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17 Jan 2019

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

*Telia Estonia (Telia Eesti)* has launched an NB-IoT network covering the entire country, with its first enterprise customer being gas company *Energate*, connecting gas meters to the NB-IoT platform for... more

BTRC starts preparations for 5G licence awards

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has commenced the initial preparations for awarding 5G mobile data licences to operators in 2020, The Daily Star writes. BTRC Commissioner for Spectrum Management... more

SPRK frees up 1500MHz spectrum for future mobile use

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija [SPRK]) has issued a decision to terminate Lattelecom’s concession to use 5G-compatible spectrum in the 1427MHz-1452MHz/1492MHz-1517MHz band. The cancellation... more

Nkom confirms Telenor's fine for providing inaccurate margin squeeze information

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has confirmed that it will impose a NOK4 million (USD468,000) fine on Telenor Norge. In November 2018 the Nkom initially announced the fine,... more

Six tower operators given green light to deploy cell sites in the Philippines

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in the Philippines says that this month it has inked separate agreements with no fewer than six as yet unnamed telco-tower firms... more

Slovenia’s Telemach plans EUR100m investment

Slovenian fixed and mobile operator Telemach says it plans to invest EUR100 million (USD114 million) by 2020 to continue to strengthen its market position. According to a report from STA,... more

Xplornet develops VoLTE with Cisco and Metaswitch virtualised architecture

Wireless broadband operator Xplornet, a recent entrant to Canada’s mobile market via its Xplore Mobile division in Manitoba, has chosen technology from Metaswitch and Cisco today for the build-out of... more

Rwanda to get unlimited 4G plans

Rwandan wholesale 4G provider KT Rwanda Networks (KTRN) has announced the launch of its first unlimited plans for smartphone users. While KTRN does not provide services to end users itself,... more

Ministry drafts rules on vanity numbers

The Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has published a draft decision report on a framework of rules to govern so-called ‘vanity numbers‘.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

OTE agrees sale of Telekom Albania to Vivacom owner

Greek telco OTE – itself part of German group Deutsche Telekom (DT) – has agreed to sell its entire 99.79% stake in its Albanian mobile division Telekom Albania to Albania... more

Telefonica receives EUR530m offer for Guatemala, El Salvador units, report says

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has received a EUR530 million (USD604 million) offer for its units in Guatemala and El Salvador, El Economista reports, citing sources familiar with the talks. Telefonica... more

Telecable secures Cable Costa takeover approval

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has approved Telecable Economico’s proposed takeover of regional cableco Cable Costa, which serves the Turrialba and Jimenez cantons of Cartago province.... more

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