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19 Dec 2018

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

In Russia, *Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)*, which is in the process of an NB-IoT rollout encompassing all large cities across the Federation, has announced that it is launching a specific NB-IoT-based... more

AT&T 5G network now live; commercial service starts on 21 December

AT&T Mobility has confirmed that its long-awaited 5G mobile network is now officially up and running and will be made available on a commercial basis from 21 December. Described as... more

Hong Kong raises HKD6bn from spectrum auction

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) in Hong Kong has concluded its auction of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. The sale had a hybrid format which reassigned... more

Ofcom begins consulting on plans to offer 700MHz, 3.6GHz-3.8GHz spectrum

The UK’s telecoms industry watchdog Ofcom has announced the launch of a consultation in which it is seeking views on its proposals for the award of spectrum in the 700MHz... more

M1 records near 1Gbps speeds using Nokia LAA solution

In a press release this week Singapore telco M1 and Nokia announced the successful completion of a Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) small cells trial, which they claim achieved download speeds... more

Smart Axiata premiers VoWiFi

Cambodian mobile operator Smart Axiata has announced the launch of what it claims to be the country’s first voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) service. Customers with a 4G SIM card and compatible device... more

Movistar: no plans to exit Venezuela

Telefonica Venezuela (Movistar) has offered journalists a glimpse into the challenges it faces in continuing to operate in the crisis-stricken South American nation, which include soaring inflation, capped prices and... more

BROADBAND

Open Fiber awarded third regional broadband tender

Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber has been awarded the third and final government tender for the rollout of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the country. The... more

CityFibre secures debt package for first stage of fibre rollout programme

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced that it has put in place a debt package of GBP1.12 billion (USD1.15 billion) from seven major financial institutions, the proceeds of which... more

DELTA signs up first 10,000 customers outside Zeeland

Dutch cableco DELTA – part of DELTA CAIW – has signed up 10,000 customers outside its traditional home market of Zeeland, having announced earlier this year that it was expanding... more

Aero Telecom’s 5G-suitable spectrum renewed to 2025

Ukraine’s telecoms regulator the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR/NKRZI) has extended the national 3.6GHz-3.7GHz spectrum rights of WiMAX licensee Aero Telecom for five years, from... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

EC greenlights United takeover

The EC has approved the acquisition of United Group by UK-based investment firm BC Partners, after finding that merger did not raise any competition concerns. United Group’s footprint includes cable-based... more

SoftBank Corp begins trading after Japan's largest-ever IPO, but share price slumps 15%

Japan's SoftBank Corp, the telecoms unit of billionaire CEO Masayoshi Son's SoftBank Group Corp, began trading today (19 December) in Tokyo following Japan's biggest-ever initial public offering (IPO), but having... more

Max Telecom declared bankrupt by Sofia court

The Sofia city court has declared telecoms operator Max Telecom insolvent, after local company M Sat Cable filed a lawsuit against the operator over BGN116.2 million (USD67.3 million) of debt,... more

Altice, KKR create new tower company in France

Altice Europe and US investment fund KKR have announced the creation of independent telecoms tower company Hivory, following the successful completion of KKR’s acquisition of a 49.99% stake in a... more

Axtel offloads part of fibre business to Televisa

Mexican fixed line operator Axtel has signed a definitive agreement for the divestment of part of its fibre business, to domestic media conglomerate, Grupo Televisa. The deal includes 227,802 residential... more

DoT rejects RCOM spectrum sale

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has rejected the planned sale of spectrum rights by Reliance Communications (RCOM) to Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) after the latter requested reassurances that it would... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Czech Republic joins list of govts with concerns over security threat posed by Chinese equipment

In a statement published yesterday 18 December) the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA) warned the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) not to use telecom equipment supplied by... more

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