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9 Oct 2017


MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

*Xfinity Mobile*, the MVNO unit launched by US cable giant *Comcast Corp* in April 2017, has attracted about 200,000 subscribers to date, people familiar with the situation have informed Bloomberg.... more

Etisalat hits 71Gbps in 5G trial

Etisalat says it has achieved mobile data rates of 71Gbps in trials of 5G technology. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco used 2GHz of bandwidth for its tests, which are... more

Tri Indonesia sets sights on 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz frequencies

Mobile operator Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) has set out its stall to compete for 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz frequencies in the upcoming auction to be announced by the government. Whilst full... more

MTS Belarus increases 4G coverage in Minsk and Minsk region

Belarusian cellco MTS Belarus says it has benefitted from the addition of 25 new 4G LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) in the capital Minsk, and in the wider Minsk region.... more

Google to deploy Project Loon balloons to help Puerto Rico

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted an experimental licence for Project Loon, which is backed by Google parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency cellular services in Puerto Rico... more


Arcep proposes new unbundling tariffs for 2018-2020 period

French telecoms regulator Arcep has proposed a drop in the regulated prices for full local loop unbundling (LLU) for the three years to end-2020, with all interested parties invited to... more


Sprint, T-Mobile merger likely to be announced this month

Sprint and T-Mobile US are putting the finishing touches on a stock-for-stock merger agreement that is likely to be announced when the mobile operators report their respective quarterly earnings at... more

Viva granted TRA approval for Mena Telecom takeover

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a decision stating that it has granted approval for Viva Bahrain to acquire 100% of Mena Telecom, despite earlier having ‘serious doubts’ about... more

Tata Teleservices reportedly taking steps towards closure

India’s Tata Group is planning to close down the wireless operations of its Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) unit in India – which operates via several brands, including Tata DOCOMO and... more

Triple Dutch: broadband players consolidate under M7 Group

M7 Group has fully acquired two broadband operators in the Netherlands, Fiber Nederland and the latter’s subsidiary Stipte, adding to the Luxembourg-based group’s existing Dutch broadband unit News of... more


GO plans EUR100m investment over five years

Maltese telco GO has announced plans to invest EUR100 million (USD118 million) over the next five years. The Times of Malta says the firm is currently upgrading two cable links... more



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