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Industry Forecast - Mobile - 2014 - OCT 2014

Americas September 2014 / Paraguay / Industry

The Paraguayan mobile market continues to experience slowing growth, with an overall increase of just 4.05% in 2013, according to regulator Conatel. We expect this slowdown will continue throughout our forecast period, as the superior market share enjoyed by Millicom International Cellular's Tigo will ensure that competition remains weak. This has led to a mobile penetration of 103.8% as of 2013, below average compared to other markets in the region. While we believe there are organic growth prospects in the mobile market, Tigo's dominant position will lead to growth of just 3.52% over the course of 2014, with mobile subscribers rising to 7.303mn from 7.054mn in 2013.

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Company News Alert - Network Overhaul Welcomed But VoLTE Won't Help VHA - OCT 2014

Asia September 2014 / Australia / Companies

The overhaul of its core network will help VHA win and retain new customers in Australia's intensely competitive mobile market. The rollout of VoLTE technology will enable it to provide high-definition voice services at a significantly lower cost, but BMI believes this will not be enough to help the company improve its market share.

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Industry Risk/Reward Ratings - CEE Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings, Q414 - OCT 2014

Emerging Europe September 2014 / Europe / Industry

The aggregate Telecoms rating for the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region declined by 0.2 points during the Q414 update when compared to the previous quarter, and now totals 44.5. This was despite the addition of new market Azerbaijan into the ratings table, which helped to boost the overall score in many categories.

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Company News Alert - Positive Outlook For Revamped M-Pesa MFS - OCT 2014

Middle East & Africa September 2014 / South Africa / Industry

Vodacom's revamped M-Pesa mobile financial service (MFS) platform is primed to attract significant interest from consumers with its wider distribution network and enhanced functionality. But it does not address the issue of interoperability of MFS platforms in South Africa, which is vital for the long-term value and volume growth of the service.

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Company News Alert - Rising Investor Sentiment Underscores Telenor Sale Prospects - OCT 2014

Western Europe September 2014 / Norway / Companies

Telenor's appeal has been boosted by solid growth across its Nordic and Asian footprint, with a particularly strong uplift in data consumption driving expansion in otherwise challenging markets. With Telenor outperforming its peers, we believe the time is right for the Norwegian government to offload some of its shares in the company, although the window of opportunity will likely be narrow.

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