26 Feb 2021

Wireless

Anatel approves 5G auction rules; govt will not ban Huawei from rollouts

Plans to stage Brazil’s long-awaited 5G spectrum auction continue to gather pace, with the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) approving certain 5G-related rules yesterday (25 February). While... more

Claro agrees interconnection terms with newcomer WOM

Claro Colombia has confirmed that it has completed the technical implementation required to enable the interconnection of voice, SMS and international long-distance services between its network and that of market... more

Globe extends 4G LTE in four provinces

Ayala-led Globe Telecom says customers in the provinces of Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna and parts of Cavite will receive improved mobile services from March 2021, thanks to its 4G LTE upgrade... more

NetOne working with Huawei on mobile broadband upgrade

Chinese vendor Huawei is to work with Zimbabwe’s state-owned cellco NetOne on the next phase of its ICT service development, with a focus on mobile broadband. A report from Daily... more

Broadband

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

GU Holdings (Google) has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting a licence to construct, land, and operate a private, non-common carrier fibre-optic submarine cable system named... more

Community Fibre confirms its network now passes 200,000 premises

British pure fibre provider Community Fibre, which focuses on the provision of services in London, has announced that its network now passes 200,000 premises in the capital. In a press... more

Govt to amend GTT, Digicel, E-Network licences; details exemption order for ISPs

Guyanese telecoms watchdog the Telecommunications Agency has published details of the proposed amendments to the licences of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT), Digicel Guyana and E-Networks, as well as the... more

Romanian authority consults on areas without 100Mbps fixed broadband

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has launched a public consultation to verify its list of localities which do not have access to fixed broadband networks... more

Supreme Court throws out big telcos’ appeals against CRTC wholesale internet decision; TekSavvy urges CRTC to implement rates

Canadian alternative ISP TekSavvy welcomed a decision from the Supreme Court declining to hear appeals by Canada’s largest telecoms and cable companies (including Bell and Rogers), who sought to overturn... more

Corporate/Financial

AT&T, TPG form new entity to operate telco’s US pay-TV units

AT&T and TPG Capital – the private equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG – have signed a definitive agreement under which the two parties will establish a new... more

Kcell to delist GDRs from LSE and Astana International Exchange

Kazakh mobile operator Kcell announced that, following a request from its 75% shareholder Kazakhtelecom (KT) to delist global depository receipts (GDRs), a meeting will be held on 9 April 2021... more

DT revenue climbs 25% in FY20 to exceed EUR100bn

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that it ‘broke new ground in the 2020 financial year’, reporting that net revenue exceeded EUR100 billion (USD121.9 billion), mainly driven by... more

eir records 5% drop in revenues in last quarter of 2020

Ireland’s eir has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the three-month period ended 31 December 2020, as the company said it continued to ‘manage declines in traditional access... more

Proximus underlying group revenues down 3.6% in FY20

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has announced its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, reporting a 3.6% year-on-year drop in group revenue to EUR5.479 billion (USD6.681... more

Magyar Telekom’s 4Q20 revenues improve 3.6% year-on-year

Magyar Telekom reported that its total revenues increased by 3.6% year-on-year to HUF188.9 billion (USD639 million) in Q4 2020 thanks to increases in service revenues in Hungary and North Macedonia.... more

OTE reports 1.3% dip in sales in 2020

Greek telco OTE has reported a 1.3% annual decline in revenues for full-year 2020 to EUR3.26 billion (USD3.95 billion), with adjusted EBITDA dropping 0.5% to EUR1.22 billion. The group said... more