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25 Apr 2018

WIRELESS

DOCOMO, Nokia Bell Labs to demo 5G NR at 90GHz

In a press release, Nokia says it will begin working with Japanese mobile network operator (MNO) NTT DOCOMO at the Brooklyn 5G Summit to showcase 5G technology capable of delivering... more

Airtel awarded Niger’s first 4G mobile licence

Airtel Niger, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel, has been awarded a licence to provide 4G LTE services. Agence Nigerienne de Presse cites a government statement... more

Drei rolls out Massive MIMO in Vienna

Hutchison Drei Austria has launched Massive MIMO in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna in cooperation with Stadt Wien. The ‘Pre5G’ technology will be rolled out across the city and... more

Macau 5G services will be covered by new converged licence

The Macau Post and Telecommunications Bureau (Correios e Telecomunicacoes de Macau, CTT) says that separate licences will not be required for the provision of future 5G mobile services, with the... more

BeST expands 4G coverage to eleven new areas

Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST life:)), a mobile operator owned by Turkish telecoms company Turkcell (80%) and the government of the Republic of Belarus (20%), has announced that its in-deployment 4G... more

BROADBAND

BTC completes first stage of broadband upgrade

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) says it has completed the first phase of its ‘Bokamoso’ project, under which it is upgrading and expanding its fixed broadband networks. The BWP90 million (USD9... more

Vodafone Qatar deploying 1Gbps fibre services in Pearl-Qatar

Vodafone Qatar has agreed to upgrade and expand fibre broadband network services across The Pearl-Qatar via an agreement with local partner United Development Company (UDC), promising 1Gbps internet access and... more

TalkTalk expands availability of its G.fast-based plans to all customers

British broadband provider TalkTalk has announced a widespread launch of ‘ultrafast’ broadband connectivity, opening access to tariff plans which offer downlink speeds of up to 300Mbps to all would-be customers.... more

Regulations on interior networks come into force

A new piece of legislation has come into force in Chile which looks to allow residents of multi-dwelling units (MDUs) – such as blocks of flats or condominiums – greater... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

CityFibre agrees GBP538m investment bank takeover; names next rollout locations with Vodafone

UK-based pure fibre provider CityFibre, working in partnership with Vodafone UK, has named the next locations where it will deploy city-wide fibre as part of an ongoing project between the... more

President approves Tigo sale to consortium

The president of Senegal, Macky Sall has this month approved the sale of Millicom International Cellular’s (MIC) local mobile business Tigo to a consortium consisting of NJJ, Sofima (a telecom... more

AM 1Q18 revenues drop 3.7% y-o-y; net income plummets 50.5%

Carlos Slim-backed America Movil (AM) has reported revenues of MXN254.4 billion (USD13.5 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2018, representing a decrease of 3.7% year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA for... more

Millicom 1Q18 revenues up 3.9%; CEO cites ‘strong momentum’

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile and cable broadband in Latin America under the Tigo and Tigo Star banners, and mobile services in selected African markets, has reported quarterly... more

Turkcell reports best ever quarterly EBITDA

Turkey’s Turkcell has reported all-time high group quarterly revenue and EBITDA figures for the first three months of 2018. Consolidated revenues were up 17.5% year-on-year to TRY4.762 billion (USD1.163 billion)... more

Verizon 1Q18 revenues up 6.6% to USD31.8bn

US telecoms giant Verizon Communications has reported total operating revenues of USD31.8 billion for the three months ended 31 March 2018, up 6.6% on an annualised basis. Meanwhile, first quarter... more

Airtel turnover continues to slide; Infratel to merge with Indus

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has reported total revenues of INR196.3 billion (USD3.0 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2018, a decline of 10.5% year-on-year. The drop was... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Angola loses first telecoms satellite, starts building replacement

Angola’s government has confirmed that contact has been permanently lost with the country’s first telecoms satellite, the Russian-built Angosat-1, which was launched from Kazakhstan in December 2017. Angolan telecoms minister... more
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