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23 Oct 2017


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

A new MVNO is poised to launch in the US in the form of New York-based *Wing*, which will launch over the *Sprint* network. The newcomer, which is backed by... more

Price war cools as Jio raises prices; operators seek vendor tie-ups to convert 2G users

Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), the Indian wireless market’s newest operator, has begun to increase the effective prices of many of its 4G plans, signalling a potential end to the price... more

ComReg publishes 26GHz consultation; rules out 5G mobile use

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published a consultation regarding the distribution of spectrum in the 26GHz band, which is expected to come into play as telecoms operators work... more

MTS, Ericsson sign contract for 5G-ready network upgrades

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has signed a three-year network upgrade contract with Ericsson, including 5G-ready radio hardware, Ericsson Radio System, core network Mobile Softswitch Solution (MSS) and User Data Consolidation... more

Armenia’s U!com targets 88% LTE-A coverage before April 2018

Mobile network operator (MNO) U!com, formerly Orange Armenia, says it is looking to expand its LTE-A network coverage to 88% by 31 March 2018. Marketed as ‘4G+’ the cellco’s advanced... more

Viva launches VoLTE in partnership with Samsung

Viva Bahrain, the country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced the launch of VoLTE in the Kingdom. The VoLTE technology has been made available to customers using... more


PLDT completes PHP1bn fibre expansion in Mindanao

Telecoms heavyweight PLDT Inc. says it has completed the deployment of a PHP1 billion (USD19.4 million) fibre-optic network expansion in Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. In a... more

TIM confirms Canal+ tie-up

Telecom Italia (TIM) has agreed a joint venture (JV) with French pay-TV firm Canal+, which is a unit of TIM’s largest shareholder, Vivendi. TIM Chief Executive Amos Genish said in... more


Vocus to focus on Australia as NZ sale plans announced

Australian ISP Vocus has announced plans to sell off its assets in New Zealand which include broadband and mobile providers such as Slingshot, Flip, Orcon, CallPlus and 2Talk. It is... more

UPC Polish merger hits stumbling block

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has raised competition concerns over the proposed takeover of cable TV and broadband operator Multimedia Polska by larger rival UPC Poland.... more

Court of Appeals reaffirms sale of SMC business to PLDT, Globe

The Court of Appeals (CA) in the Philippines has formally confirmed the legality of the PHP69.1 billion (USD1.4 billion) joint acquisition by PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom of the telecoms... more

Lenders select Barclays to find new investors for 9mobile

The lenders of Nigerian wireless operator 9mobile, which was known as Etisalat Nigeria until July this year, have selected Barclays to find new investors for the indebted cellco. Reuters cites... more

Ukrtelecom owner appealing court ruling ‘overturning’ privatisation

Ukrainian conglomerate System Capital Management (SCM Group), the current owner of nationwide fixed telco Ukrtelecom, is appealing a Kiev Economic Court decision invalidating the March 2011 privatisation agreement under which... more

Lozhkin targets takeover of Volia, other broadband/TV players

Ukrainian media tycoon and politician Boris Lozhkin is planning a takeover bid for the country’s largest cableco Volia as well as other broadband and pay-TV operators, BizLiga reports. According to... more

Mobily reports SAR383m net losses in 9M17

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, reporting a 12% decrease in revenues year-on-year to SAR8.5 billion... more

Maroc Telecom’s 9M17 revenues down 2.5% y-o-y

Maroc Telecom (IAM), the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, reporting a 2.5% decrease in revenues,... more

China Mobile continues strong subscriber take-up, 9M profit hits CNY92bn

China Mobile, the largest of China’s three telcos by subscribers, has booked a 4.9% increase in operating revenue for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, fuelled by strong subscriber... more


Myanmar to launch orbiter in mid-2019

The Myanmar government has confirmed plans to launch its own satellite system, MyanmarSat-2 in June 2019. The orbiter is expected to cost around USD155.7 million, and will be jointly-owned with... more



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