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23 Jan 2018

WIRELESS

Telefonica initiates 5G pilots in two Spanish cities

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has unveiled its ‘5G Technological Cities’ project, which will convert the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina into 5G ‘living laboratories’ between now and... more

PNG confirms final SIM registration deadline extension

Papua New Guinea’s communications minister Sam Basil has confirmed that the deadline for customers to register their SIM cards has been extended to 30 April 2018, EMTV Online reports. Mr... more

Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine, Lifecell submit 2600MHz 4G applications

Ukraine’s three largest mobile operators, Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine and Lifecell, have submitted their applications for the upcoming competitive tender for 4G LTE licences in the 2600MHz frequency range, Interfax-Ukraine reports.... more

Malawi's SIM registration deadline set for 31 March

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has informed the country’s mobile phone users that any unregistered SIM cards will be disconnected from 1 April. Local news source Malawi24 cites a... more

Smartfren aims to double subscriber base to 24m in 2018

Indonesia's PT Smartfren Telecom (Smartfren) has set out its stall to double its mobile subscriber base this year and promises to be more aggressive in optimising its 4G network to... more

ANACOM set to reduce Portuguese MTRs by 43%

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has approved a draft decision under which domestic mobile operators will have to lower mobile termination rates (MTRs) to EUR0.0043 (USD0.0053)... more

MagtiCom postpones data tariff hike

Georgian telecoms operator MagtiCom has suspended plans to increase its mobile data tariffs following a request from the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC). Georgia Today reports that earlier this month... more

Viya extends LTE to Saint John

Viya, the US Virgin Islands-based telecoms operator formed via the merger of Innovative Telephone and Choice Wireless in April 2017, has launched its new 4G LTE network on the island... more

ARKEP sets new fee structure for spectrum usage

Kosovar telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (Autoriteti Rregullator i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare, ARKEP) has issued a decision to adopt new legislation – dubbed the... more

BROADBAND

Internet Solutions to offer access over Cell C’s LTE network

Dimension Data’s subsidiary Internet Solutions (IS) has reached an agreement with Cell C to use its 4G LTE infrastructure which operates in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, providing customers with... more

Telekom Slovenije to launch hybrid internet access

Slovenian fixed and mobile operator Telekom Slovenije says it is introducing a hybrid fixed/mobile service to improve broadband internet speeds for home users. The firm will use its 4G LTE-A... more

Polsat improves LTE speeds for home internet users

Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat and its mobile unit Polkomtel, which trades as Plus, are to increase the download speeds on their LTE-based home internet service. The firms will use LTE-A technology... more

Algerie Telecom’s fibre backbone to surpass 80,000km this year

Algeria's state-backed national full-service operator Algerie Telecom expanded its domestic fibre-optic backbone network by over 6,000km during 2017 to reach a total span of 76,515km, according to a statement to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Fox Sky takeover provisionally blocked by CMA

21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of the 61% stake it does not already hold in Sky has been provisionally blocked by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Guyana establishes new watchdog; tax claim slows liberalisation talks

Guyana has established its new independent regulatory body for telecoms, the Guyana Telecommunications Agency, Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes has confirmed, although the body will not become operational for... more
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