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10 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

VodafoneZiggo selects Ericsson as sole macro RAN supplier including 5G

Dutch quadruple-play provider VodafoneZiggo and Swedish technology partner Ericsson have announced that they are working together to increase the capacity of the Vodafone Netherlands mobile network using Ericsson’s 5G-ready radio... more

RAK n roll: Bosnian regulator launches LTE consultation

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Communications Regulatory Agency (Regulatorna agencija za komunikacije, RAK) has launched public consultations on draft rules for introducing 4G LTE mobile network services in a range of spectrum... more

IFT finally set to initiate 2.5GHz auction this month

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has announced that it will initiate its long-planned auction of spectrum in the 2500MHz-2690MHz (‘2.5GHz’) band ‘in the coming weeks’. As... more

Smart Communications to upgrade mobile networks in Marikina and Quezon City

PLDT Inc. mobile subsidiary Smart Communications is embarking on a major network upgrade programme in Marikina City and Quezon City to improve mobile data services through the implementation of 3G... more

RCS&RDS to launch VoLTE in conjunction with Samsung

Romania’s fourth largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers RCS&RDS (Digi) has announced that it will launch VoLTE technology later this month, writes Profit. The move comes after Digi successfully... more

Regulator fines four MNOs for missing service quality, coverage targets

Niger’s telecoms regulator, the Authority for the Regulation of Telecommunications and Post (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et de la Poste, ARTP), has fined the West African country’s four mobile... more

Plan to license fourth player in Mali gathers pace

Modibo Arouna Toure, Mali’s Minister of Digital Economy and Communication, has presented the government with a ‘note conceptuelle’ (concept note) regarding the issuance of the country's fourth mobile licence. Mr... more

Nkom offers 800MHz, 900MHz frequencies in Svalbard

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nkom) has opened a tender for spectrum in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands covering Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, which is situated roughly midway... more

GlobalNet unveils LTE launch plans

Myanmar-owned telecom solutions provider Global Technology Company (GlobalNet) has announced plans to launch LTE-based wireless broadband services in 30 cities from April 2018, Myanmar Times reports, citing a company official.... more

Poland’s Play expands LTE-A coverage

Polish cellco P4, which trades under the name Play, has announced the expansion of its 4G LTE-A services to 13 new markets. Coverage is now available in: Kruszwica and Paterek... more

BROADBAND

Government allocates USD98m for Ogero ahead of fibre push

Lebanon’s government has approved an advance worth LBP150 billion (USD98 million) from the treasury to state-run telco and internet provider Ogero, to finance part of the imminent national fibre-optic network... more

Boundless Networks selects Mimosa for coast-to-coast fixed-wireless coverage in the North

Mimosa Networks, a leading player in the development of next generation, hybrid fibre-wireless fixed access broadband solutions, has been selected by UK broadband provider Boundless Networks to deploy a network... more

Safaricom kicks off regional FTTH rollout project

Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom has launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) ‘Regional Rollout Plan’, which will see the expansion of its high-speed broadband services to an increased number of homes across the... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Omantel to acquire additional 12% stake in Zain

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LoI) to acquire 12% of Zain Group from Al Khair and its subsidiaries and... more

Baghdad announces plans to take control of cellcos

The Iraqi government has signalled its intention to take control of Kurdistan-based mobile operators and move their headquarters to Baghdad, Reuters reports. The news agency quoted a statement from Baghdad... more

Thaicom finalises CS Loxinfo sale to AIS

Thaicom has sold its 42.07% stake in Thai broadband provider CS Loxinfo (CSL) – held via subsidiary DTV Service Company – to Advanced Wireless Network (AWN), itself part of mobile... more

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