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22 Jul 2016

WIRELESS

Vodafone Germany speeds ahead with 375Mbps mobile data rates

Vodafone Germany has premiered what it claims to be the country’s fastest single commercial mobile base station in Langenhagen near Hannover, enabling ‘Red’ tariff customers with a suitable smartphone to... more

3 HK refarms 900MHz for 4G, has plans for LTE-A, TD-LTE, small cells

Hong Kong mobile operator Hutchison 3 says it has refarmed 900MHz spectrum for use in its 4G LTE network. 3 has previously used its 900MHz frequencies for 2G and 3G... more

Huawei, Vodafone UK record 20Gbps speeds in outdoor field test at E-Band

Chinese vendor Huawei and Britain’s Vodafone Group have announced the completion of a 5G mmWave field test at Vodafone Emerald House in Newbury, UK. In a press release confirming the... more

MobiFone deploys backbone network powered by Ciena

Vietnamese wireless operator MobiFone is leveraging technology from Ciena to build its first high-capacity converged packet-optical network, currently provisioned with 300Gbps technology. The flexible backbone network, which spans more than... more

Gabon, Rwanda sign One Area Network agreement

International roaming charges between Rwanda and Gabon have been abolished under the 'One Area Network' programme, reports KT Press. Launched by the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, on 18 July, the... more

Belgian MPs green-light pre-paid registration bill

Belgium's parliament has voted to approve the government's plan to register details of all pre-paid SIM card users in an attempt to crack down on the anonymous use of mobile... more

4G wholesaler ORN changes name ahead of planned African expansion

Olleh Rwanda Networks (ORN), the open-access 4G joint venture between South Korea’s KT Corp (51%) and the Rwandan government (49%), has announced that it has changed its name to Korea... more

China Telecom lines up 3C, VoLTE, VoWiFi trials

China Telecom has revealed that it has implemented a carrier aggregation (CA) upgrade on its LTE network, combining frequencies in the 2100MHz and 1800MHz bands and is now looking at... more

Questions over future of Jamaica’s third mobile network

The launch of Jamaica’s prospective third cellular network has been put in doubt after the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) released a study which recommended that the government should... more

BROADBAND

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

*Ooredoo Qatar* has announced that the new high-capacity *Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1)* subsea cable system has landed in Qatar. The 25,000km network – which has a design capacity of 40Tbps – will... more

ANLIM.BR launches LTE-based wireless broadband in Minsk

Wireless broadband start-up Unet.by, which is run by a group of Belarusian ISPs, has launched an LTE-based service in the capital Minsk under the branding ANLIM.BR. With mobile operator MTS... more

Internet Technologies Angola deploys national Radwin PtMP network to replace WiMAX

ISP Internet Technologies Angola (ITA/Maxnet) has deployed a national network using Israeli vendor RADWIN’s Point-to-MultiPoint (P2MP) solutions in the 2.2GHz-2.3GHz band. In a press release, corporate broadband specialist ITA’s CEO... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodafone Group revenue declines 4.5% in Q1

UK-based telecoms giant Vodafone Group has published its trading update for the three months ended 30 June 2016. At GBP13.377 billion (USD17.9 billion) total group revenue was down 4.5% year-on-year,... more

AT&T 2Q16 revenues up 22% to USD40.5bn on back of DirecTV takeover

US telecoms giant AT&T Inc has reported consolidated revenues of USD40.520 billion for the three months ended 30 June 2016, up 22% from USD33.015 million on an annualised basis. The... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Guyana plans to create new telecom development fund

Guyana’s recently approved Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016 includes measures for the establishment of a fund to bankroll the expansion of networks into unserved areas. Demerara Waves quotes Minister of State... more
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