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4 Aug 2017

WIRELESS

Comoros telcos finally implement interconnect deal

Comores Telecom (Comtel) and privately-owned rival Telma Comoros have finally put in place an interconnection agreement after months of wrangling, allowing subscribers of the two mobile network providers to call... more

Singtel ramps up pre-5G plans with Massive MIMO deployment

Singtel yesterday (3 August) revealed wide ranging plans with a number of equipment manufacturers to deploy Massive MIMO commercially in its LTE-A network, augmenting mobile internet speeds ‘by up to... more

Conatel launches 700MHz auction process; new operators welcome

Paraguay’s National Telecommunications Council (Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Conatel) has unveiled formal plans to introduce 700MHz spectrum via a tender later this year. In the first instance, the watchdog is... more

ACMA begins consulting on mutli-band spectrum auction plans

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that it is preparing to allocate a range of frequencies by auction, and has launched a consultation on its plans. In... more

Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm achieve 953Mbps speeds in Florida LTE trial

Verizon Wireless, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies, have announced that they have achieved downlink transmission speeds of 953Mbps in a joint commercial LTE network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida. While lab... more

Bangladesh 4G licensing fees slashed; final Robi-Airtel licence merger completed

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is slashing 4G licensing fees by a third on government advice, ahead of the 4G spectrum auction expected this September, the Daily Star reports.... more

APT fined for poor service after shutdown of some 3G base stations

Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has been fined by local telecoms regulator the National Communication Commission (NCC) for the quality of its 3G service. According to Taiwan News, the cellco... more

BROADBAND

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

Russia’s *Ministry of Communications and Mass Media* is planning to support a project for the construction of a trans-Arctic fibre-optic cable system, reports Comnews.ru. The cable system would connect Bude... more

Sky looking for fibre partnership in Italy

European pay-TV group Sky is in talks to expand its service portfolio in Italy via a partnership to offer high speed internet access. A report from Bloomberg suggests that Sky... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Senegal president sides with Wari Group over Tigo sale

In the latest development in the ongoing Tigo Senegal sale dispute between Wari Group and Millicom International Cellular (MIC), Senegalese president Macky Sall has issued a decree approving the original... more

MTN Group swings into profit in 1H17; customer base falls

South Africa-based MTN Group swung back into the black in H1 2017 and said it is on course to meet its full year financial guidance, as communicated in March 2017.... more

Telecoms helps boost CK Hutchison results

Hong Kong-based multi-industry group CK Hutchison, whose telecoms interests include operations in Europe and Asia, has reported overall revenues of HKD190.1 billion (USD24.3 billion) for the first six months of... more

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