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4 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

*Vodafone UK* has announced the launch of a new sub-brand named *VOXI*, which is expected to compete in the traditional MVNO space. Co-created in consultation with the ‘under 25’ demographic... more

DT, Huawei pre-standard 5G connection goes live in Berlin

German telecoms company Deutsche Telekom (DT), which operates in its domestic market via its Telekom Deutschland subsidiary, has announced the launch of a pre-standard 5G connection over a commercial network... more

Handset subsidy cap to come to an end this month

Having been introduced back in October 2014, a cap on the subsidies that South Korean mobile network operators (MNOs) can offer on newer handsets will no longer apply from the... more

MegaFon LTE reaches 83 regions

Russia’s MegaFon confirmed in a press release that it now provides 4G LTE mobile network services in all of the 83 regions where it operates, up from 82 regions reported... more

PLDT’s Smart to provide blanket 4G coverage in Cebu

Filipino operator Smart Communications (including Sun Cellular), the mobile arm of PLDT Inc., has announced that, having introduced 4G LTE services in Cebu City, it now intends to roll out... more

UMS launches LTE in Samarkand

Uzbekistan-based mobile operator Universal Mobile Systems (UMS) has announced that it has deployed LTE technology in a second city, namely Samarkand. Previously, in June 2016 the cellco launched 4G in... more

life:) launches 4G services in Gomel, Mozyr, Kalinkovichi and Dobrush

Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)), the mobile operator 80%-owned by Turkish telecoms company Turkcell, has extended its 4G LTE footprint with the launch of services in Gomel, Mozyr, Kalinkovichi and... more

Tele2 boosts LTE-A coverage to 70% of Latvians

Tele2 Latvia says it has installed almost 300 new LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) LTE-A base stations across the country so far this year. The deployments have increased... more

Mauritius Telecom, ICTA appeal Supreme Court payment order

Incumbent telco Mauritius Telecom and the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) have filed an appeal to the Registry of the Supreme Court in the case relating to their owing... more

BROADBAND

UK government confirms launch of six full-fibre projects

Six local pilots have gotten underway in the first stage of a GBP200 million (USD259 million) scheme which the UK government has said is designed to ‘help bring the …... more

Telekom launches Gigabit speeds over FTTH network

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced the launch of maximum downstream speeds of 1Gbps for customers in fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage areas.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telecom Argentina shareholders approve Cablevision merger

Shareholders in Telecom Argentina have approved the company’s planned merger with Cablevision, Reuters reports, citing a filing with the Argentine Securities Commission. The merger, which was agreed on 30 June... more

Vodafone NZ considering share sale

UK-based Vodafone Group is said to be considering the partial flotation of its subsidiary in New Zealand. A sale could happen before the end of the year, according to an... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Vivendi looking for increased convergence at Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia’s largest shareholder, Vivendi of France, has said it is looking ‘to promote a long-term strategy of developing the convergence between telecommunications and content’ at the Italian telco. However,... more

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