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18 May 2017

WIRELESS

eir launches Wi-Fi calling

Ireland's eir has announced the launch of its ‘WiFi Calling’ service, saying in a press release that it expects around 144,000 eir mobile and Meteor mobile subscribers will be able... more

Close enough for Jazz; cellco enters minimum bid for 4G spectrum

Pakistan’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, Jazz, was the only bidder for a 2x10MHz block of 4G spectrum in the 1800MHz band, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed. The... more

Telekom Networks Malawi invests USD30m in 4G network

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country's second largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to invest an additional USD30 million in its 4G LTE network to improve coverage in the four... more

Telecel Zimbabwe preparing LTE launch

Telecel Zimbabwe is planning to launch 4G LTE mobile services in the third quarter of this year, joining rival operators Econet Wireless and NetOne which introduced LTE technology in 2013... more

AT&T invested USD275m in Puerto Rico between 2014 and 2016; under pressure to eliminate USVI ‘dead-spots’

AT&T Inc has confirmed that the total investment in its Puerto Rican business between 2014 and 2016 totalled USD275 million. These investments were designed to drive a wide range of... more

BROADBAND

Proximus set to roll out hybrid DSL and 4G solution nationwide

Leading Belgian telco by subscribers Proximus has announced its plan to deploy Multipath TCP (MPTCP) technology countrywide, after a successful nine-month trial period in the remote municipality of Frasnes-lez-Anvaing. Proximus... more

CGWIC inks deal to build and deploy Indonesia’s Palapa-N1 broadband satellite

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) has signed a contract to build and launch Indonesia’s new Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite, with deployment currently scheduled for 2020. According to local press reports,... more

Lebanon preparing ‘historic’ fibre tender

Lebanon is preparing to launch a major fibre-optic network rollout tender next month, local newspaper the Daily Star reports, citing Minster of Telecommunications Jamal Jarrah who called the project ‘the... more

Xinwei to install 2,300 base stations in Ukraine by 2018

Interfax Ukraine reports that Chinese telecoms company Xinwei Group plans to install 2,300 new base stations providing high speed internet coverage throughout Ukraine by next year, having already deployed 150... more

WIRELINE

Magyar Telekom to Flip the script in wireline market

Hungarian incumbent Magyar Telekom has introduced a new basic, low-budget fixed line brand ‘Flip’, without landline loyalty obligations, aimed at subscribers who want simple, yet high quality, ‘unconstrained’ fixed network... more

Ucom Armenia extends fixed telecom services to five more towns

Armenian alternative telecom services provider Ucom has announced that its fixed network infrastructure has been expanded to a further five regional cities in the country, namely: Qajaran, Dilijan, Ararat, Vedi... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Wananchi sells business services unit to private equity fund SynCom

After more than a year of negotiations, Wananchi Group has reached an agreement to sell its corporate internet and data unit Wananchi Business Services to Synergy Communications (SynCom) for an... more

Bezeq net profit up 21.5% in 1Q17 on lower tax expenses

Israel’s Bezeq has published its financial results for the first three months of 2017, revealing an increase in net profit despite lower revenues. In the quarter ended 31 March 2017... more

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