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29 Sep 2017

WIRELESS

Telia trialling 5G in Estonia; Sweden, Finland to follow in 2018

Estonian fixed and mobile operator Telia Eesti, and vendor partners Ericsson and Intel say they are deploying the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe. The trial includes... more

T-Mobile Netherlands switches on Massive MIMO antenna

T-Mobile Netherlands has activated a Massive MIMO base station installed at the Leidseplein square in Amsterdam, a development which it called a ‘major step towards a 5G network’, providing ‘600%... more

Optus confirms trials of Massive MIMO and 3C technologies on live network

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has announced a successful test of a combination of Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) and tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) technologies over its live... more

Telus claims Canada-first LAA test on live commercial network

Telus has completed tests of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) on indoor and outdoor live LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks in Canada, claiming a national first. The tests delivered download speeds of 970Mbps... more

Claro announces USD450 million three-year investment plan

Ecuador’s leading mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, Claro, has agreed a USD450 million three-year investment deal with the government, reports El Telegrafo. The director general of Claro’s parent company... more

Viva Bahrain launches ‘world’s first’ hybrid cloud core network

Viva Bahrain has announced that it has successfully tested and deployed what it claims is the ‘world's first’ advanced telecommunications computing architecture-network functions virtualisation (ATCA-NFV) hybrid cloud core network, in... more

Ombudsman challenges mobile market competitiveness ruling

The Ombudsman’s Office of Costa Rica (La Defensoria de los Habitantesde la Republica, DHR) has challenged a recent ruling by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) which declared... more

PTD opens consultation on E-GSM band

The Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has published a consultation paper on the allocation and use of spectrum in the E-GSM band.... more

Ministries, vice-president intervene in Africell regulatory dispute

Gambia’s Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Demba Jawo, has confirmed to The Point newspaper that his ministry alongside the Finance Ministry and the Gambian vice-president have intervened in a... more

Idea, Airtel seek stay on IUC reduction

Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, India’s top and third-largest cellcos by subscribers respectively, have appealed to the Bombay High Court for a stay on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s... more

NCA will not renew Expresso licence in 2019, report says

Expresso Ghana, which was recently sold by Sudatel Group to its original owner Kludjeson International Limited, faces an uncertain future, following reports that the National Communications Authority (NCA) does not... more

BROADBAND

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

French Polynesia’s Council of Ministers has revealed that a grant of XPF367 million (USD3.63 million) will be required from the Exceptional Investment Fund (Fonds Exceptionnel d’Investissement, or FEI) for the... more

SIRO withdraws from National Broadband Plan tender process

Irish open-access broadband provider SIRO, a joint venture between Vodafone Ireland and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), has withdrawn from the National Broadband Plan tender process. Announcing the development in... more

Kazakh government looks to connect 1,700 rural areas

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has given an update on the progress of its Digital Kazakhstan project which is seeking to improve broadband internet connectivity in 1,700 rural... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Colombian govt mulling sale of Telefonica stake

The Colombian government is considering the sale of its 32.5% stake in the local Telefonica unit, it has been reported. The development follows the recent COP4.8 trillion (USD1.6 billion) joint... more

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