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13 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*T-Mobile US* has confirmed its plans to launch a commercial *NB-IoT* network this autumn, with certified T-Mobile NB-IoT modules available by early 2018, and NB-IoT services to be expanded ‘nationwide’... more

LG Uplus conducts 5G urban field test with Huawei

South Korean mobile network operator (MNO) LG Uplus has completed the first phase of its ‘5G intensive urban field test’ in partnership with Huawei in the Sangam area of Seoul.... more

Vietnamobile achieves nationwide 3G coverage

Vietnamobile, Vietnam’s fourth largest mobile operator by subscribers, has revealed its 3G network is now available in all 63 cities and provinces of the country. Viet Nam News cites the... more

SK Telecom expands coverage of fastest mobile broadband services

SK Telecom (SKT) has expanded the coverage of its fastest speed mobile broadband connectivity, with downlink speeds of between 700Mbps and 900Mbps now available in 75 cities and 31 counties... more

Telco OI secures EUR25m to expand 4G networks in Reunion, Mayotte

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU's non-profit long-term lending institution, has provided EUR25 million (USD30 million) of funding to Telco OI in order to help the operator modernise and... more

Cabinet approves BSNL tower spin-off

Plans to spin off the tower infrastructure assets of state-owned telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) into a new company have been approved by the cabinet, the Economic Times... more

Charter, Samsung collaborating on 4G, 5G trials

US cable giant Charter Communications, which offers services under the Spectrum brand, has confirmed that it is working with Samsung Electronics America to carry out 4G LTE and 5G lab... more

US mobile giants showcase new tech at MWC Americas

As Mobile World Congress Americas gets underway in San Francisco this week, a number of major US operators have shared details of their latest network initiatives. Market leader *Verizon Wireless*... more

BROADBAND

Singtel shutting ADSL in April 2018 to complete fibre migration

Singapore's Singtel has announced plans to discontinue its copper-based ADSL network in April 2018 as it accelerates fibre-based service adoption for its business and residential customers in the city-state. About... more

Japan’s J:COM taps Ericsson for next-gen TV service platform

Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), Japan’s largest cable system operator by subscribers, has selected Sweden’s Ericsson to supply it with a next generation TV service. Under the contract, Ericsson will supply J:COM... more

TIM courts utility firms for fibre rollout

Telecom Italia, which trades under the TIM brand, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Utilitalia, a group of more than 500 Italian electricity, gas, water and environmental services... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Ukraine’s first telecoms satellite launching ‘early 2018’

Ukraine’s first telecommunications satellite, ‘Lybid’, is expected to be launched in early 2018, according to Interfax, delayed from a previous projection of ‘2017’. The Canadian-built satellite, being launched from Kazakhstan,... more

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