Finland has the first 450MHz LTE data network

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.

Tower sharing is popular in Africa

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.

Network sharing is increasingly popular

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.

Helios has scored several deals in Africa

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.

Tower outsourcing is increasingly popular

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MTN Uganda has withdrawn its threat to block connections to rival Uganda Telecom over unpaid interconnect fees

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.

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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?

Tower sharing and outsourcing is very popular in Africa

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.

Hyperoptic aiming to bring FTTH connectivity across the UK

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.

Operators can pushing processing capabilities out to the network edge

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.

Hurricane Sandy is causing destruction across the East Coast of the US

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's UK network sharing deal has been approved by the UK's regulatory authorities

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.

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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.

Operators looking to wifi offload but vendors’ solutions still lacking

Mobile operators are looking past the negative revenue implications of using wifi offload due to concerns over the sheer growth of data traffic. However, although the majority of infrastructure vendors are now including wifi offload solutions in their product portfolios, those solutions do not fully meet operators’ needs, according to Ovum.

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Operator CTO Interview Series

Over the past few weeks we interviewed the Chief Technology Officers of several high profile operators to find out what keeps them awake at night. With many carriers juggling several generations of network technologies, as well as a hefty portfolio of spectrum frequencies, there are plenty of challenges to consider, but some of the common ones our executives discuss are: the OTT threat; network optimisation; spectrum fragmentation; network capacity; data revenues; offload; outsourcing; and regulation.

The Qeo software framework will allow connected devices, regardless of brand or ecosystem, to “speak the same language”

Vodafone, KPN to share cell sites in Netherlands

Mobile operator Vodafone struck another infrastructure sharing deal this week, this time in the Netherlands where its local operation will share passive infrastructure with KPN.

Eircom is considering floating

Vodafone and 3 in Irish network sharing deal

Mobile operators 3 and Vodafone are set to embark on a network sharing agreement in Ireland. A source close to the deal told Telecoms.com that the two operators are in advanced discussions regarding a joint infrastructure partnership.

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