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18 Jul 2017

WIRELESS

Azur launches 3G+ in CAR; Gabon, Congo to follow

Azur RCA, the Central African Republic’s (CAR's) smallest mobile operator, has launched ‘3G+’ technology (assumed to be HSPA+) in capital city Bangui. According to Agence Ecofin, the network has been... more

San Marino to become 5G trailblazer

Italian fixed and mobile operator TIM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of the Republic of San Marino for the development of 5G wireless technology. TIM... more

Operators sign QoS agreement on number portability

Senior officials from telecom providers Tunisie Telecom (TT), Orange Tunisia, Ooredoo Tunisia and Lycamobile Tunisia, and sector watchdog the National Telecommunications Authority (Instance Nationale de Telecommunications, INT) have signed a... more

Russian big four given two weeks to cease national roaming charges

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has issued a warning to the ‘big four’ mobile network operators (MNOs) – MegaFon, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Beeline Russia (PJSC VimpelCom) and Tele2 Russia (T2... more

SPRK extends two Tele2 licences

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija [SPRK]) has accepted a request from wireless provider Tele2 Latvia to extend its spectrum usage rights in two bands.... more

BROADBAND

Vumatel agrees to acquire a portion of Link Africa’s fibre assets

South African fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) provider Vumatel has agreed to acquire a ‘big portion’ of Link Africa’s FTTH infrastructure for an undisclosed sum. Local news agency TechCentral cited Link Africa’s CEO... more

Arcep consults on allocation procedure for spectrum in 3.5GHz band

French telecoms regulator Arcep has launched a public consultation on the planned allocation of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for fixed wireless services in areas currently not scheduled to benefit... more

Spark completes OTN upgrade

New Zealand telco Spark says it has completed an upgrade of its core optical transport network (OTN) on the country’s South Island to improve resiliency in cases of national disaster... more

Onatel details network achievements, deployment plans

Maroc Telecom-backed telco the National Office of Telecommunications (Office Nationale des Telecommunications, Onatel) has informed local journalists of its network coverage targets and achievements in Burkina Faso. In terms of... more

Openreach launches consultation to gauge demand for large-scale FTTP rollout

British infrastructure company Openreach, a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group, has called for ‘greater industry and political collaboration’ to build a large-scale full fibre broadband... more

WIRELINE

Cataleya supplies Orchid One solution as part of Sanntuu’s planned full TDM to IP migration

IP, networking and technology developer Cataleya has been selected by Japanese telecommunication carrier Sanntuu Corporation to supply it with its next generation Session Border Controller (SBC) Orchid One platform to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Viettel reports 25% rise in overseas revenue for H1

Vietnamese telecoms company Viettel has announced that its international operations generated revenue of VND14 trillion (USD609 million) in the first six months of 2017, an increase of 25% from the... more

AM tangled up in Guatemalan minister corruption probe, report says

America Movil (AM) has informed Reuters that it is in the process of auditing its Claro Guatemala unit (formerly known as Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala, Telgua), which has become embroiled in... more

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