Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments: *Caucasus Online* has selected *Ciena* to enhance its 1,200km submarine cable across the Black Sea to…
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WIRELESS
MTS launches Gigabit LTE-LAA service in Ufa
 Russia  
Russian wireless giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the launch of what it claims is ‘Eastern Europe’s first commercial Gigabit Class LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) network’. The service, which went... more
Minsvyazi deputy minister says 5G test zones expected in 2019
 Belarus  
Belarus’ First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatisation Dmitry Shedko used the opening of the ‘TIBO-2018’ exhibition to tell delegates that the country expects to establish its first 5G test... more
Vodafone activates ‘5G Beam’ technology in Germany
 Germany  
Vodafone has announced the launch of its ‘5G Beam’ technology service in Germany, as it plots its course towards the introduction of fifth-generation wireless technology. TeleGeography notes that Beamforming is... more
Azercell continues LTE expansion in two more districts
 Azerbaijan  
Azercell, Azerbaijan’s leading mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has further expanded its 4G reach by adding LTE connectivity in the districts of Masalli and Jalilabad, writes Azer News. Six... more
BROADBAND
Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments
 Bulgaria   Georgia   Spain   Cote d'Ivoire   International  
*Caucasus Online* has selected *Ciena* to enhance its 1,200km submarine cable across the Black Sea to realise an increase in data transfer capacity of up to 5Tbps. By deploying Ciena’s... more
G2G Clarity IT Solutions to be first reseller of Ethio Telecom’s fixed broadband services
 Ethiopia  
A first tentative step towards the liberalisation of Ethiopia’s fixed broadband sector is set to be taken, with Ethiopian business newspaper Addisfortune reporting that the government has agreed a deal... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
Bouygues Telecom reports ‘sharp improvement in its financials’ in 1Q18
 France  
French conglomerate Bouygues Group has reported flat revenues of EUR6.83 billion (USD8.1 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2018, though turnover was up 2% year-on-year on a like-for-like... more
SLT Group sees increases in EBITDA and revenue in 1Q18
 Sri Lanka  
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has released its group and company financial results for the first quarter of the year, highlighting an 8.5% year-on-year increase in group earnings before interest, tax,... more
RCOM, Ericsson look to settle dispute outside of insolvency proceedings
 India  
Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Swedish vendor Ericsson have entered talks to settle their dispute over the operator’s unpaid fees outside of RCOM’s insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, the Economic Times writes,... more
MISCELLANEOUS
BT’s Consumer unit unveils converged product plans
 United Kingdom  
BT Group’s new ‘Consumer’ unit – which going forward will comprise BT, mobile network operator (MNO) EE and alternative broadband provider Plusnet – has announced plans to launch a new... more
Russian regulatory reshuffle on the cards
 Russia  
Russia is poised to replace the Ministry of Communications & Mass Media (Minkomsvyaz) with a new regulatory body known as the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications & Mass Communications, CNews... more