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28 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

DICT to hold ‘beauty contest’ for third operator; hints at licensing fourth player

The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) says it intends to hold a ‘beauty contest’ style auction for the rights to become the country’s third telecoms operator to... more

MIC to revise spectrum allocation process to open up 5G market

The Nikkei Asian Review reports that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan will revise its spectrum allocation process in a bid to encourage new players to... more

Azercell continues LTE expansion to three new cities

Azercell, Azerbaijan’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced it has expanded its 4G LTE network to Barda, Shamkir and Lankaran. The three locations add to Azercell’s existing... more

Anatel to allocate 2300MHz-2400MHz band for mobile use

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) is set to authorise spectrum in the 2300MHz-2400MHz band for mobile use, TeleSintese reports, citing a recent resolution – Resolucao No.... more

Telefonica, Netsia demonstrate RAN slicing in Madrid

Telefonica and US vendor Netsia have completed the successful integration of Netsia’s Virtual LTE RAN platform into the telco’s Global Network Labs facility in Madrid. The two companies have effectively... more

Polsat units preparing 900MHz LTE launch

Polish telecoms and media group Cyfrowy Polsat is readying a launch of 4G LTE networks in the 900MHz band, Telko.in reports. The group, whose interests include Polkomtel, Aero2 and Sferia,... more

BROADBAND

NBN pauses orders for new HFC connections, outlines initiatives to improve end user experience

NBN Co, the company overseeing the deployment of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed that it is temporarily pausing all new orders for connections made via its HFC access... more

KCOM on target to reach 150,000 premises with FTTP by end-2017

UK operator KCOM has announced that it is on target to have made its ‘Lightstream’ branded fibre-to-the-premises connectivity available to 150,000 properties across Hull and East Yorkshire by the end... more

Over 680,000 Austrians benefit from broadband scheme so far

Austria’s Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology has revealed that it has so far allocated EUR332 million (USD395.8 million) in broadband subsidies, benefiting around 681,000 residents across 1,104 municipalities. The... more

TRAI’s published recommendations support Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published its recommendations on Net Neutrality, supporting the strengthening of rules to prevent discrimination in internet access. The watchdog’s recommendations to the... more

Italy to implement web tax from 2019

The Italian government has approved a measure which will introduce a 6% ‘web tax’ on the sale of digital services such as online advertising. The move is expected to raise... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Abraaj Group snaps up TT stake

Private Equity firm Abraaj Group has purchased Dubai Holdings’ 35% stake in Tunisie Telecom (TT), the Economic Times writes, citing Tunisian Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy Anwar Maarouf.... more

Consolidated offloads Virginia units

Consolidated Communications has entered into an agreement to sell its Virginia businesses, Peoples Mutual Telephone Company and Peoples Mutual Long Distance Company, to RiverStreet Networks, a subsidiary of Wilkes Communications.... more

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