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24 Feb 2017

WIRELESS

MCIT publishes consultation paper for 1800MHz allocation

The Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MCIT) has published a consultation paper on the allocation of additional spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The... more

Singtel, Ericsson testing Massive MIMO, Cloud RAN in drive towards 5G

Singaporean operator Singtel and Ericsson are working together to trial Massive MIMO and Cloud RAN – both key components in 5G evolution – on Singtel’s 4G LTE network, a press... more

Arqiva to conduct fixed-wireless 5G trial in UK

UK-based communications infrastructure company Arqiva is planning to undertake a trial of 5G services, according to the Financial Times. The company has revealed that it will partner with Samsung to... more

Vodafone Turkey addresses indoor/small cell coverage with NEC, SpiderCloud

Vodafone Turkey has chosen NEC as a partner in its small cell strategy, using SpiderCloud Wireless’ Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) platform to deliver an all-LTE solution to buildings ‘of any size’... more

FCC authorises 5GHz LTE-U usage; T-Mobile US unveils LTE-U launch details

New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that the watchdog has taken steps to authorise LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) devices in the 5GHz band. Mr Pai commented: ‘LTE-U allows... more

KDDI, Samsung demonstrate 28GHz 5G handover in Tokyo

KDDI and Samsung Electronics have announced that they have successfully completed a 5G handover trial on a highway in Tokyo. The two companies claim that the action represents Japan’s first... more

BROADBAND

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

*Telefonica* of Spain has reached an agreement with global investment firm *KKR Group* for the sale of up to 40% of its infrastructure unit *Telxius*, for a total amount of... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Cell C rejects Telkom SA offer

The board of South African wireless operator Cell C has rejected an acquisition offer from Telkom South Africa, stating that it is ‘unable and not willing to pursue any discussion’... more

Sprint, Open Mobile agree Puerto Rico, USVI mobile merger

Sprint and PR Wireless, trading as Open Mobile, have struck an agreement to combine their respective businesses in Puerto Rico, together with Sprint’s business in the US Virgin Islands, into... more

Axiata’s FY profit slumps on forex losses, M&A costs and subsidiary underperformance

Despite recording what it termed a ‘healthy’ increase in revenue in 2016, Malaysian telecoms group Axiata has reported a more than 80% drop in net profit for its most recent... more

Tigo’s planned IPO suspended amid ownership dispute?

Tanzania’s Capital Market and Securities Regulatory Authority (CMSA) has suspended the planned initial public offering (IPO) of Millicom Tanzania (Tigo), pending the resolution of a shareholder dispute, writes local newspaper... more

Currency weakness drags down Digicel top line

Pan-Caribbean telecoms group Digicel has registered a 6% decline in turnover for the three months ended 31 December 2016, with currency weakness across several of its main markets blamed for... more

Wind Tre reports first financial results, with pro forma EBITDA up 6.8%

Newly merged Italian fixed and mobile operator Wind Tre has reported its first set of financial results, with revenues for full-year 2016 up 1.3% year-on-year on a comparable basis to... more

Sales down 4% at Telekom Slovenije

Telekom Slovenije has seen a slide in its consolidated net profit for 2016 to EUR39.9 million (USD42.1 million), from EUR68.6 million the year before, due to the exclusion of its... more

Ukrtelecom owner disputes findings on ‘failed’ privatisation obligations

Ukraine’s State Property Fund (SPF) has issued a report concluding that the obligations specified in the privatisation contract of incumbent national telco Ukrtelecom in 2011 were not fully met by... more
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