20 Jan 2021

Wireless

Sweden 5G auction completed on first day

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) completed its auction of 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz 5G spectrum after four rounds of bidding on a single day, with all... more

Telefonica, Telekom and Vodafone plan to jointly eliminate ‘grey spots’

Mobile network operators Telefonica Deutschland, Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany plan to enter into mutual cooperation agreements to close gaps in their wireless networks, known as ‘grey spots’. The aim... more

Telstra claims 5G speed record for commercial network

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra has claimed a new record, having registered what it called a ‘whopping’ download speed of 5Gbps for a single user on its commercial 5G... more

Nepal Telecom applies for mobile money licence

Nepali Digital Payment Company, a joint venture created by state-owned telecoms provider Nepal Telecom (NT) and Rastriya Banijya Bank, has applied to Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) – Nepal’s central bank... more

Bite adds six sites to 5G network

Lativian cellco Bite has installed additional six 5G base stations in Riga, extending the operator’s 5G coverage to areas of Old Riga, Krastmala and Kipsala. Bite invested over EUR10 million... more

Tower One deploying new cell sites in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico

Vancouver-based Tower One Wireless has confirmed that it has 75 new cell sites under construction in its three core markets: Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. According to the company’s December 2020... more

Broadband

SBB to add three new cities to ‘GIGA’ network

SBB, Serbia’s second-largest ISP by subscribers, has announced that it is extending its ‘GIGA’-branded fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to three new cities from next month. Following the upgrade, users in the... more

Orange fibre passes five million Polish homes and businesses

Orange Poland says its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks were available to five million residential and commercial premises at the end of 2020, with 389,000 sites passed in twelve months. Its networks... more

CityFibre kicks off Reading rollout; adds Quickline as latest ISP partner

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced the start of work on its network in Reading, as part of a GBP58 million (USD79 million) investment it is making in the... more

Vogel, Ciena deploy Sao Paulo’s first 800G network

Vogel Telecom, a wholesale and B2B telecoms provider in Brazil, has enlisted Ciena to successfully deploy what it says is Sao Paulo’s first 800Gbps optical network. Ciena says that it... more

SSi partners SES for satellite capacity in Northern Canada

SSi Canada – which operates the QINIQ broadband and SSi Mobile services in Nunavut – has signed a multi-year partnership with SES Networks under which the latter will deliver new... more

Cogeco announces full launch of EPICO IPTV service

Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion has announced the full commercial launch of its ‘EPICO’ IPTV service based on a technology platform integrated with Google's Android TV ecosystem, available now for ‘the... more

La Poste connects post offices under Eutelsat deal

Cote d’Ivoire postal operator La Poste has signed a deal with Eutelsat to provide communications services to its nationwide network of 170 post offices. According to a report from Agence... more

Sky Italia expands broadband coverage

Sky Italia has expanded the footprint of its broadband services under its wholesale deal with Fastweb. The Sky WiFi broadband service is now available in 1,500 cities and towns via... more

Corporate/Financial

Govt planning to offload remaining Tata Communications stake

The Indian government has sought bids from banks for the sale of its full shareholding of 26.12% in telco Tata Communications – previously known as Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL)... more