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13 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

Telia Finland snags 5G test concession

Telia Finland has been granted a licence to test 5G services in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has revealed. In a press... more

KemKominfo: five players to vie for 2.3GHz spectrum

Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, known locally as KemKominfo) says that five telecoms operators will contest the rights to use 30MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band... more

RCS&RDS threatens to sue ANCOM over termination rates

Romanian quad-play telco RCS&RDS (Digi) has threatened legal action against the country’s telecoms regulator the National Authority for Management & Regulations (ANCOM) if the latter does not reconsider its decision... more

ViaSat to challenge Ofcom over Inmarsat’s in-flight broadband plans

US-based satellite company ViaSat is planning to take legal action against UK telecoms regulator Ofcom over plans by its British rival Inmarsat to operate an in-flight broadband network, the Financial... more

Ucell expands LTE network to sixth city

Uzbekistan’s Ucell has expanded its commercial 4G LTE mobile network to its sixth city, Jizzakh, situated in the east of the country with a population of roughly 165,000. Ucell launched... more

BROADBAND

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

Submarine cable operators *Seaborn Networks* and *AquaComms* have agreed to create ‘a new, next-generation subsea route between South America and Europe’ by linking their respective undersea cables. The enlarged infrastructure... more

South Africa’s Comsol embarking on ‘5G' fixed-wireless trial

Johannesburg-based telco Comsol, which operates an open access fibre-optic network and Internet of Things (IoT) services, has revealed plans to run trials of ‘5G’ 28GHz fixed-wireless access technology. TechCentral reports... more

NetCologne unveils EUR100m DigitalNetCologne initiative

German regional telecoms operator NetCologne has announced plans to invest EUR100 million (USD118.5 million) in upgrading and expanding its infrastructure in Cologne over the next five years. The ‘DigitalNetCologne’ programme... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Airtel agrees to acquire Tata mobile businesses in cash-free deal

Indian mobile market leader Bharti Airtel has agreed to acquire the consumer mobile businesses of Tata Group’s Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited (TTML) divisions, the company... more

Ghana's Airtel, Tigo complete merger

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced the completion of its merger agreement between its Ghanaian mobile subsidiary Tigo and Airtel Ghana, the local unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel.... more

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