In Brief:Altan wins Mexico's shared mobile network tender 

Mexico awarded a licence to build and operate a nationwide wholesale mobile network to the Altan consortium.Altan is led by funds owned by Morgan Stanley and the World Bank,and by a fund owned by Eugenio Galdon,the founder of Spain's Grupo Multitel,which supplies equipment and services to cable providers."We are absolutely satisfied with the result,the investors that make up the group are showing their confidence and their interest in the future and present of the country."Galdon said Altan will be granted cheap access to spectrum in the 700-MHz band and a 20-year public-private partnership (PPP) to build out and operate a wholesale LTE network.The network is expected to cost around $7 billion.

***AdaptiveMobile,the world leader in mobile network security announced at AfricaCom 2016 new research findings that show mobile operators in West Africa are the highest target for SS7 attacks in the continent.The research,conducted by AdaptiveMobile’s Threat Intelligence Unit,analyses packets sent over a 4-month period and finds that 39% of all African operators attacked via SS7were in West Africa. Heightened awareness of vulnerabilities in the signalling protocols has driven an increase in demand for protection against a range of attacks, including location tracking and call interception.Previous analysis from AdaptiveMobile showed a number of malicious, sophisticated platforms operating throughout the continent.New research shows that 65% of all operators in this analysis were affected by location tracking attacks and 100% of operators were affected by subscriber harvesting attacks.

***Senegal’s telecoms watchdog the Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts( ARTP)has confirmed that the deadline for mobile network operators(MNOs)to confirm the identification and verification of their subscribers’details closed as planned on 11 November 2016.At that date some four million unidentified SIM cards were still in circulation out of a total mobile base of around 15 million users.In light of the high number of unregistered SIMS,the regulator has decided to grant MNOs one more week to allow latecomers to fall into line before their cards are deactivated.ARTP director has warned that there will be no more extensions,noting that any customer who has not been identified will have their card suspended, effective 19 November 2016.

***Brazil's Minister of Science,Technology,Innovation and Communications,Gilberto Kassab,has requested the support of the Senate to accelerate the approval of Bill 3453/2015 which modernises the General Telecommunications Law and enables investments in broadband services.Kassab pointed out that the approval of the bill should represent a volume of investments of about BRL 50 billion in infrastructure and expansion of the broadband service in the country.The new bill transforms the current fixed telephony concessions into licences.In exchange for a more flexible system, operators will have investment commitments.

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