20 Feb 2020

Wireless

IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

Lithuanian mobile operator Bite Lietuva has launched a project in Vilnius to connect and monitor more than 8,000 water meters via its new NB-IoT network, in partnership with municipal water... more

DTAC to launch 5G services in 1H20

Thai operator Total Access Communication (DTAC) plans to launch 5G broadband services on its newly acquired 26GHz band in selected locations by the first half of 2020, local newspaper The... more

DCMS confirms GBP65m in funding for 5G trials

A GBP65 million (USD84 million) funding package for 5G trials has been announced by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). In a press release regarding the... more

Mobiuz aims to deploy 1,000 base stations in 2020

Uzbek state-backed cellco Mobiuz – which rebranded from Universal Mobile Systems (UMS) last year – has begun a large-scale network modernisation programme this month with a view to improving capacity... more

AEK extends 5G consultation deadline

The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) has extended the deadline for interested parties to submit their comments regarding the award of 5G frequencies in North Macedonia to 20 April (previously... more

China Mobile confirms 6.7m 5G subscriber base

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has published subscriber figures for January 2020, including 5G subscriptions for the first time. The company confirmed that it had signed... more

KDDI, Nokia complete 5G core standalone network trial

Nokia of Finland, working with Japanese fixed and mobile operator KDDI (au), has completed a 5G core standalone (SA) network trial, moving the operator closer to being able to provide... more

Broadband

Chorus to launch Hyperfibre broadband service in Queenstown Lakes area this month

New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced that its new Hyperfibre broadband service, which is capable of delivering symmetrical speeds of up to 4Gbps, will be launched in... more

Spectrum Internet to construct FTTP network across South Wales

British ISP Spectrum Internet, which is based in the Welsh capital Cardiff, has announced plans to construct its own gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network across South Wales, according to ISPreview. Under... more

Corporate/Financial

Liberty Latin America 2019 revenues up 2.3% to USD3.9bn

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has reported revenue of USD3.9 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, up 2.3% from USD3.7 billion on an annualised basis. LLA reported operating... more

OTE Group reports positive Q4 and FY 2019 results

OTE Group, which has fixed and mobile operations in Greece and Romania, has reported a 7.0% increase in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 to EUR1.04 billion (USD1.12 billion).... more

Bouygues Telecom reports growth in revenue, EBITDAaL in 2019

French conglomerate Bouygues Group has reported revenues of EUR37.929 billion (USD40.96 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, an increase of 7% from EUR35.555 billion in the year-ago... more

SoftBank to borrow USD4.5bn on domestic telecoms unit

Japanese holding company SoftBank Group Corp has revealed plans to borrow up to JPY500 billion (USD4.5 billion) by using its Japanese telecoms unit – SoftBank Corp – as collateral to... more

Telefonica generates revenues of EUR48.4bn in 2019

Telefonica Group has reported revenues of EUR48.4 billion (USD52.3 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, down 0.6% on an annualised basis. Group OIBDA for the year under... more

Miscellaneous

Regulator clarifies reports on ‘strained relations’ with Vodacom

The Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) has released a statement clarifying recent local media reports ‘alluding to strained relations’ with telecoms operator Vodacom Lesotho. Firstly, in August 2019 the regulator says... more