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20 Apr 2018

WIRELESS

MSIT confirms starting prices for 3.5GHz/28GHz spectrum auction

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) has announced the reserve price for its upcoming auction of spectrum suitable for the deployment of 5G services. According to Yonhap News... more

Vodacom SA expands LTE to 80% of population

Vodacom South Africa has achieved 4G LTE population coverage of 80%, claiming to be the first operator in South Africa to reach this target. The operator added that 3G and... more

FCC seeks comment on mmWave auction; AT&T ramps up ‘5G Evolution’ plans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has invited comments on proposed bidding procedures for its planned auctions of the 28GHz and 24GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum bands. The watchdog proposes to... more

Networks temporarily shutdown in Helmand

The Taliban has forced offline telecommunications networks in the areas of Helmand province it currently controls, according to reports from the Pajhwok and Voice of America news agencies. The insurgent... more

SoftBank announces PHS switch-off in July 2020

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp yesterday (19 April) announced that it intends to stop providing personal handyphone system (PHS) services to general users in July 2020, spelling the end for PHS... more

Ugandan cellcos restart SIM card sales

Uganda’s cellcos have restarted the sale of SIM cards after being ordered by the government last month to halt sales until they could verify applications against the National Identification &... more

BROADBAND

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

Ghana has revealed that the country’s USD38 million *Eastern Corridor Fiber Optic Backbone* project, which spans 775km and connects 27 districts and towns between Ho (Volta Region) and Bawku (Northern... more

Televisa launches BFWA service via Blue Telecomm

Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa has launched a new broadband fixed-wireless access (BFWA) service for residential users under the Blue Telecomm name, El Financiero reports. Two packages are listed on... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Minister claims merger of state-owned operators is the only way to save Telikom PNG

Papua New Guinea’s government has claimed that its decision to merge Telikom PNG with cellular operator bmobile and wholesale operator PNG DataCo is the only way to save the fixed... more

Telia Company posts net loss of SEK600m in Q1 2018

Sweden-based telecoms provider Telia Company has posted its Q1 2018 financial results and has reported a net loss of SEK600 million (USD71.4 million) for the three months ended 31 March... more

Rogers revving revenues up by 8% in Q1, driven by cellular

Canadian quad-play operator Rogers Communications reported total revenue up 8% year-on-year to CAD3.633 billion (USD2.876 billion) in the three months ended 31 March 2018. Cable revenue increased 1% to CAD969... more

Rakuten ponders USD1.9bn bond issue to support mobile launch

The Nikkei business daily reports that Japanese e-tailer Rakuten is considering issuing bonds worth up to JPY200 billion (USD1.86 billion), as it pushes ahead with its plan to enter the... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Togo adopts universal electronic communications services decree

Togo First reports that the government of Togo, in an effort to ensure the provision of universal electronic communications services in the country, formally adopted a draft decree on 18... more
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