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9 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

Ericsson to prepare Mobily’s networks for IoT, 5G

Saudi Arabian cellco Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has awarded a modernisation contract to Ericsson under which the vendor will upgrade its access network in the western region of Saudi Arabia, deploying... more

NBTC to launch biometric SIM registration on 15 December; spectrum auction rules approved

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to introduce a biometric verification system for registering new pre-paid/post-paid SIM cards on 15 December, The Nation writes. NBTC secretary-general Takorn... more

MEO outlines 4G+ targets; seeks 50% coverage by end-2017

PT Portugal, which trades as MEO, has disclosed plans to extend its ‘4G+’-branded LTE-A mobile network to half the Portuguese population by the end of this year. Local business site... more

Switzerland lines up 5G spectrum auction for H2 2018

Switzerland’s Federal Council yesterday approved changes to the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) to facilitate the allocation of new frequency bands for the development and provision of 5G services. Following... more

Italy claims European lead in 5G development

An Italian government minister says the country is a year ahead of the rest of Europe in terms of the development of 5G wireless technologies. Antonello Giacomelli, undersecretary of state... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone inks FTTP deal with CityFibre

Vodafone Group has announced a long-term strategic partnership deal with UK-based alternative fibre broadband provider CityFibre. In a press release outlining the development, Vodafone confirmed that under the wholesale agreement... more

Zimbabwe opens IXP

The government of Zimbabwe has launched the country’s first internet exchange point (IXP), which it says will help cut the cost of internet use. The new IXP in Harare allows... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Hutchison Drei completes takeover of Tele2 Austria

Hutchison Drei Austria, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CK Hutchison, has completed the EUR95 million (USD112 million) acquisition of Swedish telecoms group Tele2’s Austrian unit, enabling the combined entity to offer... more

VEON submits offer to raise stake in GTH sub-division

Amsterdam-based, Russian-backed multinational telecoms group VEON disclosed yesterday that it has submitted a mandatory tender offer for 42.31% of shares in its subsidiary division Global Telecom Holding (GTH). VEON (formerly... more

DT raises FY guidance after ‘strong growth’ in Q3 2017

German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported net revenue of EUR18.3 billion (USD21.2 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2017, a rise of 0.8% from EUR18.1 billion... more

Singtel quarterly net profit soars on NetLink Trust sale gains

Southeast Asia’s biggest telco Singtel Group today reported its financial results for the fiscal second quarter ending 30 September 2017, highlighting record net profit of SGD2.889 billion (USD2.12 billion), up... more

Beeline rumoured to be interested in Rostelecom Armenia buyout

Unconfirmed reports from Itel.am claim that incumbent national PTO VEON Armenia, formerly ArmenTel and trading under the banner Beeline, is interested in buying rival altnet GNC-ALFA (Rostelecom) and to that... more

Telia considers LMT/Lattelecom options after govt rejects merger proposal

Sweden’s Telia Company has said that it is assessing its options for its Latvian operations following repeated rejections of plans to merge fixed and wireless players Lattelecom and Latvijas Mobilais... more

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