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9 Nov 2016

WIRELESS

Days are numbered for Azur Telecom, report suggests

Azur Telecom, which offers mobile services in Gabon, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR), faces an uncertain future, AfricTelegraph.com reports. According to the news site the... more

KT aims to commercialise 5G by 2019

South Korea’s KT Corp has outlined plans to commercialise 5G services by 2019, a year ahead of its initial timetable, The Korea Times reports. The operator’s announcement of its updated... more

China Mobile, Huawei deploy wideband Massive MIMO site on live network

China Mobile has deployed a wideband Massive MIMO site on its live LTE network in the Shanghai region using a solution from Huawei Technologies. According to the vendor, its Massive... more

DOCOMO, Ericsson, Intel to build 5G ‘trial environment’

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO is teaming up with Ericsson of Sweden and Intel to develop a 5G trial environment in central Tokyo beginning next year. Centred on the testing and development... more

Singapore cellcos to stop selling 2G pre-paid SIMs from 15th November

In a joint press release, the city state of Singapore’s three mobile network operators (MNOs), Singtel, StarHub and M1, have announced that any new pre-paid SIMs sold from 15 November... more

dtac selects Nokia to bolster backbone

Bangkok-based dtac, part of the Telenor Group, has selected Finnish vendor Nokia to bolster its backbone network, becoming the first mobile operator in Thailand to implement a software-defined network (SDN)-ready... more

Vodafone unveils 500Mbps 3C LTE-A speeds

Vodafone Germany has announced the launch of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile data speeds of up to 500Mbps, using tri-carrier aggregation (3C) technology in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands. The... more

SmarTone and Ericsson sign 'pre-5G' deal

Hong Kong cellco SmarTone has signed a five-year contract with Ericsson for the supply of core network and radio access network (RAN) equipment. The companies say the agreement will pave... more

BROADBAND

Kuwaiti govt achieves 10Gbps uplink over Nokia’s XGS-PON technology

The Government of Kuwait has achieved upstream speeds of 10Gbps over a single fibre in lab tests of Nokia's XGS-PON fibre technology. The trials pave the way for the government... more

Olo Peru introducing TD-LTE services

Peruvian telco Olo, which has been owned by Claro Peru since August 2016, has announced that it has begun deployment of time division duplex (TD)-LTE, reports El Comercio. The new... more

AT&T, Colt succeed in SDN interoperability trial

AT&T and Colt Technology Services have announced a successful trial of software-defined networking (SDN) interoperability between two networks in the US and Europe, a landmark which AT&T said will accelerate... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Altice fined EUR80m over SFR takeover

Netherlands-based Altice Group (Altice SA, headed by French entrepreneur Patrick Drahi) has reached a settlement with the Competition Authority (Autorite de la Concurrence) by accepting a fine of EUR80 million... more

nbn boosts revenues as number of premises passed continues to climb

nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has published its results for the three months ended 30 September 2016, saying that it had ‘demonstrated continuing... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Zimbabwe moves a step closer to network sharing

The government of Zimbabwe has gazetted new regulations to enforce network sharing for telecoms operators. Industry regulator the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) now has the power to... more

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