25 Sep 2020

Wireless

M1's 5G network now live in Singapore

M1 has announced that it switched on its 5G non-standalone (NSA) network in Singapore on 24 September for existing and new users, accessible via a simple 5G Booster pack to... more

Telefonica to launch 5G in Germany’s five largest cities next month

Telefonica Deutschland has announced that it will launch its 5G network on 3 October in the five largest German cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne. Private customers with... more

Three UK inks infrastructure investment agreement with SSE Enterprise Telecoms

British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK has entered into a GBP100 million (USD127 million) infrastructure agreement with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to enhance connectivity and deliver what it claims will... more

Slovakia wants to restart 5G sale by year-end

The government of Slovakia says it intends to launch its 5G spectrum auction process by the end of the year. A report from Zive.sk cites Ivan Martak, the chairman of... more

Uruguay prepares for introduction of MNP

A committee has been established in Uruguay to prepare for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), which enables mobile users to retain their number if they switch service provider,... more

Greece invites 5G auction applications

The Greek government has kicked off its 5G auction process, inviting applications for spectrum in the 700MHz, 2GHz, 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 26GHz bands. Applications for the multi-round auction are open until... more

Ghanaian regulator consults on new rules for deployment of communication towers

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has initiated a public consultation on revised guidelines for the deployment of communication towers. The purpose of the review is to include emerging industry standards... more

Ooredoo 5G covers 90% of populated areas in Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar’s CEO Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Thani gave a TV interview this week highlighting the operator’s achievements in digital transformation and ICT solutions, including an update on 5G... more

Polsat considers Polkomtel network sale

The Polish telco and pay-TV group Cyfrowy Polsat is considering the sale of the mobile infrastructure owned by cellco subsidiary Polkomtel, which trades under the Plus brand. The group says... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Iceland’s state-owned submarine cable operator Farice has chosen Galway in Ireland as the landing site for its new submarine cable dubbed IRIS scheduled to run from Iceland to Europe, Galway... more

Irish government exploring possibility of speeding NBP rollout

Ireland’s government is said to be considering fast-tracking the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in response to the coronavirus crisis, The Irish Times writes, citing Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan. Speaking... more

PTCL teams up with Huawei for XGS-PON deployment

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has completed a pilot deployment of 10-Gigabit-capable Symmetric Passive Optical Access Network (XGS-PON) technology in collaboration with Chinese vendor Huawei in Korang Town, Islamabad. In... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodafone launches rival MASMOVIL takeover bid

Vodafone Group has launched an eleventh-hour bid for Grupo MASMOVIL, as it attempts to derail the pending EUR2.96 billion (USD3.24 billion) takeover by buyout firms Providence, Cinven and KKR. According... more