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13 Jul 2018

WIRELESS

FICORA invites applications for 3.5GHz spectrum auction

Registrations for Finland’s upcoming auction of 5G-suitable spectrum are now being accepted, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Viestintavirasto, FICORA) has confirmed. With the frequency sale expected to get underway on... more

FCC eyes 3.7GHz-4.2GHz spectrum for 5G

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intends to explore ways of freeing up the 3.7GHz-4.2GHz band for future 5G use. As such, the watchdog has adopted an Order and Notice of... more

Telia starts refarming 3G frequencies for 4G

Telia Lietuva has revealed that it has started using some of its 3G frequencies to increase the capacity and speed of its LTE mobile network. The refarming of 3G spectrum... more

Tango to launch VoLTE, VoWiFi services

Tango, Luxembourg’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that it will launch VoLTE and VoWiFi services from 23 July 2018, reports Chronicle. From this date customers... more

Vivo, Huawei stage 3.5GHz 5G trial in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian mobile market leader Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) has successfully tested 5G technology in Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with Chinese vendor Huawei. The end-to-end 5G solution involved the use of... more

Nkom calls for bids for 700MHz spectrum on Svalbard

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet – Nkom), which oversees the regulation of Svalbard's wireless sector, has invited interested parties to apply for spectrum in the 700MHz band covering the... more

TBGI enters race to become third telco in the Philippines

Transpacific Broadband Group International (TBGI), a publicly traded firm in the Philippines with interests in VSAT-based internet services, wireless networking, educational programmes, applications hosting and content conversion, has announced its... more

BROADBAND

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

The *Bay to Bay Express Cable System (BtoBE)* consortium, composed of *China Mobile International*, *Facebook* and *Amazon Web Services*, has signed an agreement with *NEC Corporation* to build a 16,000km... more

Wind Hellas adds fibre services

Hot on the heels of the launch of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services by Cosmote earlier this week, rival Greek telco Wind Hellas has also introduced its range of fibre-based products. The... more

Shaw doubles cable broadband speed to 300Mbps

Canada’s Shaw Communications has launched 300Mbps (download) cable broadband internet packages for residential and business customers, doubling its previous top speed. Shaw’s new packages – with unlimited (fair usage policy)... more

Manx Telecom confirms 2,500 premises passed by FTTP as it issues trading update

Isle of Man fixed line incumbent Manx Telecom has published a trading update ahead of the release of its interim results for the first six months of 2018 – which... more

WIRELINE

FCC takes further steps towards nationwide number portability

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to prepare for nationwide number portability, and has implemented a pair of significant changes this week. Currently, consumers are not able to fully... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Kazakhtelecom takeover of Kcell gains antimonopoly approval, with conditions

Kazakhstan’s Committee on Regulation of Natural Monopolies & Protection of Competition (CRNM or KREMZK) has given conditional approval to fixed line incumbent Kazakhtelecom’s (KT’s) proposed takeover of a controlling 75%... more

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