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16 Oct 2018

WIRELESS

Argentina to block unregistered pre-paid SIMs from 18 October

Argentinian telecoms regulator the National Entity for Communications (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has informed pre-paid mobile phone users that they have until Thursday 18 October to register their SIM... more

SK Telecom completes 5G call using Samsung equipment

South Korean mobile network operator (MNO) SK Telecom (SKT) has reportedly conducted its first call in a test bed using commercial 5G equipment provided by fellow Korean company Samsung Electronics.... more

Iristel, TDE rolling out eastern Quebec mobile network

Small regional Canadian operator Eastern Telecommunications (Telecommunications de l'Est, TDE) has announced that it has joined the Iristel group to roll out a new cellular network in eastern Quebec using... more

StarHub considers network sharing in bid to cut costs

Singaporean fixed and mobile operator StarHub is reportedly considering a network sharing deal with one of its city-state rivals in a bid to further drive down costs. Bloomberg quotes the... more

AirtelTigo upgrades network in Greater Accra region

AirtelTigo, Ghana’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has extended its network upgrade and integration programme to the region of Greater Accra. The area is the last region... more

BROADBAND

INEA launches 10Gbps internet service

Polish cableco INEA has launched one of the world’s fastest fixed internet services, providing 30,000 households in the city of Poznan with a connection offering symmetrical data rates of up... more

TSTT barred from transferring fibre users to AMPLIA unit

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) has been prevented from transferring its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) user base to its subsidiary AMPLIA Communications, the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian reports. A five-member... more

BBNL, Bharat to switch focus to service delivery

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has said that the government’s BharatNet fibre-optic cable initiative has shifted its focus from network deployment to service delivery, as it comes close to reaching nearly... more

True seeking to revoke TOT arbitration award

True Corporation has filed a petition with the Central Administrative Court to revoke an arbitration award given to TOT in their dispute over ADSL services. True emphasised it did not... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

SoftBank selects five investment banks as underwriters on mobile IPO

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp has selected no fewer than five investment banks – Nomura Holdings, Mizuho Financial Group , Deutsche Bank, SMBC Nikko Securities and Goldman Sachs – to act... more

Nigeria’s Teleology named as winning bidder in UTL privatisation

The government of Uganda has decided to sell a majority interest in Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) to Nigeria-based private equity firm Teleology Holdings. The privatisation of UTL attracted seven bidders... more

Telia Company completes acquisition of GET and TDC Norway

Telia Company has confirmed the completion of its takeover of local operators TDC Norway and GET, just weeks after the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet) approved the deal. In a press... more

RIL close to taking stakes in Hathway and DEN

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent group of disruptive 4G startup Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), is expected to announce deals to buy controlling stakes in multiple system operators (MSOs) Hathway... more

Swisscom could be looking to offload stake in Fastweb

Swisscom is reportedly considering a sale or a joint venture for its Italian ISP subsidiary Fastweb. Bloomberg writes that plans for a partnership have been discussed with Italian fixed and... more

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