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13 Feb 2018

WIRELESS

Myanmar gaining two new 4G providers as MyTel and Ananda enter fray

Myanmar start-up cellco MyTel has announced that its 4G network is ready for launch at a ceremony this week, during which the operator completed the first calls on its system,... more

Airtel switches on 4G network in Ibadan

Airtel Nigeria, the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE services in the city of Ibadan. The Bharti Airtel-owned cellco says its... more

Vodafone deploys first 4G mini mobile mast in Cornwall

Vodafone UK claims to have achieved ‘an industry first’ following its successful trial of a new 4G mini mobile mast in the village of Porthcurno on the southern Cornish coast.... more

2degrees 2G shuts on 15 March

Two Degrees Mobile (2degrees), New Zealand’s third-largest cellco, has confirmed it will shut down its 2G GSM network on 15 March 2018 to concentrate on providing 3G/4G mobile services. 2degrees’... more

Indosat Ooredoo completes reorganisation of the 2100MHz band

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) Indosat Ooredoo says it has successfully reset its frequency holdings at 2100MHz in Jakarta, ahead of the timetable set down by the government. The MNO... more

LPTIC sets out 2018 objectives, including 4G and fibre-optics

The Libyan Post, Telecommunication and IT Company (LPTIC) has set out its objectives for 2018 in a series of Annual General Assembly meetings held with each of its major subsidiaries,... more

SCO launches free 3G/4G trials

Pakistan’s Special Communication Organisation (SCO) has begun offering free trials of 3G and 4G services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), ProPakistani writes, citing unnamed sources. A... more

Singtel to offer 1Gbps mobile service this year

Singaporean operator Singtel, working in partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson, says it hopes to offer its customers a 1Gbps mobile service later this year, following the completion of successful trials in... more

BROADBAND

Vodafone completes first phase of cable upgrade project

Vodafone Germany has announced the completion of the first phase of its cable expansion programme, which will see its entire footprint able to access peak speeds of 1Gbps by the... more

Entel plots USD304m fibre investment in 2018

State-owned Bolivian telco Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) will reportedly invest USD304 million in the expansion of its fibre-optic networks during 2018. The figure forms part of the telco’s USD1... more

WIRELINE

PM says number portability should finally become reality by year-end

The people of Barbados should finally be able to take advantage of number portability by the end of 2018, some three years after the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) originally envisioned... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

TDC to withdraw merger deal with MTG following new takeover bid

TDC Group’s Board of Directors has revealed its intention to withdraw its recommendation for the agreement signed with Modern Times Group (MTG) under which TDC Group would be combined with... more

AT&T completes FiberTower takeover

AT&T Inc has closed its acquisition of FiberTower Corporation, giving it millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum that can be utilised when the operator commences the rollout of mobile 5G services later... more

Cash offer for Flow Jamaica shares extended

A cash offer to buy out the minority shareholders in multi-service operator Cable & Wireless Jamaica (CWJ) – which trades under the Flow Jamaica banner – has been extended to... more

LLA agrees to acquire majority interest in Cabletica

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has announced that it has agreed to purchase an 80% stake in Costa Rica’s third-largest broadband provider, cable operator Cabletica. The transaction will be all cash... more

Cape Verde creating new telecoms network management firm

The Cape Verdean government has announced the creation of a new company to manage the state's telecommunications network, which is currently the responsibility of Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT), Portuguese newspaper... more

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