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5 Dec 2018

WIRELESS

Telia launches 5G trial as Swedish 700MHz auction begins

Telia Sweden has switched on a trial 5G network at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The network, which has been deployed in conjunction with Ericsson, is designed... more

NTT DOCOMO and Metawave demo 5G at 28GHz using ‘world’s first meta-structure technology’

Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO, working in partnership with Metawave Corp, has announced the successful demonstration of 5G mobile technology using the 28GHz band in what it claims is ‘the... more

Mozambique makes USD83.4m from spectrum sale

Mozambique’s National Communications Institute (Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique, INCM) has revealed that the government brought in a total of USD83.4 million from its recent 4G spectrum sale. While... more

AT&T teams with Samsung for 5G mobile device

Following in the footsteps of Verizon Wireless – which recently teamed up with Samsung to introduce a 5G-capable mobile handset in the first half of 2019 – AT&T Mobility has... more

Arqiva and CityFibre partner on 5G small cell trial

British communications infrastructure company Arqiva and pure fibre provider CityFibre have unveiled details of what they claim is ‘the UK’s largest pilot of wholesale, 5G-ready small cell infrastructure’. Under the... more

Zain reckons 5G network ‘ready to go live’ (but lacks spectrum, devices and permission)

Zain Kuwait claims it is ready to go live with 5G network services across ‘all strategic and heavily populated areas’ although 5G devices will not be available until sometime in... more

VodafoneZiggo chooses Cisco SONFlex RAN automation to support 5G readiness

Dutch quad-play operator VodafoneZiggo is deploying the Cisco SONFlex platform for radio access network (RAN) automation, which it says will help ready it for 5G evolution. The new self-organising network... more

BROADBAND

MPT expands FTTH footprint

Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has expanded coverage of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to more areas of Yangon and Mandalay, as well as providing coverage in Shan state for the... more

Cologne becomes Unitymedia’s fourth gigabit city

German cableco Unitymedia has switched on its new gigabit broadband service in Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia. The firm has implemented DOCSIS 3.1 technology on the new high-speed network, which is... more

Ooredoo continues fibre expansion across Oman

Oman’s second largest telco by subscribers, Ooredoo, has further expanded its ‘Super Fibre’ network to additional areas of Old Al Amerat, Al Amerat, Al Mahaj, Al Khoudh, Al Mabela South... more

MASMOVIL taps Eutelsat for satellite broadband initiative

Grupo MASMOVIL has signed an agreement with Eurobroadband Infrastructure – a subsidiary of Eutelsat – to distribute 50Mbps broadband services to under-connected areas across Spain via the KA-SAT satellite. Initially,... more

WIRELINE

ACCC proposes extending DTCS regulation

Regulation of the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) is set to continue for a further five years, after the current arrangement expires on 31 March 2019, as per a draft... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

CK Hutchison, Etisalat finalise mobile merger in Sri Lanka

Emirates Telecommunications Group Company (Etisalat Group) has released a statement confirming it has completed the sale of its 100% stake in mobile network operator (MNO) Etisalat Lanka to Hutchison Telecommunications... more

MTN in settlement talks with Nigerian bank

South African telecoms company MTN Group is in talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to settle their ongoing USD8.1 billion dispute, Reuters reports. In August the bank ordered... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Togo starts work on constructing its first data centre

Agence Ecofin writes that Togo this week broke ground in Lome, kicking off construction work on what will be the African nation’s first data processing and colocation data centre. The... more

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