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12 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

EE refarming 2G spectrum to boost 4G speeds

British mobile network operator EE is upgrading more of its base stations to utilise spectrum previously used for 2G services, with a view to increasing the downlink speeds available to... more

Airtel launches VoLTE services in Mumbai

India’s largest wireless provider by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has launched VoLTE services in Mumbai, with plans to make the service available nationwide before the end of March 2018. The launch... more

KDDI, Ericsson to trial 5G at 4.5GHz

KDDI and Ericsson have signed an agreement to work together on 5G proof of concept trials in several Japanese cities. The vendor’s press release confirms that the tests will focus... more

Zain achieves 70Gbps downlink in ‘5G’ trials

Zain Group claims to have successfully tested ‘5G’ technology achieving maximum throughput speeds of over 70Gbps using 2GHz spectrum. The trial took place at the Zain Innovation Center in Kuwait.... more

ACMA seeking feedback on plans to fast-track release of 5G-suitable 26GHz spectrum

Following a recent spectrum tune-up event, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published a consultation paper calling for feedback on plans to accelerate the process for considering releases... more

BROADBAND

Philippines regulator considering public-private partnership to boost broadband

The Philippine Star writes that that the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is mulling options to use a public-private partnership (PPP) model for at least one component of... more

Entel extends FTTH footprint in Bolivia

State-owned Bolivian telco Entel has announced that it has extended its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to ten new cities so far this month. The new locations served are as follows: Villa... more

AT&T tests 400GbE solution

AT&T has successfully tested a single-wavelength 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) data connection across its production network. The telco says the test represents the final phase of its multi-step trial. Roman... more

Youfone launches OTT TV following broadband acquisition

Dutch SIM-only budget MVNO Youfone has launched ‘YoufoneTV’, an over-the-top (OTT) live television and VoD service, based on a hybrid platform developed in partnership with Huawei. YoufoneTV – aimed at... more

Liquid Telecom Botswana under government spotlight

The Botswanan government’s Parliamentary Committee on Communications Works, Transport and Technology is to investigate the legality of a fibre network joint venture between Liquid Telecom and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC).... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodacom in talks to acquire a stake in VAST Networks

Vodacom South Africa is reportedly in talks to acquire a stake in open-access Wi-Fi network infrastructure provider VAST Networks, MyBroadband reports citing industry sources. Formerly known by its interim name... more

ER-Telecom cleared for Tomsk trio takeover

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has granted ER-Telecom permission to acquire three telecoms operators in the Siberian city of Tomsk: Tomtel, Urban Internet Networks and Tomsk Telecommunications Company (TTC). According... more

MISCELLANEOUS

HT outlines investment plans

Croatian incumbent telco Hrvatski Telekom (HT) says it is planning to invest HRK210 million (USD34 million) over the next three years on the development of its business, and on its... more

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