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29 Jun 2017

WIRELESS

SK Telecom demos 5G trial network using 3.5Hz spectrum

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has announced that, through collaborations with Samsung Electronics and Nokia, it has successfully demonstrated 5G communications using the 3.5GHz band - a first for the... more

U Mobile reveals it is terminating RAN sharing deal with Maxis

Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) U Mobile has notified rival cellco Maxis that it is terminating their radio access network (RAN) share agreement. In explaining its reasoning behind the decision,... more

Vodafone Turkey tests 700MHz LTE with eye on 5G

Vodafone Turkey has announced on its website that it is the first operator in the country to test the 700MHz band using its existing commercial 4G/4.5G LTE network. Vodafone partnered... more

FNA investigates requirements for potential 5G frequencies

German regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA), has published guidelines concerning the mobile frequency bands that could potentially be used for 5G, as... more

AT&T tests fixed-wireless 5G in Texas; XGS-PON trial set for late-2017

AT&T has announced that it has launched its second fixed-wireless 5G trial, in Austin, Texas, in association with Ericsson and Intel. Using Ericsson’s 5G RAN and the Intel ‘5G Mobile... more

Ooredoo Myanmar rolls out LTE on 1800MHz band

Qatari-owned mobile provider Ooredoo Myanmar has begun upgrading its network with recently-acquired spectrum in the 1800MHz band, Eleven Myanmar cites Chief Marketing Officer Charity Safford as saying. The official claimed... more

Zimbabwe’s NetOne plans USD485m expansion

Zimbabwean government-owned cellco NetOne is to see a USD485 million investment under the third phase of its ongoing expansion and upgrade plan. USD218 million has been spent on the second... more

BROADBAND

A1 boosts fixed and mobile downstream speeds up to 300Mbps

A1 Telekom Austria, the domestic telecoms operating unit of Telekom Austria Group, has increased the maximum downstream broadband speed available to its fixed and mobile customers to 300Mbps, while boosting... more

TTK expands IPTV to 50 cities

Russian fixed broadband network operator TransTeleCom (TTK) has expanded its IPTV set-top box (STB)-based ‘interactive TV’ services to 50 cities, it disclosed on its website, having recently added new locations... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

ATH books record FJD85m profit in 2016/17; reckons BlueSky takeover 'on track'

Fiji-based Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) and its group companies reported a record net profit of FJD85.27 million (USD41.64 million) in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2017, marking a 4.2%... more

GTA, Fairpoint takeovers receive final regulatory approvals

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has approved the transfer of Guam-based TeleGuam Holdings (trading as GTA) to US-based Forager Holdings, following... more

Signs of recovery at UTL, government says

The Ugandan government says that state-owned fixed line and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) is on the road to recovery after years of struggling with a UGX700 billion (USD191... more

Slovenia’s Telemach acquires Maxtel

Slovenian fixed and mobile operator Telemach has been given approval to acquire rival firm Maxtel, which operates fibre networks in Ljubljana and Kranj. A report from SeeNews, which quotes news... more

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