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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.