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In Brief:Virgin Mobile confirms licence allocation in Argentina 

Virgin Mobile has been granted a licence to operate telecoms services in Argentina, a move that looks set to make the country its fifth market in the Latin American region.The operator, which provides mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services in 12 markets worldwide and recently announced the launch of its fourth LatAm MVNO in Peru, confirmed the licence award.

***Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) has ended discussions with an investor interested in purchasing a majority stake in WorldCall, its Pakistani ISP division, after the two parties failed to reach a favourable agreement. Omantel did not name the investor, although Allied Supplies and Services and Dunya Technologies were previously linked to an offer.

***MTN said it has launched an in-depth strategic review, after swinging to a net loss during the first half of 2016 following the hefty fine incurred in Nigeria.
The South Africa-based telco group reported a loss of 5.49 billion rand (€359.21 million) for the six months to 30 June, compared to a year earlier profit of ZAR11.9 billion in the corresponding period a year earlier.

***Indian mobile operator Aircel has announced it has added over 1 million customers in the UP (East) circle in one year. The operator plans to expand its network by more than 300 new sites in UP (East) in the next few months. These new sites will add to Aircel's 3,544 sites that have been already deployed across the circle.

***Senegalese incumbent telco Sonatel, 42.3%-owned by France’s Orange Group, has launched a free public Wi-Fi trial network in Rufisque in the Dakar region of western Senegal. Pending the outcome of tests, the operator’s newly christened ‘WiFiZone’ project is expected to be expanded in the coming weeks to the municipalities of Parcelles Assainies and Sacre Coeur/Mermoz. The telco says that it will handle the installation of equipment (i.e. router, access point, ADSL, switch), maintenance of the hotspot, authentication connections and their settings. ‘This facility will benefit the citizens of a broadband internet connection in public places and crowded places: ‘The implementation of digital public services centres by Sonatel will complement the offerings of value added services available to local communities with Sonatel Senegal WiFiZone.