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20 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

LG Uplus and Huawei demo 5G ‘Dual-Connectivity’ technology

South Korean multi-service operator LG Uplus and Chinese vendor Huawei claim to have successfully completed a ‘Dual-Connectivity’ technology verification during a 5G field test in the capital Seoul. In a... more

Magyar Telekom, Ericsson demo 5G New Radio

Ericsson and Magyar Telekom have demonstrated cellular radio equipment built on the pre-standard 5G New Radio (NR) 3GPP recommendations. The demo in Budapest used the 15GHz frequency band with 800MHz... more

Telenet, ZTE announce ‘first’ FDD Massive MIMO field application in Europe

Belgian telco Telenet and Chinese equipment vendor ZTE are continuing their working relationship with the announcement that they have completed Europe’s ‘first’ FDD Massive MIMO field application. The site chosen... more

STC inks deals with Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has reached a number of agreements with Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei on the sidelines of GITEX Dubai 2017. Under its agreement with Nokia, STC will boost... more

Huawei and Telefonica launch 5G-oriented antenna deployment solution

China’s Huawei has partnered with Telefonica Deutschland to launch what it claims to be the world's first 5G-oriented antenna deployment solution. According to Huawei, the solution incorporates both a 14... more

Sutel rejects ombudsman’s appeal, ratifies declaration of competition

Costa Rican telecoms watchdog the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has ratified its decision to declare the nation’s wireless market competitive, rejecting an appeal from the Ombudsman’s Office... more

Italy targets minimum EUR2.5bn from 5G auctions

The Italian government is expecting to raise at least EUR2.5 billion (USD2.9 billion) over the next five years from the sale of wireless spectrum for future 5G services. A report... more

BROADBAND

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

Saint Lucia-based *Deep Blue Cable* has announced plans to extend its pan-Caribbean regional submarine cable system to Colombia and Panama, as well as expand to additional landing points throughout the... more

Parliament approves minimum internet access speed bill

Chile’s parliament has approved a bill to ensure that service providers clearly advertised minimum download speeds accessible through each plan. The bill was approved unanimously by both the upper and... more

Benin launches internet connectivity projects

Benin’s government officially launched the ‘PDI2T’ project to develop telecoms and ICT infrastructures on 17 October, Agence Ecofin reported. At the launch ceremony, Rafiatou Monrou, the minister for digital economy,... more

WIRELINE

Zamtel inks MoU to deploy fibre to economic zone in Southern Lusaka

Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which it will supply, deploy and maintain fibre-optic infrastructure in the so-called 'Multi-functional Economic Zone' (MFEZ) of Southern... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Millicom to offload remaining African units; Econet linked with deal

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) is reportedly in advanced discussions with Zimbabwean telecoms firm Econet Wireless Group to sell the remainder of its African telecoms portfolio, comprising units in Tanzania, Rwanda... more

Verizon generates revenues of USD31.7bn in 3Q17

Verizon Communications has reported total operating revenues of USD31.7 billion for the three months ended 30 September 2017, up 2.5% from USD30.9 billion year-on-year. Mobile unit Verizon Wireless contributed the... more

MISCELLANEOUS

CRa kicks off DVB-T2 in Eastern Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia

Broadband TV News writes that Czech national transmission company Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has switched on broadcast services using DVB-T2 transmissions in Eastern Bohemia and the Moravian-Silesian region. DVB-T2’s input interface... more

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