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Myanmar ready to license 4G services
27 Nov 2015

Myanmar will license 4G spectrum as soon as the country’s operators are ready to introduce services, according to the deputy telecoms minister.

DoCoMo and Ericsson join forces for 5G
24 Nov 2015

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is trying out Ericsson’s 5G radio test bed, in advance of other operators which are expected to start field trials in 2016.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Steve Spengler, CEO, Intelsat
12 Nov 2015

Half a century after Intelsat launched its first telecoms satellite, the company is about to embark on its next, most innovative generation. CEO Steve Spengler talks to Capacity about its EpicNG satellites.

Telstra launches SaaS portfolio for enterprises
10 Nov 2015

Telstra has today revealed the launch of its Applications portfolio for the delivery of a range of digital tools and software as a service (SaaS) solutions to enterprise customers.

Operators unite for narrowband IoT
09 Nov 2015

Seven operators and a range of vendors, as well as the mobile industry’s GSM Association, have laid the foundations for a new industry forum aimed at accelerating the ecosystem around narrowband internet of things technology.

UK watchdog approves BT/EE deal
28 Oct 2015

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally approved British incumbent BT’s £12.5 billion acquisition of mobile operator EE.

MARKET STRATEGY: Taking a spin into the future
27 Oct 2015

The era of the ‘connected’ car is providing new opportunities for telecoms operators in the automotive sector. Which carriers are positioning themselves in the fast lane?

EE maintains 4G growth in Q3
21 Oct 2015

UK operator EE grew its 4G customer base by 1.7 million in Q3 2015, helping it to maintain its lead as Europe’s largest 4G operator.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Wandera
20 Oct 2015

Deutsche Telekom has signed a strategic partnership with Wandera for the delivery of its mobile gateway services to the operator’s business customers.

AT&T switches on LTE in Mexico
14 Oct 2015

US giant AT&T has revealed its first roll-out of a 4G LTE network in Mexico, in six locations across the country.

Thailand brings forward 4G auction
13 Oct 2015

Thailand’s telecoms regulator plans to bring forward the date for its second auction of 4G mobile spectrum to November 12, according to local reports.

UAE telecoms market grows by over 12%
05 Oct 2015

The UAE telecoms market is said to have grown by 12.32% to almost $9 billion (Dh32.8 billion) this year compared to almost $8 billion (Dh29.2 billion) last year.

Telecom Egypt chairman resigns
21 Sep 2015

Mohamed Salem, chairman of state-owned Telecom Egypt, resigned from his position on Saturday as a new government was sworn in by president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

Bahamas mobile auction delayed
18 Sep 2015

The Bahamas Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has postponed a mobile spectrum auction scheduled for this week, according to local reports.

Ghana telecoms market
03 Sep 2015

Situated on Africa’s west coast between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo, Ghana was the first black African colony to achieve independence in 1957, and the country’s telecoms sector today is continuing the forward-thinking attitude of its ancestors.

Telinta launches TeliSIM Africa
03 Sep 2015

Cloud-based VoIP switching and billing provider Telinta has launched TeliSIM Africa, an MVNO solution designed to enable telecoms service providers to offer mobile roaming services to their customers.

Globe takes Orange’s OTT voice app
03 Sep 2015

Orange has formed a partnership with Globe Telecom to launch an international voice call service that will connect Filipino communities around the world with their friends and family back home.

China Unicom appoints CEO
02 Sep 2015

China Unicom has appointed Wang Xiaochu as executive director, chairman and chief executive officer at the company, effective September 1.

Spain to launch mobile auction
01 Sep 2015

Spain is preparing to launch an auction of mobile frequencies in the 2.6GHz band in a bid to help operators improve their 4G coverage, the country’s government has said.

Europe's single market: The digital countdown
28 Aug 2015

Europe has set itself an ambitious target of 2020 for its Digital Single Market proposal. The building blocks are in place, but will it deliver? Laura Hedges investigates.

Greg Wyler, OneWeb: Shooting for the stars
26 Aug 2015

Satellite entrepreneur Greg Wyler has made it his mission to connect the most remote parts of the world. He speaks to Agnes Stubbs about his latest venture OneWeb and what it takes to fulfil the mission.

HAUD appoints technical specialist
25 Aug 2015

Security solutions provider HAUD has today appointed Marko Skomersic as its technical solutions specialist as the company looks to develop its fraud prevention offering.

Telstra posts 2015 results
13 Aug 2015

Telstra has revealed its financial results for 2015, with revenues increasing by 1.2% to $26.6 billion and EBITDA decreasing 3.5% to $10.7 billion.

Thailand’s AIS and DTAC to share towers
13 Aug 2015

Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) and Total Access Communication (DTAC) are to share some of their telecoms towers in the country in a bid to strengthen their nationwide service, according to local reports.

Turkcell considers Lebanon tender
12 Aug 2015

Turkcell is considering its participation in a tender for the management of state-owned mobile networks in Lebanon, the company said in a statement.

SK Telecom plans LTE-Maritime network
03 Aug 2015

SK Telecom is set to launch what it claims will be the world’s first LTE-Maritime (LTE-M) network as part of a research project led by the country’s ministry of oceans and fisheries (MOF).

Qualcomm to cut workforce by 15%
24 Jul 2015

Qualcomm is to cut as many as 4,500 jobs – 15% of its workforce – as part of a cost-cutting effort announced this week.

Canadian regulator says big players must share fibre networks
23 Jul 2015

Canada’s telecoms regulator, the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), has decided that the country’s largest operators must open up their last mile fibre-optic connections to smaller competitors.

Three bidders in running for Lebanese mobile tender
20 Jul 2015

Lebanese telecoms minister Boutros Harb has told local reporters that the government has received two formal applications in its public tender for management of its state-owned mobile networks, and is expecting a third.

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent complete live NFV trial
13 Jul 2015

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent have allegedly conducted the industry’s first live field trial of virtualised radio access network architecture, based on network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology.

Airtel Kenya to invest $186 million in upgrades
07 Jul 2015

Airtel Kenya has this week revealed an investment strategy totalling approximately $186 million (KES19 billion) for its operations in the country over the next three years, according to local reports.

Claro Peru to launch TD-LTE network
06 Jul 2015

Claro Peru is preparing to launch broadband services in remote areas of the country using time division long-term evolution (TD-LTE) technology, according to local reports.

du and Huawei pen mobile broadband deal
06 Jul 2015

Dubai’s du has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese vendor Huawei for the construction of what they claim will be the most advanced mobile broadband network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mongolia telecoms market
03 Jul 2015

Mongolia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, but despite its predominantly basic telecoms setup, the country, like many across Asia, is making moves towards a more data-centric future.

NTT DoCoMo selects Gemalto for IoT
02 Jul 2015

NTT DoCoMo has selected digital security provider Gemalto to enable connectivity for internet of things (IoT) applications.

A life in the day of…Jesse Moore, managing director and co-founder, M-KOPA Solar
01 Jul 2015

Kenyans collectively spend more than $1 billion each year on off-grid energy substitutes; kerosene fuel for lighting, for example. That is, until October 2012 when Jesse Moore and his team launched M-KOPA Solar; a ‘pay-per-use’ solar system and mobile payment service created to effectively make solar energy the cheapest power option.

Vodafone Spain and Huawei trial LTE broadcast
24 Jun 2015

Vodafone Spain and Huawei have teamed up for what they claim is the first trial of LTE broadcast eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services) technology in Spain.

Vodafone spends big in German auction
22 Jun 2015

Germany raised just over €5 billion in a spectrum auction last Friday, with Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica Deutschland and Vodafone Germany emerging as successful bidders.

FCC to fine AT&T a record $100 million
19 Jun 2015

The US telecoms regulator plans to fine AT&T $100 million for slowing down internet speeds for millions of customers on unlimited data plans without informing them.

Singapore to close 2G services
15 Jun 2015

Singapore’s three mobile operators - M1, Singtel and StarHub – will cease providing 2G services in the country as of April 1 2017.

Huawei upgrades TDC network
03 Jun 2015

Chinese vendor Huawei has completed the upgrade of Danish operator TDC’s mobile network in Denmark.

Telkom Indonesia to acquire GTA
02 Jun 2015

Telkom Indonesia is to acquire Guam-based GTA from Japanese private equity firm Advantage Partners, according to local reports.

Viva and BT launch GIPX in Bahrain
02 Jun 2015

Viva Bahrain and British incumbent BT have teamed up for the launch of what is claimed to be the region’s first global IP exchange (GIPX) interoperability hub.

Chile telecoms market
26 May 2015

One of the most open and mature telecoms markets in Latin America, Chile has become a target of both national and international investment.

FUTURE OF VOICE SPECIAL REPORT: Building a quality future
21 May 2015

A new focus on quality looks poised to reinvigorate the voice market. As opportunities such as VoLTE, HD voice and voice over Wifi come down the pipeline, can these new services drive traffic and boost revenues? Guy Matthews investigates.

Comcast and Lenovo join OpenDayLight in SDN, NFV push
14 May 2015

Comcast and Lenovo are the latest companies to join the OpenDayLight Project, a community-led and industry supported open source platform to support the development of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

Windstream selects Alcatel-Lucent for IPTV
07 May 2015

Alcatel-Lucent has enabled Windstream to launch Kinetic, a next-generation television service – alternative to satellite and cable – offering high-quality IPTV services to customers across Nebraska, US.

vXchnge acquires Sungard data centres
06 May 2015

Carrier-neutral co-location services provider vXchnge has acquired eight data centres from Sungard Availability Services (AS), in line with its strategy to purchase high-quality assets across the US.

Ciena to acquire Cyan
05 May 2015

Ciena has today announced its intention to acquire Cyan in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $400 million.

Nokia Networks profits tumble
01 May 2015

Finland’s Nokia Networks has revealed Q1 2015 results significantly lower than market forecasts, raising concerns over its planned acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Turkcell CEO targets Ukraine
01 May 2015

Turkcell is focussing on regional expansion and may even look at opportunities in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

Turkey minister could cancel 4G tender
28 Apr 2015

Turkey may cancel its 4G tender – set for May this year – as the country instead moves to accelerate the launch of 5G, Reuters reports.

HKT and Huawei demo 450Mbps LTE-A
24 Apr 2015

PCCW’s mobile subsidiary HKT has teamed up with Chinese vendor Huawei to demonstrate what is claimed to be the world’s first IP-RAN-based LTE-A 450Mbps solution.

CenturyLink acquires Orchestrate
21 Apr 2015

US operator CenturyLink has acquired database service provider Orchestrate in a bid to enhance its cloud platform.

Telefonica selects NEC for SMB cloud services
15 Apr 2015

Telefonica Business Solutions has today revealed a four-year partnership with NEC for the delivery of cloud services to SMB customers across Europe and Latin America.

Viettel to acquire Beeline Cambodia
09 Apr 2015

Vietnam’s Viettel is to acquire the complete assets of Beeline Cambodia; the first time that a Vietnamese firm has acquired an active overseas telecoms operator.

Abertis to spin off telecoms arm
07 Apr 2015

Spanish infrastructure firm Abertis will spin off its telecoms business into a publicly listed company with a value of €4 billion, The Financial Times reports.

EE launches Wifi calling
07 Apr 2015

UK mobile operator EE has launched what it claims is the country’s first Wifi calling service, designed to benefit the UK’s increasingly mobile workforce.

South Sudan to lay fibre-optic cables within two years
01 Apr 2015

South Sudan’s minister for telecommunications and postal services, Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, has said that the government will lay a fibre-optic cable in the country within the next two years, Reuters reports.

2015: The year of enterprise
23 Mar 2015

Wholesale carriers increasingly target the enterprise as a source of growth. The technology may be right, but account management is just as important.

Top five telecoms projects
19 Mar 2015

Some major telecoms projects worldwide are due for completion in 2015. Capacity examines their potential impact on the market.

UK’s Ofcom to launch digital telecoms review
12 Mar 2015

British regulator Ofcom said today that it will undertake an “overarching review of the UK’s digital communications market”, in a bid to ensure that the demands of enterprises and consumers are being met.

Q&A: Andrew Grenville, CEO, Orixcom
10 Mar 2015

Capacity Middle East Day 2: Andrew Grenville, CEO at Orixcom, talks about operating in the region and the practical implementation of the cloud.

Top six innovation facilities
02 Mar 2015

With operators under more pressure then ever before to innovate in order to get ahead of market demand, facilities dedicated to innovation have been cropping up in abundance over the last 18 months.

MARKET STRATEGY: The war on fraud
27 Feb 2015

The rising frequency and sophistication of fraudulent activity on networks is putting carriers under pressure to take action. Capacity investigates how much progress the industry has made in the last year.

FCC approves strong net neutrality rules
27 Feb 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted 3-2 in favour of net neutrality rules which will categorise cable and mobile companies as utilities.

Qualcomm extends LTE to unlicensed spectrum
27 Feb 2015

Qualcomm Technologies has today revealed the extension of LTE to unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U), in a bid to help operators meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile data.

Orange and Nokia pen Telco Cloud partnership
27 Feb 2015

France’s Orange and Finnish vendor Nokia Networks have signed a ‘Telco Cloud partnership’, designed to focus on the virtualisation of IP multimedia core network subsystem (IMS).

ANALYSIS: US operators - divesting for success
26 Feb 2015

In early February this year, US conglomerate Verizon announced that it will be selling its fixed-line assets to Frontier Communications, and leasing several mobile towers to American Tower, in two separate deals for a total of $15.6 billion. And with AT&T also rumoured to be selling o¬ff a significant portion of its data centre assets, what are the country’s two largest players hoping to gain?

Tata launches roaming intelligence service
18 Feb 2015

Tata Communications has today launched its RoamPulse platform; a real-time roaming intelligence solution designed to enable mobile operators to offer a better roaming experience to their customers.

NCC fines APT and Taiwan Mobile for partnership
17 Feb 2015

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday that Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) and Taiwan Mobile have each been fined NT$300,000 (approximately $9,494) for failing to report their 4G roaming alliance within the required time-frame.

Unitel and Ericsson demonstrate LTE-A CA in Angola
13 Feb 2015

Angolan operator Unitel and Swedish vendor Ericsson have completed the successful demonstration of an LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation (LTE-A CA) solution, capable of supporting data speeds of up to 450Mbps.

Jamaica telecoms market
11 Feb 2015

Jamaica is the third-largest of the Caribbean islands and has a small and open economy. Despite its relative political stability, rich culture and successful tourist industry, it has long struggled with low economic growth and high levels of crime, poverty and public debt.

MARKET STRATEGY: A telecoms gold mine?
09 Feb 2015

How can carriers help the mining community streamline operations and drive revenues? Alex Hawkes takes a look at some of the companies that have made the step beyond being basic connectivity providers.

Sunrise IPO raises $2.2 billion
06 Feb 2015

Swiss telecoms company Sunrise Communications raised $2.2 billion (2 billion Swiss francs) in a strong trading debut on the SIX Swiss Exchange on Friday.

Orange considers African Airtel assets purchase
05 Feb 2015

France’s Orange is considering the acquisition of a number of Bharti Airtel’s African assets, in a bid to strengthen its business in the region, people close to the matter told Bloomberg.

FCC chairman backs strong net neutrality rules
05 Feb 2015

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed regulating internet service as a public utility to ensure so-called net neutrality, or an open internet.

Vodafone enters quad-play market
04 Feb 2015

Vodafone is set to launch home broadband in the UK, in its first move into the multi-play market, the Financial Times reports.

Dixons Carphone to launch MVNO
03 Feb 2015

Dixons Carphone has entered into a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Three, with plans to launch mobile services in spring this year.

Turkcell CEO to step down
29 Jan 2015

Sureyya Ciliv, chief executive at Turkish mobile operator Turkcell, is to leave his position as of January 31, 2015.

Midweek Mergers: January 28
28 Jan 2015

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Bell Labs study claims to halve mobile network energy costs
27 Jan 2015

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs has completed its IntelliSpekrum research project and discovered that mobile networks can deliver energy savings of up to 50% by deploying a mixture of macro and small cell radio base stations.

Sri Lanka Telecom appoints chairman
23 Jan 2015

The Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Group has appointed PG Kumarasinghe – brother of the Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena – as chairman at the company, according to local reports.

SK Telecom and Nokia sign 5G deal
23 Jan 2015

South Korea’s SK Telecom and Nokia Networks have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of 5G services.

Midweek Mergers: January 21
21 Jan 2015

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Midweek Mergers: January 14
14 Jan 2015

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

ANALYSIS: BT to face regulatory showdown?
13 Jan 2015

It was the appropriate finale to a record year for mergers among European cable and telecoms providers. In what will arguably become the biggest shake-up in the UK mobile market, BT announced mid-December 2014 that it has entered into exclusive talks to buy EE for £12.5 billion.

Israel awards 1800MHz band for 4G
13 Jan 2015

Israel has awarded 4G frequencies in the 1800MHz band following the announcement of results for the country’s frequency tender yesterday.

Anam targets African growth with new appointment
12 Jan 2015

A2P mobile software service provider Anam Technologies has appointed Francois Van Zyl as regional director for Africa at the company, in a bid to drive its presence in the region.

Midweek Mergers: January 7
07 Jan 2015

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

TeliaSonera launches LTE-A in Lithuania
06 Jan 2015

TeliaSonera’s Lithuanian arm, Omnitel, has launched LTE-Advanced services in five cities across the country; Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys.