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20 Jul 2017

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IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

South Korea’s *KT Corp* and *LG Uplus* have jointly established what they claim to be the *world’s first nationwide commercial NB-IoT network*. The announcement on 17 July came eight months... more

Viva Bahrain launches nationwide LTE-A network

Viva Bahrain has announced the commercial launch of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services, taking ‘a significant step’ towards creating a future Giga network in the Kingdom, Zawya writes. Viva Bahrain’s new network... more

Claro launches ‘4.5G’ network in Dominican Republic

America Movil (AM) backed Claro Dominicana has announced that it has launched ‘4.5G’ technology in a total of 32 cities. The network, which aggregates 2x20MHz spectrum blocks in the 1700MHz/2100MHz... more

Etisalat Nigeria officially rebrands as 9mobile

Nigeria’s fourth largest cellco by subscribers, Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), has officially changed its brand name from Etisalat Nigeria to 9mobile, following UAE-based Etisalat Group’s decision to pull out... more

Movistar/Claro win new frequencies in 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands

Costa Rican telecoms watchdog the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has completed its auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1900MHz/2100MHz bands, awarding a total of 70MHz to... more

Vodafone agrees network sharing deal with CamTel to expand 4G coverage

Vodafone Cameroon, part of the Afrimax Group, has announced the signing of a ‘strategic national network sharing agreement’ with state-owned telecoms operator CamTel. Under the deal, Vodafone will make use... more

Lonestar Cell-MTN builds new towers in Grand Kru County

Lonestar Cell-MTN, the Liberian mobile operator 60%-owned by the South Africa-based MTN Group, has installed five new mobile masts in Grand Kru County, southeast Liberia, bringing to six the total... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone, Deutsche Glasfaser team up for fibre rollout in Dusseldorf

Vodafone Germany and Deutsche Glasfaser have announced an agreement that will see the pair cooperate in the deployment of fibre-optic networks in 19 commercial areas of Dusseldorf. Under the deal,... more

BTL to debut ‘Diginet’ FTTH service in San Pedro in August

Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) is expected to launch 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, next month. According to a report by local newspaper the San Pedro... more

Govt approves new budget for BharatNet, greenlights second phase

The Indian government has approved the second phase of its ambitious BharatNet programme, which aims to provide broadband connectivity to all of the country’s 250,000 gram panchayats (village-level administrative division).... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Netlink NBN Trust IPO raises USD1.72bn

The much-anticipated public listing of Netlink NBN Trust, the former Singtel Group company tasked with designing, building, owning and operating the country’s next generation broadband network (Next Gen NBN), has... more

MIC 2Q17 revenues drop 1.5% to USD1.5bn

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile services throughout Africa and mobile/cable broadband in Latin America under the Tigo and Tigo Star banners, has reported quarterly revenue of USD1.52 billion... more

Telia Company net sales drop 6.3% in 2Q17

Sweden-based Telia Company has reported net sales of SEK19.8 billion (USD2.4 billion) for the three months ended 30 June 2017, down 6.3% on an annualised basis. Adjusted EBITDA for the... more

Play announces IPO share allocation

Polish cellco P4, which provides services under the name Play, has completed the allocation of shares in its initial public offering (IPO). The retail sector was three-times oversubscribed and took... more
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