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Airtel Gabon has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to deploy its new LTE network, while the agreement will also see Ericsson preside over the transformation of the cellco’s existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure.

Airtel Madagascar has renewed its telecoms licence for ten years as of 9 July 2015, Agence Ecofin reports. Due to expire in September 2015, the concession has been extended by the Agency for Regulation of Technology and Telecommunication (ARTEC) ahead of schedule, and permits the Bharti Airtel subsidiary to continue operating 2G and 3G networks in the country, while also allowing for a future rollout of 4G services. The operator’s CEO, Maixent Bekangba, commented: ‘Airtel Madagascar … through this initiative wants to show its determination to work in the long term for connectivity of the Malagasy population.’ The price of the licence extension has not been disclosed.