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30 Oct 2017


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

*Xfinity Mobile*, the MVNO unit launched by US cable giant *Comcast Corp* in May 2017, has passed the 250,000 subscriber milestone, Fierce Wireless reports, citing an earnings call transcript published... more

Nepal's Smart Telecom launches 4G service

Smart Telecom, Nepal’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has finally launched its long-awaited 4G LTE service, with the company stating that it is now live in Kathmandu,... more

Nokia, Zain Saudi deploying ‘FastMile’ in underserved areas

Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia are deploying Nokia's FastMile technology to improve in-house coverage and provide ultra-fast mobile broadband speeds to end-users by cost effectively re-using an existing macro network... more

Ooredoo expands 4G to 500 locations, aims for 90% coverage by Q1 2018

Ooredoo Oman, the country’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has expanded its 4G LTE network to 500 new locations. The firm, which is majority owned by Qatar’s... more

SPRK revokes Baltcom 2600MHz licence, plans auction of 5G spectrum

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija [SPRK]) has cancelled the 2600MHz licence of Baltcom 4G, a subsidiary of ISP Balcom, following the announcement of the... more


KDDI to launch software-defined network platform

Japanese group KDDI has revealed plans to switch on a software-defined network (SDN) platform for its corporate customers, starting 5 December 2017. In a press release, the telco says it... more


TIM in talks with government over fixed network assets

Telecom Italia (TIM) chairman Arnaud De Puyfontaine has confirmed that the telco is in discussions with the Italian government over the future of its fixed network infrastructure. Reuters cites the... more


Ooredoo posts stable 9M17 results; inks frame agreement with NEC

Qatar-based multinational Ooredoo Group reports that its consolidated revenue grew by 1% year-on-year to QAR24.5 billion (USD3.6 billion) in the first nine months of 2017, driven by strong contributions from... more

VEON selling Laos operations

Amsterdam-based multinational telecoms group VEON announced on Friday (27 October 2017) that its wholly owned subsidiary, VimpelCom Holding Laos BV, has entered into an agreement to sell its 78% stake... more

Zain Group’s revenues, net income slump in 9M17 on currency devaluations

Kuwait-based telecoms giant Zain Group has published its consolidated financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, reporting revenues of KWD767 million (USD2.5 billion), down 7% year-on-year, while... more

Tele Columbus acquires Vodafone’s shares in KMS

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the brand name PYUR, has agreed to purchase Vodafone Kabel Deutschland’s shares in Munich-based regional cableco KMS. Under the agreement, Tele Columbus’... more

NTT DOCOMO first-half profit slumps 31.5%; operating income down 36.8%

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO has published its results for the fiscal first-half ending 30 September 2017 (FY 2017/H1), reporting that net income plummeted 31.5% year-on-year to JPY373.9 billion (USD3.29 billion) from... more

China Telecom books 5.6% profit growth on continuing 4G, FTTH take-up

State-owned full service provider China Telecom Corporation has booked operating revenue of CNY274.7 billion (USD41.3 billion) for the first nine months of 2017, up 4.1% from the corresponding period of... more

Shaw reports 8.1% revenue growth in fiscal year; Freedom unit deploys new LTE spectrum

Canadian quad-play cableco and mobile group Shaw Communications has reported its consolidated financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended 31 August 2017. Revenue from continuing operations of... more

NextGenTel reports revenue decline in 3Q17 as customer numbers fall

Norway’s NextGenTel Holding has published its financial results for the quarter ending 30 September 2017, revealing a 6.3% year-on-year decline in revenues on the back of lower customer numbers. In... more


Serbia adopts new Electronic Communications Law

The Serbian government has adopted a new Law on Electronic Communications that will bring the nation into full compliance with the EU’s 2009 regulatory framework. Secretary of State for Trade,... more

ACCC releases draft communications market report

A draft report published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) details its market study of the communications sector, including 29 recommendations spanning a wide range of competition and... more



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