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22 Sep 2017


Hurricane Maria destroyed 95% of Puerto Rico’s cell sites

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that 95% of Puerto Rico’s cell towers are out of service, in the wake of the devastating Category 5 storm Hurricane... more

TIM Brasil launching VoLTE in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian wireless giant TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has reportedly activated VoLTE technology in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, following a successful testing phase. Chief technology officer Leonardo Capdeville told... more

Netherlands preparing for 700MHz, 1400MHz, 2100MHz auction in autumn 2019

The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs is preparing for a national frequency auction of 4G/5G mobile spectrum in the 700MHz, 1400MHz and 2100MHz bands in autumn 2019, it confirmed in... more

It's official: Ukraine 4G auction cleared for launch in Q4

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) today (22 September 2017) posted a notice on its website announcing that the decision to launch a... more

Beeline, MTS make 5G frequency applications

Russian cellcos Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Beeline have submitted 5G frequency applications for network testing in areas of Moscow and other regions, TelecomDaily reports. The news follows previous 5G test... more

UPC Poland switches MVNO host to P4

Polish cable TV and broadband provider UPC is looking to increase its focus on the mobile sector, with the firm having announced that it is switching its host network from... more

Ukraine’s relaunched MNP tender scrapped due to lack of interest

The tender issued last month in Ukraine to find a provider of mobile number portability (MNP) systems has been declared invalid due to insufficient applications, BizLiga reports. The Ukrainian State... more


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

The physical work to manufacture and lay the *MAREA* submarine cable across the Atlantic has now been completed, with the system scheduled to enter commercial operations in early 2018. The... more


Telia Company agrees global settlement over Uzbekistan investigation

Sweden-based telecoms group Telia Company has announced that a global settlement has been reached with regards to the investigation by the US Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission... more

Poland’s Vectra buys smaller cableco Echostar

Poland’s second largest cable operator by subscribers, Vectra, has agreed to acquire Poznan-based cableco Echostar. The buyout will increase Vectra’s footprint in the Wielkopolska region, which includes towns such as... more


KemKominfo formulating passive infrastructure sharing rules

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, known locally as KemKominfo) is reported to be working toward the introduction of new rules to encourage the development of passive infrastructure... more



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