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In Brief :Orange completes Airtel Sierra Leone buy 

***France-based telco adds market number 21 in Africa.
Orange closed the acquisition of Airtel Sierra Leone, increasing its Middle East and Africa footprint to 21 markets.
The France-based telco agreed to buy the assets from Bharti Airtel as part of a deal that also included Airtel Burkina Faso.The Burkina Faso transaction closed in June.With 1.3 million mobile subscribers, Airtel Sierra Leone is the country's biggest player.
With a mobile penetration rate of around 50% of the population, Sierra Leone offers a considerable growth potential..
Under its strategic plan,Orange intends to grow revenues in the Middle East and Africa by 20% between 2015 and 2018.In 2015, the telco generated revenue of €4.9 billion from the region,up from €4.3 billion in 2014.

***Gabon Telecom has officially launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) networks in Libreville.The FTTH network,which supports download speeds of up to 50Mbps,is initially available in the following districts of the capital:Asecna, Sabliere,Tahiti,Narval,Kalikak and Batterie IV.In FTTB-enabled locations,the final connection is delivered in-building via a VDSL copper tail,the telco notes.While no prices are quoted on the company website,Gabon Telecom notes that it charges XAF200,000(USD335.7)for an FTTH router and XAF80,000 for a VDSL/FTTB router, whilst broadband users also get a fixed voice connection

***Telenor has decided not to take part in India's forthcoming auction of mobile spectrum, citing high prices,and is considering its future in the market.
"We have,after thorough consideration,decided not to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction,as we believe the proposed spectrum prices do not give an acceptable level of return," the Norwegian operator said,alongside the publication of its second quarter results.The comment came despite an improved performance in India.

***Guyana’s long-awaited Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill has been passed into law after narrowly clearing a parliamentary vote,with 33 MPs in favour and 32 against.The legislation is designed to liberalise the fixed line market and paves the way for the government to end the monopoly of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on international voice and data transmission,According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database,reforms to the telecommunication sector have been under way since 2009,but have been delayed and postponed on numerous occasions.
***Argentina's president this week unveiled a US$5 billion project to boost the availability and usage of mobile Internet in the country, with a specific focus on making 4G handsets more accessible.The Mobile Internet Access Programme will see telecoms and cable operators,ICT companies and other industry groups invest that sum in improving infrastructure and promoting access to modern equipment.
The project will be"a real revolution,because it will enable us to catch up with the other big countries in the region," said the president.