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24 Oct 2018

WIRELESS

Lifecell LTE reaches 52% of population

Ukraine’s third largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Lifecell, has expanded coverage of its 1800MHz LTE network – launched on 1 July this year – to 2,400 settlements across the... more

Telstra inks 5G partnership with Ericsson, upgrades 50th live site with 5G technology

Telstra has selected Ericsson as its 5G network provider, with the announcement of the partnership agreement made at an event marking the upgrade of the Australian operator’s 50th base transceiver... more

NBTC to hold 1800MHz auction in February 2019; 5G auction to follow

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to sell the remaining 35MHz in the 1800MHz band in February 2019, The Bangkok Post writes. The regulator is also aiming... more

Mobitel Sri Lanka demos 5G at Techno 2018; rival Dialog Axiata partners Ericsson in 5G innovation centre

Internet newspaper ColomboPage reports that Sri Lankan mobile operator Mobitel has used the Techno 2018 exhibition, held 12-14 October 2018 at the BMICH, to demonstrate 5G technology. The cellco, which... more

Xplore Mobile sets 5 November launch date

Xplore Mobile, a new 4G LTE mobile network operator in the Canadian province of Manitoba, will launch commercial services on 5 November in Winnipeg and Brandon, reports MobileSyrup. Xplore Mobile,... more

Osiptel to narrow ‘information gap’ between operator and user; MTR to fall in Jan-19

Peruvian telecoms watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has implemented new measures obliging cellcos to provide subscribers with details... more

BROADBAND

CityFibre unveils GBP2.5bn fibre rollout investment programme

UK-based CityFibre has unveiled a GBP2.5 billion (USD3.2 billion) investment programme under which it plans to connect five million premises to full fibre. In a press release regarding its plans,... more

FCC votes to change 3.5GHz CBRS rules

In a three-to-one vote the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted changes to the rules governing licensing areas for the 3550MHz-3700MHz (3.5GHz) Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. Licence areas... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Airtel Africa gets USD1.25bn injection from Singtel, SoftBank, others

In a press release today (24 October), Singtel Group – one of Asia’s largest telecoms operators – has announced it has entered into an agreement with its regional associate Bharti... more

Verizon 3Q18 revenues up 2.8% to USD32.6bn

US telecoms giant Verizon Communications has reported total consolidated operating revenues of USD32.6 billion for the three months ended 30 September 2018, up 2.8% on an annualised basis. Meanwhile, third... more

Telenor reports ‘solid and consistent’ results for 3Q18

Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor Group has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2018, with the company claiming to have ‘delivered another quarter of solid and... more

KPN Q3 revenues drop 1.6%

Dutch fixed and mobile operator KPN posted a 1.6% year-on-year drop in total revenues to EUR1.399 billion (USD1.604 billion) in the three months ending 30 September 2018, which it attributed... more

Millicom 3Q18 revenues up 0.3% to USD1.5bn

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile and cable broadband in Latin America and mobile services in selected African markets under the Tigo brand, has reported quarterly revenue of USD1.5... more

BTC shares should be opened up, MD says

The managing director of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is calling for the company’s shares to be opened up to all investors, not just citizens. A report from Business Week quotes... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Niger adopts three new telecoms sector decrees

Niger’s Council of Ministers has adopted three draft decrees formulated by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy. The move follows the adoption of Law No. 2018-45 of... more

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