In Brief:MTN denies illegally channelling $14bn out of Nigeria 

MTN has denied allegations that it illegally transferred $13.92 billion (€12.43 billion) out of Nigeria.The denial was issued after Nigeria's parliament agreed to investigate claims that the South Africa-based telco colluded with banks to channel money out of the country. The illegal activity is said to have taken place over a 10-year period.In a brief statement, MTN acknowledged "various media reports containing allegations of improper repatriation" of funds from Nigeria."The allegations made against MTN are completely unfounded and without any merit," insisted MTN Nigeria CEO.

***Lithuanian mobile operator Omnitel has enabled voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology over its 4G network. The company said that VoLTE was implemented in the cloud-based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform, which combines mobile and fixed-line communication technologies. Omnitel technology manager said: ‘With this technology, customers can significantly improve the experience of using mobile communications – during the call they can continue surfing the 4G network, the voice can be heard more clearly and naturally, with increased voice service reliability.’ In order to benefit from the new service, potential users need to implement a software update to their 4G-enabled devices; when calling to/from a device that does not support VoLTE, the voice call will be transmitted over the 2G/3G networks, Omnitel said.

***The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) says it will need more time to assess how much frequency is actually needed to adequately support the entry of a third telecoms player in the country. A report from InterAksyon cites a document published by the PCC Mergers and Acquisition Office (MAO) regarding PLDT and Globe Telecom’s multi-billion peso acquisition of the telecoms assets of San Miguel Corp, which the agency notes ‘will leave a limited amount of spectrum to a potential third player’. The PCC’s initial suspicions seemingly support wider concerns that ‘the amount of available spectrum post-transaction may not be sufficient for a new player to exert competitive pressure on PLDT and Globe’, although it stops short of pinpointing exactly how much spectrum will be required, saying it needs more time to conduct research and consultations.

***T Mobile USA and Ericsson have announced the results of their 5G trial that included a voice call between 4G and 5G networks, using Ericsson's 5G radio prototype system and T Mobile's LTE network and devices. The innovative demonstration showed it was possible to achieve connection throughput of over 12 Gbps for 5G downloads and ultra-low latency connections of less than 2 milliseconds. The 5G trial occurred on August 3, 2016, at Ericsson's facilities and included test demonstrations of two-directional beam steering, operation of multiple simultaneous 4K video streams and the first test of a voice call connecting between 4G and 5G networks.

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