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11 May 2017

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San Marino finally receives 4G courtesy of TIM subsidiary

According to local press reports, Telecom Italia (TIM)-backed Telefonia Mobile Sammarinese (TMS) has activated its long-awaited LTE network in Borgo Maggiore, the second largest town in San Marino. The report... more

Samsung, Cisco, Verizon embark on multi-vendor 5G trial

Equipment vendors Samsung and Cisco, in partnership with US telecoms provider Verizon, have announced the successful deployment of what the trio claim is ‘the first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network’... more

Telenor inks global frame agreement with NEC for microwave communications systems

Japan’s NEC Corporation has signed a global frame agreement with Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor Group under which it will provide the latter with microwave communications systems. In a press release,... more

VNPT extends LTE footprint to Ba Ria-Vung Tau province

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

Roshan to launch mystery 4G service ‘shortly’

Aga Khan-owned mobile firm Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (TDCA), which operates under the Roshan brand name, has announced that it will be launching 4G services ‘shortly’ but has provided no... more

BROADBAND

Openreach consulting with CPs on FTTP rollout plans, Long Reach VDSL deployment

BT network unit Openreach has announced plans to consult with alternative communications providers (CPs) on ‘how best to enhance broadband connectivity across Britain’. In a press release the company said... more

Lebanese ISP Connect boosts backbone, access network with InfiNet Wireless

Lebanese fixed-wireless broadband provider Connect has upgraded its backbone network and augmented its end-user access links using solutions from InfiNet Wireless to meet the ‘zero-downtime, high-bandwidth’ demands of enterprise and... more

Telecable the latest Spanish cableco to begin DOCSIS 3.1 deployment

Telecable, owned by UK-listed investment company Zegona, is the latest Spanish cable network operator to confirm it has begun rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 standard technology on its HFC network, giving... more

Estonia’s Starman upgrading to FTTH instead of DOCSIS 3.1

Estonian cableco Starman says it will be upgrading its DOCSIS 3.0 networks to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology rather than DOCSIS 3.1, combining this with a 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON)... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

BT reports 19% drop in annual profit before tax

UK-based BT Group has published its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2017, with the company saying that these were in line with the revised outlook it had... more

DT books 5.8% rise in Q1 revenue as US investment ‘pays off’

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT) has posted net revenue of EUR18.6 billion (USD20.2 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2017, an increase of 5.8% from EUR17.6 billion in the... more

Telefonica 1Q17 revenues increase 5.0% to EUR13.1bn

Telefonica Group has reported revenues of EUR13.1 billion (USD14.3 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2017, up 5.0% on an annualised basis. First quarter growth was spurred by... more

Altice 1Q17 revenues rise 3.2% to EUR5.9bn

Netherlands-based Altice Group has reported consolidated revenues of EUR5.9 billion (USD6.5 billion) for the three months ending 31 March 2017, up 3.2% on an annualised basis. The lion’s share of... more

Oi first-quarter revenues down, but net losses narrow dramatically

Brazilian telecoms giant Oi has reported total net revenues of BRL6.160 billion (USD1.94 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2017, down 8.8% year-on-year from BRL6.755 billion. EBITDA for... more

Safaricom FY service revenues rise 14.8% driven by mobile data growth

Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom has reported revenue of KES212.9 billion (USD2.0 billion) for its financial year ended 31 March 2017, an increase of 8.8% from KES195.7 billion twelve months previously.... more

VEON reports 13% group revenue hike

VEON (formerly VimpelCom) has reported a consolidated group revenue increase of 13% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, benefitting from currency appreciation and the recent merger with Warid Telecom... more

Sunrise reports slowdown in revenue decline

Swiss full service provider Sunrise has reported a 3.3% year-on-year decrease in first quarter revenue, registering turnover of CHF431 million (USD428 million) for the three months ended 31 March 2017,... more

Q1 sales hold steady at OTE

Greece’s OTE Group, which has operations in its home country, Romania and Albania, has reported revenues of EUR929.0 million (USD997 million) for the first three months of 2017, virtually unchanged... more

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