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22 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*T-Mobile Austria* has claimed a national first with the commercial launch of its NB-IoT network, initially in St. Polten, which the cellco said became the first Austrian city to be... more

Huawei deploys LampSite Sharing solution for UK cellular trio at London event

Chinese vendor Huawei has announced the deployment of what it claims is the first multi-operator indoor digital network using the LampSite Sharing solution in the UK, doing so with EE,... more

Omantel, Ericsson showcase 5G in Muscat

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, and Ericsson have successfully conducted a live 5G showcase in a real-world environment, including tests on speed, mobility and latency. By... more

TRAI recommends easing spectrum caps

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommend raising spectrum caps following recent developments in the mobile market. At present, operators are permitted to hold up to... more

BROADBAND

PLDT picks Huawei to deploy G.fast and SuperVector on copper networks

PLDT Inc. and Huawei Technologies will work together to upgrade the telco’s legacy copper wire networks with SuperVector and G.fast technologies, which they say will boost bandwidth to up to... more

FCC to vote on Net Neutrality repeal in December

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has confirmed that the watchdog plans to vote on the repeal of so-called ‘Net Neutrality’ rules at its open meeting on... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

UPC Poland would sell networks in four cities to push merger through

Polish cable TV and broadband operator UPC says it is willing to divest networks and customers in four cities to gain approval for its proposed takeover of smaller rival Multimedia... more

Orange, Tricom complete merger; relaunches as Altice Dominicana

Netherlands-based Altice Group has completed the merger of its two Dominican Republic-based telecoms businesses – Orange Dominicana and Tricom – and has relaunched the combined business under the ‘Altice Dominicana’... more

Ooredoo, STC reportedly rival bidders for Turk Telekom parent

Qatar’s Ooredoo is bidding for the insolvent owner of Turkish full-service telecoms group Turk Telekom, rivalling an existing offer from Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Bloomberg reports, citing ‘three people with... more

MyRepublic seals USD51.7m cash injection from Makara Capital; plans MVNO launch in 1Q18

Singapore-based broadband access provider MyRepublic has secured a SGD70 million (USD51.7 million) investment from Makara Innovation Fund (MIF), a private equity fund focused on internationalisation of businesses with strong intellectual... more

Partner revenues down in 3Q17, despite marginal q-o-q increase in mobile subscribers

Israel’s Partner Communications has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2017, reporting total revenues of ILS826 million (USD234 million), down 3% year-on-year. Service revenues amounted... more

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