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19 Oct 2018

WIRELESS

ICASA withdraws 2016 auction invite; spectrum sale expected by March 2019

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has formally withdrawn July 2016’s Invitation To Apply (ITA) for LTE-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, as published in... more

Argentina extends pre-paid SIM registration to 31 October

Argentinian telecoms regulator the National Entity for Communications (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has extended its previously stated pre-paid SIM registration deadline, from 18 October to 31 October. In its... more

Wind Hellas to launch 5G trial in Kalamata

Greek telco Wind Hellas says it plans to launch a pilot 5G mobile network next year in the city of Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula. A memorandum was signed last... more

Dialog Axiata claims ‘first’ with VoWiFi launch in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata has launched a voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) service, that will enable users to make calls using a Wi-Fi network. Claiming a first for Sri Lanka, Dialog’s new VoWiFi... more

Safaricom increases tariffs amid tax hike

Kenyan mobile market leader Safaricom has announced it is raising the cost of its wireless and broadband services, after changes to taxes were passed through the Finance Act 2018. In... more

WOM demands return of excess spectrum

UK-owned cellular challenger WOM has asked the Antitrust Tribunal (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, TDLC) for incumbents Movistar, Claro and Entel to return spectrum that had been allocated... more

Vodacom SA to offer Super High Definition for VoLTE users

Vodacom South Africa is partnering with device manufacturers to introduce Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) – also known as Super High Definition (SHD) voice or HD Voice+ – over a live... more

Bite continues network upgrades with EUR9m investment

Bite Latvia invested EUR9 million (USD10.3 million) in infrastructure developments in the first nine months of this year and plans to spend a further EUR1 million by the end of... more

BROADBAND

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

Internet giant *Google* is collaborating with *Orange Group* on a new 6,600km trans-Atlantic cable named *Dunant*, which will link Virginia Beach in the US to France. As the French landing... more

Report on Ireland’s National Broadband Plan due in three weeks

A report on Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), which was ordered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following the resignation of Denis Naughten as communications minister last week, is expected to be... more

Comcast gigabit footprint approaches 58m homes

US cable giant Comcast has announced that its gigabit broadband footprint now covers roughly 58 million homes and businesses across 39 states and the District of Columbia. The cableco claims... more

Bell launches Virtual Network Services for enterprises

Bell Canada has launched its Virtual Network Services (VNS) platform, offering enterprise customers nationwide a range of on-demand network functions that reside securely in the telco’s private cloud, reports ConvergeDigest.com.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telia Company records 5.5% net sales increase in Q3 2018

Sweden-based Telia Company has announced its Q3 2018 results, in which the firm reports a 5.5% increase in net sales from SEK19.61 billion (USD2.18 billion) in the three months ended... more

UTS expecting to finalise strategic partnership soon

Curacao’s state-owned telecoms group United Telecommunication Services (UTS) expects to secure a strategic partner ‘in the short term’, reports the Curacao Chronicle. In a letter to its shareholders (the governments... more

Wananchi Group considers sale of its business

East African telecoms company Wananchi Group is considering a sale as some of its investors look to exit the business, Bloomberg reports, quoting people familiar with the matter. UK-based Liberty... more

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