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26 May 2016

WIRELESS

Three UK begins legal action against EE over shared base station access

Three UK, the British subsidiary of Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison, has reportedly launched legal action against rival mobile network operator EE, seeking more than GBP167 million (USD244.7 million) in lost... more

Ooredoo Qatar upgrades to Category 9 LTE-A

Ooredoo Qatar has announced the addition of the Category 9 LTE-Advanced standard to its mobile network, which utilises multiple 4G frequency bands to support download speeds of up to 325Mbps... more

Omantel LTE-A trial achieves peak speeds of 1Gbps

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent fixed and mobile operator, has announced the successful trial of ‘4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Pro technology’, which achieved peak download speeds of up to... more

T-Mobile scoops Chicago 700MHz spectrum from Leap

T-Mobile US says it has reached an agreement to acquire 700MHz A block spectrum covering 10.9 million people throughout the Chicago metro area from Leap Licenseco, an AT&T subsidiary. Additional... more

Tele2 in the IoT fast-lane

Sweden’s Tele2 yesterday issued three separate releases on Internet of Things (IoT)/machine-to-machine (M2M) developments. Firstly, the telco announced an agreement with IBM to jointly help European businesses fast-track the implementation... more

Armenia’s UCOM invests USD62.7m in network upgrade

Armenian alternative broadband operator UCOM, which completed the merger and reorganisation of its recently acquired Orange Armenia unit in January this year, before confirming plans to drop the old brand... more

ARTP: mobile net adds accelerate to 395k in Q1 2016

Senegal's Regulation Authority of Post and Telecoms (Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes, ARTP) has published its market observatory for the first three months of 2016, illustrating that... more

BROADBAND

BT claims world speed record with core network trials

British fixed line incumbent BT claims to have achieved the fastest ever speeds of 2Tbps over a live core network link spanning 727km between London and Dublin in a trial... more

FCC pledges additional USD2bn funding to boost rural broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unveiled plans to invest an additional USD2 billion in rural networks over the next decade. As per the decision adopted by the watchdog on... more

Irish government reveals National Broadband Plan progress

In a statement released on Monday, the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) has emphasised the Irish government’s commitment to the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP),... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Enel pips Telecom Italia in battle for Metroweb; Telecom trials 1Gbps FTTH

State-backed Italian utility group Enel has been chosen to enter exclusive negotiations with shareholders of fibre network operator Metroweb, following Enel’s decision to raise its offer for Metroweb to match... more

Helios’ takeover of Telkom Kenya still awaiting Cabinet approval

The government of Kenya has not yet approved a new shareholder agreement with African private equity firm Helios Investment Partners, which last year agreed to acquire Orange Group’s majority stake... more

Woosh in administration; Vodafone NZ facing court case

New Zealand wireless broadband operator Woosh Wireless has gone into voluntary administration. Woosh was founded in 1999 and was acquired by California-based Craig Wireless for USD5 million in 2011. It... more

Polkomtel to take full control of Midas via squeeze-out

Polish mobile operator Polkomtel has announced a squeeze-out of minority shareholders in the Midas Group, which controls sister wireless operators Aero2, Mobyland and Centernet. Polkomtel currently controls 93.24% of Midas’... more

MISCELLANEOUS

UPC Cablecom rebrands to UPC

UPC Cablecom, Switzerland’s largest cable operator by subscribers, has been rebranded to UPC, bringing the firm in line with its sister companies in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic... more

BICS blocked 10m fraudulent call attempts on mobile networks in 1Q16

Brussels-based BICS, a wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, disclosed today that its global crowdsourcing fraud prevention platform, FraudGuard, detected and blocked more than ten million fraudulent... more
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