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6 Nov 2017


Zamtel investing USD280m in network upgrade

Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) is investing USD280 million in the upgrade of its network infrastructure, with a view to improving coverage and service quality. Tech Trends quotes the state-owned firm’s... more

DOCOMO, Huawei claim ‘world first’ with outdoor 5G trial

Japan's largest mobile operator by subscribers and revenue, NTT DOCOMO, and Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies have announced a ‘significant field trial milestone’, completing the world’s first 5G Ultra-Reliable... more

RCOM to switch off voice services on 1 December

Reliance Communications (RCOM) has informed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that it will be shutting down its voice services on 1 December 2017, but will continue to offer... more

NBTC sets the reserve price for 1800MHz, 850MHz spectrum

Thailand’s independent regulator, the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has settled on the reserve price for the spectrum auction in the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands, which are currently utilised... more

ATRA orders temporary ban on particular messaging apps

The Afghanistan Telecoms Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has ordered a temporary ban on messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram, citing ‘technical problems’ and a need for greater oversight. News agency Gandhara quotes... more

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

*Sprint* and *Altice USA* (the holding company comprising *Cablevision* and *Suddenlink*) have unveiled a new multi-year Full MVNO agreement, which will see the emergent US cable operator utilise Sprint’s network... more


Proximus plans hybrid DSL, 4G service for 2018

Proximus, Belgium’s largest telco by subscribers, has announced its intention to offer a hybrid DSL-4G LTE fixed internet service next year, writes Datanews. Proximus has been testing hybrid internet connections... more


T-Mobile, Sprint end merger discussions

T-Mobile US and Sprint have jointly announced that they have ceased merger talks, as the companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms. John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile... more

Oger nearing sale of Turk Telekom stake

Turkey’s communications minister Ahmet Arslan, quoted by the Daily Sabah, has indicated that ‘many’ potential buyers have applied to purchase the 55% stake in Turk Telekom controlled by the Saudi... more

Strategic investor sought for Greece’s Forthnet

Four Greek banks are seeking a strategic investor to take a stake in local ISP and pay-TV provider Forthnet, which offers business services under its own brand and is active... more

Globe Telecom says revenue growth momentum continues; 9M17 turnover reaches record PHP95.1bn

Ayala-led Globe Telecom reported consolidated service revenue of PHP95.14 billion (USD1.86 billion) for the nine months ending 30 September 2017, 6% higher than the PHP89.53 billion reported in the year-ago... more

Altice 3Q17 revenues drop 1.8%

Netherlands-based Altice Group has reported consolidated revenues of EUR5.8 billion (USD6.7 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2017, down 1.8% year-on-year on a reported basis. The lion’s share... more


Gambia looking at full international gateway liberalisation next year

According to Gambia’s Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure Demba Jawo – quoted by The Point newspaper – the government is aiming to ‘fully liberalise’ the country’s international telecoms gateway,... more



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