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Etisalat launches own-brand mobile device

UAE-based operator Etisalat has unveiled its first self-branded mobile device, the Etisalat 211 FM, reports Telecompaper. The device comes bundled with a prepaid Wasel SIM card along with free airtime for international calls over a period of three months.

India’s RCom linked to Zain Africa acquisition

India’s Reliance Communications (RCom) is the latest name to be linked to an acquisition of Zain’s African mobile networks.

Foreign players eye stake in Nigeria’s Nitel

Several leading international operators are among the 13 potential investors that have expressed interest in acquiring Nitel, the struggling state-controlled Nigerian operator.

Iran to reissue 3rd license

Iran’s newly-appointed minister of Communications and Information Technology has announced that the country will make yet another attempt to award its third mobile operator license, reports Cellular News, citing an article in the Tehran Times.

Etisalat posts steady rise in revenue

TeleGeography notes that UAE-based telecoms operator Etisalat has announced its results for the nine months ended 30 September 2009, reporting revenue of AED22.107 billion (US$6.02 billion), up from AED20.805 billion in the same period a year earlier.

Etisalat bids for Tigo

TeleGeography notes that Etisalat has submitted a binding offer to buy 100 percent of Millicom’s Sri Lankan operation Tigo.

Nigerian 3G firm denies license sale

The future of the fourth Nigeria 3G license is the subject of speculation following reports that its owner – Nigerian conglomerate Dangote Group – cannot afford to launch services

India’s R-Com plans US1B telecom tower listing

Indian operator Reliance Communications (R-Com) is to partly sell-off its tower business in an IPO that could fetch the company US$1 billion. R-Com’s owner – billionaire businessman Anil Ambani – told an annual general meeting of shareholders yesterday that the operator would offer 10 percent of its tower business, Reliance Infratel, to investors, reports Financial Times.

Etisalat buys Millicom’s Sri Lankan ops for US155M

Luxembourg-based Millicom has sold its Tigo-branded mobile network in Sri Lanka to Etisalat for US$155 million in cash, ending months of speculation over the identity of an eventual acquirer. Previous names in the frame include Bharti, BSNL, VimpelCom, Axiata and NTT Docomo.