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Telecoms.com Intelligence Annual Industry Survey 2016

Building on the success of our prestigious Annual Industry Survey, the 2016 edition is the largest undertaking we’ve embarked on to date. This year’s survey took in the thoughts and perspectives of more than 1,500 telecoms professionals with a staggering cumulative experience of 24,000 years. As usual we begin with our comprehensive sweep of the […]

TEOCO selected by IHS Towers for network planning solutions

FAIRFAX, VA., USA – 17 November 2015 – TEOCO, the leading provider of engineering, assurance and analytics solutions to communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, today announces that IHS Towers, the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East will deploy its ASSET tool. IHS Towers (“IHS”) is Africa’s leading mobile infrastructure provider, owning and operating more than 23,100 towers and guaranteeing 99.9% network uptime reliability to a range of African mobile network operators (MNOs).

Ofcom increases scrutiny of BT with dark fibre proposal

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has stepped up its efforts to reduce BT’s dominance of the UK fixed line market by announcing proposals that would oblige BT to open up its so called ‘dark fibre’ for use by competitors.

TeliaSonera, DNA to share network in rural Finland

The Finnish operation of Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has agreed a deal with local Finnish carrier DNA that will see the two share network resources and spectrum in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern regions of Finland.

Etisalat sells Nigerian cell towers

The African telecoms market has long been a pioneer of cell tower sharing and outsourcing and on Friday operator group Etisalat voted in favour of the model with a proposal to sell 2,136 towers in Nigeria to regional tower management specialist IHS Holding.

Chinese telcos forge network sharing deal

China’s main telecoms companies have agreed to establish an infrastructure sharing venture to reduce the cost and optimise the construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure.

Emerging market tower specialist raises $630m

African telecoms tower specialist Helios Towers has raised $630m in new investment, supporting its claims that there is huge potential in the African market for tower sharing and management.

American Tower spends $1bn in Brazil

International infrastructure and tower management firm American Tower Corporation has agreed to buy 100 per cent of the equity interests of BR Towers, a Brazilian real estate company that owns around 2,530 cell towers, for BR2.18bn ($978m). The company also has exclusive use rights to approximately 2,110 additional towers in the country.

MTN brings LTE to Zambia

MTN Zambia became the first carrier in the country to launch LTE on Friday, as the company introduced the service in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola and Livingstone. Phase two of the rollout, which is already underway, will expand LTE coverage within these same towns and cover new territories as well.

Software defined spectrum, anyone?

Consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?

Vodacom Tanzania sells tower assets

Mobile tower outsourcing in Africa continues apace with Vodacom Tanzania on Monday striking a deal to offload its entire tower network to Helios Towers and rent access back.

Vodafone and Orange to co-invest in Spanish fibre depoyment

The Spanish subsidiaries of operator groups Vodafone and Orange will co-invest in fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment in Spain, the former has announced. The two intend to reach six million households and workplaces across 50 major cities by September 2017.

NSN, IBM push intelligence to the edge

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks and IT giant IBM focused on moving intelligence to the network edge on Monday with the unveiling of a mobile edge computing platform designed to run applications within the mobile base station.

Lay your bets

Bengt Nordstrom, founder of industry consultancy NorthStream, shares a series of predictions for the mobile industry in 2013. In this second instalment he suggests that European regulators will become more open to consolidation among operators, helping to revitalise the European market.

AT&T and T-Mobile team up in hurricane crisis

US operators AT&T and T-Mobile USA have allowed customers heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy this week to roam across their networks where capacity is available, in order to ensure they can stay in touch during the natural disaster.

O2 and Vodafone get go-ahead for UK net share

The UK businesses of Telefónica and Vodafone have been granted permission by the country’s regulatory authorities to pool the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid. The grid will support two independent and competing networks delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to UK households.

EC calls on operators to share unlicensed spectrum more efficiently

The European Commission (EC) has called on mobile operators in the region to share radio spectrum more effectively. The authority said that national spectrum regulation does not efficiently utilise spectrum or allow licensees to make use of new technical possibilities, leaving mobile and broadband users at risk of poor service as demand for data continues to grow.

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