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4 Dec 2018

WIRELESS

Verizon, Samsung to release 5G smartphone in 1H19

Verizon Wireless and Samsung Electronics America have announced plans to bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to market in the first half of 2019. In preparation, the companies... more

AKEP pushes back 800MHz sale to next year

Albanian telecoms watchdog the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare, AKEP) has amended its plans for the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz (792MHz-862MHz) band... more

Telecel struggling with licence fee repayments

Zimbabwean mobile operator Telecel is reportedly struggling to keep up with the repayments on its USD137.5 million licence renewal fee, which it is paying in instalments until December 2020. A... more

VivaCell-MTS kicks off network refurbishment and modernisation

Mobile operator MTS Armenia (VivaCell-MTS) has announced the start of a major programme of refurbishment and modernisation of its mobile networks which it says will ultimately improve quality of service... more

BROADBAND

Funding for Martinique Tres Haut Debit (THD) programme approved

The funding plan for the Martinique Tres Haut Debit (THD) project has been adopted by the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique (CTM), with EUR108.3 million (USD122.5 million) earmarked for the deployment... more

Unitymedia switches on gigabit network in Dusseldorf

German cableco Unitymedia has announced the launch of its new gigabit broadband service in Dusseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia. The firm has implemented DOCSIS 3.1 technology on the new high-speed network,... more

Ooredoo launches fibre broadband in Dhuvaafaru

Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service to Dhuvaafaru, an inhabited island of Raa Atoll. Corporate Maldives reports that the rollout was carried out in cooperation with infrastructure... more

Orange teams up with Fluvius for fibre pilot

Orange Belgium has confirmed that it will team up with Flemish utility provider Fluvius to roll out an open-access fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in 2019. The pilot will start in five... more

Uzbektelecom multiplying capacity, reducing data costs, ceasing DSL development in favour of fibre

Uzbektelecom (offering fixed network services under the Uztelecom brand) intends to cease developing its ADSL network next year in order to focus investment on expanding and upgrading its fibre-to-the-x (FTTx)... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

African fund manager PIC increases stake in MTN Group to ~26%

Public Investment Corp (PIC) has increased its stake in MTN Group, Africa’s largest wireless carrier by sales, from about 24% to almost 26%, after the latter’s share price tumbled 19%... more

MTN, Goldkey in spectrum-for-shares talks

MTN Ghana is in talks with local broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum holder Goldkey Telecoms with a view to exchanging a proportion of its shares for the latter’s 4G-suitable 2600MHz... more

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