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24 Jan 2019

WIRELESS

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

The *LoRa Alliance*, the association of companies backing the open *LoRaWAN* protocol for low power wide area (LPWA) IoT networks, announced passing the milestone of 100 LoRaWAN network operators worldwide... more

CITC awards additional spectrum in 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has awarded new frequencies for 4G/5G use to Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi Arabia. The regulator disclosed... more

Two Asian firms interested in Thailand’s 700MHz airwaves

Two international mobile operators – from Malaysia and South Korea – have reportedly expressed interest in participating in Thailand’s 700MHz spectrum auction, if the reserve price of the frequencies is... more

Viettel granted 5G trial licence

Viettel Telecom, Vietnam’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has received the country’s first licence to trial 5G mobile communication services from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC). VietNamNet reports... more

China Mobile, ZTE complete 2.6GHz 5G NR trial

China Mobile and ZTE have completed a field trial of 2.6GHz 5G New Radio (NR) technology in Guangzhou, achieving download speeds of 1.8Gbps. The test used an end-to-end solution provided... more

Mislatel submits rollout plan to Senate; newcomer adamant it broke no laws

Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (Mislatel), the joint venture of China Telecom, Davao tycoon Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp and its subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp, has submitted an advance copy of... more

Turkcell, Ericsson claim Turkey’s ‘first live 5G test’

Turkey’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Turkcell, and Swedish vendor partner Ericsson have claimed the country’s first international 3GPP standards-compliant live 5G network connection test. The testing in Istanbul involved... more

Rakuten picks Viavi to authenticate end-to-end cloud-native mobile network

California-based Viavi Solutions, a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions, has been selected by Japanese e-commerce services provider Rakuten to support its drive to establish Japan’s new... more

Cellcos in court over govt-ordered internet shutdown

The Kinshasa Commercial Court has completed the first hearing of a dispute between consumer rights activists and Congolese cellcos Vodacom, Orange, Airtel and Africell over interruptions to internet connectivity between... more

BROADBAND

Cuban home broadband users exceed 70,000

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has signed up a total of 70,418 residential fixed broadband customers since the service was officially launched in March 2017.... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

STC reports an 8% increase in net profit to SAR11bn in 2018

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has published its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018, reporting a 7.7% increase in net profit to SAR10.790 billion (USD2.87 billion) from... more

VEON reaffirms intention to take GTH private

NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed telecoms group VEON issued a statement yesterday confirming that it remains committed to simplifying its corporate structure, including by addressing its strategic relationship with Egypt-based sub-division... more

Rostelecom nearing deal for full ownership of Tele2 Russia

An unnamed source has told newspaper Vedomosti that Rostelecom is near to taking full ownership of its 45%-owned associate mobile operator Tele2 Russia, having agreed a deal with other shareholders... more

OTE Group denies plans to sell Telekom Romania stake

Greece-based OTE Group, which is a subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT), has not discussed the sale of its majority shareholding in Telekom Romania. Speaking directly to See News, OTE... more

Comcast 2018 revenue increases 11.1% to USD94.5bn

US cable giant Comcast Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of USD94.5 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2018, up 11.1% from USD85.0 billion in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for... more

MISCELLANEOUS

Nkom now under auspices of KMD

Following changes to the departmental structures of Norway’s government ministries, it has been confirmed that the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) will now operate directly under the auspices of... more

Rwanda to launch communications satellite this year

Rwanda is to get its first dedicated communications satellite by the end of this year – a full year earlier than originally planned. A report from Agence Ecofin says that... more

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