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24 Oct 2017


life:) adds 20 more towns/cities to 4G network

Belarusian mobile operator Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)), 80%-owned by Turkish telecoms company Turkcell, has added another 20 settlements to its 4G LTE network, continuing a process that has seen... more

ACCC opts not to declare domestic mobile roaming

Domestic mobile roaming services will not be declared, the Australian Consumer and Competition Committee (ACCC) has confirmed. In announcing its decision on the matter, the regulator did, however, reveal that... more

Vodafone Turkey tests 3.5GHz spectrum, on the path to 5G

Vodafone Turkey has claimed a national first by testing the coverage and performance of the 3.5GHz spectrum band on its existing ‘4.5G’ LTE mobile network under the Technology City project... more

Telia Lietuva activates VoLTE

Lithuanian fixed and mobile operator Telia Lietuva has announced the commercial launch of VoLTE technology, providing customers with faster call connectivity and improved voice quality. The Swedish-owned operator is currently... more

PTS revises 700MHz spectrum award plans

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has updated its preliminary study for the allocation of spectrum in the 700MHz band, proposing a reduction in the portion... more


SK Telecom achieves 4.8Gbps downlink speed using new Wi-Fi tech

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has announced the introduction of a new technology for the next generation of Wi-Fi that it claims can deliver downlink speeds ‘as fast as 5G... more

Minister says Indonesian govt. to publish OTT regulation ‘this year’

Indonesia’s Information and Communications Minister Rudiantara says the government will publish details of the ministerial regulations governing over-the-top (OTT) services this year, as it strives to create a level playing... more


RCOM/SSTL merger gets final approval from DoT

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the demerger of the wireless operations of Russian-owned Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) into Reliance Communications (RCOM), finally clearing the long-awaited deal to... more

Brazil's CADE approves AT&T-Time Warner deal; no divestments required

Brazil’s antitrust authority, the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica, CADE), has approved AT&T Inc’s pending acquisition of media giant Time Warner Inc. As with the... more

Xplornet buying Manitoban wireless broadband operator NetSet

Canadian rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet Communications has entered into an agreement for the purchase of NetSet Communications’ internet business, in a deal scheduled to close on 31 October 2017.... more

M1 3Q17 revenue up 5% to SGD207m, but net income falls

Singapore mobile network operator (MNO) M1 Limited (M1) has published its three-month and nine-month results for the period ending 30 September 2017, with third-quarter service revenue increasing 4.9% year-on-year to... more


Cisco acquires BroadSoft for USD1.9bn, boosts cloud communications presence

US tech giant Cisco has agreed to acquire publicly-held BroadSoft for approximately USD1.9 billion net of cash, assuming fully diluted shares including conversion of debt. The acquisition has been approved... more



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