8 Dec 2021

Mobile

Optus and Telstra lay claim to spectrum in ACMA’s 850MHz/950MHz auction

Optus and Telstra have been named as the two winning bidders in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA’s) auction for spectrum in the 850MHz and 900MHz bands. In a... more

Brazilian govt authorises 5G spectrum usage

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has announced that authorisation contracts for the use of radio frequencies in the 700MHz, 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands were signed... more

DCMS and MNOs issue joint statement on sunsetting of 2G and 3G networks

A joint statement on the sunsetting of 2G and 3G networks in the UK has been published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the country’s... more

Nokia to supply DOCOMO with O-RAN fronthaul multi-vendor solution

Nokia has announced that it is ready to supply its O-RAN fronthaul multi-vendor solution to NTT DOCOMO’s 5G network in Japan following successful testing. In a press release yesterday (7... more

Tigo expands LTE-A to 85% of population

Tigo El Salvador has completed work to increase mobile data speeds for more than three million Salvadorans in 187 municipalities, the company’s CEO Edgar Grande told La Prensa Grafica. Coverage... more

Malaysian authorities to reconsider plan for a single wholesale 5G network

Malaysian authorities will reportedly make a decision by January 2022 on whether to continue with plans for there being just a single 5G wholesale network in the country, following recent... more

Fixed Broadband

Tele Columbus begins widescale gigabit network upgrade

German cable operator Tele Columbus has announced that it has begun the upgrade of its broadband networks to enable maximum speeds of 1Gbps. The company, which provides services under the... more

Xplornet buys Brant in Ontario; finalises rural broadband agreement in Manitoba

Xplornet Communications has closed an agreement to acquire Brant Fibre Optics, a network operator providing gigabit speed internet services to enterprise customers in Brant County, southwestern Ontario. Xplornet Executive VP... more

DIGI completes rural fibre project; reports 90% mobile coverage

DIGI Hungary announced on its website the completion of a three-year network development project to connect 16 rural/regional centres with over 2,000km of new backbone fibre-optics connected to its central... more

Corporate/Financial

Vivacom to acquire regional ISP TELNET

Vivacom has agreed to acquire 100% of the capital of regional operator TELNET Bulgaria, as part of its strategy to offer high speed fixed broadband services to more users. TELNET... more

PPF given green light to start O2 CR buyout

PPF Group has revealed that its PPF Telco subsidiary, which owns a 90.01% stake in Czech telecoms operator O2 Czech Republic, has secured approval from the Czech National Bank (CNB)... more

VEON plans further towers sales in 2022/23

Fresh from selling its Russian mobile tower portfolio, multinational telecoms group VEON told investors yesterday that it plans to sell off towers in three more countries in the next two... more

Consolidated closes second stage of Searchlight Capital investment

Consolidated Communications has announced that it has completed the second stage of the previously disclosed investment transaction with an affiliate of Searchlight Capital Partners. This aspect of the deal is... more