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Singtel launches Hooq OTT movie and TV services
25 Nov 2016

Singtel has launched over-the-top (OTT) movie and TV service Hooq to its customers in Singapore, 22 months after the company announced the joint venture with Sony and Warner Bros.

Vivendi buys more shares in Telecom Italia
23 Nov 2016

French media group Vivendi has renewed its stalking of Telecom Italia by announcing that it has increased its shareholding in the Italian operator to 23.15%.

Ofcom proposes spectrum cap for upcoming auction
21 Nov 2016

UK regulator Ofcom has set out new rules for an upcoming £70 million spectrum auction that includes a cap on “immediately usable” spectrum any operator can buy, which will prevent BT/EE from bidding on some bands.

Finland's DNA aims to raise up to €518m in IPO
15 Nov 2016

Finnish operator DNA has today listed shares as it embarks on its second attempt at an initial public offering (IPO), this time aiming to raise between €464 million to €518 million.

TIM ‘to launch MVNO’ to compete with Iliad Italy
14 Nov 2016

Italy’s TIM is to launch a virtual brand in order to compete with both the combination of Wind and Three in the country and – as part of that deal – the entry of French-based Iliad into the market.

American Tower to expand into Argentina
11 Nov 2016

American Tower Corp (AMT) has struck an agreement to acquire a number of telecommunications assets in Argentina, adding to its 144,000-site portfolio.

The 2016 Global Carrier Awards winners are ...
08 Nov 2016

The 12th Global Carrier Awards saw more than 400 members of the community wined and dined at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, celebrating industry achievements over the last year.

Viavi in multi-carrier bandwidth-on-demand demo
07 Nov 2016

Viavi has collaborated with Tier-1 international communications and cloud service providers to demonstrate a multi-carrier, multi-platform proof of concept (PoC) for bandwidth-on-demand services.

Deutsche Telekom ICSS launches IP-VPN mobile access
07 Nov 2016

Deutsche Telekom’s international wholesale arm, International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), has today launched a unique IP-VPN mobile access solution using mobile radio technology for network access.

Lycamobile, Telenor Sweden launch 4G
02 Nov 2016

Lycamobile has enhanced its mobile offering in Sweden by launching 4G data services across its Swedish network after expanding its operating network agreement with Telenor Sweden.

Eutelsat strikes capacity agreement with Yahsat
31 Oct 2016

Eutelsat Communications has signed a multi-year capacity agreement with Yahsat to provide broadband services across Sub-Saharan Africa as part of its Broadband for Africa venture.

Shuter to become MTN CEO three months early
25 Oct 2016

Rob Shuter is set to take the reins at MTN three months earlier than expected, as the South African mobile operator said data traffic has more than doubled year-on-year.

AT&T launches roaming services in Cuba
21 Oct 2016

AT&T has launched roaming services in Cuba almost two months after signing agreements for roaming and direct interconnection with Cuban authorities.

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.

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.

MNF signs 4G wholesale deal with Telstra
04 Oct 2016

MNF Group has signed a mobile virtual network operator agreement with Telstra Wholesale which will see the retail and wholesale voice-over-IP provider launch 3G and 4G services.

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.

NBTC files 1.7bn baht lawsuit against True Move and DPC
20 Sep 2016

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has filed a 1.7 billion baht (£37.5 million) lawsuit against True Move and Digital Phone Co (DPC) over retaining their customers after the expiry of their mobile concessions.

SoftBank launches ‘spatial multiplexing’ and LTE Broadcast trials
16 Sep 2016

Japanese operator SoftBank has started what it called the first commercial operation of a spatial multiplexing mobile technology called massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) today. The company is also planning to try LTE Broadcast at baseball games this weekend.

Maxis merges Aircel with RCom to create new Indian operator
15 Sep 2016

Malaysia’s Maxis Communications has signed a definitive agreement to merge its Indian mobile operator, Aircel, with Reliance Communications (RCom), to create a business with nearly 200 million customers and an 18.3% market share.

ViaSat upgrades SAS onboard Wifi to 12Mbps
09 Sep 2016

As part of a £44m investment plan, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has teamed up with ViaSat to upgrade its entire short and medium haul fleet with onboard high-speed Wifi.

FreedomPop receives $50m investment from LetterOne
30 Aug 2016

MVNO FreedomPop has received a $50 million investment from Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s investment fund LetterOne (L1) as it looks to launch across an additional eight markets by the end of next year.

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.

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.

Sprint and T-Mobile US drop data limits on LTE
19 Aug 2016

Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary, T-Mobile US, has dropped data limits on its latest package of LTE offers – and rival operator Sprint, owned by SoftBank, responded within minutes by introducing its offer.

BT in 5G collaboration with Nokia
19 Aug 2016

BT – which owns UK mobile operator EE – is the latest operator to announce it is working on a 5G proof of concept, this time with Nokia, which also announced trials with AT&T in June.

FCC reveals 62 bids for next 600MHz auction
18 Aug 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received 62 applications for the second part of the 600MHZ low-band wireless spectrum auction which launched earlier this week.

Rivada hires executive number six from Sprint
18 Aug 2016

US wholesale wireless company Rivada Networks has hired yet another former Sprint executive, this time Stephen Bye, who was CTO at Sprint until a year ago and will now be CTO at Rivada.

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.

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.

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.

Development agencies aid DRC towers purchase
08 Aug 2016

Helios Towers Africa (HTA) has won funding from the development organisations of four European governments in its funding round to help finance the purchase of 950 telecoms towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Telecom Egypt studying $560m plan for 4G licence
01 Aug 2016

Telecom Egypt is ready to buy a 4G licence, a move that would allow three rivals to start offering fixed-line services in Egypt, giving the country four competing integrated operators.

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”.

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.

HKBN to launch MVNO services in Hong Kong
18 Jul 2016

The Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) has announced today that it has been licensed to offer mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services and a soft launch is anticipated next month.

FCC opens up spectrum over 24GHz for 5G wireless
15 Jul 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24GHz to enable rapid development and deployment of next-gen 5G technologies and services in the US.

ANALYSIS: 20,000 leagues under the Brexit, without a rudder
14 Jul 2016

The UK's imminent departure from the European Union has injected a vast sea of uncertainty and instability into the telco ocean. Bill Boyle looks at the Brexit aftermath. Agnes Stubbs looks at the impact on roaming and wholesale

MTN replaces CFO and appoints M&A chief
04 Jul 2016

Troubled African operator MTN has hinted at future acquisitions or disposals by appointing a banker to be vice president of strategy and M&As. At the same time the company has announced that its group CFO will be leaving.

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.

Vodafone ‘may move HQ out of UK’ after EU vote
29 Jun 2016

Vodafone is expected to move its public policy operations from London to Brussels in the wake of last week’s UK vote to leave the European Union and may even move its headquarters out of the UK.

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 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.

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.

Ar Telecom to boost global cloud connectivity
01 Jun 2016

Portugal’s Ar Telecom has selected Epsilon to deliver its Cloud Link eXchange (CloudLX) platform to support the growth of its enterprise customers’ cloud services with scalable and flexible connectivity delivered from a user friendly online portal.

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.

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.

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.

Nigeria stops talks over MTN $3.9bn fine
23 May 2016

In a surprise move, the Nigerian government has suspended talks with mobile operator MTN about reducing the $3.9 billion fine that was imposed on the company.

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.

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.

MTN and Ericsson trial first LTE-U network
29 Apr 2016

Ericsson and MTN have partnered to trial LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U), which combines licensed and unlicensed 5GHz spectrum on indoor small cells, in South Africa.

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.

ETSI signs MoU with Eurosmart for 5G security
20 Apr 2016

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurosmart to enhance the security robustness of 5G networks.

Europe plans €500m on 5G and cybersecurity innovation
19 Apr 2016

The European Commission has launched a project to promote common standards in 5G networks and cybersecurity. The move, by the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union, is part of a set of measures to link up individual national initiatives for the digitisation of industry.

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.

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.

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.

‘Panama papers’ show president's sister has Vodacom DRC stake
07 Apr 2016

The so-called Panama papers – leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca – show that the twin sister of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a director of Keratsu Holding, which holds a 9.6% stake in Vodacom’s operation in the country.

MTN faces call for Nigeria fine to be tripled to $15.6bn
30 Mar 2016

Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives is calling for the $5.2 billion fine originally imposed on mobile phone operator MTN to be tripled to $15.6 billion – just as the Nigerian government is trying to negotiate the fine down.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brazil and EU forge 5G agreement
25 Feb 2016

After bilateral agreements with China, Japan and South Korea, the European Union has announced that it will also work with the Brazilian government to boost global 5G wireless development.

SK Telecom wants faster 5G standards progress
25 Feb 2016

South Korean operator SK Telecom is pushing hard with three others to speed up development of 5G mobile technology because it is disappointed with the time the standards bodies are taking.

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.

Italian firm to build consumer TDD LTE network in Rome
23 Feb 2016

Italian fixed broadband operator Linkem is to build an ultra-broadband wireless network in Rome offering residential customers up to 400 megabits a second in a city where the alternative service is over TIM’s copper network.

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.

Deutsche Telekom in Huawei 5G demo
18 Feb 2016

Deutsche Telekom has carried out a live demo of millimetre wave technology for 5G mobile services, working with Huawei in preparation for next week’s Mobile World Congress.

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.

Belgium's Mobistar to rebrand as Orange
04 Feb 2016

Belgian operator Mobistar, which is 53% owned by the French group Orange, is to rebrand itself as Orange, 15 years after the name was dropped by KPN subsidiary.

BT restructures divisions after EE takeover
01 Feb 2016

BT has restructured itself into six divisions following the completion last week of its purchase of UK mobile operator EE. One of the divisions is EE, which continues under its old name, but parts of EE will be moved into other units of BT.

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.

China and US take LTE to one billion users
27 Jan 2016

There were one billion LTE users across the world by the end of 2015, with China, the US, Japan and South Korea accounting for two-thirds of them. The UK is in fifth position.

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.

Reliance to offer iPass to 118m customers
08 Jan 2016

US wifi networking company iPass is to offer access to 50 million wifi hotspots to the customers of India’s Reliance Communications, and enabling them to avoid roaming charges.

MTN Nigeria appeals against $3.9bn fine
05 Jan 2016

MTN is appealing against the Nigerian regulator’s $3.9 billion fine on the company, but a Nigerian lawyer is challenging MTN’s right to contest the judgment.