12 Dec 2019

Wireless

5G live in Puerto Rico and USVI, T-Mobile confirms

T-Mobile has confirmed that its new 600MHz 5G network is live across Puerto Rico. Jorge Martel, general manager of T-Mobile Puerto Rico, commented: ‘It fills us with enormous pride that... more

Austria publishes terms for multi-band 5G spectrum auction

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecoms (RTR) has published the conditions for the country’s ‘second 5G auction’, which is scheduled to take place in spring 2020. The regulator is... more

TDC, Ericsson embark on 5G trial in Helsingor

Danish operator TDC's infrastructure arm TDC NET (previously TDC NetCo) and Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson have launched a trial 5G project in Helsingor municipality, after being granted temporary access to... more

Luxembourg PM promises 5G spectrum allocation by mid-2020

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, has promised that 5G-suitable spectrum will be allocated by mid-2020, in line with the European Commission’s timetable, reports Paperjam. Speaking at the opening of the... more

4ka opens trial 5G network

The Slovak cellco SWAN Mobile, which trades as 4ka, has opened a limited 5G network in the city of Banska Bystrica. The operator says customers with 5G-enabled handsets can access... more

Broadband

Movistar completes fibre migration in Copiapo

Movistar Chile has migrated its fixed line network in Copiapo, the capital of Atacama region, from copper to fibre technology. According to the full-service provider, it has installed 440km of... more

Algeria completes Mauritania link, lights Spain undersea cable

Algeria’s Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technology & Digitalisation, Houda Imane Faraoun, has announced the completion of a cross-border fibre-optic network link with Mauritania, reports Agence Ecofin. The deployment of the... more

Corporate/Financial

Brazilian tower company Highline acquired by Digital Colony

Digital Colony Management, the digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, has announced the acquisition of Highline do Brasil II Infraestrutura de Telecomunicacoes (Highline), an ‘independent infrastructure solutions provider’, from... more

Windstream seeks extension for restructuring plan

US fixed line operator Windstream – which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February this year – is expected to request an extension to push its restructuring plan into... more

Magyar Telekom cancels sale of T-Systems Hungary to 4iG

Hungary’s Magyar Telekom has announced that negotiations regarding the proposed sale of its enterprise ICT subsidiary T-Systems Hungary to 4iG have been terminated. Telekom and 4iG announced in July that... more

Vodafone Idea denies talks with Brookfield, Edelweiss

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea has responded to reports earlier this week that it is in talks with Brookfield and Edelweiss regarding the sale of its fibre and data centre assets,... more

Airtel announces intention to list Malawian unit

Airtel Africa has announced its intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) of its Malawian unit. Airtel Malawi intends to apply for admission of its ordinary shares to trade... more

Forthnet share sale expected in January

The planned acquisition of a stake in Greek telco and pay-TV operator Forthnet is now expected to go ahead by the end of January. A group of banks who together... more

Miscellaneous

CommsUpdate takes a day off

CommsUpdate is on holiday tomorrow (Friday 13 December). Normal service will resume on Monday.... more