AT&T is planning to expand the availability of ultra-fast speeds through AT&T GigaPowerSM to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 38 additional metros across the United States – which will total at least 56 metros served. With the launch of their ultra-fast Internet service in parts of of these metros, Los Angeles and West Palm Beach – AT&T GigaPower is now available in 20 of the nation’s largest metros. Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second over…
With the start of hurricane season this week, increased numbers of tornadoes in the heartland, and continued flooding in parts of the central United States, Verizon Wireless has prepared its network and emergency response teams to serve customers in the event of severe weather. Year-round intensive investments and preparations ensure Verizon customers can rely on the nation's largest 4GLTE network to keep them connected during storm season and throughout the year. Verizon continues to invest heavily in network enhancements adding…
Ooredoo just launched its new 1Gbps Fibre plan, the fastest fibre service available in Qatar, as the company continues to upgrade its nationwide Ooredoo Supernet. Thanks to Ooredoo launching 1Gbps Fibre, Qatar has become one of only 10 countries in the world able to provide this fastest-ever Fibre connection for homes. With the new fibre connection, customers can download a 30 minute 4K quality movie in three minutes and a two hour HD movie in two minutes. Households can expect…

Verizon reaches agreement with CWA and IBEW strikers

Written on Sunday, 05 June 2016 06:06
After nearly a year of intensive negotiations, Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it has reached tentative agreements with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) on new contracts for about 36,000 employees who work primarily for the company’s network operations and consumer and mass business units. “The tentative agreements reached today are good for our employees, good for our customers and will be good for our business,” said Marc Reed, Verizon’s chief administrative…
T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS is gradually expanding its 4G LTE coverage in the U.S. Recently, the company has entered into an agreement with AT&T Inc. to acquire spectrum in the 700 MHz band. This will help the company to provide LTE network in the greater Chicago area. AT&T had acquired this license as part of its takeover of Leap Wireless two years ago. Although the financial terms of the T-Mobile US – AT&T deal have been kept under wraps, the…

Telefonica's Telxius considers IPO

Written on Sunday, 05 June 2016 06:00
Telefonica is pressing ahead with IPO plans for Telxius, its global infrastructure business, reports Bloomberg. CaixaBank and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria have been added as global coordinators, along with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, said sources. The sale could take place as soon as July, they added. The sale of Telxius, which includes Telefonica’s cellular towers and network assets such as submarine cables, is central to the group’s debt reduction strategy, particularly since the European Commission blocked the sale of…

AT&T introduces new roaming benefits to Mexico and Canada

Written on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:59
As summer approaches, American telecom operator AT&T is breaking down wireless walls to the countries where customers travel to the most: Mexico and Canada. Starting from May 20, customers can now get their new Mexico roaming feature for no additional charge when they switch to their new Mobile Share Value 15GB and higher plans. This means customers on a new Mobile Share Value 15GB and higher plan get unlimited calling, texting, and use of their plan data in and between…
Qatari telecom operator Ooredoo recently announced the completion of a major Supernet upgrade, adding the new Category 9 LTE-Advanced standard to its mobile network, which brings multiple 4G frequencies together to support download speeds of up to 325Mbps for customers. The mobile network upgrade, which is part of the on-going Ooredoo Supernet enhancement programme, will be available for all customers who have compatible devices at no extra cost. A range of leading mobile devices can utilize this advanced speed, including…

Telstra adds multiple Asian network links

Written on Sunday, 22 May 2016 10:56
Telstra has made several announcements around its global network services that it says will give customers more choice and further reinforce its network leadership position in the Asia Pacific region. Telstra has taken capacity on the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) system, a new 8,000km submarine cable with three fiber pairs connecting Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. It will enable Telstra to offer customers direct connectivity between Asia and the Middle East and then…
Nokia and Russia’s leading telecommunications operator MTS Group have signed a collaboration agreement that will create a strategic path to the realization of 5G technology and the management of the ever-growing demands of connected people and devices. The companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018. It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 10 to 100 times more connected devices than people, creating technological challenges, but also opportunities,…
New Zealand telecom operator Spark and its network partner Huawei recently established the first 4.5G mobile site in Christchurch, New Zealand, a city in the South Island. The site is located at the teclo’s Hereford Street exchange. It is the fastest mobile data speed in the entire country, reaching 1.15Gbps (gigabits per second) in a speed test in early May. It is also three times faster than the highest recorded speed on the Spark network. 4.5G technology is regarded as…

Ooredoo Myanmar set to introduce 4G in two cities

Written on Monday, 16 May 2016 13:12
Ooredoo Myanmar is going to break a new record in the vast South Asian country, revealing plans to launch the very first 4G services in two cities, making it the first operator to ever introduce 4G to the Myanmar market. According to Ooredoo Myanmar CEO, Rene Meza who spoke to Myanmar Times, the operator plans to introduce 4G to the cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Mr. Meza told Myanmar Times that more spectrum will be required in order to execute…
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