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31 Mar 2017

WIRELESS

ALTAN selects Nokia to deploy 700MHz ‘Red Compartida’ wholesale network

Mexican consortium ALTAN Redes has selected Finnish vendor Nokia to design, build and operate ‘Red Compartida’, the new nationwide LTE and 5G-ready wholesale network in Mexico. The contract includes the... more

XL Axiata allocates USD157.7m for network modernisation in 2017

Mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has allocated IDR2.1 trillion (USD157.7 million) of its total IDR7 trillion capital expenditure budget for 2017 to modernise its networks, IndoTelko quotes XL director... more

O2 UK introduces VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling

British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has announced the commercial launch of its ‘Wifi Calling’ and ‘4G Calling’ services. In a press release the cellco said that its Wi-Fi-based... more

Malta cancels 800MHz sale after operators withdraw

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has cancelled the auction process for the award of spectrum in the 800MHz band. The regulator says that all three candidates in the bidding process... more

Cellcos call for ID database access

Cellcos in Uganda are calling for the government to allow them to access the National Identity Card Database in order to assist with the registration of mobile phone users. The... more

Tele2 continues network expansion

Tele2 Latvia has unveiled plans to invest EUR3 million (USD3.2 million) to construct 60 new base stations, whilst a parallel development will see it continue expanding its LTE Advanced (LTE-A)... more

MTNL to spend USD62m on Delhi network expansion

State-owned telecoms operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has announced plans to invest INR4 billion (USD61.6 million) in the installation and commissioning of around 1,800 new mobile towers in Delhi... more

TRAI says commission’s concern with government revenue ‘inconsistent’ with policy objectives

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has dismissed accusations from the Telecom Commission – the telecom ministry’s highest decision-making body – that decreasing government earnings from the... more

BROADBAND

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

The *Tasman Global Access (TGA)* cable linking Raglan (New Zealand) with Narrabeen Beach (Australia) has entered commercial services. The 2,300km direct link incorporates two fibre pairs with a current design... more

Antel to achieve nationwide FTTH coverage within five years

Uruguay’s national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) is aiming to complete the nationwide deployment of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network within the next five years. Local news source LaRed21... more

KETRACO seeks telecoms operator partners for fibre network rollout

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) is seeking to partner with telecoms companies for the operation and maintenance of its in-deployment nationwide fibre-optic network. Business Daily reports that the firm is... more

Midco becomes latest US cableco to offer Gigabit broadband

Midco, the US cableco that is co-owned by Midcontinent Media and cable giant Comcast, has announced that it has introduced 1Gbps broadband speeds for the first time, in Fargo, North... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

StarHub unlikely to mount M1 takeover bid, report says

In the wake of recent speculation that Singapore’s second largest mobile operator StarHub is mulling a possible takeover of number three player M1 – at a time when the latter’s... more

Partner Communications returns to profit in 2016

Israel-based Partner Communications has reported a 14% year-on-year decline in revenue for the twelve months ended 31 December 2016, with consolidated turnover falling to ILS3.544 billion (USD922 million). Annual service... more

VimpelCom officially becomes VEON

Russian-backed, Amsterdam-based, US-listed telecoms group VEON secured shareholder approval to change its name from VimpelCom Ltd to VEON Ltd on 30 March 2017. From today (31 March) the company’s American... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Kiribati benefits from Vodafone Fiji, Genband unified communications solution

Genband, a provider of real-time communications solutions, has announced a partnership with Vodafone Fiji to deploy a hosted solution that delivers next-generation cloud/unified communications (UC) services across the Pacific, initially... more

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