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15 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

2degrees to switch off 2G

New Zealand cellular operator 2degrees has announced that it will close down its 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE network in March 2018. The firm says all phones it has sold since 2015 have... more

PTS to auction 450MHz band frequencies

Telecoms regulator the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has announced that it will hold an auction for spectrum in the 450MHz frequency band early next year.... more

XL Axiata extends 4G footprint to Bangka Belitung

Mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has added the area of Bangka Belitung to its 4G coverage area as part of the ongoing deployment as it continues to expand LTE... more

BROADBAND

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

US-based *Seaborn Networks* has revealed that the 10,800km *Seabras-1* submarine cable system is now ready for service (RFS). The six-fibre pair network – which has design capacity of 72Tbps and... more

Northwestel building Nunavut backbone satellite network with government funding

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced yesterday that CAD50 million (USD41 million) of government funding has been allocated to a project to deploy a backbone satellite network supporting... more

Telecoms minister discusses infrastructure sharing to speed up national broadband development

Online news portal LBO – reporting on the Sri Lanka Broadband Forum, set up by the Ministry of Telecommunication & Digital Infrastructure and Huawei Technologies – quotes the telecoms minister,... more

WIRELINE

Verizon requests permission to retire copper network in major markets

Verizon Communications has requested regulatory permission to ‘retire’ its fixed line copper networks in selected markets from next year. According to a series of regulatory filings published by the Federal... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Ta-Ta to Tata? TTSL mulling closure

Tata Group chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran is evaluating winding down the conglomerate’s Indian wireless service provider arm, Tata Teleservices (TTSL), the Economic Times reports, citing sources directly aware of the matter.... more

CMA to evaluate Fox bid for Sky

Karen Bradley, the UK’s culture secretary, has confirmed that the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for examination.... more

ER-Telecom subsidiary WestCall buys Telros to boost B2B segment

St. Petersburg telco WestCall, a subsidiary of ER-Telecom since last year, has acquired Telros Telecom, a B2B operator in the city, reports TelecomDaily. Financial details were not disclosed. At the... more

AIS to acquire CS Loxinfo ahead of renewed broadband push

Thai mobile giant AIS has signed letters of intent (LoI) stating its interest in acquiring shares of broadband provider CS Loxinfo (CSL) from its two major shareholders Thaicom (part of... more

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