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6 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

ACMA confirms details of multi-band spectrum auction

A spectrum auction offering frequencies in four bands will get underway next month, the Australian Communications and Multimedia Authority (ACMA) announced today as it published the applicant information pack for... more

Vodafone claims 20Gbps speeds in Portugal’s first ‘5G’ test

Vodafone Portugal has successfully achieved downlink transmission speeds of up to 20Gbps in a ‘5G’ trial carried out in association with Swedish vendor Ericsson. The demonstration took place at Vodafone’s... more

Cote d’Ivoire revokes fourth mobile licence

Cote d’Ivoire’s fourth mobile licensee, the Libyan Post Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC), has had its concession revoked. The firm, which is controlled by the Libyan government, had previously... more

Etisalat Misr calls on Ericsson for network evolution project

Egyptian mobile network operator (MNO) Etisalat Misr has signed a four-year contract with Ericsson for the modernisation and expansion of its core network and business support systems. A press release... more

Sutel sets minimum speed of 256kbps, repeals fair usage policy

Costa Rican telecoms watchdog the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has set a minimum connection speed of 256kbps for post-paid mobile customers. The decision follows an order by... more

BROADBAND

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

The government of Equatorial Guinea has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China-based operator *China Unicom* and Cameroonian state-owned telecoms provider *CamTel* to join a consortium aiming to... more

M-net launches 1Gbps FTTH service

German regional telecoms operator M-net has launched maximum download speeds of 1Gbps over its fibre-optic network. The Munich-based company is offering the high-speed connections for residential customers within its fibre-to-the-home... more

Forthnet partners with utility firm for joint offers

Greek telco Forthnet has teamed up with the country’s dominant utility group, Public Power Corp (PPC), to explore options to combine the services they offer to homeowners. A report from... more

WIRELINE

IFT asks Telmex to modify ‘functional separation’ proposal

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has asked America Movil (AM)-backed fixed line operators Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) and Telefonos del Noreste (Telnor) to modify their respective... more

Feds ditch 80,000 PSTN lines for Telus VoIP; replace Rogers with Bell in CAD432m mobile deal

Telus Communications has won a CAD176 million (USD140.6 million) seven-year contract with the Canadian federal government’s Shared Services Canada to provide VoIP telephony, instant messaging and desktop videoconferencing. The deal... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Airtel, Tigo merger taking shape

The Ghanaian subsidiaries of Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular (MIC) have been granted approval from the National Communications Authority (NCA) to merge, with further details developing this week. According... more

Tele Columbus Group begins PYUR rebranding

German cable network operator Tele Columbus Group has started to rebrand its operations under the PYUR banner. The company, which serves around 3.6 million connected homes, has unveiled its new... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Benin inks ITU framework cooperation agreement

The Republic of Benin’s government has signed a framework cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), defining the terms and conditions for implementation of ICT sector development partnerships, reports... more

MCIT to pilot system for telecom tax collection; fibre reaches 25 provinces

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is close to establishing a system to collect the 10% levy on telecom services imposed in September 2015, Tolo News cites Minister... more

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