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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.