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10 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

Movistar, Ericsson test Argentina’s first 5G network

Movistar Argentina has teamed up with Swedish vendor Ericsson to test the country’s first 5G trial network. The test, which took place in Buenos Aires, utilised 28GHz millimetre wave (mmWave)... more

Airtel rolls out 3G in 900MHz band

Airtel Tanzania, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has revealed it is rolling out 3G technology in the 900MHz frequency band, with the aim of improving... more

T-Mobile US extends LTE-A to 920 markets; ‘Gigabit Class’ LTE now in 430 locations

T-Mobile US has announced that its LTE-A network is now available in more than 920 markets. Further, at a media event staged at the San Jose Convention Center, the cellco... more

Osiptel orders temporary ban on unlimited mobile data plans

Peruvian telecoms regulator the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has ordered the temporary suspension of the sale of unlimited mobile... more

Ugandan cellcos blame illegal retailers after price complaints

Cellular operators in Uganda are blaming third-party retailers for illegally hiking prices after customers complained that they were paying more for airtime. Both MTN and Airtel have released statements denying... more

BROADBAND

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

*Global Cloud Xchange (GCX)*, a subsidiary of *Reliance Communications (RCOM)*, has announced plans to deploy the *EAGLE* submarine cable system linking Italy to Hong Kong, avoiding the outage-prone Malacca Strait.... more

NOW Corp mulling move into residential broadband sector

NOW Corp, the Filipino group controlled by local entrepreneur Mel Velarde which operates wireless business NOW Telecom (formerly Next Mobile), has indicated its desire to enter the country’s largely untapped... more

ACCC publishes quarterly wholesale report for NBN

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its latest quarterly ‘Wholesale Market Indicators Report’ for the National Broadband Network (NBN), confirming that at the end of September 2017... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Cook Islands takeover approved; only American Samoa pending in ATH-Amper group deal

Fijian telecoms group Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) has received formal regulatory approval for the takeover of full-service operator Bluesky Cook Islands (formerly Telecom Cook Islands), the Fiji Times reports. In... more

Telekom Slovenije withdraws from one.Vip ownership

Telekom Slovenije has sold its 45% stake in Macedonian operator one.Vip to majority owner Telekom Austria Group for EUR120 million (USD139.4 million), by exercising its three-year exit option in the... more

VEON’s Q3 revenue climbs 4.0%

Total revenue at the VEON (formerly VimpelCom) group increased by 4.0% year-on-year to USD2.456 billion in the quarter ended 30 September 2017, driven by strong mobile operator results in Russia... more

PLDT Inc. reports increases in core and net income in 9M17

The Philippines’ largest telco by subscribers and revenue, PLDT Inc., reported net income of PHP21.942 billion (USD428.6 million) in January-September 2017, up 38% from PHP15.900 billion in the corresponding year-earlier... more

Lifecell latest to show interest in Volia, sources claim

Ukraine’s third-placed mobile operator Lifecell – a wholly owned subsidiary of Turkcell – is interested in buying the country’s largest cableco Volia, according to three separate anonymous telecoms industry sources... more

Ice Group seeks extension for Nextel Brasil stake hike

Scandinavian telecoms holding company Ice Group (formerly AINMT Holdings) has requested an extension to exercise its option to increase its ownership in Nextel Holdings, the company that indirectly owns Nextel... more

Sales down but profits up at OTE Group

Greece’s OTE Group has reported a 0.7% drop in revenues for the three months to 30 September 2017, to EUR991.2 million (USD1.17 billion), while EBITDA fell 2.3% to EUR348.7 million.... more

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