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31 Aug 2016

WIRELESS

MCMC unveils pricing for reallocated spectrum in 900MHz/1800MHz bands

Following the announcement back in February 2016 that it was reallocating spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has now confirmed the pricing... more

DoT delays spectrum auction to 1 October

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has agreed to postpone the start of the upcoming spectrum auction from 29 September to 1 October. According to the Economic Times, the original date... more

Sequans delivers LTE for M2M, IoT on T-Mobile US network

Paris-based Sequans Communications has been contracted by T-Mobile US to deliver its LTE Cat 1 technology and products to the cellco’s machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) customers. Sequans’... more

Smart’s Tanzanian unit launches ‘unlimited’ 4G bundles

Smart Telecom (Tanzania), controlled by Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) through Uganda-based holding company SMART East Africa Group, has announced the launch of weekly and monthly 4G LTE... more

Airtel launches new data offer to fend off Jio

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest cellco by subscribers, has introduced a new wireless data offering in an effort to minimise the impact of industry newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL). The Economic... more

Kazakh cellcos to share 4G networks

VimpelCom has announced that its subsidiary Beeline Kazakhstan (formerly KaR-Tel) has entered a network sharing agreement with domestic rival K’cell for the joint deployment of 4G LTE services. VimpelCom says... more

Telenet selects ZTE for mobile network upgrade

Liberty Global’s Belgian subsidiary Telenet has signed a network modernisation contract with ZTE of China for the supply of a new UniRan radio access network. The deal covers the replacement... more

BROADBAND

Germany grants EUR457m for high speed broadband expansion

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Bundesministerium fur Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur, BMVI) has approved a further 53 grants to fund the rollout of high speed broadband networks... more

EU telecom regulators adopt strict position on net neutrality rules

In a ruling announced yesterday (30 August), EU regulators have seemingly adopted a firm position on how they intend to interpret rules limiting the ways telecom service providers prioritise certain... more

nbn trialling XG-FAST in partnership with Nokia

nbn, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, is reportedly working with technology partner Nokia on trials of XG-FAST technology, according to The Australian. It is understood that... more

CWC taps Ericsson, Cisco for Caribbean IP backbone upgrades

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), the pan-Caribbean telecoms group now owned by UK-based Liberty Global, has enlisted vendor duo Ericsson and Cisco to supply and install IP networks in three... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Iliad’s revenues, subscribers up in H1 2016

French telecoms company Iliad Group has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016, reporting 6.3% annual growth in its consolidated revenues to EUR2.297 billion (USD2.56... more

Bouygues reports improvement in sales, EBITDA in first half of 2016

French conglomerate Bouygues Group has reported revenue of EUR14.669 billion (USD16.34 billion) for the six months ended 30 June 2016, a decrease of 3% from EUR15.098 billion in the year-ago... more

Court blocks PCC review of landmark Filipino telco deal

The 12th Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) has halted the antitrust review of San Miguel Corp’s (SMC’s) telecom business buyout by PLDT Inc. (formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone... more
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