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17 Sep 2018

WIRELESS

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

Isle of Man-based *Manx Telecom* has revealed that its business incubator, *Vannin Ventures*, and the lead investment in its portfolio, *Goshawk Communications* are poised to launch a new MVNO in... more

Court gives DTAC three months to migrate 850MHz users

The Central Administrative Court in Thailand has given Total Access Communication (DTAC) three months to switch 850MHz users to a different spectrum band or operator, The Bangkok Times writes. The... more

Tigo launches LTE-A in five Tanzanian cities

Millicom Tanzania, which provides mobile services under the brand name Tigo, has announced the launch of an LTE-A network. The 4G+-branded service is currently available in five cities – Dar... more

Osiptel orders blocking of one million handsets

Sector regulator the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel), in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, has ordered the blocking... more

MPT to roll out LTE-A to 300 townships by year-end

State-backed telco Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has announced plans to expand its ‘4G+’ LTE-A network from its current footprint of around 180 townships to 300 by the end of... more

PT&T calls for network rollout plans to form core part of third telco bid

Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Company (PT&T), one of the companies vying to become the country’s third major telco, has thrown its weight behind a proposal that calls on the government... more

Tele2 Latvia snaps up 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija [SPRK]) has completed its auction of a 50MHz block of spectrum at 3550MHz-3600MHz, raising EUR6.53 million (USD7.58 million) for... more

Chile looks to end roaming charges with Brazil

Chilean officials are involved in talks with the Brazilian government regarding a deal to end international roaming charges between the two countries, TeleSemana writes, citing the head of bilateral economic... more

KT unveils USD20.4bn five-year 5G/new tech plan

South Korea’s KT Corp has unveiled a plan to invest a total of KRW23 trillion (USD20.4 billion) over the next five years in 5G and other new technologies. KT launched... more

5G sale proceeds reach EUR2.99 billion in Italy

The five participants in the Italian government’s sale of 5G wireless spectrum had offered a combined total of EUR2.99 billion (USD3.47 billion) by the close of Friday’s bidding, it has... more

BROADBAND

XL Axiata: FTTH services in Jakarta now pass ‘thousands of homes’

Indonesian operator XL Axiata has confirmed it soft-launched a triple-play service in Jakarta and its environs, using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in May 2018, with its president Dian Siswarini saying: ‘We... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

America Movil reduces KPN stake to 16%

Mexican telecoms giant America Movil (AM) has reduced its stake in Dutch telco KPN to slightly more than 16%, from its previous level of 21.4%, reports Reuters citing a filing... more

EQT to merge Broadnet, GlobalConnect

Stockholm-based investment firm EQT has announced its intention to combine the EQT Infrastructure III portfolio companies Broadnet Holding and GlobalConnect, to create a leading Northern European fibre-based data communications provider... more

MISCELLANEOUS

TRA publishes new QoS regulation

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published an updated Quality of Service (QoS) regulation applicable to all operators in the Kingdom. The TRA said that the regulation forms part of... more

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