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M&A a sign of a sick industry, says Cogent CEO
01 Oct 2015

The purpose of M&A activity divided the panel at Capacity North America 2015 in Toronto yesterday, with Cogent Communications CEO Dave Schaeffer saying that it was the sign of a “sick industry”.

Tele2 signs M2M and IoT deals
30 Sep 2015

Tele2 has announced a series of partnerships in the machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) space within the Benelux region.

Four French players enter mobile auction
30 Sep 2015

All four domestic carriers in France have indicated that they wish to take part in the country’s upcoming auction of 4G mobile spectrum, France’s telecoms regulator ARCEP said on Tuesday.

Myanmar delays fourth mobile licence
29 Sep 2015

The government of Myanmar — formerly Burma — has postponed announcement of the winner of its fourth mobile licence from the end of September until mid October.

EU and China sign 5G partnership
28 Sep 2015

The EU and China have signed an agreement to develop 5G networks at the EU-China high level economic and trade dialogue in Beijing.

Cell C launches LTE network
25 Sep 2015

South Africa’s Cell C has launched its LTE network in Gauteng and Durban, with plans to have 200 LTE-enabled sites live by the end of the year.

NTT Com Japan-US route hits 1Tbps
25 Sep 2015

NTT Communications has revealed that the section of its global IP network between Japan and the US exceeded 1Tbps of capacity in September.

Level 3 opens EMEA security centre in London
25 Sep 2015

Level 3 Communications has announced the official opening of its EMEA security operations centre in a bid to focus on its security offerings for the region's enterprises.

Aircel to roll out 4G by end-2015
22 Sep 2015

India’s Aircel is set to roll out 4G services by the end of 2015, following announcements by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular.

Hutchison considers listing O2
21 Sep 2015

Hutchison Holdings is considering listing O2, following its acquisition of the UK operator in March 2015.

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.

Norway to tighten regulation on Telenor
18 Sep 2015

Norway’s telecoms regulator will impose stricter regulation on market leader Telenor over prices it is charging other operators to use its mobile network.

Zayo expands data centre in Miami
15 Sep 2015

Zayo Group’s data centre and colocation business zColo is set to expand its Miami data centre, with plans to double its capacity by early 2016.

Three UK launches VoLTE
15 Sep 2015

Three UK has become the first national operator to launch VoLTE service in the country.

India approves mobile spectrum trading
11 Sep 2015

The number of mobile operators in India is set to shrink after the government allowed them to trade spectrum and even sell all their spectrum to rivals.

Ericsson to develop AT&T’s TV service
10 Sep 2015

AT&T has selected Ericsson to work on its TV platforms — both the existing U-verse broadband service and the satellite-delivered network it has acquired by buying DirecTV.

Vodafone UK signs sports broadcasting deal
10 Sep 2015

Vodafone UK is to provide fibre connectivity to transmit HD live TV streaming of national and international sporting matches as part of a partnership with sports broadcaster SIS Live.

Interoute to acquire Easynet
08 Sep 2015

Interoute has reached an agreement to acquire global managed services provider Easynet for an enterprise value of £402 million.

Tigo Ghana improves voice quality
07 Sep 2015

Tigo Ghana has improved the quality of its voice offering, according to a recent survey conducted by the industry regulator.

Sudatel to invest further in Sudan fibre roll-out
04 Sep 2015

Sudatel’s president and CEO Tariq Hamzah Zein Elabdein has confirmed to Capacity that it will continue to invest in fibre in order to keep up with the growth of enterprises in Sudan.

Ciena appoints COO
04 Sep 2015

Ciena has appointed François Locoh-Donou as its chief operating officer, effective November 2015.

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.

BICS increases IPoSAT portfolio
03 Sep 2015

BICS has added Routeflex to its IP over satellite (IPoSAT) service portfolio, designed to meet the growing demands for seamless connectivity in Africa.

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.

Reliance and Jasper pen IoT partnership
28 Aug 2015

Reliance Communications has partnered with global internet of things (IoT) platform Jasper, to enable enterprises in India to launch, manage and monetise next-generation IoT businesses.

SMS SPECIAL REPORT: Taking on the OTT world
27 Aug 2015

Roy Timor-Rousso, general manager of the fring Alliance, tells Capacity's Agnes Stubbs why service providers should join the global federated platform to take on OTT players.

Ocean Networks and Alcatel-Lucent to extend SAPL
27 Aug 2015

Ocean Networks has teamed up with the submarine arm of Alcatel-Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), to extend the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) from Panama to Florida.

Epsilon completes Singapore fibre roll-out
27 Aug 2015

Epsilon has rolled out fibre infrastructure in Singapore in a bid to strengthen its local reach for cloud and communication service provider customers across Asia-Pacific.

Q&A: Perry Offer, CEO, Dialogue
27 Aug 2015

Perry Offer, CEO at Dialogue, explains how operators and aggregators can work more effectively together to tap into new A2P messaging opportunities.

SMS SPECIAL REPORT: A hub of SMS activity
26 Aug 2015

A new wave of SMS hubs have been launched by leading carriers aiming to serve their own customers and provide a much needed service for others. Guy Matthews investigates.

Turkey raises €3.35 billion in 4G tender
26 Aug 2015

Turkey has reportedly raised a record €3.35 billion in its 4G spectrum auction, with Vodafone offering the highest bid of €390 million for the A1 800MHz bandwidth.

Q&A: Chris Wood, CEO, WIOCC
26 Aug 2015

As WIOCC prepares to launch another internet exchange point in Lesotho, Capacity's Agnes Stubbs catches up with the company’s CEO, Chris Wood, to find out more about its expansion plans for the region.

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.

Superloop launches Project Red Lion
26 Aug 2015

Superloop’s board of directors has approved the initial phase of Project Red Lion; an initiative designed to extend the company’s network to commercial buildings in Singapore.

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.

BT accuses US rivals of harming competition
24 Aug 2015

A BT executive has accused its US rivals of harming competition with the large fees they charge for using their infrastructure, according to the Financial Times.

Magyar Telekom’s energy joint venture approved
21 Aug 2015

T-Mobile’s Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom has received approval from the European Commission for its energy joint venture with Swiss-based sales and trading group MET Holding.

Vodafone ends talks over Lebanese contracts
21 Aug 2015

The UK’s Vodafone Group has dropped out of the potential acquisition of a management contract to run one of Lebanon’s two state-owned mobile operators, the company has said.

GSMA launches mobile IoT initiative
21 Aug 2015

The GSMA has launched its 'Mobile internet of things (IoT) Initiative', aimed to accelerate the technology by facilitating demonstrations of low power wide area (LPWA) licensed spectrum technologies.

Orange completes Jazztel buyout
19 Aug 2015

Orange has completed the acquisition of its remaining 5.25% of shares in Jazztel, giving it full ownership of the broadband company.

Bridge Alliance appoints chief executive
18 Aug 2015

Bridge Alliance, the mobile association comprising 36 leading operators across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, has appointed Eileen Tan as CEO, effective September 1 2015.

Regulator rejects Telkom-MTN roaming deal
18 Aug 2015

South Africa’s competition commission has rejected a proposed network sharing and roaming agreement between Telkom and MTN, citing competition concerns.

TeliaSonera and Telenor offer concessions to merger
18 Aug 2015

The European Commission (EC) has extended the deadline for its decision on the proposed merger of Denmark’s TeliaSonera and Telenor, following the submission of their proposed concessions.

AT&T and NSA in decade-long partnership
17 Aug 2015

US conglomerate AT&T has worked closely with the country’s national security agency (NSA) for a decade, helping the government to spy on vast quantities of internet traffic in the US, according to local reports.

India approves spectrum sharing
14 Aug 2015

The Indian government has approved spectrum sharing among mobile operators but held back on a decision about the trading of spectrum.

US authorities to seize $1 billion in assets
14 Aug 2015

US regulators have reportedly called on their European counterparts to seize over $1 billion in assets of three telecoms companies in an alleged corruption scandal linked to the daughter of the Uzbekistan president.

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.

Orange pays Partner €15 million compensation
13 Aug 2015

Israel’s Partner Communications has received an initial payment of €15 million as part of the companies’ agreement to assess the use of the Orange brand in the country.

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.

Sprint's Shentel to acquire nTelos for $640m
12 Aug 2015

Sprint wholesale partner Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) is set to acquire fellow Sprint partner nTelos in a deal valued at approximately $640 million, including net debt.

Batelco trials 40G technology
10 Aug 2015

Bahraini operator Batelco has completed a trial of 40G TWDM PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optic Network) technology with vendor Huawei.

Orange to sell Armenian arm to Ucom
10 Aug 2015

Orange has signed an agreement with Armenian internet service provider Ucom to sell all its shares in its mobile subsidiary Orange Armenia.

KT and NEC to collaborate on 5G
07 Aug 2015

South Korean operator KT has signed an agreement with Japanese vendor NEC to collaborate on the development of 5G networks.

Sprint reshuffles senior management
04 Aug 2015

US giant Sprint has reshuffled its senior management team with the appointment of new finance, operation and technology chiefs.

Alcatel-Lucent completes PCCS route
04 Aug 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) – the subsea cable subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent – has completed commissioning of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS).

Ciena completes Cyan acquisition
04 Aug 2015

Ciena has completed its acquisition of next-gen software provider Cyan, and revealed its initial integration plan.

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).

Myanmar invites bids for fourth licence
31 Jul 2015

Myanmar has formally invited proposals from local public companies to become its fourth mobile operator in partnership with a foreign company.

Oracle updates OSS suite for NFV
29 Jul 2015

Oracle Communications has released its latest operational support system (OSS) suite which it claims will give operators the agility to migrate to virtualised technologies.

FCC approves AT&T-DirecTV merger
28 Jul 2015

AT&T has completed its $48.5 billion acquisition of pay TV operator DirecTV, following approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

EE posts first half results for 2015
27 Jul 2015

UK operator EE has revealed its results for the first half of 2015, which saw revenue increase year-on-year by 0.1% to £3.12 million.

Telekom Austria reveals new CEO
24 Jul 2015

Telekom Austria Group has appointed Alejandro Plater as CEO, after Hannes Ametsreiter unexpectedly resigned last month.

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.

DE-CIX to launch Dallas exchange
23 Jul 2015

DE-CIX North America has announced that it is to launch an internet exchange in Dallas, Texas, due to be ready for service in January 2016.

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.

KT and Nokia Networks launch IoT lab
20 Jul 2015

South Korea’s KT has partnered with Nokia Networks to launch what it claims is the first internet of things (IoT) lab in the country.

ZTE partners with China Mobile for NFV
17 Jul 2015

ZTE has partnered with China Mobile for its Open network function virtualisation (NFV) Test lab, which aims to drive the global adoption and commercialisation of NFV technology.

Vimpelcom said to sell 60% stake in Telecel
17 Jul 2015

The government of Zimbabwe is in negotiations to acquire Vimpelcom’s 60% stake in Telecel through its unit Zarnet, according to the country’s ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira.

Tele Columbus to buy PrimaCom
16 Jul 2015

German cable network operator Tele Columbus is to acquire PrimaCom for €711 million ($778 million), in a move which will combine the country’s third and fourth largest cable companies.

Ericsson opens cloud lab in Germany
15 Jul 2015

Ericsson has established a cloud lab in Germany aimed at supporting operators and enterprises in testing and verifying cloud-based services.

Huawei and China Unicom deploy LTE-M for IoT
14 Jul 2015

Huawei, China Unicom Shanghai and China Unicom Research Institute have partnered to develop a cellular internet of things (CIoT) pilot based on LTE-machine to machine (LTE-M) in Shanghai.

Nokia Networks reveals SON solution
13 Jul 2015

Nokia Networks has launched a self-organising networks (SON) functionality, following the acquisition of Eden Rock in May this year.

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.

Proximus to deploy LoRa network
13 Jul 2015

Belgium’s Proximus is to begin the roll-out of a mobile network based on the so-called LoRa technology for the internet of things (IoT).

Ericsson to coordinate 5G radio standardisation
10 Jul 2015

Ericsson said it will continue to lead the development of 5G as coordinator of the EU’s METIS-II EU project to develop radio system requirements for a standardised 5G network.

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.

MARKET STRATEGY: Serving digital governments
06 Jul 2015

The digitisation of the public sector in many countries around the world means that governments’ methods for running IT services and storing data are undergoing major transformations. Carriers have the chance to play a central part in driving these changes.

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.

MTN and ZTE launch IoT platform
02 Jul 2015

South Africa’s MTN Group and ZTE have launched an internet of things (IoT) platform aimed to provide a dedicated network to connect devices and systems across the region.

TSF in Nepal
01 Jul 2015

Alexander James Thomas, head of communications and internal relations at Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) talks to Capacity about the charity’s activities in Nepal following two devastating earthquakes.

BIG INTERVIEW: Deng Xiaofeng, CEO, China Telecom Global
30 Jun 2015

Chinese investment continues to pour overseas, presenting a major opportunity for the international arm of China Telecom to support Chinese enterprises. Agnes Stubbs exclusively talks to China Telecom Global CEO Deng Xiaofeng.

Sky calls for Ofcom inquiry into BT
30 Jun 2015

Sky has called for a full competition inquiry into BT’s Openreach, citing issues surrounding competition and its quality of service.

SK Telecom and Nokia claim 5G breakthrough
30 Jun 2015

SK Telecom and Nokia are claiming to have successfully verified the performance of a user plane and control plane separation technique, which they say is a key enabling technology for 5G.

Digicel plans IPO in New York
29 Jun 2015

Caribbean operator Digicel has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange.

Huawei releases SDN algorithm
25 Jun 2015

Huawei has released a SDN algorithm designed to help carriers IP optical resource efficiency by 40% compared to conventional methods.

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.

Coriant hits field trial milestones with Orange and TeliaSonera
23 Jun 2015

Solutions provider Coriant has completed a multi-terabit field trial in partnership with France’s Orange, as well as demonstrated optical transmission speeds of up to 400G in a field trial with TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC).

Virgin Media to begin £3 billion cable expansion
23 Jun 2015

Virgin Media will begin the roll-out of its cable network this week, in what it says is the single largest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the UK in over a decade.

Xtera upgrades HUGO subsea route
22 Jun 2015

Xtera Communications has upgraded the high-capacity, undersea Guernsey optical-fibre (HUGO) subsea cable system connecting Porthcurno and Guernsey in the UK to Lannion in France.

KT launches 1.17Gbps GiGA LTE
17 Jun 2015

South Korea’s KT has launched what it claims is the world’s fastest mobile service by combining LTE and Wifi networks to achieve a peak speed of 1.17Gbps.

Vodacom gets ICASA approval for Neotel deal
16 Jun 2015

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has approved Vodacom’s 7 billion rand offer to purchase internet provider Neotel, subject to conditions.

Alcatel chief to join Altice?
11 Jun 2015

Alcatel-Lucent’s chief executive Michel Combes is exiting his role to join cable company Altice, according to local reports.

Deutsche Telekom to acquire BT?
10 Jun 2015

Deutsche Telekom is said to be eyeing a takeover of BT, following reports that it is close to selling its stake in T-Mobile US.

Apple eyes high-speed data network
09 Jun 2015

Apple is working on the construction of a high-speed data network in a bid to better compete with rivals Amazon, Google and Microsoft, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the plans.

Robi selects Alcatel-Lucent OSS
08 Jun 2015

Bangladeshi mobile operator Robi Axiata has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for its Motive OSS software portfolio.

KT and Ericsson to collaborate on IoT
05 Jun 2015

South Korea’s KT and Ericsson have agreed to expand their existing collaboration to include the further development of 5G for the evolution of the internet of things (IoT).

Singtel launches SDN service
05 Jun 2015

Singtel has launched an SDN service designed to help enterprises in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US simplify the management of their networks.

Telecom Italia selects Alcatel-Lucent 100G technology
04 Jun 2015

Telecom Italia has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for its 100Gbps optical networking technology which will enable the operator to deliver high-speed internet and TV services to both its enterprise and consumer customers.

Superloop lists on ASX
04 Jun 2015

International telecoms infrastructure provider Superloop announced today that it has commenced trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Huawei upgrades TDC network
03 Jun 2015

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

Euskaltel plans IPO in 2015
03 Jun 2015

Euskaltel is to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) on the Spanish stock exchange in late 2015.

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.

Two Cisco senior execs resign
02 Jun 2015

Cisco has announced that its president of development and sales Rob Lloyd and COO Gary Moore plan to step down on July 25.

DE-CIX customers increase capacity in Q1
01 Jun 2015

DE-CIX has announced that many of its customers have increased their port size and capacity in the first quarter of this year, in a bid to keep up with growing data traffic volumes.

Zayo names COOs
29 May 2015

Zayo Group has today revealed the appointment of two chief operating officers.

Ericsson opens lab to focus on SDN and NFV
28 May 2015

Ericsson has launched a cloud lab designed to enable faster innovation and co-creation among telecoms operators on deploying software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

Telekom Austria appoints chairman
28 May 2015

Telekom Austria has named Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer, former head of energy group OMV, as chairman of its supervisory board.

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.

NFV: Virtually ready?
21 May 2015

With NFV now moving out of its early experimental phase, what has the industry learned so far? Capacity asks what conclusions can be drawn from early NFV proofs of concepts.

ANALYSIS: The billion dollar telco club
21 May 2015

In April 2015, Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman reinstated his ambitions for the telecoms industry when he announced plans to invest in telecoms and technology companies across the US and Europe with his private equity fund LetterOne Technology (L1Technology).

Paolo Campoli, Cisco: The sky's the limit
21 May 2015

Capacity talks to Paolo Campoli, head of Middle East & Africa of service provider sales and service provider CTO for the EMEA sales region at Cisco, about the opportunities for service providers in cloud services and the internet of things.

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.

Interoute wins CIMPA deal
20 May 2015

Interoute is deploying an MPLS VPN with integrated internet access and VoIP for Airbus subsidiary CIMPA.

Turkey postpones 4G auction
18 May 2015

Turkey's Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications has announced that the country's 4G auction will be postponed by three months to August 26 2015.

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).

BICS launches EasyConnect SMS
13 May 2015

BICS has launched EasyConnect SMS, a solution designed to enable smaller service providers to launch international SMS services quickly and cost-effectively.

Hutchison and BT pen major IPX agreement
13 May 2015

Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) and British incumbent BT have agreed to establish IPX network interconnection between their respective IPX networks.

AMEER to be extended to Singapore
12 May 2015

Turk Telecom International (TTI) has revealed that the AMEER cable is to be extended to Singapore by the end of this year’s second quarter.

PCCW Global, CTG and CHTI launch unified IPX platform
12 May 2015

PCCW Global, China Telecom Global (CTG) and Chunghwa Telecom International (CHTI) have signed agreements to facilitate the interconnection of their IPX communities to create a unified IPX platform for Greater China.

RCN reveals commercial launch of phase one
12 May 2015

The RCN (regional cable network) consortium – comprising Etisalat, Zain Jordan, Turkcell Superonline, Mobily Saudi Arabia, Orange Jordan and Syrian Telecom – has launched phase one of the system between Fujairah, UAE, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Amman, Jordan.

DE-CIX to launch IX in Turkey
11 May 2015

DE-CIX has today revealed plans to launch an internet exchange in Istanbul, Turkey, in a bid to provide neutral interconnection and peering points for ISPs across Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus region and the Middle East.

Huawei to launch European Research Institute
07 May 2015

Huawei has today revealed plans to launch its European Research Institute (ERI) at the European Business Summit (EBS), further cementing its commitment to the region.

HP launches NFV platform
07 May 2015

HP has launched an NFV platform designed to help communication service providers accelerate production NFV deployments.

CWC announces new corporate and consumer brands
07 May 2015

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has announced revised corporate and consumer brands following the completion of its $1.85 billion acquisition of Barbados-based Columbus International.

Europe unveils digital single market strategy
07 May 2015

The European Commission has announced that consumers and businesses will gain better access to digital content and goods as it unveiled its "digital single market" strategy for the region.

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.

InComm deploys Cataleya Orchid One platform
05 May 2015

Integrated point-of-sale (PoS) technology solution provider InComm has deployed Cataleya’s Orchid One session and application manager to improve its operational efficiency.

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.

Turkcell CEO targets Ukraine
01 May 2015

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

Grivner makes jump from Pacnet to Colt
01 May 2015

Colt Technology Services has today revealed the appointment of Carl Grivner as executive vice president of its network services business.

Midweek Mergers: April 29
29 Apr 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

Superloop announces IPO
29 Apr 2015

Asian infrastructure provider Superloop has today announced plans to raise $17.5 million in an initial public offering (IPO) and has applied to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Verizon announces move to SDN
29 Apr 2015

Verizon is to implement a software defined networking (SDN) infrastructure that it claims will lay the groundwork for upcoming services and applications and transform its network.

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.

Tigo launches 4G service in Tanzania
27 Apr 2015

Tigo Tanzania has launched its 4G LTE service in the country, which it claims will be Tanzania's largest and fastest internet network.

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.

Slovak Telekom launches IPO
22 Apr 2015

The Slovak government has launched an initial public offering of its 49% stake in Slovak Telekom as it seeks to raise up to €1 billion.

European Commission to address OTT competition
21 Apr 2015

The European Commission (EC) is set to call for a “level playing field” between telecoms operators and OTT providers in its proposed reform of the telecoms sector next month.

Superloop appoints CFO
16 Apr 2015

Megaport’s Superloop has made a further addition to its team with the appointment of Greg Bryant as chief financial officer.

Thuraya appoints board member
14 Apr 2015

Mobile satellite operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company has appointed Stephen O’Neill to its board of directors.

Cell C to invest $670 million in LTE network
13 Apr 2015

South Africa’s Cell C is set to invest R8 billion (approximately $670 million) in the deployment of its LTE network over the next three years, according to local reports.

InfoVista acquires Ipanema Technologies
10 Apr 2015

Network optimisation and service assurance firm InfoVista has acquired French network performance company Ipanema Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

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.

Megaport spin-off appoints CEO
08 Apr 2015

Megaport’s dedicated infrastructure company, Superloop, has appointed Daniel Abrahams as chief executive officer at the company.

IIX acquires IX Reach
08 Apr 2015

Software-defined interconnection company IIX has acquired global network solutions provider IX Reach.

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.

Midweek Mergers: April 1
01 Apr 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

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.

NextComm selects Telarix for voice management
01 Apr 2015

US-based Next Communications (NextComm) has selected Telarix’s iXTools, iXLink and AVYDA solutions for the management of its international voice and video traffic operation.

Telefonica to triple broadband speeds
31 Mar 2015

Spanish operator Telefonica is set to triple the speed of its fastest broadband connections, in a bid to better compete with rivals, according to local reports.

Telekom Slovenije targets voice and 4G LTE
31 Mar 2015

Voice will be an increasing focus for Telekom Slovenije as it seeks to generate top-line growth, said Tomaž Tomšic, director of international carrier services.

Midweek Mergers: March 25
25 Mar 2015

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Equinix launches IBX in Melbourne
24 Mar 2015

Equinix today revealed that its first international business exchange (IBX) in Melbourne, Australia, is now fully operational.

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.

BT set to launch 4G arm
23 Mar 2015

BT is set to launch its 4G network this week, marking its return to the consumer market nearly 15 years after it sold its mobile unit.

Ethiopia launches 4G service in capital
23 Mar 2015

Ethio Telecom, Ethiopia’s state-run telecoms company, has launched a 4G mobile service in the country’s capital of Addis Ababa, following a three-month trial.

Telecom Italia approves media buyout
20 Mar 2015

Telecom Italia has approved the takeover of Telecom Italia Media, its media division, which has been a publicly traded unit for over a decade.

Ofcom enforces BT margin rule
20 Mar 2015

Ofcom has introduced a pricing rule which will require BT to maintain a sufficient margin between its wholesale and retail ultra-fast broadband charges.

MANAGED SERVICES SPECIAL REPORT 2015: Managing the internet of things
19 Mar 2015

The industry has grown accustomed to seductive analyst projections denoting the game-changing immensity of the M2M opportunity. But little practical guidance yet exists to help the would-be M2M service provider negotiate this smorgasbord of potential and convert it into edible profit.

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.

Morocco awards 4G licences
19 Mar 2015

Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom and Wana Corporate have been awarded 4G licences in Morocco’s auction, Reuters reports.

SDN & NFV: Disruptive influences
18 Mar 2015

Will 2015 be as seismic as 2014 in the transformation of the connectivity market? Guy Matthews investigates the technologies set to transform networks.

Midweek Mergers: March 18
18 Mar 2015

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Telstra to acquire Globecast Australia
18 Mar 2015

Australia’s Telstra today reveals that it is to acquire Globecast Australia; a leading provider of media services for broadcasters in Australasia.

Huawei, ONOS and ONF to develop SDN ecosystem
13 Mar 2015

Chinese vendor Huawei has teamed up with Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Open Networking Foundation (ONF) in a bid to develop an open and innovative SDN industry ecosystem.

CenturyLink selects Cyan for NFV
13 Mar 2015

US operator CenturyLink has selected Cyan’s Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator for the delivery of NFV-enhanced services to enterprise and SMB customers.

Wateen Telecom and TICI sign regional interconnect deal
12 Mar 2015

Pakistan’s Wateen Telecom signed a regional interconnect deal with Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TICI) today at Capacity Middle East 2015 in Dubai, UAE, for the provisioning of data and voice services in the region.

Zimbabwe 'to shut down' Telecel Zimbabwe
12 Mar 2015

Zimbabwe plans to shut down Telecel Zimbabwe for allegedly operating without a licence and failing to comply with the country’s ownership laws.

GBI CEO exits role
12 Mar 2015

Ahmed Mekky, chief executive at Gulf Bridge International (GBI), has stepped down from his position, the company said today.

FCC approves IDT's US-Cuba phone link
12 Mar 2015

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a request by IDT to provide direct phone connections between the US and Cuba for the first time in decades.

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.

Telstra joins Etisalat SmartHub
11 Mar 2015

Telstra today reveals that it has launched a PoP in Etisalat’s SmartHub facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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.

Global Cloud Xchange connects to UAE-IX
10 Mar 2015

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) reveals today at Capacity Middle East in Dubai, UAE, that it has joined the UAE-IX; the first carrier-neutral internet traffic exchange platform in the region.

Turkcell ready to launch 4G in Turkey
06 Mar 2015

Turkcell has announced that it is ready to launch 4G services in Turkey following the government’s announcement of a tender process to be completed by May 2015.

MTN to splash $2.5 billion on infrastructure
05 Mar 2015

South Africa’s MTN will invest approximately $2.5 billion (R30 billion) this year on growing its infrastructure in the 23 countries where it operates, the company told local reporters yesterday.

PCCW Global expands into Benin
05 Mar 2015

PCCW Global has expanded into Benin as part of an interconnection agreement with local operator Isocel Telecom.

United Arab Emirates telecoms market
04 Mar 2015

Since its first discovery of oil over 30 years ago, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has transformed from its humble roots as a barren sand desert to one of the region’s most prominent economic hubs.

KT and Ericsson sign MoU for 5G
04 Mar 2015

South Korea’s KT has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to collaborate on 5G research and technologies related to next-generation networks.

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.

China issues 4G licences
27 Feb 2015

The Chinese government has issued 4G licences to China Telecom and China Unicom, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said today.

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).

COVER STORY: Risky business
26 Feb 2015

With telecoms fast-becoming one of the most powerful industries in the world, how large is the threat of corruption? Laura Hedges investigates.

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?

Megaport joins OpenDaylight Project
25 Feb 2015

Australia’s Megaport has today revealed that it has joined the OpenDaylight Project; an initiative focussed on accelerating the development of open source SDN and NFV.

TTI joins Sea-Me-We 5 consortium
20 Feb 2015

Turk Telekom International (TTI) has signed the construction and maintenance agreement (C&MA) and become an official member of the Sea-Me-We 5 cable consortium.

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.

Chinese official denies merger claims
12 Feb 2015

An official at China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has refuted rumours that China Unicom and China Telecom are set to merge.

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.

DE-CIX New York signs MoU with Open-IX
06 Feb 2015

DE-CIX North America has today started the process of becoming Open-IX-certified by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open-IX Association (OIX).

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.

Zayo targets Ireland network expansion
04 Feb 2015

Zayo Group is to extend its European long-haul network offering to Dublin, Ireland, as well as three new cities in the UK: Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

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.

Global Telecom sells Djezzy stake
02 Feb 2015

Egypt’s Global Telecom has sold its 51% stake in Algerian mobile operator Djezzy to the Algerian National Investment Fund for $2.6 billion.

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.

PTC elects officers for 2015
29 Jan 2015

The 2015 Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) has elected its board of governors and advisory council.

Midweek Mergers: January 28
28 Jan 2015

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Zain to sell transmitter towers?
28 Jan 2015

Kuwait telco Zain has hired advisors for the potential sale of transmitter towers in eight markets across Africa and the Middle East, Reuters reports.

TE Connectivity to sell network business?
27 Jan 2015

Swiss electronics company TE Connectivity is nearing a deal to sell its network equipment business to US vendor CommScope, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Vodacom selects Alcatel-Lucent GPON solution
26 Jan 2015

South Africa’s Vodacom has opted for French vendor Alcatel-Lucent’s gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution for the upgrade of its network in the country.

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.

Top six cloud platforms
21 Jan 2015

Carriers worldwide are experimenting with ways of enabling enterprises to exploit the cloud’s full potential. Capacity looks at six of the leading platforms.

Midweek Mergers: January 21
21 Jan 2015

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Huawei launches NFV open lab in China
21 Jan 2015

Huawei has launched a network functions virtualisation (NFV) open lab in Xi’an, China, focussed on the development of NFV infrastructure, platforms and services.

Ciena to upgrade two trans-Pacific cables
20 Jan 2015

Ciena has been selected to help deploy major upgrades to two trans-Pacific subsea cables; the Trans Pacific Express cable network (TPE) and the Japan-US Cable Network.

Tata to take capacity on Seabras-1
19 Jan 2015

Tata Communications has acquired “significant” capacity on Seaborn Networks’ US-Brazil cable, which is due to go operational in Q4 2016.

COVER STORY: The pursuit of fresh talent
15 Jan 2015

Is possessing the magic black book of contacts any longer enough to be a stand-out candidate in wholesale? Alex Hawkes investigates the steep recruitment challenge facing the industry.

Inmarsat targets maritime sector
15 Jan 2015

Satellite service provider Inmarsat is to launch a global connectivity solution to support the maritime industry.

Midweek Mergers: January 14
14 Jan 2015

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ANALYSIS: The world’s first south Atlantic route
14 Jan 2015

Given the wealth of connectivity between North America and Europe, it is perhaps an oddity that no cable yet spans the south Atlantic. Any traffic between Latin America and Africa must travel indirectly via North America and Europe, or use satellite.

Cloudmark appoints CEO
14 Jan 2015

Security solutions provider Cloudmark has appointed George Riedel as chief executive at the company.

ANALYSIS: Satellite – the new fibre?
13 Jan 2015

Fresh from the launch of its latest four satellites on December 18 2014, O3b Networks has revealed plans to increase its network capacity to a terabit.

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.

Kerala to be India’s first optical fibre state
12 Jan 2015

Kerala will be the first state in India to be fully covered by broadband connectivity under India’s National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project, reported India’s Business Standard.

Telstra targets finance sector
12 Jan 2015

Telstra has launched a low-latency trading network and range of ITC solutions targeting the finance sector.

Mexico fines Dish and Telmex for undisclosed deals
12 Jan 2015

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) in Mexico has fined satellite TV provider Dish Mexico and Carlos Slim’s fixed-line unit Telmex for failing to divulge, in full, a series of agreements between the two companies.

Orixcom secures private funding round
12 Jan 2015

Network and cloud platform provider Orixcom has secured private funding as it aims to grow its business in the Middle East and Africa.

Midweek Mergers: January 7
07 Jan 2015

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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.

FCC to vote on net neutrality in February
05 Jan 2015

US telecoms regulators at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are expected to vote on new net neutrality rules as early as February 26, according to a report by The Washington Post.

ADVA appoints CFO
05 Jan 2015

ADVA Optical Networking has appointed Ulrich Dopfer as chief financial officer at the company; effective January 1 2015.