Vodafone Australia activates LTE-A in Melbourne

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Vodafone Australia has activated its LTE-Advanced mobile network in Melbourne, while rival Optus has expanded its LTE coverage. Vodafone has activated 678 LTE-Advanced sites in the state of Victoria, and plans to switch on 71 more over the next six weeks. The operator’s LTE-Advanced network adds 850-MHz low-band spectrum to its existing 1800-MHz 4G network. In July, the company set …

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China Telecom Global changes growth strategy

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China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced a new strategy aimed at adapting to changes in the wholesale telecom market. The company plans to develop large-bandwidth products targeting a variety of applications and explore new markets for its offerings. CTG will developer high-bandwidth, OTN and ultra-low-latency products for next-generation networks. Announcing the new strategy at Capacity Asia 2014, CTG stated the traditional …

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Third quarter profits for RCom dip by 77%

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India’s Reliance Communications has reported a 77% year-on-year decline in net profit for the third quarter to 1.53 billion rupees ($24.7 million), due largely to a one-off accounting gain in the previous corresponding period. Profit increased 16% sequentially, but revenue declined 2% from the second quarter to 54.03 billion rupees as a result of seasonal factors. The operator ended the …

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DoCoMo, China Mobile sign LTE roaming pact

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China Mobile and Japan’s NTT DoCoMo have agreed to an international roaming agreement covering the former’s TD-LTE network. Under the deal, NTT DoCoMo will offer its domestic customers outbound roaming over the TD-LTE network starting from today. Customers with compatible handsets will be able to take advantage of China Mobile’s 150Mbps LTE-A network. This marks the first international roaming agreement …

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Telecom Italia eyes fibre firm Metroweb

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According to a recent publication in Total Telecom, Italian incumbent considers boosting its domestic fibre assets through M&A. Fresh rumors that Telecom Italia is mulling the acquisition of Italian fibre-optic network operator Metroweb have emerged this week. The Italian incumbent, which was linked with a move for Metroweb in October, has sent an expression of interest regarding a controlling stake …

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Ofcom allocates 700-MHz spectrum for mobile broadband

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U.K. TV providers set for another retune as telco regulator aims to clear airwaves by 2022 at the latest. U.K. mobile operators will soon have another opportunity to bolster their network capacity after regulator Ofcom announced plans to allocate the 700-MHz band for mobile broadband. The watchdog stated it aims to make the frequencies available by 2022 at the latest, although …

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FCC smashes through AWS-3 auction target

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U.S. regulator raises nearly $19 billion after 16 bidding rounds. Bids in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) AWS-3 auction have reached $18.57 billion, comfortably exceeding the $10 billion target set by the regulator. The running total is also higher than the $18 billion predicted by Fitch Ratings earlier this month. Bidding got underway last week and by Friday the …

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MegaFon, Huawei aim to roll out 5G by 2018 World Cup

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Russian telco, Chinese equipment maker sign MoU on accelerated 5G rollout. MegaFon and Huawei are working together to roll out 5G in time for the 2018 football World Cup in Russia. That is two years earlier than the timeframe for 5G that most mobile operators and equipment makers are working towards, including Huawei itself, which has a number of times …

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Ofcom names interim leader

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Steve Unger to hold reins at U.K. regulator until new CEO is appointed in 2015. Ofcom on Wednesday announced that one of its directors, Steve Unger, will serve as interim chief executive when Ed Richards leaves his post at the end of the year. Unger is currently director of the Strategy, International, Technology and Economist group at the U.K. regulator. …

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Microsoft preps Skype for WebRTC

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Software giant to rebrand Lync as Skype for Business. Microsoft has announced plans to rebrand its Lync unified communications (UC) application as Skype for Business. It has also unveiled a WebRTC version of the popular Internet calling service. Launching in the first half of 2015, Microsoft will combine Skype’s interface with the enterprise security, compliance and control credentials of Lync. …

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