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21 Jun 2018

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*TIM Brasil* is launching an NB-IoT pilot network in Santa Rita do Sapucai, using the 700MHz band, ahead of a commercial rollout expected to begin later this year, Teletime reports.... more

Vodafone names seven 5G trial cities

British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK has named seven of the country’s largest cities as locations that will become its ‘5G trial areas’. Confirming that it expects to begin... more

M1, Huawei hold 5G trials in Singapore

Singapore fixed and mobile operator M1 and Chinese equipment maker Huawei say they will continue joint tests of 5G technology for the remainder of this year, including working to complete... more

Mytel to deploy satellite backhaul solution

Vietnamese-backed cellco Mytel has selected Communication & Commerce (Com & Com) to provide a satellite backhaul solution to support its network expansion. Com & Com’s system will use Newtec’s Cross-Dimensional... more

Altice to sell stakes in new French, Portuguese tower units to cut debt

Dutch-based Altice Europe is planning to raise EUR2.5 billion (USD2.9 billion) by selling stakes in its telecoms towers businesses in France and Portugal, with a view to reducing its debt... more

Subtel suspends use of 3.5GHz band

Chilean sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) has ordered Claro, Entel, Grupo GTD, Movistar and VTR to halt commercial use of the 3.5GHz band after its... more

Zimbabwe slashes mobile data charges

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is pushing through a cut in mobile data rates. From 1 July out-of-bundle mobile internet access will be charged at USD0.05... more

BROADBAND

Combined T-Mobile-Sprint seeks to offer fixed-wireless 5G to 90% of US by 2024

T-Mobile US has filed a Public Interest Statement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its planned merger with Sprint, and in doing so has mapped out the enlarged operator’s... more

50% of Spark broadband users ditch copper for fibre, wireless alternatives

New Zealand telco Spark has announced that half of its broadband user base has moved from copper networks onto newer, ‘future-proofed’ technology platforms such as fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fixed-wireless access... more

Court tells Algerie Telecom to reinstate low-cost fixed LTE package

Algerie Telecom (AT) has lost a court case brought by consumer protection association APOCE regarding the telco’s scrapping of a low-cost offer for fixed modem 4G LTE wireless broadband users,... more

TIM and Open Fiber discuss FTTH tie-up

Telecom Italia (TIM) has discussed the possibility of merging its domestic fibre broadband assets with those of Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber, which is deploying a rival set of... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Sistema exits RCOM; BSNL joins queue to recover funds from Aircel

Russia’s Sistema group has completed its exit of the Indian telecoms market, having sold its 10% stake in Reliance Communications (RCOM) in multiple tranches over the last few months, the... more

Aussie telco MNF inks deal to buy Singapore’s SuperInternet

Australian telecoms firm MNF Group (whose brands include MyNetFone, Symbio Networks and Pennytel) has struck a deal to acquire Singapore's SuperInternet Group for a consideration of around SGD2 million (USD1.47... more

Caribbean cell towers, Panama unit could be sold as Digicel plans USD500m asset sales

Digicel Group plans to complete the sale and leaseback of 450 cell towers across the Caribbean by the end of September, the Irish Times reports, as part of a wider... more

TNM posts 60% rise in 2017 profit

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has reported revenue of MWK82.1 billion (USD110.6 million) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017, an increase of 21.8% from MWK67.4 billion the previous year.... more

MegaFon Q1 revenues up 2.6%

Russia’s MegaFon has posted a 2.6% year-on-year rise in its total telecoms sector revenues to RUB76.459 billion (USD1.201 billion) in the first quarter of 2018, helped by underlying mobile data... more
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