Regions

Europe

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.
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Middle East

Kalaam Telecom establishes PoP at Etisalat SmartHub
24 May 2016
Kalaam Telecom has announced that it has sealed a partnership with Etisalat Carrier and Wholesale Services, which will see it establish a point of presence (PoP) at Etisalat’s SmartHub in the UAE.
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Africa

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.
Vodacom claims 1Gbps on LTE-U
23 May 2016
Vodacom claims to have achieved mobile broadband speeds of over 1Gbps by aggregating spectrum in licensed and unlicensed bands.
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Asia & Asia-Pacific

ZTE and China Mobile team up to ease NFV adoption
25 May 2016
ZTE has announced a collaboration with China Mobile to promote a management and orchestration (MANO) interoperability test (IOT) across key industry vendors to ease network function virtualisation (NFV) adoption.
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North America

AT&T makes bid for Yahoo
27 May 2016
AT&T, which previously decided against making an offer for Yahoo in April this year, has been reported as making a new bid for the company.
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Latin America

Telefónica to build transoceanic fibre cable station
19 May 2016
Telefónica International Wholesale Services is to build, what it claims to be, the first transoceanic fibre cable station in the mid-Atlantic. The fibre cables will connect Brazil to North America at an installation planned in Virginia Beach.
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