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Inmarsat and JT launch global IoT platform
09 Nov 2017

Inmarsat has struck a strategic partnership with Jersey incumbent JT Group to provide global connectivity for the growing internet of things (IoT) sector.

BICS strikes roaming deal with Swazi Mobile
07 Nov 2017

BICS has struck a deal that will see it provide Swazi Mobile, Swaziland’s recently launched second mobile network, with a complete voice and data roaming service.

Global Carrier Awards 2017 winners are...
25 Oct 2017

The 13th Global Carrier Awards saw around 400 members of the community celebrating industry achievements over the last year, with Interoute and Colt Technology Services among the big winners at this year’s event.

Axiata and Telekom Malaysia may re-merge
18 Oct 2017

A re-merger between Axiata Group and Telekom Malaysia could reduce the valuation differential between Axiata and its competitors, says Star Online.

'IoT set to fuel agriculture', says Inmarsat
16 Oct 2017

Inmarsat says that the internet of things (IoT) will play an increasingly important role in helping the agriculture sector become more efficient, productive and sustainable.

BT's EE suffers UK network outage
11 Oct 2017

BT-owned mobile operator EE has apologised for a call connection problems affecting its customer base throughout the UK.

VR and AR device shipments to hit 99m by 2021
02 Oct 2017

The number of virtual reality and augmented reality devices sold will hit almost 99 million in 2021, increasing pressure on wholesale providers to boost networks capable of dealing with more content.

BT's EE to refarm 2G spectrum for 4G
12 Sep 2017

Over the next six months, the UK’s largest operator will convert sites in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, in order to support mobile devices running on Cat 12 and Cat 16 modems.

Safaricom appoints two new directors
04 Sep 2017

Safaricom has appointed two new directors, days after finalising the sale of 35% of its business to Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone.

Vodafone Australia reveals NBN offerings
22 Aug 2017

Vodafone Australia, which begins selling National Broadband Network (NBN) services by the end of the year, has unveiled its price and service plans.

BT's EE threatens legal action over spectrum caps
21 Aug 2017

BT-owned mobile operator EE has threatened legal action against Ofcom over caps set to be imposed in an upcoming spectrum auction, following a sustained campaign by CK Hutchison’s Three UK.

Vivendi: ‘We don’t control Telecom Italia’
08 Aug 2017

Vivendi, the media company that is the largest shareholder in TIM, has told regulators “that it does not exercise any de facto control” over the company, even though it has put its nominees on to the board and into top management positions.

Singtel announces low-powered IoT network
07 Aug 2017

Singtel has unveiled plans to deploy a nationwide internet of things network by the end of September, supporting low-powered IoT technologies for enterprises.

Verizon WOWs with $225m fibre backhaul deal
03 Aug 2017

Verizon Communications as struck an agreement to buy fibre assets from WideOpenWest (WOW) in a deal worth $225 million as it aims to boost services in the Chicago market.

Apple gets approval for 5G trials in the US
28 Jul 2017

The Federal Communications Commission has rubber-stamped an application from Apple to begin testing 5G technology in the US, using the 28GHz and 39GHz frequency bands.

Apple set to open data centre in China
13 Jul 2017

In a bid to comply with tougher cyber-security laws, Apple has recently announced that it will be building a new data centre in the southern Guizhou province of China and run by a company owned by the Chinese government.

ARMM approves TierOne $60m telecoms investment
07 Jul 2017

TierOne Communications confirm that the proposed 3 billion pesos ($60 million) telecommunications investment has been approved by the Regional Board of Investors (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

BT's EE showcases Europe's first Gigabit LTE
06 Jul 2017

BT’s mobile division EE will roll out its gigabit LTE service across the UK after demonstrating the technology at Wembley Stadium as part of a partnership with Qualcomm and Sony.

Arqiva buys 5G licence for UK trials
04 Jul 2017

Arqiva has snapped up a licence for the 28GHz spectrum band from managed services provider Luminet, as it looks to trial 5G technologies in the UK.

Nokia 4.9G technology on path to 5G
29 Jun 2017

Nokia has announced that during this year’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai, it is to demonstrate its AirScale base station using 4.9G technology greatly reducing network latency to less than two milliseconds which is in line with 5G expectations.

China Unicom launches BICS’s instant roaming hub
27 Jun 2017

Ahead of Mobile World Congress Shanghai, BICS has announced that China Unicom Global has deployed its instant roaming hub to provide customers with high-quality connectivity, all around the world.

Mexico’s SCT director general shares telecoms roadmap
21 Jun 2017

Ezequiel Gil Huerta, director general of telecommunications, policy and broadcasting at the Secretaria De Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), has shared the ministry’s transformation vision of Mexico’s telecommunication sector to an audience at Mexico Connect attended by around 300 delegates.

Out-of-pocket Orange sells most of its BT shares
20 Jun 2017

Orange is reducing its 4% holding in BT to 1.33% in order to reduce its exposure to the UK company’s falling share price – on which it has lost more than €1 billion in the past year.

Ruckus expands network infrastructure offering
15 Jun 2017

Ruckus, a part of Brocade, has announced that it now offers both wired and wireless networking for enterprise, hospitality, service provider, government and small-and-medium-sized business customers worldwide.

Etisalat launches 170Mbps VSAT service
13 Jun 2017

Etisalat has announced the launch of a new class of high throughput satellite (HTS) service to provide high capacity and multi-band connectivity to address business segments in remote locations or harsh environment.

BEREC adopts wholesale roaming guidelines
12 Jun 2017

EU telecom regulator Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has adopted new wholesale roaming guidelines for national regulators.

New Zealand commits to universal broadband coverage
26 May 2017

The New Zealand government has promised that 99% of the population will get ultra-fast broadband by 2025 – an increase on the current target of 84% – and the other 1% will still get 10Mbps.

Egypt ready to go live with 4G rollout
22 May 2017

Egypt has said it 4G frequency licenses are ready to be handed over to telecoms companies looking to launch the service in the African country.

HGC and Telenor in IPX deal for Europe and Asia
19 May 2017

Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) and Telenor have signed an IPX-peering agreement, with the aim of enabling mobile operators and carriers served by the two to exchange IP traffic.

Strategy first, but action always
05 May 2017

Ajay Chitkara, director and CEO of Bharti Airtel’s global voice and data business on the decisions and strategies of the company’s global wholesale business

Axiata to lease 1Gbps HTS capacity on IPSTAR-1 satellite
04 May 2017

Axiata has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract with Thaicom to better connect underserved areas in Indonesia with high throughput satellite (HTS) coverage through leased capacity and teleport services on the IPSTAR-1 satellite.

Nokia boosts Cosmote’s network capacity
02 May 2017

Nokia has upgraded the long-haul microwave trunk network of Cosmote, the mobile arm of Greece’s OTE Group, to enhance its network coverage and capacity.

Trai launches consultation on network testing
02 May 2017

The Indian Telecoms regulator has launched a consultation on network testing, saying the current system leaves networks at risk of being overloaded at choking points of interconnect.

Thuraya appoints acting CEO
30 Mar 2017

Thuraya Telecommunications Company has today announced that Ahmed Al Shamsi, chief technology officer has been appointed as temporary acting chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately.

FCC reforms ‘outdated’ 800MHz band rules
24 Mar 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to modernise its cellular licensing and power rules in the 800MHz cellular band to provide millions of wireless customers with greater access to networks at faster speeds.

TIM to build Italy’s first 5G network in Turin
13 Mar 2017

TIM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Municipality of Turin that will see the Italian operator build Italy’s first 5G network in the urban area of the Piedmont capital.

China to scrap domestic roaming fees
07 Mar 2017

China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have announced plans to scrap domestic long-distance roaming charges later this year.

Edging closer to better connectivity
07 Mar 2017

A plethora of announcements were made at the 16th Metro Connect conference, which brought together over 540 senior representatives within the metro fibre market across the US. Jason McGee-Abe highlights some of the companies enhancing connectivity.

European Union cuts roaming rates
07 Mar 2017

From June this year wholesale roaming rates are set to be capped across all of the European Union. We look at how this will affect wholesale service and prices.

Ericsson says 5G to be worth $582bn
16 Feb 2017

Ericsson is forecasting a $582 billion market opportunity for 5G technology by 2026, giving mobile operators the change to add 34% growth to their revenues.

Thuraya opens new US location
06 Feb 2017

Mobile satellite services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications has today announced that it has opened offices in the US, bringing the provider closer to key partners, commercial customers and investors.

Rumoured Verizon bid for Charter will be test for Trump
27 Jan 2017

Donald Trump’s industrial policy for the telecoms industry may face its first big test soon, following widespread rumours that Verizon is talking about combining with US cable operator Charter Communications.

Vodafone launches first NB-IoT network
24 Jan 2017

Vodafone has launched its first narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) network, looking to connect more than 100 million new devices in Spain.

FCC Incentive Auction enters final stretch
20 Jan 2017

The end of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Incentive Auction is in sight, with the US regulator having cleared its reserve price for the 70MHz of spectrum on offer.

Indian court to hear Maxis Aircel case next week
12 Jan 2017

An Indian court is to hold a preliminary hearing next week on a charge involving former Indian telecoms minister Dayanidhi Maran and others, including Malaysian telecoms company Maxis.

GSMA celebrates 4G launch in Egypt
11 Jan 2017

The GSMA has welcomed the introduction of 4G mobile connectivity in Egypt after years of wrangling between the government and operators in the African country.

Sky launches UK MVNO on O2's network
06 Jan 2017

Sky’s new MVNO Sky Mobile has launched in the UK, offering data rollovers and synchronisation with the broadband provider's digital TV platform.

PTCL selects Viptela to deliver SD-WANs
05 Jan 2017

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has partnered with technology provider Viptela to help deliver software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs).