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18 Apr 2017


Tower Talk: a guide to the latest major cell site developments

Florida-based *Phoenix Tower International (PTI)*, which owns and operates more than 1,400 towers and other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the US, has purchased... more

T-Mobile, DISH dominate 600MHz auction; Verizon emerges empty-handed

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally confirmed the identities of the successful bidders in its 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’), which concluded in February 2017.... more

Smart tests VoLTE; claims a first for the Philippines

PLDT Inc. mobile division Smart Communications, working with technology partner Ericsson, claims to have completed the Philippines’ first successful mobile call using voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology. In a press release last... more

Newcomer Swazi Mobile to share cell towers with MTN; plans July launch

Newly licensed wireless operator Swazi Mobile is expected to share tower infrastructure with incumbent MTN Swaziland, the latter’s CEO, Ambrose Dlamini, has informed local media outlets. The cellco expects to... more

VNPT-Vinaphone switches on 4G in Ca Mau province

Vietnamese mobile operator VNPT-Vinaphone has expanded its 4G network to the province of Ca Mau. The company switched on the country’s first commercial LTE service on the island of Phu... more

Digicel Bermuda: LTE upgrade will be finished ‘next month’

Mobile network operator (MNO) Digicel Bermuda has announced that the final phases of its multimillion-dollar, ultra-high speed 4G LTE mobile network rollout is expected to be finished ‘during April and... more

Uganda’s SIM card re-registration plan faces criticism

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is coming under pressure to rethink its drive to have all mobile SIM cards re-registered within seven days. The regulator announced last week that all... more

Court suspends number portability introduction

The Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine has suspended the country’s introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) until further notice, after upholding a complaint from Ukrainian IT company Dialink against the... more


Elisa and Nokia successfully trial XGS-PON

Finland’s Elisa has successfully completed a field trial of Nokia's XGS-PON technology in the Ostrobothnia region, the equipment vendor has announced. The technology tested included Nokia's 7360 ISAM FX with... more

Cisco working with Kazakhstan on ICT projects

Cisco has announced a number of initiatives in Kazakhstan which it says will ‘help accelerate the country’s digital transformation over the next three years’. The US vendor has signed an... more

m:tel wins 3.5GHz band licence at auction

Montenegro’s telecoms regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (EKIP) has auctioned frequencies in the 3.5GHz band to be used for fixed wireless access (WiMAX) technology. Although the... more


Omantel net profit hit by higher royalty fees

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has announced its preliminary unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2017, reporting revenue of OMR132.6 million (USD343.5 million), a... more

M1's Q1 net income down 15%

Singapore’s M1 has reported a 14.6% year-on-year fall in net income for January-March 2017 to SGD36.3 million (USD26 million), in part the result of higher depreciation and interest expenses, but... more

Court freezes SCM’s Ukrtelecom shares; move related to historical allegations

A Ukrainian court has issued a decision freezing the controlling shares in national fixed line incumbent Ukrtelecom and its mobile subsidiary TriMob held by domestic conglomerate SCM, itself wholly owned... more



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