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4 May 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly update

*Ericsson* has been selected by Japanese network operator *SoftBank* as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) supplier for Cat-M1 and NB-IoT networks, which SoftBank plans to deploy nationwide, aiming to be... more

Etisalat joins the race for Oman’s third MNO licence

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has announced that it has submitted a bid for Oman’s third mobile network operator (MNO) licence. In a statement, the UAE-based telecoms group said the offer... more

AIS taps Metaswitch to support VoLTE

Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has enlisted California-based cloud native communications software vendor Metaswitch to extend its deployment of Metaswitch Perimeta session border controllers from... more

Ericsson and Etisalat trial 5G

Ericsson and United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Etisalat have completed a trial of 5G mobile technology with outdoor mobility. The pair say that the trial has ‘demonstrated 5G capabilities in... more

BROADBAND

Nobody home: Beltelecom shuts down Homebody WiMAX service

Belarusian state-owned national fixed line operator Beltelecom has announced the formal shutdown of its commercial WiMAX broadband wireless service in the country. In a statement on the PTO’s website, it... more

AzTelekom planning FTTH upgrade to replace ADSL network

Largest Azerbaijani telco by subscribers, AzTelekom has revealed plans to introduce fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in an upgrade to its existing ADSL network, according to Trend. The state-owned operator will replace... more

Entel launches FTTH services

Entel Bolivia has announced the commercial launch of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) multi-play services, offering internet access at speeds of up to 20Mbps for home users and 50Mbps for businesses. Fibre-based... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telia selling part of Turkcell stake

Stockholm-based Telia Company has announced that it is selling part of its 14.0% direct stake in Turkish mobile market leader Turkcell via an accelerated bookbuilding offering to institutional investors. A... more

Telenor’s revenue declines in 1Q17 on currency movements

Norway’s Telenor Group has reported a 3% year-on-year decline in revenues in the first quarter of 2017, attributed to currency effects. In the three months to 31 March 2017 the... more

MTN Group: mobile data drives Q1 revenue as total user base approaches 237m

Africa's largest mobile operator by subscribers, South Africa-based MTN Group, has published its interim trading update for the three months ending 31 March 2017, highlighting a 7.1% year-on-year increase in... more

Mystery bidder increases Straight Path bid even further

US-based Straight Path Communications, which holds a nationwide portfolio of 5G-suitable mmWave spectrum, including 39GHz and 28GHz licences, has confirmed that it has received ‘a revised offer from a multi-national... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Filipino govt extends Smart franchise until 2042

The government of the Philippines, with the approval of the law by the Office of the President, has extended the congressional operating franchise of PLDT’s mobile unit Smart Communications for... more

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