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9 Dec 2016

WIRELESS

Movistar Nicaragua activates LTE in Esteli, Matagalpa

Movistar Nicaragua has switched on its LTE network in the cities of Esteli and Matagalpa, the third and fourth largest cities in the country, respectively. The expansion means that the... more

SaskTel to expand LTE to 99% of Saskatchewan residents by April

Canadian provincial telecoms operator SaskTel has expanded coverage of its LTE network to more than 50 towers across Southwestern Saskatchewan, as part of an extensive rollout campaign that will see... more

IMDA to ban the sale of 2G mobile phones from 1 January 2017

Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Wednesday (7 December) that the sale of 2G-only mobile devices in the city-state will not be allowed from 1 January 2017. In... more

Telkomsel debuts 4.5G in nine Indonesian cities

Indonesia’s Telkomsel, working with Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE, says it has debuted 4.5G services in nine cities, namely: Grapari in Medan, Jakarta, Bandung, Denpasar, Mataram, Pontianak, Makassar, Manado and... more

Personal, Movistar report 4G progress

Telecom Personal has announced that its LTE user base has reached five million, claiming that it signed up around 10,000 customers per day throughout 2016. Further, the cellco notes that... more

BT inks 5G research partnership with Huawei

BT and Huawei Technologies have entered into a new partnership under which they intend to ‘conduct pioneering joint research into 5G, considering how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied,... more

Nepal on the road to MNP … again

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for a consultant to help formulate a regulatory framework for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in the... more

Telenor’s ‘deep indoor’ LTE coverage to hit 84.9% by year-end in Budapest

Hungary’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Telenor Hungary, has announced that it expects its ‘deep indoor’ 4G coverage to reach 84.9% in the capital Budapest by the end of 2016.... more

BROADBAND

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

Australian operator *Vocus* has signed an agreement with *Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)* for the construction of the *Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC)* linking Australia to Singapore and Indonesia. Vocus has revealed that... more

WIRELINE

MyRepublic partners with Symbio Networks for VoIP delivery

Australian IP voice communications provider Symbio Networks has struck a partnership with recently-launched ISP MyRepublic, ARN reports. Supported by Symbio’s wholesale call termination services, it is understood that MyRepublic will... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telekom Austria announces another Croatian buy

Telekom Austria Group has announced another expansion in the Croatian fixed line sector, with its local subsidiary VIPnet to acquire a controlling interest in business-focused telco Metronet. The stake is... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Philippines to introduce telecoms reform bill in 2017

The government of the Philippines plans to institute a new bill by 2017 that will reform the country's telecommunications industry, expanding the powers of regulators and allowing foreigners 100% ownership.... more
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