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21 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

SKT deploys 5G-PON for RAN

South Korean mobile network operator (MNO) SK Telecom (SKT) has announced its successful deployment of ‘5G-PON (Passive Optical Network), next generation technology for distribution networks’. Claiming that the technology can... more

Telekom to deploy 1,000 additional BTS in Bavaria

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and wireless unit of German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced plans to install an additional 1,000 mobile base stations across Bavaria by the... more

Digi, Huawei achieve 1.5Gbps download speeds during test

Romanian telco RCS&RDS (Digi) has announced that it has achieved download speeds over its mobile network of 1.5Gbps during a trial held with equipment vendor Huawei. The test took place... more

Airtel Madagascar launches LTE service

Airtel Madagascar, the local Malagasy unit of India-based Bharti Airtel, has launched a 4G LTE mobile network, writes Agence Ecofin. Despite being Madagascar’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers,... more

Vodafone tests 5G decoupling; launches 550Mbps LTE-A in Naples

Vodafone Italy and Huawei say they are testing decoupling technology to improve the coverage range of future 5G networks. The firms are trialling uplink and downlink decoupling, which utilises a... more

UTL preparing for 4G launch

State-run fixed and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) says it is close to finalising its deployment of 4G LTE networks in the country’s major cities, including Kampala, Entebbe, Gulu,... more

BROADBAND

Cellcom, Partner discuss nationwide fibre cooperation

Israel’s Cellcom has revealed that it is holding negotiations with rival Partner Communications Company over a potential long term cooperation agreement for the deployment of fibre-optic infrastructure, whereby each party... more

SLT completes LTE-A Pro trial

Telecomasia reports that Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has completed a further round of proof-of-concept (PoC) tests of LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro) technology in Colombo. SLT has been working with a... more

Orange Poland to re-run equipment tenders

Polish fixed and mobile operator Orange Polska says it will re-run five tenders for equipment supply contracts for the construction of fibre-optic infrastructure. The telco won contracts to deploy state-subsidised... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

DoJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T, Time Warner merger

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T Inc’s proposed acquisition of media giant Time Warner, arguing that the deal would substantially lessen... more

EQT completes Lumos Networks takeover

Lumos Networks, which offers fibre-optic connectivity in the mid-Atlantic region, has announced the completion of its sale to EQT Infrastructure, a fund operated by ‘alternative investments firm’ EQT Partners. Under... more

Shaken Altice abandons M&A; plots tower sale

Netherlands-based Altice Group has taken steps to restore shaken investor confidence amid concerns over its tumbling share price and EUR51 billion (USD60 billion) debt mountain. The group's shares have almost... more

All change? KPN parent mulls exit; T-Mobile ponders Tele2 merger

Reuters has quoted America Movil’s CFO Carlos Garcia Morena as saying that the Mexican telecoms giant may consider selling its 21.4% stake in Dutch quad-play telco KPN, having recently received... more

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