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29 Nov 2017

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*T-Mobile Poland* has announced the launch of its first NB-IoT-enabled base stations, located in Gorzow Wielkopolski, adding that it will deploy more live NB-IoT sites around Poland in the next... more

ACMA starts multi-band spectrum auction

A multi-band spectrum auction in Australia is now officially underway, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) saying the sale process has ‘the potential to improve mobile and fixed... more

China Mobile to launch RCS in December

China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless provider by subscribers, is gearing up to launch nationwide Rich Communication Services (RCS) from 1 December. The operator will offer the new messaging service,... more

Angola: ‘fourth operator’ to be licensed; Angola Telecom to be part-privatised

Angola’s Minister for Telecoms & IT, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, has stated that the government aims to issue an international public tender for a ‘fourth telecoms operator’ to provide mobile,... more

Nar further extends LTE reach to Ganja

Azerfon (Nar), Azerbaijan’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced the expansion of its 4G LTE wireless network to the city of Ganja. Nar subscribers in Ganja... more

Spain launches 700MHz consultation

Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda (Ministerio de Energia, Turismo y Agenda Digital, MINETAD) has launched a public consultation regarding the future introduction of 700MHz spectrum. The watchdog... more

CNMC proposes to slash MTRs by 40% by 2020

Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) has issued a proposal which will see mobile termination rates (MTRs) slashed from EUR0.0109... more

Nkom confirms MTR reduction plans with final decision

Having sent a draft decision regarding proposed mobile termination rates (MTRs) to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) last month, Norwegian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has... more

BROADBAND

Nokia and EneCom team up to deploy G.fast technology across Japan

Equipment maker Nokia and Japan’s Energia Communications (EneCom) have agreed to work together on the deployment of G.fast technology across the country. Nokia claims it is currently the only vendor... more

Zeop covers 60% of Reunion with FTTH

ISP Zeop (Reunion) has announced that it has passed 200,000 households with its fibre-optic network, which is now present in 17 municipalities, news source Megazap writes. Going forward, the operator... more

ABS-CBN’s Sky Cable backs broadband business boost

Sky Cable Corp, the cable broadband unit of ABS-CBN Corp is looking to bolster its presence in the Philippine market amid rising demand for its services. Commenting on its growth... more

Guyanese govt lines up Smart Guyana projects

Guyanese Minister of Finance Winston Jordan has announced that USD37.6 million has been allocated for the implementation of the first phase of the Smart Guyana Programme, a national broadband initiative... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Niger scraps international traffic tax

The government of Niger has voted to abolish the country’s tax on incoming international traffic (Taxe sur la Terminaison du Trafic International Entrant, TATTIE) under the Finance Act 2018, reports... more

Liberty considers exit of Swiss, Austrian markets

UK-based Liberty Global is considering offloading its UPC-branded cable providers in Austria and Switzerland, the Telegraph cites sources familiar with the matter as saying. Work on the potential disposal is... more

MISCELLANEOUS

KT assists Botswana’s BTC with network modernisation project

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has signed a partnership agreement with South Korean telco KT to co-operate on a network transformation project to improve internet user experience in the African country.... more

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