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28 Sep 2018

WIRELESS

Aftel sharing Etisalat network

State-backed telco Afghan Telecom (Aftel) has begun utilising the infrastructure of cellular rival Etisalat Afghanistan as it looks to increase its market share, The National quotes Aftel CEO Ajmal Ayan... more

Almost 90% of Finns have access to 100Mbps speeds via mobile networks

According to data published by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Viestintavirasto, FICORA), around 89% of the population is now covered by at least one mobile network offering downlink speeds of... more

AirtelTigo begins network upgrade in Western, Central, Greater Accra regions

AirtelTigo, Ghana’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that it has initiated network integration and upgrades in the Western, Central and Greater Accra regions of the... more

Digicel Samoa network upgrade pushes 4G coverage to 90% of population

Digicel Samoa, part of the Caribbean-focused Digicel Group, has completed its network upgrade and now covers 90% of the population with its 4G LTE network. Launched in July 2016, Digicel’s... more

SFR to deploy 800Mbps LTE-A service in Martinique; stages a 5G trial

SFR Caraibe is planning to commercially launch a 4G LTE-A service, called ‘4G Max’, with download speeds of 800Mbps in Martinique by the end of September, NewsMedia Overseas writes. The... more

Monaco Telecom showcases 5G with Huawei

Monaco Telecom (MT), the principality’s sole telecommunications provider, has this week tested 5G technology in conjunction with Chinese vendor Huawei. As part of the demonstration, a 5G-connected drone broadcasted live... more

Verizon notches 1.45Gbps LTE speeds using six-channel aggregation

Verizon Wireless, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies have achieved peak LTE download speeds of 1.45Gbps in a live commercial environment using six-channel carrier aggregation (CA). The trial, which took place in... more

DoT to consult other ministries over SC Aadhaar ruling

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision this week to bar private companies from using Aadhaar for customer ID and registration, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is to consult... more

T-Mobile continues Puerto Rico 600MHz rollout

Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mobile US, has revealed that the cellco’s 600MHz ‘Extended Range LTE’ rollout on Puerto Rico continues to gather pace. In an announcement on Twitter on 26... more

Vodafone Hungary demos 5G video in 3.5GHz band

Vodafone Hungary demonstrated an online live video broadcast via a 5G trial network at the Internet Hungary conference this week, reports the Budapest Business Journal. Vodafone’s trial system is using... more

BROADBAND

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

Equatorial Guinea’s *Gestor de Infraestructura de Telecomunicaciones (GITGE)* and *Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)* have landed the *Ultramar GE* submarine cable system linking Sao Tome, in Sao Tome and Principe, to... more

Decision to open VodafoneZiggo cable network to wholesale access takes effect 1 October

The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM’s) final analysis decision on Wholesale Fixed Access (WFA) will take effect on 1 October 2018, forcing VodafoneZiggo to offer wholesale cable broadband... more

All Uzbek operators allowed direct international internet channel access by 2020

All operators in Uzbekistan are to be allowed direct access to international internet channels by 2020, under a Presidential initiative contained in the road map of the Strategy for Innovative... more

An ill wind? Breeze Broadband to shut down

Breeze Broadband, the wireless ISP owned by Union Pacific Railroad, is shutting down its fixed-wireless access (FWA) service just one year after its initial launch, Fierce Wireless reports. The ISP,... more

CRTC broadband fund applications start in 2019

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced details of its upcoming five-year CAD750 million (USD575 million) fund to improve broadband internet access in underserved areas. The CRTC Broadband... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

BC Partners acquires majority stake in United Group from KKR

International investment firm BC Partners has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Balkan cable operator United Group from KKR. KKR will retain a substantial minority stake in... more

Report says Kazakhtelecom abandons Kcell takeover

The proposed takeover of Kazakhstan’s leading mobile operator Kcell by state-backed Kazakhtelecom (KT) has reportedly been abandoned after negotiations failed to reach an agreement on price, according to Russian news... more

China’s Tatwah rumoured as suitor for Turk Telekom

Chinese device manufacturer Tatwah Smartech Co is among parties involved in ongoing ownership talks regarding Turk Telekom (TT), reports Bloomberg citing four people with direct knowledge of the matter. Last... more

Cyfrowy Polsat increases Netia stake

Polish pay-TV and broadband provider Cyfrowy Polsat is set to increase its stake in local telco Netia to above 65%. Polsat is paying PLN338.8 million (USD92.6 million) to acquire 58.71... more

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