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In Brief:BSNL added over 1m mobile customers in April 

India is home to 1.03 billion mobile subscriptions, according to latest regulator numbers.
Indian state-owned telco BSNL added more than 1 million mobile subscribers in April, more than any of its rivals, while Videocon, which recently sold over half a billion euros worth of spectrum to market leader Bharti Airtel, watched its customer base plummet.There were 1.03 billion mobile connections in India at the end of April, according to new figures published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

***Samsung announced plans to spend USD 1.2 billion over four years in developing its US-based Internet of Things (IoT) R&D and investments. Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and CEO unveiled Samsung’s vision for a ‘Human-Centered IoT’ at a Samsung-hosted forum in Washington, DC. The plans will be led by the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, Global Innovation Center and Samsung Research America, part of Samsung’s US footprint of more than 15,000 employees across the country.

***Altice has completed its US$17.7 billion acquisition of U.S. cable operator Cablevision.The business will be integrated into Altice USA, which, with the addition of the new assets, becomes the fourth largest cable player in the country.The French cable operator sees the U.S. market as a major growth driver for the group and in preparation for the closure of its latest acquisition, Altice USA is well positioned to grow as a leading communications and media group with its best infrastructure, most innovative and reliable services, and a committed customer-centric approach.

***Globe Telecom and PLDT reached out to the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) in a bid to resolve concerns about their joint acquisition of San Miguel Corp's (SMC's) telco assets.The PCC last week launched an investigation into the deal in order to evaluate its potential impact on competition. The decision was taken after transaction documents submitted by the operators to the watchdog were deemed inadequate.

***Bahraini telecoms group Batelco has announced plans for the rollout of ‘4G+’ LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) upgrades across its 4G network, which it claims will be the first of its type in the Kingdom. Rival cellco Viva Bahrain last month announced the completion of a 4G LTE network upgrade boosting maximum theoretical end-user mobile data speeds from 100Mbps to 150Mbps, but Trade Arabia quotes Batelco’s Bahrain CEO as saying that her company will be the first to roll out LTE-A in the market, giving ‘better coverage, greater stability and faster performance’. According to Batelco, the 4G+ network rollout has started and will accelerate over the coming months in partnership with Swedish technology vendor Ericsson.