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1 Dec 2017

WIRELESS

Mtel launches LTE-A in ten locations

Bulgarian cellco Mobiltel (Mtel) has launched carrier aggregation (CA) over its LTE network in Bansko, Botovets, Pamporovo, Chepelare, Dobrinishte, Velingrad, Sandanski, Sapareva Banya, Hisarya and Belchin, thus upping download speeds... more

Kyivstar mobile money venture nears launch

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has approved the application of mobile market leader Kyivstar’s 100% subsidiary StarMoney to establish ‘payment infrastructure services’ for a mobile money service, Interfax reports.... more

O2 Czech Republic paves way to 5G with WTTx and 2.6GHz Massive MIMO trials

Incumbent operator O2 Czech Republic has announced that, as part of its next step toward 5G, it is conducting trials of two new technologies – wireless-to the-x (WTTx) and 2.6GHz... more

Viya launches LTE on Saint Croix, Saint Thomas

Viya, the US Virgin Islands-based telecoms operator formed via the merger of Innovative Telephone and Choice Wireless in April this year, has switched on its brand new 4G LTE network... more

Smart close to completing LTE rollout

Smart Communications, a mobile unit of Philippine telecoms operator PLDT Inc., is reportedly close to completing the upgrade of more than 4,200 3G (W-CDMA) and 4G (LTE) mobile sites across... more

TRAI recommends speeding up M&A process

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published its recommendations on ‘Ease of Doing Telecom Business’, focusing primarily on issues related to licensing. These include: streamlining the... more

Maltese regulator says spectrum demand outstrips supply

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) says it has received expressions of interest from four companies looking to attain rights to use wireless broadband spectrum. Incumbent trio GO, Vodafone and Melita,... more

BROADBAND

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

*Vocus Communications* has completed 50% of its *Australia Singapore Cable (ASC)* project, which will link Australia to Singapore and Indonesia, with an onward spur to the Christmas Islands. The USD170... more

Ooredoo Maldives expands fibre broadband footprint

Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service to Kulhudhuffushi, the capital of the Haa Dhaalu Atoll administrative division on Thiladhunmathi Atoll. Local newspaper Miadhu reports that the rollout... more

Wave Broadband taps NEC for wireless platform

Washington-based Wave Broadband has enlisted Japanese vendor NEC Corporation to deploy its iPASOLINK EX-Advanced ultra-compact radio communication system as part of its service expansion on the US West Coast. The... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Bezeq records revenue, EBITDA and net profit declines in Q3 2017

Israel’s Bezeq had published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2017, revealing a drop in revenues, EBTIDA and net profit. In the three-month period under review Bezeq... more

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