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15 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Etisalat* of the UAE has claimed the Middle East’s first VoLTE call over a Cat-M1 (LTE-M) network, in trials partnering *Qualcomm*. Previously, Etisalat claimed the region’s first deployment of a... more

Airtel selects Ericsson for network upgrade

Airtel Nigeria, the country’s third largest wireless operator by subscribers, has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson to modernise and expand its packet core network. TechCity reports that the Ericsson... more

Mauritius Telecom rebrands services as my.t

Mauritius Telecom (MT) has announced that it has rebranded its products and services under the name ‘my.t’. In a press conference last week MT CEO Sherry Singh said that the... more

RCS&RDS recruits Ericsson to drive 5G, IoT network plans

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has announced that it has joined forces with Romania’s RCS&RDS (Digi) to launch enhanced mobile broadband services across its Digi Mobil network. Ericsson say that the... more

MTN Benin ‘complying’ with sky-high regulatory fee demand

South African-backed cellco MTN Benin has indicated that it will comply with demands for overdue spectrum fees by Beninese telecoms regulator ARCEP, under threat of sanctions including fines or licence... more

life:), MTS Belarus add more areas to 4G network; velcom starts GPON rollout in Minsk

Mobile network operator (MNO) Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)), says it has launched 4G LTE services in 17 more towns and cities across the country this month, namely: Svisloch, Slonim,... more

BROADBAND

Telefonica trials plastic optical fibre and 60GHz Wi-Fi

Spanish telco Telefonica has tested plastic optical fibre (POF) and 60GHz Wi-Fi technologies in partnership with Spanish chipset manufacturer KDPOF. According to Telefonica, the POF solution is cheaper, quicker and... more

Open Fiber begins rural rollouts; TIM plays down merger rumours

The Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber has inaugurated its rollout of fibre broadband infrastructure in so-called ‘white areas’, with a ceremony in the earthquake-hit town of Campli in the... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Airtel, Tigo merge in Ghana to form AirtelTigo

Bharti Airtel-owned Airtel Ghana and Millicom International Cellular (MIC)-backed Tigo Ghana have announced their new combined operation will be named AirtelTigo, writes Reuters. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the... more

Telekom Austria Group adopts A1 brand

Telekom Austria Group has changed its international corporate name to A1 Telekom Austria Group, following the announcement in September 2017 that it would gradually roll out the A1 brand across... more

MTS revenues up 2.1%; cellular base up 0.4% q-o-q, down 0.5% y-o-y

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has posted consolidated revenue of RUB114.6 billion (USD1.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2017, up by 2.1% year-on-year, of which RUB106.3 billion (92.8%) was accounted... more

Vivacom’s net profit surges to BGN60m in 9M17

Bulgarian telecoms company Vivacom (registered as Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, BTC) has released its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, reporting a 1.8% year-on-year increase in revenues,... more

Vodafone tax arbitration hearing scheduled for February 2019

Vodafone India’s decade-long tax battle with the Indian government is scheduled to go to trial at an international arbitration tribunal in February 2019, the Economic times writes, citing a statement... more

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