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13 Dec 2018

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Telenor Myanmar* and *Ericsson* have trialled NB-IoT on Telenor’s LTE network in Mandalay, testing devices and use cases including vehicle-fitted solutions and ambient sensors for business applications. Jai Prakash, CTO... more

FCC paves the way for more mmWave auctions in 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules promoting the availability of high-band millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, which it plans to auction in 2019. The watchdog notes that the... more

Vodafone Ireland carrying out rural 5G trial

Vodafone Ireland is reported to be carrying out a new trial with a view to establishing whether it can successfully operate a dedicated rural wireless network using 5G technology, according... more

Hutch Lanka to invest USD200m post-Etisalat merger

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Hutch Lanka) has announced that it plans to invest USD200 million post-merger with Etisalat Lanka as it looks to improve its ability to offer high speed 4G... more

Vodafone and TIM claim 5G firsts in Italy

Vodafone Italy has launched what it claims is the country’s first 5G network, offering 80% coverage of Milan using 120 base transceiver station (BTS) sites across the city. The UK-owned... more

BROADBAND

Swisscom ultrafast broadband rollout hits halfway point

State-backed full-service provider Swisscom has reached the halfway point of its nationwide network upgrade and expansion programme having deployed ‘ultrafast’ broadband to the municipality of Saint-Barthelemy, the 1,111th community to... more

Ooredoo upgrades 4G home broadband with Massive MIMO

Ooredoo Oman has enhanced its LTE home broadband service with Massive MIMO technology. The firm has successfully upgraded 14 of its sites to expand network capacity and output in preparation... more

Telesol launches TD-LTE network in Ghana

Ghanaian ISP Telesol has officially launched its TD-LTE wireless broadband network across five regions, writes Pulse. Telesol Managing Director Funmi Lamptey said: ‘Telesol is focused on bridging the digital divide... more

AT&T FTTH service now live in 84 metropolitan areas

US telecoms giant AT&T has deployed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in another twelve locations, increasing its fibre-optic footprint to 84 metropolitan areas. New cities covered by the gigabit-capable network include: Amarillo,... more

PTCL and SCO to roll out fibre in FATA

Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) and the Special Communications Organisation (SCO) have partnered to deploy 600km of fibre-optic infrastructure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), ProPakistani reports. The deployment... more

SSI Micro improves LTE services via Rogers spectrum tie-up

SSi Micro, a Canadian far-northern wireless broadband operator which trades under the SSi Mobile and QINIQ brands, has teamed up with national cellular giant Rogers Communications to deliver enhanced services... more

Ooredoo Qatar reaches 400,000 fibre connections

Ooredoo Qatar has confirmed that it connected 400,000 Qatari homes/premises to its direct fibre network by the end of November 2018, Gulf Times reports. Ooredoo Qatar CEO Waleed al-Sayed said:... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

ACCC raises concerns over Vodafone-TPG deal

Having taken an initial look at the proposed merger between domestic telcos Vodafone Australia and TPG Telecom, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has expressed preliminary competition concerns over... more

Armenia’s PSRC gives green light to sale of Rostelecom Armenia to VivaCell-MTS

Armenia’s telecoms regulator the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) has formally approved the sale of domestic fixed line and broadband services provider GNC-ALFA (trading as Rostelecom Armenia) to rival altnet... more

Financial woes continue for state-owned telcos

State-owned operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and its smaller sister firm Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have reported widening net losses, the Economic Times writes, citing statements from Telecom... more

TCC profit surges in FY17/18; telco extends LTE network

In an announcement posted on social media last week, Tonga’s Minister of Public Enterprises and the board of Tonga Communications Corp (TCC) have confirmed that the telco generated a profit... more
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