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30 May 2017

WIRELESS

Tower Talk: a guide to the latest major cell site developments

*China Tower*, which owns and manages mobile tower infrastructure on the Chinese mainland for all three of the nation’s cellular providers, has invited investment banks to submit proposals for a... more

Airtel expects to launch 4G in Nigeria within next few months

Airtel Nigeria, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, is gearing up to launch its 4G LTE network ‘in the next three to four months’, as it... more

Telenor and Telia secure 900MHz spectrum, Nkom confirms

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has named Telia Norge and Telenor Norge as the two winners of the 900MHz spectrum auction that got underway last week. Both mobile... more

Telkomsel, Huawei demo 5G in Jakarta

Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) and Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei yesterday (29 May) held a live demo of 5G technology in Jakarta, which they claim is capable of producing data speeds of... more

KemKominfo announces further delays to 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz spectrum sale

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, known locally as KemKominfo) has announced that the bidding rules for the sale of 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz spectrum will now not be... more

Cuba’s pilot 3G service expanded to Camaguey

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has launched its pilot 3G network in the island’s third largest city Camaguey. Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) reports that... more

NTA backtracks on Ncell 4G licence award

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has reversed its decision to give Ncell a 4G licence, reports The Nation. Earlier this month TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that the second largest cellco in... more

Telecoms services restored to the city of Sirte

The Libya Post, Telecommunications and IT Company (LPTIC) has completed the restoration of mobile and landline services in the city of Sirte, writes The Libya Observer. The news comes after... more

Flow Barbados reports LTE progress

Flow Barbados has signed up more than 16,000 4G LTE mobile subscribers in around two months since launching the network in late March, and expects that figure to at least... more

Telecom Egypt inks second national roaming agreement

Just over a month after it inked a national roaming agreement with Orange Egypt, Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced a similar deal with another of the nation’s cellcos. In a... more

BROADBAND

ArmenTel (Beeline) extends VDSL services to residents of Abovyan and Artashat

Armenian PTO ArmenTel, which trades under the Beeline banner, says it has completed the upgrade of fixed broadband infrastructure in the towns of Abovyan and Artashat plus the villages of... more

WIRELINE

BH Telecom contracts Ericsson Nikola Tesla for fixed line OSS modernisation

BH Telecom has selected Ericsson Nikola Tesla to upgrade and expand its Operations Support System related to its fixed line network. In a press release, the Croatia-based vendor confirmed that... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

WOW! IPO fails to wow investors

Colorado-based cableco Wide Open West (WOW!) has confirmed that its initial public offering (IPO) – which got underway late last week – was priced at USD17.00, below the projected USD20.00-USD22.00... more

Viva Kuwait reports 2% y-o-y growth in profits in 1Q17

Kuwait Telecom Company (Viva), which was listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) in December 2014, has reported net profit of KWD10 million (USD32.8 million) for the three months ended... more

Volia gobbles up Airbites

Volia – Ukraine’s largest cableco by subscribers, revenue and coverage – has purchased the assets of smaller operator Airbites, enabling it to further strengthen its position in the cities of... more

i-Cable shareholders approve rescue plan

Minority shareholders of struggling Hong Kong cable TV provider i-Cable have voted to approve a rescue plan by the Forever Top consortium. According to a report from the South China... more

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