27 May 2020

Wireless

SmarTone launches 5G

Hong Kong cellco SmarTone has launched its 5G service, offering what it claims is ‘the widest network coverage, both indoors and outdoors’. The firm is using Ericsson Dynamic Spectrum Technology,... more

Dutch multi-band auction will start 29 June

The Netherlands’ radio frequency spectrum agency Agentschap Telecom (AT), under the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, announced yesterday that the country’s multi-band mobile auction including 5G-suitable spectrum will... more

A1 launches Belarus’ first standalone 5G network in test mode

Mobile network operator (MNO) A1 Belarus, working in partnership with ZTE of China, has launched a 5G standalone architecture (SA) network in test mode, claiming a first for the eastern... more

Telstra issues 5G coverage update, confirms mmWave tests

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra has issued an update on the progress it has made with its 5G rollout, noting that after saying last year that it aimed to... more

Slovenia prepares spectrum auctions

Slovenia’s Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) has begun preparations for the allocation of new wireless spectrum which can be used for 5G... more

TRAI publishes consultation paper on international roaming

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a consultation paper on international mobile roaming services, requesting feedback on potential regulatory changes. The paper primarily focuses on... more

Azerfon’s 4G user base exceeds 1m

Azerfon (Nar), Azerbaijan’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that its LTE user base grew 66% year-on-year to surpass one million in the first quarter of... more

T-Mobile requests 39GHz trial permit; seeks to extend DISH spectrum loan

T-Mobile US has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to stage trials using the 39GHz spectrum it successfully bid for in Auction... more

Corporate/Financial

MTS reports 8.9% Q1 revenue rise

In Q1 2020 Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) saw group revenue increase by 8.9% year-on-year to RUB119.6 billion (USD1.7 billion) primarily driven by rising mobile service revenue, with other notable contributions... more