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6 Dec 2016

WIRELESS

AT&T launches first 5G business customer trial with Intel, Ericsson

AT&T has launched what it claims is the first 5G business customer trial in the US, using millimeter wave (mmWave) technology to power a 5G network at Intel’s offices in... more

600MHz auction continues to underwhelm as Stage Three draws to a close

Stage Three of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) came to an abrupt end yesterday (5 December) after a single round of bidding.... more

Thai regulator to auction unused 2600MHz spectrum 'for 5G'

Thailand’s telecoms industry regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to auction off 80MHz of bandwidth in the 2600MHz band by June 2017, as the country gears up... more

Zain, Ericsson collaborate on 5G research and development

Zain Group and Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson have entered into a 5G research and development agreement, which will allow the two partners to evaluate performance and applicability of potential 5G... more

Smartfren offers users ‘migration’ package to encourage 4G take-up

In a bid to entice existing users to migrate to its new 4G LTE network, Indonesian CDMA operator-turned-LTE provider Smartfren Telecom is offering a special ‘migration’ package with heavily discounted... more

BROADBAND

Nokia and Spark deliver 200Gbps optical transport solution

Spark has rolled out New Zealand’s first 200Gbps per wavelength production fibre link using Finnish equipment vendor Nokia’s Photonic Service Switch 1830 (PSS1830) Optical Transport Network (OTN). This means that... more

Openreach calls on Viavi for equipment to support G.fast pilot

US-based Viavi Solutions has announced that Openreach, the network unit of British fixed line incumbent BT, has selected its OneExpert 580 xDSL field tester to support a G.fast pilot that... more

Germany approves broadband transparency rules

Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag, has approved new transparency guidelines proposed by the Federal Network Agency (FNA) for the telecoms sector. Under the legislation, fixed and mobile providers will be... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Consolidated snags FairPoint in USD1.5bn deal

US fixed line operator Consolidated Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Charlotte, North Carolina-based rival FairPoint Communications in an all-stock merger transaction valued at approximately USD1.5 billion,... more

Fastweb agrees to buy Tiscali Business

Italian ISP Fastweb has agreed to acquire the enterprise business of its domestic rival Tiscali. Fastweb is paying EUR45 million (USD51 million) for the ‘Tiscali Business’ unit, made up of... more

Vodafone NZ and Sky merger approval delayed

Regulators in New Zealand have pushed back the proposed merger of Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand due to the ‘significant volume’ of material the country’s Commerce Commission needs... more

Elco Holdings finalising deal to acquire Golan Telecom?

Israeli industrial conglomerate Elco Holdings is said to be closing in on the acquisition of local mobile network operator (MNO) Golan Telecom. According to Globes Online, Golan Telecom shareholder Patrick... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Sutel to lift controls on four markets

Costa Rican telecoms regulator the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has determined that there is effective competition in four of eleven markets it has analysed and, as such... more

Hungarian regulator hits Telekom with net neutrality ruling

Hungary’s National Media & Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has invoked the EU net neutrality framework rules to order the country’s largest fixed and mobile operator Magyar Telekom to cease ‘zero rating’... more

UKE unveils 2017 priorities

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has published its work plan for 2017. According to a report from Telecompaper, its main objectives include increasing broadband coverage to 42% of the... more
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