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27 Nov 2018

WIRELESS

Germany opens qualification procedure for 5G spectrum auction

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) has announced the final auction rules and award conditions for its upcoming 5G spectrum sale. Alongside this, the... more

Nokia, StarHub claim a first with 5G New Radio pilot in Singapore

Nokia and StarHub have completed the first outdoor pilot of 5G New Radio on the 3.5GHz frequency band in Singapore, demonstrating ‘industrial and consumer applications to staff, industry partners and... more

Filipino third telco Mislatel claims it can ‘match’ Globe, PLDT-Smart coverage in three years

Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (Mislatel), the joint venture of Filipino businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecom which has been anointed the Philippines’ New Major Player (NMP) or third telco, says... more

Moov Togo pays first instalment on newly-acquired 2G/3G/4G licences

Togolese mobile network operator (MNO) Moov Togo has paid off the first instalment of its new 4G mobile operating licence, the cellco’s parent Maroc Telecom reports. The MNO, which was... more

O2 UK trialling Massive MIMO in two London locations

British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has announced that it is working with Nokia on two Massive MIMO trials in the UK – at Kings Cross and Marble Arch,... more

VNPT-Vinaphone set to increase 4G coverage to 95%

VNPT-Vinaphone, a subsidiary of state-owned national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), is aiming to increase the number of its 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) from 21,000 to more... more

MTN loses interest in Angola's fourth mobile licence

South Africa-based multinational telecoms group MTN has reportedly withdrawn from Angola’s international public tender for a fourth mobile network operator licensee, claiming that the process is ‘flawed’, the Expansao newspaper... more

PTA to begin lowering MTRs from start of next year

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is set to belatedly reduce the mobile termination rate (MTR) to PKR0.7 (USD0.0052) per minute over the next two years, Dawn reports. The PTA had... more

AT&T, Movistar receive 2.5GHz spectrum licences in Mexico

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has confirmed that AT&T and Movistar have been formally awarded the concessions they won in the regulator’s 2500MHz-2690MHz (‘2.5GHz’) spectrum auction,... more

BROADBAND

STC to provide broadband services to 2.5m people in remote areas

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) has signed an agreement with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) for the implementation of the third phase of a project aiming to provide... more

Vodafone Spain to stop offering ADSL

Vodafone Spain is set to discontinue its ADSL service – offered via a wholesale agreement with Telefonica Espana (Movistar) – from next month, local website ADSL Zone reports. Citing correspondence... more

Telekom Srbija unveils plans to fight back against cableco rivals

Telekom Srbija, which offers services under the MTS brand, is planning to continue acquiring smaller cable-based rivals to strengthen its multi-play and converged service offerings and stave off competition, the... more

TIM and Infratel target digital divide areas of Sardinia

Telecom Italia (TIM) has reached an agreement with the Italian government’s infrastructure body Infratel and the Region of Sardinia to improve fibre-optic connectivity in 252 underserved municipalities on the island.... more

WIRELINE

ACCC confirms continued declaration of Telstra’s fixed line services

Following a public inquiry on the matter, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has confirmed it is extending the declaration of Telstra’s six fixed line telecommunications services to 30... more

BIPT confirms new fixed termination rate from January 2019

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has confirmed the new fixed termination rate (FTR) that will come into effect from 1 January 2019. BIPT said... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Zim government approves USD17.9m ICT budget for 2019

The government of Zimbabwe has outlined a USD17.9 million ICT budget for 2019, saying its priorities include research and development, science and technology business incubation, and modernisation of infrastructure. A... more

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