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17 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

Bakcell launches LTE service in Ganja

Bakcell, Azerbaijan’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that it has launched its 4G LTE service in Ganja, with the deployment coming two months after rival... more

Lithuania drops SIM registration proposal

The government of Lithuania has scrapped a proposal to introduce pre-paid SIM registration next year, reports Verslo Zinios. The registration scheme was put forward as a measure to prevent crime... more

PNG cellcos told to warn users when they exceed data bundle allowances

Papua New Guinea’s communications minister Sam Basil has directed the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to alert subscribers when they exceed their data usage allowances, The National reports. Mr Basil... more

Unicom to boost coverage and capacity with small cell deployment

China Unicom has enlisted Finnish equipment vendor Nokia to deploy its Flexi Zone small cells and AirScale low power radio head across 31 provinces, as part of efforts to extend... more

FCC allocates additional '5G' mmWave spectrum

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the allocation of additional wireless broadband spectrum above 24GHz. A new 1.7GHz portion of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum for ‘terrestrial 5G wireless... more

AT&T deploys commercial LTE-LAA in Indianapolis

US giant AT&T has announced the commercial deployment of LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) network technology in Indianapolis, accessible to users with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 devices. The news followed the... more

Orange wants 5G in Slovakia by 2022

The Slovakian fixed and mobile operator Orange Slovensko says it is looking to launch a commercial 5G network between 2020 and 2022, having already begun negotiations on equipment contracts with... more

BROADBAND

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

The Philippines’ *Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)* and the *Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)* have launched the *Luzon Bypass Infrastructure* project, aiming to provide a terrestrial bypass... more

NetLink Trust reports more than 1.35m Singapore premises passed

NetLink NBN Trust, the former Singtel Group company tasked with building, managing and operating Singapore's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN), has published its first quarterly results since... more

Telia Norge inks dark fibre deal with Eidsiva Breadband

Telia Norge has inked a deal with Eidsiva Bredband which it claims will enable it to enhance its network quality and capacity, while also increasing the robustness of its infrastructure... more

Italy consults on 3.5GHz band

Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) has opened a consultation into a possible extension of spectrum rights in the 3.5GHz band which are due to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Airtel gets first nod for TTSL takeover

Bharti Airtel, India's largest wireless provider by subscribers, has received approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for its planned acquisition of the wireless business of Tata Teleservices Limited... more

EQT goes double Dutch: CAIW takeover follows DELTA deal

Swedish investment group EQT, via EQT Infrastructure III Fund, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dutch regional cable and fibre network operator CIF Holding (CAIW) from Rabo Bouwfonds Communication... more

Iliad reports 6.6% growth in revenues in 9M17

French telecoms company Iliad Group has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, reporting 6.6% annual growth in its consolidated revenues to EUR3.7 billion (USD4.4... more
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