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30 Jun 2017

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XL Axiata to test VoLTE

Mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has announced plans to test voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) this year, with company director Yessie D Yosetya noting that on the current XL network, packet switched... more

Movistar Chile tests 4.5G technology

Spanish-owned mobile provider Movistar Chile conducted its first demonstration of 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro) technology in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia, achieving peak download speeds of 1Gbps. Its test... more

ALTAN to use Telcel network to boost wholesale rollout plans

ALTAN Redes, the Mexican consortium in charge of deploying ‘Red Compartida’ – the country’s nationwide 700MHz LTE wholesale network – has reportedly agreed an infrastructure-sharing deal with America Movil (AM)-backed... more

RCOM reportedly looking to return 1800MHz spectrum

Debt-laden wireless provider Reliance Communications (RCOM), has reportedly approached the telecom ministry to request permission to return a portion of its 1800MHz spectrum holdings. The Economic Times cites unnamed sources... more

Filipino think tank: ‘extremely difficult’ for a newcomer to enter market

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has released a new report on competition in the country’s telecoms landscape, concluding that whilst a third operator is needed to challenge de... more

Tele2 embarks on Estonian upgrade programme

Estonian mobile operator Tele2 Eesti has begun a network expansion project under which it plans to build 434 new base transceiver stations (BTS), with almost half of these sited in... more

NFMU activates spectrum monitoring stations

Guyana’s National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has switched on three spectrum monitoring stations that will allow the regulator to determine whether spectrum is being used illegally as well as detect... more

Movicel continues rural expansion, reaching Ebo

Angolan mobile operator Movicel has extended its network coverage to Ebo municipality, around 150km from the provincial capital of Cuanza Sul province, giving local inhabitants a choice of provider, as... more

BROADBAND

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

Mumbai-based telecoms provider *Reliance Jio Infocomm* has revealed that the *Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1)* submarine cable system has entered commercial operations. The 25,000km network – owned by a consortium of... more

KCOM details next phase of FTTP rollout

Hull-based regional UK telco KCOM has outlined the next phase of its fibre broadband rollout project, covering the period July to September 2017. According to ISPreview, as per the company’s... more

Tiscali planning EUR400m investment

Italian ISP Tiscali says it is looking to invest EUR400 million (USD457 million) to deploy its own fibre and fixed-wireless TD-LTE infrastructure. CEO Riccardo Ruggiero has told Reuters that around... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

NetLink NBN Trust kicks off USD1.95bn IPO in Singapore

NetLink NBN Trust, a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel Group) which is tasked with designing, building, owning and operating the country’s next generation broadband network (Next Gen NBN), launched a... more

KPN acquires smaller telco Solcon

Dutch telecoms group KPN has completed the takeover of smaller rival Solcon, which provides residential and B2B internet, fixed/mobile telephony, TV and data centre/hosting services in the Netherlands. Dronten-based Solcon,... more

Competition body imposes conditions on Telemovil’s cableco acquisition

El Salvador’s competition regulator the Superintendencia de Competencia (SC) has imposed a number of conditions on the proposed acquisition of cable company Caribena Cable by Telemovil (operating under the Tigo... more

UK culture secretary ‘minded’ to refer Fox-Sky deal for further investigation

UK culture secretary Karen Bradley has announced in a speech to parliament that she is ‘minded’ to refer Fox’s proposed GBP11.7 billion (USD15.2 billion) takeover of multi-service operator Sky to... more

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