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2 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Vodacom South Africa* has announced the commercial launch of its NB-IoT network, initially available in Gauteng. Earlier this year, Vodacom – part of the Vodafone Group – opened a laboratory... more

Airtel to shut down 3G network by 2021; fibre business transferred to Telesonic

Indian telecoms provider Bharti Airtel is planning to shut down its 3G network in next three to four years, with its spectrum in the 2100MHz band to be refarmed for... more

ZTE deploys vEPC network for webe

Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation has announced that it recently supported Malaysian mobile broadband provider webe on the deployment of a virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network. According to ZTE, it... more

Ghana orders re-registration of SIM cards

The Ghanaian government has announced a new directive to fight mobile money fraud in the country by ordering customers of the service to re-register their SIM cards, reports Citi Business.... more

MTC expands LTE network to six new sites in Windhoek

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has rolled out its 4G LTE network to six new locations in the capital city Windhoek. The company states... more

KPN expands B2B VoLTE and rural hybrid DSL-LTE; posts 9M sales decline

Dutch quad-play telco KPN has posted a 3.9% year-on-year drop in total revenues to EUR4.88 billion (USD5.68 billion) in the first nine months of 2017, whilst consolidated EBITDA fell 3.2%... more

Telekom hit by ANCOM fine following number portability failures

The National Authority for Management and Regulations (ANCOM) has fined Telekom Romania Mobile Communications RON200,000 (USD50,472) for failing to port 1,232 phone numbers and delays in porting a further 4,941... more

Telefonica, ZTE complete 5G transport test in Spain

Telefonica has successfully completed phase one of a 5G transport test in cooperation with Chinese vendor ZTE at its Future Networks Lab in Madrid, Spain. For the purpose of the... more

SKT demos 3.5GHz/28GHz 5G relay repeaters as it looks to accelerate rollout

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has announced the successful demonstration of what it terms ‘essential technologies for 5G network communications in a real-world setting’, adding that it is accelerating its... more

DOCOMO and MediaTek announce successful 5G trial using NOMA device

Japan’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, NTT DOCOMO, today announced that in a joint trial conducted with MediaTek it has successfully developed a chipset to increase the spectral efficiency of... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

CenturyLink closes Level 3 takeover

US network service provider CenturyLink has completed its previously announced USD34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications. Holders of Level 3 common stock (as of immediately prior to closing) are... more

Two-way merger in Iran could get third partner

Two of Iran’s largest private ISPs are to merge to create a bigger challenger to the country’s dominant telco, state-backed Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), and a third company is... more

Liberty Global Q3 revenues increase 2.5% in Europe; up 0.4% in LatAm, Caribbean

Liberty Global plc has announced its Q3 financial and operating results for the Europe-focused Liberty Global Group and the LiLAC Group, which operates in Latin America and the Caribbean. Liberty... more

Telekom Austria Group posts 2.3% rise in Q3 revenue

Telekom Austria Group has reported total revenues of EUR1.11 billion (USD1.3 billion) for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 2.3% from EUR1.08 billion in the year-ago period, with... more

KDDI Q2 profit down 1.9%, but revenues up to JPY1.22 trillion

Japan’s second largest telecoms operator by subscribers KDDI has reported net income of JPY155.97 billion (USD1.37 billion) in its fiscal second-quarter ended 30 September 2017, down 1.9% from JPY159.04 billion... more

Cell C reports a net loss of ZAR588m in 1H17

South Africa’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers Cell C has reported a net loss of ZAR588 million (USD41.7 million) for the first six months of 2017, compared to a... more

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