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10 Dec 2018

WIRELESS

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Australia’s *Optus Mobile* is poised to shut down its sub-brand *Vividwireless*, which has operated over the Optus network since being acquired back in 2012. The telco started life as a... more

Australia’s 3.6GHz 5G auction earns AUD853m

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) has confirmed the successful completion of its 3.6GHz 5G auction, which raised AUD853 million (USD613.7 million), with all 350 available lots sold during... more

China issues 5G trial spectrum permits

China’s telecoms watchdog the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued test frequency licences for 5G systems to the nation’s three mobile network operators. China Mobile obtained licences... more

TPG ready for Singapore launch, paper says

The Straits Times reports that Singapore's new fourth telco TPG Telecom – which is currently in the throes of being spun off from its Aussie parent, raising doubts over the... more

Twelve applicants for Canadian 600MHz auction

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada has published the final list of twelve applicants for the upcoming national mobile frequency auction in the 600MHz band. Alongside the big three nationwide... more

NBTC to hold 700MHz auction in 3Q19

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is postponing the planned auction of 700MHz spectrum to Q3 2019, from the original February 2019 date, The Bangkok Post writes. The 700MHz... more

Millicom selects Ericsson for Paraguay, Honduras upgrades

Ericsson has been selected by Millicom International Cellular (MIC) to modernise the RAN infrastructure belonging to Tigo Paraguay and Tigo Honduras. Under the multi-year deal, the vendor will implement its... more

Cosmote hits 12Gbps in 5G trial; EETT offers spectrum for 5G testing

Greek fixed and mobile operator Cosmote, which is part of the Deutsche Telekom-backed OTE Group, has launched what it says is Greece’s first trial 5G network. The firm claimed to... more

BROADBAND

South Koreans scrapping WiBro

South Korea’s KT Corp and SK Telecom (SKT) are officially closing wireless broadband services based on WiBro technology by the end of this year, reports ZDNet. KT Corp announced that... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Airtel is second cellco embroiled in Niger tax dispute

Airtel Niger, the local wireless unit of Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel, has been ordered by the government of Niger to close its offices in the West African country because... more

Togolese govt hopes to announce TogoCom strategic partner by end-March 2019

Togo First writes that the ministers’ council set up to launch an international tender for shares in TogoCom Group, the state-owned holding company formed in July 2017 from the merger... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Turn back the pages: Tokyo Telemessage to shut down Japan’s last pager service in 2019

Japan’s sole remaining paging service provider Tokyo Telemessage has announced it will close its service in September 2019, bringing the shutter down on five decades of paging services in the... more

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