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28 Apr 2017

WIRELESS

DOCOMO reveals more details of 5G implementation strategy

Japan’s biggest mobile operator by subscribers NTT DOCOMO has announced plans to kick start a ‘medium term strategy’ by 2020, in a move designed to ‘realise a more innovative business... more

CITC imposes ownership limits on pre-paid SIMs

Saudi Arabia’s telecoms regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has imposed limits on the ownership of prepaid SIM cards in the country, Bloomberg writes. According to two people... more

AT&T ruffles feathers with ‘5G Evolution’ claims

AT&T has unveiled plans to launch a so-called ‘5G Evolution’ service in 20 major metropolitan areas by the end of this year, starting with Austin, Texas this week. Initially, the... more

BROADBAND

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

The development of the *Indigo-West* and *Indigo-Central* submarine cable projects has reached a contractually binding status, following the inking of a system supply agreement between the Indigo consortium – comprising... more

MTL to discontinue CDMA, WiMAX services by year-end

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, has revealed plans to decommission its CDMA and WiMAX platforms by the end of this year. The Times cites MTL’s... more

Orange launches new fixed replacement service

Slovakian fixed and mobile operator Orange Slovensko has launched LTE wireless broadband services for home and small business users in areas not covered by fixed fibre or DSL networks. Two... more

CRTC launches CAD750m broadband fund consultation

The Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has begun a consultation to hammer out the details of its planned CAD750 million (USD551 million) five-year broadband fund for rural and underserved... more

ACCC issues draft determination on revenue controls for nbn in 2015/16

A draft determination has been issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in which it has accepted a submission from nbn regarding the latter’s revenue controls for 2015/16.... more

WIRELINE

Telia Lietuva begins IP network upgrade project

Lithuanian fixed and mobile operator Telia Lietuva has embarked on an IP network upgrade project, which it says is the most extensive in its scope since 2007. The equipment upgrade... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Kinnevik acquires 18.5% stake in Com Hem

Swedish industrial and communications group Kinnevik, which is the largest shareholder in telecoms group Tele2, has agreed to acquire 33.9 million shares (corresponding to an approximate 18.5% interest) in domestic... more

ETB share sale to commence in May

The city government of Colombia's capital Bogota intends to begin the sale of its controlling stake in state owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) in mid-May, with... more

eir highlights fibre rollout progress as it release latest quarterly results

In publishing its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2017, Irish fixed line incumbent eir has highlighted the progress made so far with its fibre-based rollout, revealing... more

4G and FTTH continue to fuel China Telecom growth

China Telecom has reported a 5.8% year-on-year increase in operating revenue for the first quarter of 2017, fuelled by strong subscriber growth in the wireless segment – in particular the... more

RCS&RDS sets price range for IPO in May

Digi (Romania Cable Systems [RCS&RDS]) has given details of its share prices for its upcoming listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE) next month, writes the Ziarul Financiar. In an... more

Turkcell posts near-flat quarter-on-quarter group revenues

Turkcell reported that its consolidated group revenues reached TRY4.053 billion (USD1.136 billion) in Q1 2017, up 25.6% year-on-year although growing only 0.2% quarter-on-quarter, with the disparity largely explained by the... more

Sprint anticipates M&A interest from cable giants as FCC ‘quiet period’ lifted

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) so-called ‘quiet period’ – which required US telecoms operators to avoid negotiating mergers and acquisitions for the duration of the recently concluded 600MHz Broadcast Television... more
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