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Telefonica sells tower businesses in Europe, LatAm to American Tower

Spanish telecom operator Telefónica’s subsidiary Telxius Telecom has signed an agreement with American Tower Corporation (ATC) for the sale of its telecommunications towers businesses in Europe and Latin America. Telxius has telecommunications towers in Spain, Germany, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Telefonica, which holds a 50.1%...

5G deployments boost China Towers H1 financial results

  China Tower’s business in the first half of 2020 was positively impacted by the acceleration of 5G deployments in China, the company said in its earnings release. The telco said that a total of 215,000 5G sites had been constructed in the first half of...

Nokia launches 5G certification program for industry professionals

  Finnish vendor Nokia is launching a certification program to help industry professionals realize the "full business potential of end-to-end 5G networks," the company said in a release. The Nokia Bell Labs end-to-end 5G certification program will offer professionals across the information and communications technology (ICT)...

Vertical Bridge CEO talks trends and staying private at scale

Company received recent 30% stake investment Infrastructure company Vertical Bridge has brought on a new major investor, with an influx of capital that it plans to use to expand its tower and site portfolio. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a Canadian public...

4G to be key driver of tower demand in the coming years: American Tower

  American Tower Corporation’s CEO talks about the role of mid-band spectrum deployments in supporting 5G American Tower expects 4G technology to be the main driver of tower demands in the coming years despite increasing momentum for 5G builds, the company's Chairman and CEO James Taiclet...

5G to create $42 billion in socioeconomic value for South Korea in 2030, KT says

The value generated by 5G will account for 1.5% of South Korea’s GDP in 2025, report says The commercial use of 5G technologies in South Korea is expected to generate 47.8 trillion won ($42 billion) in socioeconomic value in 2030, according to a recent study...

Nokia, China Mobile ink deal to research artificial intelligence, 5G

Under the terms of the agreement, both firms will establish a lab in Hangzhou Nokia and China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier in terms of subscribers, have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning...

U.S government allows ZTE to partially resume business activities

The Commerce Department said the partial authorization will be valid until August 1 The U.S. government has issued a limited service authorization which would allow Chinese vendor ZTE to resume certain activities. ZTE halted business operations in May due to a seven-year ban on the...

SK Telecom, DJI to add live streaming video to drones

Korea's top mobile carrier partners with drone maker DJI to add live- streaming high-def video to drones. Korean mobile operator SK Telecom and China-based drone-maker DJI have agreed to co-develop high-performance, high-definition live video streaming capabilities for drones for use on mobile networks. A live, real-time,...

JMA Wireless provides DAS for large office complex in Paris

The DAS will provide cellular coverage and capacity for French carriers Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR Wireless communications solutions provider JMA Wireless has delivered its distributed antenna system to provide improved cellular coverage and capacity at 10 Grenelle, an office complex comprised of over 30,000...

T-Mobile US-Sprint merger will accelerate 5G services uptake, study says

  The study highlighted the new entity's stronger national position and spectrum advantage The adoption of 5G technology in the United States will experience an acceleration if the merger of mobile carriers T-Mobile US and Sprint is approved, according to a recent study by research firm...

Italy’s consortium unveils first 5G-based field applications

  TIM, Huawei and Fastweb showcased a virtual reality solution for tourists and an augmented reality tool for ship engines maintenance Italian telecom operators TIM and Fastweb, together with Chinese vendor Huawei, have announced the first field applications based on a 5G mobile network. In March this...

China Tower files application to launch IPO

China Tower is seeking a valuation of up to $ 40 billion through the IPO Chinese state-owned telecommunications tower company China Tower filed an application for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE), seeking a valuation of up to $40...

Trump working with Chinese authorities to save ZTE

President Donald Trump confirmed he has instructed the Department of Commerce to find a solution to an export ban which had forced ZTE to cease operations President Trump said he's working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to find a solution to allow Chinese telecom equipment...

USTelecom asks FCC to eliminate some rules on landline providers

USTelecom petitions FCC to ease up on '90s-era rules on landline providers The U.S. broadband industry lobbying association USTelecom has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate some rules from the 1990s that made large telecom companies share their networks with smaller, regional operators at...

China Tower inks deals with power firms to share infrastructure

China Tower currently owns and operates a total of 2.5 million telecom towers across the Asian nation Chinese state-run telecom tower company China Tower Corp has signed a cooperation agreement with compatriot firm State Grid Corp of China (SGCC). Under the terms of the agreement, both...

AT&T to deploy small cells in San Jose; signs new macro tower deal

  Deal stipulates the deployment of 170 small cells on lampposts across the city AT&T and the city of San Jose have reached a tentative agreement to install a network of 170 small cells on lampposts by the end of the year in a move to...

The role of drones in telecommunications tower inspection

The communication industry is already benefiting from the use of drones. Tower climbing is seen as one of the most dangerous jobs and telecommunication operators can avoid risks through the use of drones for telecommunications tower inspection. Commercial drones are changing the way operators...

Reliance Communications sells tower business to Brookfield Infrastructure

Reliance to receive $1.6 billion for the tower transaction. Indian telecommunications firm Reliance Communications signed binding agreements with Brookfield Infrastructure to sell nationwide tower assets to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its institutional partners, the telco said in a statement. The deal calls...

Indus Tower building 500 new cell towers within next year

The firm operates 121,000 cell towers and other sites across India. India-based tower owner Indus Towers plans to invest nearly $15 million to deploy 500 new telecoms sites, including new cell towers, across India within the next 12 months, Indian press reported. Of the...

Editorial Webinar: Building tomorrow’s networks: best practices for deploying hetnets

Small cell and DAS deployments require careful planning and coordination of a number of different processes. Zoning, permitting, lease agreements, backhaul, power, and "negative assets" all need to be evaluated when a site is chosen. A new site's planned performance needs to be projected...

Reliance Communications to sell 51% of cell tower business

Cell tower deal valued at $1.65B Indian telecommunications firm Reliance Communications on Friday signed a nonbinding deal with asset manager Brookfield to sell a 51% stake in its cell tower business for 110 billion rupees ($1.65 billion). Under the terms of the agreement, the stake in Reliance...

Tower Climber recall: 3M/Capital Safety deem energy absorbers unsafe

3M, formerly Capital Safety, has released yet another safety recall for tower climbers. The recall forced the National Association of Tower Erectors to send emails to its members encouraging them to consult the official recall notice. The subject of the recall, Zorbit Energy Absorber, is...

Cellnex completes acquisition of 230 cell towers in France

The Spanish firm and French telco Bouygues are evaluating the acquisition of additional cell towers Spanish telecommunication tower operator Cellnex Telecom confirmed it has completed the acquisition of a package of 230 cell towers from French telco Bouygues Telecom in France. This initial phase required...

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