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25 Apr 2019

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

Malaysia’s *Maxis* has claimed the launch of the country’s first NB-IoT network. On its website the cellco said it is activating NB-IoT coverage in ‘specific areas of key IoT market... more

NCAA threatens to dismantle 7,000 telecoms towers over safety concerns

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to dismantle over 7,000 telecoms masts and towers, after operators failed to obtain the statutory Aviation Height Clearance (AHC). In a statement,... more

HT Mostar and Ericsson Nikola Tesla ink new deals

Bosnian multi-service operator (MSO) HT Mostar and Croatian telecommunication equipment manufacturer Ericsson Nikola Tesla (ENT) have reportedly signed new contracts worth a total of HRK23 million (USD3.5 million). In a... more

Orange, Huawei testing 5G in Malaga

Orange Espana and Huawei have confirmed that they will demonstrate 5G mobile technology at the 5G Forum event in Malaga this week. The companies will utilise the Chinese vendor’s 5G-capable... more

TDLC postpones hearings on spectrum cases

Chile’s Antitrust Tribunal (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, TDLC) has postponed hearings relating to two ongoing cases over spectrum allocations this week, pushing back resolutions until late May/early... more

Movistar Peru brings 3G and 4G to Vilcashuaman

Spanish-backed full-service provider Movistar Peru has announced the launch of 3G and 4G services in Vilcashuaman in the Ayacucho region. The rollout, which will benefit more than 8,000 residents, is... more

BROADBAND

Cyta covers 10,000 homes with fibre

Cypriot incumbent telco Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) has revealed that it has covered 10,000 homes with its fibre-optic network, with plans to extend the footprint to 25,000 by the end... more

Vodafone Qatar claims residential 5G fixed broadband solution

Vodafone Qatar has announced that it is launching a commercial 5G home broadband solution under the ‘Vodafone GigaHome’ banner, Gulf Times reports. The company claims that the new fixed internet... more

Greece plans higher prices for copper access

The Greek telecoms regulator, the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT), has opened a consultation into wholesale pricing for copper access products. The watchdog is... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Pension fund USSL announces deal to acquire KCOM

UK-based pension fund Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USSL) has announced that its ‘wholly-owned indirect subsidiary’ Bidco is offering to acquire all shares in Hull-based KCOM for a total consideration of... more

Macquarie considering sale of Czech operator CRa

According to Czech online news portal HN, the sale of Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa), which operates the largest radio and television broadcasting network in the Republic, is being prepared by the... more

MTN Nigeria converted to public company ahead of planned listing

MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of South African telecoms company MTN Group, has been converted into a public company ahead of its listing on the local stock exchange, which is planned... more

US bankruptcy court grants BTel debt restructuring recognition

The Jakarta Post reports that the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted Indonesian telco Bakrie Telecom (BTel’s) request for recognition of its Indonesian debt... more

AT&T 1Q19 revenues up 17.8% to USD44.8bn

US telecoms giant AT&T Inc has reported consolidated operating revenues of USD44.8 billion for the three months ended 31 March 2019, up 17.8% from USD38.0 billion on an annualised basis.... more

Du increases 2019 CAPEX forecast

United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Du has increased its CAPEX forecast for 2019, saying it plans a hike in spending of up to 70% this year as it prepares for... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Mozambique’s TMCEL signs contract with Huawei

Mocambique Telecom (TMCEL), the state-backed fixed and mobile operator in Mozambique, has signed an equipment contract with Chinese vendor Huawei. Under the initial phase of the deal, TMCEL will spend... more
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