14 Aug 2020

Wireless

Israel concludes 5G spectrum auction; MoC approves Cellcom’s purchase of Golan Telecom

Israel’s auction of 5G-suitable spectrum has officially come to a close, with the Ministry of Communications (MoC) naming three winning bidders. All three secured identical spectrum allocations, specifically a 10MHz... more

MagtiCom tests 5G in Georgia

Georgian mobile operator MagtiCom has announced it has started testing 5G technology. Without providing further details, the company says it is cooperating with ‘three leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers around the... more

Broadband

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

Edge Cable Holdings (Facebook), AquaComms, Cable & Wireless Americas Systems and Microsoft Infrastructure have applied for a licence to land and operate within US territory the Amitie system, a private... more

Commerce Commission seeks feedback on financial loss asset for new fibre regulatory regime

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on its approach to determining the value of the financial loss asset for the new regulatory regime being developed for fibre service providers.... more

Fastweb backs TIM’s FiberCop plan, but politician advocates state control

The head of Italian telco Fastweb has said a plan for Telecom Italia (TIM) to maintain control of its last-mile networks business is ‘sound’. TIM is looking to sell a... more

Wireline

Ofcom launches wholesale voice market consultation

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on its proposed regulation of the wholesale markets for call services for the period April 2021 to March 2026. Noting that ‘the... more

Corporate/Financial

Telecom Egypt reports 20% y-o-y increase in revenue, as subscriber numbers continue to climb

Telecom Egypt has announced a 20% year-on-year increase in consolidated revenue in the quarter ended 30 June 2020, with turnover rising to EGP7.94 billion (USD497 million). It attributed this level... more

TDC reports a 7.7% decline in revenues in Q2 2020

Danish telco TDC, the country’s leading operator in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2020, reporting a 7.7% decline in revenues... more

China Mobile 1H20 service revenue up 1.9%; EBITDA drops 3.6%

China Mobile reported a 0.1% year-on-year increase in total revenues to CNY389.9 billion (USD56.1 billion) in the first half of 2020, including service revenues which rose by 1.9% to CNY358.2... more

China Unicom achieves 4.0% service revenue improvement in H1

In the first half of 2020 China Unicom registered 3.8% year-on-year growth in total revenue to CNY150.4 billion (USD21.7 billion), with service revenue climbing 4.0% to CNY138.3 billion. Cost efficiency... more

Digi Communications posts 5.4% revenue growth in Q2 2020

Romania-based Digi Communications has reported group revenues (excluding intersegment revenue and other income) of EUR309.9 million (USD366.3 million) for the three month period ended 30 June 2020, an increase of... more

Turkcell’s sales climb 11.8% in Q2

In the second quarter of 2020 Turkcell’s consolidated revenues increased 11.8% year-on-year to TRY6.924 billion (USD943 million), with the Turkish group posting a 10.6% rise in EBITDA to TRY2.824 billion.... more