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25 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

Sri Lankan operator *Mobitel*, the cellular division of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has showcased its nascent *NB-IoT* technology platform at the Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka, The Island newspaper... more

RCOM reportedly set to bow out of wireless business

Beleaguered cellco Reliance Communications (RCOM) is reportedly set to restructure its wireless business within the next 30 days by closing down a substantial portion of its operations, the Economic Times... more

Beeline completes 5GHz LTE-LAA tests

Russian cellco Beeline, Huawei and Qualcomm have announced the completion of LTE testing in the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum band, known as LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA). The testing was conducted... more

Tigo unveils four-year USD1bn investment plan

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) owned Telemovil (Tigo) has announced a four-year USD1 billion investment plan, writes Forbes. El Salvador’s leading cellco by subscribers has opened a new centre of operations... more

Bite extends LTE-A coverage to 66%

Latvian cellco Bite has completed its 4G network upgrade, having invested EUR1.27 million (USD1.5 million) on the deployment of ‘4G+’ LTE-A technology on more than 80 base stations across 44... more

Telekom Slovenije reaches 35% LTE-A coverage

Slovenian operator Telekom Slovenije has announced that its LTE-A mobile networks now cover 35% of the country’s population, while standard LTE coverage stands at 98%. The LTE network offers download... more

US Cellular and Ericsson trial 5G at 28GHz

US Cellular, the fifth largest wireless operator in the US by subscribers, has completed 5G trials using the 28GHz frequency band in conjunction with Ericsson. The trials, which were carried... more

BROADBAND

nbn announces plans to offer G.fast connectivity next year

nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed that it will add G.fast to the list of technologies being used to provide customers with... more

Algerie Telecom, ZTE ink fibre-optic deal

Chinese vendor ZTE has signed a framework agreement with Algerie Telecom (AT) to jointly build a full-service GPON network which will 'deliver a ... new fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) experience', while... more

Versatel 1&1 adds Frankfurt to fibre-optic footprint

German fixed network operator Versatel 1&1, which focuses on the business and corporate sectors, has expanded its fibre-optic network to Frankfurt am Main. The expansion will enable companies in the... more

Swisscom, Huawei target 5Gbps speeds over copper with NG.fast

State-backed incumbent Swisscom has confirmed that it is conducting laboratory trials of Multiline next generation G.fast (NG.fast) technology in collaboration with Chinese vendor Huawei. According to the telco, the NG.fast... more

Competition watchdog calls for improved rural broadband access

The Estonian Competition Authority (ECA) has called on non-profit organisation the Estonian Broadband Development Foundation (Eesti Lairiba Arenduse, ELA) to improve access to the country’s public-private fibre network, which has... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

AT&T reports 3Q17 revenues of USD40bn

US telecoms giant AT&T Inc. has reported operating revenues of USD39.7 billion for the three months ended 30 September 2017, down from USD41.8 billion on an annualised basis. The telco... more

MTN Group sees subscriber base shrink due to Nigeria, Uganda disconnections

South Africa incorporated MTN Group says that its consolidated mobile base declined marginally by 0.7% quarter-on-quarter to 230.2 million at 30 September 2017. The pan-regional operator said the fall was... more

MTS gets permission for rival bid for Strela Telecom group

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved a proposed purchase by Mobile Telesystems (MTS) of the Strela Telecom group, which includes twelve regional companies offering cable TV and broadband internet,... more

Zain Saudi proposes capital restructuring to write off losses

Zain Saudi Arabia is planning to reduce its capital from SAR5.8 billion (USD1.5 billion) to SAR3.6 billion, representing a capital decrease of around 38%. The purpose of the capital reduction... more

Millicom Q3 revenues climb 1.6% to USD1.5bn

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile services throughout Africa and mobile/cable broadband in Latin America under the Tigo and Tigo Star banners, has reported quarterly revenue of USD1.5 billion... more

Telenor Group claims record high EBITDA margin on back efficiency improvements

Norway’s Telenor Group has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2017, highlighting a reduction in costs and what it claimed was a ‘record high’ EBITDA margin... more

AM 3Q17 revenues drop 2.2%; posts net loss after Colombian wrangle

Carlos Slim-backed America Movil (AM) has reported revenues of MXN244.2 billion (USD12.8 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2017, representing a decrease of 2.2% year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA for... more

Nigeria to investigate Etisalat loan default

Nigeria’s Senate is set to launch an investigation into the default on a USD1.2 billion loan by Etisalat Nigeria and how the funds were used, reports Reuters. The cellco, which... more

O2 Czech Republic increased net profit by 2.5% in 9M17

Fixed, broadband and mobile operator O2 Czech Republic has published its financial results for the nine months ending 30 September 2017, reporting a 0.6% year-on-year increase in operating revenue to... more

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