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3 Apr 2017

WIRELESS

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

US cable giant *Comcast’s* long-running plans to enter the country’s MVNO space are said to be taking shape, with the cableco now expected to launch under the *‘XFINITY Mobile’* brand... more

Malian government gives nod to begin search for fourth MNO licensee

Mountaga Tall, Mali’s Minister of the Digital Economy and Communication, has reportedly received authorisation from the government to begin the process of awarding the country’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO)... more

Ericsson demonstrates 5G in Indonesia

Swedish vendor Ericsson claims to have completed the first demonstration of 5G technology in Indonesia, including a 5G test bed trial, 5G New Radio (NR) and live 4K video streaming.... more

Dialog Axiata launching VoLTE in Sri Lanka

Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has revealed plans to launch voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) on its mobile broadband networks, to deliver high quality voice and video calling for... more

ALTAN names Huawei as second 700MHz vendor partner; Chinese firm joins Nokia for rollout

Mexican consortium ALTAN Redes has confirmed that Chinese vendor Huawei will join fellow technology supplier Nokia in the deployment of ‘Red Compartida’, the new nationwide LTE and 5G-ready wholesale network... more

Azercell continues to expand network

Leading Azerbaijani cellco by subscribers Azercell has announced that it increased its number of base stations to 5,211 across the country, with the total comprising 2,796 2G sites, 2,141 3G... more

SaskTel declares LTE expansion complete

Canadian provincial operator SaskTel has announced the completion of a project to expand its 4G LTE mobile network coverage across Saskatchewan. SaskTel claims that the LTE network covers 99% of... more

BROADBAND

Ofcom proposes price reduction for Openreach’s 40Mbps/10Mbps wholesale tariff

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced measures which it says are ‘designed to promote investment in new fibre networks and ensure that customers are protected from higher prices’. Under the... more

Waoo! to launch services in Greater Copenhagen, North Jutland

Danish regional ISP Waoo!, which manages the fibre access networks of eleven of Denmark’s largest energy companies, is planning to start providing broadband, TV and telephony services to roughly 130,000... more

ACT to invest USD185m on expansion; BharatNet falls short of 100,000 gram panchayat target

India’s third largest fixed broadband provider by subscribers, Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT), has launched 1Gbps services for its residential customers in Hyderabad, and plans to gradually roll out the high-speed... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

MTN pays NGN30bn towards Nigerian fine settlement

MTN Group has paid an additional NGN30 billion towards the settlement of a NGN330 billion (USD1.0 billion) fine handed to its Nigerian unit for failing to disconnect around 5.1 million... more

State to take minority stake in Ukrtelecom

Ukraine’s State Property Fund (SPF) has proposed buying minority shares in nationwide fixed line provider Ukrtelecom, whilst the telco remains under threat of renationalisation due to debts owed to state... more

Bankers ask Rostelecom to take majority control of Tele2 Russia

Russia’s VTB Bank, part of the banking consortium which holds a 55% stake in cellco Tele2 Russia, is discussing with its shareholding partner Rostelecom the possibility of the latter upping... more

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