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CenturyLink and Level 3 in merger talks
28 Oct 2016

CenturyLink is in advanced conversations with Level 3 Communications about a potential merger that would create a telecoms player worth more than $50 billion, according to reports.

EC to investigate Czech network sharing deal
27 Oct 2016

The European Commission is set to investigate if a network sharing agreement between the Czech operators O2 CETIN and T-Mobile is harming competition in the country.

Beeks connects global network to Equinix HK1 IBX
27 Oct 2016

Beeks Financial Cloud has expanded its global network by fully deploying its hosting, colocations, and low-latency connectivity offerings in Equinix’s international business exchange (IBX), HK1, in Hong Kong.

GTC unveils 300Mbps FTTH network
27 Oct 2016

GTC has unveiled its UltraStream300 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, with speeds of up to 300Mbps, for UK housebuilders.

Jason Smith joins Inmarsat as COO
25 Oct 2016

Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has appointed Jason Smith as chief operations officer (COO), replacing Ruy Pinto who is leaving to “pursue new interests”.

TIM deploys 4.5G tech and hits 500Mbps speeds
21 Oct 2016

TIM has deployed what it claims to be the first 500Mbps mobile data connection on its LTE network in Italy, after collaborating with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies.

Ericsson expands C&W Caribbean and Panama networks
18 Oct 2016

After teaming up with Ericsson, C&W Communications has finished a complete network expansion of its operations in the Caribbean and Panama, addressing increasing data traffic demands by boosting speeds and network performance.

ASN and Nokia hit 65Tbps transmission rates
18 Oct 2016

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and Nokia Bell Labs have hit transmission capacity of more than 65Tbps in fibre lab tests, setting new records, they claim.

Egypt signs 4G license agreements
17 Oct 2016

The Egyptian regulator has announced agreement has now been reached on the terms for 4G licenses with all interested operators.

AAE-1 enters last phase ahead of 2017 launch
17 Oct 2016

The Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) consortium has confirmed the AAE-1 subsea cable is edging closer to completion, with over 19,000km of cable now laid and 15 shore-end landings installed.

eir reprices its senior term loan facilities
14 Oct 2016

Today eir announced it has received majority lender consent to implement the proposed amendments to the senior loan facilities requested on 29th September 2016 and that 99.9% of its term loan lenders have agreed to roll into the new TLB5 tranche.

Colt expands managed SD-WAN services
12 Oct 2016

Colt Technology Services has expanded its managed SD-WAN service to 13 countries across Europe, with more set to rollout next year.

PLDT seeks gag order vs PCC
12 Oct 2016

PLDT, has applied for a court gagging order against the Philippine Competition Commission about their review over the acquisition of San Miguel Corp.'s telco assets.

Windstream in 39GHz drive to expand metro fibre networks
11 Oct 2016

Windstream has partnered with Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) and Straight Path Communications to enhance last-mile fixed wireless options, capacity and provide licensed bandwidth to US businesses in 40 markets.

CRTC slashes ‘unreasonable’ ISP wholesale rates
07 Oct 2016

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has slashed the fees charged by large incumbent internet service providers (ISPs) for wholesale high-speed access services.

China Telecom signs up to AMS-IX
06 Oct 2016

China Telecom has become an AMS-IX partner, enabling remote access to the Amsterdam internet exchange’s peering service to over 800 parties to their customers.

Aqua Comms, Ciena trial 150Gbps on AEConnect
05 Oct 2016

Aqua Comms has successfully trialled Ciena’s 150Gbps per wavelength 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) technology, which, if fully deployed, would increase the capacity of the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable by 50%.

Huawei unveils FMC 3.0 strategy at UBBF
03 Oct 2016

Huawei has revealed its third concept for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), bringing together IoT, WAN, DCN and Campus controllers in one solution.

Hawaiki Cable signs up Oregon partner
30 Sep 2016

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP has signed a long-term agreement with Alaska Communications to be its landing and operating activities partner in Oregon.

Equinix to launch IX in Finland
30 Sep 2016

Equinix will help increase internet connectivity for Finnish businesses from Q1 2017 with the launch of an Internet Exchange (IX) in Helsinki, Finland.

Telefónica cancels €1.2bn Telxius IPO
30 Sep 2016

Telefónica has cancelled the listing of its subsea cable infrastructure and telecommunications tower unit, Telxius, citing weak investor demand for the share sale.

Samsung, HPE seal OpenNFV deal for carriers
29 Sep 2016

Samsung Electronics and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have signed an open architecture agreement which will provide carriers with integrated network functions virtualisation (NFV) infrastructure and virtual network functions (VNF) applications.

C&W Networks deploys PoP at Jax NAP
29 Sep 2016

C&W Networks has expanded its reach by integrating into the recently activated point of presence (PoP) node at the 700 sq ft Jacksonville, Florida Network Access Point (Jax NAP).

DE-CIX signs up 60 networks in Madrid IX
29 Sep 2016

DE-CIX’s internet exchange (IX) in Madrid, Spain, has become the fastest growing IX globally after 60 networks have signed up in four months of operations.

Zen Internet aims for 400 UK PoPs by 2017
29 Sep 2016

Zen Internet has announced a multi-million pound investment in its next generation UK network to increase the number of exchanges where it has a point of presence (PoP) from 270 to 400 by January 2017.

I.C.E. Toronto data centre launched
28 Sep 2016

I.C.E. Datacenters has opened a new 41,000 sq ft data centre in Markham to provide a “real alternative” to downtown Toronto, Canada.

Ugandan minister Tumwebaze calls for carrier cooperation
27 Sep 2016

Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda's minister of information technology and communications, has issued a challenge to all African wholesale providers to start sharing more and work harder towards the goal of cheaper access for users.

NBTC drafts five-year master plan for Thai telecoms industry
27 Sep 2016

Thailand’s regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has drafted a five-year “master plan” for the telecoms industry focused on promoting new technologies and infrastructure sharing among operators.

Australian ISP Exetel launches in the UK
26 Sep 2016

Australia’s largest internet service provider (ISP) Exetel has launched broadband data and voice over IP (VoIP) services in the UK, targeting SMEs.

C&W, TE SubCom seal 100G subsea capacity upgrade
22 Sep 2016

C&W Networks has extended its pan-Caribbean partnership with TE SubCom by signing an agreement to complete an immediate 100G capacity upgrade agreement to the ECLink cable system.

Bulgaria's Neterra to build €3m data centre
19 Sep 2016

Bulgaria’s Neterra plans for 2017 include building a €3 million data centre, opening an office in Istanbul, Turkey, and launching a new teleport for satellite communications.

Nokia sets up global cloud design centre
19 Sep 2016

Nokia has set up a global cloud design centre to work with telecoms carriers on 5G and internet of things (IoT) but then to expand to other industry sectors.

GTT picked by Telnyx to connect global PoPs
15 Sep 2016

GTT Communications has been chosen by Telnyx to deploy IP transit and Ethernet services, boosting network connectivity with Telnyx’s points of presences (PoPs) worldwide.

PLDT to launch second VITRO facility
14 Sep 2016

Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) is expanding its commercial data centre operations with the construction of its second data centre in Cebu, expected to complete by Q4 2017.

Aviat wins $28m project to create Colorado network
13 Sep 2016

Aviat Networks has been awarded a three-year project worth $28 million to implement a network throughout Colorado using its microwave, IP/MPLS routers, management software and full turnkey services.

Equinix selected to support 60Tbps Monet subsea cable
13 Sep 2016

Equinix has been selected by Monet Submarine Cable investors to provide US facilities and services for the cable landing station architecture to support the Monet subsea cable system between Miami and São Paulo.

Enel creates global fibre-optic broadband unit
13 Sep 2016

Italian utility giant Enel has announced the creation of a new global business unit, Global Fiber Optic Infrastructures, to develop ultra-broadband and expand into foreign broadband markets.

Zimbabwe impounds telecom fund for digitalisation
12 Sep 2016

The Zimbabwean Government has impounded the money earmarked to help develop and support telecommunications infrastructure in remote areas, claiming it will now be used for broadcast digitisation

Oak Hill seals FirstLight Fiber acquisition
12 Sep 2016

US fibre-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider, FirstLight Fiber, has been acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners, which should propel its next stage of growth.

Avelacom launches PoP for MoEx access
09 Sep 2016

Russian low-latency network operator Avelacom has established a point of presence (PoP) in DataSpace’s Moscow data centre facility, which is the primary provider of the Moscow Exchange (MoEx).

Huawei Marine to deploy SeaX-1 subsea cable
09 Sep 2016

Huawei Marine Networks has been selected by Super Sea Cable Networks to deploy SEA Cable Exchange-1 (SeaX-1), a subsea cable system linking Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

BSO launches Mumbai Connect for HFTs
08 Sep 2016

Global Ethernet network, cloud and hosting provider BSO has launched ‘Mumbai Connect’, an ultra-low latency service, to support the India’s surging high frequency trader (HFT) community.

Google Fiber wins access to AT&T, Comcast utility poles
08 Sep 2016

Google Fiber is one step closer to gaining faster access to utility poles in Nashville after Metro Council officials preliminary approved the “One Touch Make Ready” ordinance opposed by rival internet service providers (ISPs) AT&T and Comcast.

EU moves towards protecting gigabit fibre investments
08 Sep 2016

Operators in the European Union (EU) that build fibre networks, especially in rural networks, will be protected from having to share access with rivals, according to proposals being circulated within the European Commission.

SEACOM boosts IP/MPLS network with UK PoP
07 Sep 2016

Pan-African telecom operator, SEACOM, has strengthened its international IP/MPLS network by going live with a point of presence (PoP) in Slough, 33km west of London.

KPN creates new company in colocation drive
06 Sep 2016

Dutch operator KPN has announced that six of its data centres, which offer colocation services, are to be moved into a new separate company, operating independently within the KPN Group.

Colt launches IP access service in Singapore
01 Sep 2016

Colt has launched its IP access service in Singapore, adding to a range of other offers the company has in the country. Colt says its coverage extends to approximately 90% of commercial buildings in Singapore.

4G rollout to drive major boom for Indian tower firms
25 Aug 2016

The expansion of 3G and onset of 4G technologies is set to increase telecom tower industry tenancy ratios to 2.9 times by March 2020, up from 1.95 times as of March 2015, according to a joint study by ASSOCHAM and KPMG.

Wifi group launches city roaming project
24 Aug 2016

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has launched its city Wifi roaming project, offering free and secure wireless access in a number of major cities.

RCOM and GCX deploy “Make in India” CDN
23 Aug 2016

Reliance Communications (RCOM) and its subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has today announced the deployment of Fast Edge, what it claims to be the country’s first “Make in India” Content Delivery Network (CDN).

New Zealand welcomes 1Gbps rollouts
22 Aug 2016

New Zealand’s Enable, MyRepublic, Northpower Fibre and Ultrafast Fibre are all launching 1Gbps wholesale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services, effective October 1, 2016.

Now Telkom threatens to sue South African regulator
19 Aug 2016

South African incumbent operator Telkom is considering suing the country’s regulator, Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which is already being sued by the communications minister.

Datapipe acquires UK cloud company Adapt
18 Aug 2016

US cloud services company Datapipe has bought a UK cloud company, Adapt, from private equity investor Lyceum Capital. The deal was supported by Abry Partners, the lead investor in Datapipe.

China Mobile selects Nokia for 100G deployment
17 Aug 2016

Nokia has been awarded over 30% of China Mobile's project to construct a 100G optical network in support of its “Broadband China” strategic rollout of mobile broadband services.

Infinera upgrades MENA subsea cable network
17 Aug 2016

Infinera has successfully deployed its DTN-X XTC series to upgrade the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) submarine cable system's subsea network to provide differentiated wholesale international capacity.

Executives quit Türk Telekom after failed coup attempt
16 Aug 2016

Two senior executives have left Türk Telekom after being swept up in the mass arrests authorised by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he overcame the attempted coup on 15 July. Others are reported to have been sacked.

Telstra launches PoPs in London and Chicago
15 Aug 2016

Telstra has today announced further investment plans to expand its global network, including the deployment of points of presence (PoPs) in London and Chicago.

Broadband Forum takes NFV into the home
11 Aug 2016

The first specifications for the virtual Residential Gateway were released today, as the Broadband Forum concluded work on a project to bring the potential of ‘easy-to-use’ virtualization into the home.

NTT Com adds two PoPs to global IP network
11 Aug 2016

NTT Communications has expanded its Tier-1 global IP network with two new points of presence (PoPs) at e-shelter data centres in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany.

Telenor appoints Swisscom mobile head as CEO
10 Aug 2016

Telenor has announced that Alexandra Reich has been appointed CEO of its Hungarian outfit and executive vice president of the Telenor Group, effective November 1, 2016.

Deutsche Telekom goes live with first all-IP production site
10 Aug 2016

Deutsche Telekom has started its all-IP transformation across Europe by launching what it calls its first production site, in Hungary. This site, in Budapest, will be used to deliver services to all other operations in the group.

Singtel’s Optus in M2M and GPS wholesale pact
04 Aug 2016

The wholesale division of Australian operator Optus has announced an alliance with 2SG Wholesale to distribute machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) products and capability into the wholesale reseller market, as well as GPS products.

AT&T brings on-demand Ethernet qualification to wholesale customers
03 Aug 2016

AT&T has launched a new tool that allows wholesale customers to qualify Ethernet-based services. Automating a previously manual process, service providers using the tool can check the availability and speed of select Ethernet-based services by address, says AT&T, all in near real time.

GTC signs colocation agreement with Colo Atl
29 Jul 2016

Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) has signed a deal to make it among the first Fibre Network Alliance (FNA) members to interconnect with Colo Atl’s Atlanta data centre and carrier hotel.

Cable industry forgets to mark 150th anniversary
28 Jul 2016

Europe and North America have been in continuous, unbroken communication by subsea cable for 150 years. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, commercial service started on 28 July 1866 – and the link has never been broken since.

BSO launches trio of ultra-low latency trading routes
27 Jul 2016

Global Ethernet network, cloud and hosting provider BSO has today launched three new premium ultra-low latency trading routes enhancing connectivity between Chicago and key financial hubs in Moscow, Dubai and Mumbai.

Vodafone UK and Huawei trialling 4.5G TDD+ with LTE TDD
27 Jul 2016

Vodafone UK and Huawei have disclosed that they are conducting technical trials of 4.5G (TDD+) with LTE TDD to significantly increase the capacity and efficiency of the operator’s 4G network in urban areas, as well as lay the foundations for the introduction of 5G by 2020.

TelOne announces $25m FTTH project in Zimbabwe
26 Jul 2016

Fixed-line operator TelOne has teamed up with China's Wuhan FibreHome Technologies in a high-speed fibre connectivity project aiming to connect 100,000 Zimbabwean homes.

Telstra COO Kate McKenzie quits telco
25 Jul 2016

Telstra has today announced that its COO, Kate McKenzie, also a former group MD of Telstra Wholesale, is to retire after 12 years at the telco and “will leave Telstra in the coming weeks”.

NFV will top $15bn by 2020
22 Jul 2016

The global network NFV market is predicted to be worth $15.5 billion by 2020 according to IHS Markit.

Vodafone UK goes live with Cisco’s SON technology
21 Jul 2016

Vodafone UK has announced that it has become the first mobile company in the UK to go live with Cisco’s self-optimising network (SON) technology to boost voice quality and reduce network congestion.

London Internet Exchange cuts port fees by 40%
20 Jul 2016

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has reduced the cost of peering in London for the second time in seven months, cutting 40% off its LON2 port fees and 10% on its LON1 network, effective August 1, 2016.

O3b supports Digicel Samoa LTE launch
20 Jul 2016

O3b Networks is supporting Digicel Samoa’s LTE services rollout by providing core connectivity services via its satellite-enabled network.

UK's Hyperoptic to expand 1Gbps FTTP network
19 Jul 2016

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a £21 million loan to Hyperoptic to invest in providing 1Gbps fibre broadband to more than a half-a-million homes in UK cities.

AT&T launches global NFV enterprise service
18 Jul 2016

AT&T has rolled out the third service on its Network on Demand platform, which uses a single universal piece of equipment at a customer’s premise to deliver virtualised functions and enables businesses to flexibly manage their network services.

Helios secures $105m to fund Bharti Airtel towers deal
14 Jul 2016

The Helios Towers Democratic Republic of Congo (HTD) subsidiary has announced the successful completion of a $105 million loan to help fund a Bharti Airtel’s tower portfolio acquisition and to finance future growth in the country.

Ericsson sells optical fibre JV stake
13 Jul 2016

Ericsson is exiting its optical fibre joint venture Birla Ericsson Optical by divesting its entire stake to two other promoter group entities.

EU telcos unveil 5G manifesto
08 Jul 2016

Europe's leading telcos have presented a 5G manifesto aimed at developing and deploying the technology across the region

Luminet and CCS to roll out London network
04 Jul 2016

Luminet and CCS have partnered to help mobile operators cope with London’s mobile data traffic growth by announcing the roll out of a small cell backhaul and enterprise network.

Mobilink and Warid merger closes
04 Jul 2016

The parent companies of Mobilink and Warid Telecom have completed a deal that will enable them to merge the two companies to form Pakistan’s largest mobile operator.

Telstra to invest €167m in network
29 Jun 2016

Telstra will spend €167 million (A$250 million) in its network over the next six to 12 months to improve its resiliency and reliability following a spate of outages earlier this year.

Liquid Telecom and RBH to acquire Neotel for $429m
28 Jun 2016

Liquid Telecom and Royal Bafokeng Holdings are to acquire South African network operator Neotel for $429 million (655 billion rand) from India’s Tata Communications and minority shareholders led by Nexus Connection.

Capacity survey says Brexit bad for business
27 Jun 2016

Despite Brexit causing uncertainty in the telecoms market, with Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica now reviewing and delaying the sale of its UK wireless unit O2 over fears of market volatility, there is still an air of optimism.

Qualcomm announce 5G NR sub-6GHz plans
27 Jun 2016

Qualcomm has announced a 5G new radio (NR) prototype system to test, demonstrate and trial 5G designs to drive 3GPP 5G NR standardisation.

FCC makes subsea cable outage reports mandatory
27 Jun 2016

The FCC has adopted rules to promote reliable subsea cable communications infrastructure with submarine cable licensees now required to report major outages on 60 US-connected cables that provide voice, data and internet service connectivity.

PCCW launches global data centre alliance
27 Jun 2016

PCCW Solutions has teamed up with data centre providers to launch a global alliance to provide “one-stop-shop data centre services across worldwide locations”.

3GPP completes standardisation of NB-IoT
27 Jun 2016

3GPP has completed the standardisation of narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT), the narrowband radio technology developed for the IoT over mobile networks using licensed spectrum.

Google Fiber to acquire Webpass for expansion
24 Jun 2016

Google Fiber has entered into an agreement to acquire internet service provider Webpass in a move to accelerate its plans to deliver high-speed broadband to major cities in the US.

FCC announces spectrum requirements for 5G
22 Jun 2016

The Federal Communications Commission has given its opinion on what the 5G radio requirements will be, and what the FCC is proposing to make the vision become reality

Tele2 buys TDC’s Swedish operations for €311m
21 Jun 2016

Stockholm-based operator Tele2 is buying the Swedish operations of TDC for 2.9 billion kronor, the equivalent of €311 million, the companies have announced. The move leaves Danish incumbent TDC with just two markets, Denmark and Norway.

US court backs FCC against operators on net neutrality
15 Jun 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US telecoms regulator, has won a court battle to uphold its rules on net neutrality. Telecoms operators challenged the FCC’s open internet rules, but a federal appeals court has decied in favour of the regulator.

Stop grumbling about OTTs, conference hears
15 Jun 2016

Stop complaining about the ‘free ride’ the OTT players are getting and start building alliances and finding new business opportunities, was the solid advice of the panel of wholesale experts debating what is driving future investment in Central and Eastern Europe in Warsaw today.

Czech market displays combined but uneven development
15 Jun 2016

Speaking at the Capacity Central and Eastern Europe conference this week, Jaromir Novak, chairman of the council of the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) said that the legacy burden of old networks was proving to be a mixed blessing and the skills shortage was worrying. However, he claimed that both were being tackled with creativity.

Telekom Austria and Nokia demo NB-IoT
15 Jun 2016

Telekom Austria has successfully presented a showcase for narrow-band internet of things (NB-IoT) technology for the first time in Vienna, Austria.

Czech Republic raises $109m in spectrum sale
15 Jun 2016

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has confirmed the completion of the sale of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands to O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone for a total of $109.96 million (CZK2.64 billion).

VimpelCom signs $1bn IT deal with Ericsson
14 Jun 2016

Russia's VimpelCom has entered into a software partnership with Ericsson in a deal worth more than $1 billion that will radically transform VimpelCom’s global IT infrastructure.

Orange accelerates cloud VPNs with SDN
10 Jun 2016

Orange Business Services has integrated its acceleration service, Enterprise Application Management (EAM) Riverbed, into its business virtual private network Galerie to improve the user experience for enterprise cloud users.

Colt Data Centre Services prepares for zettabyte era
09 Jun 2016

Colt Data Centre Services, the global carrier-neutral data centre operator, is adding 7,000 square metres of capacity to its international operations including a new-build in Inzai, Japan, in addition to significant extensions to its existing data centres serving London, Berlin, and Hamburg.

Dialog set to break into fixed-line broadband market
08 Jun 2016

Weeks after Dialog Axiata connected Sri Lanka to the ultra-high capacity 100G-Plus Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable, it has set its sights on entering the fixed-line broadband market.

Trident Subsea Cable seals Global Switch PoP deal
08 Jun 2016

Trident Subsea Cable is to locate points of presence (PoPs) within Global Switch’s data centres in Sydney and Singapore as it plans to build its Asian cable network, being readied for service in mid-2018.

Eir’s wholesale unit in fibre dispute with Vodafone JV
06 Jun 2016

A dispute is developing between OpenEir, the wholesale division of Eir, the Irish privately owned former incumbent operator, and ESB Networks, a fibre operator owned by the state-controlled electricity company.

AT&T and Nokia to expand 5G lab trials
06 Jun 2016

AT&T is presently collaborating with Nokia to expand its 5G lab trials aimed at delivering a cost-effective mobile experience built with software-defined networking (SDN), data analytics, security and open source software.

Spark NZ sells international voice business to MNF
03 Jun 2016

Spark New Zealand has announced that after attaining governmental approval it has concluded the sale of its international voice business to retail and wholesale voice-over-IP (VoIP) provider MNF Group for AU$22 million.

DNA to upgrade network with Teleste partnership
01 Jun 2016

DNA is to upgrade its fixed broadband network in the Southern Finland region to speeds of up to 1.2GHz after the Finnish operator agreed to utilise Teleste’s DOCSIS 3.1-compatible network technology.

Djibouti launches regional 60Tbps subsea cable
01 Jun 2016

Djibouti Telecom and six other carriers have signed a construction and maintenance agreement (C&MA) to build the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE), a 5,500km high capacity subsea cable system.

Tech giants to build 160Tbps transatlantic cable
31 May 2016

Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook have teamed up to build a 6,600km submarine cable system the firms claim “will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic” with speeds of 160Tbps.

EU states free up 700MHz band
27 May 2016

The European Council has approved plans to free up mobile broadband spectrum in the 700MHz band across the 28-nation bloc to provide faster mobile broadband speeds and improve access to internet services, particularly in remote areas.

FCC establishes rules for $2bn rural broadband plan
26 May 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established rules for investing over $2 billion for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction to help expand rural broadband access over the next decade.

TEOCO launches ASSET Capacity mobile network tool
26 May 2016

TEOCO, the provider of engineering, assurance and analytics solutions to communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, has announced the launch of ASSET Capacity, its newly rebranded network capacity planning tool.

Telia Carrier forms Montreal wholesale presence
26 May 2016

Telia Carrier, which owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fibre backbones, has established its first significant presence in Montreal at connectivity provider Metro Optic’s interconnection hub.

Juniper Networks joins the Telecom Infra Project
26 May 2016

Juniper Networks has underscored its drive to open architectures by joining the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the engineering-focused initiative led by Facebook, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, among others, which encourages the adoption of an open approach to global networks.

Sonera selects Teleste Luminato to renovate backbone
25 May 2016

Teleste has announced the deployment of its Luminato headend platform to Sonera’s cable TV network in Finland to help upgrade its backbone and boost its delivery of high-value services from versatile sources to consumers.

ZTE and China Mobile team up to ease NFV adoption
25 May 2016

ZTE has announced a collaboration with China Mobile to promote a management and orchestration (MANO) interoperability test (IOT) across key industry vendors to ease network function virtualisation (NFV) adoption.

Kalaam Telecom establishes PoP at Etisalat SmartHub
24 May 2016

Kalaam Telecom has announced that it has sealed a partnership with Etisalat Carrier and Wholesale Services, which will see it establish a point of presence (PoP) at Etisalat’s SmartHub in the UAE.

Three files £167m lawsuit in EE phone mast row
24 May 2016

Three has reportedly filed a £167 million lawsuit against EE over losses it claims it has incurred since 2010 over a deal to share the latter’s mobile internet infrastructure.

Pakistan PM inaugurates fibre-optic cable project
23 May 2016

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has officially launched the Pakistan-China fibre-optic cable project in Gilgit-Baltistan, which is estimated to cost $44 million and be completed in two years.

Vodacom claims 1Gbps on LTE-U
23 May 2016

Vodacom claims to have achieved mobile broadband speeds of over 1Gbps by aggregating spectrum in licensed and unlicensed bands.

Elisa claims 880Mbps in tests
20 May 2016

Finnish operator Elisa has claimed that tests on its commercial network have reach speeds of 880Mbps, claiming that speeds could one day achieve over 2Gbps.

Orange joins LoRa Alliance
20 May 2016

Orange has joined the LoRa Alliance as a board member, backing the LoRaWAN internet of things (IoT) standard.

Telefónica to build transoceanic fibre cable station
19 May 2016

Telefónica International Wholesale Services is to build, what it claims to be, the first transoceanic fibre cable station in the mid-Atlantic. The fibre cables will connect Brazil to North America at an installation planned in Virginia Beach.

Nokia claim 10Gbps symmetical speeds over HFC
17 May 2016

Nokia Bell Labs has claimed a “significant breakthrough” in the effort to meet surging data demand by demonstrating 10Gbps symmetrical data speeds over traditional cable access networks.

Cellcom Israel still in negotiations with Golan Telecom
17 May 2016

Following reports in the Israeli media over the potential takeover of Golan Telecom, Cellcom Israel has announced that following the regulators’ opposition to its proposed acquisition the parties are still negotiating an agreement.

E-marine seals subsea cable deal
16 May 2016

E-marine has announced a “showpiece” major cable-laying project in cooperation with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine (ASN) Networks, installing a link from Pakistan to Oman and the UAE.

Silver Peak adds customers to its SD WAN
13 May 2016

Silver Peak has signed up 100 new paying customers for its software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution in the past nine months, the company announced yesterday

BT pledges £6bn broadband investment
05 May 2016

BT has announced its Openreach and EE businesses will spend £6 billion to upgrade its fibre broadband and 4G networks, increasing speeds up to 500Mbps, over the next three years.

Sprint to trial 5G in June
05 May 2016

Sprint will be trialling its 5G millimetre wave technology at the Centennial Copa America Soccer event this June.

Jamaica approves new mobile operator licence
04 May 2016

Jamaica’s finance minister Audley Shaw has confirmed that the country is to get another mobile service provider as the government’s cabinet has approved the granting of a new licence.

Guyana’s GTT and Digicel to rollout 4G
04 May 2016

Guyana’s two mobile carriers Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) and Digicel have announced that they are to rollout 4G broadband services in the country having both been granted approval.

BT confirms global wholesale VP appointment
03 May 2016

BT has confirmed the appointment of Damien Staples as the vice president of its global wholesale voice and roaming business, to head up a new-look carrier unit.

Finnish government commission cable-laying project report
29 Apr 2016

The Finnish government has appointed former PM Paavo Lipponen and ex-FiCom MD Reijo Svento to explore the prerequisites for international cooperation in launching the cable-laying project in the North-East Passage.

MTS enters tower infrastructure market
29 Apr 2016

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is entering the tower infrastructure market and has invited potential partners to start applying for use of the equipment on MTS towers.

Former MegaFon CEO to relinquish role
28 Apr 2016

Russian carrier MegaFon has announced that Sergei Soldatenkov is set to become CEO once again after the resignation of Ivan Tavrin, effective April 29 2016, was accepted by its board yesterday.

Charter/Time Warner cable merger approved
26 Apr 2016

US regulators have approved Charter Communications’ $78 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, to create the second largest cable TV network in the US.

Verizon reveals biggest OpenStack cloud build
26 Apr 2016

Verizon has revealed further details of its 18-month long NFV (network functions virtualization) architecture build, said to be the largest NFV OpenStack cloud deployment yet across five major data centres in the US.

MásMovil offers €550m for Yoigo
26 Apr 2016

Spanish multi-services operator MásMovil has reportedly offered €550 million to acquire a 75% stake in Telia-owned mobile operator Yoigo.

EE to boosts 4G network to 95% of UK
25 Apr 2016

EE has revealed its ambitions to expand 4G coverage from 60% of the UK to 95% by 2020, in an announcement certain to boost rural UK.

Top team changes at Ericsson as profits fall 14%
22 Apr 2016

Ericsson, one of the world’s biggest wireless equipment vendors, responded to poor first-quarter profit expectations today by carrying out a swift corporate re-organisation. Sales fell 2.4% to $6.4 billion (52.2 billion kronor).

Mega cloud players squeezing out competition
21 Apr 2016

Innovation is thriving in the cloud services market, and machine-learning and meta clouds are just over the horizon. Enterprises are queueing up to adopt off-premises cloud services because they have to increase business agility and reduce costs.

Intel in executive leadership shakeup
21 Apr 2016

Intel has announced that its Internet of Things (IoT) head, Doug Davis, is to retire and its head of its client computing group (CCG), Kirk Skaugen, has left the company.

Metaswitch Networks - PoP virtualisation from concept to reality
20 Apr 2016

Change is perhaps the only thing that doesn't change in the international carrier world! This is especially true with wholesale voice. Over the years, the industry has absorbed, with varied levels of success, a number of assaults or waves of evolution. First came the decline of the bilateral world, followed by the rise of Voice over IP, which brought new breeds of competitors and then enabled the rise of communications app such as Skype and Whatsapp. Add to this the constantly falling termination prices. Is there no end to the threats to this industry?

Vumatel borrows R3bn for FTTH
20 Apr 2016

South African fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) specialist Vumatel has announced it has reached a significant finance deal with Standard Bank and will spend R3bn (USD208.6 million) over the next two years to dramatically increase its operations.

Cloud services push IBM revenues up
19 Apr 2016

IBM has reported first-quarter earnings that were better than expected due to a strong performance from its cloud services division.

Spirent appoints VP for IoT business
19 Apr 2016

Spirent Communications has announced Dejan Rasuo has been appointed as vice president of its Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and subscription management business.

AAE-1 subsea cable lands at Crete
19 Apr 2016

OTEGlobe has announced the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system has landed at Chania, Crete. A source has indicated that the cable is set to commercially launch in November, 2016.

TeliaSonera rebrands carrier arm and launches PoP
15 Apr 2016

TeliaSonera International Carrier has rebranded to Telia Carrier and has established a new point of presence (PoP) in Montreal, providing whole IP transit, Ethernet and IPX services for carriers, content and cloud providers.

Omantel and Sigfox sign IoT deal
14 Apr 2016

Omantel has signed a partnership with French startup Sigfox for its proprietary low power wide area (LPWA) technology for the internet of things (IoT).

Italtel to upgrade Iran’s TCI network
14 Apr 2016

Italian telecoms equipment manufacturer Italtel has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and modernise the telecoms network of Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI).

VimpelCom denies Zimbabwe claim it has bought Telecel
13 Apr 2016

VimpelCom still owns its 60% share of Zimbabwean mobile operator Telecel, despite claims from Zimbabwe’s telecoms minister – as recently as yesterday – that it has bought the stake for $40 million.

Ooredoo and TI Sparkle sign strategic deal
13 Apr 2016

Ooredoo’s global wholesale arm and TI Sparkle have signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop new telecommunication services and share knowledge

Axiata appoints Ncell MD
13 Apr 2016

After Axiata’s $1.03bn acquisition of a 60.4% stake in Ncell, its board of directors have appointed Simon Perkins as the managing director the Nepalese operator, effective April 12.

Airtel acquires Aircel's 4G spectrum for $525m
11 Apr 2016

India’s Bharti Airtel is set to become a pan-Indian operator after agreeing to acquire Aircel’s 4G spectrum in eight circles for a fee of $525.9mn (Rs 3,500 crore), according to a stock exchange filing.

Top telcos meet to relaunch Latam’s OTI
11 Apr 2016

A host of leading telcos in the Ibero-American region have relaunched Organizacion de Telecomunicaciones de Iberoamerica (OTI) with the mission to promote “more content and better connectivity” in Latam.

Prysmian rolls out FlexTube high-fibre density cable
07 Apr 2016

The Prysmian group has launched a higher fibre density line it claims will halve the cost of joining cables and will be the optical cable of choice in the Australian telecom market within three years.

GCX adds PoP at TI Sparkle’s Sicily Hub
05 Apr 2016

TI Sparkle has announced that Reliance Communications’ subsidiary, Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), has expanded its reach into its Sicily Hub with a multi-service PoP.

Former TIM network head Paggi joins Enel Open Fibre
05 Apr 2016

Former Telecom Italia network boss Stefano Paggi has joined Italian utility Enel Open Fiber, the division it created last year to build a country-wide ultra-broadband fiber-optic network infrastructure.

Angola-Brazil subsea cable gains Japanese funding
04 Apr 2016

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is to provide a $65.8 million loan to Angola’s state-run development bank to finance the construction of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), an optical submarine cable system between Angola and Brazil.

AT&T expands 1Gbps service in five US markets
23 Mar 2016

AT&T has expanded its gigabit broadband footprint by rolling out its ultrafast internet service, which it claims has speeds of up to 1Gbps, across its GigaPower network in five more US cities.

Mexico to establish Telecom Investment Promotion Agency
16 Mar 2016

Mexico is set to establish the Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency, which will be responsible for the installation of the government’s proposed shared network and provision of telecommunications services.

Q&A: Mateo Ward, CEO, Neutrona Networks
16 Mar 2016

Neutrona Networks’ CEO, Mateo Ward, informs Capacity about its strategic priorities in Brazil and Mexico. Additionally, he explains what major trends he sees surfacing in the Latin American market this year and the key challenges being faced.

SK Telecom reveals major IoT strategy
16 Mar 2016

South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it will launch a nationwide Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) for IoT by the end of the year.

GlobeNet launch virtualisation service in Americas
15 Mar 2016

Globenet has announced the launch of its virtualisation service to support network expansion and enhancement by providing connection at critical Points of Presence (PoPs) in the Americas.

Q&A: Juan Revilla, CEO, Wholesale Business Unit, Telefónica
15 Mar 2016

Telefónica’s CEO of wholesale business, Juan Revilla, tells Capacity what its strategic priorities are in Latin America for 2016. Additionally, he explains what major trends he sees surfacing in the Latin American market this year and the key challenges being faced.

IBM opens cloud data centre in South Africa
11 Mar 2016

After collaborating with Gijima and Vodacom, IBM has announced it is to open a cloud data centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is expected to fuel cloud adoption across the continent.

IHS agrees to acquire HTN’s 1,211-tower portfolio
11 Mar 2016

Nigeria’s leading mobile telecommunications infrastructure providers, IHS Holding and Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN), are to merge their operations in a reported ‘multi-billion dollar’ deal.

SDN and NFV in 2016
10 Mar 2016

A changing market for network services is bringing about a dramatic shift in carrier buying trends. As technologies like SDN and NFV impact the industry, they may also be altering the relationship between carriers and vendors.

BIG INTERVIEW: Michael Ourabah, CEO, BSO Networks
09 Mar 2016

BSO Networks has ambitious plans to become the low latency provider of choice for financial institutions looking for access to emerging markets. Co-founder and CEO Michael Ourabah explains to Alex Hawkes how the operator is responding fast to market demand.

Myanmar may delay 2600MHz auction
09 Mar 2016

Myanmar’s planned 2600MHz spectrum auction later this month may be stalled after industry backlash, including from Telenor and Ooredoo, over the reported lack of a regulatory framework.

ZTE warns shareholders to ‘exercise caution’ after US ban
09 Mar 2016

ZTE says it is carrying out a “thorough assessment” of the impact of the trade embargo imposed on it by the US on Monday, and adds that it is cooperating with US authorities. Shareholders should “exercise caution”, said the company.

US threatens trade war on ZTE over exports to Iran
08 Mar 2016

A trade war between China and the US is on the verge of breaking out over the US Department of Commerce’s new rules that could cripple ZTE’s exports to many – if not all – parts of the world.

Fastweb joins OHM in Italy
08 Mar 2016

Italian fixed-line provider Fastweb has joined the Open Hub Med (OHM), a neutral data exchange hub in Palermo, Sicily.

USEI completes US fibre network
08 Mar 2016

US satellite and terrestrial connectivity provider USEI has deployed a 10G fibre network connecting its west and east coast teleports.

Sabey Data Center adds PoP to Manhattan facility
04 Mar 2016

Sabey Data Centers has partnered with Brooklyn Fiber, which will see the New York ISP establish a point of presence (PoP) and expand network resources at Sabey’s Inergate.Manhattan facility.

MEF appoints first-ever CTO
03 Mar 2016

The MEF has announced that it has appointed Pascal Menezes as its first-ever chief technology officer.

Vodafone Italy hits 1.2Gbps on 4G with Huawei
03 Mar 2016

Vodafone has announced that it has demonstrated, for the first time in Italy, 4G mobile network speeds of 1.2Gbps and broadband fibre network speeds of 10Gbps, with Huawei technology.

PTCL announces next president and CEO
03 Mar 2016

Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) has announced that Daniel Ritz will succeed Walid Irshaid as president and CEO of the PTCL group.

Orange reshuffles European CFO leadership
02 Mar 2016

Orange Group has announced that Adela Guedon and Diego Martinez Lopez will become the CFOs of Orange Romania and Orange Spain respectively, effective May 1 2016.

True secures $1bn backing from China for 4G
02 Mar 2016

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will issue a $1 billion guarantee for True to pay for the 4G Thai network spectrum license it gained in December.

Epsilon selects datamena to deploy PoP
02 Mar 2016

datamena has announced that Epsilon will be adding a point of presence (PoP) to its global network connecting Europe, Asia and the US at Capacity Middle East 2016.

Saudi Telecom to deploy IoT platform
02 Mar 2016

Saudi Telecom (STC) has selected digital security provider Gemalto and Comarch, a specialist in advanced systems integration, to implement an IoT connectivity management platform.

AT&T sues over Google Fibre proposal
29 Feb 2016

AT&T has filed an 11-page lawsuit in federal court against Louisville’s Metro Council, alleging it lacks jurisdiction to allow high-speed ISPs like Google Fibre to install equipment on its utility poles.

STC upgrades IP backbone
25 Feb 2016

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has expanded and upgraded its IP backbone in the Middle East.

Inmarsat delivers Antarctic maritime connectivity
24 Feb 2016

Satellite service provider Inmarsat, along with Global Marine Networks and Network Innovations, has completed a maritime milestone by delivering a successful trial of Fleet Xpress in Antarctic waters.

Zayo appoints CTO and general counsel
23 Feb 2016

Zayo has announced that Dave Jones and Wendy Cassity will take on roles as CTO and general counsel respectively, effective immediately.

du partners Huawei for T-SDN
23 Feb 2016

du and Huawei have launched what they claim to be the world’s first commercial transport software-defined network (T-SDN) on the host network.

Optus and Huawei trial 4.5G
22 Feb 2016

Optus and Huawei have announced a trial of 4.5G, resulting in download speeds of 1.41Gbps, reaching theoretical maximum speeds of 1.43Gbps.

Telstra to launch LTE service at 1Gbps for business users
22 Feb 2016

Telstra has demonstrated a 4G network running at 1Gbps, the company announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it plans to start rolling out the service in three cities later in 2016, with a Netgear mobile hub that will carry the operator’s branding.

Oman to license third operator
18 Feb 2016

Omantel and Ooredoo are set to face competition as Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been instructed to start the licensing process for a new operator.

France's Orange to go all-IP on fixed network
17 Feb 2016

Arcep, the French telecoms regulator, has started a consultation on Orange’s plan to phase out the country’s public switched telephone network and move to an all-IP service.

Q&A: Paul Scott, president, C&W
15 Feb 2016

C&W completed its multi-billion merger with Columbus International last year which enabled the complete integration of its subsea and terrestrial networks. Paul Scott, president of C&W, tells Capacity how it plans to build on that momentum in 2016.

Q&A: Hunter Newby, CEO, Allied Fiber
15 Feb 2016

Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber, talks to Capacity about Allied Fiber's opportunities for expansion in 2016, and the importance of developing Ethernet and internet exchange points within its colocation facilities

Q&A: Gil Santaliz, founder and managing director, NJFX
15 Feb 2016

Capacity speaks to Gil Santaliz, founder and managing director of NJFX, about its key developments within the Caribbean in the past year and how it plans to provide customers with alternative options to connect.

Verizon to trial LTE-U system
11 Feb 2016

Verizon has announced plans to trial a LTE-Unlicensed system to enhance capacity over the unlicensed 5GHz band.

Hutchison chairman steps up fight to acquire O2 UK
05 Feb 2016

Three UK’s chairman Canning Fok is fighting back against comments from regulators in London and Brussels that hint that Three’s planned £10.25 billion takeover of O2 UK will be blocked.

Telenor Serbia names CEO
05 Feb 2016

Telenor has appointed Ingeborg Øfsthus as CEO of Serbia and EVP of the Telenor group effective March 2016.

AAE-1 consortium picks Xtera for supply agreement
02 Feb 2016

AAE-1 consortium, the group between the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 submarine cable system project, has signed a supply contract with Xtera to equip three terrestrial segments of its network.

KT and Nokia conduct LTE-M trial
29 Jan 2016

South Korea’s KT Corp has partnered with Nokia Networks to conduct what is claimed to be the industry’s first enhanced machine type communications (eMTC) field trial.

HKNet implements NFV and launches PoP
29 Jan 2016

HKNet Company – a subsidiary of NTT Communications – has integrated network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology into its internet access service vIP-net.

TI Sparkle adds Iran to Seabone network
28 Jan 2016

Telecom Italia Sparkle has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC) for the expansion of its Seabone global IP backbone to Iran via a new IP PoP.

Digicel Vanuatu launches LTE network
25 Jan 2016

Digicel has become Vanuatu’s first LTE service provider with the launch of a 4G LTE network in the country, according to a local news source.

du hit by cable cuts
25 Jan 2016

A number of subsea cable cuts took place around Egypt last weekend, with du customers’ thought to be worst affected, according to local reports.

BICS reveals 70% increase in global LTE roaming
21 Jan 2016

Wholesale carrier service provider BICS has today revealed a 70% increase in the number of countries that have adopted LTE roaming in the last year, with availability in 126 countries worldwide.

PCCW Global joins NEXTDC ecosystem
15 Jan 2016

PCCW Global has signed a co-location agreement with Australian technology firm NEXTDC which will see the former join NEXTDC’s independent community of carriers and service providers.

Bristol to become UK’s next Gigabit City
14 Jan 2016

CityFibre has today revealed that Bristol is to become the UK’s next Gigabit City with the deployment of a commercial 82km pure fibre network in and around the city.

PCCW Global and Telstra sign IPX agreement
14 Jan 2016

PCCW Global and Telstra International have signed an IPX multi-service interconnection agreement aimed at the development of new markets and initiatives.

Cinia completes C-Lion1 cable
13 Jan 2016

Finnish ICT solutions provider Cinia Group has completed construction of its C-Lion1 subsea cable between Rostock, Germany and Helsinki, Finland.

ANALYSIS: Zayo embarks on Christmas shopping spree
13 Jan 2016

Zayo Group made two major acquisitions in November – snapping up European telecoms provider Viatel and Canadian fibre-optic company Allstream – as it continues its fierce investment in fibre.

Nigeria-Cameroon cable goes live
12 Jan 2016

The Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) has now gone live, connecting Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroon.

HKT and Huawei complete VoLTE network migration
08 Jan 2016

PCCW’s mobile subsidiary, Hong Kong Telecom (HKT), has completed what it claims to be the world’s first VoLTE network migration in partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei.

SUBSEA CABLE SPECIAL REPORT: East meets West at SubOptic 2016
08 Jan 2016

The ninth SubOptic conference will be held in Dubai in April. Alice Shelton, programme chair for SubOptic 2016 as well as technical area manager for Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, shares a preview of the key themes and issues that will be addressed throughout the event.

EE's Swantee to depart
04 Jan 2016

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, will step down shortly after the completion of BT’s acquisition of the company.