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4 May 2016

WIRELESS

MTN Nigeria to deploy LTE-800 network by July 2016

Nigerian cellco MTN is gearing for a 4G LTE network rollout in selected cities by July 2016, following the acquisition of LTE-suitable frequencies in the 800MHz band earlier this year... more

Verizon expands XLTE footprint to cover 466 markets; Bluegrass Cellular gets in on the act

Verizon Wireless has expanded the reach of its ‘XLTE’ technology to 13 new markets, Wireless Week reports, taking the total number of markets covered with the aggregated solution to 466.... more

Viva Bahrain upgrades 4G to 150Mbps; also implements ‘world first’ triple-beam antenna

Viva Bahrain, owned by Saudi Telecom Company (STC), has announced the successful completion of a 4G LTE network upgrade, boosting the maximum end-user mobile data speed by 50%, now offering... more

Ooredoo Qatar awards Nokia new three-year mobile expansion deal

Nokia has agreed a new three-year deal with existing cellco partner Ooredoo Qatar to expand and upgrade mobile network infrastructure nationwide. Nokia has previously provided LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation (CA)... more

BROADBAND

BT in discussions with CityFibre over possible access to ducts and poles?

Britain's BT is reportedly discussing the possibility of opening up its infrastructure to a rival provider in what would be a test of plans proposed by regulator Ofcom to introduce... more

SWAN improves TD-LTE offer

Slovak fixed and mobile operator SWAN has doubled the download rate on its entry-level fixed-wireless broadband plan to 12Mbps. The price of the service, which utilises TD-LTE technology in the... more

Belize gets internet exchange point; BIXP becomes twelfth such facility in Caribbean

The Belize Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has announced that the country’s first internet exchange point (IXP), the BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on 27 April at the campus... more

MTS Belarus rolls out 200Mbps residential broadband service

Belarusian mobile and fixed telephony provider MTS Belarus has announced the launch of a new high speed residential service ‘Home Connect 5’, which promises peak connections of up to 200Mbps.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

DT Q1 results boosted by customer gains in US, Germany

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported net revenue of EUR17.630 billion (USD20.35 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2016, an increase of 4.7% from EUR16.842 billion... more

Swisscom books 3.7% increase in Q1 net profit

Swiss full service provider Swisscom, which also operates in Italy’s broadband sector via its Fastweb unit, has reported net revenue of CHF2.89 billion (USD3.03 billion) for the first three months... more

PLDT reports 34% slump in net income in Q1 as revenue flat-lines

Filipino communications heavyweight Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has reported a 34% year-on-year decline in net income for the three months to 31 March 2016, as it weathers the... more
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