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23 Jan 2019

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LG Uplus aiming to complete 5G network rollout in major cities by end-2019

South Korean mobile network operator (MNO) LG Uplus is reportedly hoping to have completed the rollout of its 5G network in the nation’s major cities by the end of this... more

O2 UK and Vodafone UK look to enhance network sharing agreement

British mobile network operators (MNOs) O2 UK and Vodafone UK have entered into a ‘non-binding heads of terms [agreement] intended to strengthen their existing network sharing partnership’, the former has... more

NBTC approves 2G shutdown by 31 October

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved a decision to shut down the nation's existing 2G networks by 31 October 2019, to give mobile operators more efficient network... more

Bill proposes adding mobile access in small towns to universal services

Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media has drafted a bill that, if adopted, will add the provision of mobile services in small settlements to the list of... more

Telekom outlines 2019 fixed, mobile network upgrade plans

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), plans to install 2,000 new mobile base stations this year, with a focus on rural areas and on improving... more

Airtel rolls out 900MHz LTE in ten circles

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel is deploying LTE on the 900MHz band in ten circles, including Delhi and Mumbai, in an effort to decongest its 2G and 3G networks and increase... more

Ooredoo makes 5G call between Qatar and Kuwait

Ooredoo Group yesterday claimed the ‘first successful trial international 5G call in the Arab World’. A connection was initiated from Ooredoo’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar and received by Ooredoo Kuwait’s... more

Surfline expands LTE in Greater Accra region

Ghanaian mobile LTE provider Surfline Communications has expanded its 4G network to cover a further 93 locations in the Greater Accra region, writes Tech Voice Africa. New coverage areas include... more

BROADBAND

TIM considering network options

Telecom Italia (TIM) is said to be reviewing its options for the future of its fixed line network assets after the Italian regulator rejected a legal separation of its infrastructure... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Telefonica to break up Central American operations for quick sale

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is willing to break up its Central American operations into two distinct sets of assets to hasten the sale process, local business site Expansion reports. Last... more

Liberty Latin America terminates Millicom takeover talks

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has announced that it has terminated conversations with Millicom International Cellular (MIC) regarding a potential takeover transaction, adding: ‘The company remains focused on its growth strategy... more

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