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In Brief:EC on track to deliver telecom reform proposal in Sept 

The European Commission's proposals for reforming the EU telecom regulatory framework will be ready on time,in September,according to the director-general of the DG Connect.While the Commission is still working on its plans the planned announcement by the Commission this week on policies to support e-commerce and reform audiovisual sector policy will offer some indication of the approach the EC will take on telecoms,particularly in how to achieve a 'level playing field' for the various players in the sector. Connectivity remains the key objective of the reform,as part of the EU's broader Digital Single Market policy. The aim is to stimulate operators to invest in faster networks and increased connectivity, while providing regulatory certainty to ensure a return for the investors.Investment is also key to ensuring competition. "There can be no competition without investment, these are two sides of the same coin," said the DG Connet.

*** Telecom network equipment maker Nokia (NOK.N) is likely to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs globally - far more than it has announced so far - after its acquisition of Franco-American rival Alcatel-Lucent (ALALF.PK), a Finnish union representative said.The company has announced plans for around 2,400 job cuts in Finland and Germany as part of a cost-cutting programme but has not so far given a global figure.Cuts on the scale estimated by the union would represent as much as 14 per cent of Nokia's worldwide work force of 104,000.

*** Algeria's telecoms regulator named the country's three main mobile operators as the provisional winners of its three available 4G licences. Algérie Télécom Mobile, or Mobilis; Wataniya Télécom Algérie, which adopted the Ooredoo brand a couple of years ago; and Optimum Télécom Algerie, which operates as Djezzy, had all submitted applications.It has since evaluated their bids and revealed that Algérie Télécom's offer comes out on top.Djezzy is in second place, followed by Ooredoo in third."The three operators are declared provisional winners of a licence to establish and operate public fourth-generation mobile networks and to provide services to the public," the ARPT said.

*** Malaysian infrastructure group edotco has announced plans to build a total of 1,000 to 2,000 new towers across its six markets of Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Myanmar this year. The group’s CEO as said that the company rolled out 1,700 new network sites across five of the countries in which it operates (all except Myanmar) last year, including 250 in Malaysia. The official went on to say that edotco is aiming to build 2,000 sites in all six countries this year, including 200 to 300 in Malaysia. Further, the group will invest USD1.2 million to build 22 shared network connectivity sites in Cyberjaya.

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