1 Jul 2022

Mobile

Macau finally set to award 5G licences

Macau’s Post and Telecommunications Bureau (CTT) has finally opened a tender to award licences to provide 5G mobile services. The licensing process has been delayed as the government has been... more

Claro to launch SA 5G in Brasilia 'in the coming days'

Claro Brasil has confirmed that it plans to switch on its Standalone (SA) 5G network in Brasilia ‘in the coming days’ – as soon as it receives approval from the... more

Sonatel opens Orange 5G Lab Dakar

Orange Group and its Senegalese subsidiary Sonatel have opened the Orange 5G Lab Dakar, the group’s first such facility on the African continent for the testing and development of fifth-generation... more

Entel 5G service live in all regions, rollout 83% complete

Chilean full-service provider Entel has launched 5G services in all regions of the country and has completed 83% of its network rollout so far. To-date the company has deployed 5G... more

Zong launches Massive MIMO; cellcos warn of closures amid power crisis

Chinese-owned cellco Zong has commercially launched a dual-band (1800MHz and 2100MHz) FDD Massive MIMO upgrade on its 4G network in partnership with ZTE. In a statement from the Chinese vendor,... more

Africell requests airwaves for DRC expansion

African telecoms group Africell has requested additional spectrum to improve its network coverage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Agence Ecofin writes. According to the news outlet, a member... more

VMO2 claims lead in small cell deployment as it details London rollout progress

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has unveiled details of what it called its ‘burgeoning’ network of small cells across London. Claiming to have taken the lead on integrating small cells into... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The Echo submarine cable system has landed at Tanjung Pakis Beach, Karawang Regency, West Java (Indonesia). The Echo cable will run from Eureka, California (US) to Changi North in Singapore... more

OPT-NC fibre broadband subscriptions reach 35,000

Office des Postes et Telecommunications de Nouvelle-Caledonie (OPT-NC), New Caledonia’s state-run national PTO, has revealed that is has connected a total of 35,000 customers to its fibre-optic network, representing around... more

DIGI extends 10Gbps fibre to Barcelona

MVNO-turned-fibre provider DIGI Mobil, a subsidiary of Romania-based RCS&RDS (DIGI), has announced the expansion of its PRO-DIGI Fiber 10Gbps services to customers in Barcelona. In a news brief the company... more

T-Mobile US extends 5G FWA coverage to a further five million homes

T-Mobile US has extended its ‘5G Home Internet’ fixed wireless access (FWA) service to 81 new towns and cities across Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The operator notes that... more

Telekom and Vodafone conclude fibre contract

Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany have announced the conclusion of a new contract for the use of VDSL and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections for a period of ten years. Vodafone has... more

MTC scraps tender for RDNFO project

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has cancelled the tender to select a company to operate and maintain the 13,600km National Fibre Optic Backbone... more

Corporate/Financial

Agreement on sale of equity stake in DNB could be reached next week

Malaysia is reportedly close to finalising a plan for the sale of a 70% equity stake in Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), the state-owned special purpose vehicle which is overseeing the... more

FY sales down 2% for Botswana’s BTC

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has reported revenues of BWP1.39 billion (USD112 million) for its financial year to 31 March 2022, down from BWP1.43 billion the previous year, with growth in... more