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20 Jun 2017


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

Canada-based telecom tower operator *Tower One Wireless* has completed the purchase of an unnamed private tower firm in Argentina, just a week after signing a share purchase agreement with the... more

Beeline and Ucell threatened with licence cancellations; MITC drafts new mobile regulations

Uzbek telecoms sector watchdog the State Inspectorate for Supervision of Communications and Information Communication Technologies (GIS) has threatened mobile providers Beeline Uzbekistan – owned by VEON (formerly VimpelCom) – and... more

Sun sets on 2G technology for Swiss cellco

Swiss full service provider Sunrise will deactivate its 2G networks by the end of 2018, two years ahead of its rival and cellular market leader, Swisscom, saying that the ‘outdated’... more

50-strong Hungarian coalition will support 5G development

Up to 50 Hungarian government institutions, companies, business chambers, universities, research institutes and professional and civic organisations are forming a coalition to support national 5G mobile network development, the country’s... more

Turkcell, Huawei claim first 5G mmWave test, hitting speeds of 70Gbps

Turkey’s Turkcell and Chinese vendor Huawei have reported carrying out ‘the first’ successful 5G millimetre-Wave (mmWave) network speed test, claiming a new network speed record in Turkey of 70Gbps. Turkcell’s... more

Telkom expands newly launched 4G network to 19 more towns

Telkom Kenya, the fixed and mobile operator which was sold by Orange Group to private equity firm Helios Investment Partners in June 2016, has expanded its recently launched LTE network... more

Movilnet 4G network now boasts 280 BTS; CDMA shutdown earmarked for Dec-18

State-owned Venezuelan cellco Movilnet, a division of national telco CANTV, has confirmed that it now has a total of 280 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in service, following its 22... more

Spark launches 4.5G in Queenstown

Spark has announced that it has activated 4.5G technology in Queenstown, which is situated in Otago on New Zealand’s South Island, switching on five mobile towers in the area. Queenstown... more


Togo IXP now live

On 15 June 2017, the tiny West African state of Togo inaugurated its first internet exchange point (IXP), according to the Minister of Posts and the Digital Economy Cina Lawson.... more

APT planning TD-LTE network launch by end-2017

Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) is aiming to inaugurate a time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) network using spectrum in the 2.6GHz band in the second half of 2017, Digitimes reports,... more

Court sides with Orange in ducts access case brought by Numericable

France’s Court of Appeal has reportedly ruled against SFR Group in relation to a lawsuit over access to Orange France’s owned civil engineering ducts brought to the Commercial Court by... more

Bouygues selects Ciena for backbone network overhaul

French telecoms provider Bouygues Telecom has selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to help improve the efficiency, scalability and reliability of its current network backhauling and aggregation infrastructure, while also supporting... more


MyRepublic to extend fixed telephony services to support triple-play offerings

MyRepublic (Indonesia) says it will expand the reach of its fixed telephony services to all areas of operation this year, as it looks to support its triple-play products and features... more


Etisalat Nigeria lenders to step in as debt restructuring talks fail

UAE-based telecoms group Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has been instructed to transfer its entire 45% stake in Etisalat Nigeria to a loan trustee, after talks to restructure the mobile operator’s... more

Play away: Polish operator confirms IPO

Poland’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, P4, which trades under the name ‘Play’, has confirmed an initial public offering (IPO) which is set to be the largest in Europe... more

Orange Group set to reduce stake in BT Group

France-based Orange Group has announced plans to divest a portion of the shares it currently holds in BT Group. In a press release regarding the matter, Orange revealed that it... more

CCT to merge with BVI Cable TV

British Virgin Islands (BVI) mobile and fixed-wireless operator CCT has announced plans to merge with local cableco BVI Cable TV. The move will enable CCT to expand its portfolio to... more



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