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27 Oct 2017

WIRELESS

Govt instructs PTA to trial 5G before 2020

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been instructed to begin the process of conducting 5G tests in Pakistan before 2020, when the as-yet-undefined technology is expected to be ready for... more

FCC plots 3.5GHz licensing overhaul; consults on nationwide portability

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a number of revisions to its rules governing the 3.5GHz band, which it says will help promote investment and keep up with technological... more

Wataniya expands to Gaza as discussions over 3G continue

Wataniya Mobile Palestine has finally expanded its services to the Gaza Strip, some eight years after it first launched commercially in the West Bank, The New Arab reports. Commenting on... more

ACMA to reallocate 3.6GHz spectrum, reconfigure 900MHz band

In announcing that it has begun the process of reallocating spectrum in the 3.6GHz band and moving to more efficient arrangements in the 900MHz band for advanced mobile broadband technologies,... more

Verizon and Ericsson partner to deploy Massive MIMO

Verizon and Ericsson have announced the completion of their first deployment of FDD Massive MIMO on the US cellco’s network in Irvine, California. The deployment involves 16 transceiver radio units... more

MTS Belarus extends 4G in ten cities and towns

MTS Belarus, 51%-owned by state-owned Intercity Communications, with Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) of Russia owning the remainder (49%), has announced that ten more cities and towns in the country are now... more

BROADBAND

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

Mauritius-based *IOX Cable Ltd* and *Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)* have commenced work on the cable route survey for the 8,850km *IOX Cable System* aiming to link South Africa with India,... more

Grupo MASMOVIL reaches 9m homes with fibre

Spanish alternative operator Grupo MASMOVIL has announced that it has increased the coverage of its fibre-optic networks to nine million available households in Spain. The telco’s independent network now covers... more

WIRELINE

Ofcom confirms price cut for BT’s landline-only subscribers

Customers that take only a fixed line voice service from British fixed line incumbent BT are set to see their bills fall, following a review by local telecoms regulator Ofcom.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Omantel buys further 12.1% Zain stake, becomes second largest shareholder

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) has signed purchase agreements with three shareholders of Kuwait-based Zain Group to give the Omani telco an additional 12.1% stake and take its total ownership to... more

Turkcell revenues jump 25.7% in Q3

Turkish telecoms group Turkcell reports that its consolidated turnover rose by 25.7% year-on-year in the quarter ended 30 September 2017 to TRY4.6 billion (USD1.2 billion), which it says was mainly... more

KPN wins appeal against 2014 cable rival merger

Dutch former monopoly telco KPN has won an appeal against the EC decision of October 2014 which cleared the merger of the Netherlands’ then-largest two cablecos, Zesko (Ziggo) and UPC.... more

STC reports 10.4% growth in profit to SAR7.5bn in 9M17

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, reporting a 10.4% increase in net profit to SAR7.5 billion (USD2 billion) from... more

DOCOMO plots USD2.6bn share buyback

Bloomberg writes that Japan’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) in terms of subscribers, NTT DOCOMO, is planning to buy back up to JPY300 billion (USD2.6 billion) worth of its own... more

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