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8 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*China Mobile Hong Kong* has held a *NB-IoT* network showcase event, demonstrating a smart parking service carried over its commercial NB-IoT network which was launched earlier this month, TelecomAsia reports.... more

First phase of Taiwan’s 1800MHz/2100MHz spectrum sale ends with four winning bidders

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that four operators submitted successful bids for new mobile spectrum in the first round of its auction for frequencies in the 1800MHz and... more

Bangladesh to launch MNP service by April

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has approved the award of a licence to implement and operate a mobile number portability (MNP) system to a joint venture formed by Infozillion... more

MTC to invest NAD1bn in network upgrade

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest cellco by subscribers, has announced that it will invest NAD1 billion (USD70.5 million) in a network upgrade plan scheduled to end in 2019. The company... more

Swisscom partners with Ericsson for Gigabit LTE and 5G

Full service provider Swisscom has selected Ericsson to carry out a nationwide deployment of Gigabit LTE from 2018 and 5G technology from 2020. Swisscom will implement Ericsson’s radio access solutions,... more

Ukraine’s 2600MHz auction set for Jan-18; regulator indicates possible earlier 1800MHz auction

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) has set the date for the country’s 4G LTE mobile licence auction in the 2600MHz frequency range as 23... more

Personal 4G network now live in more than 1,000 locations

Telecom Personal has announced that its 4G LTE network is now live in 1,011 towns and cities, equivalent to coverage of 79% of the Argentine population. Further, the cellco notes... more

GO confirms 800MHz application

Maltese telco GO has confirmed that it has applied to the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) for 800MHz spectrum to be used for LTE-A networks. The operator currently provides 4G services... more

Vodafone Italy reaches 2.7Gbps in 5G trial

Vodafone Italy says it has achieved the country’s first 5G data connection as part of its trials with vendor Huawei. The firm says its tests in Milan using Massive MIMO... more

BROADBAND

CITC, Zain complete rural broadband project ahead of schedule

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has revealed that Phase I of the country's broadband coverage expansion project has been completed one month earlier than scheduled, the Saudi... more

Telkom upgrades national and metro fibre networks

Telkom Kenya, the fixed and mobile operator which was sold by Orange Group to private equity firm Helios Investment Partners in June 2016, has completed the first phase of its... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telkom Indonesia 9M17 net profit up 21.7% to IDR17.9tn

PT Telkom Indonesia (Telkom) posted net profit of IDR17.92 trillion (USD1.33 billion) for the period January-September 2017, up 21.7% from IDR14.73 trillion in the same period the previous year, as... more

Spark buys business telco; 16 buyers lined up so far for Vocus NZ

New Zealand telco Spark has acquired the local business services provider Digital Island. The new unit will continue to operate under its own name, becoming part of Spark’s Ventures and... more

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