Thai regulator extends deadline on 1.8GHz cut-off

Thailand’s telecoms regulator has given True and AIS an additional six months to move all customers on their 1.8GHz networks, which are concessions from state-owned CAT Telecom, to other spectrum bands. The 2G concessions with True Mobile and AIS’ subsidiary …

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Operators and vendors predict long life for 2G

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: Executives from operators and vendors this week agreed that 2G technology is likely to live on into a fruitful old-age alongside 4G (LTE), while 3G is much less loved in comparison. Pierre Francois Dubois, VP …

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Fast-growing India forecast to have 1.4B mobile connections in 2020

India’s mobile connections are forecast to expand 50 per cent to 1.4 billion by 2020, when mobile penetration will reach 100 per cent. The country currently has 970 million mobile connections, with about 80 per cent of subscribers on 2G …

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Singapore operators to turn off 2G by April 2017

Singapore’s three mobile operators — M1, Singtel and StarHub — said today they will turn off their 2G networks by 1 April 2017 and reallocate the 2G spectrum for 3G and 4G services. Of the country’s 3.5 million unique subscribers …

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Telenor Norway to shut down 3G network in 2020; five years before 2G

Telenor Norway’s CTO, Magnus Zetterberg, said the company plans to completely shut down its 3G network in 2020, five years before it closes 2G in 2025. Speaking at the company’s analyst and investor day, Zetterberg talked up the company’s evolution …

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India’s spectrum auction attracts 8 operators

Eight operators in India have stepped forward to participate in the country’s long-awaited spectrum auctions next month. The bidding companies will be Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio Infotel, Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices, Uninor and Vodafone. Sistema Shyam …

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CAT, True plan network sharing deal by March

Thailand’s state-owned CAT Telecom plans to finalise a network sharing deal with True Move by March, after reaching a similar deal with dtac last month. CAT acting president Sanpachai Huvanandan said new agreements with its two concessionaires, which would again …

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SK Telecom claims first commercial 2G/3G over LTE

South Korean telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of what it claims is the world’s first commercialised 2G/3G over LTE technology, enabling 2G and 3G services through LTE network. The operator said it expects the technology to improve service stability, and enhance network building and operation capabilities.