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20 Aug 2018


MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

US retail giant *Best Buy* has announced the USD800 million takeover of *GreatCall*, an MVNO which has operated over the *Verizon Wireless* network since being established back in 2006. GreatCall,... more

NBTC’s 1800MHz auction concludes with just two blocks sold

An auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz band conducted by Thailand’s telecoms watchdog the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has ended with the only two operators to bid walking... more

Inwi upgrades 4G network to achieve 1Gbps speeds

Moroccan telecoms company Inwi has upgraded its 4G LTE network to enable maximum download speeds of 1Gbps, reports TIC Maroc. The operator, which is the country’s third-largest by subscribers, enlisted... more

PLDT boosts number of live LTE base stations by 45%; fixed broadband now passes 5.07m homes

Philippine operator PLDT Inc. says that in the first six months of this year, its mobile arm Smart Communications (including Sun Cellular) deployed an additional 3,900 new LTE base stations,... more

Verizon and Nokia make mobile 5G NR call

US wireless giant Verizon and technology partner Nokia have announced their first successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle.... more

Helios to expand backbone network in DRC

Independent tower Helios Towers has unveiled plans to upgrade and build backbone sites covering 1,800km of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company stated that investment would be ‘double-digit... more


Zambian government approves new tax on VoIP calls

Zambia’s government has said it expects to generate around USD22 million each year following the decision to implement a new tax on voice calls made using VoIP technology. According to... more


Aircel ramps up efforts to recover funds

India’s Supreme Court has accepted a plea from bankrupt cellco Aircel seeking INR4.53 billion (USD65 million) in unpaid dues from Bharti Airtel, directing the latter to respond within the next... more



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