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A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
Egypt needs billions of dollars of investment to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure, the country’s telecoms minister told reporters this week.
UK-based EE has become the largest 4G mobile player in Europe, after adding 1.4 million customers to its high-speed network.
The UK’s O2 has today announced a partnership with Zayo Group for the upgrade of its nationwide infrastructure into a fully resilient core fibre network.
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Huawei has today announced plans to step up its procurement spending in Europe, as part of its investment strategy in the region.
US carrier Verizon has distanced itself from rumours that it is interested in acquiring América Móvil assets in Mexico.
Telefónica Germany has partnered with Ericsson for the upgrade of its network to support VoLTE services.
SK Telecom and Samsung have announced a partnership to lead 5G network research in South Korea.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) will spend $3.69 billion (Rp 45 trillion) in 2015 on a national broadband plan, according to the Investor Daily.
Vodafone UK has begun rolling out LTE advanced (LTE-A) technology across the nation.
During a lively panel session at Capacity Africa 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, it became clear that operators in the region are demanding faster and more compliant regulation from the government.
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UK regulator Ofcom has revealed that it is ahead with plans to introduce more spectrum to the market by utilising white space technology.
According to local reports, Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) claims total investment in the country’s telecoms sector has reached $40 billion.
Tigo Honduras plans to launch 4G LTE services in the country early next year, the company’s communications manager, Rodolfo Caraccioli, has revealed.
Kenyan regulators have given preliminary approval for Safaricom and Airtel’s joint acquisition for the mobile assets of Essar Kenya.
Huawei Marine Networks has officially started construction work on the Far East submarine system designed to deliver enhanced communications services to Russia.
The AAE-1 cable consortium has signed a supply contract with vendor NEC Corporation for the S1H segment of the cable.
KPN-owned iBasis and Vodafone Carrier Services have announced a 4G peering agreement designed to carry live roaming traffic.
Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya is well-positioned for both national and international connectivity to neighbouring countries Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Vodafone India is reportedly pumping $1 billion into upgrading its network, ahead of plans to run 4G LTE trials in 2015.
Are carriers threatened by the investment from tech companies in telecoms infrastructure? Kavit Majithia investigates.
SingTel, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson have completed a successful demonstration of FDD/TDD carrier aggregation using commercial hardware and software, in what is claimed to be an industry first.
French technology startup company Sigfox is reportedly seeking to raise funds in a bid to build a global network for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The UK’s BT Group has said that technical hurdles will make it difficult for the company to return to the consumer mobile market before the end of the financial year.
Serge Willenegger has the unconventional task of managing a team that is primarily based in San Diego from his native Switzerland.
China’s Huawei has revealed plans to increase its R&D investments in France, and expand its industry co-operation with French partners.
Departing European Commission VP, Neelie Kroes, has warned telcos that they must change their attitude if Europe is to become a single telecoms market.
A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
As if there was not already enough for carriers to consider when upgrading their networks to support VoLTE, modifications must be also made to the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF).
Belarusian startup operator beCloud (Belarusian Cloud Technologies) is planning to launch a 4G LTE network in the capital Minsk in 2015, according to local reports.
Although Voice over LTE (VoLTE) trials are gathering pace, operators face major technical challenges in upgrading networks to support the service. Alex Hawkes questions whether there is an advantage in being a fast mover.
Windstream has announced Bob Gunderman as interim CFO at the company, following the departure of Tony Thomas, who has left his position to head up Windstream’s real estate spin-off.
India’s tempestuous Ambani brothers are set to battle for 4G market share in 2015 after Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group announced plans to launch a 4G mobile offering next year.
América Móvil’s Brazilian unit Claro has won a new national broadcast licence for 4G cell spectrum in the 700MHz range after a successful bid of $795 million.
Swisscom and satellite operator SES have today announced an agreement for the delivery of the latter’s Astra Connect service in Switzerland.
With 5G on the horizon, how is investment stepping up in research and development? Are carriers taking an active role, or is the drive coming largely from the vendor community? Guy Matthews reports from the frontiers of cellular innovation.
América Móvil is still analysing a potential asset sale in Mexico after vowing to divest some of its interests in the country to comply with new regulations.
Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) has launched telecoms operations in Saudi Arabia.
Hungarian regulator NMHH has sold a range of mobile broadband frequencies to Deutsche Telekom-owned Magyar Telekom and the Hungarian subsidiaries of Vodafone and Telenor.
Mexico’s Grupo Salinas has confirmed plans to acquire a 50% stake in the country’s third-largest mobile operator, Iusacell, from its partner, Grupo Televisa.
Vodafone has launched HD voice across the UK.
Ideas man Nick Clarke, GM of wholesale and international at Spark (formerly Telecom NZ), is using his philosophy to drive the company’s rebrand into the digital age.
Entel South America has awarded a contract to China’s ZTE Corporation to be the exclusive supplier for the operator’s fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) network in Bolivia.
The Mexican government finalised its revolutionary telecoms reforms in mid-July, and the overhaul is expected to put an end to América Móvil’s dominant position in the market.
In November 2012, Capacity ran a report warning carriers that the talent pool for senior management in wholesale telecoms was running dry.
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Indian operator Bharti Airtel has agreed to sell-off 3,500 mobile masts across six African countries to telecoms infrastructure player Eaton Towers.
VimpelCom’s Italian subsidiary Wind has invited bidders for the sale and lease-back of its 11,000 mobile masts, in a deal that could be worth €500 million.
A summary of the week's biggest telecoms news stories.
Egyptian regulators have approved the country’s long-awaited unified landline and mobile telecoms licence.
Mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) is reportedly set to boost its number of small cell sites to 3,000 facilities across Thailand.
Nokia Networks has been selected by olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn) – the joint venture between KT and the Government of Rwanda – for the vendor to provide radio and core network services.
South African company MTN is to launch a joint venture with tower firm IHS for the tower company to operate and manage the operator’s 9,151 transmitter towers in Nigeria.
Nokia Networks has appointed Dimitri Diliani as VP of Latin America at the company, following the resignation of Almir Narcizo.
Nokia Networks and China Telecom have announced a partnership to develop FDD-TDD carrier aggregation and user device chipset capabilities.
PCCW Global and Namibian operator Paratus Telecom have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement in an attempt to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in the country.
Spain’s Telefónica and French vendor Alcatel-Lucent have partnered for the deployment of a 100Gbps optical network in north west, eastern and southern Spain.
The GSMA has urged the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz).
Orange Business Services will supply satellite solutions to BW Offshore – a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry – under a new five-year $12 million contract.
UK group Vodafone is set to hit out at proposed European rules for handling web traffic on networks at a conference in Spain today.
O3b Networks has announced the launch of four new satellites after successful in-orbit testing.
UK-based satellite provider Inmarsat has received a delayed quarterly payment of $9.1 million from its US partner, LightSquared.
China Telecom is to test its 4G network in 40 cities across the country, extending its reach from 16 locations after receiving approval from regulators.
Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have launched a joint venture that will offer enterprise services in Indonesia.
Armenia’s Ucom has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for the upgrade of its national infrastructure, using the French vendor’s 100G optical transport network (OTN) solution.
A summary of the week's biggest wholesale telecoms news stories.
A consortium of seven global operators has announced plans for a new subsea cable system to directly connect south east Asia to the US.
Fixed-line provider Colt has announced plans to support financial group BNP Paribas’ Real Estate division in Germany with network services.
South Africa's MTN and Chinese vendor Huawei have completed a successful live trial of a transport SDN and 2.4Tbps WDM system.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has revealed 14 additional members since January this year as it moves to progress the development of Carrier Wifi worldwide.
EE has extended its 4G network in the UK to 13 new locations.
PCCW Global has announced plans to extend its support to NGO Télécoms Sans Frontiéres (TSF) for the next three years.
Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) is set to modernise and expand its domestic core infrastructure.
Verizon is to invest nearly $40 million in expanding its green energy programme by installing new solar power systems at eight of its network facilities in the US.
TE Connectivity has announced it has upgraded its antenna systems to 4G, in a bid to allow customers that presently use 2G and 3G services to deliver more capacity over their networks.
A wave of fatal bombings at the weekend in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, have damaged and temporarily closed down Zain Iraq’s network in the area.
Bondholders at South African mobile operator Cell C have agreed to €160 million worth of debt restructuring, in order to free up investment for a network expansion.
MTS Ukraine has reportedly restored mobile services in 43 locations across eastern Ukraine, after previously suspending its operations in the region.
Chinese vendor Huawei has partnered with Telekom Malaysia (TM) subsidiary Telekom Research and Development (TM R&D) to co-develop next-generation access technologies for fixed-line and mobile operators in Malaysia.
He's never happier than when he's got his hands covered in motor oil. So what is Neil McRae going to make of a clean, well-ordered world where everything is seamlessly driven by software? Guy Matthews interviews BT's chief network architect.
Lithuanian mobile operator Bite is reportedly set to invest approximately €50 million ($66.7 million) in the deployment of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network over the next few years.
SDN is being talked of as a great leveller among the different tiers of the carrier community. But is it really the battlefield on which Tier-2 and Tier-3 players could go after Tier-1 carriers?
Russia’s MegaFon has signed a seven-year agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the development of the operator’s telecoms infrastructure.
African operator MTN is planning to acquire a mobile licence in Syria, despite political upheaval in the country that has lasted for four years.
South Korean mobile operator LG Uplus and China’s Huawei have partnered to establish a mobile innovation centre (MIC) in Seoul, South Korea.
T-Mobile US has declared its intentions to overtake Sprint as the third-largest operator in the US by the end of the year, CEO John Legere said on Twitter yesterday.
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Huawei and China Mobile have announced the successful deployment of what is claimed to be the world’s first LTE TDD 8T8R active antenna unit (AAU) in Hebei, China.
Cellcom Israel has launched an LTE network in the country after receiving approval from the Israeli Ministry of Communication (MoC).
Zain Bahrain is looking to sell off a 15% stake in an IPO of the company and is seeking to raise approximately €18 million.
A sovereign state and the largest archipelagic nation in the world, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and – after a period of political instability – its developing telecommunications market is beginning to reflect this.
Investment in Nigeria’s telecoms sector has topped $32 billion, according to the vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile has partnered with Syniverse for access to its IPX Network Solution to enable LTE roaming.
Qatari operator Ooredoo has launched telecoms services in Myanmar.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it does not want joint bids from nationwide carriers in the US wireless airwave auction, which could scupper plans for a joint venture between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
China Mobile has named Nokia Networks as having the best network performance for all its TD-LTE vendor deployments in major cities across the country.
UAE-based operator du has completed a successful LTE-A field trial in partnership with China’s Huawei.
UK operator Vodafone has renewed its partner market agreement with Belgian telco Belgacom for a further three years.
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Cable firm Numericable’s proposed acquisition of SFR from Vivendi is in doubt after the French competition authority said it will carry out an in-depth review of the acquisition.
Austrian regulators have approved proposals by smaller operators in the country to re-use spectrum for 3G and 4G services and compete better with market leader Telekom Austria.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is set to acquire the mobile network business of Japanese technology and solution provider Panasonic System Networks.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is reportedly planning to sell off part of its submarine cable unit in an IPO, in the company’s latest bid to turn around its fortunes.
Can satellite really be the "fibre of the sky"? Ashok Rao, VP of product development at O3b Networks, explains how the operator is revolutionising satellite speeds through utilising medium earth orbit.
Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a global licence agreement with Ranplan to implement small cell wireless networks.
Vodafone Australia is reallocating half of its mobile spectrum for 3G to 4G, and plans to expand the latter network to cover 95% of the urban population by the year end, according to local reports.
Mobile operator EE has announced the addition of 1.3 million customers to its 4G network in Q2 this year and claimed that take-up of its mobile broadband service was the fastest in Europe.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has hit the 300 million subscriber mark across its 20 operational countries in Asia and Africa.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is trialling LTE Broadcast technology in its latest bid to open up new revenue sources for operators.
Manx Telecom has launched the first 4G network in the Isle of Man, UK.
Transatel has signed an agreement with the Post Office in the UK to enable the company to launch its MVNO operations.
Algérie Télécom’s CEO has said the company intends to deploy an additional 20,000km of fibre-optic cabling in Algeria by the end of 2015.
South African operator Cell C is planning to restructure €160 million worth of debt and free up capital to invest in its network.
Analysts are warning that Thailand’s decision to suspend its 4G mobile licence auction could cause a loss of $4 billion to the market.
African and Latin America telecoms player Millicom has launched 4G services in Bolivia.
Ofcom is set to review a proposed increase in costs for using airwaves to operate mobile services in the UK.
Telefónica has selected Nokia Networks to provide radio access equipment and services as part of its network upgrade to 4G across Spain.
SingTel is claiming to be the first operator in the world to offer a commercial 300Mbps 4G service, following the launch of Huawei’s E5785 mobile device.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) of India has recommended that operators in the country should be allowed to share spectrum.
Companies wishing to invest in rural parts of Canada have been invited to lay claim to approximately $284 million of government spending over the next three years to upgrade internet access in parts of the country.
Telefonica Global Solutions has revealed that IPX traffic increased by a total of 63% on its international network during this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
It would be very easy for Level 3 Communications to rest on its laurels. However, the temptation to add tw telecom to its growing list of subsidiaries appeared too good to miss.
Australian operators Optus and Telstra are launching 700MHz 4G trial networks across Australia.
China Mobile has revealed plans to install over 500,000 4G base stations by the end of 2014.
América Móvil has claimed that Mexico’s revolutionary telecoms reforms are already beginning to take its toll, after the company revealed a slightly poorer performance than predicted in its core market.
A top consultancy firm has backed the validity of spectrum auctions, despite Capacity’s recent Confidence, Innovation and Leadership (CIL) survey reporting that a staggering 60% of operators were losing faith in the process.
Chinese vendor Huawei has reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first half of 2014.
Vodafone Egypt has announced plans to invest approximately $1.3 billion to improve its network over the next three years.
Asset management company Carlyle Group has acquired a majority stake in Netherlands-based Expereo.
Algérie Télécom has partnered with Nokia Networks to modernise its transport network sites with a highly flexible MPLS network.
The booming mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is creating fresh opportunities for carriers to offer mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) services.
Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar is protesting rival operator Ukrtelecom’s inclusion in the Ukrainian regulator’s plans for 3G licensing, according to local reports.
China’s three state-owned mobile operators have signed an agreement to form a joint telecoms tower company.
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a contract to build out a share of Vodafone’s Project Spring investment plan.
SK Telecom and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint 5G research at the Swedish vendor’s facility in Stockholm.
Etisalat and Huawei have announced the successful trial of the Chinese vendor’s 400G technology on a commercially available optical transport network (OTN) in UAE.
Huawei has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at the body's general assembly held in Bologna on June 26.
Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, has launched a 4G LTE network in the country.
Chinese vendor ZTE has revealed its pre-5G concept plan, claiming that under some conditions it can provide a 5G-like user experience on 4G terminals without changing the air interface standards.
Ericsson has achieved speeds of 5Gbps in live, over-the-air demonstrations of its pre-standard 5G network technology, the Swedish vendor claims.
France’s Orange has halted all plans to take part in a French telecoms market merger, the operator told reporters today.
Finnish operator Ukkoverkot has selected Huawei for the deployment of what the Chinese vendor claims to be the world’s first commercial LTE 450MHz network.
Kiwi operator 2degrees switched on its 4G network in Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island, for the first time this morning.
Sichuan Unicom, the Sichuan branch of China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom), has partnered with national vendor Huawei for what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial SDN-based IP radio access network (IPRAN).
The CEO of Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless told reporters that it has begun its nationwide 4G expansion and is already eyeing 5G technologies.
Zain Kuwait and Nokia Networks claim to have successfully completed Kuwait’s first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) call, using Zain’s commercial LTE network.
The Singapore telecoms market looks set for a shake-up as a fourth telco is reportedly preparing for entry.
Zain Saudi Arabia (KSA) is set to upgrade its network after signing infrastructure supply contracts worth $1.2 billion.
Telefónica’s E-Plus acquisition is further in doubt after only two of 12 national regulators supported concessions added to get the deal passed.
Vodafone Netherlands has held a trial for LTE Advanced and could launch the service later this year.
Czech operators Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile are reportedly planning to share networks for 2G, 3G and LTE services.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a partnership with EBlink which aims to tap into the potential of the mobile startup’s wireless fronthaul solution.
Reliance Industries has said it will begin rolling out 4G telecoms services in India by 2015.
Telenor Global Services (TGS) and Vodafone Carrier Services have announced an interconnection agreement for IPX and LTE/4G peering.
The European Union and South Korea have entered into an agreement to work to together on the development of 5G standards and technology.
Vodafone has announced a deal to acquire Italian electronics services provider Cobra Automotive Technologies for €145 million.
American Tower Corporation (AMT) is reportedly set to acquire Brazilian telecoms infrastructure operator BR Towers for nearly $1 billion.
Nordic telecoms group Telenor has filed to take full ownership of its Indian mobile services unit Uninor by investing $131.03 million.
Colombia’s telecoms sector has witnessed a rapid increase in infrastructure investment in recent years, opening up significant potential for economic growth from technological advancements.
ITW 2014 marked Vodafone Carrier Services' first full year of operation. The company’s CEO Brian Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts on the last 12 months with Capacity.
UK-based private equity firm Cinven Partners has agreed to acquire the fibre network of Spanish utility company Gas Natural Fenosa for €510 million.
Russian telecoms operator MegaFon has acquired equipment and maintenance services from Chinese vendor Huawei in a multi-million dollar deal.
FiberLight has expanded its rural connectivity across the US state of Texas.
The Global Carrier Awards are now open for entries and feature a number of new categories for 2014.
Opportunities both new and old are out there for carriers, says Juan Revilla, CEO of wholesale business for Telefónica Global Solutions. Capacity finds out how he plans to grasp them.
Finnish equipment vendor Nokia has acquired Mesaplexx, an Australian company with expertise in developing radio frequency filter technology.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET) has launched 4G services in the APT700 band in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with Ascend Telecom Infrastructure for the roll-out of an LTE network in India.
Vodafone has partnered with Canada’s Rogers Communications for a 4G roaming agreement and further marketing opportunities.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has appointed heads of three regions, as part of its strategy to strengthen its position as a global player.
Vodafone has announced plans to move its Vodafone xone technology development hub from Silicon Valley to London, in an effort to boost its emerging technologies division in Europe, Africa and India.
Indonesian telecoms tower provider Sarana Menara Nusantara (SMN) has announced plans to raise $332 million to finance its network expansion.
New Zealand telecoms regulator the Commerce Commission (ComCom) has approved Telecom NZ’s acquisition of a block of spectrum in the 700MHz band.
Taiwan Mobile has today announced a partnership with Ericsson for the delivery of the Swedish vendor’s policy and charging solution.
Chunghwa Telecom has announced the launch of 4G broadband services in Taiwan, one month earlier than its expected launch date of July.
Integrated IT and network technologies firm NEC has signed a $1.6 million agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) to upgrade its microwave links in six rural and island locations across Tanzania.
India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm has selected DragonWave’s packet microwave radio system for its nationwide 4G network.
To many, AT&T epitomises all that is wrong with today’s top-tier telcos: cautious, conservative and conformist. Not anymore. The top brass are backing an audacious root-and-branch network revamp.
UAE incumbent Etisalat has announced plans to share its fixed network infrastructure with mobile rival du by the end of this year.
Israeli operators Cellcom and Golan Telecom have agreed on a network-sharing deal to cover the country’s future 4G network.
Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has today announced the deployment of a virtualised RAN solution from Alcatel-Lucent’s network function virtualisation (NFV) portfolio.
Ericsson is reportedly planning to disclose information on low returns it made in Europe following high-level R&D investments.
Sprint and rural mobile operator nTelos Wireless have reviewed and extended their wholesale agreement for LTE until 2020.
A consortium of UK technology firms, including BT and Neul, have today announced an agreement to build a city-wide, open-access internet of things (IoT) network in Milton Keynes, UK.
Telenor Group has selected vendor Nokia to provide it with radio access equipment and professional services as part of a five-year agreement.
It has been a long time coming, but has a new era of connectivity, capacity and competition finally arrived in Latin America?
Infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa has indicated its intention to take part in Bharti Airtel's upcoming tower infrastructure auction in Africa.
China Mobile has awarded the bulk of the contracts for the roll-out of its LTE networks to vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to sources.
Russia’s Rostelecom has today announced a partnership with NEC subsidiary NEC Neva Communications Systems, for the expansion and upgrade of its mobile backhaul network.
Bouygues Telecom has partnered with Ericsson for the launch of VoLTE services in France.
Bulgarian operator Max Telecom has launched what it claims to be the first commercial 4G LTE network in the country.
Telenor Group and French vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed a global framework agreement for the delivery of 4G LTE networks across Europe and Asia.
Adax and Israeli telecoms solutions provider Modulo have announced plans to roll out infrastructure to keep up with Israel’s impending 4G upgrade.
Governments across Europe could plunge billions into R&D solutions for 5G over the next five years, in a bid take a global lead on developing the technology.
AT&T has announced that it has agreed to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion.
Pakistan’s government has been urged to bring clarity to cross-border connectivity regulation, following the results of the country’s recent 3G and 4G spectrum auctions.
OneAccess has partnered with Tokheim, a service provider specialising in the retail oil and gas industry, to upgrade its network.
Nokia and NTT DoCoMo have agreed to collaborate on the research and standardisation of 5G technology, building on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in January this year.
Tata Communications and Orange have announced an interconnect agreement for IPX and signalling sigtran to allow for global IP networks to interconnect over their respective IPX platforms.
Operators O2 and T-Mobile have agreed on a LTE network-sharing deal in the Czech Republic, in an effort to accelerate their 4G roll-out in the country.
The UK’s Vodafone Group and French operator SFR have today announced the renewal of their strategic global alliance for another four years.
China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom are in talks to form a joint network-sharing venture.
Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (NCC) has given three companies in the country permission to launch commercial 4G services.
UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has published a spectrum-management plan which sets out a strategy for the country’s wireless infrastructure for the next ten years.
Orange has filed a complaint with France’s telecoms regulator about the mobile network-sharing deal between rival operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom.
South Africa’s Vodacom has won a tender for the roll-out of telecommunications services to rural areas of Tanzania, according to local reports.
Spain-based Telefónica is set to boost its operations in Chile with an investment of $600 million according to local reports.
Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel have announced a tripartite agreement to deliver 3G roaming services to each other’s customers in India.
Russian telco MegaFon has confirmed that the integration into of LTE service provider Scartel – which it acquired in October last year in a $1.2 billion deal – has been completed.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has demonstrated LTE-A carrier aggregation technology in partnership with Hungarian operator Magyar Telekom.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed an agreement with independent telecoms tower firm ATC India, to share its infrastructure in the country.
Panellists at West Africa Connect 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, have said the telecoms industry in the country needs to focus on collaboration, as the country bids to increase the industry’s importance to stimulate economic growth.
Israeli mobile operator Cellcom has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the build-out of its 4G network.
O2 UK has announced plans to invest £16 million in an effort to improve 3G coverage across the country.
Having invested heavily in network roll-outs and acquiring spectrum, Deutsche Telekom sees itself as a pioneer in LTE. Capacity talks to the company’s Rolf Nafziger about the wholesale market’s role in supporting LTE’s rapid progress.
Cambodian mobile operator Beeline has announced plans to launch 4G services in the country’s capital city, Phnom Penh, by the end of the year.
Swiss-based YooMee Africa has today announced that it is preparing for the launch of a TD-LTE network in Côte d’Ivoire.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone has today signed an agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the roll-out of a nationwide LTE network in Taiwan.
India’s Reliance Industries has struck its third infrastructure sharing agreement with Reliance Communications, this time to use its intra-city fibre network for 4G services.
Kenyan operator Safaricom has reportedly dropped its bid to acquire assets in the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
The EU has halted its investigation into Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland, as it waits for the company to revise the concessions the company made to win approval for the acquisition.
This year is proving to be an exciting one for Ooredoo. Here, the company’s chief of wholesale, Yousuf Al Kubaisi, identifies some of his highlights.
Nordic carrier TeliaSonera has said it may have broken the law in a number of Eurasian markets, after more concerns were raised over its business dealings in Uzbekistan.
The Egyptian government has announced details of new unified licences, which will allow carriers to operate both fixed-line and mobile networks in the country.
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo is planning to spend approximately $4 billion in capex to expand its LTE network to all regions of the country.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it has commercialised Uplink CoMP (Uplink Cooperative Multi-Point).
Bharti Airtel and Dubai-based satellite service provider Thuraya have signed an agreement to deliver mobile satellite products to Airtel’s African unit.
Tele2 Russia is preparing for the launch of a 4G LTE network in Crimea, Ukraine, according to local reports.
UAE operator Etisalat has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy LTE Advanced technology for what it claims is the first time in the region.
DTAC TriNET, a subsidiary of Thai mobile operator DTAC, has today announced a partnership with Ericsson for the roll-out of an LTE network in the country.
The coming of LTE has not affected the balance of the US mobile wholesale market, but it could yet provide opportunities in unexpected places, as Gary Kim finds out.
Businesses are becoming ever more reliant on telecoms to support their operations. Capacity looks at five industry verticals primed to expand over the coming years.
Ericsson has been revealed as sole supplier for Finnish operator DNA’s 4G roll-out in the country.
Satellite provider Intelsat and Vodafone’s South African subsidiary Vodacom have today revealed a partnership for the provision of broadband connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenyan regulators have granted approval for Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan subsidiary to acquire the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
Telenor Myanmar has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson as the network supplier and managed services provider for the operator’s network roll-out in the country.
LTE-A trials are coming thick and fast across Asia, Europe and the US. Tim Phillips investigates if carriers are prepared for the next next-generation technology.
Telekom Malaysia (TM) has signed a $171 million deal to acquire a majority stake in local WiMAX network operator Packet One Networks (P1).
Vodafone Spain has announced that all provincial capitals in the country will have 4G coverage from April 1 2014.
China Mobile has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the operator to an all-IP, ultra-broadband network.
Kenyan operator Safaricom is considering abandoning its bid for the assets of its rival, Essar Telecom, due to a lack of regulatory approval, Bloomberg reports.
UK operators BT and EE have signed an agreement, under which EE will provide BT with mobile services.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has today released an Indian mobile performance report which reveals an 87% year-on-year rise in data traffic in the country in 2013.
In February, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) extended its service portfolio to help telecoms operators enhance network performance. Phil Twist, head of portfolio marketing at NSN, talks Capacity through some of its latest solutions.
In his first major interview since taking the helm at TeliaSonera International Carrier, Brendan Ives sets out his plans for the Middle East and beyond. Richard Irving reports.
Ericsson has launched a 5G transport lab in Kista, Sweden, as part of its plans to enable 5G transport networks with ubiquitous connectivity and enable service innovation.
Kiwi mobile operator 2degrees looks set to become New Zealand’s third LTE provider after setting trials for 4G services in Auckland next week.
South African telecoms regulators have announced that they may reconsider plans to cut the amount mobile operators can charge one another to share networks in the country.
China Unicom has launched trials of 4G services in 25 cities in the country, as part of a country-wide project to increase its LTE footprint.
Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has expanded its operations in Nigeria, with the opening of a second office in Lagos.
Somali carrier Glocall Telecoms is set to become the first carrier to provide LTE coverage in the country.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has today announced a partnership with Viom Networks to use its infrastructure for the roll-out of telecoms services across India.
World-renowned “futurist” Gerd Leonhard has some bold predictions for the telecoms industry. Alex Hawkes reports.
French operator Bouygues and equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed agreements to collaborate on three projects, relating to Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP backbone and network peering equipment (SBC).
French mobile operator Bouygues has increased its bid for Vivendi’s mobile arm, SFR.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. It lies between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
Vodafone Germany has reportedly begun improving its Berlin network as part of a nationwide LTE upgrade plan.
Despite fierce competition, high mobile penetration and many telecoms markets being a duopoly, the Caribbean still holds tremendous opportunity for growth.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has outlined his plans to use Kabel Deutschland as the “core” of Vodafone’s fixed-line German operations.
Middle Eastern operator Nawras has signed a capacity agreement with satellite provider SES to provide improved network services to Oman.
South African fixed-line provider Telkom is reportedly in talks to outsource the management of its radio access network to mobile operator MTN.
Russia-based telecoms operator VimpelCom has written down the value of its business in Ukraine by $2 billion, following the recent political problems in the country.
The Sultanate of Oman is located in south west Asia at the entrance of the Persian Gulf. Like many Gulf countries, Oman has been focussing on reducing its economy's dependency on oil through diversification, industrialisation and privatisation.
Huawei has been selected by UK-based Vodafone to expand a Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) as part of its Project Spring phase 1 programme, which it is implementing across the world.
With LTE deployments well underway in the Middle East, the region is now looking at cloud and M2M opportunities for new sources of revenue in 2014.
Ooredoo has big plans for wholesale. Alex Hawkes talks to the company's chief wholesale and international officer, Yousuf Al Kubaisi.
African operator Liquid Telecom has announced it will build a satellite hub at Teraco’s vendor neutral earth station in South Africa.
Telekom Slovenia is looking to grow its presence in Bosnia through a number of strategic acquisitions, Reuters reports.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has taken over responsibility for the roll-out and operation of German mobile operator E-Plus's network.
Vodafone Greece and rival Greek operator Wind Hellas have reportedly signed an agreement to create a joint venture in the country.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has today announced an agreement with LIME to complete the upgrade of the operator’s network in the Caribbean to an all-IP architecture.
With service providers facing increased competition from OTT players, they need to be looking at new market opportunities.
Capacity examines some of the trends and issues that look likely to be driving the next wave of Carrier Ethernet adoption. How is Ethernet going to play a part in shaping the communications ecosystem of the future?
Have early movers to obtain Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliance gained an important edge in the market? Early adopters and those less convinced explain their positions.
Belgian mobile operator Proximus has become the first to launch its LTE network in the country’s capital Brussels.
China Telecom is set to upgrade its network by implementing equipment vendor Huawei’s eOTDR solution.
French vendor Ekinops has launched an optical mobile backhaul solution for rural cell sites, where service providers need high capacity but have to minimise space, power needs, and cost.
French operator SFR is expecting to save approximately €200 million a year from its network sharing agreement with Bouygues Telecom, after it begins in 2017-2018.
Qatari operator Ooredoo will finally be awarded its licence in Myanmar this week, with the roll-out of its telecoms network in the country now imminent.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has reportedly put its tower network in Bangladesh up for sale, and is seeking to raise over $2 billion from the sale of tower assets in a bid to raise cash reserves.
Huawei has been awarded three contracts for LTE network roll-outs in the British Crown dependencies, according to local reports.
MTN Zambia has become the first provider in Zambia to deploy a commercial LTE network in the country.
Microsoft is considering Hans Vestberg, CEO at Swedish vendor Ericsson, for the top job at the US firm, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Russian operator VimpelCom has partnered with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the roll-out of 4G in selected regions in the country.
BT’s LAN business, Openreach, was today announced as the latest company to interconnect to Volta’s London data centre.
Dish has withdrawn its $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt wireless broadband company LightSquared.
Colombian operator Lazus has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to deploy metro networks in nine Colombian cities.