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In Brief:Vodafone authorised to operate as MVNO in Chile 

Vodafone has been authorised to provide mobile phone services throughout Chile for a 30-year period.The company now has just under two years to find a network partner,with Claro (America Movil), Movistar (Telefonica) and Entel currently dominating the Chilean market with 95 percent of subscribers.Vodafone already operates as an MVNO in Brazil, providing business and M2M connectivity services, and previous reports have suggested the UK telecom giant is looking to further expand in Latin America.MVNOs account for just 1.8 percent of the local mobile telephony market in Chile,led by Virgin Mobile with around 439,000 customers at the end of the first quarter.

***The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced its intention to auction off the five remaining regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences, which allow for the deployment of metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure and associated transmission equipment on an open access, non-discriminatory and price-regulated basis. In January 2015 MainOne Cable and IHS secured the first two concessions – for Lagos State and the North Central Zone and under the second phase of licensing, permits will be awarded for the five remaining zones: North East, North West, South East, South West and South South. The NCC says that the Request for Proposal (RFP) document detailing the commercial principles, key licensing conditions and technical specifications will be advertised and made available shortly.

***South Korean mobile network operator LG Uplus has been fined KRW1.82 billion (USD1.66 million) by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) for illegal business practices.In addition,it is understood that the regulator has imposed a business suspension on the cellco for selling handsets reserved for corporate use to residential subscribers,with LG Uplus alleged to have done so with a view to luring subscribers away from its two major rivals, SK Telecom and KT Corp.According to the KCC, around 171,600 ineligible customers were sold corporate-use handsets between January and June of this year.The ten-day business suspension will only apply to LG Uplus’ business unit which handles corporate handset sales, with this to be barred from signing up new customers during the period.

***PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has signed a contract with NEC Corporation to build the 5,300km Indonesia Global Gateway (IGG) subsea cable, set to be completed in early 2018.
IGG, a 100Gbps x 80 wavelengths x 4 fibre pairs optical-fibre submarine cable system, will link the Indonesian cities of Dumai, Batam, Jakarta, Madura, Bali, Makassar, Bilikpapan, Takaran and Manadowith with Singapore.Since first building an optical-fibre submarine cable system for Telkom in 1991, NEC has continuously helped to expand Indonesia's domestic connectivity. The Papua Cable System (SMPCS) being the latest such contribution, NEC is proud to have the chance to add yet another page to its service history with the IGG.

***News in very Brief:
*EE launches next phase of its UK 4G network
•*NZ’s Chorus to offer $50-a-month gigabit fibre services nationwide
•*ColoGuard boosts data centre footprint to 60,000 sq ft
•*BSO launches Mumbai Connect for HFTs
•*Telkom selects NEC to build 100Gbps IGG subsea cable
•*Orange retains top rank in ethernet leaderboard update
•*Seaborn in managed services deal to give access to Seabras-1
•*EU moves towards protecting gigabit fibre investments
•*Telstra launches global network for broadcasters and content companies
•*Eurofiber buys Netherlands colocation player Dataplace