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16 May 2018

WIRELESS

Iliad to launch in Italy by 21 June

French telco Iliad says it is set to launch Italy’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO) by 21 June. Iliad, which acquired spare spectrum and network assets sold by Italian cellcos... more

FNA expects to delay 5G sale to early 2019

German telecoms watchdog the Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) is likely to delay its 5G spectrum auction until early 2019, rather than this year... more

Sprint, Verizon disclose new 5G markets; Verizon stages CBRS LTE trial

US mobile operator *Sprint*, which is poised to merge with larger rival T-Mobile US, is showing no signs of curtailing its 5G ambitions, and has disclosed a number of new... more

STC claims a 5G launch; shelves plan to sell mobile towers

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has launched a 5G network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company said in a statement: ‘This launching is the initial phase for operating the... more

BROADBAND

AzTelekom launches 4G LTE fixed broadband pilot project

State-owned telco AzTelekom has launched a 4G fixed wireless technology pilot project in the villages of Khulmayli and Gachi in the Khachmaz region. The company claims that subscribers will have... more

Ukrtelecom announces digital divide project to connect 8,000 villages to broadband

Ukraine’s dominant fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has announced on its website a proposed project to narrow the digital divide by connecting 8,000 villages to broadband internet, via UAH2.8 billion (USD106... more

NTT demos 100Gbps wireless transmission using OAM multiplexing

Claiming a world first, Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corp) has announced the successful demonstration of 100Gbps wireless transmission using a new principle – Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM)... more

WIRELINE

Openreach starts consulting on withdrawal of copper-wire services

Openreach, British fixed line incumbent BT’s infrastructure unit, has launched a consultation regarding its plans to withdraw its PSTN network and replace it with all-IP services by 2025, according to... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Vodafone NZ acquires remaining 30% stake in Farmside

Publicly listed New Zealand telco TeamTalk Limited has agreed to sell its remaining 30% stake in BayCity Communications Limited, trading as Farmside, to Vodafone NZ for NZD3.0 million (USD2.1 million).... more

NTT Corp full year profit climbs 13.7%; revenue up to JPY11.8tn

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corp) has released its financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2018, highlighting a 13.7% rise in net income to JPY909.695 billion... more

Rostelecom’s revenues grow 8% in Q1

Russian national fixed line operator Rostelecom posted an 8% pro forma year-on-year increase in revenues to RUB76.2 billion (USD1.2 billion) in the first three months of 2018, reporting that the... more

Vodacom exploring expansion opportunities in Tanzania

South Africa-based Vodacom Group is involved in talks with Tanzanian government and other cellcos regarding potential opportunities for expansion in the market, Bloomberg reports. ‘Should opportunities present themselves for in-market... more

UPC Poland outlines plans for expansion and new services

The CEO of Polish cableco UPC, Robert Redeleanu, says the firm is still looking at acquisitions to enlarge its footprint, despite having called off a planned merger with smaller rival... more

Telenor Sweden completes brand consolidation in three-way 'marriage'

Telenor Sweden has converged all of its fixed and mobile services under the single Telenor name, phasing out its ISP brands Bredbandsbolaget and Glocalnet. CEO Patrik Hofbauer commented: ‘You can... more

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