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24 Mar 2017

WIRELESS

Vodafone set to roll out 500Mbps speeds across fixed, mobile networks

Vodafone Germany is set to begin rolling out mobile data speeds of up to 500Mbps to additional cities in the coming weeks, after debuting the high speed LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network... more

Three UK could launch legal challenge against upcoming spectrum auction

Dave Dyson, the CEO of British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK, has threatened to launch a legal challenge to sale of spectrum needed for both enhancing 4G services and... more

Globe Telecom picks NuRAN Wireless to bolster rural mobile development

Canada-based mobile and broadband wireless solutions provider NuRAN Wireless has announced that it has been selected by Globe Telecom of the Philippines to perform the next phase of the operator’s... more

Etisalat plans 5G trials next year, commercial launch in 2019

United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Etisalat says it plans to begin testing 5G technology next year and hopes to launch commercially in 2019. A report from Gulf News quotes Etisalat’s... more

BROADBAND

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

*Nokia* and *Facebook* have claimed to more than double the capacity of existing fibre on a 5,500km trans-Atlantic subsea cable in tests with Nokia Bell Labs' new probabilistic constellation shaping... more

NetCologne and ZTE launch G.fast pilot

ZTE Corporation has announced the start of a G.fast pilot phase with German regional telecoms operator NetCologne. The new technology, which enables transmission speeds of 1Gbps, has already been tested... more

TIM unveils rural broadband project

Telecom Italia (TIM) says it is planning to set up a subsidiary company and bring on board a financial partner to cover the rollout of ultra-broadband infrastructure in so-called ‘white’... more

WIRELINE

MegaFon chooses Mango for bigger slice of fixed-mobile convergence

Russian mobile operator MegaFon has begun cooperating with IP/Cloud voice provider Mango Telecom (Mango Office) in offering fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services, initially for companies and entrepreneurs in Moscow and St.... more

Brussels court cancels BIPT's fixed termination rate cut

The Market Court, which operates as part of the Brussels Court of Appeal, has annulled the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications’ (BIPT’s) decision from 25 August 2016, which introduced... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Axiata denies claims of impending merger with Telekom Malaysia

Following recent speculation that a merger between Malaysia-based telecoms group Axiata and Telekom Malaysia is being considered, the former has firmly put paid to such suggestions. According to the New... more

Airtel agrees to buy Tikona 4G business

India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 4G business of wireless broadband provider Tikona Digital Networks (TDN) for approximately INR16... more

TeamTalk rejects Spark takeover, agrees to sell 70% stake in Farmside to Vodafone NZ

TeamTalk, the New Zealand telecoms firm which offers fibre-optic services in the main urban areas of Wellington and Auckland (via subsidiary CityLink) and also covers a number of underserved rural... more

TelEm, UTS merger back on after ‘renewed talks’

The long anticipated merger between Sint Maarten-based TelEm Group and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) of Curacao finally looks set to come to fruition, after ‘renewed talks’ between the two telcos.... more

SBB given conditional approval for IKOM takeover

Serbian anti-trust watchdog the Commission for the Protection of Competition (Komisija za Zastitu Konkurencije, KZK) has conditionally approved the acquisition of cable-based triple-play provider Interaktivne Kablovske Objedinjene Mreze (IKOM) by... more

Telemach completes integration with M-Kabl, Total TV next month

Montenegrin triple-play cable operator Telemach, part of the Serbian-led United Group, has set a date of 28 April 2017 for completing a merger with subsidiary M-Kabl and sister satellite pay-TV... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Sonera rebrands with Telia moniker

Sweden’s Telia Company has announced that its Finnish subsidiary, multi-service operator Sonera, has been rebranded in line with its parent company, taking on the Telia moniker. In a press release... more

Cote d’Ivoire tightens mobile registration process

The government of Cote d’Ivoire has issued a decree to tighten SIM card registration procedures in the country. All registration processes must now take place at an authorised premises, which... more
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