Friday Network News: August 23

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South African mobile operator Cell C is set to roll out 100 additional base stations in Johannesburg over the next three months. The roll-out follows criticism from consumers over service quality, and is designed to increase network capacity and improve user experience across the city. [read more]  



Real Future, a subsidiary of Thailand’s True Corporation, has signed an agreement with equipment vendor Ericsson for the development of its mobile broadband network in the country. Ericsson will reportedly supply its HSPA and LTE technologies, allowing True to deliver an enhanced mobile broadband experience to its 21.5 million subscribers. [read more



Ethiopia has signed an $800 million network agreement with China’s ZTE to expand mobile infrastructure in the country and introduce 4G broadband across Addis Ababa. The agreement is also expected to enable the roll-out of a 3G service across the country and the partnership with ZTE is part of a joint agreement with Huawei Technologies, worth approximately $1.6 billion. [read more



AT&T has announced plans to roll out its 4G LTE network to a minimum of 50 additional markets across the US by the end of 2013. The existing network spans 370 markets and 225 million people, and AT&T expects this to grow to 270 million people by the year end. [read more



Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is to launch what is claimed to be one of Africa’s first LTE networks. The network will be launched in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and is designed to mark Zimbabwe and Zambia’s joint hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly, to be held in the city from August 24 to 29 2013. [read more



Bangladeshi mobile operator Teletalk has extended its network into the Sundarbans region. Services are expected to be available at the beginning of next week following the implementation of telecoms infrastructure in Dublar Char, Katka and Mongla in southern Bangladesh. [read more



PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) will reportedly deploy its services in Malaysia on August 25. Commercial operations are expected to be available by September and Arief Yahya, CEO at Telkom Indonesia, said the company had met all of its targets prior to the launch. [read more



Hibernia Networks has announced two PoPs in TeleCity’s London and Frankfurt data centres. The launches in Harbour Exchange, London and Gutleutstrasse, Frankfurt are hoped to grow Hibernia’s global footprint and better its service offerings to carriers, ISPs and enterprises. [read more