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3 Mar 2015

WIRELESS

Zain Kuwait inks ‘4.5G’ agreement with Huawei; Ericsson tapped for transformation project

Zain Kuwait and equipment vendor Huawei Technologies have entered a new strategic cooperation deal which will see the two companies trial and implement 4.5G services on Zain Kuwait 's network... more

Bharti Airtel, China Mobile ink 4G collaboration pact; Airtel extends Ericsson managed services deal

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel has agreed to a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work together to help develop the Long Term Evolution (LTE) ecosystem... more

Inwi to invest MAD10bn in network improvements over five years

Moroccan network operator Inwi (Wana) is planning to invest MAD10 billion (USD1.03 billion) in the deployment of broadband services over the next five years, domestic news source Aujourd’hui Le Maroc... more

Cosmote Greece rolls out 300Mbps LTE-A in Athens and Thessaloniki

OTE’s Greek mobile unit Cosmote has commercially launched 300Mbps-capable Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) technology on its network in selected regions of Athens and Thessaloniki. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate,... more

Crimean authorities keen to reconfigure Kyivstar assets as state mobile operator

The Crimean government intends to utilise the mobile assets that previously belonged to Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar to create a new state mobile operator, Crimean communications minister Dmitry Polonsky has told... more

TEOCO to improve TDC’s network performance

Danish telecoms operator TDC has selected TEOCO’s OPTIMA platform to improve the performance of its mobile network in the country. TDC is aiming to incorporate new network elements such as... more

Du launches LTE-A, contracts Kuwaiti firm for network maintenance

United Arab Emirates (UAE) fixed and mobile operator Du has announced the commercial launch of Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) 4G technology on its networks. The network employs carrier aggregation... more

Idea picks Ericsson for 3G overhaul in Delhi

Idea Cellular has awarded a three year contract to Ericsson to improve 3G services in Delhi, including an upgrade to 5,500 2G sites and the deployment of a new 900MHz... more

Singtel selects Ericsson for 450Mbps LTE-A

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has announced the selection of Swedish vendor Ericsson to deploy its Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) tri-band Carrier Aggregation (CA) upgrade, which it says will give subscribers... more

Ericsson starts '5G for Sweden' programme

Ericsson has announced the start of its '5G for Sweden' research programme under which the technology giant will work together with major industrial players, universities and research institutes, aiming to... more

Orange taps Ericsson for managed services in five markets

Ericsson has been chosen to provide managed services for five Orange Group subsidiaries in Europe. The vendor will manage operations and maintenance for Orange networks in Belgium, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia... more

O2’s company, 3's a crowd: Hutchison transfers 1.5 million O2 subscribers to 3 brand

More than 1.5 million O2 Ireland subscribers have now been migrated to the Hutchison 3G Ireland (3 Ireland) brand following Hutchison’s EUR780 million (USD872.9 million) acquisition of O2 Ireland from... more

BROADBAND

NBN Co and Ericsson complete 3.5GHz LTE TDD trial

NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) deployment, has successfully completed a trial of LTE Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) technology using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band... more

TelOne announces fibre expansion plans

Zimbabwean state-owned fixed line operator TelOne has announced a project to extend fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) high speed internet networks to eight new areas covering some 9,500 households. The areas to gain... more

Regional player Tenet goes OTT nationwide

Regional Ukrainian broadband network operator Tenet, based in Odessa, has launched a nationwide over-the-top (OTT) TV/video service available on any broadband network with a connection speed of 2Mbps or higher,... more

WIRELINE

Telecom Egypt aims to serve more than half of fixed subscribers via upgraded network by end-2015

As part of plans to increase network efficiency and provide improved quality services, Telecom Egypt (TE) has confirmed that it now expects some four million customers to receive their fixed... more

DT investing EUR6bn in migration to all-IP in Europe

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) plans to spend over EUR6 billion (USD6.7 billion) over the next four years on the migration to an all-IP network across its European operations.... more

AzTelekom, MCHT launch FNP service

Azerbaijan’s fixed line incumbent, AzTelekom has launched a new fixed number portability (FNP) service in association with the country’s Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCHT). Landline numbers located in... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

PLDT sees net profit decline 4% in 2014, sets conservative forecast for this year

Filipino telecoms giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) reported net income of PHP34.1 billion (USD775 million) in FY 2014, down 4% from the figure of PHPY35.4 billion it recorded... more

Drillisch MVNO customer base grows 13% to 1.93m

German mobile service provider Drillisch has announced its preliminary results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2014, reporting revenue of EUR289.6 million (USD324.1 million) a slight decrease of 0.3%... more

CMA suspects Mobily of violating listing rules

Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority (CMA) has assigned a specialised team to review telecoms operator Etihad Etisalat’s (Mobily’s) financial statements and all other related documents, following an investigation to determine... more

Sint Maarten government reiterates desire to swap UTS stake for Eastern Caribbean assets

Sint Maarten Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, in his capacity as the country’s shareholder representative in Curacao-based joint venture United Telecommunication Services (UTS), has reiterated the government’s desire to swap... more
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