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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

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

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

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

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

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

ANALYSIS: 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: Wednesday January 7
07 Jan 2015

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

TeliaSonera launches LTE-A in Lithuania
06 Jan 2015

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

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.