IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest: Global mobile association the *GSMA* has declared that its *Mobile IoT Initiative* has ‘taken off’…
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IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest
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Global mobile association the *GSMA* has declared that its *Mobile IoT Initiative* has ‘taken off’, citing the recent commercial rollouts of Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) solutions by some of... more
RCS&RDS 4G network coverage expanded to 50% of Romanian population
 Romania  
Romania’s fourth largest cellco by subscribers RCS&RDS (Digi) has announced that its 4G LTE mobile network now covers half of the population after increasing its number of 4G antennas to... more
Ofcom begins consulting on its plans to reduce MTRs between 2018 and 2021
 United Kingdom  
British telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on its market review of mobile termination rates (MTRs) for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. In its review,... more
July launch for TIM’s 700Mbps LTE-A
 Italy  
Italian fixed line and mobile operator Telecom Italia (TIM) is preparing to introduce 700Mbps LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services next month in Turin, Milan, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Taormina and Giardini-Naxos. It says... more
UL amendment to give operators more freedom over equipment installation
 India  
India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has amended the terms of the Unified Licence Agreement (UL) to allow providers to locate switches and other network elements anywhere in India, having previously... more
MTS Belarus marks 15th anniversary; reports one million 4G subscribers
 Belarus  
Mobile operator MTS Belarus has marked its 15th anniversary of operations in the country, awarding its subscribers a thank you by way of a ‘personal bonus’ available via the website... more
T-Mobile Poland expands LTE
 Poland  
T-Mobile Poland says its 4G LTE network now covers 99.7% of the country’s population, with more than 9,750 base transceiver stations (BTS) in service. The operator has added 450 new... more
BROADBAND
Partner Communications debuts IPTV service
 Israel  
Israeli multi-service operator Partner Communications Company has announced the launch of its new IPTV service, which it notes will include, among other things, 40 linear channels and video-on-demand (VoD) content.... more
1&1 seals deal to use M-net’s fibre-optic access network
 Germany  
German telecoms provider 1&1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Internet, has reached an agreement with M-net to use the Bavarian operator’s fibre-optic network. The open access cooperation deal will enable... more
ICASA planning to cancel four telecoms licences
 South Africa  
South Africa’s telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is considering cancelling four licences issued to Enverge Communications (awarded in 2011), Pluto Internet (2011), OpenVoice Service Providers... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
Altice USA raises USD2.15bn through IPO
 United States  
Altice USA, the US-based holding company owned by Netherlands-based Altice Group, has announced that its recent initial public offering (IPO) raised a total of USD2.15 billion, via the sale of... more
Sprint, Charter, Comcast enter three-way negotiations
 United States  
US mobile giant Sprint has entered into exclusive talks with domestic cable operators Charter Communications and Comcast, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The... more
Livonia Partners consortium acquires minority stake in Lithuania’s Cgates
 Lithuania  
Baltic private equity firm Livonia Partners has announced it has teamed up with LHV Pension Funds and Ambient Sound Investments to invest in Cgates, Lithuania’s second largest fixed broadband operator... more
Court ‘arrests’ Sistema shares in MTS
 Russia  
Russian conglomerate Sistema has confirmed that a court has ‘arrested’ stakes it holds in a number of companies including Russian/CIS network operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) due to a legal dispute... more