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18 Aug 2017

WIRELESS

AIS introduces Gigabit download speeds via LTE-A, Wi-Fi

Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has introduced 1Gbps download speeds under the ‘Next G’ banner. The new network leverages the cellco’s tri-band carrier aggregation (3C)... more

BIPT consults on 1400MHz band auction

The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has launched a consultation relating to spectrum in the 1400MHz band. An earlier consultation from May this year yielded little interest from... more

Beeline significantly increases Moscow capacity with UMTS-900

Russian cellco Beeline has announced the launch of 900MHz 3G UMTS network services in Moscow, which it says significantly increased capacity in the capital, providing improved voice and data service,... more

MTS, MGTS, Nokia test 10GPON compatibility with ‘5G’ equipment

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and its fixed network subsidiary Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) have carried out compatibility tests for fixed and mobile networks using 10GPON backhaul and ‘5G’ standard... more

Slim victory as Supreme Court sides with Telcel in ‘Zero Rate’ interconnection dispute

Carlos Slim-backed America Movil (AM) has confirmed that the Second Chamber (Segunda Sala) of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice has granted an injunction to its domestic wireless subsidiary Telcel... more

BROADBAND

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

*Globe Telecom* has commercially launched services over the newly deployed trans-Pacific *Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US)* submarine cable system linking the Philippines and Indonesia to the west coast of the US... more

Minsvyazi publishes brief 1H17 telecoms development update

The Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (Minsvyazi) of Belarus has published a market development update for the six months ended 30 June 2017, noting that at that date the number... more

WIRELINE

ComReg consulting on non-geographic numbers

Irish telecoms regulator ComReg has launched a public consultation regarding the five existing classes of non-geographic numbers, citing a concern over the lack of transparency regarding the pricing for calls... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Swisscom books 6.5% profit growth

Swiss telecoms group Swisscom has published its interim report for H1 2017, registering a 1.4% year-on-year decline in net revenue to CHF5.69 billion (USD5.9 billion). Swisscom attributed the dip primarily... more

Spark sees 3.3% rise in FY sales

New Zealand’s incumbent telco Spark has reported a 3.3% rise in revenues for its financial year to 30 June 2017 to NZD3.61 billion (USD2.71 billion). Sales of mobile services increased... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Somali telecoms law receives parliamentary approval

Somalia’s Federal Parliament last week unanimously approved the National Communications Act, which aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the country’s thriving telecoms sector, reports Horn Observer.... more

ECTEL telecommunications reform slowly gathering momentum

The five member states of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) – Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines – are moving forward... more

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