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27 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*3 Hong Kong* has completed the deployment of an end-to-end *NB-IoT* network in partnership with *Huawei*, supported by 4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation, 256QAM and 4×4 MIMO network technology, with... more

Vodafone Cameroon submits request for licence following service suspension

Having been forced to suspend its services almost two weeks ago, Vodafone Cameroon is now reported to have lodged an application for an operating licence with the Ministry of Posts... more

Govt to prepare 2020 5G roadmap as cellcos, vendors gear up for next-gen

The Indian government has announced plans to establish a dedicated 5G committee to develop a roadmap for the rollout of the technology by 2020, the Economic Times writes. The group,... more

Cabinet gives PTA green light to establish 5G testing framework

Pakistan is making its first steps towards 5G, with the Federal Cabinet approving plans for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to enable testing of the nascent technology. ProPakistani writes that... more

Cote d’Ivoire cellcos face QoS fines

Cote d’Ivoire mobile operators Orange, MTN and Moov have been fined a total of around XOF5 billion (USD9 million) for providing poor quality of service (QoS). The Regulatory Authority for... more

PTA to reduce wholesale termination tariffs from 1 January

Iceland's Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) has sent a draft decision on wholesale tariffs for mobile and fixed call termination for approval to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). Under the... more

BROADBAND

Ooredoo adds 1,445 Muscat tenancies to fibre footprint

Oman’s second largest fixed broadband operator by subscribers, Ooredoo, has extended its ultra-high speed fibre-optic footprint to an additional 1,445 tenancies in the capital, Muscat. The operator’s ongoing network rollout... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

South African government mulling sale of Telkom stake

The South African government is reportedly looking to sell its shares in telecoms provider Telkom South Africa to fund the bailout of cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA), TechCentral writes. Treasury... more

Indotel approves Orange-Tricom merger; Tricom to hand back 30MHz in 1900MHz band

The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) has approved the recent merger request submitted by Netherlands-based Altice Group to formally combine its two Dominican Republic telecoms businesses,... more

T-Mobile US snaps up Iowa-based iWireless

T-Mobile US has announced that it is accelerating its geographic expansion efforts in Iowa though a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining interest in Iowa Wireless (iWireless) from co-owner Aureon.... more

Algar Telecom hires banks for IPO

Brazilian regional operator Algar Telecom has hired banks to advise it on a possible initial public offering (IPO) Reuters reports, citing a securities filing submitted earlier this week. The financial... more

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