French telecom giant Orange has launched its brand in Liberia in West Africa. From now on, Cellcom Liberia becomes Orange Liberia. The acquisition of the Liberian operator Cellcom was finalized by Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, on 6 April 2016, allowing the Group to reinforce its presence in West Africa. In line with its Essentials2020 strategic plan, Orange has built up a considerable presence in this region, which offers strong growth potential and is a strategic priority for…
VEON, the global provider of communications services, formerly known as VimpelCom, and its subsidiary Global Telecom Holding S.A.E., announced the acquisition of additional 4G/LTE spectrum in Pakistan, through their local 85% owned subsidiary, Jazz. This is a crucial milestone for VEON in its ambition to become a global digital leader and is expected to improve the customer experience in terms of voice quality, data speeds and connectivity. Jazz won the auction, awarding it 10 MHz paired spectrum in the 1800…

PT Portugal continues to expand its fiber optic network

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 06:23
PT's fiber optic network has reached Torres Vedras and Mira, as a result of its strategic goal of reaching 5.3 million businesses and homes by 2020. PT Portugal is the largest telecommunications service provider in Portugal. Since June 2, 2015, PT Portugal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Altice Group. PT has announced the launch of its fiber optic service in Torres Vedras, in the Lisbon district, where close to 17 thousand houses will be served by the largest and…
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Huawei jointly announce the successful trial of the first 5G innovative Massive MIMO network in MENA region. STC completed the testing of the latest 3.5GHz Massive MIMO technology, which is considered as a corner stone technologies enabling core 5G services. It uses a large number of antennas and beam forming to enhance spectrum multiplexing among multiple user equipment (UEs) to improve the end user experience. The new 5G technologies aim at providing huge capacity, better…
British telecommunications giant Vodafone reported on Tuesday, May 16, an annual net loss of 6.3 billion euros ($6.9 billion) after slashing the value of its troubled Indian division. The performance in the 12 months to March compared with a net loss of 5.4 billion euros in the previous financial year, Vodafone said in a statement. Revenues declined 4.4 percent to 47.6 billion euros. At the same time, operating profit excluding exceptional items almost tripled to 3.7 billion euros on the…
Swedish telecoms company Telia Carrier announced that it has added a new, high capacity route that stretches from Zurich, Switzerland to Strasbourg, France via Basel, Switzerland, providing a shortened path and lower latency between Frankfurt, Germany and Zurich. With the addition of a new PoP and metro fiber in Zurich, the new route provides current and potential customers with routing options that dramatically improve performance for traffic to and from Milan, Italy and Marseilles, France. The combination of a shorter,…
Nokia and leading Japanese operator KDDI have conducted a country-first trial simulating future 5G network demands, providing high-speed, one gigabit-per-second connectivity inside an apartment block using Nokia radio technology on the 28GHz band. The trial, conducted between the KDDI Research Building and an apartment approximately 100 meters away, achieved speeds in excess of 1Gbps on the 28GHz band, demonstrating how 5G technology can be used inside apartment blocks to meet demand for wireless ultra-broadband in megacities such as Tokyo, the…
Vodafone and London-based Capita, an international business process outsourcing and professional services company, run the UK’s last two paging businesses. Vodafone was set to sell its paging business to Capita. However, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) expressed concern that the sale could mean customers face price increases. Therefore, Vodafone halted the sale and is closing the paging business. The CMA’s decision resulted in disappointment for Vodafone – the company said it made more economic sense to close the business.…

EE UK launches European roaming for all customers

Written on Thursday, 11 May 2017 13:34
As part of its mission to offer the best experience for UK mobile customers, UK operator EE, part of BT Group, is announcing that all existing pay monthly and pay as you go customers will soon enjoy roaming to 47 European destinations at no extra charge. EE is also launching a new range of 4GEE Max plans, designed to offer the ultimate roaming experience for customers with more inclusive destinations worldwide than any other UK network. From 15 June, all…
A new study published by Swisscom, a major telecommunications provider in Switzerland and IMD business school supports public authorities on the road to digitization. The document provides a comprehensive methodology and a decision-making tool to assist city leaders in the selection of digital projects. Smart City initiatives generally lack an operational framework that would guide the process undertaken by the heads of public entities. IMD and Swisscom joined forces on this particular ground two years ago and developed the Smart…

Telenor signs global agreement with NEC Corporation

Written on Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:06
NEC Corporation, which specializes in the integration of IT and network technologies, announced on May 10 that it has signed a global frame agreement with Telenor, the Norway-based worldwide telecommunications operator, to provide microwave communications systems. Telenor’s agreement with NEC will apply to the Telenor Group's 13 telecommunications affiliates in Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. Through this agreement, NEC will provide total support from the introduction of NEC's ultra-compact microwave communications systems, iPASOLINK VR and iPASOLINK EX Advanced, to…
Kingston, Jamaica-based telecom company Digicel has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of IDOM Technologies, it was announced on May 3. Operating across the French Overseas Territories (in the West Indies and Indian Ocean), IDOM Technologies provides a wide range of ICT services spanning connectivity, voice and security services to over 800 business and public sector customers across a range of industries including insurance, commerce, financial services, health and automotive. As part of the deal, Digicel…
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