15 Oct 2021

Wireless

Spusu plans to launch 5G SA network in mid-2022

Austrian MVNO Spusu expects to launch its own 5G Standalone (SA) network in the first half of next year, reports Der Standard, citing LTEforum.at. Spusu has already begun the rollout... more

Cellco association urges govt to change SIM rules, with registration deadline four months away

According to the Communication Service under the Government of Tajikistan, by the end of June 2021 only 65.5% of mobile SIM cards in the country had been registered with the... more

Telia Lietuva installs 250 Ericsson base stations, ready for 5G launch

Telia Lietuva has revealed that it has installed more than 250 new generation base stations from Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson since the start of the summer. The stations support 2G,... more

Unitel has already invested USD25m in 5G preparations

Angolan mobile operator Unitel issued a release disclosing that it has so far invested USD25 million in network modernisation to prepare for the upcoming launch of 5G technology. In partnership... more

TRCSL director general confirms receipt of ‘legal approval’ for MNP

The director general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Oshada Senanayake, has said that the agency has received legal approval to launch mobile number portability (MNP). In... more

Vodafone NZ completed 20 cell site upgrades/builds in September

Vodafone New Zealand has revealed it completed the deployment or upgrade of 20 cell sites last month, despite needing to implement heightened COVID-19 health and safety measures. This included seven... more

Verizon, Samsung, Qualcomm notch 711Mbps upload speeds via mmWave

Verizon, Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Technologies have achieved 5G upload speeds of 711Mbps in a lab trial using aggregated bands of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. The demonstration combined 400MHz of... more

Slovakia launches 26GHz trial

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (RU) has invited applications to participate in a six-month trial of services using 26GHz spectrum. The regulator is expecting interest... more

Broadband

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

Google has requested a special temporary authority (STA) to construct, connect, and test at its own risk those portions of the Grace Hopper cable system in US territory prior to... more

GCI enlists Vecima for 2Gbps fibre upgrade

GCI, Alaska's largest telecoms operator, has selected Vecima’s Entra solution to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to its fibre customers. GCI says the upgrade will allow it to be the first operator... more

RailTel, C-DoT sign MoU on network modernisation

State-backed telecom infrastructure provider RailTel Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) – a government-owned research firm under the Department of... more

Proximus to connect over 60,000 households in outskirts of Brussels to fibre by 2023

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has revealed plans to connect more than 60,000 homes and businesses in the Flemish outskirts of Brussels to its open fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network by 2023.... more

Secretary of Energy allows ARSAT to use 4,405km of fibre to expand connectivity

Argentina’s state-owned telecoms firm ARSAT has confirmed that the Secretary of Energy has granted it access to 4,405km of disused fibre infrastructure. The fibre links – which span 14 provinces... more

Half of OneWeb’s LEO satellite fleet now in orbit; on course for 2022 launch

UK-based Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. This brings OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to... more

Play introduces gigabit services in three regions

Polish telco Play has launched gigabit fibre services for customers in selected areas. The operator is using infrastructure deployed by wholesale provider Fiberhost under the government-subsidised Operational Programme Digital Poland.... more

Corporate/Financial

Telstra and Australian govt reportedly closing in on deal to acquire Digicel’s Pacific operations

Telstra, in partnership with the Australian government, is close to completing a deal to acquire the Pacific operations of Digicel Group, Reuters reports, citing two sources familiar with the bid.... more