27 Mar 2020

Wireless

SoftBank joins Japan’s 5G party

SoftBank Corp today (27 March) launched its ultra-high speed 5G mobile network in Japan, joining rivals NTT DOCOMO and KDDI (au) in a renewed battle to secure market share, particularly... more

Hungarian trio awarded 700MHz, 2100MHz, 3600MHz spectrum in 5G auction

Hungary’s National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag, NMHH) yesterday (26 March 2020) completed the country’s 5G spectrum auction, with Magyar Telekom, Telenor Hungary and Vodafone Hungary... more

Austria postpones multiband 5G spectrum auction

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, RTR) has delayed its upcoming second 5G auction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Der Standard reports. The allocation of... more

FCC grants AT&T access to DISH AWS-4 spectrum in Puerto Rico, USVI

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted AT&T Communications Special Temporary Authority (STA) to use additional spectrum to serve Puerto Rico and US... more

MTS selects Ericsson for central Russian network modernisation, with eye on 5G

Russia’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has extended its long-standing partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson to include a large-scale network modernisation of its 2G/3G/4G infrastructure across 16... more

MTN Benin expands managed services partnership with Ericsson, focusing on AI

Mobile operator MTN Benin has extended its managed services partnership with Swedish technology provider Ericsson to include network services focused on artificial intelligence (AI), automation and analytics. Ericsson, which already... more

Vodafone NZ boosts 4G connectivity for rural customers during COVID-19 lockdown

Vodafone New Zealand has activated additional 4G cell sites in rural areas of the country with effect from 26 March to enable more customers to stay connected during the COVID-19... more

Romania approves 2100MHz licence renewal fees

In an eleventh hour decision ahead of the expiry of 3G spectrum licences on 31 March, the Romanian government has approved plans to charge Orange and Vodafone EUR30 million (USD32.9... more

Broadband

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

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended a Special Temporary Authority (STA) given to GU Holdings (an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Google) and Edge USA (a unit of internet giant... more

84% of Swedes have access to 100Mbps connection

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has published its report on fixed and mobile broadband for 2019. The regulator says that broadband access at speeds of 100Mbps... more

Corporate/Financial

Partner records 66% drop in net profit in 2019

Israel’s Partner Communications has published its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2019, reporting a 66% drop in net profit, on the back of increased finance costs. In... more

VTB consortium reshuffles Rostelecom stake

An investment consortium led by Russia’s VTB bank has restructured the ownership of a 13.1% stake in national telecoms group Rostelecom. The Prime news agency reports that VTB has sold... more

Oi revenues drop 8.7% to BRL20.1bn in 2019

Brazilian telecoms operator Oi has reported total net revenues of BRL20.1 billion (USD4.0 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, representing a decrease of 8.7% year-on-year. Routine EBITDA... more

Miscellaneous

Network traffic surges in lockdown countries – TeleGeography blog

Broadband internet and OTT providers across the globe are being forced to make changes to their operations to handle massive, pandemic-induced increases in bandwidth demand. Sharp rises in teleworking, video... more

Business as usual at CommsUpdate

To our CommsUpdate readers: We know that you’ve received many messages from brands about the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses. Our own Rob Schult has done a great job... more