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22 May 2017

WIRELESS

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

The long-planned MVNO joint venture (JV) between Mexican telco *Maxcom* and supermarket chain *Soriana* – which will operate over the *Telcel* network – is finally poised for launch. According to... more

Egyptian communications minister confirms 4G frequencies are now ready for use

Egyptian communications minister Yasser al-Kadi has confirmed that the LTE-suitable spectrum which has been allocated to four companies is now ready for use, according to Reuters. The minister was cited... more

Ericsson to upgrade 3’s networks in Denmark, Sweden

Ericsson has been selected by Hi3G Scandinavia – operating as Hi3G Access (3) in Denmark and Sweden – to upgrade parts of its radio and transmission network, expand 4G coverage... more

Movistar and Project Loon complete wide scale trial as part of flood relief efforts

Spanish-owned cellco Movistar Peru partnered with Google’s Project Loon to provide internet connectivity emergency relief during recent floods in Peru, the cellco confirmed last week. Flooding in March and April... more

XL 4G drive takes mobile broadband into West Kalimantan

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has announced the latest details of its ongoing 4G LTE rollout programme, confirming that it has extended coverage services to the West Kalimantan... more

Uganda government backs extension of registration deadline

Uganda’s parliament has voted to block the move by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to switch off mobile services for all users with unregistered SIM cards. MPs have passed a... more

BROADBAND

Public has three months to respond to FCC plan repealing 2015 internet regulation framework

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by new chairman Ajit Pai, last week voted 2:1 in approval of proposals to overturn the 2015 FCC ‘Title II’ internet regulation order... more

WIRELINE

Nepal Telecom to revive wireline service

State-owned telecommunications provider Nepal Telecom (NT) has begun strengthening its PSTN fixed telephony service despite slowing growth over the past few years, writes The Kathmandu Post. In the face of... more

ComCom hands Swisscom universal service licence

Switzerland’s Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has awarded the universal service licence covering 2018-2022 to state-owned full service provider Swisscom. The regulator conducted a survey last year of operators that were... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Axiata sells 10% stake in Cambodian unit Smart to Mitsui

Malaysia’s Axiata Group has entered into an agreement to sell a 10% stake in its Cambodian unit Smart Axiata to Japanese business group Mitsui and its affiliate. Following the conclusion... more

SoftBank key backer of multibillion-dollar tech fund

SoftBank Group Corp, led by its chairman, Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has become a key backer in what is being described as the world’s biggest tech fund, with capital of... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Australian government confirms support for ACMA reforms

Mitch Fifield, Australia’s communications minister, has confirmed the government’s response to the review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) carried out by the Department of Communications and the... more
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