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27 May 2016

WIRELESS

SKT, Samsung building nationwide LoRaWAN IoT network

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has signed a contract with Samsung Electronics for the deployment of what it is claimed will be the world’s first commercial Internet of Things (IoT)-dedicated... more

SFR launches tri-band CA LTE in Brest; 20 cities to follow by year-end

French telecoms operator Numericable-SFR (SFR) has announced the launch of tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) LTE technology, offering customers in Brest maximum download speeds of 337.5Mbps. The high speed service will... more

EU Council adopts 700MHz mid-2020 mobile broadband deadline

The Council of the European Union (EU) yesterday (26 May 2016) adopted its official position on a draft decision to make the 694MHz-790MHz (700MHz) frequency band available across Europe by... more

Peru's lead trio snap up 700MHz licences

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communication (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has awarded LTE-compatible spectrum in the 700MHz band to Entel, Claro and Movistar, the Agency for the Promotion... more

Anatel approves next phase of Vivo-Claro network sharing pact

The board of the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has approved additions to the long-standing wireless network sharing agreement that exists between Claro Brasil and Telefonica Brasil... more

BROADBAND

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

American multinational technology company *Microsoft* and social networking giant *Facebook* are partnering with *Telxius*, the new infrastructure company which is now in charge of *Telefonica Group´s* 31,000km international submarine cable... more

Berca to launch commercial LTE service ‘Hinet’ in 2H16

Indonesia's Berca Hardayaperkasa, which previously operated a broadband wireless access (BWA) service under the brand name WiGO – deploying WiMAX at 2.3GHz in South and Central Sumatra, Kalimantan, South Sulawesi,... more

EC endorses UK’s National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020

The European Commission (EC) has ruled that the UK’s National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020, which aims to connect as many homes and businesses as possible throughout the UK to high... more

WIRELINE

Swedish IP voice overtook PSTN in 2015

Sweden’s National Post & Telecom Agency (PTS) has confirmed in its newly released annual report that IP telephony (VoIP) overtook ‘traditional’ PSTN telephony to account for the largest share of... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Bogota city council votes to approve ETB sale; comptroller unimpressed

The Bogota city council has voted in favour of the plan to sell its controlling stake in state owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB), El Espectador has... more

USD114m loan for MTN Uganda

Mobile operator MTN Uganda has secured a USD114 million syndicated credit facility to provide funds for further network expansion and upgrade work. The loan was arranged by Stanbic Bank Uganda,... more

Afrihost offers share buyout to new owner MTN

The board of directors of South African ISP Afrihost has reportedly made an offer to MTN to buy back MTN’s 50% stake in Afrihost, MyBroadband reports. According to unnamed sources... more

SES taking 100% control of O3b Networks in USD1bn deal

Satellite communications group SES has raised EUR908.8 million (USD1.016 billion) capital to fund the acquisition of all remaining shares in O3b Networks and take 100% ownership. SES announced today that... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Telecoms revenues down in NZ in 2014/15

The Commerce Commission of New Zealand has released its annual report into the state of the country’s telecoms markets in the year to 30 June 2015. Total revenues dropped by... more
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