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20 Sep 2019

WIRELESS

Verizon to launch 5G in NYC on 26 September

US mobile market leader Verizon Wireless will launch its ‘5G Ultra Wideband’ service in an eleventh location, New York City, on 26 September, it has been revealed. Coverage will initially... more

Drei switches on 5G in two areas of Vienna

Hutchison Drei Austria has announced the live operation of its 5G network in parts of Seestadt Aspern and Floridsdorf in the capital Vienna. The development follows earlier activations in the... more

Three UK outlines plans for 4G enhancements

British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK has said its customers have already started seeing the benefits of a ‘significant upgrade’ to its 4G network. In a press release regarding... more

5G mmWave auction pencilled in for Q1 2020; Rostelecom, Rostec advance 5G roadmap project

Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) is considering holding auctions for 5G spectrum licences in the millimetre wave (mmWave) 25.25GHz-27.5GHz range in Q1 2020, and will make a decision... more

SoftBank, KDDI must unlock smartphones from day one, gov’t says

The Japan Times writes that the government is putting in place measures to force mobile network operators (MNOs) SoftBank Corp and KDDI (au) to guarantee that customers signing up for... more

Vodafone Fiji reveals plan to develop cloud services

Locally owned mobile operator Vodafone Fiji intends to develop its cloud services capabilities and to that end is currently undertaking a capital expenditure project that is scheduled to be completed... more

iConnect launches eSIM solution on Guam

Guam-based mobile operator iConnect has launched what it says is the territory’s first consumer embedded SIM (eSIM) solution, in association with Hong Kong-based 10T Tech. eSIM is a global functionality... more

A1 Croatia and Ericsson Nikola Tesla extend partnership

Fixed and mobile operator A1 Croatia has signed a framework contract with locally based vendor and long-term equipment partner Ericsson Nikola Tesla (ENT), covering the development of its radio access... more

BROADBAND

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

*Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)* has commenced construction works on the USD350 million *Southern Cross NEXT* cable, which will be owned and operated by a consortium comprising *Spark New Zealand*, *Singtel... more

Viva’s Qualitynet chooses ADVA for 400Gbps ‘flexible’ data transport

German-based optical networking company ADVA has been selected by broadband operator Qualitynet – owned by Viva Kuwait – to deploy its FSP 3000 platform for nationwide data transport at speeds... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodafone Zambia put up for sale

Amid continuing financial struggles, Mobile Broadband Limited, which trades under the Vodafone Zambia banner, has formally announced that the company is to be sold, after its current shareholders failed to... more

Digi Communications interested in Telekom Romania Mobile assets

Digi Communications – the owner of Romanian cableco-turned-mobile operator RCS&RDS (DIGI) – has expressed an interest in buying certain Telekom Romania Mobile assets, Ziarul Financiar reports, citing sources familiar with... more

TRAI floats paper on reforming M&A process

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a consultation paper on potential reforms to merger and acquisition rules, with the goal of simplifying and speeding up... more
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