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10 Feb 2017

WIRELESS

Movistar aims to reach all departmental capitals with 4G by April

Telefonica’s El Salvadoran wireless unit Movistar expects to have completed the deployment of its newly-launched 4G LTE mobile network across the 14 departmental capitals by April. Local newspaper elsalvador.com cites... more

Vodafone Portugal tests Gigabit LTE with Ericsson, Qualcomm

Vodafone Portugal has announced that it has achieved 1Gbps download speeds over its existing LTE infrastructure, in conjunction with vendor duo Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. The demonstration utilised Qualcomm’s Snapdragon... more

MTS starts TD-LTE launch programme in regions outside Moscow

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has launched 2600MHz TD-LTE services in St Petersburg, augmenting its existing FDD-based 4G services in the city – the first to receive MTS’ TD-LTE coverage outside... more

Movilnet says becoming ILD operator to combat grey market this quarter

Venezuelan state-owned mobile operator Movilnet – a division of fixed line incumbent CANTV – has announced that it will join its parent telco in directly operating international long-distance (ILD) telephony... more

HKT says Hong Kong falling behind in 5G development

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) has once again criticised the government for failing to make sufficient wireless spectrum available for future mobile services. The territory currently has 582MHz of spectrum allocated... more

BROADBAND

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

Monwar Hossain, Managing Director of state-owned *Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL)* – the company in charge of the Bangladeshi portion of the *SeaMeWe-5* project – has revealed that commercial... more

Competition authority investigates TIM/Fastweb JV

Italy’s Competition Authority (Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, AGCM) has launched an investigation into the ‘Flash Fiber’ joint venture (JV) which is being set up by Telecom Italia... more

Beltelecom: 3.06m broadband and 1.51m IPTV subscribers at end-2016

Belarus’ Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (Minsvyazi) has issued a press release on its website outlining some of the key developments in the Republic’s telecoms market in FY 2016. The... more

ACCC publishes principles aimed at ensuring broadband speed information is accurate

Following a consultation regarding fixed broadband speeds, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published principles to help ensure that ISPs are providing customers with accurate information. The regulator... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Abris acquires majority stake in Serbian cableco Kopernikus

Central and Eastern Europe-focused mid-market buyout firm Abris Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Serbian cable broadband provider Kopernikus Technology. As per the terms of the deal, Abris... more

NTT Corp nine-month net income climbs 11%, but revenue down

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT Corp) has published its financial results for the nine months ended 31 December 2016 (Q3/FY16) highlighting that net income attributable to shareholders increased by... more

UPC Switzerland agrees TeleOnex buyout

UPC Switzerland announced that it has completed the buyout of Geneva-based TeleOnex, increasing its 49% stake to 100%. The fibre provider, which is owned by the Onex municipal council, claims... more

Maxis reports lower service revenues in 2016 as mobile subscriber base declines

Malaysia’s Maxis has published its financial results for both the three-month and twelve-month periods ended 31 December 2016. In the company’s final quarter of 2016, the operator recorded total turnover... more

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