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11 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

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

UK full-service telco *TalkTalk* is exploring an exit from the mobile sector, after initiating talks with the likes of *Vodafone UK*, *O2 UK* and *Virgin Media* over the future of... more

T-Mobile US claims ‘industry first’ with 1.175Gbps LTE trial

T-Mobile US has claimed a ‘worldwide industry first’ after achieving downlink transmission speeds of 1.175Gbps using commercially available LTE technology. The tests, which took place at T-Mobile’s lab, utilised Nokia’s... more

BSNL to deploy 40,000 new BTS

State-owned telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced plans to invest INR60 billion (USD937 million) over the next two years to expand its mobile network. Telecomtalk cites BSNL... more

NBTC to auction DTAC’s 850MHz, 1800MHz spectrum in January

Thailand’s independent regulator, the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), is planning to hold an auction for spectrum in the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands – currently utilised by Digital Total... more

SPRK consults on spectrum sale

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija [SPRK]) has published a consultation paper on the allocation of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3450MHz and 3650MHz-3700MHz bands. The regulator... more

Rural areas to receive improved 3G through 900MHz rollout

Ghanaian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) has asked existing cellcos in the country to deploy UMTS 3G technology in a bid to improve network accessibility in rural areas.... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone Germany unveils ‘Gigabit Offensive’ investment programme

Vodafone Germany has announced plans to invest an additional EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion) in the upgrade and expansion of its cable networks over the next four years to enable it... more

Nkom reveals details of broadband subsidy grants for 2017

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced details of the projects that will benefit from this year’s broadband expansion grants. In a press release the Nkom confirmed that... more

Beeline deploys 10Mbps ADSL in Aragatsavan, Aragatsotn province

Armenian PTO ArmenTel (Beeline) says it is upgrading its fixed line infrastructure in Aragatsavan in the province of Aragatsotn, providing inhabitants there with digital quality voice communications and broadband ADSL... more

Tactis to oversee phase 1 of national fibre-optic network

French engineering and consulting group Tactis will monitor the implementation of Burkina Faso’s first phase of its national fibre network, reports Agence Ecofin. Proposals were requested by the Ministry of... more

Vodafone NZ unveils 400G network

Vodafone New Zealand says it has deployed the world’s first live 400 gigabit per wavelength optical system to increase capacity on its nationwide fibre transport network. The firm, which operates... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Drillisch completes acquisition of 1&1

Drillisch has successfully completed the acquisition of 1&1 Telecommunication, the mobile and fixed network unit of United Internet. The mobile service provider acquired the remaining 92.25% of 1&1 Telecommunication through... more

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