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22 Aug 2018

WIRELESS

ANRCETI invites expressions of interest in multi-band spectrum auction

Moldova’s National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications & IT (Agentia Nationala pentru Reglementare in Comunicatii Electronice si Tehnologia Informatiei, ANRCETI) has invited expressions of interest in the potential allocation of... more

China Unicom’s ‘NEXT 5G’ strategy targets 300 base stations in Beijing in 2018

RCR Wireless reports that China Unicom plans to build 300 5G base stations in Beijing this year, whilst the company is also testing 5G technology in other Chinese cities such... more

MIC pushing for end to smartphone bundling and cut in monthly fees

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan is considering moves to end the practice of mobile network operators (MNOs) bundling the cost of smartphones and force them... more

British government invites applications for Trans Pennine Railway 5G project

Companies interested in taking part in a new 5G project on the Trans Pennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester have been invited to contact the UK’s Department for Digital,... more

BROADBAND

VodafoneZiggo tests DOCSIS 3.1 in Utrecht

Dutch cable and mobile network operator VodafoneZiggo announced on its website that it is launching a small-scale test service in Utrecht based on DOCSIS 3.1 fixed broadband technology supporting 1Gbps-and-higher... more

WIRELINE

ANCOM launches public consultation on IP interconnection

Romanian telecoms watchdog the National Authority for Management and Regulations (ANCOM) has issued a public consultation regarding the conditions and tariffs of fixed and mobile IP telephony call termination on... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

TPG Telecom confirms merger talks with Vodafone Australia

In the wake of recent media speculation, Australia’s TPG Telecom has issued a statement confirming that it is currently in discussions with Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) regarding a potential ‘merger... more

Cell C plots Johannesburg share sale by early 2020; releases interim results

South African mobile operator Cell C has revealed plans to stage an initial public offering (IPO) on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) by the first quarter of 2020, as it... more

Bestel to acquire Axtel B2C business?

Axtel, one of Mexico’s largest alternative telecoms operators, is close to selling its consumer business to domestic rival Bestel, Milenio.com reports, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. According to... more

China Telecom posts 4.7% H1 revenue increase; gains 31.66m mobile users in six months

China Telecom – the country’s largest fixed operator and third largest mobile provider – has posted a 4.7% year-on-year rise in total operating revenue to CNY193.029 billion (USD28.190 billion) in... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Regulatory reshuffle on the cards for Puerto Rico

On 12 August Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello passed a new law to create a new multi-jurisdiction watchdog, the Public Services Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico (Junta Reglamentadora de Servicios... more

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