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18 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Telecom Italia (TIM)* has announced that it is launching commercial *NB-IoT* services at the end of this month, claiming an Italian first. The technology will incorporate 75% of its 4G... more

Alpha Telecom makes first test call, eyes commercial launch in December

Alpha Telecom Mali, which formally signed on the dotted line for its licence back in February 2013, has successfully completed the first test call over its infrastructure, Agence Ecofin reports.... more

Telkomsel wins out in KemKominfo 2.3GHz auction; focus now turns to 2.1GHz award

Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), the mobile arm of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), has reportedly secured 30MHz of 2300MHz spectrum in the tender process being held by Ministry of Communications and Information... more

Vodafone seeks 4G alliance with Surfline

Vodafone, Ghana’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, is seeking a partnership with 4G LTE provider Surfline Communications, reports Starr FM. Vodafone is said to be seeking to... more

Verizon, Qualcomm, Novatel team up for 5G mmWave trials

Verizon, Qualcomm Technologies and Novatel Wireless have announced plans to collaborate on the development of 5G New Radio (NR) millimetre wave (mmWave) technology and over-the-air field trials based on the... more

Cote d’Ivoire cellcos under further pressure to improve QoS

Mobile operators in Cote d’Ivoire are facing legal action from the country’s Telecommunication Consumer Association (Association des Consommateurs de Telecommunication, ACOTEL). A report from Agence Ecofin cites the body’s legal... more

WIRELINE

BTCL to upgrade fixed network by June 2020

Bangladesh’s Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the revival of a NGN modernisation project to be undertaken by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) on the condition... more

EC asks Germany to lower FTRs charged by smaller operators

The EC has issued a second recommendation to Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur) to lower the fixed termination rates (FTRs) charged by smaller operators to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Elisa reports 8.3% increase in revenue for 3Q17

Finland-based Elisa has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2017, posting an 8.3% year-on-year increase in revenue to EUR454 million (USD534 million). EBITDA in the period... more

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