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17 Oct 2019

WIRELESS

O2 UK switches on 5G network

British mobile network operator O2 UK has announced the launch of its 5G network with a range of new tariffs, including an unlimited data option, at the same price as... more

Two firms withdraw from Hong Kong 4.9GHz sale

Hong Kong’s auction of 5G-capable spectrum in the 4.9GHz (4.84GHz-4.92GHz) band has attracted just two bidders. The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) says that all four incumbents submitted initial... more

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*South Korea’s* government has announced that every expressway across the country will be modified for self-driving vehicles over the next few years, Nikkei Asian Review reported. Initial plans will see... more

IMDA Singapore to ensure ‘competitive edge’ by allowing four 5G networks

Singapore’s telecoms regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has revised its plans for the allocation of 5G-suitable spectrum, saying it now intends all four mobile network operators (MNOs) to roll... more

Airtel selects Ericsson for 5G-ready Cloud Packet Core deployment

Swedish vendor Ericsson has been selected to deploy its 5G-ready Cloud Packet Core in Bharti Airtel’s pan-India core network. Announcing the contract in a press release, Ericsson said that Airtel... more

Airtel resumes post-paid mobile services in J&K

Bharti Airtel has resumed post-paid mobile services in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) this week – more than 70 days after the government imposed an unprecedented lockdown on the state. The... more

RCS&RDS to use 900MHz band for 4G expansion

RCS&RDS (DIGI), Romania’s fourth largest cellco by subscribers, is to provide 4G services using the 900MHz frequency band in addition to its existing 2100MHz and 2600MHz LTE networks. Following successful... more

BROADBAND

Proximus to deploy FTTH in Knokke-Heist

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has announced it will begin deploying fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in the coastal municipality of Knokke-Heist in the coming weeks, as part of a plan to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

FCC votes 3-2 in favour of T-Mobile-Sprint merger

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted 3-2 to approve T-Mobile US's acquisition of Sprint, Bloomberg reports, with the commissioners voting along party lines. Republican commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael... more

A1 Telekom reports 19% rise in Q3 net profit

A1 Telekom Austria Group has reported total revenues of EUR1.15 billion (USD1.27 billion) for the third quarter of 2019, a rise of 3.4% from EUR1.11 billion in the year-ago period,... more

Vodafone Idea demerges fibre infrastructure

Vodafone Idea has completed the demerger of its fibre infrastructure by transferring the assets to a wholly owned unit, Vodafone Towers Ltd (VTL), the Economic Times reports. The business daily... more

Pro forma sales down 3.7% at Telia in third quarter

Sweden’s Telia Company has reported net sales of SEK21.18 billion (USD2.16 billion) for the third quarter of 2019, up 2.4% year-on-year as reported but down 3.7% on a like-for-like basis,... more

Q3 revenues remain flat for Tele2

Sweden-based Tele2 Group says its revenues remained flat in Q3 2019 at SEK6.85 billion (USD699 million) on an organic basis compared to the year-earlier period. There was organic growth of... more
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