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20 Apr 2017

WIRELESS

Telecom Egypt inks national roaming, transmission deals with Orange Egypt

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Orange Egypt for a national roaming agreement under which it will provide 2G, 3G and 4G... more

Poland to re-offer 450MHz spectrum

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has opened a consultation into the potential award of spectrum in the 450MHz band which was recently returned by Orange Polska. Orange opted not... more

SA Competition Commission belatedly dismisses Cell C’s Oct-13 complaint against Vodacom, MTN

South Africa’s Competition Commission has decided to ‘non-refer’ (not to prosecute) a complaint lodged by Cell C in October 2013 against Vodacom and MTN for anti-competitive conduct, citing a lack... more

beCloud, Huawei hit 2Gbps speeds in 5G test

Infrastructure provider Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) and Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei claim to have successfully demonstrated speeds of 2Gbps in their 5G technology test zone at the TIBO-2017 telecoms event... more

Claro Argentina launches VoWi-Fi

Claro Argentina, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has launched Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) functionality for users with compatible smartphones. The cellco notes that the service is designed to help users... more

PCCW, CTM implement Hong Kong-Macau VoLTE service

The mobile division of Hong Kong-based integrated telecoms operator HKT – part of the PCCW Group – has jointly launched the first service offering international end-to-end voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and video-over-LTE... more

Minister deflects calls for Digicel audit

Renewed calls from incumbent Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) to audit its cellular rival Digicel Guyana over allegations that it illegally bypasses GTT’s international gateway were once again rebuffed by... more

Sutel delays spectrum sale to 11 May

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has further delayed its auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1900MHz/2100MHz bands without stating a reason for the postponement. The... more

T-Mobile US to add 600MHz support this year; switches on Extended Range LTE in Chicago

T-Mobile US, which agreed to pay USD7.993 billion for a total of 1,525 regional licences in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) recent 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, has suggested... more

Tele2 Eesti adds 2300MHz frequencies as it looks to 4.5G and 5G

Estonian cellco Tele2 Eesti says it has acquired additional spectrum which will boost its resources to support future 4.5G and 5G services. The operator has acquired frequencies in the 2300MHz... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone Italy expands 1Gbps fibre service

Italian fixed and mobile operator Vodafone has announced the expansion of its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services to a further four cities. Its IperFibra offering, which was first launched last October,... more

TRC starts work on fibre database

Jordan’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) has started work on developing a centralised database to gather together the coverage details of all of the nation’s fibre-optic networks. The database will be... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Ooredoo Maldives to kick off IPO at end of month

Ooredoo Maldives has announced plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO) at the end of this month, in a process that will see up to 40% of its shares... more

Elisa reports 6.6% revenue increase in first quarter of 2017

Finland’s Elisa Corporation has published its results for the quarter ended 31 March 2017, revealing improvements in a number of key financial metrics. In the three-month period under review, Elisa... more

IP-Only takes over Berg fibre network

Swedish open fibre network operator IP-Only has reached an agreement with the Municipal Council of Berg to acquire the local fibre network serving the municipality, situated in Jamtland County in... more

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