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29 Nov 2018

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Deutsche Telekom (DT)* has followed up its widespread deployment of NB-IoT across Europe and the US with the announcement that it is preparing to roll out commercial LTE-M technology in... more

PLDT targets 5G launch in H2 2019; Makati trials reach speeds of 700Mbps

PLDT Inc. said yesterday (28 November) that it expects to have deployed its 5G networks in the Philippines by the second half of next year. Officials of the telco and... more

Zain Saudi agrees to sell, lease back 8,100 towers to IHS for USD648m

Zain Saudi Arabia’s board of directors has approved an offer to sell and lease back 8,100 mobile towers and related passive infrastructure to IHS Holding Limited (IHS) for around SAR2.43... more

Adoption of amended telecoms bill delayed till mid-2019

The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill will likely no longer be passed in parliament before South Africa's 2019 general election. MP Marian Shinn told TechCentral that the Democratic Alliance has questioned... more

Ghana to launch second phase of mobile money interoperability

Phase two of Ghana’s ‘Mobile Money Interoperability Payment System’ was launched on 28 November, writes My Joy Online. The second phase involves the interconnection of Vodafone Ghana, MTN Ghana and... more

3 HK conducts outdoor 5G trial using 3.5GHz, 28GHz bands

Hong Kong mobile operator Hutchison 3 says it has completed outdoor 5G trials using 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum. It claims to be the first mobile operator to make a live... more

Kazakhtelecom prepares for 5G

Kazakh national operator Kazakhtelecom has requested frequencies from the country’s ICT ministry for the deployment of 5G cellular technology, the company’s Managing Director for Innovations Nurlan Meirmanov said, as reported... more

DOCOMO to launch 5G Open Lab in Guam next year

Japanese telecoms giant NTT DOCOMO – the parent company of local telco DOCOMO Pacific – has unveiled plans to begin operating a 5G technology verification centre in the US territory... more

NTT DOCOMO, Rohde & Schwarz explore new research beyond mmWave

RCR Wireless News writes that while the telecoms industry gears up to realise the commercial availability of 5G by making use of millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies for cellular services, test... more

Melita expects full 4G coverage by end-2018

The smallest of Malta’s three mobile network operators (MNOs), Melita, says its 4G LTE-A network now covers 85% of the country, with nationwide coverage targeted by the end of the... more

BSNL unions say Jio being ‘openly patronised’ by govt, plan indefinite strike

Worker unions of state-owned provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are planning to go on strike for an indefinite period from 3 December over what they see as the government’s... more

BROADBAND

Nokia deploys first G.fast-capable DPUs for NBN Co

Finnish vendor Nokia and NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), claim to have ‘reached another significant milestone in their partnership’, in confirming the deployment of... more

Vodafone unveils gigabit cable connections in Hamburg

Vodafone Germany has announced the launch of its gigabit cable broadband service in Hamburg, enabling around 590,000 households in the city to access maximum download speeds of 1Gbps. Today, just... more

Italian Senate passes broadband amendment

Italy’s Senate has approved an amendment to tax legislation which is designed to encourage the deployment of ultra-broadband infrastructure and which could lead the way to the integration of the... more

Konnect launches satellite offering in DRC

Konnect Africa, which describes itself as an initiative of Eutelsat dedicated to providing satellite broadband across the African continent, has launched internet access services throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo... more

WIRELINE

Ofcom moves to cap costs of directory enquiry calls

On the back of a steep rise in the cost of directory enquiry calls, British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced a new price cap on 118 phone numbers. The watchdog... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Tigo finalising IPO plans

Millicom Tanzania (Tigo), the local mobile unit of Millicom International Cellular (MIC), is finalising plans to hold an initial public offering (IPO). Financial Times reports that Tigo has completed its... more

SoftBank Group Corp secures JPY2tn retail sales target for telecom IPO

Bloomberg claims that SoftBank Group Corp’s JPY2.4 trillion (USD21 billion) initial public offering (IPO) of its Japanese telecommunications unit has successfully secured sales for the bulk of its shares to... more

KPN to save EUR350m costs by 2021 while extending FTTH footprint by a million homes

The Netherlands’ KPN plans to cut operating expenses by around EUR350 million (USD395 million) during the period to the end of 2021, it said at its capital markets day on... more

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