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21 Feb 2019

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

The UAE’s *Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (du)* has announced the launch of NB-IoT services based on 3GPP Release 14 standards in partnership with *Nokia*, *Affirmed Networks* and *MediaTek*, incorporating a... more

Sunrise unveils 5G plans

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise has announced plans for a limited 5G trial next month for around 100 selected residential and business customers. The company is aiming to be the first... more

Iran aiming to begin 5G and IoT development

Iran’s ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi says the country is aiming to deploy 5G and IoT networks in Iranian calendar year 1398, which begins on 21 March 2019. A... more

Vodafone makes 5G video call in Barcelona

Vodafone Spain has announced that it has successfully completed a 5G video call between Barcelona and Madrid. The connection consisted of a videoconference between a PC connected to the telco’s... more

Vodafone Idea enlists Ericsson for network modernisation

Vodafone Idea has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to deploy its 5G-ready radio system and microwave backhaul solutions across selected markets in India. The upgrade will improve the cellco’s LTE capabilities... more

Du expects 40% jump in CAPEX this year

United Arab Emirates (UAE) fixed and mobile operator Du says it expects capital expenditures to rise by 40% this year as it increases investment in 5G mobile technology. The firm,... more

BROADBAND

YTL Communications to carry out Terragraph pilot in Georgetown

Malaysian broadband provider YTL Communications, which offers services under the Yes banner, is to undertake a pilot of Terragraph in Georgetown, Penang, Digital News Asia reports. Terragraph is a ‘60GHz... more

WIRELINE

Nkom sends draft decision on FTRs to ESA

Norwegian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has sent a draft decision regarding fixed termination rates (FTRs) to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) for its consideration. In... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Millicom agrees USD1.65bn deal for Telefonica assets in Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that it has entered into agreements with Spanish telecoms group Telefonica and its affiliates to acquire the entire share capital of Telefonica Moviles Panama,... more

Orange reports accelerated growth in revenues, EBITDA in 2018

Multinational telecoms operator Orange Group has published its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018, claiming accelerated growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and operating cash flow. In... more

DT posts 1% rise in 2018 revenue

German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported revenue of EUR75.65 billion (USD85.8 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018, a rise of 0.9% from EUR74.95 billion the... more

Telefonica generates revenues of EUR48.7bn in 2018

Telefonica Group has reported revenues of EUR48.7 billion (USD55.2 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018, down 6.4% on an annualised basis. Group OIBDA for the year under... more

Liberty Latin America 2018 revenues up 2% to USD3.7bn

Liberty Latin America (LLA), which was established in December 2017, following a ‘split-off’ from Liberty Global, has reported revenue of USD3.7 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018,... more

Bouygues Telecom’s 2018 revenues up 6% y-o-y

French conglomerate Bouygues Group has reported revenues of EUR35.555 billion (USD40.3 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018, an increase of 8% from EUR32.923 billion in the year-ago... more

Turkcell 2018 annual sales jump 20.8% on digital services strategy

Turkcell’s consolidated group revenue grew by 20.6% year-on-year in Q4 2018 to TRY5.626 billion (USD1.060 billion) and by 20.8% in FY 2018 to TRY21.293 billion. EBITDA grew 28.8% and 41.1%... more

Magyar Telekom 2018 revenues grow on systems integration, mobile data, equipment sales

Hungary’s Magyar Telekom reported that its total revenues (excluding the impact of IFRS 15 adoption) increased by 7.8% year-on-year to HUF174.0 billion (USD622 million) in Q4 2018 and by 7.2%... more

Bogota abandons ETB stake sale

The Capital District of Bogota has abandoned plans to sell its 88.4% stake in local telco Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB), the local authority’s finance minister Beatriz Arbelaez has... more
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