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6 Dec 2018

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Telstra* has forged an exclusive partnership with *Arduino* under which it will release the new Arduino MKR NB 1500 IoT developer board in Australia, supporting NB-IoT LTE-M (LTE Cat M1)... more

BT removing Huawei equipment from core 4G network

BT is reportedly planning to remove Huawei’s equipment from its core 4G network within two years as it looks to bring mobile unit EE in line with internal policy, according... more

ETECSA officially launches 3G internet for Cubans

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has officially launched 3G mobile internet access for pre-paid customers. The network utilises the 900MHz frequency band and is accessible... more

Altice Portugal inks 5G contract with Huawei; targets 2019 launch

Altice Portugal – which trades as MEO – has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese vendor Huawei committing to the development and implementation of 5G services in Portugal.... more

Tigo Senegal obtains 4G licence

Tigo Senegal, the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, has obtained a 4G LTE licence from the Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Post (ARTP). According to Jeune Afrique, Tigo... more

BTRC bans packages with less than seven days validity

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has scrapped all voice and data packages with up to six days validity, New Age Bangladesh writes. Mobile operators GrameenPhone (GP), Robi, Banglalink and... more

CRC consults on updated policy for management of radio spectrum

Bulgaria's telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has opened a public consultation procedure on a draft decision to adopt an updated regulatory policy for management of radio spectrum. In order... more

Magyar Telekom, Vodafone Hungary extend 2100MHz licences to mid-2027

Hungarian mobile operators Magyar Telekom and Vodafone have each confirmed that they have extended their 2100MHz licences for seven-and-a-half years for a one-off fee of HUF11 billion (USD38.5 million) apiece.... more

BROADBAND

Ofcom proposes designating BT and KCOM as broadband USPs

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation related to the UK’s broadband universal service obligation (USO), in which it has, among other things, proposed to designate BT and KCOM... more

Digicel to switch on fibre to businesses in Bermuda; TBi and Bluewave plan IPTV launch

Bernews reports that Digicel Bermuda is launching its 'fibre-to-the-business' ('FTTB') service and ‘looking to empower all businesses' with what it terms ‘incomparable high speed data connectivity’. The operator’s fibre broadband... more

Telekom enables 250Mbps fixed broadband for 2.4m more homes

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has enabled maximum fixed broadband speeds of 250Mbps for an additional 2.4 million households over the last four weeks.... more

Oi enlists Nokia for ‘operational restructuring’; FTTH to pass 10m homes by 2021

Brazilian full-service telecoms operator Oi has agreed a long-term technology partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia to enable Oi to meet increasing demand for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity, while expanding mobile broadband... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telia completes sale of Uzbek operator Ucell

Telia Company yesterday (5 December 2018) announced the sale of its 94% stake in Uzbek mobile operator Ucell to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Assistance to... more

Copel Telecom owner considers privatisation

State-backed Brazilian regional operator Copel Telecom could be privatised, an incoming local government official has informed the media. Carlos Roberto Massa Junior – the governor-elect for the State of Parana... more

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