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WIRELESS
Singtel and Ericsson achieve 1.1Gbps speeds in LAA trial
 Singapore  
Singapore’s Singtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson claim to have achieved a peak speed of 1.1Gbps in a joint trial of a new configuration of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology. The... more
Vietnamobile awarded 4G licence
 Vietnam  
Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has awarded a licence to provide 4G LTE services to Vietnamobile, reports SGGP Online. The company has become the fifth wireless network operator... more
Norwegian government agrees with Nkom on allocating 700MHz frequencies to MNOs
 Norway  
Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that the government has agreed with its recommendation that spectrum in the 700MHz band should be made available to commercial mobile... more
Armenian minister tips Nokia to help build countrywide 5G network
 Armenia  
Arka News quotes Armenian minister of transport, communications and information technology, Vahan Martirosyan, has suggested that Nokia should be the company selected to participate in a project designed to ensure... more
MTS Belarus adds Petrikov, Zhitkovichi and Krichev to 4G footprint
 Belarus  
Continuing an aggressive 4G LTE expansion programme that has been a primary focus of its efforts throughout 2017, Belarusian mobile network operator (MNO) MTS Belarus says it has added the... more
Tanzania proposes steady fall in voice termination rates
 Tanzania  
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is set to hold a public hearing with industry stakeholders to discuss proposed changes to interconnection rates. The current rate of TZS26.96 (USD0.01) per... more
Cuba permits sending SMS to the US
 Cuba  
Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has announced that its customers are now able to send text messages to any mobile phone in the US. The... more
Airtel launches LTE in Ladakh
 India  
Indian mobile market leader Bharti Airtel has launched the first LTE service in the nation’s norther Ladakh region – part of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) telecom circle. The Economic... more
BROADBAND
Verizon picks Ericsson for 5G rollout
 United States  
Verizon Communications has selected Ericsson to provide networking equipment for its commercial 5G fixed-wireless launch. As per the terms of the contract, a pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and a... more
ComReg confirms it is seeking to levy EUR10m fine on eir
 Ireland  
Ireland's telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is reportedly looking to impose a 'record' fine on eir over the telco’s alleged failure to comply with obligations to allow... more
Huawei begins construction of national fibre-optic network
 Burkina Faso  
President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore officially launched the first phase of the national fibre-optic backbone this week in Gaoua, reports Africa Time. As previously reported by CommsUpdate,... more
Spark hits 100,000 users on LTE fixed-wireless
 New Zealand  
New Zealand telco Spark says its LTE-based fixed-wireless broadband solution for home users has now reached 100,000 subscribers. The solution, which was launched in April 2016, accounts for around 15%... more
Arcep details allocation process for 3.5GHz frequencies
 France  
French telecoms watchdog the Authority of Regulation for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) has published final details of the frequency allocation... more
WIRELINE
Swazi Mobile launches fixed-wireless voice, data services; MTN to follow
 Swaziland  
New market entrant Swazi Mobile has formally launched fixed-wireless voice and broadband services, the Swazi Observer reports, while rival operator MTN Swaziland has disclosed plans to enter the fixed line... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
Colombian govt accelerates Movistar stake sale plans
 Colombia  
The Colombian government has accelerated its plans to dispose of its 32.5% stake in Telefonica Colombia (Movistar), El Economista reports, and is now in the process of identifying a bank... more
MISCELLANEOUS
Algeria launches first telecoms satellite
 Algeria  
The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) announced the successful launch of the country's first telecoms satellite on 10 December, in partnership with China. The Alcomsat-1 orbiter will provide broadband internet connectivity... more