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19 Apr 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

Saudi Arabian cellco *Mobily* has claimed the country’s first successful trial of a *LoRaWAN*-based low power wide area (LPWA) IoT network, in collaboration with long-term technology partner *Cisco Systems*, testing... more

Uzmobile passes 1m mobile subscriber milestone

State-owned telco Uzbektelecom, has signed up more than a million subscribers to its Uzmobile-branded wireless services, UzDaily quotes the company’s director, Vladimir Kravchenko as saying. The cellco, which uses a... more

Viettel launches 4G with ‘nationwide’ coverage

Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel has announced the commercial launch of its 4G LTE network, which boasts ‘nationwide’ coverage of 95% of the population. In the space of just six months,... more

Elisa, Nokia claim first European 3.5GHz 5G test

Finnish network operator Elisa and compatriot technology partner Nokia have successfully tested 5G mobile data transmission using the 3.5GHz band, the first time this has been achieved in Europe, according... more

BROADBAND

Beltelecom’s triple-play service marks 200,000th subscriber milestone

Belarusian state-owned PTO Beltelecom has announced that the number of people signed up to its ‘YASNA’ brand triple-play service – offering high speed internet, unlimited voice telephony and interactive television... more

TRAI starts work on proof of concept for RoW policy

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a pilot project in Deoghar in Jharkhand as a proof of concept for a common duct policy. The policy aims to... more

Verizon inks USD1bn fibre contract with Corning

Verizon Communications has announced a three-year minimum purchase agreement with New York-based Corning, which will see the vendor provide fibre-optic cable and associated hardware for Verizon to ensure critical coverage... more

WIRELINE

Spark NZ to switch from PSTN to IP-based network by 2022

Spark New Zealand has unveiled plans to upgrade its fixed line infrastructure, and will switch from its ageing PSTN to a next generation IP-based network over the course of the... more

KPN gives update on fixed telephony network IP migration

KPN has given an update on its timetable for modernising and replacing legacy PSTN/ISDN fixed telephony network platforms and services with all-IP architecture and solutions, citing changes in customer requirements... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodacom Tanzania cleared to extend IPO deadline

Vodacom Tanzania has received regulatory approval to extend the deadline of its initial public offering (IPO), which will see 25% of its shares listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock... more

Vivendi unhappy with Italian ruling

The French media and communications group Vivendi is threatening legal action against Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) following its ruling that Vivendi must reduce... more

i-Cable may have found lifeline to stay afloat

Hong Kong pay-TV and broadband provider i-Cable says it has taken an ‘important step’ towards keeping its business afloat following rumours that it could be forced to close down its... more

PineBridge preparing to sell majority stake in AKTA

New York-based private equity fund PineBridge Investment will sell off its 63% stake in Romanian cable operator AKTA, writes local paper Ziarul Financiar (ZF). PineBridge’s majority stake is valued at... more

Globe Telecom ups 2017 CAPEX to PHP37.5bn; updates on LTE deployments

Philippines communications service provider Globe Telecom now plans to spend up to PHP37.5 billion (USD756.45 million) on expansion projects this year, more than originally forecast, the majority of which will... more

Mtel confirms Blizoo integration is now complete

Mobiltel (Mtel), Bulgaria’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has confirmed that its integration of local cableco Blizoo is now complete – almost two years after the acquisition was originally announced,... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Zambia revises telecoms licensing framework

Brian Mushimba, Zambia’s Minister of Communications and Transport, has revealed that, working in partnership with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the country has formulated a new licensing... more

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