In Brief: US Agency Invests in Myanmar Tower Operator 

The USA government's development finance agency is making its first investment in Myanmar, with a loan to a telecoms company. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation will lend USD250 million to Apollo Towers Myanmar, a company that builds and maintains telecoms towers.Apollo has erected about 1,800 telecoms towers, OPIC said, and has plans to install another 2,000 as operators look to expand into the countryside.About 70 percent of Myanmar's 51 million people live in rural areas, but infrastructure in much of the country is lacking.

***Officials in Beijing have ruled against Apple, saying there were patent violations on some iPhone models. The ruling, from Beijing’s Intellectual Property Office, went in favour of Shenzen Baili, a small local rival. Apple said an appeal had already been lodged, allowing the phones to stay on the market in the Chinese capital pending the outcome.The IP Office said the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on patent rights held by Shenzhen Baili because of similarities to its 100C phone. While the decision covers only Beijing, future lawsuits against Apple could take the case as a precedent, potentially influencing the outcomes of litigation elsewhere in China.

***Orange shared details of the various fees levied by Egypt's telecoms regulator for fixed and mobile licences, including a 3.54 billion Egyptian pounds (€352 million) charge for a 4G concession.The mobile operator issued an Arabic language statement to the Egyptian Stock Market on the subject.The announcement also states that Orange has been asked by the regulator to pay EGP100 million for a fixed-line licence and EGP1.8 billion for an international calls licence.The telco said it is considering its options and has yet to make a decision on the licences.

***Smart World Japan is the name of *PLDT*’s new all-digital virtual operator business in Japan, as a result of a tie-up between the group’s international arm PLDT Global and NTT Communications to launch a service targeting the Filipino community there.Smart World Japan promises a range of ‘community-centric’ mobile broadband plans with voice calls and SMS.PLDT Global president said the all-digital mobile service will be hosted by NTT DOCOMO. ‘We have been studying the market [intensively in an effort to understand] our local market of 240,000 [Japan-based] Filipinos, understanding their needs and wants in the digital space. They are different from Filipinos we find in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan or Guam,’the PLDT official said, noting that Filipino ex-pats in Japan are heavy digital content data users.

***Sri Lankan operators Dialog Axiata and Mobitel have each announced successful trials of 4.5G technology, demonstrating download speeds in excess of 1Gbps.Dialog confirmed that its test was carried out over its LTE infrastructure in partnership with Huawei,with the throughput delivered via the LTE Radio(Air)Interface. Dialog notes that following the test, it has joined 20 countries where 4.5G capabilities have been demonstrated.