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6 Dec 2017

WIRELESS

Sri Lanka’s mobile industry calls on gov’t to reverse towers fees decision

In a statement outlining its views on the government’s proposed LKR200,000 (USD1,310) per month tax on cellular towers in the 2018 budget, representatives of Sri Lanka’s mobile industry have called... more

Vodafone strongly placed for Angolan licence, reports claim

UK mobile giant Vodafone Group is reportedly in a strong position to bid for a fourth mobile network operating licence in Angola, according to local news sources including TPA/SAPO. The... more

Airtel plans to cover 150 sites with LTE network in Q1 2018

After launching a 4G LTE network in Madagascar last month, Airtel has announced that it plans to extend this network to 150 sites in the first quarter of 2018, reports... more

T-Mobile, Ericsson reach 1.1Gbps speeds with LAA demo

T-Mobile US and Ericsson have achieved speeds of 1.1Gbps using twelve-layer Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology. The two parties claim that the tests are the first in the world to... more

Algar launches commercial LTE-A service

Regional Brazilian operator Algar Telecom has launched LTE-A technology, some three months after commencing network trials with Nokia, TeleTime reports. The ‘Ultra 4G’ network, which has gone live in Uberlandia,... more

Tele2, Bite, LMT announce network improvements

Latvia’s three main cellcos, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), Tele2 Latvia and Bite Latvia, have revealed details of recent improvement and expansion works to their respective networks. Swedish-owned Tele2 confirmed that... more

AWCC rolls out LTE to Herat and Baghlan

Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) expanded LTE services to Herat and Baghlan in November, the operator has confirmed. Currently the nation’s sole provider of 4G services, AWCC rolled out LTE... more

BROADBAND

Telekom upgrades broadband speeds for 750,000 more homes

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has expanded its VDSL and Vectoring networks to an additional 750,000 homes, enabling customers in the upgraded... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Cyfrowy Polsat snaps up Netia stake

Polish media and telecoms group Cyfrowy Polsat has announced a deal to acquire a 32% stake in domestic telco Netia in a move which is designed to boost its converged... more

Poland’s INEA sold to Macquarie infrastructure fund

Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has announced that it is selling its majority stake in Polish telco INEA to Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (MEIF5), which is managed by global... more

TIM board confirms network spin-off is under consideration

Telecom Italia, which trades in its domestic market under the TIM brand, has confirmed that it is considering the separation of its fixed network business as it looks to address... more

Beeline Kazakhstan assimilates broadband unit 2DAY

Mobile operator Beeline Kazakhstan, registered as KaR-Tel, yesterday issued a notification that it is merging with its Kazakh sister company 2DAY Telecom, a fixed-wireless broadband provider. 2DAY Telecom, which offers... more

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