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21 Sep 2018

WIRELESS

Vodafone UK eyes 1,000 5G sites by 2020 as it conducts 3D hologram call

Vodafone UK claims to have conducted the country’s first live holographic call using 5G technology, calling the development a ‘significant milestone in UK communications’. In a press release, the cellco... more

CA orders disconnection of illegal SIM cards by 23 September

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has given mobile operators until 23 September to disconnect all ‘illegal’ SIM cards – either fraudulently registered, unregistered or partly registered – on their... more

Duterte govt publishes final rules for third telco: bidding may start in November

The government of the Philippines today (21 September) published its final terms of reference (TOR) for the selection of the country’s New Major Player (NMP) – a.k.a. the so-called ‘third... more

Italian 5G auction passes EUR4bn

Italy’s 5G spectrum auction has attracted offers of almost EUR4.15 billion (USD4.87 billion) after its sixth day of competitive bidding. The sale of 700MHz frequencies concluded last week having raised... more

ANCOM hits Orange, Vodafone with roaming breach fines

Romania’s telecoms watchdog, the National Authority for Management & Regulations (ANCOM), has issued a fine to the country’s two leading mobile network operators (MNOs) for breaching the conditions of the... more

Airtel Nigeria’s LTE reaches its third state, Anambra

Airtel Nigeria has rolled out its 4G LTE network in major cities and towns in Anambra state, including Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi and others, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Anambra... more

Vodafone Ukraine covers over a third of population with LTE

Vodafone Ukraine – owned by Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) – has this week expanded its 4G LTE network coverage in four regions (oblasts) – Odesa, Volyn, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk –... more

Rogers launching ‘real-world 5G Hub’

Canadian quad-play operator Rogers Communications and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver have announced a three year, ‘multi-million dollar’ partnership deal to build a ‘real-world 5G Hub’ on... more

Italy debating 30% MTR cut

Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) is considering implementing a 30% cut to mobile termination rates (MTRs) in a move which has alarmed local cellcos.... more

MTS offers St Petersburg users Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has claimed bragging rights as the first operator to provide Wi-Fi Calling (a.k.a. Voice-over-Wi-Fi [VoWiFi]) in St Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad region, alongside VoLTE services.... more

BROADBAND

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

The *South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)*, which connects Africa and South America, entered commercial operations on 18 September. Onward connectivity is provided via interconnection with the *Monet Cable* linking Miami... more

XL Axiata partners Nokia to roll out Indonesia’s first WPON service

Indonesian operator XL Axiata says that, working with Nokia, it has successfully deployed the first Wireless PON (WPON) service in the country following technology trials with with the vendor. Under... more

IPLAN now passes 150,000 Buenos Aires homes with fibre

IPLAN, the Buenos Aires-based data centre/cloud computing firm, which launched a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in selected areas of capital city Buenos Aires in October 2016 has confirmed that its fibre... more

WIRELINE

MCN Telecom’s telephony network reaches 55 Russian cities

Russian B2B fixed/converged telephony operator MCN Telecom has expanded its network services footprint to three additional cities this month – Blagoveshchensk, Penza and Yakutsk – taking its local communication infrastructure... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Takeover Panel orders auction to settle the battle for Sky

The long-running battle for British broadcaster and telecoms provider Sky is seemingly set to end, after the Takeover Panel ruled that the company is to be auctioned off. In a... more

QSC completes Plusnet spin-off; explores stake sale

Cologne-based ICT firm QSC has confirmed that the previously announced spin-off of its Plusnet ISP unit was completed on 31 August 2018. The company notes that all products for resellers... more

Viettel Global approved to list on HNX’s UPCoM

Viettel Global, the holding company that manages Viettel Group’s international telecoms businesses, has been approved to list its shares on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) of the Hanoi Stock... more

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