called Easy Vendas. The tool provides more flexibility and efficiency for about 3,000 sales representatives, who can perform all transactions paperless with electronic signatures and digital receipts.With the benefits provided by the platform,TIM expects a reduction in the 15-day process for completing a contract to two days.

***Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has confirmed that, following the Ministry of Communication’s decision to oppose its acquisition of Golan Telecom, it has now entered into talks with its smaller rival related to a network access deal.Cellcom noted that it and Golan are currently negotiating ‘an agreement which would,if finalised and approved by the regulators,allow Golan Telecom to continue to use [Cellcom’s] networks in the provision of its services.’However,it stressed that any such deal would itself be subject to further agreements ‘which are yet to be reached’,adding that there was no certainty of this happening.

***The Portuguese government, through the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, is holding a public consultation on a draft amendment that establishes the rules for the construction of infrastructure suitable for the accommodation of electronic communications networks and the construction of telecommunications infrastructure in housing developments, urban settlements, groups of buildings and buildings. The draft amendment aims to ensure the transposition of Directive 2014/61/EU concerning measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks. All interested parties have until 31 May to express their comments and suggestions