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27 Jul 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

Spanish telecoms giant *Telefonica* announced in its Q2 2017 results that its multinational group reached a total of 15.009 million active M2M SIMs connected over its networks at the end... more

O2 Czech Republic uses additional frequencies to boost 4G LTE speeds in Prague

Mobile operator O2 Czech Republic says it is using its new frequency blocks in the 1800MHz band to help deliver what it claims are the fastest mobile internet services in... more

Movistar rolls out 3G to remote areas of Atacama

Spanish-backed wireless provider Movistar Chile has rolled out 3G services to 15 remote locations in Atacama region. The deployment forms part of Movistar’s commitment to provide connectivity to unserved or... more

BROADBAND

Arqiva and Samsung launch live 5G FWA trial in London

Communications infrastructure company Arqiva and Samsung Electronics have announced what they claim is the first field trial of 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) technology in the UK and Europe, carried out... more

MTL begins phased shutdown of CDMA, WiMAX platforms

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, has begun the phased decommissioning of its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network and plans to complete the process by the end of... more

CAT directs Ofcom to reconsider decisions in its ‘Business Connectivity Market Review’

Britain’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled on a case lodged by fixed line incumbent BT, which challenged determinations made by local telecom regulator Ofcom in its ‘Business Connectivity Market... more

Google to work with Liberian ISPs to improve internet services

The New Dawn newspaper reports that US search engine giant Google has embarked on a major project to work with service providers in Liberia to improve access and availability of... more

GTT restores connectivity following cable cuts

In a public press conference this week Guyanese Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes urged the public to report any suspicious activity surround telecommunications infrastructure following a recent surge in... more

Batelco allows broadband users to double speeds for BHD5

Bahrain’s Batelco has introduced a fixed broadband internet package bolt-on which enables existing and new subscribers to double their current download speeds for BHD5 (USD13) a month. 20Mbps/25Mbps/30Mbps/40Mbps package users... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Ooredoo Group’s first-half revenue climbs 2%

Qatar-based Ooredoo Group’s consolidated revenue in January-June 2017 increased to QAR16.3 billion (USD4.4 billion), an improvement of 2% over H1 2016. In local currency terms, growth was driven by Ooredoo... more

Telefonica 2Q17 revenues up 1.9% to EUR13.0bn

Telefonica Group has reported revenues of EUR13.0 billion (USD15.1 billion) for the three months ended 30 June 2017, up 1.9% on an annualised basis. Second quarter growth was spurred by... more

Orange returns to growth in domestic market in H1 2017

Multinational telecoms giant Orange Group has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017, claiming that ‘commercial momentum’ remained strong in the period under review, supported... more

STC’s 1H17 net income up 6.6% to USD1.3bn

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017, reporting a 6.6% increase in net profit to SAR4.904 billion (USD1.3 billion) from... more

Sale of Telecable to Euskaltel concludes

UK-based Zegona Communications has confirmed that it has completed the sale of Spanish cable operator Telecable de Asturias, to fellow regional player Euskaltel. The transaction, which was first announced in... more

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