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22 May 2019

WIRELESS

Telstra begins selling 5G devices; plans 5G expansion to 35 cities within a year

Telstra has begun marketing its first 5G devices, making its 5G network accessible to the public for the first time. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Telstra began activating 5G... more

Movistar third Mexican cellco to launch VoLTE

Mobile operator Telefonica Mexico (Movistar) has launched commercial VoLTE services, joining larger rival Telcel and smaller challenger AT&T in offering enhanced 4G voice facilities to smartphone users. Movistar’s LTE network... more

SoftBank, KDDI pull sales of new Huawei smartphones

Japanese mobile network operators (MNOs) SoftBank Corp and KDDI Corp have opted to delay the sale of new smartphones from Huawei Technologies in the wake of the United States’ decision... more

BROADBAND

GBP200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme launched

The UK’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced the launch of the GBP200 million (USD254 million) Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme to support gigabit-capable full fibre... more

Flow Grenada invests USD5.6m to boost internet speeds

Flow Grenada, 70%-owned by UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC, itself part of US-listed Liberty Latin America [LLA]), has addressed widespread criticism over the quality of its fixed broadband services... more

UKE publishes guidelines for wholesale cable network access

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej, UKE) has published its decisions relating to wholesale access to the cable networks of six domestic operators. The decisions cover Netia, UPC... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

AM to submit new approval request for Telefonica deal as first is rejected

El Salvador’s Superintendence of Competition (Superintendencia de Competencia, SC) has rejected an application from Mexican group America Movil (AM) seeking approval for the acquisition of Telefonica’s local mobile unit. In... more

Vodafone Ukraine buying fixed telco Vega?

Mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine – part of the Russian MTS group – has reached a preliminary deal to buy Ukrainian fixed broadband/telephony/TV operator Vega, according to three industry sources quoted... more
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