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19 May 2017

WIRELESS

Celcom conducts Malaysia’s first 5G trial

Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) Celcom Axiata has carried out what is claimed to be Malaysia’s first 5G trial, and the first 5G trial conducted using 28GHz spectrum in Southeast... more

America Movil to deploy 4.5G in Mexico by year-end

America Movil (AM), the telecoms company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is aiming to roll out a 4.5G LTE network in Mexico by the end of this year. Reuters... more

Telenor and Hutchison Global Communications ink IPX interconnection deal

Norway’s Telenor Group and Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC), the fixed line arm of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), have announced a peering agreement to interconnect their IPX networks.... more

Bell rings the pay-TV changes with budget streaming venture

Bell Canada is launching a ‘no-frills’, budget app-based live TV service named ‘Alt TV’ enabling customers to watch regular TV programming on smartphones, computers and other streaming devices. Alt TV... more

BROADBAND

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

*Southern Cross Cables* – owned by *Telecom NZ* (50%), *Singtel-Optus* (40%) and *Verizon* (10%) – has signed letters of intent (LoIs) regarding the USD350 million *NEXT* submarine cable aiming to... more

Kazakhstan plans USD454m five-year spend on ICT

The Kazakh government has said it will spend KZT150.7 billion (USD454 million) on its Digital Kazakhstan programme between 2017 and 2021. The scheme is intended to push internet penetration to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Premature consolidation? EC suspects Altice-MEO jumped into bed too early

The European Commission (EC) has accused multinational telecoms group Altice of proceeding with its EUR7.4 billion (USD9.2 billion) acquisition of PT Portugal (MEO) before receiving approval from EU antitrust watchdogs.... more

Tata seeks green light from CCI for DOCOMO buyout

Tata Group has sought approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to buy the 26.5% stake in Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) held by its Japanese partner DOCOMO, the Economic... more

Singtel Group reports 1.8% increase in quarterly profit

Singapore-based Singtel Group yesterday reported a 1.8% rise in net profit for its fiscal fourth quarter ending 31 March 2017, fuelled by growth in broadband, mobile data and services such... more

Cellcom brand ditched as Orange relaunches Liberian mobile venture

French behemoth Orange Group has announced the launch of its brand in Liberia, with Cellcom Liberia now rebranded as Orange Liberia. Having completed the acquisition of the mobile network operator... more

State Property Fund seeking USD82m fine in court case over Ukrtelecom privatisation contract

Interfax reports that Ukraine's State Property Fund (SPF) has filed a claim in Kiev’s business court against nationwide telco Ukrtelecom’s holding company ESU LLC and State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine... more

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